LOUISVILLE, Ky., October 31, 2014 – Thirty of the top agricultural education majors in the United States were selected to attend a special teaching seminar held during the National FFA Convention this week. Sponsored by DuPont Center for Philanthropy and Education, the National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program immerses these students in a full day of training to help them incorporate inquiry-based instruction and agriscience as they prepare to become agricultural educators.
The session was led by current agriculture teachers who also are DuPont National Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors. Agriscience Ambassadors undergo a rigorous training, and then spread what they learn to other teachers across the United States through workshops and seminars.
“I really enjoyed learning about inquiry-based teaching methods,” said Hannah Anderson, a senior at Kansas State University. “We can use that now as student teachers, and eventually in our own classrooms.” Anderson, who plans to student teach in the spring, also appreciated the many tips about classroom management and literacy strategies as well as the opportunity to connect with other future agriculture teachers from all over the country. “There were tons of helpful tips and information to take back,” she said.
“Solving the challenges of tomorrow will require a workforce that is well-educated and understands the importance of STEM education,” said P.J. Simon, Program Administrator, DuPont Office of Education. “At DuPont, we believe in teachers, and we support them by offering professional development opportunities. They, in turn, inspire their students to make a difference in the world.”
The National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program is sponsored by DuPont Center for Philanthropy and Education and led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
NAAE is a federation of state agricultural educators associations. The association focuses on advocacy for agricultural education, recruiting and retaining agriculture teachers, and professional development for agricultural educators. For more information about NAAE, visit naae.org.