This is an article from the August 2017 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.
Summer vacation, another school year, or just the perfect weekend. No matter what it is we are trying to savor, time always seems to move fast. This was no different in the case of my summer internship with the National Teach Ag Campaign in Lexington, Kentucky. Don’t get me wrong, I was definitely happy to return to my home state of Iowa at the end of my eight weeks, but I still couldn’t believe how fast the time had gone and that another chapter of my journey of becoming an agriculture teacher was coming to an end.
When I returned home to my family and friends, everyone asked “How was Kentucky?! Did you enjoy it? What did you do?” I found myself usually answering the same way, but always talking about how I am so excited for what is yet to come this year, as a part of the Teach Ag team.
In Kentucky, the majority of my time was spent learning the inner workings of the organization, developing relationships I am so grateful for, brainstorming ideas for upcoming conferences and events, and looking for ways to promote the profession of being an agriculture teacher. I also gained a new appreciation for those who manage social media for a living, as I spent a lot of my time doing just that. As much as I enjoyed these tasks and my time in Kentucky, I am the most excited about the opportunities I will have this fall with Teach Ag.
I am pumped about celebrating National Teach Ag Day on September 21. This year’s festivities will take place at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences – a highly successful urban agriculture program in the heart of Chicago.
In addition to the live webcast, 16 pre-service agriculture teachers from across the country will be participating in the Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium. I had the opportunity to attend the FAST Symposium a couple years ago in Washington, D.C., and it was hands-down, one of the best professional development opportunities I’ve been a part of (here’s a throwback with my group from the FAST Symposium).
If you’re looking for ways to celebrate National Teach Ag Day, check out the Teach Ag website for awesome tips, ideas and resources. Make sure to participate in our video contest, nominate a future agriculture teacher, and host a live watch party. Tell us all about your celebrations on social media. Click here for more info and ideas!
After Teach Ag Day, the team will pack up and head to Indianapolis for the National FFA Convention and Expo. Experience The Adventure of a Lifetime at our booth (#2171), which will include the opportunity for students to engage with current agricultural education majors from across the country, as well as our sponsors and stakeholders.
Students will have the opportunity to sign a letter of intent to teach agriculture at the booth. If you or someone you know would like to be a part of our signing events, be on the lookout for more details to come soon on our website and social media!
The excitement continues through December as we host another FAST symposium in conjunction with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) convention in Nashville.
Twenty-one future agriculture teachers have been selected for this experience, which will include specialized professional development for pre-service agriculture teachers, as well as participation in the convention. From networking with current teachers and leaders in agricultural education, to seeing all that Nashville has to offer, this is sure to be a fantastic experience for everyone. My dad, who has been an agriculture teacher for more than 30 years now has always spoken highly about NAAE convention, so I’m really excited to experience it alongside the FAST symposium.
I feel very fortunate to have an internship that allows me to stay involved after the summer months and has such great things to look forward to. While I’m grateful for my experiences in Kentucky, the opportunities in the coming months could easily be the best parts of this internship. Be sure to stay updated on all things #TeachAg by following @teach_ag on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat! The best is yet to come!