Owl Pellets: Tips for Ag Teachers
Youth and Adult Partnerships

Youth and Adult Partnerships

November 16, 2021

Guests: Hunter-Anne Julian and Caleb Hickman from University of Kentucky

Main Points: These partnerships breakdown into four core elements:

    • Authentic decision making
    • Natural mentorship
    • Reciprocal activity
    • Community connectiveness
Extended Contracts

Extended Contracts

November 9, 2021

Guests: Kendra Flood and Kevin Curry from Pennsylvania State University

  • Teachers should keep a log of total hours dedicated toward completion of the Three Circle Model so they can keep administrators aware.
  • Extended Contracts are not for everyone, a teacher can get burnt out!
  • Research shows younger teachers are more likely to want extended contracts when compared to more experienced teachers.
Alternatively Certified Ag Teachers

Alternatively Certified Ag Teachers

November 2, 2021

Guest: Kellie Claflin from Virginia Tech University

The Importance of Mentors

The Importance of Mentors

October 26, 2021

Guest: Brandie Disberger from Kansas State University

Main Points:

  • Fresh teachers can fear what they do not know. It’s ok to ask questions!A formal mentor can go a long way.
  • Find someone that will constructively reflect with you.
  • One mentor does not fit all. Build yourself a network of people you can go to for different things.
Why do Ag Teachers Stay Teaching?

Why do Ag Teachers Stay Teaching?

October 19, 2021

Guests: Jay Solomonson from Illinois State University

  • The presence of a support system is one of the biggest factors that keep teachers in the classroom. This can be support from administration, family, or both.
  • Teachers need recognition too. Everyone wants their hard to work to be acknowledged in some way.
  • Teachers want to make an impact on students. The more they are prepared and knowledgeable in their subject, the more their students learn.
Organizing Agricultural Mechanics Labs

Organizing Agricultural Mechanics Labs

October 12, 2021

Guests: Erik Johnson, Alicia Lund, Brooke Theil from North Dakota State University

  • Always be prepared when requesting funds to purchase equipment. Have resources ready to validate your program’s needs.
  • Keep a running list of needs. An administrator may find money that needs to be spent at any time.
  • Teachers need to play the long game. Plan on acquiring equipment over time
COVID-19 Roundtable Part 2

COVID-19 Roundtable Part 2

September 27, 2021

Guests: Kasee Smith from University of Idaho, Raegan Ramage from Louisiana State University, Aaron McKim from Michigan State University, Tyson Sorensen from Utah State University

  • We have seen an increase in efficiency. A lot can be accomplished through virtual meetings.
  • Everyone’s teaching experience was different during the peak of COVID. Do not be afraid to continue or discontinue certain practices.
  • Students are now much more grateful for opportunities, like going to contests, since they went without for a year.
COVID-19 Roundtable Part 1

COVID-19 Roundtable Part 1

September 14, 2021

Guests: Kasee Smith from University of Idaho, Raegan Ramage from Louisiana State University, Aaron McKim from Michigan State University, Tyson Sorensen from Utah State University

  • More experienced teachers have a newfound proficiency in modern technology as a result of the pandemic.
  • COVID took away a lot of key aspects of teaching that contribute to job satisfaction.
  • Teachers are more likely to reach out to others for resources following the isolation of the pandemic.
21st Century Skills w/ Becky Lawver and Kisia Weeks
Recruitment and Retainment of Ag Teachers w/ Kristie Guffey and Jeffrey Young
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