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I am thoroughly excited that our high school agricultural program made the news with the article "Northern Burlington High School agriscience program turns students into farmers"
yet I cringe at the title. I believe in production agriculture as it
is the foundation of all of our food and fiber needs. I know the vital
importance of the farmer in the agriculture industry. I am concerned
that in the United States we have an ever aging population of farmers.
However, our program does so much more than "turn students into farmers"
and the article even addressed that.
Posted by Application Administrator at 6/28/2013 9:39:16 PM
A couple of years ago, our department of education began to fervently
push ahead for Career Pathways. At the time, my program, Advanced Life
Science: Animals and Veterinary Assisting, fell under the general
heading of health careers. With the pathway they proposed, my program
would only be offered as a one-year program for seniors. This was very
disturbing to me since I had built my program as a two-year program. To
be under the heading of health careers would essentially cut my
enrollment in half, do away with my dual credit with Purdue University
and prevent any certification for lack of contact hours in the field.
Posted by Application Administrator at 6/17/2013 4:39:32 PM
The school year has come to an end. Every May, I reflect back upon my
year and evaluate my performance and influence. Four seniors left my
program this year as they move on to bigger and brighter things. Seeing
those four girls leave is bittersweet.
Posted by Application Administrator at 5/24/2013 1:11:12 PM
Tuesday, I had the opportunity to meet with future agriculture teachers
who are nearing the end of their college experiences at Virginia Tech,
Penn State and the University of Delaware. Since we are in state
mandated testing week in NJ, this was a virtual meeting where I skyped
into their meeting. Earlier in the week, they had written some questions
about involvement in professional organizations as well as using
technology in the classroom. Those questions gave me the inspiration for
a topic of being a connected educator.
Posted by Application Administrator at 6/28/2013 9:23:13 PM
As all of us in CTE know, we have to incorporate CTSOs into our curriculum. My students are members of Health Occupation Students of America. Each year, we select officers, do fundraisers and attend conferences.
Posted by Application Administrator at 4/30/2013 5:11:43 PM
On April 19, several hundred students from schools throughout Colorado
gathered at the Auraria campus in Denver for the 4th annual Creative
Careers Festival. This festival was developed to give students in
Colorado creative careers CTSOs access to the following opportunities:
Posted by Application Administrator at 4/30/2013 5:12:46 PM
I just recently returned from Kansas FCCLA State Leadership Conference.
While there three of my students competed in STAR events and all brought
home silver medals. What a great experience for these students. This
opportunity gives students the chance to practice public speaking
skills, organizational skills, time management and allows them to gain
confidence outside the classroom. FCCLA is only one of many career and
technical student organizations that provide these, and numerous other,
necessary skills to succeed in life.
Posted by Application Administrator at 4/30/2013 5:13:16 PM
Professional development for educators is
not only a responsibility but more importantly a necessity of being a
professional. In the ever-changing world of education, teacher
professional development is a means to enhance educational
effectiveness. Research in education has shown that the quality of the
teacher is the most important factor in raising student achievement.
Surely parents overwhelmingly agree that they want the best teacher
possible in every classroom. In my opinion, professional development is
an integral factor in making educators the best they can be, which in
turn will raise student achievement.
Posted by Application Administrator at 4/30/2013 4:23:40 PM