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Educators in Action is a blog for educators, by educators. If you'd like to share your experiences with us or know of a great blog you'd like to share, contact Digital Media Coordinator Brian Jenkins.

  • Agriculture - It's More Than Farming

    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

  • Advocating for Career Pathways

    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

  • Graduation and Reflection

    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

  • Being a Connected Educator – Skyping With Future Ag Educators

    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

  • HOSA!

    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

  • Developing Creative Careers

    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

  • The Importance of Career and Technical Student Organizations

    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

  • Reflections on Professional Development

    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

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