Statement of Purpose
The California Agricultural Teachers' Association was formed in 1920. The purpose of the organization is to promote and improve the teaching of agriculture in California and to foster the welfare of those engaged in this work.
Congratulations to our 2016 NAAE Region 1 Winners
NAAE Outstanding Young Member Award - Natalie Ryan, North High School - Bakersfield
NAAE Outstanding Secondary Program Award - Tulare High School Farm, David Caetano, Kevin Koelewyn, Michael Mederos, Jared Castle, Jennifer Sousa, Hector Urueta, and Shay Williams-Hopper
NAAE Teachers Turn the Key Scholarship - Lauren Fontes, King City High School
Congratulations to our 2016 XLR8 Professional Development Program Participants
Judy Aschwanden (St. Helena HS) and Shay Williams-Hopper (Tulare Joint Union HS) will participate in the year-long NAAE XLR8 professional development program aimed to accelerate their ag teaching career. This year, NAAE received 85 applications for the XLR8 program that only has 20 spots available for participants each year.
Advanced Leadership Development Conference
The California Department of Education, working with Cal Poly, SLO and the California Agricultural Teachers’ Association, will be conducting an Advanced Leadership Development Conference at the Wonder Valley Ranch Resort and Conference Center in Sanger, California on December 7-9. The goal of this conference is to help prepare and train agricultural educators to assume leadership roles in the agricultural education profession by developing their personal and professional leadership skills, as well as helping them understand the broader issues affecting agricultural education on a statewide basis.
The 2016 conference will primarily focus on developing and honing personal and professional skills such as effective writing; program management skills; mentoring; effective teaching strategies; and personal conduct and growth. There is a $50 registration fee to attend the conference once your application has been accepted, and space is limited to 35 participants.
Applicants for this conference should have a minimum of 5 years teaching experience, or at minimum, successfully completed the 3-year sequence of the New Professionals Conference. Priority will be given to those applicants who have been actively involved in leadership within the profession, and who desire to serve the profession upon completion of the Advanced Leadership Development Conference program. It is expected that applicants will attend a 3-year sequence of conferences to complete the entire Advanced Leadership Development program.
The application can be found at Advanced Leadership Development Conference Application and must be completed no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 21.
Summer Conference - June 25 - 29, 2017
Website for "Vision 2030"
A NEW website for "Vision2030" has been created and the site address is www.CATAVision2030.org. Please save the link as one of your "favorites" as it will serve as the primary information/resource hub pertaining to Vision 2030.
Vision 2030 - Agriscience Education
The Vision 2030 Committee has worked hard to put Agriscience education at the forefront of the NGSS and Common Core movements. As part of this evolution in agricultural education, materials have been created that can be infused into traditional agriculture courses as well as matching the new UC-approved lab science coursework. Teachers interested in using materials developed for the new Agriscience courses can access them by going to Google Drive.
Cal Ag Plate Update
The support you have shown for Agricultural Education programs in California will ensure that students interested in agriculture will have opportunities to participate in activities that foster their leadership and personal development. California’s agricultural heritage as well as its’ impact on our state’s economy must be understood and appreciated by our youth. Thanks for being part of this effort!
Please continue to spread the word about the importance of
the California Agricultural License Plate program to your friends, family,
and others who value agriculture and the contribution it makes to all of
our lives. Encourage them to
go to www.dmv.ca.gov and order their
own Cal Ag Plate – it’s just a click away!
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