California Agricultural Teachers' Association

Mark Your Calendar

August 19 - Executive Committee Meeting, Teleconference

September 20-21 - Southern Region Meeting, Imperial Valley

September 20-21 - North Coast Region Meeting, Arcata HS

October 13 - South Coast Region Meeting, Hollister HS

Oct 27-Nov 2 - National FFA Convention, Indianapolis, IN

November 6-7 - New Professionals Conference, Fresno

November 9 - Cotton State Finals, CSU, Fresno

November 15 - Superior Region Meeting, Auburn/Rocklin Area

November 22-23 - San Joaquin Region Meeting/Roadshow, Tenaya Lodge

November 23 - Central Region Meeting, Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne

December 3-7 - NAAE Conference, Anaheim

December 5-7 - Community College Midwinter Institute, College of the Sequoias, Visalia

January 9-10 - Student Teacher Conclave, Modesto JC

January 15-17 - CATA Advanced Leadership Conference, Wonder Valley

January 15-17 – Winter Governing Board, Wonder Valley

January 25 – Natural Resources State Finals, Reedley College

February 1 – Winter State Finals - Citrus, Tree and Vine Pruning, CSU-Fresno

February 3-4 - Supervising Teachers Institute, Sacramento

February 22 - Central Region Meeting, El Capitan HS, Merced

February 22 - San Joaquin Region Meeting, Mission Oak HS,Tulare

February 24 - South Coast Region, San Luis Obispo

March 14 - Superior Region Meeting, Chico HS

March 21 - North Coast Region Meeting, Analy HS, Sebastopol

March 28 - Southern Region Meeting, Cal Poly, Pomona

April 18 - CSU-Fresno Field Day, CSU, Fresno

April 22-25- NAAE Region 1 Meeting, Las Vegas

April 23-26 - State FFA Leadership Conference, Anaheim

May 2 - State FFA Judging Finals, Cal Poly, SLO

June 21 - Executive Committee Meeting, Cal Poly, SLO

June 21 - Pre-Conference Governing Board, Cal Poly, SLO

June 21-25 - CATA Summer Conference, Cal Poly, SLO

June 25 - Governing Board Summer Retreat, San Luis Obispo

Professional Ethics Position Paper

June 24, 1997

It is the intent and purpose of the Professional Ethics Committee Position Paper to represent the views of the California Agricultural Teachers' Association (CATA) in regards to the ethics of professional teachers in California. The matter discussed in this paper pertain to the areas of Student Supervision, Student Behavior, Teacher Behavior, and Fairs and Shows.

Student Supervision

In regards to student supervision and responsibility of the agriculture instructor, it is the position for the CATA that:

a. during Agriculture Department events and activities, the Agricultural Teacher of each school involved, is ultimately responsible for the actions of his/her FFA members. However, as a group of Agricultural Educators, all teachers should be concerned with the image of the FFA program and our schools and take appropriate action with FFA members that are behaving in an inappropriate manner.

b. each school and district has rules that govern FFA members at school related activities, and each CATA event has rules and guidelines within the Curricular Code to help govern the responsibilities of FFA members. FFA members and teachers shall be held responsible for those rules.

Student Behavior

In regards to student behavior, it is the position of the CATA that:

a. FFA members are expected to respect the authority and direction of all teachers and site representatives of all Agricultural Department events and activities.

b. FFA members are expected to follow the FFA Code of Ethics.

c. FFA members are expected to be held accountable for their actions and that communication between event supervisors and school site administration should occur when violations are made.

d. FFA members are expected to be respectful of all individuals.

Teacher Behavior

In regards to teacher behavior, it is the position of the CATA that:

a. teachers should be positive role models for their FFA members, exhibiting professionalism through their attire and attitude.

b. teachers should be prepared for all activities and events, being knowledgeable of the rules and be willing to follow them.

c. teachers be respectful of the other exhibitors and activity sponsors.

d. teachers constructively critique their concerns and follow the chain of concerns in order to improve the event and not just complain.

Fairs and Shows

In regards to fairs and shows, it is the position of the CATA that:

a. all FFA members and teachers are responsible for knowing and following all school, fair, and show rules.

b. all FFA members must wear Official Show Uniforms when participating in a FFA sanctioned show. This applies to any show where a member is participating in an FFA division.

c. teachers should familiarize themselves with the rules and liabilities regarding their signature on a student's entry form. Teachers should also recognize that they have the option not to sign a FFA member's entry form if that teacher feels that the entry form will violate rules/ethics.

d. teachers and FFA members should recognize that the judges' decisions are final and should respect those decisions.