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Title: Agriculture and Natural Resources Education


1
Agriculture and Natural Resources Education
  • FY 06 Carl Perkins Workshop
  • January 2005
  • Dean P. Gagnon
  • Consultant

2
Model Academic Standards in Agriculture and
Natural Resources Education
  • Global Agriculture
  • Technology/Information
  • Leadership
  • Agriscience/Production
  • Ecology/Environment
  • Business Management/Marketing

3
Program Standards for a Quality Program
  • Quality Educators
  • 1. Qualified instructors should be employed with
    a minimum of 40 working days on an extended
    contract
  • ? 2. The instructor is actively involved in the
    professional agricultural teacher associations
    and utilizes an improvement plan to demonstrate
    continual professional development.

4
  • Program Planning
  • ? 3. Agriculture and natural resources education
    programs have a vision and mission statement that
    is in alignment with the school districts
    mission and vision.
  • ? 4. The curriculum is in alignment with the
    Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for
    Agricultural Education and incorporate the
    Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for
    Mathematics, Science, English Language Arts, and
    Social Studies while promoting educational
    equity.
  • ? 5. Comprehensive programming includes three
    components classroom education, supervised
    agricultural experience, and FFA.
  • ? 6. Programs are served by an advisory
    committee.
  • ? 7. An agriculture and natural resources
    education exploratory program is offered at the
    middle school level with exploratory experiences
    offered PK-6.

5
  • Curriculum, Instruction, Student Assessment
  • 8. The agriculture and natural resources
    education program applies the academic standards
    to support student academic achievement and
    career development.
  • 9. FFA is an integral part of the agriculture
    education program therefore, all programs shall
    have an FFA Chapter.
  • 10. The agriculture and natural resources
    education program includes experiential learning
    with all students having a supervised
    agricultural experience program with options for
    certified work-based learning programs.
  • 11. The instructional program is articulated with
    technical colleges, and four-year university
    programs.
  • ? 12. Career guidance and counseling are offered
    as a part of the curriculum emphasizing
    educational options.

6
  • Curriculum, Instruction, Student Assessment
    (continued)
  • 13. The curriculum is based on current
    occupational trends, industry standards and
    researched based educational practices.
  • 14. Learning experiences are structured for
    active, performance-based learning to address
    individual differences in learning needs and
    talents of students.
  • ? 15. Standards-related classroom assessments
    are integrated with curriculum and instruction to
    promote meaningful learning and student
    accountability.

7
  • Program Evaluation
  • 16 Graduate follow-up studies and other forms of
    program assessment that measure the program
    against current standards are conducted on a
    continual basis and recommendations are used for
    continual improvement.
  • ? 17. Educational equity is a basic program
    component. Student enrollment is representative
    of the schools population.
  • Quality Schools
  • 18. Educators are involved collectively in
    activities that enhance the school environment
    and student achievement.
  • ? 19. Educators are proactively working with
    district and school leadership to advance career
    and technical education..

8
  • Parent and Community Involvement
  • ? 20. Continual marketing of the educational and
    economic benefits of the program are shared with
    parents, students, administration, guidance
    personnel, faculty and prospective employers.
  • ? 21. Collaborative relationships and
    partnerships are established to maximize student
    achievement and career development.
  • 22. An active FFA Alumni chapter supports the
    local program.
  • Resources
  • ? 23. The facilities, equipment, technology and
    operating budget support the vision and mission
    of the agriculture and natural resources
    education program.
  • 24. Community leaders, resources, facilities, and
    industries are identified and utilized to enhance
    the quality of the instructional program.
  • Legal Requirements
  • ? 25. Program operation is in compliance with all
    state and federal laws and regulations.

9
10 Grant Priorities
  • Wisconsin Employability Skills Certificate
    Program supported by existing Supervised
    Agriculture Experience Programs (SAEs)
  • Highest Priority Programs
  • Three consortium projects of 10 school districts
    focusing on entrepreneurship and economic
    development in the area of food science and
    careers in the dairy industry, food processing,
    and value added products for purposes of economic
    development. The certificated program most
    likely to fit would be Employability Skills.
  • This priority supports the Governors Growing
    Wisconsins Agriculture Initiative.

10
10 Grant Priorities (continued)
  • Certified Skills Co-op
  • AgribusinessPlant Science
  • AgribusinessAnimal Science
  • Youth Apprenticeship
  • Production Agriculture
  • Biotechnology

11
Quality Indicators for Agriculture and Natural
Resources
  • Not completed but will be forthcoming. Will have
    similar indicators as other CTE program areas in
    order to standardize and facilitate the work of
    school districts.

12
Aligning Local Curriculum to the Ag Ed Academic
Standards
  • Ag Ed Curriculum Mapping 8th grade
  • http//www.dpi.state.wi.us/dpi/dlsis/let/doc/agsta
    ndardsmap8.doc
  • Ag Ed Curriculum Mapping 12th grade
  • http//www.dpi.state.wi.us/dpi/dlsis/let/doc/agsta
    ndardsmap12.doc

13
Additional Resources
  • Pictorial Examples of Facilities
  • http//www.dpi.state.wi.us/dpi/dlsis/let/agfacilit
    ies.html
  • Advisory Committee
  • http//www.dpi.state.wi.us/dpi/dlsis/let/ppt/agcom
    madvis.ppt
  • Extended Contracts
  • http//www.dpi.state.wi.us/dpi/dlsis/let/ppt/agexc
    ontract.ppt

14
Agriculture and Natural Resource Educations
Response to Governors Suggested Increase of
Science Requirements
  • August 2004 Secretary of Agricultures
    Statewide Panel to review agriculture education
    and its impact in the state recommended
  • Recommendation 2
  • K-12 agriculture teachers should have
    certification in additional areas such as science
    or technology education.

15
Contact Information
  • Dean P. Gagnon, MSE Agriculture and Natural
    Resources Consultant State FFA Advisor/Executive
    Secretary Department of Public Instruction P.O.
    Box 7841 Madison, WI  53707-7841 608-267-9255
    608-267-9275 (fax) dean.gagnon_at_dpi.state.wi.us
    http//www.dpi.state.wi.us/dpi/dlsis/let/agindex.
    html
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