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1 © 2005, T. Grady Roberts Shaping the Future of Agricultural Education AGSC 327 Spring 2009 Adapted by Gary Briers and John Hall from

2 © 2005, T. Grady Roberts Todays Learning Objectives Explain how agricultural education has changed Identify some critical issues facing agricultural education Describe how a national agenda is set for agricultural education

3 © 2005, T. Grady Roberts First, where have we been?

4 © 2005, T. Grady Roberts Challenges in Ag Education What issues must be addressed to ensure agricultural education has a bright future? What is the biggest challenge facing agricultural education today? What group or individuals must we reach and foster support from and with in order for agricultural education to be successful?

5 © 2005, T. Grady Roberts The Agricultural Education Program of the Future Break into learning communities. Discuss your ideas about the perfect agricultural education program of the future. (Be creative; be innovative; think big!) Present to class.

6 © 2005, T. Grady Roberts Where are we going?

7 © 2005, T. Grady Roberts Ag Education Leadership The National Council for Agricultural Education NAAE (Ag Teachers) NAAE (Ag Teachers) AAAE (Professors) AAAE (Professors) NASAE (State Supervisors) NASAE (State Supervisors) FFA Alumni FFA Alumni FFA Foundation FFA Foundation National FFA National FFA PAS (Post-Secondary) PAS (Post-Secondary) NYFEA (Young Farmers) NYFEA (Young Farmers) Briers was Vice-President in 2002.

8 © 2005, T. Grady Roberts 10 x 15 There will be in operation 10,000 quality ag science programs by All students will be members of the FFA and have a supervised agricultural experience that supports classroom and laboratory instruction. All students will be members of the FFA and have a supervised agricultural experience that supports classroom and laboratory instruction.

9 © 2005, T. Grady Roberts Wait!!!!!!!!!! Arent ag programs community based? Why should we have national plans?

10 © 2005, T. Grady Roberts Mile Markers 1988: publication of a book, Understanding Agriculture: New Directions for Education No longer focus on production agriculture Surfacing of agricultural literacy Teaching science through agriculture FFA should change to reflect the future of agricultural education SOEPs should change to reflect agriculture more broadly (SAEs)

11 © 2005, T. Grady Roberts Mile Marker 1996 Reinventing Agricultural Education for the Year 2020 (RAE 2020) Reinventing Agricultural Education for the Year 2020 (RAE 2020) Agricultural education from pre-k to adult Lifelong instruction about agriculture Agricultural literacy Establish strategic alliances to ensure success

12 © 2005, T. Grady Roberts Agriculture Teachers Nationally ~11,000 teachers; 7,400 programs Texas ~1600 teachers; 900 programs National shortage of TEACHERS (Biggest problem facing ag education) 35 programs closed in programs closed in 2001 Unqualified candidates

13 © 2005, T. Grady Roberts Total Ag Teaching Positions

14 © 2005, T. Grady Roberts Who Fills Ag Ed Vacancies

15 © 2005, T. Grady Roberts Recent Ag Ed Graduates

16 © 2005, T. Grady Roberts FFA Membership 500,823 members in 7,358 programs 27% Rural – farm 27% Rural – farm 39% Rural – non farm 39% Rural – non farm 34% Suburban/Urban 34% Suburban/Urban 77% Caucasian, not Hispanic 77% Caucasian, not Hispanic 17% Hispanic 17% Hispanic 4% African-American 4% African-American

17 © 2005, T. Grady Roberts FFA Activities 1979: 22 National Proficiency Areas 8 Career Development Events Now: 45 National Proficiency Areas (What are they?) 24 Career Development Events (What are they?)

18 © 2005, T. Grady Roberts Educational Trends AccountabilityTesting Reading Reading Math Math Science Science College Preparation Algebra, calculus Algebra, calculus Physics, chemistry Physics, chemistry Foreign language Foreign language

19 © 2005, T. Grady Roberts Todays Learning Objectives Explain how agricultural education has changed Identify some critical issues facing agricultural education Describe how a national agenda is set for agricultural education

20 © 2005, T. Grady Roberts Test 1 Mixture of M/C, short answer, & essay Look at objectives from each lesson


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