By: Charles Parker, California Department of Education State FFA Advisor
In June at the CATA Summer Conference, I was ecstatic as I announced a full staff to those in attendance. I knew at that time, teachers would, and should, have higher expectations. With Jackie, Shay and Dane joining Jill, Greg, Hugh and me, we began to think about the future. What would agricultural education look like in twenty years?
With that premise in mind, the staff was able to spend four days together in early September where we had the opportunity to think outside the box, look at what could be and develop new goals.
I am honored to share with you some of the first work that came out of the retreat. We hope that you will join us in sharing the Mission Statement, Vision Statement and Goals for Agricultural Education.
Agricultural Education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resource systems.
Agricultural Education envisions a world where ALL people value and understand the vital role of agriculture, food, fiber and natural resource systems in advancing personal and global well-being.
To create an environment where every student is valued, respected and engaged in the three-ring model of agricultural education.
- To provide students with rigorous and relevant education in agriculture in order that they may become career and college ready.
- To cultivate students’ capacity for life-long leadership through character development and skill attainment in integrity, critical thinking and innovative problem solving.
- Provide experiences for students to develop an understanding of and respect for the agriculture industry.
- To enhance student learning through financial literacy and resource management.
- To develop relationships with other organizations that are engaged in aligned work.
- To connect with stakeholders and the public through multiple media platforms.
The retreat was an important first step in our development as a team. Listening to creative ideas and new approaches invigorated me. I know that this team enjoys spending time together and challenging each other. They have enormous ideas and the energy to ensure a bright future.
As I said on stage back in June, all I need to do is stay out of their way and marvel at what they accomplish.
For more information about the California Agricultural Teachers’ Association, visit http://calagteachers.org/