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Leadership Conferences

Nebraska FFA offers leadership development experiences for members throughout the year.  Each program is aligned to the Nebraska Standards for Career Ready Practice and purposefully engages students in developing leadership skills to use in their careers. Click the tabs below and ask your FFA advisor about how to get involved in each one!

When and where will 212°/360°occur?

The date is set for February 28-29, 2020 in Kearney at Younes Conference Center. Programming will begin at 7:00 pm on Friday and will end at 4:30 pm on Saturday.

Who should attend 212° Conference?

212° Conference is suggested for FFA members who is in 8th, 9th, or 10th grade this school year.

212° is the temperature at which water boils – focuses on taking students to the boiling point of leadership. At 211° water is extremely hot, but just one more degree gets us to the next level, the boiling point. This conference focuses on the development of the individual student. Students will be challenged to push the limits of their leadership. Themes for this conference include virtues and growth allowing students to attend in two consecutive years without seeing the same curriculum.

Who should attend 360° Conference?

360° Conference is suggested for FFA members who is in 11th or 12th grade this school year.

360° takes students full circle in chapter leadership development. The conference covers every angle for developing action plans for their chapters and communities. This conference focuses on chapter and community development. Themes for this conference include vision and influence, allowing students to attend in two consecutive years without seeing the same curriculum.

Attire for Friday evening is casual, appropriate school clothing. We suggest wearing a chapter t-shirt or polo. Attire on Saturday will include a conference t-shirt which students will receive on Friday at check-in and appropriate casual pants.

What is the cost for each individual to attend 212°/360°?

Schools will be invoiced $75 for each student registered for the conference. An invoice will be sent to teachers after registration closes, with payment due 45 days following. No refunds will be given for changes made to registration after the registration deadline. Payments received after the payment due date will be assessed a $50 late fee.

What will teachers do during the conference?
In conjunction with the 212°/360°Conference, FFA Advisors are asked to participate in preliminary proficiency application evaluation. Visit with your District FFA Representative if you are interested in assisting in this process.

Registration Information

Registration is currently CLOSED.
No on-site registrations will be accepted.

 

Teachers: Use the process below to register your students for 212°/360° Conference.

  1. Teachers may register students using the registration link located on the Teacher Only page of this website.
  2. Email Krystl Knabe by the registration deadline if you will be needing complimentary childcare provided.
  3. Invoices will be emailed after registration closes. You can update your registration any time before registration closes by contacting Caitlin Vifquain.

 

Payment Information

Invoices will be emailed to teachers at the close of registration. Payments are due, postmarked, by 45 days following the close of registration.

Send your check and a copy of your conference invoice to:

Grafton & Associates
5935 South 56th Street, Suite A
Lincoln, NE 68516
Make checks payable to: Nebraska FFA Association

 

212 360 News Release provided by National FFA 

 

Location

Younes Conference Center
416 Talmadge Road
Kearney, NE 68845
308.234.7300

 

Times (tentative, subject to change)

Registration: 4:30pm – 6:30pm on Friday (Supper not provided)
Friday Conference Times: 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Friday Dance: 9:30pm – 11:30pm
Saturday Conference Times: 8:30am – 4:30pm (Lunch provided)

 

Registration Costs

FFA Member Registration: $75.00
Includes conference registration fee, buffet lunch and breaks.

 

Saturday Meals (for advisors/sponsors): $18.00 (Advisors/guests assisting in the proficiency application review process will receive a free meal. Talk to your district FFA Board representative to see if spots are available.)

 

Lodging Arrangements

All lodging arrangements must be made by each FFA chapter. DO NOT WAIT TO MAKE RESERVATIONS. Rooms may be reserved in the Nebraska FFA blocks by one month prior to the event to receive the block rate. Call the following hotels at the following numbers to make reservations.

Comfort Inn – 308.236.3400 – 2020 rates to be announced

Fairfield Inn – 308.236.4200 – 2020 rates to be announced

 

Conference Check-In Procedures

PLEASE NOTE—Only the FFA advisor or designated sponsor may check in the members at the conference site. FFA members should not be in the registration line. The registration price does not include a meal on Friday evening. Please register for the conference and then eat a meal to avoid the last-minute rush.

 

Refund Policy

Cancellations made after the close of registration will not receive a refund. If the conference must be cancelled due to inclement weather, the Nebraska FFA will notify chapter advisors via school email.

 

Attire

Friday evening: School-appropriate casual attire
Saturday: Conference shirt and nice pants
Dance: School-appropriate casual attire

 

Dance

A dance will be held on Friday evening. We will be monitoring attendance so that only conference participants are at the dance. Any advisors that are not attending board meetings are required to be present at the dance for supervision.

 

Supervision/Discipline Policy

In accordance with the Nebraska Department of Education policies, state FFA staff will not provide direct supervision of the students. If there is a supervision or discipline incident, our staff will immediately refer it to the local FFA advisor for action. If the advisor is not present at the conference, we will follow the procedures as outlined on the supervision/discipline form.

All students must bring with them an Nebraska CTSO medical release form and Nebraska CTSO code of conduct form.

 

Meeting Information

The FFA Board of Directors and NAEA Board will each have a meeting the evening of Friday. The state proficiency award selection will be held on Saturday, and we hope as many advisors as possible can join us.

2018-2019 Chapter Visit Program

Plan to engage in the Nebraska FFA Chapter Visit Program between January 25th and March 15th or between April 15th and May 15th! (A limited number of chapters may be contacted in the fall semester to be provided with a visit prior to Christmas break.)

If your chapter officer team attended COLT, you worked with a state officer who will visit nearly 25 chapters in your area of the state during the Chapter Visit Program. If you were unable to attend COLT, you may visit the state officer page to identify the state officer working with your chapter.

To engage in the Chapter Visit Program, your chapter advisor will sign up for a visit from your pre-assigned state officer. Chapter visits include facilitating workshops with each agriculture class and visit with administrators or other stakeholders during a one-day experience at your school. The officers are often available to participate in afternoon or evening FFA events as well. If a one-day experience is not a viable option, consider hosting the officer for a portion of a day in your agriculture classroom or at a chapter event outside of the school day.

Our goal is that 100% of chapters choose to participate in the Chapter Visit Program. There is a $35 cost for each participating chapter to aid in paying for transportation, materials and handouts. There is no other cost to your chapter or school to participate in the Chapter Visit Program. Krystl Knabe has sent out invoices to those chapters who have secured their visits.

A series of six different sessions is offered so that you may select topics that best meet the needs of students enrolled in agricultural education courses in your program. If you have other ideas of topics that would be helpful for your students, please let Amy know so that those topics may be added in future years during the CVP. Here are the topics for the 2018-2019 program:

Session TopicSession Summary
Improving Ag Advocacy(recommended for grades 10-12)Calling all advocates! This is not your normal advocacy workshop. We will explore the current methods of Ag Advocacy and discover how we can reach audiences outside of agriculture. We will learn how to step outside our comfort zones in order to find new ways to reach new audiences. Finally, we will learn how to implement skills to hold difficult conversations with people not tied to the agriculture industry.
Beginning Our FFA Road Trip (recommended for grades 6-10)Are we ready to discover our journey into FFA? We will travel down the FFA road with several stops along the way. Our first stop we will learn how FFA can develop our leadership skills. Next, we will find our way to our second stop and discover how FFA can help us with personal growth. Our last stop on our road trip we will dive into how FFA prepares us for Career Success.
Garbage In, Garbage Out (recommended for grades 6-10)We will explore how our minds are like computers, in order to “get good out, we have to put good in.” We will dive into how as leaders, we need to be careful and disciplined as to what we store in our hearts and minds so that we can effectively lead.
Captivating Career Skills (recommended for grades 9-12)What does it mean to be career ready? In this workshop we will focus and identify the career readiness skills we will need in order to be employable. We will explore teamwork and communicating effectively career readiness skills.
Be Your Brand (recommended for grades 9-12)Under Armor, Nike and Adidas! These are brands that most of us recognize. In this workshop, we will explore how brands develop creditability, the different steps to developing a brand and finally we will develop our personal brand statement.
Strengths! The Key to Success (recommended for grades 9-12)Throughout the agriculture industry there have been numerous individuals that have had an impact. In this workshop we will unlock and identify our personal strengths to make a positive impact. We will dive into defining personal success. Are we ready to unlock our potential?

 

We look forward to developing career and leadership skills within agricultural education students in your program.

Chapter Officer Leadership Training

Chapter Officer Leadership Training (COLT) serves three primary purposes: planning, individual skill and team building, and engaging all students locally.

The conference plays an important role in providing an opportunity for chapters to conduct vital planning for the coming year.  Students are introduced to important individual skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and communication.  Students also build skills for being an effective team member such as delegation, taking responsibility for one’s actions, and building consensus.

Students attending the conference are charged with using those skills to improve student engagement in the home chapter. Through structured planning time, individual skill development, and team building students leave prepared to effectively engage all members as active members in the local FFA chapter.

 

Conference Objectives

The conference is designed to produce the following two key outcomes for your chapter.

  • Students develop an individual leadership growth plan with goals for improving individual leadership skills and skills for effectively contributing as a team member.
  • Chapters develop a player’s creed that includes:
  • A description of the team’s core beliefs about effective leadership.
  • A description of the values and beliefs that guide effective leaders.
  • A description of the behaviors and expectations that guide effective teams.

 

2019 Dates

*New for 2019: FIVE COLT Sessions!* Five sessions of COLT will be offered in May at The Leadership Center in Aurora, Nebraska.  COLT Session 1 – 3 will be the same format. COLT Session 4 & 5 will be the same format. All five sessions will have the same curriculum and content delivered to students. Lunch will be available on-site from TLC for an additional fee on the first day of 3-day sessions. Tickets will need to be purchased in advance from TLC for the lunch. No supper will be provided on the last day of COLT sessions.

COLT 1 —May 13, 2019 (registration beginning at 8:00 AM, conference at 9:00 AM) – May 14, 2019 (ending at 4:00 PM)

COLT 2—May 15, 2019 (registration beginning at 8:00 AM, conference at 9:00 AM) – May 16, 2019 (ending at 4:00 PM)

COLT 3—May 17, 2019 (registration beginning at 8:00 AM, conference at 9:00 AM) – May 18, 2019 (ending at 4:00 PM)

COLT 4—May 20, 2019 (registration beginning at 10:30 AM, conference at 12:30 PM) – May 22, 2019 (ending at 12:30 PM)

COLT 5—May 23, 2019 (registration beginning at 10:30 AM, conference at 12:30 PM) – May 25, 2019 (ending at 12:30 PM)

 

Registration

Registration will open at noon (CST) on March 1, and will remain open through 11:59 pm (CST) on April 20. No on-site registrations will be accepted.  The 2019 cost of attendance is $70 for registrants attending a 2 day session, $90 for registrants attending a 3 day session. No refunds will be available for cancellations made after April 20. Invoices will be available after April 22 and payment must be postmarked no later than June 4.

 

Teachers: Use the process below to register your students for COLT.

  1. Click the button above and Log in.
    1. To log in, use your firstname.lastname (e.g. bill.smith) as your User ID.  Your password should be the same as last year.  If you do not know what it is or are a new teacher, click “Forgot your password?” after entering your User ID and it should be immediately emailed to you.  
    2. If you do not receive your password via email, contact Caitlin at caitlin.davidson@nebraska.gov and she can manually reset it for you.
  2. Choose Step 2: Event Registration
  3. Choose a COLT Session and Student Registration
  4. Drag a student’s name from the right column/list of students to an Office.  
    1. If you do not yet know which students will be in which office, simply choose any student to hold your registration spot.  Once you know your correct officer team, drag the placeholder student out of the office and immediately drag the correct student in the correct position. BE SURE TO LOG BACK IN AND CORRECT YOUR OFFICERS PRIOR TO APRIL 20.
    2. You can drag multiple names onto the same office if necessary.  
    3. If you do not see a student listed, click the “View/Add Students” button in the top-right corner.
    4. Registration is automatically saved.
    5. Registration may fill for any session at any time.
  5. Also register attending advisors and chaperones for the same COLT session.
  6. Check your registration by clicking “Step 3 – Summary”.
  7. Invoices will be emailed after registration closes.  You can update your registration any time before registration closes.

 

Lodging

Lodging arrangements are the responsibility of each individual chapter. Start and end times for each COLT Session will be posted on this website as plans are finalized registration opening. If you are traveling to Aurora the day prior to COLT or need to stay until the day after COLT concludes, arrangements can be made with The Leadership Center.

The Leadership Center Room Block:

Phone: 402.694.3934

Single (1 person) hotel room: $72 per room per night

Multiple (2-4 people) hotel room: $90 per room per night

Dorm (Cabin- must provide your own linens, towels, and toiletries): $18 per person per night

***Reservations due by May 2, 2019. Be sure to mention which COLT Session you are attending when you call to make your reservation. Lodging payment is made directly to The Leadership Center.

 

What to Bring

  • Official FFA Dress – to wear at the banquet and for opening ceremonies demonstrations
  • School-appropriate casual attire
  • Recreational clothes
  • Swimwear
  • Pillow, bed roll/sleeping bag, towels, personal articles
  • Nebraska CTSO Medical Release and Nebraska CTSO Personal Conduct Forms forms

 

Student Supervision

Please review with your administration any procedures to follow in a discipline situation. Advisors WILL BE responsible for handling any discipline situation that occurs. Nebraska Department of Education policy does not allow for FFA staff members or contract workers to be involved in direct disciplinary actions for students attending a conference. Based on additional Department policy, a member of the FFA Board of Directors, or an advisor appointed by the Board, will be required to be at each COLT session to assist in handling any discipline situations.

 

Advisor Housing/Responsibilities

Advisors are responsible for supervising their own students during COLT. No room monitoring will be provided by the Nebraska FFA Association or its staff or volunteers. Advisors are expected to assist with supervision at all times during the conference activities!

 

COLT Attire

For a majority of the conference, students may wear appropriate school attire. Students should wear FFA official dress for the banquet and opening ceremonies demonstrations. If your students represent a new chapter that has not yet secured official dress, they may wear official dress, less their jacket or they may wear dressy business attire. Students will also want to bring clothing for recreational activities. Students will be invited to swim and dance during the evening of the conference. Please bring appropriate attire for these activities.

 

Advisor COLT Schedule

Teachers are invited to observe any student portion of the conference; teachers are also asked to attend specific team time portions of the conference. These times will be identified and shared with you during the teacher in-service which is provided on the first day of each COLT session.

Please send any additional COLT questions to Krystl Knabe at krystl.knabe@nebraska.org

EDGE Conference

Who is the EDGE for?

FFA members are encouraged to attend EDGE Conference to learn more about what is possible through FFA & Agricultural Education and to begin growing as leaders in the agriculture industry. During EDGE Conference students will be divided into groups by grade level to receive age appropriate curriculum and instruction.

 

2019 Conference Sessions

7th and 8th grade
Power to Change!
Students will be empowered to find their way to change the world by strengthening their decision making skills, by learning what it means to be impactful and a positive influence, and by reflecting on how easy it is to make change in the world we live in, all beginning with a single step and the decision to try.

Envisioning FFA
Explore the opportunities available in FFA! Master each of the three circles in the Ag Ed Model. Learn about the numerous activities available to participate in as a Middle School member now and what to look forward to as a High School member. Walk away with a solid foundation to start building your FFA career!

Communication is Key! (offered in all grade breakout rooms)
Learn about communication, body language, and the difference between hearing and listening. Explore how you can apply these concepts to your daily live and build strong relations with others.

9th and 10th grade
Oh, the places you’ll go in FFA!
Dive into the many opportunities FFA has to offer! Become familiar with SAE’s, proficiencies, degrees, and explore competitive event and leadership conference opportunities in Nebraska!

How to be a leader 101
Take a look at how our leadership can change and increase with intentional effort. We will see how our leadership can change and increase with intentional effort. Experience how building our character and actions can further our leadership capabilities.

Communication is Key! (offered in all grade breakout rooms)
Learn about communication, body language, and the difference between hearing and listening. Explore how you can apply these concepts to your daily live and build strong relations with others.

11th and 12th grade
Walk the Talk!
We will explore what it means to be an agricultural advocate and how we can effectively communicate the message of the agricultural industry. Walk the Talk will also give the members an opportunity to act in real life advocacy situations with some background knowledge of how to utilize the advocacy model.

Powering Positive Change
Take an interactive journey exploring the concept of thermostats and thermometers in leadership. Are you setting or taking the temperature? Plan for a positive change in our chapters will be formed from a very active, high energy, exciting experience!

Communication is Key! (offered in all grade breakout rooms)
Learn about communication, body language, and the difference between hearing and listening. Explore how you can apply these concepts to your daily live and build strong relations with others.

 

2019 EDGE Dates and Locations

  • Wednesday, August 28 – Stuart
  • Wednesday, September 4 – Scottsbluff
  • Friday, September 6 – Beatrice
  • Monday, September 9 – North Platte
  • Wednesday, September 18 – Fremont
  • Wednesday, September 25 – College Park, Grand Island
  • Friday, October 6 – Norfolk
FFA Advisors can register through the link on the teacher page. Registration closes one week prior to each EDGE Conference.
Contact State Staff with future workshop ideas!

Pathways to Careers Conference (P2C)

Who is P2C for?

Teachers may register agricultural education students who are or plan to be FFA members and who are in grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12.

Industry partners representing each of the  Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources pathways will join us at the conference and students will choose which sessions they attend based on their career interest(s).

 

What do students need to know about P2C?

  • P2C is a leadership conference contextualized within the agriculture industry. We’ll have industry representatives from all sectors of agriculture, so we hope you’ll find many sessions of interest to you!
  • Think seriously about your career paths and choose sessions based on your interests!
  • You will interact with business and industry representatives who are professionals in their field and who are key networking partners for you to begin establishing yourself in their industries.
  • Do you have a contact card you can share with the industry representatives? Bring them along and get connected! You never know when a contact will lead to an internship, a recommendation or a potential job.
  • Interested in research? Consider potential research projects in each pathway and apply what they learn to an Agriscience Fair research project after the conference.
  • Come join us and use P2C as a way to explore and develop your guided career experiences (SAEs).
  • Looking for a great speech or ag demo topic? Listen closely for current ag issues being discussed by our industry’s leaders!

 

Who is P2C for?

Teachers may register agricultural education students who are or plan to be FFA members and who are in grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12.

Industry partners representing each of the  Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources pathways will join us at the conference and students will choose which sessions they attend based on their career interest(s). 

 

When and where will P2C occur?
The date is set for November 16, 2019 in Kearney at Younes Conference Center. Programming will begin at 8:00 am and will end by 4:00 pm. Student and teacher check-in will be available from 7:30 am to 8:00 am. Information about hotel rooming blocks is available below!

This conference is hosted in conjunction with the Fall Ag Ed Symposium, and teacher participation in the professional development is not required in order bring students to P2C.

What is the structure of the Pathways to Careers Conferences?
Students will be provided a conference t-shirt at check-in and will be asked to wear it with appropriate casual pants.

What is the cost for each individual to attend P2C and Ag Ed Symposium?
Schools will be invoiced $30 for each student and teacher registered for the conference. An invoice will be sent to teachers after registration closes, with payment due 45 days following the conference. No refunds will be given for changes made to registration after the registration deadline, and payments received after the payment due date will be assessed a $50 late fee per month compounding.  

Hotel Room Reservations

Room blocks have been established at the following hotel locations. Each of the hotels include breakfast within their rate. When booking your room(s), please inform the hotel that your reservation needs to be made under the FFA block or Pathway to Careers block, and ensure that you book your room(s) 4 weeks prior to the conference to secure the block rate. Work with your school bookkeeper/secretary to get a Form 13 sent to the hotel to ensure that your stay is calculated as tax-free.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott

308.236.4200

$99.95 per night

Comfort Inn 

308.236.3400

$99.95 per night

LaQuinta Inn

308.237.4400

$99.95 per night

What will teachers do during the conference?
In conjunction with the Pathways to Careers Conference, we will be hosting the annual Ag Ed Symposium. More information will be available on the Professional Development page here.

What do students need to know about P2C?

    • P2C is a leadership conference contextualized within the agriculture industry. We’ll have industry representatives from all sectors of agriculture, so we hope you’ll find many sessions of interest to you!
    • Think seriously about your career paths and choose sessions based on your interests!
    • You will interact with business and industry representatives who are professionals in their field and who are key networking partners for you to begin establishing yourself in their industries.
    • Do you have a contact card you can share with the industry representatives? Bring them along and get connected! You never know when a contact will lead to an internship, a recommendation or a potential job.
    • Interested in research? Consider potential research projects in each pathway and apply what they learn to an Agriscience Fair research project after the conference.
    • Come join us and use P2C as a way to explore and develop your guided career experiences (SAEs).
    • Looking for a great speech or ag demo topic? Listen closely for current ag issues being discussed by our industry’s leaders!

 

Registration

Registration is now OPEN and available on the teacher password protected page. Invoices will be sent out to registered chapters with a payment due date indicated on the invoice. Registration closes on October 18th!

 

What happens after the online registration is complete?

Watch the listserv and this website for additional information about P2C.

 

Session Leader Ideas?

Know someone who would make a great session leader at either this year’s conference or one in the future? Contact Krystl.

Updated September 30, 2019 12:27pm