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Professional Development

Agricultural educators know that preparing the next generation for Nebraska’s largest industry is a responsibility that requires them to be at the top of their game. Sharpen your skills as a professional, increase your knowledge of advances in agriculture, and expand your ability to make a difference by participating in professional development opportunities!

School-Year Events organized by Team Ag Ed

Live Online Inservice

Come join the virtual fun by attending a live PDW or viewing a previously recorded session.  PDWs can be hosted by anyone (teacher, industry partner, state staff, college faculty, etc), so check back often for the latest list!

Future Sessions Include:

  • To continue this fall

Join Now!

PDWs are hosted using Zoom Meetings as a free service to Nebraska Agricultural Education teachers. Join by computer, iPad, iPhone or Android phones. (Speakers and microphone are required for computers. Most laptops have these built-in.  A webcam is preferred, but not required.) When joining your first PDW, it’s recommended to connect 10 minutes early to be sure audio is working properly.

Zoom Now!

Can’t connect via Zoom, or having audio issues?
You can dial-in by calling 415-762-9988
and entering Meeting ID 4024-7100-15.

It’s preferred that you connect via computer so that you can see the screen and participants.

Have ideas for future PDWs?  

Contact Krystl with ideas and suggestions for topics and presenters.

Tip: When viewing a video, click the small gear icon in the bottom-right of the video player to select a higher quality stream.

Online, In-Person, and On-Site, Throughout the School Year

Nebraska Ag Ed State Staff offers professional development and support for teachers new to teaching agriculture in Nebraska throughout the school year. This support includes:

    • Zoom online meetings hosted by NDE Staff beginning in
    • Fall Meeting along-side Ag Ed Symposium in November 2019
    • Spring Meeting along-side 212/360 Conference in February 2020
    • Beginning Teacher Institute (July 15-17, 2019) in Lincoln hosted at no cost to participants by NDE


Monthly Meetings

Monthly meetings are designed around a “just in time” philosophy based on the needs and upcoming events of a beginning agricultural education teacher.  Each month you will be invited to join a meeting to discuss what is currently happening in Ag Ed, FFA, and CTE in general. The meetings are open to any teacher but specifically targeted to needs of newer teachers.

Summer Events organized by Team Ag Ed

Are you a teacher with 7 to 15 years of experiencing? Join us November 15-16 in Kearney for XLR8!  This all expense paid professional development opportunity is brought to you courtesy of the STARR Program focusing on teacher retention. Teachers attending this experience will receive a $200 stipend in addition to all expenses covered on-site.


The XLR8 Institute will:

  • Tackle work-life balance
  • Develop strategies to lower work load stress
  • Gain insight on why saying no means saying yes to the most important things
  • Improve overall career satisfaction
  • Earn 8 hours of professional development and continuing education credits for recertification or education requirements

Join us in Kearney at the Younes Conference Center on November 16, 2019 for the Annual Nebraska Ag Ed Symposium! The symposium is focused on professional development as requested by teachers as well as state level initiatives. Begin the day with an Ag Ed/FFA Update by State Staff to stay in the know on important changes. Network with teachers during an extended lunch and fine tune your local SAE implementation with a work sessions led co-faciliatated by State Staff, Teachers, and Post-secondary Representatives.

Teachers have the option to participate in NAAE XLR8 during the Nebraska Ag Ed Symposium. Teachers accepted to the XLR8 Program will be provided double occupancy lodging, no registration fee, and a $200 stipend. A maximum of 20 teachers with 7 to 15 years of experience will be accepted to participate in this special event held at the Nebraska Ag Ed Symposium.

Register for the Nebraska Ag Ed Symposium on the Teacher Password Protected Page in the same link as P2C Conference.

Need childcare during the event? Notify Krystl Knabe by October 18th.

Check-in times: 7:30am – 8:00am, November 16, 2019
Conference Start time: 8:00am, November 16, 2019
Conference Concludes: 4:00pm, November 16, 2019

Tentative 2019 Session Topics
Precision Agriculture
Food Science Curriculum with the Soybean Board Grant
Teacher Retirement Planning
Alternative Seating
Field/Test Plots & Land Labs
Financial Well-being for Newer Teacher
Small Animal Labs
Multicultural Opportunities in Ag Ed
PD Opportunities Across Education
Transitioning to a New School
TIG Welding
Fetal Pig Dissection
Ag Mechanics
State Degree/Proficiency Award/Middle School Record Books Q&A/Changes
Crop Scouting

Updated October 16, 2019 10:28am