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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, afternoons at 4:30 Central Time 

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 after the Nebraska FFA State Convention, April 3-5, 2019

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 Amy 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.

 

Partner PDWs

As agriculture teachers, we’re also math teachers, English teachers, science teachers, etc. Check out this turn-key professional learning experience designed to enhance instruction in English Language Arts across all disciplines. Currently, three foundational webinars are posted (Core Instructional Model, Formative Assessment and Monitoring and Adjusting Instruction). Most recently, the first strategy specific webinar (Close Reading) was posted. Over the next few months additional strategy-specific resources will be developed and posted. The strategies include: RAFT, Text Coding/Think-Alouds, Self-Check Paragraph Writing, Peer Editing, Class Glossary Mixer, QAR, Inquiry-Research Process Writing, Informative Speaking, and Infographics.

For more information about this experience, please contact Cory Epler (cory.epler@nebraska.gov).

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

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

    • Monthly Zoom online meetings hosted by UNL beginning in September
    • Regular mentor support organized by NAEA
    • Fall Meeting at Ag Ed Symposium in Grand Island on Saturday, November 3
    • Spring Meeting at 212/360 Conference in Kearney on Saturday, February 23
    • Beginning Teacher Institute (last week in July, dates TBD) in Lincoln hosted by NDE (recommended but optional)

 

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 can choose one of the two available Zoom dates to attend a meeting based on your schedule.  The meetings on Tuesday of each month will begin at 4:00 CT, while the Thursday meetings each month will take place at 4:30 CT.