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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 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.


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 (

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.  

Summer Events organized by Team Ag Ed

Are you a teacher with 7 to 15 years of experiencing? Join us June 17-18 in Lincoln for XLR8!  This all expense paid professional development opportunity is brought to you courtesy of the Star 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


Registration is open now and closes on May 31st. Visit this website to register:

Hurry, there is only space for 15 teachers!

The Power, Structural,  and Technical Program of Study focused technical skill workshop offerings provided by NDE this summer. Registration is currently open and will close on May 10th. Click this link and see all the workshop offerings/details and begin your registration:


NDE is covering the cost for your registration fee. If you have a change in plans, ALL CANCELATIONS without penalty must be done prior to May 24th. If you cancel after May 24th or do not show up there will be a $50 cancelation fee.  There is a required number of registrants to offer a workshop in order to pay for the instructor and any materials used.


Do you want to earn graduate credit for the above workshops with UNL? Tuition is approximately $840 for the 2 credit hour classes. You will need to complete registration by July 14, 2019:


  • Be a graduate student at UNL. If you are not currently a UNL graduate student, follow the instructions at this link:
  • Obtain a permission code from Christina Franklin at . You will need to provide her with the class number, which is ALEC 893, and the UNL section number. The section number is located next to the workshop you have selected. Christina will send you a permission code to register for the graduate course at UNL.
  • Register for the UNL class through the MyRed online registration system at the My RED Online Portal.
Updated April 17, 2019 3:36pm