Professional Development Opportunities
For New York Agricultural Educators

Embassy Suites, Syracuse, New York
January 28-29, 2017

Professional Development Opportunities for New York Agricultural Educators

Receive professional development while your students attend the 212/360 FFA Leadership Conferences. Each teacher will be eligible for up to six hours of professional development credit. This year’s professional development will focus on integrating inquiry into your agriscience classrooms, time management and delegation, supervised agricultural experiences (SAE’s), student award applications, and agricultural education and FFA updates.

In order to accommodate the number of educators present, each of you will be assigned a specific space to meet to attend a session.  Space in professional development sessions is limited to current Agriculture/Science Educators that are attending the conference with their students.  We ask that all additional guests, chaperones, etc. only join if space allows after the sessions begin. All sessions will start after student conferences begin so you will be able to help make sure your students are in the right place at the right time.  Sunday’s session will adjourn just before the students are released from their sessions so that you will be available to assist your students to check out quickly and respectfully. Click here for a pdf of the full program.

Saturday, January 28th:  1:50 - 3:20 p.m.- Syracuse Room:  

NAAE Ag Educator Wellness workshop (90 Min)
Time Management and Delegation for Agricultural Educators
Alissa F. Smith, Associate Executive Director, National Association of Agricultural Educators

Objectives of Workshop:

·         Introduce proven time management strategies to increase productivity
·         Provide structure to decrease procrastination
·         Allow for individual needs/differences when developing a plan to move forward with after workshop completion
·         Introduce practical ways to delegate to volunteers and students in order to get more done
·         Provide strategies to manage delegation to get the best results
·         Have participants develop a delegation map to implement following the workshop.

Saturday, January 28th:  1:50 - 3:20 p.m. -  Lower Restaurant:

Yummy or Yucky: The Balancing Act of Food Science (90 Min)
Johanna Bossard, Hamilton Central School
Erin McCaffrey, Stockbridge Valley Central School
Help your students discover the balancing act of determining when you meet the thresholds of yummy to yucky when developing food products. A fun inquiry activity that gets the students thinking about food science and its important role. Come and learn how to make food science engaging for your students!

Saturday, January 28th:  3:40 - 5:10 p.m.  – Both Session Repeat (90 Min)

Syracuse Room:  Yummy or Yucky: The Balancing Act of Food Science
Johanna Bossard, Hamilton Central School
Erin McCaffrey, Stockbridge Valley Central School
(90 Min) - Please stay in your assigned room.

Lower Restaurant:  Time Management and Delegation for Agricultural Educators
Alissa F. Smith, Associate Executive Director, NAAE
(90 Min) - Please stay in your assigned room.

Sunday, January 29th 2017 Professional Development
Please report to the same room as previous day

Sunday, January 29th:  8:10 - 9:40 a.m. - Syracuse Room:

SAE’s, Proficiency Awards and AET, Oh My!!!  (90 Min)
David Frazier, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Ag and Consumer Sciences, Tarleton University
Have you found yourself wondering how you can develop a strong SAE program that is capable of developing into state and national winning proficiency awards?  This workshop will focus on writing proficiency awards that allow FFA members in New York to be competitive at the state and national level.  After helping hundreds of students and teachers, from multiple states, develop state and national winning proficiency awards, Dr. Frazier is ready to share his secret to proficiency success.  (90 Min)

Sunday, January 29th:  8:10 - 9:40 a.m. - Lower Restaurant:

New York State Agricultural Education and FFA Updates
Shari Lighthall, Derek Hill, Todd Lighthall, Terry Hughes, Katie Bigness- New York FFA and Outreach Staff
Don’t miss this opportunity for important updates from your New York State Staff.  Discussions will include:  the new agricultural education quality program standards, June NYAAE conference, new leadership development (LDE’s), state FFA convention, awards for your students, agricultural literacy week, and Oswegatchie program updates.

Sunday, January 29th:  9:50 - 11:20 a.m. - Both Sessions Repeat (90 Min)

Syracuse Room:  New York State Agricultural Education and FFA Updates
Shari Lighthall, Derek Hill, Todd Lighthall, Terry Hughes, Katie Bigness
(90 Min) - Please stay in your assigned room.

Lower Restaurant:  SAE’s, Proficiency Awards and AET, Oh My!!!
David Frazier, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Ag and Consumer Sciences, Tarleton University
(90 Min) - Please stay in your assigned room.