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This page provides a profile of agricultural education in Iowa.

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AAAE is dedicated to studying, applying, and promoting the teaching and learning processes in agriculture.  The goals are to serve as an advocate for improvement of teaching and learning in agriculture; provide a forum to address issues in agricultural education; provide an approach to identifying, prioritizing, and organizing research in teaching and learning; provide opportunities for individual and organizational growth, development, and renewal; provide opportunities to communicate the results of research and other scholarly activities; provide opportunities for collaboration within and outside of agricultural education; and provide for recruiting, inducting, and mentoring people into the profession.

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The National Career Clusters® Framework provides a vital structure for organizing and delivering quality CTE programs through learning and comprehensive programs of study. In total, there are 16 Career Clusters in the National Career Clusters Framework, representing more than 79 Career Pathways to help students navigate their way to greater success in college and career.

As an organizing tool for curriculum design and instruction, Career Clusters provide the essential knowledge and skills for the 16 Career Clusters and their Career Pathways. It also functions as a useful guide in developing programs of study bridging secondary and postsecondary curriculum and for creating individual student plans of study for a complete range of career options. As such, it helps students discover their interests and their passions, and empowers them to choose the educational pathway that can lead to success in high school, college and career.

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The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America's schools by stimulating: the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success; program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs; the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

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CASE is committed to the goal of improving educational experiences for agriculture students by empowering agriculture teachers. The specific mission of CASE is to provide a system of curriculum and professional development for teacher change promoting rigorous and relevant student learning opportunities; leverage partnerships with public and private entities to provide resources to teachers and students to facilitate change; and position Agricultural Education to be a solution to academic challenges in secondary education.

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This organization seeks to be the premier organization for advancing agricultural education in Iowa.

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This organization makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth, and career development in agriculture.

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This is a great resource for identifying all aspects of agriculture education in K-12 schools.

Access:  K-12 Academics:  Agriculture Education

This site provides lesson plans in agriculture.

Access: Lesson Planet - Agriculture

This site provides lesson plans in agriculture.

Access: Lesson Plans - Colorado FFA

American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture provides lessons and free resources for agriculture.

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The National Association of Agricultural Educators provides lesson plans, games, and activities.

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The National Agricultural Library (NAL) is one of five national libraries of the United States.  It houses one of the world's largest collections devoted to agriculture and its related sciences.

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The National Association of Agricultural Educators is a federation of state agricultural educators associations with more than 7,800 members.

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FFA is an intercurricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership.  It is one of three components of agricultural education.

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The National Agriculture in the Classroom homepage(link is external) offers educational resources for students and teachers that combine agriculture with math, sciences, and the arts. The National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix(link is external) enables educators to search for agriculture-related lesson plans by grade, subject, or national education standards. Teachers can find classroom-ready resources and store them in personalized binders. For additional assistance in identifying events and activities that provide agriculture-enhanced learning, teachers can reach out to contacts within the National Agriculture in the Classroom State Programs(link is external).

Access: National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Discover what is happening in agricultural education from elementary school through college. This section contains information on 4-H, FFA, ag-related degrees, and more.

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The National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) in cooperation with Purdue University has developed an electronic mail listserv for use by agricultural education teachers, state staff, teacher educators, and others interested in agricultural education. The listserv allows someone to send one message to the listserv and have that message forwarded on to all subscribers to the list. It has capabilities to send text messages and attached files.

Access: United States AG Ed Listserv


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