Thursday, May 15, 2014

2nd Annual Domestic Study Away - #TeachAgDSA14 - Day 2 - Winning with Cam the Ram!

Editor's Note: During our 8 day adventure with 14 teacher candidates and 2 chaperones, we will have two guest bloggers share their observations every day!

Cam the Ram & Nittany!
After an evening of enjoyable food, good Ag Ed company and inspiring big dreams for the future, the group was ready to start another day full of adventures. Our morning began at Colorado State University, as we met with faculty and staff of the Agriculture Education program there, they shared with us the various options within the teacher preparation program and the areas in which the education team predicts growth and faces challenges in the program. 

After a brief orientation, an Agriculture Education student and Colorado State University Agriculture Ambassador, Emily, gave us a tour of the beautiful campus. The campus holds a lot of unique stories and history from the layout of the sidewalks to the direction “Cam the Ram” is facing. (Cam faces his head towards University of Wyoming while his rear faces University of Colorado; Colorado State University’s two biggest rivals.) We grabbed a bite to eat at the Emily’s favorite; Beau Jo’s and hit the road for Windsor High School.

Windsor HS overview!
Windsor High School is a two teacher program with approximately 175 students enrolled in their secondary Agriculture Education program. Teaching a variety of classes within four different pathways including animal science, veterinary science, plant science, and mechanics, their fairly new facility brings lots of incredible opportunities to students in the more urban area of Colorado the school calls home. The group is privileged to expand our network with teachers like those at Windsor High School and enjoyed quality fellowship, advice and tips and tricks from those well-seasoned in the occupation. Both educators shared some creative fundraising ideas that the FFA Chapter puts to use – a topic that all Agriculture teachers, to-be or current, are always interested in discussing! The students there were wrapping up some stellar Agriscience fair projects that we enjoyed viewing before beginning the beautifully scenic drive towards our home for the next few days, Boulder.

We checked into our hotel and ended our evening with dinner with Mr. Mike Womochil, the director of Agriculture Education in the state of Colorado and Mr. Scott Stump the director of Career and Technical Education in Colorado. Both of these men play a key role in the future of Agriculture Education in Colorado and have unique visions for the programs across the state. They shared with us the Colorado Cluster of Career and Technical Education and discussed with us challenges and successes they find within the field. To end our day, the floor was opened for some inspiring discussion and question and answer time across the group. Penn State Teach Ag! Society members and Domestic Study Away attendees value partnerships like those we’ve established with these two incredible gentlemen who are passionate about the future of Agriculture Education not only in Colorado but across the nation.

Thank you again to the CHS Foundation and the Penn State College of Agriculture Sciences for helping make this wonderful learning opportunity happen!

Written by:
Janae Herr
2016 Student Teacher

Bryanna Kenno
2015 Student Teacher

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