What is a Domestic Study Away? A Domestic Study Away (DSA) is a non-credit experience that is 100% Student-Developed and Student-led. The Penn State Teach Ag! Society runs where a group of students travel to a State to explore the following:
- What does #AgEdu look like in other states? How is the total model of school-based agricultural education (Classroom Instruction, Youth Leadership Development <FFA> and Work-based learning <SAE>) uniquely provided?
- Who are the #AgEdu Stakeholders in the state? Specifically, what agricultural industry is being served?
- A unique yearly selected professional development topic! For #psuaged2WI, it is "Gender in the Agriculture Industry, Agricultural Classroom and Agricultural Education Profession.
Below is the first day reflection of George Dietrich (@TheGeorge4H), a member of the #psuaged18 and a dual major in Agricultural and Extension Education and Food Science at Penn State. George will be completing his student teaching internship with Ms. Darla Romberger (@DJR_131) of the Cumberland Valley Agriscience Program (@CV_Agrisciences) in Mechanicsburg, PA. The reflection focus is the first official day of DSA in Cleveland, Ohio at East Technical High School.
Our first stop: East Tech High School home of the
East Tech Scarabs and East Tech FFA Chapter.
We visited Eastern Technical High School in Cleveland Ohio home to East Tech Scarabs and the East Tech FFA Chapter. This chapter is led by Mr. Jeremy Grove an Ohio State (The Ohio State as Mr. Gove called it) alumni and former student under Dr. Foster.
Mr. Grove, five years teaching #AgEdu and his
third year teaching at East Tech High
The biggest impact this experience at East Tech High that will last with me is the urban culture. This visit made me wonder how do we get students to want to be part of FFA? How do we make wearing a blue corduroy cool for them? How do we make Ag Ed inclusive for all? I know as of now I don't have good answers to this but these are the questions I asked as we left East Tech High School.
|The DSA 2017 Crew interacting with the students of East Tech High School Ag Ed Program.|
Lunch with Mr. Grove
|Lunch at the American Classic Steak 'n Shake|
Check out this link below to see our video for the first day of DSA 2017. The video was created by #psuaged18 member, Michala Kuhlman (@Kuhlman_M40). Michala will be completing her student teaching internship with Mr. Curt Turner at Central Columbia HS in Bloomsburg, PA.: