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Professional Development

The Agricultural Education Service provides teachers of agriculture with numerous opportunities to hone their skills in an effort to stay current with the latest changes in the industry. The following technical updates are provided to teachers at a nominal cost through collaborative efforts between the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Association for Agricultural Educators, Ohio State University and Wilmington College.

2017-2018 Ohio Ag Ed Professional Development Guide

Horticulture Professional Development

When: October 4, 2017, 9 am-4 pm
Where: Lorain County JVS
This one day workshop will offer educators an opportunity to collaborate in developing assessment preparation resources for the Ohio Certified Nursery Technician industry credential. 
Registration Link / Agenda
For more information contact Ryan Curtis.

Finalist Frenzy

When: October 21, 2017
Where: The Ohio State University
Students and chapters competing in National level leadership development events, Agriscience Fair, National Chapter Awards Program, Proficiency Finalists and Star Finalists are invited to attend this practice session to prepare for their National competition. Teachers are invited to come and see what National Level competitors look like.
Registration Link
For more information contact Tracy Dendinger.

Natural Resources Professional Development

When: November 2-3, 2017 
In conjunction with the Tree Care Industry Expo, this two day professional development will center around courses and standards in the A6 Natural Resources Pathway. 
Registration Link / Agenda
For more information contact Ryan Curtis.

New Teacher Success Series – Small Engines Workshop

When: November 8, 2017
Where: Eastland Fairfield Career Center
This one day workshop will focus on the Small Air Cooled Engines Unit in the Agribusiness & Production Systems Mechanical Principals Course. Teachers will  have received industry resources and professional hands on training.
Registration Link / Agenda
For more information contact Ryan Curtis.

Ag & Industrial Power Professional Development

When: November 9-10, 2017
Where: Eastland Fairfield Career Center
This two-day professional development will center on the Agricultural & Industrial Power course in the A1 Industrial Power Technology Pathway through hands-on training with industry partners. Key updates on tier 4 emissions, M Series tractor, and welding and metal fabrication training resources will be shared.
Registration Link / Agenda
For more information contact Ryan Curtis.

Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Bioscience Professional Development

When: November, 2017 (exact date TBD)
Where: TBD 
This agriculture course examines the research, marketing, processing, and packaging techniques applied to the development of food products. Attendees will discuss careers available in this industry and conduct hands-on laboratories for their classroom on nutrients, chemistry, and food safety & quality.
Registration Link / Agenda
For more information contact Ryan Curtis.

AET School

When: November 21-22, 2017, 9 am-5 pm
Where: Southern Ohio Education Service Center
This AET informational session is for beginning educators and is everything you need to be successful with AET.
Registration Link / Agenda
For more information contact Tracy Dendinger.

New Teacher Success Series – FFA Management

When: January 13-14, 2018
Where: Embassy Suites, Dublin, Ohio during 212-360 Conference 
This session of the Teacher Induction Program will focus on developing FFA management systems and programs. Leaders development and effectively managing an FFA chapter will be the topics discussed, along with classroom practices.
Registration Link / Agenda
For more information contact Tracy Dendinger.

MGIX – Midwest Green Industry Experience

When: January 15-17, 2018
Where: Columbus Convention Center 
Create a customized educational experience with 90+ sessions designed to meet the diverse needs of green industry professionals. Get inspired, build relationships, and make smarter buying decisions. Visit with 300+ exhibiting companies from across the country.
Registration Link / Agenda
For more information contact Ryan Curtis.

Mid-West Veterinary Conference

When: February 22-25, 2018
Where: Columbus Convention Center 
Come to the Mid-West Veterinary Conference for classroom resources and to meet industry contacts to improve instruction in the animal science strand.
Registration Link / Agenda
For more information contact Tracy Dendinger.

National Chapter Critique

When: May 24, 2018, 4:30-8:30 pm
Where: The Ohio FFA Center 
This application critique will focus on the best practices identified during the National Selection process maximizing the readability and overall quality of National Chapter Award applications. A strategic review of the scoring rubrics will be provided during the critique.
Registration Link / Agenda
For more information contact Ryan Curtis.

Ohio Agriscience Fair Report Critique

When: May 30, 2018
Where: The Ohio FFA Center 
This report critique focuses on preparing state winning Agriscience Fair reports to be pre-judged at the National FFA qualifying process. Reports are reviewed and suggestions for corrections will be made.
Registration Link / Agenda
For more information contact Tracy Dendinger.

Ohio Proficiency Award Critique

When: May 31, 2018
Where: The Ohio FFA Center 
This award critique is focused on preparing state winning proficiency applications to be judged at the National FFA process. Award applications will be looked over and suggestions for corrections will be made.
Registration Link / Agenda
For more information contact Tracy Dendinger.

Summer Agricultural Education Conference

When: June 12-14, 2018
Where: The Ohio State University – Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center 
The Agricultural Education Summer Conference is a professional conference designed for teachers of agriculture to network and get the latest on classroom resources. The content delivered at this conference is standards based, industry and post-secondary connect and student centered. Teachers are issued contact hours for their participation, and are encouraged to attend the Ohio Association of Agricultural Educators banquet and activities. 
Registration Link / Agenda
For more information contact Ryan Curtis.

Horticulture Professional Development

When: July 16-17, 2018
Where: Cultivate Conference, Columbus, Ohio
This two-day professional development will center around courses and standards in the A5 Horticulture Pathway. This year the pathway workshop will collaborate with AmericanHort Cultivate Conference.
Registration Link / Agenda
For more information contact Ryan Curtis.