DuPont, a 210-year-old science company, puts science to work as a proud sponsor of the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA), a special project of the National FFA Foundation. DuPont partners with LAB-AIDS Inc. for curriculum, materials and training support.
The true merger of science, education, agriculture, teachers and students is in the sponsorship of NATAA, held annually at the DuPont Chesapeake Farms in Chestertown, MD. It is a professional development program where agriculture teachers learn new inquiry-based teaching techniques to improve science learning and performance in standardized science test scores. The Academy has several objectives, including:
Provide teachers with educational resources, training and information on ways to implement science-based activities in classroom for environmental science, food science, sustainability and biological sciences;
Share lesson plans, laboratory exercises and teaching strategies in order to improve the resources available to teaching agriscience;
Train and influence the next generation and future employees who will advance agricultural sciences to the next level.
Specially selected agriscience teachers from all across the United States travel to DuPont Chesapeake Farms to learn how to incorporate more science into their existing curriculums and make learning fun and challenging for their students. Over 170 teachers from 48 states have been a part of the Academy since its inception 10 years ago.
The Academy's teachers, Ambassadors for Agriscience, facilitate workshops at the Agriscience Institute at the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY, helping other agriscience teachers learn how to teach science more effectively in the classroom. Ambassadors also conduct workshops at the annual December convention of the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE).
Click here to download the application.
Deadline to apply is December 16, 2013.
If you have questions about NATAA, contact Alissa Smith at 1-800-509-0204 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DuPont Agriscience Institute
The DuPont Agriscience Institute includes professional development for agriscience teachers held during Teachers’ World at National FFA Convention and at the NAAE Convention each year. The Institute offers professional development sessions focusing primarily on inquiry-based agriscience instruction. The Institute also emphasizes literacy and common core instruction as part of agricultural education.
Each Institute workshop session is presented by a team of National Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors who were trained through the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA).
To learn more about the workshop sessions and topics offered during the 2013 DuPont Agriscience Institute, please click below:
Teachers World at the 2013 FFA Convention, Louisville, KY
October 29-November 1, 2013
2013 NAAE Convention, Las Vegas, NV – December 3-7, 2013 (coming soon!)