National Teach Ag Day - Engagement Opportunities for Everyone!

WHAT IS NATIONAL TEACH AG DAY?

The eighth annual National Teach Ag Day celebration will take place on Thursday, September 21. National Teach Ag Day is designed to encourage others to teach school based agriculture and recognize the important role that agriculture teachers play in our schools and communities.

Every year the National Teach Ag Campaign hosts a live webcast event somewhere in the country in conjunction with National Teach Ag Day. This year's live webcast will be hosted by the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, in Chicago, Illinois.

National Teach Ag Day is a part of the National Teach Ag Campaign, an initiative of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators and sponsored by the CHS Foundation, DuPont Pioneer, Growth Energy and BASF as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. 

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
There are several ways for you to get involved on National Teach Ag Day.


Video Contest

Either individually, as a program, as a small group, or collegiate institution create a 15-30 second video using the theme Teach Ag…an adventure of a lifetime.   

  • Make sure your video is fun, in good taste and highlights why being an agriculture teacher is an adventure of a lifetime. 
  • Approved videos will air during the live Teach Ag Day webcast on Thursday, September 21.
  • The video with the most views in each category between September 17 and September 21 will win.  Categories include:
    • Collegiate – only one entry per institution
      • Winning institution receives $250, traveling trophy and endless fame
    • Individual/Small group – High school students, alumni chapters, FFA state officer teams, State Agricultural Educators Association, Teacher Educators, State staff, Stakeholder groups,
      • Winning individual or small group receives $100, traveling trophy and endless fame
  • More details about how to view the videos and ways to encourage others to view your videos will be available in September. 

Requirements:

  • Videos must be in PPT or other multi-media video format  
  • Must not exceed 30 seconds. 
  • The Teach Ag logo must be used and visible during a portion of the commercial.  (Include photo of teach ag logo and link to logo on branding center page)
  • Collegiate entries must accompany signed consent letter from Ag Ed faculty member on institution letterhead stating support for the video.
  • Person submitting collegiate entry must be either a current MANRRS or NAAE Student member.
  • Video must connect to the Teach Ag…an adventure of a lifetime theme. 
  • Submit your video and consent letter (collegiate entries only) via Dropbox link to emruss@iastate.edu by 11:59pm EDT on Monday, September 4.    

FAST Symposium Participant

If you are a current college student majoring in Agricultural Education join us in Chicago for the live celebration.  The National Teach Ag Campaign will select up to 25 current Ag Ed majors who will participate in professional development, collegial networking and be part of the live webcast. 
Selected attendees will receive…

  • $100 travel stipend
  • 2-3 nights lodging at the Chicago Midway Marriott hotel (link to hotel)
  • Most meals
  • Transportation
  • Professional development training
  • Recognition during the live webcast

To apply complete the online application (link to application) by Monday, May 29 at 11:59pm Eastern Time.  Selected applicants will be notified by June 9 with additional details.  Agricultural education majors who will be student teaching in September are only eligible if their student teaching experience has not started yet. 


Host a Live Watch Party

National Teach Ag Day is a great opportunity to share with others your love for ag education and passion for teaching! Here are some ideas for hosting your own party:

  • Gather your friends, colleagues, peers, advisors, & anyone else you can think of to share in the National Teach Ag Day celebration!
  • Nominate someone you think will be a great ag teacher! 
  • Order in lunch & watch the National Teach Ag Day live webcast!
  • Purchase a Teach Ag kit for yourself or someone you know who will be a great ag teacher!!
  • No matter what you decide to do, share your celebration with us on social media! 

Tag Yourself or Someone else

Being an agriculture teacher is an awesome career choice.  We want to recognize all the current and future agriculture teachers who have answered the call to Change Lives and Teach Ag! Please submit a photo along with the information below to emruss@iastate.edu by 11:59pm Eastern on Monday, September 4.  Approved photos will be displayed during the live Teach Ag Day webcast on Thursday, September 21 between 1-3pm Eastern.  You can watch the live webcast by going to the Teach Ag website www.naae.org/teachag on September 21. 

Include:

  • High resolution, appropriate photo
  • Name of person who is tagged
  • State
  • Institution or Ag Program Name
  • High school agriculture teacher
  • Your name if submitting on behalf of someone else
  • A shout out or other congratulatory statement (less than 140 characters)– optional

Contact Us

We want to hear about what you're doing on Teach Ag Day. Drop us a line at ethompson.naae@uky.edu. Need help planning an event? Send an email to the same place, and we'll help any way we can.


 

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