Statement of Purpose
The California Agricultural Teachers' Association was formed in 1920. The purpose of the organization is to promote and improve the teaching of agriculture in California and to foster the welfare of those engaged in this work.
California Agricultural Teachers’ Association
Comments on Governor Brown’s Support for
Continued CTE Funding
In a message relayed through Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross, Governor Brown on Friday stated his support for continued funding for Career Technical Education and FFA programs offered through the California Department of Education for 2017-18 and beyond. These programs have been funded in the past by $15 million in CTE Pathway monies that were provided to the California Department of Education for supporting statewide Career Technical Education activities and programs. Earlier this spring, the proposed 2017-18 budget had diverted these funds for use by the Community College system.
“We are extremely grateful that Governor Brown and his staff recognized the importance of maintaining this funding for Career Technical Education and FFA programs in California.” said Jim Aschwanden, Executive Director of the California Agricultural Teachers’ Association. “The loss of these components of Career Technical Education would have had a devastating effect on programs and teachers statewide. The students and teachers supported by these programs are pleased that the Governor acted so quickly to resolve this issue.”
The California Agricultural Teachers’ Association is a professional education association, representing over 850 instructors in Agricultural Education at the Middle School through University levels in California, with headquarters located in Galt, California.
Congratulations to our 2016 NAAE Region 1 Winners
NAAE Outstanding Young Member Award - Natalie Ryan, North High School - Bakersfield
NAAE Outstanding Secondary Program Award - Tulare High School Farm, David Caetano, Kevin Koelewyn, Michael Mederos, Jared Castle, Jennifer Sousa, Hector Urueta, and Shay Williams-Hopper
NAAE Teachers Turn the Key Scholarship - Lauren Fontes, King City High School
Congratulations to our 2016 XLR8 Professional Development Program Participants
Judy Aschwanden (St. Helena HS) and Shay Williams-Hopper (Tulare Joint Union HS) will participate in the year-long NAAE XLR8 professional development program aimed to accelerate their ag teaching career. This year, NAAE received 85 applications for the XLR8 program that only has 20 spots available for participants each year.
Teach Ag California
Agricultural education prepares students for SUCCESSFUL CAREERS and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources systems. Agriculture educators are in HIGH DEMAND as California agriculture program enrollment continues to rise. For more information visit www.teachag.org.
Website for "Vision 2030"
A NEW website for "Vision2030" has been created and the site address is www.CATAVision2030.org. Please save the link as one of your "favorites" as it will serve as the primary information/resource hub pertaining to Vision 2030.
Vision 2030 - Agriscience Education
The Vision 2030 Committee has worked hard to put Agriscience education at the forefront of the NGSS and Common Core movements. As part of this evolution in agricultural education, materials have been created that can be infused into traditional agriculture courses as well as matching the new UC-approved lab science coursework. Teachers interested in using materials developed for the new Agriscience courses can access them by going to Google Drive.
Cal Ag Plate Update
The support you have shown for Agricultural Education programs in California will ensure that students interested in agriculture will have opportunities to participate in activities that foster their leadership and personal development. California’s agricultural heritage as well as its’ impact on our state’s economy must be understood and appreciated by our youth. Thanks for being part of this effort!
Please continue to spread the word about the importance of
the California Agricultural License Plate program to your friends, family,
and others who value agriculture and the contribution it makes to all of
our lives. Encourage them to
go to www.dmv.ca.gov and order their
own Cal Ag Plate – it’s just a click away!
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