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About the Michigan Teach Ag Project

The National Teach Ag Campaign launched the State Teach Ag Results (STAR) program in 2014 to increase recruitment and retention efforts at the state level. The STAR program is designed to assist states in creating sustainable and effective recruitment and retention plans. STAR states receive in-kind design and consultation services, access to Teach Ag grant funds, priority preference for Teach Ag Ambassador positions, promotion and assessment summaries. 

In 2016, Michigan became a Teach Ag STAR state. To kick off the project, AFRN Educators, students and stakeholders met in August 2016 to create a list of 2016 recruitment and retention initiatives. 

2017 Michigan Teach Ag Recruitment and Retention Initiatives

-Develop a Teacher Trade Career Day, which encourages AFNR Educators to trade places with one another and become career opportunity presenters in that classroom.

-Finalize the Michigan Teach Ag Website and create a contest to develop and produce a video to promote being an AFNR Educator for FFA members.

-Provide professional development opportunities for pre-service AFNR Educators by providing funds to send the AFNRE Club to the Chicago School of Agriscience, National FFA Convention, and various other events.

-Coordinate a Teach Ag Workshop for Michigan AFNR Educators that focused on promoting the profession of AFNR Education.

-Work with the Michigan FFA Alumni to provide teacher appreciation gifts for all Michigan AFNR Educators.

-Pilot a 10-day internship for an AFNRE student between graduation and their internship year. This will provide a participant the chance to go to two to three different programs, learn more about teaching styles, and other various aspects of AFNR Education.

-Hire a student coordinator/employee who will be responsible for developing a website, managing social media, communications, meeting coordination and workshop delivery.

-Provided Tagged to Teach Ag kits to all students who participate in the AFNR Education contest.

-Plan an AFNRE program tour for pre-service AFNR Educators.  

 

2016 Michigan Teach Ag Recruitment and Retention Initiatives

-Develop a promotion and communication plan for admitted and perspective students. This plan will include social media and website development, student follow up, and recruitment and retention workshops.

-Create an Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) Education club at Michigan State University to boost collegiality among AFNR Education students.

-Host a Teach Ag Recruitment and Retention workshop for Michigan AFNR Educators at MAAE and Michigan FFA's 2016 Fall Professional Development Institute. 

-Highlight AFNR Educators in their programs, with a specific focus on classroom accomplishments.

-Hire a student coordinator/employee who will be responsible for developing a website, managing social media, communications, meeting coordination and workshop delivery.

2016 Michigan Teach Ag Recruitment and Retention Team

Beth Eggleston, Laingsburg High School 

Michael Everett, Michigan State University

Lora Finch, Marshall High School

Mark Forbush, Michigan State University and Michigan Department of Education

Tate Forbush, Byron High School

Alan Green, Michigan State University

Natalie Horning, Michigan State University

Kara Howell, Michigan State University 

Sherry Kiel, Michigan FFA Alumni 

Samantha Ludlam, Michigan State University

Ramey Lunceford, Michigan FFA Foundation

Tony McCaul, Careerline Tech Center

Aaron McKim, Michigan State University 

Dustin Petty, Michigan State University 

Matt Raven, Michigan State University

Randy Showerman, Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology

Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign

Renee Wangler, Newago Career Center 

Nathan Westfall, Michigan State University 

David Wyrick, Michigan FFA Association