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Ferguson: In class

Kingsburg High agriculture teacher Amanda Ferguson is shown demonstrating how to make an arrangement in a new floral arrangement class this fall. Ferguson is one of 21 teachers who’s been selected nationwide to attend the National Association of Agricultural Educators’ XLR8 Institute.

KINGSBURG – Kingsburg High School agriculture teacher Amanda Ferguson is one of 21 teachers nationwide who’s been selected to attend the 2018 XLR8 Institute, a professional development program started at the National Association of Agricultural Educators’ annual convention in San Antonio.

The XLR8 program was developed by NAAE as a means to help agriculture teachers address common issues that lead to them leaving the profession. The program’s goal is to accelerate the selected teachers’ careers through year-long professional development.

The participants engage in rigorous professional development sessions at the NAAE Convention where topics include setting priorities, work-life balance and moving careers and agriculture programs forward over the next several years.

This year’s cohort will continue their experience throughout the upcoming year with virtual learning experiences, online collaboration through the NAAE professional learning community, Communities of Practice and by connecting through a variety of social media tools.

The goal is not only to retain XLR8 participants in the teaching profession, but to give them the tools to help other mid-career teachers.

The XLR8 program is sponsored by CSX and Herman and Bobbie Wilson as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

The National Association of Agricultural Educators is the professional organization in the United States for agricultural educators. It provides nearly 8,000 members with professional networking and development opportunities, professional liability coverage and extensive awards and recognition programs.

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