Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Addressing the Agriculture Education Shortage through Alpha Tau Alpha

Academic journal article The Agricultural Education Magazine

Addressing the Agriculture Education Shortage through Alpha Tau Alpha

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Who knew agriculture teachers would be on the endangered species list? As Alpha Tau Alpha chapters look forward into a brave new world, they will find uncertainty relating to the field of agriculture education. Therefore, they must find a way to be able to better address the national shortage of agriculture educators. It is within the realm of the organization's scope to encourage members to take agriculture education positions. Outlined is a three-part program in which ATA chapters would be able to help address the national shortage. These objectives include providing incentives for new agriculture educators, hosting a high school conference devoted to teaching agriculture, and initiating a social media campaign to encourage people to teach agriculture.

With the number of agriculture educators taking positions being less than the number of positions open (Smith et al., 2016), it is essential that agriculture education programs not only produce more agriculture education students, but also keep educators in agriculture education classrooms. The first step for Alpha Tau Alpha to help address this shortage and lack of retention of agriculture teachers would be providing incentives to first-year and recently hired agriculture teachers. This may come in the form of monetary incentives, providing a free first-year mentorship class through the sponsoring university, or giving an opportunity for professional development during university activities. One such incentive could include teachers an opportunity to further a beginning teacher's education through a graduate course. A university currently offers a unit course called the Beginning Agricultural Educators Course to first-year agricultural educators in a state. This course provides new teachers with a mentorship program, as well as a an opportunity for asking their fellow educators about the challenges they are facing in their first-year. By providing this course, they are able to help keep agriculture education teachers in the classroom. In the 2016-2017 school year, only fourteen out of twenty-one agriculture education graduates in a state chose teaching (NAAE, 2017). Alpha Tau Alpha chapters could cooperate with their universities to attempt to create a program similar to what a university has pioneered.

The next step in the three-part program would involve an Alpha Tau Alpha chapter creating a high school conference devoted to teaching agriculture. …

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