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11 Steps to Starting an Agricultural Education Program in Your School

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6. Create a task list and timeline.

  • Outline your plan.
  • Don’t be deterred by how long it takes.

Have the following timelines in place: local officials’ budgetary, state approval, state budgetary, state facilities approval, student pre-enrollment for the academic year.

7. Know who the “kingmakers” are.

The community kingmakers are those who can make or break any decision. They often work behind the scenes and have been long-established in the community. All you really need to do is show the value of agricultural education and invite them to meet with you. The only thing you’re asking for is their support.

8. Set up a steering committee.

Meet with local school officials informally to simply start the discussion. Community leaders need to be a part of this meeting as well. All you need to do is bring the information you already have and let them discuss it.

9. Develop a campaign.

  • Form a key message.
  • Collect facts and statistics.
Learn ho

w to adapt specific messages to different types of people. You need to be able to talk to all types of people in order to gain their support. These include school officials, school patrons, businesses and industries with interest, taxpayers and parents and students.

You can find more facts and statistics here.

10. Ascertain the curriculum needed.

  • Use newfound knowledge to determine curriculum.

After steps 2 and 3, you’ll know a lot more about employment and your community’s needs. Determine your agricultural education program’s curriculum with career pathways and standards you now know need to be put in place.

11. Give your presentation to the school board.

OK, you have your community’s need for an agricultural education program, you’ve gathered your supporters and developed a curriculum. Here’s your chance to shine. It’s finally time to present your information to the school board for their final approval.

With a little determination and motivation, you can help your community grow and open your child up to a whole new world by starting an agricultural education program. Good luck!

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Great article! I've already got an appointment this week with the local school superintendent to get the ball rolling!
Kay, Ellaville, GA
Posted: 8/12/2011 8:27:12 AM

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