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2018 Future Agriscience Teacher Symposium Application

Program Overview
The Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium is a professional development experience for preservice agricultural education majors.  There are three FAST symposium opportunities to choose from.  While not identical in nature all three provide customized professional development, networking and mentoring with current and future agriculture teachers from across the country. You are eligible to receive a stipend to attend the Cultivating Change FAST Symposium and one other FAST experience. You are also welcome to attend Cultivating Change and NAAE Convention at your own expense.  Between 18-30 participants will be selected for each session.  Please indicate your session preference and availability in the application below.  

FAST Session I (held in conjunction with the Cultivating Change Foundation Summit)  
Find out more about the Cultivating Change Foundation Summit here: 
June 20-23 
Des Moines, IA 

FAST Session II (held in conjunction with the National Teach Ag Day live festivities) 
September 18-20
Des Moines, IA 

FAST Session III (held in conjunction with the NAAE Annual Convention) 
November 25-December 1 
San Antonio, TX 

Sessions include 
$100 Travel Stipend (you are encouraged to seek additional travel support from your university, state agricultural educators association, FFA alumni and others) 
Lodging at host hotel for all nights (double occupancy with another FAST participant) 
Student Registration (session I and III only, there is no Teach Ag Day registration) 
Transportation to FAST related events 
Some meals 
Priceless memories and resources 

All sessions will focus on...
Creating an inclusive classroom environment 
Inquiry Based Learning 
Classroom Management 
Professional development 

Program Eligibility
To be eligible to apply for this program, each applicant must be:
  1. an agricultural education major that will be completing/have completed his or her junior year in/by spring 2018 at a college or university that offers a program of study in agricultural education-teacher certification track or similar licensure program; M. Ed initial licensure majors are also eligible to apply.  (Priority is given to those who are close to completing their degree (seniors, student teaching candidates). 
    1. Fall 2018 Juniors and sophomores are welcome to apply and may be considered depending on the applicant pool. 
  2. you may apply for a FAST symposium you have not attended before. Meaning if you participated in the Teach Ag Day FAST symposium in 2017 you would only be eligible for Session and I and III this year. 
  3. majoring in agricultural education with intentions to become an agriculture teacher;
  4. enrolled in an agricultural education degree program or similar licensure track program for Fall 2018 
  5. a 2018 MANRRS or 2018-2019 NAAE student member
  6. Attendance (lodging will be provided for those who need it based on travel schedules on departure days) 
    1. Session I - arrive at host hotel in Des Moines no later than 12pm on Wednesday, June 20 and depart no earlier than 5pm Friday, June 22 
    2. Session II - arrive at host hotel in Des Moines no later than 3pm on Tuesday, September 18th and depart no earlier than 5pm on Thursday, September 20  
    3. Session III - arrive at host hotel in San Antonio no later than 5pm on Monday, November 26 and depart no earlier than noon on Saturday, December 1st. 
Program Application Procedure
Interested and eligible preservice teachers must complete the application below by 11:59pm Eastern on Sunday, May 20 - no exceptions.  Submit early so you are not dealing with last minute technology issues.  Please check MANRRS and NAAE student member status prior to applying.  
All applications will be evaluated by the National Teach Ag Campaign. Session I selected applicants will be notified no later than Monday, May 22 and Session II and III notified no later than July 6.  A more detailed schedule of each session will be provided to selected participants. Those not selected to receive the stipend may still participate in Session I and III at their own expense.  
If you have questions, contact Ellen Thompson by email at or by phone at 605.350.3842.
The Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposiums are a component of the National Teach Ag Campaign, an initiative of the National Council for Agricultural Education, managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) with funding support from the CHS Foundation, Corteva, BASF, Herman and Bobbi Wilson and Growth Energy as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.