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2019 FAST Application

2019 Future Agriscience Teacher Symposium Application

Program Overview
The National Teach Ag Campaign is offering 72 scholarships in 2019 for preservice agricultural education majors to attend our Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) symposiums. The Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium is a professional development experience for preservice agricultural education majors. There are four FAST symposium opportunities to choose from. While not identical in nature all four provide customized professional development, networking and mentoring with current and future agriculture teachers from across the country. You are eligible to apply for any two, although you may only be selected to attend one, depending on the number of applicants. Those who are student teaching in the spring of 2019, fall of 2019 and spring of 2020 receive priority. 

FAST Session I (held in conjunction with the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related (MANRRS) Conference - find out more about MANRRS at 
April 4-7
Overland Park, KS 
FAST Scholarship recipients receive: 
- MANRRS conference registration 
- Three nights (Wed, Thurs, Fri) lodging at the Sheraton Overland Park in a double occupancy room with another FAST participant
- Most meals are included with the MANRRS registration 
- Supplies and materials during the FAST session on Thursday
- $100 travel stipend to offset travel costs 

FAST Session II (held in conjunction with the Cultivating Change Foundation Summit)  
Find out more about the Cultivating Change Foundation Summit here: 
June 19-21 
Des Moines, IA 
FAST Scholarship recipients receive: 
- Cultivating Change Foundation Summit (CCFS) conference registration 
- Three nights (Tues, Wed, Thur) lodging at the Marriott Downtown Des Moines in a double occupancy room with another FAST participant
- Most meals are included with the CCFS registration 
- Supplies and materials during the FAST session on Wednesday 
- $100 travel stipend to offset travel costs 

FAST Session III (held in conjunction with the National Teach Ag Day live festivities) 
September 17-19 
Raleigh, NC 
FAST Scholarship recipients receive: 
- Two nights lodging at the Teach Ag Day host hotel in the Research Triangle Park area in a double occupancy room with another FAST participant
- Transportation to and from events and the airport 
- Most meals 
- $200 travel stipend to offset travel costs 

FAST Session IV (held in conjunction with the NAAE Annual Convention) 
December 2-December 7 
Anaheim, CA  
FAST Scholarship recipients receive: 
- NAAE Convention student member registration 
- $100 Travel Stipend (you are encouraged to seek additional travel support from your university, state agricultural educators association, FFA alumni and others) 
- Five nights lodging at the Marriott Anaheim in a double occupancy room with another FAST participant
- most meals 

All sessions will focus on...
Creating an inclusive classroom environment 
Inquiry Based Learning 
Classroom Management 
Professional development 
Student teaching and first year preparation 
Job Interview success 

Program Eligibility
To be eligible to apply for this program, each applicant must be:
  1. an agricultural education major at a college or university that offers a program of study in agricultural education-teacher certification track or similar licensure program that ends in being certified to teach agriculture at the secondary level; M. Ed initial licensure majors are also eligible to apply as long as they have never taught before.  (Priority is given to those who are close to completing their degree (seniors, student teaching candidates). 
  2. those who have attended a FAST session in previous years are eligible to apply. 
  3. majoring in agricultural education or similar degree with intentions to become an agriculture teacher;
  4. enrolled in an agricultural education degree program or similar licensure track program for Spring 2019 (Session I) and Fall 2019 (Sessions II, III, IV).   
  5. a 2019 MANRRS OR 2018-2019 NAAE student member. Check membership status with NAAE office. 
  6. Mandatory attendance and engagement in all required sessions during the event (lodging will be provided for those who need it based on travel schedules on departure days) If you are not able to stay for the entire event please refrain from applying for that session. 
    1. Session I - arrive at host hotel no later than 8am on Thursday, April 4 (lodging provided the night of April 3) and depart anytime on Saturday, April 6. 
    2. Session II - arrive at host hotel no later than 8am on Wednesday, June 19 (lodging provided the evening of June 18) and depart no earlier than 2pm on Friday, June 21.  
    3. Session III - arrive at host hotel no later than 2pm on Tuesday, September 17 (lodging available 9/16 if needed) and depart no earlier than 4pm on Thursday, September 19 (lodging available 9/19 if needed). 
    4. Session IV - arrive at host hotel by 5pm on Monday, December 2 and depart no earlier than 12pm on Saturday, December 7. 
  7. Faculty reference. Please forward the following link to one (ONLY ONE) of your campus instructors to complete on your behalf. The recommendation must be completed by 11:59pm Eastern on Sunday, February 10. 
Program Application Procedure
Interested and eligible preservice teachers must complete the application below by 11:59pm Eastern on Sunday, February 10 - no exceptions.  Submit early so you are not dealing with last minute technology issues.  Please check MANRRS and/or NAAE student member status prior to applying.  
All applications will be evaluated and selected by the National Teach Ag Campaign. Session I selected applicants will be notified no later than February 15 and Session II, III and IV notified no later than March 15. A more detailed schedule of each session will be provided to selected participants. Those not selected to receive the scholarship may still participate in Session I, II and IV 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 Agriscience Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, BASF, Herman and Bobbie Wilson and Growth Energy as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.