Ashley Leer was one of 21 agricultural education majors, representing 17 institutions, selected to attend the Future Agriculture Teacher Symposium in Washington, D.C. on September 22-24 in conjunction with the National Teach Ag Day celebration.
“The professional development at the National Future Agriculture Teacher Symposium taught me how to use inquiry based learning within my own future classroom and I am beyond grateful for that opportunity,” say Leer.
The future agriculture teachers will participated in inquiry-based professional development, met with education and agriculture policy makers, and attended the live webcast.
“This experience greatly impacted my teaching philosophy and by implementing inquiry based learning I will be supporting student success through the use of creativity, collaboration, and originality,” Leer says.
Leer is already implementing what she learned from her experience at the future agriculture teacher symposium.
“I have already began implementing the strategies I learned from FAST into my current lesson plans and I believe that I am now creating higher quality and more student centered lessons because of the experiences I have gained from the symposium. While it is hard to replicate the experiences I gained in D.C. I love sharing what I learned with my fellow Block II classmates,” says Leer.