Story by Cassie Wandersee and Buddy McKendree (master’s students)
K-State AGED alumni across the state of Kansas had the opportunity to attend the Career and Technical Education Summer Conference sponsored by the Kansas Association for Career and Technical Education (K-ACTE).
Established in 1927, K-ACTE is a professional association that provides opportunities for career and technical educators, administrators and other supporters of career and technical education.
“One thing about being an agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor that makes it exciting is that the organization is always changing,” says Kacee Thompson (‘09). “If a teacher wants to be a professional, attending Summer Conference can help them stay up-to-date on procedures and issues in the state.”
The Summer Conference provides a variety of workshops for educators.
“Workshops presented at the conference are targeted to improve a variety of aspects in agricultural educations programs,” says Buddy McKendree (‘15). “Workshops cover the areas of FFA, classroom instruction and much more.”
Along with workshops, K-ACTE provides an opportunity for agricultural educators to network and reconnect to their passion for teaching.
“There is a sense of family among agricultural educators and the camaraderie we experience,” says Joe Curran (‘89).
“Being around other teachers and sharing ideas and thoughts helps get me motivated and excited to get back to school,” says Thompson.