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Teacher Appreciation Week Spotlight – Courtney Halfacre

In honor of teacher appreciation week, we are highlighting some of our favorite teacher spotlight interviews and spotlighting some new ones as well. Courtney Halfacre’s high school agriculture teacher inspired her to pursue teaching because of his love and passion for FFA and for teaching students. She loves teaching agriculture because every day is different.…
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Teacher Appreciation Week Spotlight – Carla Smitherman

In honor of teacher appreciation week, we are highlighting some of our favorite teacher spotlight interviews and spotlighting some new ones as well. Carla Smitherman decided to be a teacher because she loves inspiring young people to learn new things. She enjoys connecting with her students, encouraging them to explore new ideas and helping them…
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Funding Watch: Promise Neighborhoods

Funding for High-Risk Neighborhoods Programs for high-risk students are available through Promise Neighborhoods funding. The vision of the program is that all children and youth growing up in Promise Neighborhoods have access to great schools and strong systems of family and community support that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition…
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The Growing Importance of Certifications in CTE Programs

The following is an excerpt from our white paper about the importance of industry certifications in CTE programs. Fill in the form at the bottom of the page to download the entire white paper. For more than a decade now, the overarching goal of the K-12 public education system has been college and career readiness.…
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Developing Business Office Technology Skills in CTE Classrooms

Business office technology skills provide students with a solid understanding of current and emerging technologies in today’s workplace. With the fast evolving job market, high school and college graduates must have the skills to compete at a professional level. Career and technical educators, especially, are in a prime position to help students meet employer expectations…
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Pro Judging Tips: Q&A with Horse Judging Coach Walter Taylor, Plymouth, WI

In honor of iCEV Horse Judging Week, Walter Taylor, agricultural educator at Plymouth High School, shares insights and tips on coaching horse judging. Why do you feel participating on a judging team is so important for students? How does it bring students success in the future? Participating on a judging team presents students with the opportunity…
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Funding Watch: Investing in Innovation (i3)

Funding for Next Generation High Schools Looking for funding to personalize and strengthen your CTE programs? Launching this spring, more than $20 million in funding to support next-generation high schools will be awarded through the latest Investing in Innovation (i3) grant program.  These competitive grants will boost access to real-world and hands-on learning; increase personalized…
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iCEV Educator Spotlight – Courtney Halfacre

Courtney Halfacre’s high school agriculture teacher inspired her to pursue teaching because of his love and passion for FFA and for teaching students. She loves teaching agriculture because every day is different. “It’s not a regular nine to five job. We walk in the classroom, we never know exactly what we’re going to walk into,”…
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Pro Judging Tips: Q&A with Meat Judging Coach Jimmy Carter, Seymour, TX

February is iCEV Judging Month! In honor of iCEV Meat Judging Week, Jimmy Carter, Agricultural Science Teacher at Seymour High School, shares insights and tips on coaching meat judging. Why do you feel participating on a judging team is so important for students? How does it bring students success in the future? I feel participating on judging…
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Pro Judging Tips: Q&A with Poultry Judging Coach Tod Pinnell, Texico, NM

February is iCEV Judging Month! In honor of iCEV Poultry Judging Week, Tod Pinnell, Texico FFA Advisor, shares insights and tips on training a poultry judging team. Why do you feel participating on a judging team is so important for students? How does it bring students success in the future? Participation on a judging team…
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