In Minnesota Agricultural Education, we offer strong onboarding and teacher-to-teacher mentoring during your first years in the classroom. TIP helps Agricultural, Food, Natural Resources (AFNR) Education teachers in their first years of teaching by pairing them with a mentor and providing curricula, while RPL is for mid-career teachers who want to become more effective and efficient to sharpen their skills. PIM is our program for post-secondary instructors making the transition from industry or high school.
For new, first year teachers (Tier 3) and alternatively certified teachers (Tier 1/2; industry experts).
Focuses on teacher efficacy and thriving in year one.
Includes a three-day conference, mentorship program, and monthly meetings.
The Minnesota Teacher Induction Program (TIP) serves as a professional learning community for new AFNR teachers, providing a positive influence in their development, efficacy, success, and retention. Participants are supported by senior mentors, Minnesota Association of Agriculture Educators (MAAE) regional mentors, and TIP staff. The TIP program has proven very successful, with an 93% retention rate between year one and year two of teaching. Teachers receive access to the statewide AFNR curriculum, monthly professional development, and personalized coaching from an experienced AFNR teacher.
The Resources for Professional Learning (RPL) program provides professional development opportunities tailored to meet the needs of Minnesota's mid-career AFNR teachers (3-15 years of teaching experience). These opportunities relate to networking, work-life balance, mentoring, and contributing to the profession. Involvement in the program enables participants to engage in a reflection-renewal-growth cycle, helping them to become leaders within the AFNR Education profession while enhancing student learning and contributing to greater job satisfaction, leading to greater teacher retention.
For Mid-Career Teachers.
Focuses on effective teaching and work-life balance.
Includes a three-day conference called Delta, followed by professional development conferences and inquiry groups to dive deep into topics of interest.
For Instructors at the Post-Secondary/College Level.
Focus on transition to higher education.
The Post-Secondary Instructor Mentoring (PIM) program supports new college faculty as they transition from industry or secondary education careers to Higher Education. The purpose of PIM is to provide professional development opportunities and to improve the retention and effectiveness of new college faculty involved in teaching agriculture career pathways in Minnesota. The PIM program provides meetings and trainings to help instructors be their best, while building relationships and a support network to assist instructors across the state.
Each summer and winter, as well as through out the school year, the Minnesota Association of Agriculture Educators (MAAE), the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), and the Minnesota FFA Association offer a variety of workshops for Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources teachers to help them grow professionally and keep their content relevant.
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