New Teacher Symposium

If you are a first through third year teacher, please join us on August 13th & 14th for workshop designed to help you grow professionally as a young educator!

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August 13, 2017 4:00 PM to August 14, 2017 4:00 PM

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  • Identify the purpose of Professional Development as agriculture educators
  • Identify personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Introduce mentor program
  • Design a professional development plan
  • Identify support network
  • Establish relationships with other new year teachers
  • Engage in technical content acquisition programming

August 13, 2017

4:00 – 4:20 p.m. Welcome and Opening Activity

In a relaxed, welcoming environment, participants will meet one another and will be provided with logistical and workshop information.

4:20 – 5:00 p.m. First days of school – Am I prepared?

Whether it’s your first day of the first year teaching, or the first day of your third year teaching, the first days of school can be a whirlwind. Time will be devoted to allow participants to work individually and as a group to identify areas of which they are the most concerned and the most confident; and seek advice/guidance from one another.

5:00 – 5:30 p.m. Who are in my support network?

This session will be a brief introduction of the many resources available to you to feel supported, encouraged, and appreciated!

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Individualized Professional Development Plan (IDPD) – How does it work?

Identifying strengths and weaknesses is the first step to recognizing where you may need to focus energy on your journey to becoming a master teacher. Time will be devoted to allow participants to capture needs and develop a plan of action.

6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Can I ask a question?

We know how valuable having a group of peers together can be in asking questions and seeking answers. During this time, participants will be able to seek out answers to burning questions with workshop participants and invited guests.

6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Dinner and Discussion

A beautiful evening overlooking Spruce Creek will continue with dinner on the outdoor patio. Brick oven pizzas and s'mores over the fire, while enjoying conversations with Penn State AEE Faculty and Staff and further discussion with participating peers.

8:00 p.m. Evening Shenanigans

Homewaters has several outdoor activities to enjoy including Frisbee golf, evening strolls along Spruce Creek, campfire stories, and other lawn games. We hope you take the time to kick back and enjoy!

August 14, 2017

6:30 a.m. Breakfast

A home cooked breakfast buffet will be available in the Main Lodge for participants to enjoy!

7:00 – 11:00 a.m. World-Class Fly Fishing Instruction

In small groups, professional fly-fishing guides and instructors will provide one-on-one instruction on the basics of fly fishing. Participants will learn the essential tools and equipment used in the unique fishing art, how to tie the appropriate notes associated with fly fishing, and spend time in the water perfecting the art of fly fishing.

*A PA Fishing License is required with a trout stamp. CPPD will reimburse you the full cost to purchase the license to participate! Please contact Laura Rice ( if you have any questions/concerns!

11:15 – 12:00 p.m. What can a mentor do for me?

The PSU Center for Professional Personnel Development organizes a mentoring program offered to new and beginning teachers. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the details of the program and its benefits.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

A light lunch will be provided while allowing you time to reflect on your morning experiences and converse with the PSU Center Faculty and Staff.

1:15 – 2:00 p.m. PAAE – What is it and why should I be involved?

Representatives from the Pennsylvania Association of Agriculture Educators will address the participants on their purpose and benefits. Opportunities for involvement and support will be provided.

2:00 – 3:30 p.m. Scope and Sequence – More than mouthwash and glitter!

Time will be dedicated to equip new teachers on feeling confident in meeting Chapter 339 requirements and establishing a sound program and assist in the program planning process.

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Reflection

Participants will have an opportunity to collectively reflect on the workshop, their upcoming first days of school, and capture their overall thoughts/feelings/actions from this workshop.

4:00 p.m. Adjourn

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