BEST school-based consultant – KS FFA Foundation

Beginning Educator Success Team Position

Agreement of operation between Kansas Team Ag Ed, including Kansas Association of Agriculture Educators, Kansas State University, and the Kansas FFA Foundation.  This agreement will cover the details of funds from KAAE to be combined with funding provided by Kansas FFA Foundation to staff a position in Kansas to provide on-site coaching and additional resources to Kansas Agricultural Education teachers in their first year of teaching Agriculture Education in Kansas High Schools.  While the program is identified as the Beginning Educator Success Team. (BEST), this is the role of the school-based consultant.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

The primary goal of this position is to create viable programs of agricultural education and to improve agriculture teacher retention.

To serve on behalf of Kansas Agricultural Education, as the Beginning Educator Support Team (BEST) school-based consultant. This position will serve as an advocate and coach to the local agriculture teacher and program, and administration, and provide on-site resources for successful implementation of local agricultural education programs; with a focus on teachers in year one of their professional career. This position will also serve as a communication conduit regarding the training of new agriculture education teachers to Kansas Team Ag Ed and Kansas Agricultural Education joint staff.

The school-based consultant will be an independent contract position with the Kansas FFA Foundation for up to 100 days annually at a rate of $200 per day in compensation.  Kansas FFA Foundation will issue the contract agreed upon by KAAE, Team Ag Ed and FFA Foundation Executive Director.   Monthly reports of activity along with expense records will be submitted to the Kansas FFA Foundation director.  The Kansas FFA Foundation will act as fiscal agent for distribution of funds for salary and operating expenses after monthly reports are approved. 

Supervision of BEST staff will be performed jointly by FFA Foundation Director Kansas Team Ag ed.  Annual performance review will solicit input from State FFA Advisor, KAAE, and KSU Agricultural Education faculty.  Termination of the position, if needed, will be through joint agreement of FFA Foundation Director and Kansas Team Ag Ed representatives.

Foundation will facilitate accumulation of funds from other organizations to provide resources for travel and other operational costs the BEST program will incur.  These funds will also be administered by FFA Foundation.

Applications will be accepted until June 9.

For more information please contact Beth Gaines (beth@kansasffafoundation.org).

More details below:

Supporting Teachers

Support of all agricultural education teachers in Kansas (with emphasis on probationary status teachers) by:

  • Conducting on-site visit to first-year teachers preferable within the first 90 days of school. Additional visits in the spring as scheduling allows or as requested by school administrator or teacher.
  • Meeting with administration as part of on-site visit as available.
  • Facilitating distance conferences, working with program coordinator (Brandi Disberger) with teachers to enable in-time delivery of information essential for successful program operation.
  • Meeting with beginning teachers and participating in trainings as a part of KAAE Mid-Winter Symposium and K-ACTE summer conference.
  • Provide coaching and share experiences regarding a variety school district operations, expectations, and challenges that may be encountered by an early career teacher.

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Possess leadership skills, human relations skills, and knowledge of agriculture, agricultural education, and agricultural organizations
  • Ability to manage a expense budget and organizational calendar
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to use distance communication platforms (Zoom)
  • Possess excellent organizing, scheduling and prioritizing skills, including planning and delivery of professional development workshops and conferences
  • Understanding of the educational environment in secondary schools
  • Ability to work effectively with leadership of Kansas Team Ag Ed
  • Familiarity with applications utilized in agricultural education including, but not limited to, FFA.org, the AET, JudgingCard, and Social

Education and Experience

• Bachelor Degree required

• Significant experience teaching in agricultural education at secondary level.

THE APPLICATION PROCESS – SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING:

• A letter of application – maximum of two pages

• A current professional resume

• Name, affiliation, relationship and contact information of three professional references

Submit all application materials electronically in a single pdf document uploading information here:

https://forms.gle/h1y572TcotKJZphk8

Additional questions may be directed to Beth Gaines

Kansas FFA Foundation Executive Director

beth@kansasffafoundation.org

TIMELINES:

Application Deadline: June 9, 2023

Interviews: To be determined with finalists

Independent Contract Beginning date: July 18, 2023

Position Evaluation:  Annual KAAE Meeting, January 2024

COMPENSATION AND TRAVEL

• The Independent Contractor will be paid $200 per day, annually up to 100 working days per year and will be issued a 1099 for those hours paid.

• The Independent Contractor will be provided an budget for travel, office supplies, and expenses related to the work of the role connected to the BEST program.

OFFICE SPACE, OFFICE EQUIPMENT AND INTERNET ACCESS

• The Independent Contractor shall provide their own office space, computer, other office equipment, cell phone, and Internet access

WORKING ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES

• Position requires extensive travel. Employee must have a valid driver’s license, his or her own vehicle and be willing to travel by car and commercial airlines, and to spend multiple days at a time away from home. A vehicle may be provided for the contractor to complete their duties as the BEST on-site school consultant, but in the case of using a personal vehicle, mileage will be paid.

• Frequently required to sit for extended periods of time, reach with arms and hands, talk, see and hear

• May be required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds

Agriculture Teacher – Ark City

AGRICULTURE EDUCATION TEACHER

Arkansas City USD 470 • www.usd470.com

Description: Under the general supervision of the School Principal, to facilitate student success and growth in academic and interpersonal skills through implementing district approved curriculum; documenting teaching and student progress/activities/outcomes; addressing specific educational needs of individual students and by creating a flexible, safe and optimal learning environment; and providing feedback to students, parents and administration regarding student progress, expectations, goals, etc. Classes include, but are not limited to, Ag Welding, Ag Science, Horticulture, Ag Communication and Leadership, Intro to Ag, and Resource Management.

Job Summary:

  1. Participate in curriculum review and design.
  2. Implement a variety of effective instructional strategies consistent with lesson objectives.
  3. Diagnose and evaluates student abilities and progress in a timely and consistent manner.
  4. Monitor student progress and adjust instruction accordingly.
  5. Plan a program of study that meets the individual needs- interests- and abilities of the students.
  6. Create a classroom environment that is conducive to learning.
  7. Assess the accomplishments of students on a regular basis and provide progress reports as required.
  8. Refer students for alternative services as provided by the District (ESL- Reading- Special Reading).
  9. Effectively implement district initiatives.
  10. Effectively collaborate with department and grade level teachers.

Qualifications:

  • State of Kansas teaching license with endorsement in content area.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in education discipline applicable to teaching assignment

Salary Information

Based on Master Agreement

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Job Contact Address

2545 Greenway,
Arkansas City, KS 67005

Job Start Date: August-1-2023

Applications Due By: July-1-2023

Job Contact Information

Mindy Blatchford
mindy.blatchford@usd470.com
620-441-2000

Agriculture Teacher – Kinsley Jr-Sr High School

JH/HS AGRICULTURE TEACHER

Kinsley-Offerle USD 347 • www.kinsleypublicschools.org/

Kinsley-Offerle USD 347 is looking for an Ag Teacher at Kinsley Junior-Senior High School for the 2023 – 2024 school year. This position includes course offerings in woods and metals within the CTE pathways in Agriculture for grades 9-12 along with an introductory class for grades 6-8. Transition to Teaching applicants are welcome! We look forward to hearing from individuals who are looking for the opportunity to be a part of a teaching team that is learning and growing with the ever changing needs of our students. Excellent benefits package. 

Benefits Information

$700 toward Single Health premium; $1300 toward health package that includes dependents. $50 matching monthly 403b contributions. Personal and sick leave. Help with college tuition to complete Transition to Teaching program or continuing education.

Salary Information

$40,000 annual base salary for the 22-23 school year. Movement on schedule is $450 down and $500 across. Placement dependent on experience and need.

Employer Information

KINSLEY-OFFERLE SCHOOL DISTRICT USD #347

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Job Contact Address

120 W. 8th Street
Kinsley, KS 67547

Job Start Date: August-1-2023

Applications Due By: January-1-2024

Job Contact Information

Alicia Hodges
ahodges@usd347.org
620-659-3646

Agriculture Teacher – Goessel

*Alicia Cox will be staying home next year with her children.

AGRICULTURE TEACHER

Goessel USD 411 • www.usd411.org

Goessel, USD 411 is seeking a full-time Agriculture Teacher to lead our strong and supportive agriculture program. Over half of our students are enrolled in agriculture classes, and the majority actively participate in FFA activities. The successful candidate will be responsible for delivering high-quality agricultural education, fostering student engagement, and promoting a positive learning environment. We have a modern facility with many benefits including welding stations, plasma cam, paint booth, bridge crane, greenhouse, and classroom technology.


Requirements and Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor`s degree in Agriculture Education or related field
  2. Kansas State Teaching Certification in Agriculture Education (or eligibility for certification through alternative licensure programs)
  3. Knowledge and skill in agricultural sciences 
  4. Familiarity with FFA programs and activities
  5. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  6. Ability to collaborate with colleagues, administration, and community stakeholders
  7. Commitment to fostering student growth and success
  8. Valid driver`s license and ability to accompany students to FFA events and competitions

Responsibilities:

  1. Develop and deliver comprehensive agricultural curriculum to students
  2. Create engaging lesson plans and hands-on activities that align with state standards
  3. Provide instruction in various areas of agriculture, including animal science, plant science, agricultural mechanics, and agricultural business
  4. Promote student participation in FFA activities
  5. Foster a positive and inclusive learning environment that supports student growth and development
  6. Assess and evaluate student performance, provide timely feedback, and maintain accurate records of student progress
  7. Collaborate with colleagues to align curriculum and coordinate program activities
  8. Engage with parents, administration, and community members to promote the agriculture program and maintain strong community support
  9. Participate in professional development opportunities to enhance teaching skills and stay updated on advancements in agricultural education

Application Process:

Interested applicants should submit a resume and complete the application form available on our website. https://www.usd411.org/   under District Office and Employment Opportunities. Please contact Joni Smith, District Clerk, via email or phone to inquire about the application process or to submit your application materials. USD 411 is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Position is open until filled.

Benefits Information

District paid single BCBS health insurance and multiple Section 125 offerings.

Salary Information

Base salary is $40,423

Employer Information

Goessel USD 411 is a 1A school located in S. Central Kansas.  Goessel has a reputation for its achievements in academics, athletics and activities.  U.S. News and World Reports selected the high school 2 years in a row for its Bronze category of “Best of the Best in Education” in a nation-wide study.  The H.S. and the Elementary School have received numerous Governor`s Achievement Awards.  The district has been experiencing steady growth over the past couple of years.

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Job Contact Address

P.O. Box. 68
Goessel, KS 67053

Job Start Date: August-10-2023

Applications Due By: June-1-2023

Job Contact Information

Joni Smith
smithj@usd411.org
620-367-4601