OATA Professional Development Strands

OATA has established the following areas (referred to as ‘Strands’) that all professional development programming will be based upon.


  • Program planning for Fall, Summer, and other conferences and programming organized and executed by OATA will utilize the following Strands in order to plan workshop and programming topics
  • All topics must fit into at least one of the Strands
  • At least one Program of Study Pathway will be emphasized yearly, with all pathways being emphasized at least once every four years
  • All Strands do not have to incorporated into every PD event
  • Every effort for a diverse program of topics and content areas should be made
  • OATA Leadership and Program Organizers will identify which Strand(s) every session is aligned with for communication with administrators and other stakeholders
  • Strands will be reviewed and modified as needed by the Professional Growth Committee


Adopted Strands:

  • Program of Study Pathways Content Areas
    • Animal Systems
    • Plant Systems
    • Agribusiness
    • Power, Structure, and Technology
  • Other Agricultural Science & Technology Content Areas
  • FFA (including but not limited to)
    • CDE
    • Leadership Development
    • Program of Activities
    • Awards
    • Alumni
  • Supervised Agricultural Experience
  • Agriscience Inquiry
  • Pedagogy/Teaching Strategies
  • Program Planning
  • Early Career/Mid-Career/Experienced Teacher cohorts



Last updated:  June 2015


Considering I find myself in the group that can realistically say "remember when" I have seen a bit of change in the education field, or have I? I'm not sure. Just because I changed from a Hereford operation to an Angus operation, is that really change? Same daily chores I think.

change_cartoon1I believe some similar observations can be drawn in the field of education. I have witnessed and been involved in some minor changes, unfortunately (in my humble opinion) nothing of significance to improve overall education. Calculators, Madelyn Hunter, block scheduling, trimester, computer technology, competency based, CIM/CAM, sage on the stage/guide on the side, film strip to power-point, CCG's, course/classes versus program, ever changing standards, and of course the current "strategy of the moment" by one of the latest PHD authors. Concepts that are repackaged and renamed as the best possible solution to our education issues. That is a small sampling of my history and there may be a bit of cynicism here. Some less experienced readers might not recognize some of those terms.

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