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3 Circle Model      
Agricultural Education uses a three-circle model of instruction. These are: classroom and laboratory instruction, leadership development (FFA), and experiential learning (SAE).

Classroom/Lab Instruction is effectively delivered by certified agriculture teachers who are dedicated to staying up-to-date on the rapidly evolving, global agriculture industry in order to present the most cutting-edge information to students. Many courses are cross-walked with core subject matter, and Assembly Bill 236 was passed in spring 2009 which allows for approved agriculture courses to earn science credits.

Classes are an integral component:
The class component builds student knowledge of agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems and techniques, current technologies and advancements, and issues related to environmental, economic and social sustainability. It also integrates FFA and SAE concepts and principles into daily instruction.

Without the FFA or SAE components, the class instruction would be ineffective in preparing well-rounded, college- and career-ready students. Likewise, without the class instruction there would be no content knowledge basis upon which FFA and SAE components are built.

The FFA offers opportunities to develop life and career skills as well as incentive programs that encourage student excellence in the class and SAE components. Without the class and SAE components, there would be no knowledge and skill basis for which the FFA could offer competitions or award programs. Likewise, without the FFA, the life and career skill attainment would be moderate.

The SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) component is exclusive to the agriculture discipline and is arguably the linchpin of the Agricultural Education program. It engages students in an experiential learning project that can be entrepreneurial, research-based or employment-based.

SAE is an integral component: SAE's offer hands-on opportunities for students to refine their employability skills and tackle real-world situations. It also challenge students to apply what they learn in class and FFA activities in order to solidify knowledge and skills.

Without the class and FFA components, there would be no opportunity for students to grow their base knowledge or compete for recognition of their SAE program. Likewise, without the SAE component, the knowledge and skills attained would not be as rich or as deeply engrained.

Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) Philosophy and Guiding Principles

Why Agricultural Education?      
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  • Agricultural Education is a key component of the Wisconsin education system and enhances the social, economic and environmental well-being of the state.
  • Agricultural Education utilizes three program components that work in harmony to attain whole-student development of 21st century skills and achieve college and career readiness.
  • A healthy balance of all three pieces of this program is necessary to foster well-rounded students who possess valuable 21st century skills.
  • While the emphasis of Agricultural Education is the agriculture industry and its very broad spectrum of careers, we know that many of our graduates are successful in careers beyond the agriculture industry and would attribute their accomplishments back to Agriculture Education.

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