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Agriculture Education Teachers - don't miss this educational opportunity 2010 WinterGreen Conference

For a complete conference brochure go to:
http://content.yudu.com/A1illx/Wintergreen2009/resources/index.htm?referrerUrl=

Teachers Can Earn 1 plu (see below) * Workshops and seminars on the latest in landscaping, nursery practices, water management and marketing Earn pesticide re-certification credit hours for many of the workshops Georgia's broadest selection of plants, equipment and essential supplies for all aspects of the Green Industry in over 275 booths

All teachers who had nursery landscape teams or preparing floriculture should be preparing students for Junior GGIA Certification.

Date:January 28th, 2010 *NEW Location:* Gwinnett Civic Center, Duluth, GA

AGENDA
9:30 - 9:50 Registration and Pick Up Name Badges Room 6BC
10:00 - 11:30 *New ! GGIA Career Speakers* & Group Photo Room 6BC
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch 12:30 - 1:00
Trade Show Visit 1:00 - 1:15
Check in for Jr. GGIA Testing Room 5ABC
1:30 - 3:00 Jr. GGIA Testing Room 5ABC

TEACHER PLU: Teachers who attend the full conference day 9:30 -3 p.m. and have prepared students who participate in the Jr GGIA certification testing are eligible for one plu. Note: prepared means your students come to the certification practiced and prepared to pass the test. plu will not be rewarded to teachers with low student scores reflecting a lack of preparation

The Georgia Green Industry Junior Certification Level I program consists of a written exam and plant identification practicum. The written test is based on the educational objectives of the Georgia Agriculture Education horticulture curriculum and features 50 multiple choice questions. To pass the written exam, a student must answer thirty-five questions correctly. The second portion of the certification is plant identification. Fifty plants will be displayed for students to identify. To pass the identification, a student must identify thirty-five plants correctly.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Students grades 6-12th are eligible to register and test for certification.

HOW TO PREPARE? There is now a folder under the Horticulture Resources with all the GGIA Junior Certification materials including test study guides and powerpoints with all identification plants.

http://www.gaaged.org/Horticulture%20Resources/index.htm

Plants are a combination from the FFA cde nursery landscape and floriculture list. Format of test will be similar to cde. Students will have the plant list and have to write in the correct number that matches the plant. Written test will be multiple choice - best way to prepare is to review past horticulture cde exam questions that address the topics outline for Jr. GGIA certification.

* Note : students who passed part of the certification (example passed the written exam but did not pass the plant identification) only have to take the part they did not pass.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? The registration fee is $10.00 for students from a school that is a GGIA member and $20.00 for students from non-member schools.

HOW TO JOIN GGIA? Contact Georgia Gree Indsutry Association at [log in to unmask] / 706-632-0100 /

HOW DO I KNOW WHO PASSED? Exams will be graded the day of testing. Students who pass the exam and plant identification will be rewarded with a portfolio certificate and a GGIA Junior Certification t-shirt. Top scoring individual will be recognized with a GGIA plaque.

WHAT IF A STUDENT DOES NOT PASSED? All scores will be given back to the teachers of the students. An individual student can retake the exam as many times as he/she desires.

WHY SHOULD TEACHERS ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO BE CERTIFIED?

1. Connect students with Georgia Green Industry.

2. Links classroom instruction directly to real life.

3. Establish guidelines for achievement.

4.Award high levels of competence in the curriculum of horticulture.

5.Improve student participation by encouraging certification for performance.

6. Increase the self-esteem of the student.

7. Program reputation in community and industry for producing student excellence.

HOW TO REGISTER? Deadline for Registration is January 7th. To register for the Junior GGIA certification email [log in to unmask] with the below information:

A. Name of School: ________________
B. Address of School: ______________________
C. Teacher's Name Attending: _________________
D. Other Adults Names Attending: _______________
E. Student's Name and T-shirt size Attending: ________________
* Maximum of 10 students per adult/teacher

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Dr. Teri Hamlin
North Region Agriculture Education
Georgia Department of Education
204C Four Towers University of Georgia
Athens, Ga 30602
706-542-3679 / 706-540-0032
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