The Future Teachers of Alabama (FTA) and TEACH Alabama celebrated the 8th Annual Grow Our Own Week February 10 - 14, 2014.
Grow Our Own Week is designed to promote teaching in the state of Alabama, the importance of being a teacher, and to encourage more students to consider teaching as a career choice. The week is also designed to promote the Alabama State Department of Education TEACH Alabama curriculum and the Alabama Education Association (AEA) FTA.
During Grow Our Own Week, local school systems are encouraged to promote activities focusing on education and highlighting the important role of teachers. FTA Chapters across the state participate in two contests. A team competition in which students prepare and teach a lesson plan with a video recording submitted for judging. In the other, students create a bulletin board based on the teaching profession or a lesson plan created by participants. The idea behind the bulletin board along with pictures of the board are also submitted for judging.
Scottsboro High School’s FTA Chapter was the 2014 Grow Our Own Week contest winner. Their winning entry was a lesson plan video. Each participant of the winning team was presented a plaque at the annual awards luncheon sponsored by the AEA and a resolution from the State Department of Education. The team members were Genesis Villatoro, Analyssa Dunaway, and Jordan Ledbetter. Debbie Fanning, Career and Technical Education teacher at Scottsboro High School, is the FTA Advisor.
During the March 12, 2014, State Board of Education meeting, a resolution was passed designating February 10 - 14, 2014, as Grow Our Own Week in the state of Alabama. The resolution was carried over from the February meeting due to weather.
For additional information on the Future Teachers of Alabama or to start a chapter at your local high school, contact Dr. Pamela Fossett