THE HIGH SCHOOL MODEL
The TN Dept of Education Best Practice CTE Model - The DC Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) curriculum was developed by Dr. Melissa Loveless, Unaka High School, CTE Principal.
SAEs allow students to experience the diversity of agriculture and natural resources industries and to gain exposure to agricultural-related career pathways.
DC SAE requires a documented formal project scope, accurate recordkeeping, and student advisor supervision. At the onset of the SAE, each student develops their own personalized learning plan (PLP) and set five (5) specific SMART goals in order to receive credit for the course. Individual LEAs can choose whether or not to offer credit, provided participating students demonstrate mastery of specific outlined standards.
Partner with established local food distribution networks.
DC SAE @ Stoney Creek developed a partnership with Carter Christian Church that teams up with Second Harvest Food Bank to distribute food once a month.
Students that participate in the distribution of the food through this network can also use these community service hours to fulfill the requirements towards their Tennessee Promise community service hours for postsecondary enrollment at a community or technical college in Tennessee.
Many of the students benefit from the free/reduced breakfast and lunch programs provided through federal programs, so this partnership could also benefit the students and their families directly through the outreach aspect.
Development of a partnership with County Schools – Head Start and pre-K programs, to provide a field day experience.
One of the primary goals is to provide children with a learning environment which will help them develop socially, intellectually, physically, and emotionally in an age appropriate manner.
This “Drop by the Farm” day experience involves the high school students providing educational lessons and interactive activities for the younger students centered on the whole farm experience.
Provides high school students an opportunity to serve as mentors to the younger generation.
ADVISORS / TEACHERS
Dr. Melissa Loveless