You Talk. We Listen

You said,
“LPS needs to define their team’s role and services offered to states and communicate that role to states.”

Our response:
We are creating a one-page fact sheet regarding the roles, responsibilities and objectives to share with state leaders. We are also scheduling trips to states to conduct an LPS Needs Assessment so that at least 50 percent of the country has identified areas where LPS can be of service.

You said,
“LPS needs to develop more progressive ways to reach demographics that staff struggle to reach.”

Our response:
We are taking a variety of steps to accomplish this. The first, is by working with the Toyota Diversity project to reach the underserved and under-represented student populations. We are also working with the National FFA Organization’s diversity and inclusion team to identify ways to reach all students and teachers so that they are respected, connected, and affirmed. In the field, we are working with teacher educators to identify ways to recruit the underserved and under-represented student populations into the teaching profession. We are also delivering teacher professional development workshops that stress inclusiveness as requested by state staff and teacher leaders.

You said,
“LPS needs to improve accuracy and consistency of information between LPS and FFA program staff.”

Our response:
We are increasing the number of LPS meetings with all of the program staff members of the National FFA Organization to facilitate increased communication and flow of information from the organization to the states and from the states to the National FFA staff. We are increasing LPS participation with internal cross teams. We are engaging the National FFA staff through Webex video conferencing features to increase communications and flow of information.

You said,
“LPS needs to improve quality of service provided.”

Our response:
We are scheduling trips to states to conduct an LPS Needs Assessment so that at least 50 percent of the country has identified areas where LPS can be of service.

You said,
“LPS needs to increase focus on training first year teachers and those that are alternatively certified.”

Our response:
We are scheduling trips to states to conduct an LPS Needs Assessment so that at least 50 percent of the country has identified areas where LPS can provide assistance with training the first year and alternatively certified teachers. We are also working with state staff and university personnel to deliver professional development to pre-service and early career teachers in Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Florida, Mississippi and Idaho.

You said,
“LPS needs to increase opportunities for small group interactions.”

Our response:
We are scheduling trips to states to conduct an LPS Needs Assessment so that at least 50 percent of the country has identified areas where LPS can provide assistance with Team Ag Ed and other small group meetings.

You said,
“LPS needs to increase opportunities to work with teacher educators.”

Our response:
We are scheduling trips to states to conduct an LPS Needs Assessment so that at least 50 percent of the country has identified areas where LPS can increase cooperation with teacher educators. We are already working with teacher educators in Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Florida, Mississippi and Idaho.