S upervised A griculture E xperience. Pennsylvania Department of Education BCTE Pennsylvania SAE Guidelines July 2009. Supervised Agricultural Experience. The SAE program is education. It is hands-on, real-life agricultural career preparation experiences tied to:
Pennsylvania Department of Education
The SAE program is education.
It is hands-on, real-life agricultural
career preparation experiences tied to:
It ties together the entire agricultural education experience.
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Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs consist of planned practical activities conducted outside of class time, in which students develop and apply agricultural knowledge and skills.
Agricultural Education has thrived by implementing teaching methods that utilize three interconnectededucational components.
It is the student’s involvement in all three Agricultural Education components: classroom instruction, FFA and SAE, that challenges the student and develops the three skill domains.
The FFA student organization component develops the student’s affective skills,( Attitude),through structured leadership and career development activities and events.
The student’s psychomotor skills, commonly called manual or physical skills ( Skills) ,are developed through the supervised agricultural experience program (SAE).
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Plan Your Work
Work Your Plan
CAREER GOAL SETTING
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Once you have planned your SAE project,
turn your attention to developing several goals
that will enable you to be successful.
Goals should be SMART
- specific, measurable, agreed upon, realistic and time based
To check the progress of your goal setting you might hold SAE project evaluation meetings with the key members of your SAE team: teacher, parents, employer….
The acronym SMART has a number of slightly different variations, which can be used to provide a more comprehensive
definition for goal setting:
S - specific, significant, stretching
M - measurable, meaningful, motivational
A - agreed upon, attainable, achievable, acceptable, action-oriented
R - realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented
T - time-based, timely, tangible, trackable
This provides a broader definition that will help you to be successful in both your SAE and personal life.
Five factors that define a quality SAE program:
Students maintain an accurate and analytical set of records. Students develop an understanding of managerial practices and identifies alternatives based on his or her records.
2. The SAE is curriculum based
Students use knowledge gained from instruction in planning their SAE. Students use knowledge and skills gained from agricultural and academic principles to arrive at SAE project end products.
3. The SAE is student managed
Student applies classroom-learned skills in real-world settings with student initiating and controlling decisions.
4. The SAE is planned and comprehensive
Students experience skills that meet or exceed curricular expectations, accomplishing goals and is managed with a collaboration of student, teacher, and parents.
5. Student receives recognition
Recognition can begin with academic recognition for SAE accomplishments and develop into FFA degree recognition and develop further into state and national recognition through FFA proficiency awards and Record Book competitions.
While an SAE program may contain just one type of activity, the goal should be to show growth each year, either by improving or expanding your original project or adding an additional SAE.
This maximizes learning and your opportunities
for FFA awards and recognition.
The student plans, implements, operates, and assumes financial risks in a farming activity or agricultural business for an entrepreneurship SAE.
In entrepreneurship programs, the student owns the materials and other required inputs and keeps financial records to determine return to investments.
Placement or employment SAE programs involve the placement of students on farms or in agricultural businesses to provide a “learning-by-doing” environment.
This is done outside of normal classroom hours and may be paid or non-paid.
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Conservation SAE’s involves the student studying wildlife and the environment
(soil, water, air, renewable resources) and conducting research and activities to improve the environment and provide habitat for wildlife.
Conservation projects usually include multiple environmental BMP activities
throughout the year.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission provides regional and state level monetary awards for outstanding conservation projects.
They PGC Wildlife Conservation Officers also serve as technical advisors for SAE projects.
Improvement SAE projects include a series of learning activities that improve the value or appearance of the place of employment, home, school, or community; the efficiency of an enterprise or business; or the living conditions of the family.
The improvement project can occur at home, school or in your community. It can be paid or volunteer time.
Practicum Skill projects allow students to gain knowledge through:
Exploring various areas of agriculture
Exploring agricultural careers
Work in the school greenhouse or land lab
Serve as a school lab assistant
Develop and/or maintain the FFA chapter Web site.
Develop and/or participate in the recycling program
Plant a butterfly garden at an elementary school
The purpose of the experiment is to provide students “hands-on” experience in:
Verifying, learning, or demonstrating
scientific principles in agriculture
Discovering new knowledge
Using the scientific process
Research SAE include in depth activities where the student plans and conducts a major agricultural experiment using the scientific process.
After you decide which type of SAE you will do:
if you will be doing your records by hand
(paper and pencil) or electronically on the computer.
record book(s) to match the type of SAE you have selected.
Each SAE type will have a different record book format.
All record books can be downloaded from the PA FFA website:
from the PA FFA Web site.
Pages section (see notebook format below).
-SAE notebook colored tabs are available from the PA Association of Ag Educators
Tab 1: Planning (Common Pages download)
Tab 2: Enterprise 1
Tab 3-5: Additional Enterprises 2-4
Tab 6: Summary (Common Pages download)
Tab 7: Leadership (Common Pages download)
Your research project is eligible for competition in the
Agri science fairs
at the FFA state and national levels, as well as at your local fairs.
Awards and Recognition
Pennsylvania FFA SAE
Record Book Competitions
Events are held on the local and state level. See the PA FFA website for scorecards and all required record keeping forms.
Mid Atlantic Farm Credit and Ag Choice provide:
$250 for the top record book in each of the four FFA regions.
$500 for the top record book in PA.
These awards are presented on stage at the PA FFA Summer Convention in June.
Conservation SAE Project Opportunities
The PA Game Commission offers awards for outstanding projects and Record Books.
Students with outstanding record books are encouraged to
complete a National FFA proficiency award application.
State Regional Proficiency winners receive $25 and a plaque.
State Proficiency winners receive $100 and a plaque and represents PA in national competition.
Go to the National FFA website for a list of proficiency areas and
FFA Proficiency Awards
1. Classroom discussion, Ag Sci textbook and videos
2. Upperclassmen FFA Members
3. PA FFA Handbook (on PA FFA website)
4. National FFA Student Handbook
5. National FFA Official Manual
6. PA FFA website: www.paffa.state.pa.us