Summer Conference 2018 - BMCC, Pendleton

OATA Summer Conference will be in Pendleton, Oregon Tuesday, June 19th through the 21st.


DEEP DIVE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!  The offerings include Tractor Safety, AET, and Soil Science.  Space is limited!


Workshop Materials

Presenters are invited to upload their workshop materials to the OATA page on NAAE's Communities of Practice.


The At-A-Glance Agenda is pdf now available here (814 KB)  UPDATED 6/1/2018

The Full Agenda is pdf available here (856 KB) UPDATED 6/13/2018




Blue Mountain Community College


Hotel Information:

There is no specified conference hotel.  The Pendleton Red Lion is a popular choice for BMCC access.  Pendleton has many options.

Fall Conference 2017 - Salem-Keizer CTEC

OATA Fall Conference will be October 12-13, 2017 at the Salem-Keizer Career & Technical Education Center (CTEC).



Workshop Materials

Presenters are invited to upload their workshop materials to the OATA page on NAAE's Communities of Practice.


The agenda will be posted soon.



Dinner/potential tour will be on Thursday is TBD, after 6pm and ending by 9pm

Meetings on Friday will be held at CTEC. The day will begin at 8am and be done by 4pm.

 Directions to CTEC can be found here: 3501 Portland Rd NE, Salem, OR 97301 


Hotel Information:

A room block has been made at the Red Lion in Salem for October 12th.

The rate is $109.19.

The block is reserved under OATA.

Red Lion Hotel Salem
3301 Market St NE, Salem, OR 97301
(503) 370-7888

More information will be posted as it develops

OATA Professional Development Strands

OATA has established the following areas (referred to as ‘Strands’) that all professional development programming will be based upon.


  • Program planning for Fall, Summer, and other conferences and programming organized and executed by OATA will utilize the following Strands in order to plan workshop and programming topics
  • All topics must fit into at least one of the Strands
  • At least one Program of Study Pathway will be emphasized yearly, with all pathways being emphasized at least once every four years
  • All Strands do not have to incorporated into every PD event
  • Every effort for a diverse program of topics and content areas should be made
  • OATA Leadership and Program Organizers will identify which Strand(s) every session is aligned with for communication with administrators and other stakeholders
  • Strands will be reviewed and modified as needed by the Professional Growth Committee


Adopted Strands:

  • Program of Study Pathways Content Areas
    • Animal Systems
    • Plant Systems
    • Agribusiness
    • Power, Structure, and Technology
  • Other Agricultural Science & Technology Content Areas
  • FFA (including but not limited to)
    • CDE
    • Leadership Development
    • Program of Activities
    • Awards
    • Alumni
  • Supervised Agricultural Experience
  • Agriscience Inquiry
  • Pedagogy/Teaching Strategies
  • Program Planning
  • Early Career/Mid-Career/Experienced Teacher cohorts



Last updated:  June 2015


Considering I find myself in the group that can realistically say "remember when" I have seen a bit of change in the education field, or have I? I'm not sure. Just because I changed from a Hereford operation to an Angus operation, is that really change? Same daily chores I think.

change_cartoon1I believe some similar observations can be drawn in the field of education. I have witnessed and been involved in some minor changes, unfortunately (in my humble opinion) nothing of significance to improve overall education. Calculators, Madelyn Hunter, block scheduling, trimester, computer technology, competency based, CIM/CAM, sage on the stage/guide on the side, film strip to power-point, CCG's, course/classes versus program, ever changing standards, and of course the current "strategy of the moment" by one of the latest PHD authors. Concepts that are repackaged and renamed as the best possible solution to our education issues. That is a small sampling of my history and there may be a bit of cynicism here. Some less experienced readers might not recognize some of those terms.

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