4th Annual Domestic Study Away in Tennessee

Posted: March 14, 2016

This is an opportunity to travel and experience school-based Agriculture Education on a whole new level. The Penn State TeachAg! Society will be traveling to Tennessee for the 4th Annual Domestic Study Away.

This is an opportunity to travel and experience school-based Agriculture Education on a whole new level. We want you to join Teach Ag! Society for the 4th annual Domestic Study Away. Our 2016 Destination State is: Tennessee. The professional development focus topic is: “STEM Integration in Agricultural Education Settings: Comparing Urban to Rural Programs”. We will be engaging in programs throughout Tennessee including Nashville!

The link to apply is: Deadline for applications is Monday, March 21st. We will notify all applicants of the admission decision as soon possible, but no later than Friday, March 25th.

Here's a few important things to know about this year's Domestic Study Away:

• When? May 9th -16th (subject to some “shifting” by 1 or 2 days either way dependent upon flight availability)

• How Much? The cost of this experience is expected to be $1000. You will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $500 by Monday, March 31st. The second payment of $500 would be due on Monday, May 2nd.

We are working to secure grants from a variety of sources (and welcome suggestions!). If we are successful, we hope to not require the second payment.

If the cost will hinder your ability to participate in the trip, please talk to Nate Repetz, or Dr. Foster, Finances alone should not prevent you from participating in this transformational experience.

Still not sure if you want to join TeachAg! Society this year? Check out the previous Domestic Study Away experiences below. Please contact Nate Repetz (call or text to 717-756-2898; email or Dr. Foster ( if you have any questions. Come along with TeachAg! Society for an incredible, eye-opening, unique experience! You won't regret it!

Past Experiences (check out and click on the year and month to learn more)

• In 2015, the Domestic Study Away was to Mississippi with a topical focus of instructing financial literacy through work-based learning in rural Appalachian areas through school-based agricultural education. (Twitter Hashtag: #PSUAgEd2Miss) (May 2015 for blog)

• In 2014, the Domestics Study Away was to Colorado with a topical focus of Integrating Service Learning Pedagogies through Farm to School Programming. (Twitter Hashtag: #TeachAgDSA14) (June 2014 for blog)

• In 2013, the trip was to Arizona to see programs in urban, suburban and rural areas with a topical focus of multicultural competency particularly including those serving the Navajo Reservation. (Twitter Hashtag #PSUAgEd2Az) (July 2013 for blog)

• In 2012, students partnered with Ohio State to visit urban based programs serving unique populations. (April 2014 for blog)

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