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XLR8 Conference - A FEW SEATS REMAIN OPEN!      
Presenter: National Association of Agricultural Educators
Location: Brookridge Room, Double Tree Hotel & Conference Center 10 Brickyard Dr, Bloomington, IL 
Time: Monday, June 20th 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Tuesday, June 21st 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Attire: Business Casual
Lunch: Provided on Monday
Capacity: 20 teachers - must be entering year 7-15 of teaching.
Description: XLR8 is a year-long professional development program that targets agriculture teachers in their 7th-15th year of teaching. 
The overall goals of this program include:
*develop experienced teacher leaders who will mentor other teachers in the profession;
*provide mid-career level specific professional development to participants;
* increase overall longevity and satisfaction of participants with their chosen career of teaching agriculture.  
How to Register: 
Registration is now open for this workshop. To register go to, login, go to your Dashboard and click on PD Registration.

Growing Success in Your Greenhouse      
Presenter: Jennifer Banda & Larry Haigh, University of Illinois Extension
Location: Room 107F (Soils Lab) at the Ropp Ag Building, Illinois State University, 301 N. Main Street, Normal, IL
Parking: G83 lot (right behind the Ropp Ag Building). Our friends at ISU will cover parking for us.
: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Attire: Casual
Lunch: Working lunch will be provided.
Capacity: 25 Teachers
Description: Attend this workshop to learn tips for managing your greenhouse from top to bottom. Topics include identifying structural systems in your greenhouse, common pests and diseases and how to control them, planting schedules and the tools to create your own, student management in the greenhouse, and opportunities for funding and fundraising. We will also play a matching game, practice writing a grant request, create a plant management schedule, and plant some seeds for success. 


9AM - 10AM: Introductions and Greenhouse Systems
10AM -11AM: Common Pests and Diseases (with Kahoot)
11AM - 12PM: Funding and Fundraising in the Greenhouse (with Budget worksheet)
12PM - 12:30PM: Working Lunch–Brainstorm ideas for what you might want to grow
12:30 - 1:30PM: Planting Guide–Schedules and Supplies (Make a plan for one product, plus seed starting and propagation activity)
1:30 - 2:30PM: Managing Students in the Greenhouse (Make a map of your greenhouse)
2:30 - 3PM: Questions and Wrap-Up

How to Register: 
Registration is now open for this workshop. To register teachers, or those with accounts, go to, login, go to your Dashboard and click on PD Registration. If you do not have an account yet, please contact Jennifer Waters at

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