...students admit that the reason they come to school many days is because they don’t want to miss their opportunity to work with their dog in the classroom.
Livingston, LA (PRWEB) October 07, 2011
Continental Kennel Club (CKC) will be attending the National FFA Convention October 19-21, 2011, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. The CKC staff will be manning Booth #1906 in Teacher’s World during the convention and workshops. CKC staff will be representing CKC's innovative Canine Care and Training Program (CCTP). This cutting-edge program is creating quite a buzz among educators throughout the United States. Several schools have incorporated the innovative program into their agriculture and animal science curricula with remarkable results.
The CCTP program was developed by Continental Kennel Club in 2006 as a vehicle to expose students to the benefits of using positive reinforcement to change animal behavior, to teach students basic communication skills with canines, and to make them aware of current dog issues in the community. After an initial pilot program in 2006, the program was subsequently approved by the Louisiana Department of Education as a one-half semester credit course in the Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources program clusters.
The Canine Care and Training Program involves mostly schoolwork inside the classroom, but students are encouraged to take what they learn and apply it outside of the classroom. According to Mike Roy, who along with his responsibilities as the CEO of CKC also serves as chairman of the Louisiana FFA Foundation Board, “By creating an accredited curriculum for high school students, those who participate in the FFA program on campus can learn about man’s best friend in the classroom. They will then be able to apply their knowledge, whether at home, by helping an elderly neighbor, or by volunteering at a local shelter.”
The curriculum includes teaching on the meaning of canine behavior and body language; the basic health, nutritional, and veterinary needs of dogs; socialization and the developmental needs of puppies; and the safe handling of dogs in canine-related jobs. Teachers who wish to incorporate the CKC Canine Care and Training Program into their classroom must complete the CCTP Level 1 Online Teacher Training at http://www.ckcusa.com/cctp/. Upon completion, the teacher will receive all of the necessary teaching materials for the classroom. Students progress through the course with a student workbook and complete tests for each section. Upon satisfactory completion of the CCTP Level 1 course, students receive a Certificate of Completion from CKC.
The anticipated 55,000 attendees at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis will have the opportunity to visit with CKC representatives and learn more about the Canine Care and Training Program. CKC representatives will show teachers how they can bring this exciting training program into their classrooms alongside their Ag Science or Vocational Education. One educator who teaches the program in an alternative school in Louisiana remarked that many of his students admit that the reason they come to school many days is because they don’t want to miss their opportunity to work with their dog in the classroom.
Yes! You really can bring dogs in the classroom. Join Continental Kennel Club at Booth #1906 at the National FFA Convention as it shows you how to bring this ultimate attention grabber to your classroom.
For more information on Continental Kennel Club visit: http://www.ckcusa.com
For information on the Canine Care and training Program visit: http://www.continentalkennelclub.com/cctp/
For National FFA Convention information visit: http://www.ffa.org