Amaris Ketcham

Lots to Look Forward to in 2012

Blog Post created by Amaris Ketcham on Jan 9, 2012

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education


2012 NAAE Award Applications – Show us how you excel. State winning applications are due to the NAAE office postmarked by May 15, 2012. Apply now>>

2012 NAAE Internships
– NAAE is seeking interns for Advocacy, Communications, and a new internship for Professional Development.  If you have former students who are college upperclassman now that would be interested, please encourage them to apply. Application process information can be found here. Applications are due February 1, 2012.

2012 National Policy Seminar – March 5-7, 2012
Represent ag ed on the hill and talk to your lawmakers during this seminar. NAAE will pay the registration fee for one state representative to attend the 2012 NPS in Washington D.C. The registration deadline is February 3rd! More Info>>

The National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy applications are available online here.
  The application deadline is January 27, 2012. 

Forty-eight National Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors will be selected from across the nation to take part in this program.  There will be two weeks: June 23-29 and July 8-13, 2012 and an Ambassador is only required to attend one week. Learn More>>

Communities of Practice



The lead stories this week have Miss America taking a final ag-related bow, the antibiotics issue getting contagious, turkeys starring in a hidden video, and pigs playing computer games. Students will find article links with information, opportunities, and oddities about the wonderful world of agriculture.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology
's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes is available due to a grant from Winfield Solutions (a Land O’Lakes company).  Instructors of agriculture have access to the wide range of material from CAST, and they may forward the information to students for educational use with no strings attached.


Click here to access the January 6 edition of CASTFriday Notes.



In three short years of implementation, Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is gaining support in regions across the United States. CASE is an instructional system providing teachers curriculum, targeted professional development, and assessment tools to strengthen STEM connections in secondary agricultural education. Read More>>


Webinars to Learn More about CASE
Are you looking for information about CASE curriculum and professional development? CASE staff will be holding five different webinars for teachers to learn about the courses available from CASE and what exactly happens during the 80-hour CASE Institute. See a list of webinars>>



Legislative Update - 2011 Year in Review
A new congress, appropiations, debt limit talks and more. Take a look of what happened in 2011. Read More>>


From US Department of Education

Win $1,500 in ED’s College Net Price Calculator Student Video Challenge
The College Net Price Calculator Student Video Challenge asks high school and college students to produce short videos highlighting why the calculators are a valuable resource.  A panel of higher education stakeholders will judge the entries, and the top three contestants will each win a $1,500 cash prize. Video submissions are due Jan. 31, and the winner will be announced this spring. Read more>>

From FFA Alumni

FFA Alumni Development Conference!
Each year state and local FFA Alumni leaders are invited to this action packed four day conference.  In 2012 we’re excited to be in Bozeman, Montana July 11-15.  As a state or local leader this conference offers you the chance to learn more about FFA Alumni, provides an opportunity to strengthen relationships and provide input on planning, and gather ideas from across the nation on how Alumni are supporting FFA and agricultural education!  We encourage you to attend and consider how you might assist your national FFA officer candidate, teacher leaders and/or state FFA staff to attend as well to continue to build support for FFA Alumni within your state.  Each state receives one grant to cover half the conference fee for one official state representative.  Conference pricing and a tentative agenda will be available this spring. with any questions.


National FFA Alumni Webinar Series
National FFA Alumni has a new 2011-12 webinar series, with topics ranging from training on how to become a greater asset to your local teacher and program to understanding today’s agriculture, agricultural education and FFA.  Each session is recorded and can be accessed online at any point for reference.  We invite you to join us on a future webinar of interest or check out last year’s sessions.  We would appreciate any assistance in spreading the word to members, teachers, and team ag ed regarding this service. You can find all material and the recorded webinar on the FFA Alumni website.


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