Julie Fritsch

FFA Convention Keynote Speakers, Common Core Webinar

Blog Post created by Julie Fritsch on Jun 11, 2012
Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education


Teach Ag Survey - Agricultural Education Teacher Educators: Please participate in a brief professional survey that will be a valuable tool in providing important data on the perceived agriculture teacher shortage.  Your responses are extremely important to the profession.  Please have one person from each Ag Ed institution complete the survey by July 16th.  http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/927010/Ag-Ed-Degree-Institution-Student-Data-May-2012 Contact Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator if you have questions or need assistance.  

Communities of Practice - communities.naae.org

Interested in facilitating a CoP community? We currently need facilitators forAg. Economics, Ag Mechanics, Small Animal, and Veterinary Science.

To volunteer, contact CoP administrator Julie Fritsch, or learn more by reading thisfacilitator position description.

Teacher Mentor Highlight: Steve Pritchard
Agricultural education runs in Steve Pritchard’s blood. He is a second-generation agriculture teacher, and in addition to inspiring his students to choose teaching agriculture as a career, he has brought his daughter, Lindsey, into the profession. Maybe he is just genetically predisposed to agricultural education, but his colleagues cite his unwavering commitment to his students and community as inspirational. Pritchard has been teaching at McLoud Public Schools for thirty-three years. He won a NAAE Teacher Mentor award in 2011. Read more


From FFA

Keynote Speakers Announced for FFA Convention
This year's keynote speakers will be male figure skater Scott Hamilton, NMSU's Dr. Lowell Catlett, and Marine Corporal and Indianapolis Colts' spokesperson Josh Bleill. Read more

FFA Chapter Innovators' Guide
Flip through the latest edition of the Chapter Innovators' Guide and get inspired by FFA members who are making a difference in their communities. Read more


CAST Friday Notes

This week’s newsletter offers news headlines, another meme of the week, and a follow-up blog about pigs—gestation stalls, open pens, and a few thoughts from the pigs.

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 most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes.



If you are an agriculture teacher in Florida or Louisiana, and have ever considered teaching CASE, this summer is your opportunity to get the curriculum and accompanying professional development for free.  As a special project of the National FFA Foundation, Mosaic is sponsoring full scholarships for Florida and Louisiana agriculture teachers to attend a 2012 CASE institute of their choosing. The Florida scholarship even includes a $500 travel stipend.

Visit http://communities.naae.org/message/12562 for the application form, and http://www.case4learning.org  to learn more about CASE and find institutes with openings.  This opportunity will be available until all scholarships have been awarded. Questions?  Contact CASE Operations Coordinator Miranda Chaplin at  mchaplin.naae@uky.edu.



Common Core Webinar with America's Promise TOMORROW
The Common Core State Standards should be a  beautiful fit with career and technical education. After all, the mission specifically says that the standards are designed to provide “the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.” Yet, the integration of CCSS and CTE currently varies widely across the United States. Join ACTE and America’s Promise Alliance on June 12 for a free webinar that can help you start bridging that gap.

Register today or click here to learn more!



Legislative Update: House Committee Passes WIA Reauth Bill
The House Education and the Workforce Committee held a markup of H.R. 4297, the Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012 yesterday. The bill represents large scale changes to the current WIA program. The bill was approved by a party line vote of 23 to 15. There is no word on when the bill will go to the floor. Read more



Food Safety Questions Answered on the Go
Consumers can ask food safety questions any time of day, instantly from their smartphones thanks to a USDA created virtual food safety representative. Read more



Have student load debt? If you're teaching, you could qualify for USDE's Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Read more.