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From NAAE

The National Teach Ag Campaign is looking for an intern during the 2012-2013 academic school year.  This will be a paid position. The Intern will work directly with the National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator on Teach Ag programs and initiatives. Application materials and a position description can be found here. Application materials must be postmarked by Monday, August 6th. Contact Ellen Thompson with questions.  

 

Communities of Practice - communities.naae.org. Check out some recent posts:

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CAST Friday Notes

This week’s newsletter includes news headlines such as the Nationwide Heat Stroke, Another Angle on Ag Communication, CAST Overstock Giveaway, and article about rainbow lobsters.

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.


National FFA

Champions of Change
The White House Champions of Change program highlights the stories and examples of citizens across the country who are “Winning the Future” with projects and initiatives that move their communities forward.  Each week, the Office of Public Engagement (OPE) hosts an event to honor those who are working to empower and inspire other members of their communities.


This September, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of Public Engagement will welcome 4-H and FFA members and their mentors to the White House to recognize the exceptional ways they are impacting their communities. 

Nominate an outstanding FFA member or adult leader to be one of The White House's Champions of Change.


National FFA American Star Award Finalists Selected
The National FFA Organization has selected 16 finalists (four per award) for the organization’s top awards: American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience. These star awards recognize students who have developed outstanding agricultural skill and competency through their career development programs, demonstrated outstanding management skills, earned the American FFA Degree—the organization’s highest level of accomplishment—and met other agricultural education, scholarship and leadership requirements. See the list of recipients


Agriculture in the Classroom

The Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC)National Resource Directory offers 194 lessons plans for students aged Pre-K through 12th grade.


How much do you know about agriculture? How much do your students know? See where your knowledge and students' knowledge stands with these quizzes from AITC.

Almost every state in America has its own AITC program and directory for agricultural educators. Click here to find your state.


USDA

Agricultural Thesaurus
The Thesaurus and Glossary are online vocabulary tools of agricultural terms in English and Spanish. Over 87,000 terms, a glossary of definitions for technical terms, and 17 browsable subject categories. A great resource for teachers.


From ACTE

2012 ACTE/NCLA Best Practices and Innovations Conference
October 10, 2012 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Skirvin Hilton, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Registration (print form) is now open for the 2012 ACTE/NCLA Best Practices and Innovations in Career and Technical Education Conference! Early-bird registration ends Sept. 7, so register soon to take advantage of the reduced rate!

View the tentative agenda.

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Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education.

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

From NAAE

Communities of Practice - communities.naae.org. Check out some recent posts:

With the academic school year rapidly approaching in states across the country, there are many lesson plans, curriculm and classroom ideas being shared on CoP. We encourage you to check out the recently posted content and add your own.

NAAE Member Matt Eddy Wins CCFF Agriscience Educator Award
On July 10, the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation and the American Farm Bureau Federation presented the Third Annual Agriscience Awards at a luncheon ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Matthew Eddy, NAAE member and agriculture teacher at Southeast Polk High School in Pleasant Hill, Iowa was selected for the Agriscience Educator Award, an honor which comes with a $5,000 award.

Matt has been an active NAAE member for many years, and was selected as a national finalist in the Agriscience Teacher of the Year award in 2011. Congratulations Matt!

For more information about Matt and the CCFF Agriscience Award, click here.

Special offer from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Become a member of NSTA and expand your professional development opportunities. NSTA is offering a special discount membership rate of $64 for NAAE members. That's a 14% savings off regular NSTA dues. Take advantage of new opportunities and resources that will help enhance your career. Go to the NSTA website to join NSTA on-line.

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CAST Friday Notes

This week’s newsletter includes news headlines such as the The Big Dry: Update, Agriculture Research, Opportunities and Opinions, and a pop culture parody video called "Farm It, Maybe?".

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.

National FFA

The National FFA Organization needs your help, as we prepare to package one million meals at the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. The FFA Rally to Fight Hunger will involve 10,000 FFA members, advisors, alumni, volunteers and stakeholders from October 24-26 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Participants from across the nation will assemble meals to provide relief from hunger and malnutrition during hour-long shifts to in an unprecedented three-day effort against hunger. Shift scheduling will be part of Online Convention Registration, which will open in mid-August. Click here for more information or contact us at Rally@ffa.org.

USDE

Click here to read about Moving and Reading with Stars at Let’s Read! Let’s Move!. There are two more eventscoming up to support First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign, which promotes healthy eating and an active lifestyle, while also encouraging summer reading and adults reading to children.

If you have students thinking about applying to college or career school the U.S. Department of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid has launched some exciting new tools to help you through the financial aid process. Check out their new site here.

USDA

Got Questions on Local Food? Join Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan This Tuesday (7/24) and #AskUSDAClick here for more information and resources for Know Your Food.

Agricultural Weather and Drought Update Click here.

Animal Improvement Programs Laboratory (AIPL) Kid's Corner. AIPL Kid's Corner is an educational resource where children can learn interesting and exciting facts about the dairy labs, cows, and dairy products through fun games and puzzles. This could be a great resource for your ag literacy programs.

From NASDCTEc


Career Technical Education (CTE) can be a source of competitive advantage for the nation if given the right support from government and opportunity for partnerships with business and industry, says John McGlade, Chairman, President and CEO of the global gases and chemicals company, Air Products. Read More...

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Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education.

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

From NAAE

Communities of Practice - communities.naae.org. Check out some recent posts:LAST DAY 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 Monday. July 16th. Take the survey here Contact Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator if you have questions or need assistance.  back to top Back to top

CAST Friday Notes

This week’s newsletter includes news headlines such as the Triskaidekaphobia(a fear of the number 13), and Social Media and Ag Communication, a feature about the talented Interns from the smartphone generation that are helping CAST close the digital gap, an article about students playing a role as beef buyers, and how to feed pigs for less.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.

National FFA

The 85th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis has the potential to be the biggest yet! And, this year, Indianapolis will provide even more hotel rooms in close proximity to the convention facilities. Visit the website herefor planning information including budgeting, official dress, wifi locations, schedule, registration and more.

USDE

With the new school year approaching it's time for lesson planning and the U.S. Department of Education is here to help.Click here for teaching resources for Earth Sciences, including subjects like climate change, geology, enviornment, oceans, and many more!Click here for teaching resources for Life Sciences, including subjects like animals/zoology, cells, diseases, genes/evolution and more!

USDA

Statistics and Mapping Tools:For more useful tools and resources from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, click here.

From AAAE

Join the American Association of Agriculture Educators!
Benefits of Membership:
  • Participation in your professional association.
  • Leadership and Service Opportunities.
  • Access to the AAAE Awards Programs at the Regional and National levels.
  • Access to Current Issues of The Journal of Agricultural Education.
  • Access to professional development activities held at the Regional and National meetings.
  • Access to publication in; Regional and National Conference proceedings, the Journal of Southern Agricultural Education Research, and the Journal of Agricultural Education.
  • Presentation of peer reviewed papers and posters at regional an national meetings.
  • The AAAE listserv.
  • Member access to the AAAE website including free posting to the Job Board.
  • Full access to the online Directory.

Join today! Use the new easy online form to pay online or print and remit by check.

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Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education.

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

From The Council

The 2013 National Agricultural Education Summit will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 30-31 in Indianapolis. Hosted by the National Council for Agricultural Education, the Summit is designed to highlight a major issue of vital importance to agricultural education.

The focus of the 2013 Summit will be on the recruitment, retention and supply of agriculture teachers. Several factors continue to challenge the profession in having an ample supply of well-trained, highly-qualified agriculture teachers vital to sustain and grow agricultural education across the country. The most recent research has identified the following factors as suggesting a need for national, state and local Team Ag Ed groups to develop plans that address the situation.
Additional program information on the 2013 National Agricultural Education Summit will be available soon.


From FFA Alumni

Watch the 2012 FFA Alumni Development Conference Workshops LIVE!

Can't make it to the FFA Alumni Development Conference? Don't feel left out. Watch and listen to the live broadcast July 12-14. Workshops, keynotes and more will be broadcast and archived for your continued learning pleasure. For details, visit the FFA alumni website. We are using the same technology that's broadcasting FFA conventions live from coast-to-coast; check it out here.

Be sure to check out photos from the FFA Alumni Development Conference in Bozeman, Montana and follow the action via our Facebook, Twitter and Blog!

New You Can Use - FFA Alumni e-newsletter
Are you receiving the monthly National FFA Alumni e-newsletter?  Keep up to date on stories and resources by subscribing. Click here to provide your email address.  Be sure to select "Alumni" from the publication options!

National FFA Alumni Webinar Series
Over the past year the National FFA Alumni has been offering webinars on a variety of topics to inform and educate local and state FFA Alumni.  Each session is approximately one hour long and features guest speakers on the specified topics and resources to be downloaded.  You can view recordings of past webinars, download resources, and register for future webinars by visiting our website here and clicking on the "webinars" from the navigation menu.

Register NOW for the next Webinar
August 9, 2012
7:30 pm Eastern
Topic: Program Evaluation Methods
How do we know the programs, activities and events we conduct as local and state FFA Alumni groups are effective? Conducting annual evaluations of your various programs ensures that your work is impactful and efficient. Too often we continue to do projects because "we've always done that!" Ensure your affiliate doesn't fall into a rut of less effective programs/events/activities by implementing some simple evaluation methods.


From NAAE


NAAE Convention Early Bird Registration Closes Friday
November 27-December 1, 2012 – Atlanta, GA
Visit our website for details, to print a registration form, or to register online.


Convention Housing & Travel Discounts
The Hilton Atlanta will serve as the 2012 NAAE Convention Hotel.  This is where all the NAAE meetings will be held.  Room rates are $159 per night for single or double occupancy, plus applicable taxes.  The room block will be open until November 2, 2012.  Visit here to make reservations.
NAAE has worked with Delta Airlines to receive a 5 percent discount on flights. Click here for more information.


2012 Professional State Award Application
NAAE will recognize state associations who have aggressively engaged in certain well-planned activities designed to serve the best interest of the members and the profession. Professional State Association award winners will be recognized at the 2012 NAAE Convention.
State applications should be sent to their respective NAAE Regional Vice President postmarked no later than September 1, 2012.
Download the application here


Communities of Practice - communities.naae.org. Check out some recent posts:


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. Take the survey here Contact Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator if you have questions or need assistance. 


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From ACTE

Legislative Update—July 2, 2012

 

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From NASDCTEc

New DOL Guide to State and Local Workforce Data
The Employment and Training Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor recently released a Guide to State and Local Workforce Data. The guide includes many links to state and local employment and economic data from government and private sector sources. Tips on using workforce statistics are also available.

Click here to view the guide.

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From USDE

Students Provide Feedback on ED’s “Blueprint for Transforming CTE”
Secretary Arne Duncan and Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education Brenda Dann-Messier recently met with student members from Career and Technical Student Organizations to discuss the department’s Blueprint for Transforming Career and Technical Education (CTE).

Read the full article here

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Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education.

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

From FFA Alumni

Can’t make it to the FFA Alumni Development Conference… don’t feel left out, Watch and Listen to the Live broadcast of the FFA Alumni Development Conference Workshops. July 12-14, workshops, keynotes and much more will broadcasted and archived for your continued learning pleasure. Details can be found on the FFA Alumniwebsite. We are using the same technology that’s broadcasting FFA Conventions live from coast-to-coast, check out www.ihigh.com/ffa.
   
Congratulations to Jasper Cunningham, FFA Alumni member from Michigan who won the FFA Alumni Twitter Background Design Contest. Jasper’s design is featured on the FFA Alumni Twitter page, check it out and follow us today.
Webinar and Resources for Engaging Non-Traditional FFA Alumni Members
We have thousands of former FFA members and FFA Alumni members who are not connected at a local level. They are not engaged with local FFA Alumni affiliates or may not live in an area with any FFA chapters. How do we engage FFA Alumni who just join at a state level? How do we engage individuals who live in communities not currently home to an FFA chapter? How do we engage business and industry in FFA Alumni? Learn how a few non-traditional FFA Alumni affiliates are reaching out and finding creative ways to engage supporters of FFA and agricultural education in the FFA Alumni!
Last year, there were 53,358 people who attended the National FFA Convention…imagine that they all saw a photo of you. Because, now, they can! Visit this link to find out how you can be featured in the theme video.


From NAAE

Where Will You be TAGGED to Teach Ag? Photo Contest
The National Teach Ag Campaign wants to know Where will you be Tagged to Teach Ag?  To participate download and print our Tagged to Teach Ag sign.  Then take the sign with you wherever you go.  Take pictures of yourself with the sign and submit one or two of your favorite photos to our Teach Ag Tumblr. Details
Communities of Practice - communities.naae.org. Check out some recent posts:


NAAE Member Benefit - Professional Liability Coverage and Optional Job Protection Benefits
As a NAAE member, you probably know that your membership gives you $100,000 professional liability insurance, but did you know that for an additional fee, you can upgrade that insurance to include job protection benefits? These additional benefits provide legal support if you're ever subject to termination, reassignment, demotion or suspension. However, if you don't upgrade you aren't covered for these instances. Learn more about what your professional liability insurance does and doesn't cover, and how to upgrade at www.ftj.com/NAAE
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.


CAST Friday Notes

This week’s newsletter includes stories about genetically modified ag products, communicating with beltway politicians about agriculture, and a link to the popular new video from the Kansas farm boys—I’m Growin’ and I Know It.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 CASTFriday Notes.


From FFA

FFA Agricultural Career Network
FFA will work in collaboration with Career Cruising and AgCareers.com to provide valuable tools and career resources to students. Learn more


From ACTE

2012 ACTE/NCLA Best Practices and Innovations Conference
Registration (print form) is now open for the 2012 ACTE/NCLA Best Practices and Innovations in Career and Technical Education Conference! Early-bird registration ends Sept. 7, so register soon to take advantage of the reduced rate!
View the tentative agenda.


From CASE

CASE Summer Institutes - Still a Few Openings Left
There are still a few open seats for some upcoming CASE institutes. If you're interested in attending, click the link for the appropriate institute, or email questions to Miranda Chaplin at mchaplin.naae@uky.edu.
Principles of Agricultural Science – AnimalAnimal and Plant Biotechnology (field test only)

 

From USDA

Strengthening American Agriculture
American agriculture is a bright spot in our nation's economy. Learn more about USDA's accomplishments in Agriculture Production from this fact sheet which documents some of our most significant accomplishments of the past three years. To read about more of our results, visit www.usda.gov/results.

Ask Karen Mobile App Recognized as Best Federal App
Mobile Ask Karen makes food safety tips available whenever and wherever you need them. Learn more