Julie Fritsch

7/30 - Nominate a Champion of Change, Ag in the Classroom Resource Directory, ACTE/NCLA Best Practices Conference

Blog Post created by Julie Fritsch on Jul 30, 2012
Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education


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.


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.


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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