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FFA Alumni

Wednesday, Oct. 24
FFA Tailgate & Benefit Auction

Presented by the National FFA Alumni Association
5 - 7:30 p.m. Indiana Convention Center, Expo Floor, Exhibitor’s Lounge, Enter at Hall H
Must be at least 21 years old to attend.


Don’t miss the adult event of national FFA convention! This is your opportunity as FFA Alumni members to mingle with Expo exhibitors and other supporters attending convention and hopefully engage them in events back at home.


Enjoy food, beverages and live music throughout the evening. In addition, the National FFA Alumni will be auctioning off a limited number of items during the tailgate to raise funds for FFA member scholarships.Click here learn more about the tailgate and benefit auction schedule!


Unable to attend the Benefit Auction?  Click here to complete and submit a proxy form to have FFA Alumni bid on your behalf.  Don’t miss out on great items like a Ford F150 or special travel packages.


Thursday, Oct. 25
Workshop – Personalizing YOUR Agvocacy!

Presented by: Erin Ehnle
10 – 11 a.m. Indiana Convention Center, Rooms 243-245
Erin Ehnle, founder of Keeping It Real: Through the Lens of a Farm Girl, will share how her passion for photography provided a platform for advocating for agriculture. Join Erin as she leads us to consider how our own talents and passions can translate into advocacy opportunities!


NAAE

The Value of CASE from an Administrator’s Point of View

For the past few years, CASE has been helping agriculture programs all over the U.S. stay on the need-to-have list by helping teachers show their administrators the direct connection between students’ success in the CASE classroom and success after graduation.


Read more in the current edition of News & Views.


Teachers' World - new workshops added.  Make time for professional development while you're at National FFA Convention this year.


Visit this webpage to learn about interactive workshops and all Teachers' World opportunities.


NAAE at the National FFA Convention
Check out all the photos that have been submitted in our"Where Will You Be TAGGED" photo contest! Submit yours by Friday, October 26 for a chance to win our custom-made Teach Ag boots. Click here for details..

Ag Ed majors:  Complete our webquest and turn it in at the NAAE booth in Teachers' World for a NAAE t-shirt.  Also visit with NAAE representatives during the Collegiate career fair times and learn about internships, scholarships, and other great opportunities that come with NAAE student membership.

2012 NAAE Convention - Register before October 29

NAAE members pay one registration fee for full access to both the NAAE conference and ACTE CareerTech Vision 2012.Registration cost for NAAE members:
Through Oct. 29 - $375
After Oct. 29 - $450


After November 8, registrations will only be accepted on site
For more information and to register, click here.For more about NAAE convention, visit our website and click on the convention drop-down menu at the top of the page.


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International Teaching Opportunities

International Exchange and Research Opportunities for U.S. Classroom Teachers

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs offers Fulbright grants for U.S. primary and secondary classroom teachers, guidance counselors, curriculum specialists, curriculum heads, Talented and Gifted coordinators, Special Education coordinators and media specialists/librarians to participate in international exchanges during the 2013-2014 academic year through the Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program (CTE) and theDistinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program (DA).


By living, teaching or conducting research overseas, U.S. teachers gain new skills, learn new instruction and assessment methodologies and share best practices with international colleagues and students. Teachers also have the opportunity to expand their understanding of other cultures and international education systems that will enrich their U.S. home schools and local communities with global perspectives.


Teachers may apply for the CTE Program for one of six countries: the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, India, Mexicoandthe United Kingdom. Teachers may apply for the DA Program for one of eight countries: Argentina, Finland, India, Mexico, Morocco, Singapore, South Africa and the United Kingdom. For more information about eligibility requirements, benefits and impact of these programs, please visit the program website.


The application deadline for the CTE Program is October 15, 2012.The application deadline for the DA program is December 15, 2012.


Teachers interested in applying to the CTE program can find more information here.Teachers interested in applying to the DA program can find more information here.

CASE

Wondering when the 2013 CASE Institutes will be announced? The 2013 CASE Institutes will be announced on the CASE website on November 15, 2012. Registration for the 2013 CASE Institutes is set to open December 1, 2012. Contact a CASE Affiliate University or CASE State Leader to make a suggestion of what courses and dates you would like to see offered as Institutes.For additional information about CASE and the courses currently available, please visit the CASE website.


CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, September 21 - Find articles on Arsenic and Rice, Water Woes, Top Food Production Innovations, how Agriculture is "Trending", and that Ambassador Quinn is honored with an award in this week’s newsletter.The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company). http://www.cast-science.org/Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes


USDA

2013 Agriculture in the Classroom National Conference

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Marriott City Center
June 25-28, 2013

Who's invited?

  • Educators of all grade levels
  • Administrators
  • Curriculum Developers
  • Career Guidance Counselors
  • Substitute Teachers
  • AITC Volunteers
  • State AITC Contacts
  • Agricultural Science Teachers
  • Extension Educators
  • AITC Board Members
  • Agricultural Industry Representatives

 

For more information about the 2013 Agriculture in the Classroom National Conference please click here.


NASDCTEc

September CTE Monthly: Impact of Sequestration, Exemplary CTE in MA, TX, and UT

CTE Monthly, a collaborative publication from the Association for Career and Technical Education and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, features the latest news on Career Technical Education (CTE) from across the nation for CTE stakeholders and Members of Congress.In the September edition, read more about:
  • Impact of Sequester on the Carl D. Perkins CTE Act

  • Issue Brief on CTE’s Role in Urban Education

  • Exemplary CTE Programs and Students in Massachusetts, Texas, and Utah

  • CTE as a Key Solution to Absenteeism

 

National FFA

Agricultural Career Network offers opportunities for students to explore careers

This spring, FFA members across the country were able to log in to the National FFA Organization’s Agricultural Career Network and begin to document their educational achievements, create robust portfolios and pursue scholarship, awards and employment opportunities. The network will provide a database of students who are interested in particular career fields within the industry.

This fall, FFA members will also be able to take another step on their path to career success. Through AgCN, FFA will work in collaboration with Career Cruising and AgCareers.com to provide valuable tools and assistance for students in their pursuits of more than 300 careers in agriculture.

Through the organization’s relationship with Career Cruising, members will have easy access to career information within selected fields of interest. Career Cruising will provide online career exploration tools that lead to recommending classwork and hands-on learning opportunities while guiding members along a path tailored to their abilities.

The organization’s partnership with AgCareers.com will allow members to search for career opportunities within their particular field of study or within a selected geographic area through a very robust job board. With AgCN, FFA members will have a convenient home for both career exploration and job placement.

More information on AgCN and what it means for members, advisors, state staff and alumni will be available during the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo through a variety of workshops. Make sure to check out www.FFA.org/convention to find out what workshops you should attend!

Have you registered for the National FFA Convention & Expo?
There’s still time. Pre-convention registration closes Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. EDT.

Registration for the FFA Rally to Fight Hunger is open
FFA needs your help to assemble one million meals at this year’s convention and expo. The FFA Rally to Fight Hunger will take place Oct. 24 - 26 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Sign up for an hour-long shift! For more information, visit www.FFA.org/Rally.

Volunteer judges needed
The Agricultural Proficiency Awards, American Star Awards and National FFA Agriscience Fair will be judged Thursday, Oct. 25. The National Chapter Awards will be judged on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Convention judging is voluntary. FFA does not cover any judging expenses. Submit nominations to judges@ffa.org; include name, email, and the event you’d like to judge.

All in the familia
Celebrate the contributions of the Latino community at the 2012 National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 24-27 in Indianapolis! Sponsored by title sponsor STIHL and supporting sponsor Farm Credit, the “Somos FFA, We Are FFA” celebration will pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of more than 56,000 FFA members who self-identify as Latino. To watch the Somos FFA video, visit iHigh.com/FFA. To learn more about the celebration and how you can help, visit the FFA diversity and inclusion webpage.

Apply for a SAE Grant
The SAE Grant application is now live until Thursday, Nov. 15. Grants are available for FFA members in grades seventh – 11th. Members can apply for either a pathway or sponsored grant. When applying for a sponsored grant, address the grant specifics within your application. For more information, contact Rebecca Carter, rcarter@ffa.org.

Case IH "Red Power" Skid Steer Auction to support FFA is going on now
Case IH is donating a one-of-a-kind skid steer to benefit FFA. The online auction will run through Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. CST. Proceeds split accordingly: 89 percent goes to the National FFA Foundation, 10 percent to the winning bidder's state FFA association and 1 percent to the winning bidder's FFA chapter of choice. To view the listing, auction terms and place bids, visit www.purplewave.com/redpower.

Mint Condition
Celebrate the National FFA Organization’s anniversary with a limited edition 85th Anniversary Legacy Challenge Coin Set, designed to commemorate FFA, its history, accomplishments and the impact it’s had on agriculture. The commemorative set also includes a 12-page booklet covering FFA history.  You can purchase your set today at www.coinsofamerica.com/ffa.

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

FFA Alumni

The 41st National FFA Alumni Convention & The 85th National FFA Convention & Expo


National FFA Convention Guide
Planning your National FFA Alumni convention just got a whole lot easier… use the National FFA Alumni Convention Guide to map out your daily activity and never miss any FFA Alumni moment! Make the most of your convention experience.


There will be plenty of ways for FFA Alumni members to volunteer and serve during convention

Chaperones and volunteers are needed to help with the FFA dance and hypnotist shows. Energetic, up-beat volunteers are also needed to help engage with students and FFA Alumni at Alumni Nation. Click here to register as a new user and when prompted in your personal information, enter access code ‘alumni’ to sign-up for a volunteer time!

What to attend at the National FFA Alumni Convention

The FFA Alumni Convention will be full of events and activities, so which ones should you attend? New This year is the FFA Tailgate and Benefit Auction on October 24. Also recommended is the FFA Alumni and Collegiate FFA Career Fair, the FFA Hypontist Show, and the FFA Dance.For more information about the events above and how to get involved at the FFA Alumni Convention click here.


NAAE

News & Views Enhancing Core Academic Instruction Edition is Now Available
Read the latest news related to agricultural education enhancing core academics, articles about broadening the educational opportunities in the classroom, and all other NAAE news and events.
Go to News & Views


NAAE at the National FFA Convention
Check out all the photos that have been submitted in our"Where Will You Be TAGGED" photo contest! Submit yours by Friday, October 26 for a chance to win our custom-made Teach Ag boots. Click here for details..


Teachers' World - new workshops added.  Make time for professional development while you're at National FFA Convention this year.  Visit this webpage to learn about interactive workshops and all Teachers' World opportunities.


Ag Ed majors:  Complete our webquest and turn it in at the NAAE booth in Teachers' World for a NAAE t-shirt.  Also visit with NAAE representatives during the Collegiate career fair times and learn about internships, scholarships, and other great opportunities that come with NAAE student membership.


NAAE Teacher Mentor Award Winner
Tara Berescik has packed a lot of leadership into her 11 years as an agriculture teacher, which was all sparked by one special student.

During Beresick's first year of teaching a student of hers named Catherine became ill and was hospitalized. Berescik visited her in the hospital, helped her earn an FFA leadership development scholarship, and watched her become an excited and eager FFA member and officer.Read more about this outstanding educator here.


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ACTE

An International Summit on Excellence in CTE

This November, career and technical education professionals from across the country and around the world will gather in Atlanta at the Georgia World Congress Center Nov. 28-Dec. 1 for the most exciting and talked-about CTE event of the year—CareerTech VISION 2012!Registration (print form) is now open! The advance rate expires on Oct. 29, so don't miss your chance to save big on this new vision of CTE! Reserve your housing now(NAAE members click here)!


NASAE

The National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education annually recognizes a member who has made outstanding contributions to agricultural education state supervision. Forms are due to the NASAE Secretary on or before October 10th.
  • Nominations may be made by any active member of the Association.
  • Eligible nominees include all current NASAE members who have maintained reasonable continuous membership in the Association.
  • The recipient shall be selected by the Outstanding Member Award Committee. A plaque and appropriate recognition will be presented during the Awards Banquet at the annual NASAE Conference.

 

NASAE Outstanding Member Application (PDF)For more information please click here.


CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, September 14 - Find articles onthe NASDA convention in Iowa, Change in Animal Agriculture Practices, the CAST Publications Catalog, and Ag Trends and Official Reports in this week’s newsletter.


The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).


Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes


USDA

2013 Agriculture in the Classroom National Conference

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Marriott City Center
June 25-28, 2013

Who's invited?

  • Educators of all grade levels
  • Administrators
  • Curriculum Developers
  • Career Guidance Counselors
  • Substitute Teachers
  • AITC Volunteers
  • State AITC Contacts
  • Agricultural Science Teachers
  • Extension Educators
  • AITC Board Members
  • Agricultural Industry Representatives

For more information about the 2013 Agriculture in the Classroom National Conference please click here.

Our Daily Bread; the Essential Norman Borlaug

A new book by Noel Vietmeyer

This book features the great unsung agriculturist of our time who made it possible for 7 billion people to eat when half a century back the world could feed no more than 3 billion. Norman Borlaug began as a farm boy in Iowa and his story is a testament to rural grit and greatness. His life was so dramatic that this 300-page $27.00 hardback has been called “The World’s First Cereal Thriller.

Our Daily Bread is available as an e-Book through Amazon, is available for just 99 cents through the end of September. After this month the price of the e book with be $4.99. This Kindle e-book can be read on most electronic devices, including computers, iPads and Androids.

Check out the just-published Enhancing Core Academic Instruction edition of our newsletter- News and Views: NAAE News & Views | September/October 2012 | Enhancing Core Academic Instruction

 

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

NAAE

National Youth Summit: Dust Bowl


How can we feed a growing world while respecting our environment?  What can history teach us about our relationship to the environment today?


On October 17, 2012, the Smithsonian Institution and the National Endowment for the Humanities are offering a unique opportunity to engage thousands of high school students in an online dialogue with renowned filmmaker Ken Burns and environmental experts regarding the legacy of the Dust Bowl and contemporary environmental issues. 


The National Youth Summit will unpack the story, determine what we have learned and generate ideas for how each of us can be a responsible steward of our delicate environment.Program Information

Date: October 17, 2012
Time: 1:00-2:30 pm EDT


Webcast registration and for more information


Presented by the National Museum of American History and the National Endowment for the Humanities, in collaboration with Smithsonian Affiliations and WETA Television.


NAAE at the National FFA Convention

NAAE is doing lots of things at this year?s National FFA Convention to support, promote and celebrate agricultural education and the amazing teachers who make it possible.  Don?t miss these fun opportunities for you and your students!


Everyone: Enter our ?Where Will You be TAGGED? photo contest for a chance to win a pair of custom made Teach Ag boots.


Students: Stop by the Teach Ag booth to complete our scavenger hunt and win a t-shirt plus another chance at those amazing boots.


Ag Ed majors:  Complete our webquest and turn it in at the NAAE booth in Teachers? World for a NAAE t-shirt.  Also visit with NAAE representatives during the Collegiate career fair times and learn about internships, scholarships, and other great opportunities that come with NAAE student membership.


Teachers and Ag Ed majors: participate in Teachers? World professional development.  Each workshop you attend gives you a chance to win an iPad.  Also be sure to take advantage of the Internet café, provided by Monsanto, and visit the booths in Teachers? world.


Everyone: make plans to attend General Session 5, at noon on Friday and hear inspirational stories from current agricultural educators about when they knew they were TAGGED.

We're going to teach ag like it's 2013! Save the Date!

You Are Invited!!!
What?
Save the Date Party!
When?
Wednesday, September 26th
Why?
The next National Teach Ag Day will be Thursday-September 26th, 2013.  But why wait until then to celebrate?  Have a save the date party this year on September 26th and build momentum.  Start planning for next year or simply talk about why being an ag teacher is an awesome career choice. 
Where?
Everywhere; Ag Ed classroom, on campus, social media, news and print meda,
Who?
YOU!!!
How?
The Teach Ag website is a great place to start.  You'll find a mountain of great ideas and resources.
  • Lesson Plans
  • Teach Ag interactive games
  • Teach Ag video
  • Tagged to Teach Ag handouts
  • Activity Ideas

We?ll be doing lots of exciting things to build up to the next National Teach Ag day, but in the meantime, you can always celebrate and promote the career of agricultural education using our resources and promotional materials.We would love to hear what plans you have for the Save the Date party! Share your ideas here on Communities of Practice.Questions? Contact Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Day coordinator


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NASAE

 

The National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education annually recognizes a member who has made outstanding contributions to agricultural education state supervision. Forms are due to the NASAE Secretary on or before October 10th.
  • Nominations may be made by any active member of the Association.
  • Eligible nominees include all current NASAE members who have maintained reasonable continuous membership in the Association.
  • The recipient shall be selected by the Outstanding Member Award Committee. A plaque and appropriate recognition will be presented during the Awards Banquet at the annual NASAE Conference.

 

NASAE Outstanding Member Application (PDF)

For more information please click here.

CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, September 7 - Find articles on Stanford organic foods studies, Tigers in Nepal, the importance of translating, interpreting and teaching for CAST, and a piece about resisting the attempts to divide agriculture in this week?s newsletter.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O?Lakes company).

http://www.cast-science.org/Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes

National FFA

The 41st National FFA Alumni Convention & The 85th National FFA Convention & Expo

Planning your National FFA Alumni convention just got a whole lot easier? use the National FFA Alumni Convention Guide to map out your daily activity and never miss any Alumni moments. Make the most of your convention experience.

To attend FFA Alumni events, registration to the National FFA Convention & Expo is required.  Register Today through 5p.m. (EST) Friday, October 12, 2012 here.

There will be plenty of ways for FFA Alumni members to volunteer and serve during convention.

Chaperones and volunteers are needed to help with the FFA dance and hypnotist shows. Energetic, up-beat volunteers are also needed to help engage with students and FFA Alumni at Alumni Nation. Click here to register as a new user and when prompted in your personal information, enter access code ?alumni? to sign-up for a volunteer time!

The FFA Rally to Fight Hunger will also be taking place during convention. There will be one-hour-long shifts available to help package meals. To learn more, and register for your shift, please click here.

ACTE

ACTE Issue Brief: CTE's Role in Urban Education
August 2012

This Issue Brief explores the promising role that career and technical education programs play in addressing key student achievement issues facing urban schools. CTE programs engage urban students by providing rigorous and relevant coursework, fostering positive relationships, establishing clear pathways and connecting education and careers?fulfilling a unique and positive role in today?s urban education system.

Download the issue here

 

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

NAAE

Being a member of NAAE comes offers many benefits, including the Communities of Practice professional networking site, a community of your peers, where members post ideas, have discussions, and share tried-and-true techniques for creating better ag programs.NAAE at the National FFA Convention

NAAE is doing lots of things at this year’s National FFA Convention to support, promote and celebrate agricultural education and the amazing teachers who make it possible.  Don’t miss these fun opportunities for you and your students!


Everyone: Enter our “Where Will You be TAGGED” photo contest for a chance to win a pair of custom made Teach Ag boots.Students: Stop by the Teach Ag booth to complete our scavenger hunt and win a t-shirt plus another chance at those amazing boots.


Ag Ed majors:  Complete our webquest and turn it in at the NAAE booth in Teachers’ World for a NAAE t-shirt.  Also visit with NAAE representatives during the Collegiate career fair times and learn about internships, scholarships, and other great opportunities that come with NAAE student membership.


Teachers and Ag Ed majors: participate in Teachers’ World professional development.  Each workshop you attend gives you a chance to win an iPad.  Also be sure to take advantage of the Internet café, provided by Monsanto, and visit the booths in Teachers’ world.


Everyone: make plans to attend General Session 5, at noon on Friday and hear inspirational stories from current agricultural educators about when they knew they were TAGGED.


National Teach Ag Day set for September 26, 2013The Teach Ag Campaign is excited to announce that the next National Teach Ag Day will be held on September 26, 2013.  This new date reflects a move to the fall for National Teach Ag Day, which is a time of renewed energy and career exploration for many agricultural education programs.We’ll be doing lots of exciting things to build up to the next National Teach Ag day, but in the meantime, you can always celebrate and promote the career of agricultural education using our resources and promotional materials.  Questions? Contact Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Day coordinator


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

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NASAE

The National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education annually recognizes a member who has made outstanding contributions to agricultural education state supervision. Forms are due to the NASAE Secretary on or before October 10th.
  • Nominations may be made by any active member of the Association.
  • Eligible nominees include all current NASAE members who have maintained reasonable continuous membership in the Association.
  • The recipient shall be selected by the Outstanding Member Award Committee. A plaque and appropriate recognition will be presented during the Awards Banquet at the annual NASAE Conference.

NASAE Outstanding Member Application (PDF)

For more information please click here.

CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, August 31 - Find articles on the winter weather forecast from the Farmer's Almanac, a Drought Update, How your Farm is Like a Twinkie, and the Pinterest Phenomenon and CAST in this week’s newsletter.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).

http://www.cast-science.org/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 is a part of Online Convention Registration, which is now open. Click here for more information or contact us at Rally@ffa.org.

ACTE

CTE Month, Logo and Theme Unveiled

It's CTE Month 2013 in February! Celebrate with the 2013 theme, Career and Technical Education Works!

This year, ACTE has moved to a new, permanent CTE Month logo. The theme will continue to change year-to-year to reflect the current trends and issues relating to CTE. A new CTE Month Promotional Poster Design Contest for CTE students will be opening in early September 2012—details coming soon.

Download the logo here!

NFRBMEA

Minutes from 2012 business and board meetings were recently updated. Click below to access the minutes for:

2012 Post-Conference Board Meeting
27th Annual Business Meeting
2012 Pre-Conference Board Meeting

For a complete list of minutes, please click here.