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Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

NAAE

Award Winner Highlight
Joe Green 2011 Region V Ideas Unlimited Winner
For Joe Green, a teacher at Pope High School in Marietta, Georgia, an effective education takes place both inside and outside of a traditional classroom. Green engages his students with outdoor lessons he has created called Outdoor Odysseys.
Through ten separate outdoor lessons, Green integrates Georgia state standards with horticulture, plant identification and anatomy, biology, mathematics, literature, communications, teamwork, and interpersonal skills. Prior to going outside, students review important information related to the concept, then are immersed in an outdoor activity. Read More...

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NAAE at National FFA Convention
Thanks to everyone who participated in Teachers’ World or Teach Ag activities at the National FFA Convention.  It was our best year yet!  Stay tuned for boot and iPad winner announcements J

NAAE Convention 2012
Rising with Rigor & Relevance

Reduced registration ends TODAY! Click here to register at the reduced rate.

Coming to NAAE Convention? You can find info about workshops, housing, ACTE CareerTech Vision 2012,  and everything else convention-related at www.naae.org.

FFA

Highlights of National FFA Convention
Meet your new National FFA Officers, view all convention awards results and watch this year's convention sessions in our Convention & Expo highlights section.

Thank you for a wonderful FFA Convention! We'll see you in Louisville in 2013!

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 at www.case4learning.org.

Cargill, General Mills Partner to Fund Development of National Food Science and Safety Curriculum

Cargill and General Mills have committed nearly a half-million dollars to fund the creation of a state-of-the-art food science and safety curriculum and teacher training program. The new curriculum and training will be part of the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE), an instructional system that provides rigorous, relevant education in a variety of agriculture-related programs of study. Read more in the full press release here...

NFRBMEA

Meet your new President Elect, Mark Holkup

Mark Holkup was raised on a farm near Wilton, ND. Mark’s wife Sandy works for the US Postal Service in Bismarck. His son Matthew is a Licensed Addiction Counselor in the Minneapolis area. Daughter Krisanna lives in Fargo with her husband Freeman and their son Nicolas. Read More...

 

USDE

3 Things to do During Your Student Loan Grace Period

 

Your student loan grace period is a set amount of time after you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment, but before you must begin repayment on your loan. The grace period gives you time to get financially settled and to select your repayment plan. Not all federal student loans have a grace period. Note that for many loans, interest will accure during your grace period.

Click here for 3 ways you should prepare yourself for repayment.

 

Ag in the Classroom

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

Please join us for a dynamic conference featuring TV personality, chef, food writer and teacher, Andrew Zimmern, and children's book author and dairy farmer, Cris Peterson. The conference will also include engaging workshops, traveling tours, exhibit fair and teacher store.

For more information please check out the conference website here.

 

CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, October, 26 - Find articles on  the legacy of Norman Borlaug, livestock and the enviornment, invisible fish, and Dr. Bonner wearing many hats 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

 

 

 

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

The Council

The council met recently and has has a new National Council for Agricultural Education Strategic Plan for 2012-2015 they would like to share.


Council Vision:


To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.Council Mission: To provide leadership for Agricultural Education in a changing world.

The Council will:

  • Strengthen the voice and impact of the Council within the profession.
  • Collect data needed to demonstrate local program relevance and drive program improvement.
  • SAE Renewal – Relevance and impact of SAE on student performance.
  • Review and revise the national content and program standards.
  • Develop an action plan to ensure the recruitment, preparation and retention of diverse, high
    quality teacher supply.

 

NAAE

FFA Convention final reminders:


Teachers’ World: Win an iPad, Visit the Internet Café, and Take in the Exhibits

Each Teachers' World professional development workshop you attend enters you for a chance to win an iPad! Teachers' World workshops and internet cafe are available for teachers and ag ed majors. For a complete workshop listing and schedule, visit the NAAE Teachers' World page.


Follow Teachers' World on Twitter! #ffatw12


Teach Ag: Come to the Boot Unveiling at the Teach Ag Booth (You could win more boots)
You already know that you can enter our "Where Will You be TAGGED" photo contest for a chance to win a pair of custom made Teach Ag boots and boot bag, thanks to our friends at Anderson Bean Boot Company and Double J. Saddlery.


But don't miss the special boot unveiling event we'll be having in the Teach Ag booth at 1:30 on Wednesday. Everyone who attends (and only those who attend) will be entered to win other Anderson Bean boots.In addition, your students can TAG their place on our giant map and take part in our convention-wide scavenger hunt. Students who complete the scavenger hunt will receive a t-shirt and be entered for a chance to win the custom boots.


NAAE Member Services: Free Convention Survival Kit
Stop by the NAAE booth in Teachers' World to pick up your FFA Convention survival kit, stocked with handy odds and ends like safety pins, post-its, gum, and NAAE info. The kit also includes our Best. Job. Ever. pin. Put it on to become part of the Teach Ag convention-wide scavenger hunt and let students ask you about your job.


Ag Ed Majors: Complete Webquest, Get T-shirt
Take our nine-question online webquest, learn about benefits of being a NAAE student member, and turn in the completed form at the NAAE booth in Teachers' World for a free t-shirt. Follow this link to learn more about our webquest.
Also make time to visit with NAAE representatives during the collegiate career fair to learn about our internships, scholarships and other great opportunities that come with NAAE student membership.


General Session 5

Bring your students to the 5th general session (at 11:30am on Friday) to hear the inspiring stories of three current and future agriculture teachers. It might just prompt them to become an ag teacher too!


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

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FFA

Watch, Read and Follow Convention
We have more ways than ever to keep up with the National FFA Convention this year. Watch it live on iHigh and RFD-TV, download the convention app for your smart phone, get daily email updates, and much more.

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 at www.case4learning.org.

CASE Certified Teachers

Be sure to make plans to stop by the CASE booth during the Expo at the 2012 National FFA Convention. CASE will be located at booth #1820 with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), which is located Teacher’s World.

New this year! In partnership with Vernier, CASE will be giving away a LabQuest 2, Stainless Steel Temperature Probe, and Agricultural Science with Vernier lab manual. A $406 value!

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FarmHack
FarmHack is a community for those who embrace the long-standing farm traditions of tinkering, inventing, fabricating, tweaking, and improving things that break. We are farmers of all ages, but the project has special relevance to young and beginning farmers as a place to learn from their peers' and their elders' successes, mistakes and new ideas.

We also seek to bring our non-farmer allies on board: engineers, architects, designers, and the like. Together, with an open-source ethic, we can retool our farms for a sustainable future.

Click here for recent and upcoming FarmHac events.

Ag in the Classroom

Every month Ag in the Classroom provides a featured resources to help educators locate high quality classroom materials and information to increase agricultural literacy among their Pre-K through 12th grade students. There are great resources currently available for October. Check them out here.

CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, October, 19 - Find articles on The World Food Prize, Communication Hits a High Note, World Hunger, and E.Coli 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

 

 

 

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

NAAE

NAAE at FFA Convention

See you next week!


Teachers' World:  Visit this webpage to learn about interactive workshops and all Teachers' World opportunities.  Also, watch Twitter hashtag #ffatw12 for updates about Teachers’ World happenings and the opportunity to win prizes.


Teach Ag:  If you’re at convention on Wednesday, be at the Teach Ag booth at 1:30 for our big boot unveil!  Everyone who attends will have yet another opportunity to win a pair of Anderson Bean boots!  You can also take part in our “Where Will You be "TAGGED” photo contest, and pick up a form to complete the expo-wide scavenger hunt.  Everyone who participates in either of those two activities will get a t-shirt and also be entered for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind pair of Teach Ag boots from our friends at Anderson Bean.


NAAE Member Services booth: Teachers, stop by and pick up your convention survival kit, stocked with handy items for you, including a button you can wear to help out with the Teach Ag Scavenger Hunt.  It says “Best.Job.Ever. (ask me why),” because we want you to tell students why your job is so awesome!


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

Alliance to Feed the Future Free Webinar

Register for Live Streaming HD Video from Des Moines to your Desktop with this free webinar:Reaching the Next Generation to Sustain Modern Agricultural Practices”


October 17, 2012 – 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. CT
12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. ET


The Alliance to Feed the Future presents a panel discussion for classrooms, teachers, and communicators featuring:*Lunchbox Lessons: K-8 Curricula for Learning About Modern Food Production
Dave Schmidt, President & CEO, International Food Information Council (IFIC)    


*Food in the Future...A Youthful Perspective
Elizabeth Burns-Thompson, Agricultural Law Student, Drake University


*Making Food and Agriculture a Bigger Part of Our Educational Mandate
Edie Fraser, Executive Director, STEMconnector
*


Food and Agricultural Education: A Global Priority?Moderator: Ana Rold, Editor-in-Chief, Diplomatic Courier


Click here to REGISTER NOW:  IT’S FREE!

(Space is Limited – Sign up now and make sure to log in early to maximize your experience)

2012 NAAE Convention

Plan Your Professional Development: Click here to see the great professional development that will be available at NAAE convention this year.


Two weeks left to pre-register: 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.


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

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FFA

SAE Grants
Do your students need money to get your Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) off the ground? We have $1000 grants available! Apply here by November 15.

 

FFA Alumni

 

Wednesday, Oct. 24

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 engage with them. 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!

Friday, Oct. 26
Workshop – I Dare You to Say No: Getting Volunteers to Yes!

Presented by: Dr. Scott Vernon
2 – 3 p.m. Indiana Convention Center, Rooms 243-245

Featured Item
Local Hypnotist Show
Performed by Dr. Al Snyder
Estimated Value: $2,500

Perfect for nearly any kind of gathering from state conventions and award banquets to fairs, school assemblies and fundraisers. Good clean fun for any age group that will leave you laughing until your sides hurt. Winning bidder is responsible for travel and lodging. The minimum bid for this item is $1,000.

Don’t worry if you can’t attend, Click here to view other items and 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.

 

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 at www.case4learning.org.

CASE Certified Teachers

Be sure to make plans to stop by the CASE booth during the Expo at the 2012 National FFA Convention. CASE will be located at booth #1820 with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), which is located Teacher’s World.

New this year! In partnership with Vernier, CASE will be giving away a LabQuest 2, Stainless Steel Temperature Probe, and Agricultural Science with Vernier lab manual. A $406 value!

CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, October, 12 - Find articles on The World Food Prize, CAST Communication Diversity, the Humane Society, and the Atlas Moth 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

USDE

For educators teaching S.T.E.M. courses, check out this website for hundreds of great resouces.

 

 

 

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

NAAE

2012 NAAE Convention -

Tuesday Night Mystery Speaker and Networking ReceptionSponsored by DuPont Pioneer and Hosted by the National Teach Ag CampaignKick-off NAAE convention with an inspiring surprise speaker followed by the chance to network with other convention attendees in a relaxed environment. Make connections you can build on for the rest of the week and after convention is over. Everyone who attends the mystery speaker presentation will receive two free drink tickets to the networking reception, which starts at the conclusion of the mystery speaker presentation. It all starts at 9, and late arrivals to the mystery speaker portion will not be admitted, so be there on time to get a great seat and meet some new people!

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.The NAAE Convention Professional Development schedule has just been released.  Click here to see all the great offerings and plan your PD.

NAAE at FFA Convention

Two weeks until FFA convention!


Teach Ag:  Besides participating in our “Where Will You be"TAGGED” photo contest, stop by the Teach Ag booth to take part in our expo-wide scavenger hunt.  Everyone who participates will get a t-shirt and also be entered for a chance to win those custom-made Anderson Bean boots.NAAE Member Services booth: Teachers, stop by and pick up your convention survival kit, stocked with handy items for you, including a button you can wear to help out with the Teach Ag Scavenger Hunt.  It says “Best.Job.Ever. (ask me why),” because we want you to tell students why your job is so awesome!


Teachers' World:  Visit this webpage to learn about interactive workshops and all Teachers' World opportunities.  Also, watch Twitter hashtag #ffatw12 for updates about Teachers’ World happenings and the opportunity to win prizes.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


Sign Your Students up for the America's Farmers Mobile Experience During National FFA Convention

Share the story of the American farmer and tour the America’s Farmers Mobile Experience in the Monsanto booth (#567) at this year’s National FFA Convention & Expo.

The Mobile Experience brings farming to consumers across the country with a traveling 53-foot trailer that expands into a 1,000 square-foot exhibit. Visitors will learn about the tools of the trade that have helped farmers get to where they are and how these tools will continue to help farmers support a growing world.

By the year 2050, the world population is expected to grow to a staggering 9 billion people.  The Mobile Experience explains how farmers are expected to—and how they will—produce enough food, fuel, feed and fiber to meet global demands, while conserving valuable resources like land and water.

The Mobile Experience is touring the U.S. stopping at a variety of urban and rural events to give people the opportunity to learn more about every aspect of the farmer’s life, from food production to the challenges they face.  Visitors will take a journey through three distinctive focus areas: The Challenge – Global Demand, The Solution – America’s Farmers and The Tools - Traits & Technology.

Tours take about 15-20 minutes and will begin every 10 minutes.  We can accommodate groups of 15 on each tour.

To reserve a time slot for your chapter, please call (877) 847-8483 and provide your chapter name, city, state, advisor name and cell phone number so we can reach you during Convention if needed.  Advance reservations for tours will be taken Thursday, September 13th through Thursday, October 11th.
We look forward to seeing you in Indianapolis!


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NAAE Award Winner Highlight
Tara Berescik 2011 Teacher Mentor 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. It was after Catherine’s death that Berescik realized just how much of an impact a person can have on the lives of others, and how much of impact Catherine had on her as a teacher. Read more...


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FFA

Six National FFA Organization members and mentors will be honored on Oct. 9 at the White House as part of the Champions of Change program. Three FFA members and three leaders were selected from more than 1,000 nominees to be recognized at the ceremony. The Champions of Change program, part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative, recognizes individuals that are helping their communities.  Read the honorees bios on the National FFA Blog.

FFA Alumni

 

Why should your former students attend convention? To get a job!

The 2012 FFA Career Fair is an excellent opportunity for you to encourage your former FFA members, FFA Alumni members and Collegiate FFA members to meet representatives from more than 35 leading businesses and organizations that are looking to fill their internships and full-time career positions immediately. These representatives will be looking to find top talent to fill their employment opportunities!

Wednesday, Oct. 24

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 engage with them. 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!

Friday, Oct. 26
Workshop – I Dare You to Say No: Getting Volunteers to Yes!

Presented by: Dr. Scott Vernon
2 – 3 p.m. Indiana Convention Center, Rooms 243-245

Featured Item
Local Hypnotist Show
Performed by Dr. Al Snyder
Estimated Value: $2,500

Perfect for nearly any kind of gathering from state conventions and award banquets to fairs, school assemblies and fundraisers. Good clean fun for any age group that will leave you laughing until your sides hurt. Winning bidder is responsible for travel and lodging. The minimum bid for this item is $1,000.

Don’t worry if you can’t attend, Click here to view other items and 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.

 

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 at www.case4learning.org.

CASE Certified Teachers

Be sure to make plans to stop by the CASE booth during the Expo at the 2012 National FFA Convention. CASE will be located at booth #1820 with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), which is located Teacher’s World.

New this year! In partnership with Vernier, CASE will be giving away a LabQuest 2, Stainless Steel Temperature Probe, and Agricultural Science with Vernier lab manual. A $406 value!

CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, October, 5 - Find articles onNew School Lunch Programs, Research, Fraud and Error, World Food Prize and an Alliance to Feed the Future 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