The National Council for Agricultural Education
To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.
The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:
- the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
- program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
- the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
- expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.
Quote for the Week
"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change."
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Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.
Looking at the Facts and Building a Game Plan.
This week and next the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication, is hosting a CASE Institute, Principles of Agricultural Science-Plant. It’s exciting to have secondary agricultural educators on campus from not only Nebraska but Washington, New Jersey and Iowa. The synergy created by their enthusiasm for the CASE curriculum is reassuring for the future of agricultural education.
Many of the institute participants represent traditional single teacher programs; however, five teachers from The Omaha Bryan Academy for Agricultural Science are also participating. The Academy is an Omaha Public School magnet program offered within Omaha Bryan High School (1700 enrollment). The Academy teachers represent core subject areas of English, history, science and special education as well as agricultural science. Their approach of investigating agricultural science for applied instruction within academic core areas creates an even more innovative atmosphere.
As I observe and experience the enthusiasm of professional development emanating from this Institute, the importance of recruiting and retaining quality teachers of agricultural education comes to the fore front. I am reminded of one of the leading topics from our January National Ag Ed Summit, “Looking at the Facts and Building a Game Plan.” Since January, this year’s supply and demand facts have materialized, and within states, we are either in situations of surplus, balance or deficit regarding the supply of teachers. Regardless of your state’s particular situation, I hope your state leadership has built or is building a game plan. An intended outcome of the Summit was that (1) each state would create a goal set addressing recruitment and retention within their state, (2) attach an action(s) intended for achieving the goal set, and (3) within the State’s Team Ag Ed, identify member responsibility toward achieving the goal set.
Congratulations, if you’re aware of and involved with supporting your state’s goal set. If you’re not aware and would like to be actively involved, I suggest you contact a key state leader (i.e. state staff, teacher leader, teacher educator, etc.) for information on how you can support your state plan. Your energy and ideas are necessary for progress toward recruiting and retaining the best and brightest. Together, we can experience success and share those strategies as best practices for the benefit of recruiting and retaining quality teachers of agricultural education.
Play it safe at the National FFA Convention & Expo
Our friends in Louisville, Ky., highlight ways to make the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo a fun and safe event. Watch now! And be sure to stay up-to-date on convention and expo news withwww.FFA.org/convention.
NAAETeach Ag Grants Available
The National Teach Ag Campaign is pleased to offer grant stipends once again to help state and local initiatives related to the recruitment and retention of school based agriculture teachers. Grants will be reviewed and awarded throughout the year based on impact and available grant dollars.
There is no application deadline, however given the limited amount of funds available, the sooner you submit an application the better. The grant activity must be completed during the 2013 calendar year. Applicants must be current NAAE members. Read more
On Communities of Practice:
Sen. Marco Rubio Encourages CTE as Part of Higher Ed Solution
Speaking on the Senate floor yesterday during a debate on fixing the student loan interest rate, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) lauded the merits of career and technical education as a key part of any "fix" to the higher education system.