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.
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Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.
2014 National Agricultural Education Summit Update
The National Council for Agricultural Education will host the 2014 Agricultural Education Summit, January 27 -30, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The theme of the 2014 National Agricultural Education Summit, “Renewal of Experiential Learning and Supervised Agricultural Experience within Agricultural Education” will be the focus of the summit for local, state and national Team Ag Ed participants.The development of student skill and competency through experiential learning methods such as the Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) has long been a core component of school based agricultural education. As the nation begins to deal with the skills gap that exists between current educational components and what will be needed for the future workforce the general education community is looking to experiential learning as a key solution. Unfortunately, even though agricultural education has a long and successful history with the methods, the most recent research has identified the following concerns. This suggests a need for national, state and local Team Ag Ed to recommit to the experiential learning component, and in particular the use of the SAE at the middle and secondary level.
- Less agricultural students coming from family farming operations
- Larger numbers of urban and suburban students who do not possess adequate home facilities to engage in traditional projects
- Many school based agricultural education programs are significantly larger than they were in the past limiting the instructor’s ability to give personalized attention to all students
- Lack of time within agricultural education training programs to place an emphasis on preparing future educators in the management and assessment of SAE programs
- Decrease in the number of extended contracts that allowed instructors time after school and in the summer months to manage student learning
- More stringent labor regulations inhibiting the depth to which students can explore some career fields in agriculture
For those attending the Summit in Indianapolis, registering early will save you $100. Early registration cost is $199 and will cover meals and related conference expenses. Online early registration will be available October 22, 2013, and will close on December 13, 2013. For those registering December 14, 2013, or after registration cost is $299. All participant fees must be paid before January 30, 2014, to allow participation. Only credit cards payments accepted. There are NO refunds.Thanks to the generous sponsorship of John Deere and partnership with the National FFA Organization each state will be eligible to receive two travel stipends to offset the majority of the costs for two participants. These will be managed through state agricultural education staff.
More details on this program will be shared during the NASAE conference in Louisville in the coming weeks.For more information contact Mike Honeycutt firstname.lastname@example.org.
Convention Judges Needed
Any advisor, volunteer or state staff already attending Convention, please consider volunteering to judge a Proficiency area. We have 27 award areas that do not have enough judges right now! Proficiencies will be judged Thursday, October 31, 12 - 5pm. Email email@example.com receive an invitation to register to judge.
Convention Proficiency Room Hosts Needed
Proficiency room hosts are needed on Thursday, October 31 from 10:30am -5pm in Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC). Room hosts are voluntary. FFA does not cover any expenses. Submit nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org please include name and email address of each nominee.
Convention and expo app now available
Download the 86th National FFA Convention and Expo app, now available at www.FFA.org/guidebook. Get the latest on the event, including the schedule of events, workshops, session highlights and more.
Courtesy Corp shifts allow one-of-a-kind look at convention and expo
Are your students interested in seeing some of the “behind the scenes” that goes into the planning and implementation of the National FFA Convention & Expo? If so, we have Courtesy Corp shifts still available for this year’s big event that will fit your student’s various skills and interests. Visit the Courtesy Corp website to sign up your students for a variety of shifts and times.
Our greatest need for volunteers include:
- Monday, Oct. 28 and Tuesday, Oct. 29 in the Mega Store
- Wednesday, Oct. 30 in the Agriscience Fair
- Thursday, Oct. 31 and Friday, Nov. 1 for CDE events and proficiency awards
If you have any questions, contact Angie Green with the National FFA Organization, email@example.com or 317-802-4204.
Sign up now for the FFA virtual convention and expo
There’s still time to sign up for the inaugural National FFA Virtual Convention & Expo, the perfect way to bring the national convention and expo straight to your classroom.
- Visit exhibitors within the virtual expo.
- Participate in student workshops.
- Watch general sessions.
- Purchase memorabilia in the virtual shopping mall.
- Download resources through Teacher's Corner.
- And more!
* = Registration only available to FFA chapters
- $50 per FFA chapter (with members attending on site)*
- $100 per FFA chapter (without members attending on site)*
Visit the virtual convention and expo webpage to learn more.
NAAE at National FFA Convention
Be sure to mark your schedule to take in all the great NAAE and Teach Ag activities happening at this year’s National FFA Convention. Here’s the rundown:
Teach Ag booth: Your students can walk the red carpet, put their star on our walk to fame, and get their photo taken while we talk to them about a future career in agricultural education
NAAE booth: We think current teachers are the real stars! Pick up your swag bag, and if you’re a current college student who’s majoring in agricultural education, fill out your Classroom Bound card and we’ll send you home with a t-shirt.
Teachers’ World: Get some professional development while your students are taking in the expo or drop by the internet café to network, get online, and recharge your device. See the workshop schedule here.
General Session 5: Be inspired by three very special agricultural educators who will share why they love to teach agriculture.
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