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
"Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character."
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Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Director.
Spotlight on Innovation in Agricultural Education: Virginia Tech Secondary Ag Coalition
By Tinesha Woods-Wells, Virginia Tech
In Virginia, agriculture and its related industries are an important part of the state’s economic base, accounting for almost $79 billion in total industry output in 2006 (Rephann, 2008). The Commonwealth of Virginia can be in a position to lead the nation in feeding the world. Virginia is within a one-day drive of 2/3 of the U.S. population and the Virginia Port Authority is the deepest and most active Eastern port in the United States. The Virginia Tech Secondary Ag Coalition is working with local communities in rural Virginia to develop eight innovative model programs for workforce development. Programs are designed to build capacity for increasing the trained agriculture workforce across the Commonwealth with emphasis on providing high-quality learning experiences for students. Focus points include:
The statewide coalition-based program housed in Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural and Extension Education. Program activity is currently funded, in part, with an integrated, grant from The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) and the VT Foundation Account for Community Viability, with participating schools matching a portion of the costs. To stay informed about program activities using social media, follow the Virginia Tech Secondary Ag Coalition on Facebook. If you have comments or questions, please contact Donna Westfall-Rudd by email or at (540) 231-5717.
- Comprehensive academic and career planning for students beginning in middle grades
- Comprehensive, rigorous, and relevant learning experiences
- Infusion of critical technology skills in the program that are aligned with the requirements for the industry
- Flexible, innovative delivery systems for Agricultural Education courses that reflect coordination between secondary and postsecondary education
- Student access to “stackable” industry credentials for successful transition from high school to direct entry to the work force or further education
- Continual teacher retraining and professional development
2014 NAAE Ag Ed Advocacy Video Challenge – Deadline Extension – Monday March 24, 2014
Due to unexpected weather conditions across the U.S. we have decided to extend the deadline for the NAAE Advocacy Video challenge to give you more time to create your advocacy video!
NEW Entry deadline – March 24, 2014 Follow this link for complete challenge details
Wes Crawford Selected for George Washington Carver AgriSCIENCE Teacher Award
Congratulations to NAAE member Wes Crawford, agriscience educator at Sutherlin High School in Sutherlin, Oregon for being selected for the George Washington Carver AgriSCIENCE Teacher Award, given annually by DuPont.The annual recognizes the member of the DuPont National AgriScience Teacher Ambassador Academy who demonstrates and advocates inquiry-based science teaching and inspires students to pursue science excellence. The award also honors George Washington Carver (1864 -1943), agricultural scientist, researcher, inventor and teacher.
NAAE Region I Conference - April 16-18
There's still time to register for the Region I Conference, to be held April 16-18 in Waikki Beach, Hawaii. Follow this link for conference details and the registration form.
Community of Practice Highlights
USDA Challenge Grants Program - Applications Due April 3
The USDA has released the application and information for the Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program (SPECA). Click here for more details and the application.
CASE Institute Registration
CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 30 CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! To register for a CASE Institute please follow this link.
Each site will be capped at 18 participants, with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an institute will be subject to a $250 cancelation fee. Please contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the 2014 CASE Institutes.
Enter the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Video Contest
Create a one- to two-minute video with your FFA chapter by April 11 and you could win $1,000. To learn more, visit here.
Go “Down Under” for Ag
Apply now for the Youth for Understanding Intercultural Exchange Program. You could spend your summer in one of Australia or New Zealand’s farming communities where you’ll not only attend an agricultural-themed summer program but will also receive hands-on experience. The program takes place July 5 - Aug. 30. The deadline to apply is April 1. To learn more, visit this link.