DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
The DEKALB® Agricultural Accomplishment Award nominations are being accepted through May 1, 2016. Nomination forms and the submission process can be found here.
World Food Prize STEM Program Marks Fifth year with 500 High School Students and Teachers
The World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute has more than tripled in size and reaches over 58 percent of Iowa high schools since it was inaugurated as a unique private-public partnership in 2011. Click here to read more.
Help us Create Meaningful Animal Science Resources
Zoetis, a major sponsor of NAAE’s Communities of Practice, has volunteered to give ag teachers access to its vast library of technical resources on a wide variety of animal science topics. These will be arranged into virtual classrooms on Communities of Practice for teachers to access any time. Please help us tailor these new spaces to best fit your needs by filling out this survey.
April News & Views
Discover a young teacher who is never afraid to try new things in her classroom, find out about the NAAE Summer Virtual Book Club, get ready for your regional conference & so much more in April's edition of News & Views!
Future Agriculture Teacher Professional Development Webinar -- First Year Tips and Advice
Tuesday, April 26th
Presenters: Bethany Prenger, Missouri, and John Lockhart, West Virginia
Click here to register.
NAAE Members Shine as "Stars that Rock" Workshop Facilitators During National Science Teachers Association Conference
NAAE members are many things - teachers, mentors, influencers. At the recent National Science Teachers Association conference in Nashville, Tenn., ten of our members donned their National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador caps to present five workshops about integrating inquiry-based teaching methods. The workshops, sponsored by DuPont, were aimed at science teachers - a different, but important audience for National Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors. Click hereto read more.
2016 NAAE Awards Judging
Are you interested in helping judge the 2016 NAAE award applications? The deadline to sign up is May 10th.Click here for more information and to volunteer.
2016 NAAE Award Applications -- Due May 15th!
Have you started your NAAE award application yet? Visit our website to apply. Application instructions and supporting information for all NAAE awards are available online, as well. Regional award winners will be honored at the 2016 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas, November 29-December 3. Go to the 2016 NAAE Award Applications
2016 NAAE Convention Early Bird Registration
Get ready for the 2016 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas, NV! This year convention is November 29th through December 3rd and will be held at the Westgate Hotel. Early bird registration is now open through July 15th & we have a special early bird housing deal for you as well! Remember, NAAE members pay one price to attend both the NAAE Convention and ACTE Career Tech VISION.
- Click here for early bird registration information
- Click here for special early bird housing information
My American Farm Outreach Program
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture just launched the My American Farm Grant Outreach program. They are looking for 10 schools to take part in the 2016 program. Upon completion of an agricultural outreach event, your school will receive $1,500 to further your efforts in sharing the importance of agriculture in our everyday lives. Click here for more information.
NAAE Summer Virtual Book Club
Register for FREE by June 3rd & Earn up to 12 hours of Professional Development Credit!
Get ready for an exciting summer of professional development with our Virtual Book Club! We will read and engage with the book The Innovator's Mindset by George Couros. Just click here to register for the book club, then pick up a copy of the book & join the NAAE Virtual Book Club group on Communities of Practice to get started! Click here to find out more!
Communities of Practice Highlights
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, watch Wellington, a horse, undergo dental surgery to remove a fractured tooth. Click here to watch the video.
National FFA Alumni Development Conference
Registration is now open for the 2016 National FFA Alumni Development Conference! The 2016 ADC will challenge you to engage your local community, administrators, business leaders and everyone you meet. ADC will take place July 14-16, 2016 at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. Checkout all the workshops, optional tours, registration, hotel information and much more atwww.ffa.org/GoToADC. Registration closes June 19. #FFAadc
Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)
Friday, April 22, 2016: A controversial Florida scientist/professor wins prestigious Borlaug CAST Communication Award; Earth Day perspectives include wonderful views from the Space Station; and trends at the NAMA competition include a youthful approach. These and many more ag/science links.
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).
DUE TODAY! FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Mini-Grant
What hunger service project will your chapter host to help FFA donate 3.5 Million meals to communities? There is still time to apply for the second quarter FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Mini-Grant due by midnight tonight (April 25). Any middle school, high school, collegiate or Alumni FFA chapter who are NOT currently funded through the FFA: Food For All program may apply for up to $500 to support a local hunger service project. In addition, states may apply for funds up to$1,000 to support a state-level hunger service event. Additional information and the application can be found at www.FFA.org/Heroes.
Free Resources on My Journey Just a Click Away
In the midst of state events, banquet planning and the ever-looming classroom preparations, remember the free, innovative and turnkey resources, ideas, and activities available on My Journey! Have you seen theCDE Question and Answer document that will help with contest prep? Check it out on the Explore page. Want a lesson to teach students best practices for submitting a resume created on the FFA Resume Generator or information on applying for an environmental grant? Take a look at the Build page. Teach students the global effect of an FFA jacket by going to the Connect page. Want an easy search tool for all of the past lessons? Check out our new Document Library. Don’t forget theArchive pages house content from the past year, and theImplementation Guide can help integrate My Journey resources.
Announcing the 2016 Chapter Tee Winning Designs
We broke the record for chapter tee votes! Now let’s break the sales record and support the winners. Buy the tee you voted for on ShopFFA.org.
FFA Featured in USA Today/USDA Special Edition
Catch the latest on farming’s new environment. Informative infographics, stories on the latest news in agriculture and more make this a great classroom resource.
Apply for a Living To Serve: Environmental and Emergency Preparedness grant today!
Chapters may apply for up to $1,200 to support Fall semester-long projects that address local environmental needs. Potential projects include: wildlife conservation, land preservation, bee health, recycling, composting, emergency preparedness plans and assembling emergency first aid kits. Go to www.ffa.org/envirograntsto apply today. Applications are due June 8th, 2016. You may contact Jordan Henry at LTS@FFA.org with any questions.
Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education
2016 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE Institute registration is wrapping up, get your seat reserved soon to guarantee your attendance in one of the thirty-two CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.
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 are filling quickly so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement 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 minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.