2018 National Agricultural Education Summit
The 2018 National Agricultural Education Summit will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Antonio, Texas on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 just prior to the 2018 NAAE Convention and ACTE CareerTech VISION 2018. Click here for more information.
Fellowship Program Accepting Applications for an Agricultural Education Division Fellow!
The ACTE Fellowship program is accepting applications for the 2019 class of fellows. Please consider taking part in this opportunity for professional development, increased policy knowledge, and leadership development. The Fellowship Program requires a one-year commitment from January–December 2019. Applications are dueSeptember 15. Read more
Celebrate National Teach Ag Day
National Teach Ag Day is just around the corner! Join us for our LIVE celebration on Thursday, September 20th. There are numerous ways to engage and celebrate with us:
National Officer Informational Webinar
September 11, 2018
An informational session on the background of the National Teach Ag Campaign, causes of the agriculture teacher demand, current supply status, and what has been successful in addressing the talent needs of agricultural education, while identifying future strategies. Designed for those preparing for National FFA Office in October. Click here for more information and to register.
National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program Application Now Available
NAPTP is committed to promoting inquiry-based teaching methods and the enhancement of science in agriculture to preservice teachers in agricultural education across the nation. This fall, preservice teachers can apply to attend an interactive hands-on agriscience training program at the 2018 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Selected participants will be challenged to develop inquiry-based lessons to use during their student teaching experience, as well as when they enter the teaching profession. Click here for more information and to apply by September 24th!
Future Agriscience Teacher Symposium at NAAE Convention
The FAST Symposium is a professional development, networking and mentoring experience for preservice agricultural education majors. The sessions will focus on creating an inclusive classroom environment, inquiry-based learning, classroom management, professional development, and collegiality. Click here to register by November 2nd.
2018 NAAE Convention
Registration and the NAAE Housing Block are now open. Make sure to book your room soon, as the housing block is filling quickly. Follow this link for more information and to start making plans for San Antonio!
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, Dr. Groves works with family farmers in central Missouri to vaccinate their calves and cows, demonstrating how they herd their animals gently with low stress. Click here to watch the video.
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Rosenwald Schools and Agricultural Education
Labor Day signifies the start of school in many parts of the county. Many students eagerly anticipate the start of a new school year. Click here to read more from Friday Footnotes.
Deadline Extension: Volunteer to Help at the National FFA Convention & Expo
The Educational Development and Evaluation Team at National FFA is seeking collegiate and teacher volunteers to assist and facilitate within various expo booths and teacher workshops during the national convention and expo. Volunteers get an upfront, behind-the-scenes look at convention as they will help with setup, facilitation and discussion with students, and teardown. Each volunteer will be assigned to one of the following areas:
- FFA educational resources booth
- We Are FFA booth
- AgExplorer booth
- Teacher workshops
Click here to access the application and to find out more information on the responsibilities and duties of a volunteer. The deadline to apply is midnight EDT on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018.
AgExplorer’s Newest Virtual Field Trip
Mark your calendars now for the next AgExplorer Virtual Field Trip! The National FFA Organization and Discovery Education will broadcast live from Tractor Supply Company’s Merchandising Innovation Center in Nashville, Tenn. Join us Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. EDT and give your students an inside look into the world of agriculture and the careers that develop, market, distribute and provide the products you use every day. Students will see a variety of highly skilled careers involved in consumer product marketing and sales and also learn about key economic concepts—such as supply and demand and prices and profits—and observe how these function in a market economy. To register, visit AgExplorer.com. Teachers can download the free, standards-aligned companion educator guide to help engage students in the virtual field trip. Be sure to join our Twitter Chat during the virtual field trip by following @NationalFFA and @DiscoveryEd and using #AgExplorerVFT.
New Year Means Time to Update Chapter Profile
Keeping your local FFA Alumni and Supporters profile up-to-date is extremely important as this is where your leadership contacts are pulled from. Please keep your officers listed under contacts on your profile page, so that we can communicate with the correct and most current individuals. Chapter leaders can access your chapter profile through their dashboard.