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.
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 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. Heather Weir mentors vet student Willy Brock through a complex surgery at Colorado State University Teaching Hospital. Their patient today is Cheyenne, a domestic long-haired rescue cat being readied for adoption. Click here to view the video.
The First FFA Manual
Do you remember your first FFA Manual? I was excited when Jack Lacy, the agriculture teacher, passed out the FFA manuals to my Vo Ag I class (yes, it was Vo Ag back then). I took mine home that night and read it from cover to cover. Click here for more.
2019 WLC Positions Now Open
Looking for ways to interact with students, work with dynamic teammates, give back to a great organization, and learn lifelong career skills — all while working in Washington D.C.? Consider working as a National FFA Conference Facilitator! Applications for positions on the 2019 Washington Leadership Conference staff are open now and close Nov. 16, 2018. We are hiring conference facilitators, a conference director, and an adult program coordinator. If you're interested, apply at FFA.org/careers-at-ffa. Please note that if hired for this position, staff would be ineligible to run for National FFA Office. Check out this link for more about the conference. Should you have questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
Hosting a service event around the holidays? Now is the time to apply for a Day of Service Mini-Grant! Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis on the first of each month. To learn more about the Day of Service Mini-Grant, visit the Living to Serve Grants website at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.
Don’t Forget to Submit Your Leadership Scholarship Report
National FFA Alumni and Supporters distributed $78,800 in leadership scholarships to the local and state levels last year. If your chapter or state received funds, be sure to get your 2017 leadership scholarship report submitted by Oct. 1 to be eligible for 2018 funds. The report form can be found in the Alumni Resources folder in your FFA.org toolbox.