SAE Renewal Taskforce
The SAE Renewal taskforce of the National Council is pleased to announce the release of the final set of resources for the SAE for All program. Independent Learning Guides and an online course for delivery of these guides are now available on the SAE page of the National Council for Agricultural Education at https://thecouncil.ffa.org/sae/.
Independent Learning Guides are now available for each level of Foundational SAE, as well as each type of Immersion SAE. These guides can be used in class to walk students through activities designed for each SAE component, or can be assigned for out of class work by students. The online course platform contains all eight of the guides along with introductory videos, which can be used for delivery of the content in a paperless format. Take a look at the latest tools for implementing SAE in your program.
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.
National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program Applications DUE TODAY!
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 today, September 24th!
Position Announcement: Program Coordinator
The Program Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating, organizing and delivering initiatives primarily related to cooperative education content and agricultural educators. The position is funded as part of a three-year commitment by the CHS Foundation to increase youth and teacher awareness of cooperatives. Click here for more information and to apply.
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!
Special Ag Mechanics Professional Development as part of NAAE Convention
Sponsored by Lincoln Electric
Welding Education with Lincoln Electric
Tuesday, November 27th
This course is geared for instructors who want to take welding education to the next level.
The program is a day seminar focused on instructional delivery methods for Safety, SMAW, GMAW, GTAW and FCAW welding processes. This event will be offsite,however, transportation and lunch are provided.
Please register by November 15th at https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4584026/Lincoln-Electric-Professional-Development-Registration.
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. Noel Garbes, of Illinois, checks the herd at Ness Farms. "Today, animal welfare is huge," says Dr. Garbes, who grew up on his family hog farm in Iowa and has always loved working with animals. Click here to watch the video.
The Wise Owl Club
For over a century, secondary agricultural education programs have offered hands-on instruction in agricultural mechanics. These courses often involved work in an agricultural mechanics laboratory, developing skills in welding, metal fabrication, woodworking, electricity, concrete, etc. Click here to read more.
5 Quick Facts about Agriculture
Plus a free infographic
It’s more important than ever to promote agriculture programs to our youth. Here are 5 reasons why: https://www.realityworks.com/blog/5-interesting-facts-all-about-agriculture/
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.
2018-19 SAE Grants
Thanks to great sponsors, the National FFA Organization is pleased to announce that 148 SAE Grants of $1,000 each are available this year to help current FFA members in grades 7-12 start or expand an SAE. Some grants provide an additional $1,000 to the FFA chapter of the recipient. The online application is available through the SAE Grants webpage, or anywhere you can access the online Application Center. CLICK HERE for a complete step-by-step guide to accessing the SAE Grant application. CLICK HERE for the SAE Grants flyer. All applications must be submitted online before 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Nov 15, 2018.
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.