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Totally Acceptable. . . . 

  1. To check out some great online learning tools to use in your virtual classroom, such as these FREE teacher and student resources from AgEdNet.com,
  2. To research alternative forms of toilet paper,
  3. To make your own cleaning solution with one gallon of water and 1/3 cup of bleach to sanitize your home,
  4. To use these FREE Remote Learning Resources from One Less Thing to give your students an interactive and FUN online learning experience, 
  5. To stay in contact with family and friends via FaceTime, Skype, Facebook Messenger, or even just a simple phone call -- just to check in and make sure everyone is OK!
 
 

My Corner of the World

By now, most of us have set up a temporary desk at home and have had to figure out how to teach from a distance. What do you remember your desk looking like? For Annaliese Henderson-Yost, agriculture teacher at Hundred High School, in West Virginia, structure and organization were key! How does your current desk compare to the one you left behind?

 
 

Want Your Picture in New Teacher News???
Send a high-quality picture of your desk (or your colleague's desk) to Andrea Fristoe & look for your picture in an upcoming edition!

 
 

Ag Teacher Hack

A Great Read!

Looking for a little non-traditional professional development? Check out this book about feeding our world! Thank you Amanda Mullins, agriculture teacher at Benton Central Jr. Sr. High School, in Indiana, for sharing this great resource on the Ag Ed Discussion Lab Facebook page!

This idea was posted on the  Ag Education Discussion Lab Facebook page.

Share Your Ag Teacher Hack!
Have a great idea or tip that is your "go to" in the classroom? Share it with us! Contact Andrea Fristoe and look for your Ag Teacher Hack in an upcoming edition of New Teacher News!

 

Stay Inspired!

 

Healthy Habits

#SocialDistancing Tips

How are you doing with Social Distancing? Looking for some tips to stay physically and mentally healthy? Check out these great tips and ideas!

 
 

NAAE Membership Benefits

NAAE Awards and Grants

With the current status of COVID-19, we are extending our deadline for awards and grants to June 1st.  Make sure to log in to your account, upload your documents, and submit your application for the 2020 NAAE Awards! 

 
 
 

Before You Go. . . 

Contact Andrea Fristoe for more information and to order your
Teach Ag Kit TODAY! 

 
 
 
 
 

Contact Us

National Association of Agricultural Educators 
2525 Harrodsburg Road
Suite 200
Lexington, KY 40504

859-967-2892

 

The National Teach Ag Campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. For more information, visit the Teach Ag website. Funding for the National Teach Ag Campaign is provided by the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience™, Growth Energy, and BASF as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

 

Agriculture teachers are amazing. They go above and beyond to make sure their students, communities, and future ag teachers have the tools and resources they need to be successful. They make it their utmost goal to MENTOR. MOTIVATE. AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Check out this month's edition of Teach Ag Times to find out how ag education truly is the BEST. CAREER. EVER!

 
 
 

Mentor. Motivate. Make a Difference!

This month we get to meet Dr. Robin McLean, agriculture teacher at Northern Burlington Middle School, in New Jersey, and learn about her career as an agriculture teach over the last 22 years. Find out how she mentors, motivates, and makes a difference in the lives of her students and community. 

 
 
 

"I am looking forward to providing students critical life skills and watching how they apply them to their future endeavors."
-Courtney Wiedenmann

 

Meet Courtney

Teach Ag Ambassador Spotlight

Each year the National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of preservice agriculture teachers to represent the future of ag education.

This month, we are featuring Courtney Wiedenmann, a senior at the Oklahoma State University, majoring in agricultural education. 

Follow the link below to learn what she is looking forward to most about becoming an ag teacher. Plus, find out why Oklahoma State University is a great option for pursuing a degree in ag education.

 
 
 

#TeachAg on Twitter

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Contact Us

National Association of Agricultural Educators 
2525 Harrodsburg Road
Suite 200
Lexington, KY 40504

859-967-2892

 

The National Teach Ag Campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. For more information, visit the Teach Ag website. Funding for the National Teach Ag Campaign is provided by the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience™, Growth Energy, and BASF as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

This post is part of the March 2020 Teach Ag Times e-newsletter.

 

 

It is so exciting to look at your future as an agriculture teacher! A great way to get started in your journey is to make connections with current teachers and to find out what motivates them in their ag programs. This month, meet Dr. Robin McLean, agriculture teacher of 22 years at Northern Burlington Middle School, in New Jersey, for a little inspiration as you prepare yourself for the BEST. CAREER. EVER!

 

 

Q: Who or what inspired you to become an ag teacher?

A: Teaching is a family tradition. My father was a high school art teacher for 35 years and my grandfather started a vocational agriculture program that he taught in for 38 years. Although teaching is in my blood, it was my agriculture teacher who inspired me to go into teaching by constantly challenging me to set new and higher goals for myself. That belief and encouragement from her made me want to serve the same role in students' lives.

 

Q: What is your favorite subject to teach?

A: CASE Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources

 

 

 

Q: What is your biggest goal for your program?

A: My middle school program feeds into the high school program in the district. Therefore, my biggest goal is to give students exposure to what agriculture and FFA can offer them. Plus, I strive to open their eyes to the diversity of careers in the agriculture, food, and natural resources industry. Through doing this, I can hopefully pique their interest in agriculture in the high school and keep our district's program thriving and viable even in changing times. 

 

Q: What motivates you to teach?

A: The critical need I see for agriculturally literate consumers motivates me to teach. I am reminded on a daily basis of the vale of what I do when I see the "Aha moment"  a student has as they make a connection to the fact that agriculture is involved in everything. Another motivator is helping students develop the leadership and communication skills needed to share the message of why agriculture matters and watching them put these skills into practice.

 

Q: What is your teaching philosophy in five words or less? 

A: "Learn Together. Grow Together. Open Eyes." (Sorry. That's six.)

 

Q: What is one piece of advice you would like to offer an aspiring ag teacher?

A: Teaching is not for the faint of heart and the education profession is often maligned. It will take perseverance, flexibility, patience, ingenuity, and a willingness to be both a lifelong learner and an advocate - for your profession, your students, and your program. However, the rewards are great although often intangible. Take advantage of the opportunity to get involved with career-related professional organizations such as the National Association of Agricultural Educators and the Association for Career and Technical Education because they will support and enhance your journey.

 

Interested in learning more about the BEST.CAREER.EVER? Follow this linkto the Teach Ag website to learn more about how you can begin your path to making a positive difference in the lives of students and their communities each and every day!

 

Agriculture teachers have the BEST. CAREER. EVER! From being able to teach a diverse variety of courses, to developing lasting relationships with students, and sharing a passion for agriculture -- the rewards are endless. This month, find out from a fairly new agriculture teacher what truly makes agricultural education the ultimate career!

 
 

Best. Career. Ever!

This month we get to meet Matthew Bernia, agriculture teacher at St. Louis High School, in St. Louis, Michigan. Find out how he has been able to create a dynamic classroom to develop well-informed consumers over the last two years.

 
 
 

"I want to become an ag teacher to impact the lives of students and give them the same opportunities I was given in high school."
-Brittney Beck

 

Meet Brittney

Teach Ag Ambassador Spotlight

Each year the National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of preservice agriculture teachers to represent the future of ag education.

This month, we are featuring Brittney Beck, a senior at the University of Arkansas, majoring in agricultural education. 

Follow the link below to learn what inspired her to become an ag teacher. Plus, find out why the University of Arkansas is a great option for pursuing a degree in ag education.

 
 
 

#TeachAg on Twitter

 
 
 
 

Mark Your Calendar!

 
 
 
 

Contact Us

National Association of Agricultural Educators 
2525 Harrodsburg Road
Suite 200
Lexington, KY 40504

859-967-2892

 

The National Teach Ag Campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. For more information, visit the Teach Ag website. Funding for the National Teach Ag Campaign is provided by the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience™, Growth Energy, and BASF as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

 

Totally Acceptable. . . . 

  1. To reflect on your FFA Week activities and celebrations and already have a plan for 2021,
  2. To be counting down the days until your greenhouse is overflowing with beautiful plants ready for spring and summer,
  3. To already start designing your bulletin board for March Madness,
  4. To already start looking at catering options for your FFA Chapter Banquet,
  5. To showcase the importance of agricultural education by inviting agricultural professionals to speak to your students about future careers in the ag industry. 
 
 
 
 
 

My Corner of the World

Being an ag teacher is a great reason to SMILE! For Megan Whited, ag teacher at Willapa Middle & High School, in Washington, agricultural education is her passion and she hopes her smile is contagious for her fellow ag teachers!

 
 

Want Your Picture in New Teacher News???
Send a high-quality picture of your desk (or your colleague's desk) to Andrea Fristoe & look for your picture in an upcoming edition!

 
 

Ag Teacher Hack

Plant Stem Models

Thank you Rose Calhoun, agriculture teacher at Clay High School, in Indiana, for sharing this great resource on the Ag Ed Discussion Lab Facebook page!

This idea was posted on the  Ag Education Discussion Lab Facebook page.

Share Your Ag Teacher Hack!
Have a great idea or tip that is your "go to" in the classroom? Share it with us! Contact Andrea Fristoe and look for your Ag Teacher Hack in an upcoming edition of New Teacher News!

 

Stay Inspired!

 

Healthy Habits

Stay Healthy this Winter!

Many of us are working towards a more healthy lifestyle in 2020. Whether it is mental, physical, or emotional health, it is important to care for ourselves especially when the winter is brutal. Take a look at these 10 tips for staying healthy this winter!

 
 

NAAE Membership Benefits

The Ag Teacher's Lifecycle

Where are you in your professional life cycle? Click on our infographic to learn how we can help at each stage.

 
 

Before You Go. . . 

 

Mark Your Calendar!

 
 
 
 
 

Contact Us

National Association of Agricultural Educators 
2525 Harrodsburg Road
Suite 200
Lexington, KY 40504

859-967-2892

 

The National Teach Ag Campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. For more information, visit the Teach Ag website. Funding for the National Teach Ag Campaign is provided by the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience™, Growth Energy, and BASF as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Andrea Fristoe

Best. Career. Ever!

Posted by Andrea Fristoe Feb 28, 2020

This post is part of the February 2020 Teach Ag Times e-newsletter.

 

Agricultural education offers teachers the opportunity to share their personal passions in agriculture with students, while also learning and discovering new developments, ideas, and strategies in the agriculture industry. It is a powerful and ever-changing subject. For Matthew Bernia, agriculture teacher at St. Louis High School, in St. Louis, Michigan, he has been able to create a dynamic classroom to develop well-informed consumers over the last two years.

 

Q:  What is your favorite subject to teach?

A: Plant Science

 

Q:  Who/what inspired you to become an ag teacher?

A:  I would say my ag teachers, Victoria Yackle and Ryan Kuhl, played a huge role in my path. They were the teachers who built connections and showed me how to convert my passion for agriculture into a successful and fulfilling career.  Additionally, I felt called to educate others on agriculture in order to close the gap between farm and plate. 

 

Q:  What is your biggest goal for your program?
A:  This year the SLHS Ag & FFA department has adopted the motto of "Only Forward." We are striving to move our program forward, obtain new heights, and prepare students for success in the 21st century. I would say the biggest goal is to get every student in an ag class.

 

Q:  What motivates you to teach?
A:  It's truly the little things in each day that bring me back. No matter how stressful or crazy a day is, there are these moments where students just make your whole day -- moments when students are excitedly telling you about college acceptance, or they beat the school basketball record. My favorites are the lightbulb moments when a student understands something new. Each day I look for one thing that made me smile and it's usually the students. 

 

Q:  What is your teaching philosophy in five words or less?
A:  Student-Centered, Career-Focused Classroom. 

 

Q:  What is one piece of advice you would like to offer an aspiring ag teacher?
A:  
When you step in a classroom, be transparent. Don't hide who you are and put on an act -- kids see right through it. Be genuine and the kids will respect and enjoy your classes. "We worry about being judged by a room full of 12-year-olds" - Tisha Richmond. Don't worry about what students think of you, just be you.

 

Interested in learning more about the BEST.CAREER.EVER? Follow this linkto the Teach Ag website to learn more about how you can begin your path to making a positive difference in the lives of students and their communities each and every day!

Totally Acceptable. . . . 

  1. To be revived and refreshed for a new year and new semester,
  2. To teach as many lessons in the greenhouse as possible, just for the warmth on snowy or cold days,
  3. To have a "Countdown Til Spring" posted on your bulletin board,
  4. To teach your students about marketing by selling Valentine's Day floral arrangements as an upcoming fundraiser,
  5. To nominate a future ag teacher on the Teach Ag website!
 
 
 

My Corner of the World

What's your 2020 Vision? For Tara Wolfenbarger, agriculture teacher at Bourbon County High School, in Kentucky, a classroom (and desk) makeover from Designing Classrooms is coming soon!

 
 

Want Your Picture in New Teacher News???
Send a high-quality picture of your desk (or your colleague's desk) to Andrea Fristoe & look for your picture in an upcoming edition!

 
 
 
 

Ag Teacher Hack

Cheese Science Toolkit

Thank you Sarah LaRose, Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education at Purdue University for sharing this great resource on the Ag Ed Discussion Lab Facebook page!

This idea was posted on the  Ag Education Discussion Lab Facebook page.

Share Your Ag Teacher Hack!
Have a great idea or tip that is your "go to" in the classroom? Share it with us! Contact Andrea Fristoe and look for your Ag Teacher Hack in an upcoming edition of New Teacher News!

 

Stay Inspired!

 

Healthy Habits

Sharpen Your Focus in 2020!

This year, many are making it their personal goal to grow in the area of self-improvement. Creating a 2020 Vision Board is a trend currently sweeping the nation. What will your focus be in 2020?

 
 

NAAE Membership Benefits

U.S. Ag Ed Listserv

The U.S. Ag Ed Listserv is for use by agriculture teachers, state staff, teacher educators, and others interested in agricultural education. 

 
 

Before You Go. . . 

The National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA) has over 15 years of successfully cultivating agriscience and inquiry-based learning in agricultural education. The Academy serves to train agriculture teachers on how to enhance the science that is already present in agriculture, as well as develop students as problem solvers and thinkers through the inquiry-based teaching method.

Applications are Due February 3rd!

 
 
 

Mark Your Calendar!

 
 
 
 
 

Contact Us

National Association of Agricultural Educators 
300 Garrigus Building 
Lexington, KY 40546-0215
800.509.0204

 

The National Teach Ag Campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. For more information, visit the Teach Ag website. Funding for the National Teach Ag Campaign is provided by the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience™, Growth Energy, and BASF as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

 

Totally Acceptable. . . . 

  1. To be thankful for the BEST. CAREER. EVER. and a much-needed holiday break,
  2. To be excited to attend the NAAE Convention in Anaheim, CA and participate in TONS of specialized professional development,
  3. To use the Thanksgiving holiday to teach about poultry production,
  4. To sign up to be a National Teach Ag Day  Kit Host Site & mark your calendar for the most epic career celebration on September 17, 2020,
  5. To try all of the holiday-inspired flavored coffee drinks available!
 

My Corner of the World

Anyone ready for Thanksgiving Break? For Shelbie Rochel, a current agricultural education major at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, a few more papers to grade separate her student teaching experience at Osceola High School, Wisconsin from a quick break with friends and family.  

 
 

Want Your Picture in New Teacher News???
Send a high-quality picture of your desk (or your colleague's desk) to Andrea Fristoe & look for your picture in an upcoming edition!

 

Ag Teacher Hack

Cup of Skin Lesson Idea

Thank you Chris Livengood, fellow agriculture teacher, for sharing this information on the Ag Ed Discussion Lab Facebook page!

This idea was posted on the  Ag Education Discussion Lab Facebook page.

Share Your Ag Teacher Hack!
Have a great idea or tip that is your "go to" in the classroom? Share it with us! Contact Andrea Fristoe and look for your Ag Teacher Hack in an upcoming edition of New Teacher News!

 

Stay Inspired!

 

NAAE Membership Benefits

Awards and Grants

NAAE takes pride in recognizing excellence in agricultural education, as well as individuals and organizations who make outstanding contributions to the profession. Members have the opportunity to apply for state and national recognition or nominate other individuals or organizations for recognition through a variety of programs. 

 
 

Before You Go. . . 

 

Mark Your Calendar!

 

 

 
 
 
 

Contact Us

Ellen Thompson
Project Director
ethompson.naae@uky.edu
605-350-3842

Andrea Fristoe
Program Manager
afristoe.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

 
 

The National Teach Ag Campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. For more information, visit the Teach Ag website. Funding for the National Teach Ag Campaign is provided by the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience™, Growth Energy, and BASF as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

 

Teaching agriculture truly is the BEST. CAREER. EVER. 
However, it is important to have an identity outside of the classroom, in order to relate to your students and community, and to define who you are as an individual. The many hats you wear in terms of your unique talents and skills make you a great ag teacher!

 
 

Switching Hats

This month we get to meet Alan Green, agriculture teacher at Unionville-Sebewaing Area Schools, in Michigan. As a new teacher, Alan has had to learn how to balance work and life. Read how he uses a hobby to develop a new skill and make a positive difference in his mental health. 

 
 
 

"I am looking most forward to the ability to prepare students to thrive in their own individual ways throughout life, and to help them uncover the unique talents that they have to offer the world."
-Megan Whited

 

Meet Megan!

Teach Ag Ambassador Spotlight

Each year the National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of preservice agriculture teachers to represent the future of ag education.

This month, we are featuring Megan Whited, a recent graduate of Washington State University, majoring in agricultural education. 

Follow the link below to learn what has inspired her to be an ag teacher and how she hopes to make a positive difference in the lives of her students. Plus, find out why Washington State is a great option for pursuing a degree in ag education.

 
 

#TeachAg on Twitter

 
 
 
 

Mark Your Calendar!

 
 
 
 
 

Contact Us

Ellen Thompson
Project Director
ethompson.naae@uky.edu
605-350-3842

Andrea Fristoe
Program Manager
afristoe.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

 
 

The National Teach Ag Campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. For more information, visit the Teach Ag website. Funding for the National Teach Ag Campaign is provided by the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience™, Growth Energy, and BASF as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Andrea Fristoe

Switching Hats

Posted by Andrea Fristoe Nov 21, 2019

This post is part of the November 2019 Teach Ag Times e-newsletter.

 

Agriculture teachers wear many different hats. From teachers to coaches and everything in between, it is important to find a hobby or niche that will allow you to detox from the hectic life of an ag teacher and help define you as an individual. This month, meet Alan Green, agriculture teacher at Unionville-Sebewaing Area Schools, in Michigan, and find out which hat he puts on after his teacher cap comes off.

 

Q:  What is your favorite part of being an ag teacher?

A:  My favorite part about being an ag teacher is working with students who haven't been able to find their niche in other classes quite yet. I get to work with some of the best students in the world, who sometimes have a hard time connecting with other classes and other teachers. Working with and building relationships with these students motivates me to continue to teach.

 

Q:  What is your favorite hobby outside of teaching?

A:  My favorite hobby outside of teaching is woodworking! I find working out in the woodshop to be relaxing and therapeutic, and it helps me clear my head. I am currently trying to grow my woodworking business to make products and furniture for customers. 

 

Q:  How do you make time to focus on your hobby? How often do you “do” your hobby?

A:  I really try to be intentional with my time and dedicate a few nights each week to work out in the woodshop. I didn't do this as much last year, and I found that I wasn't spending as much time out in the woodshop as I wanted, and as a result I wasn't growing my skill set or advancing my business. I try to "do" my hobby at least a few nights a week.

 

Q:  How does your hobby help motivate you to be a better teacher?

A:  Working out in the woodshop helps me clear my head and also gives me a place and time to generate new ideas for my classes, my students, and our program. It's also given me an easy way to connect to students who are also excited about woodworking. 

 

Q:  What advice would you give to new and aspiring ag teachers about finding a hobby?

A:  Do it. In order to be a successful ag teacher, you need a mentor and you need a hobby. Having a hobby that's completely unrelated to agricultural education will benefit your mental health and your time management. 

 

Interested in learning more about the BEST.CAREER.EVER? Follow this linkto the Teach Ag website to learn more about how you can begin your path to making a positive difference in the lives of students and their communities each and every day!

 

 

Totally Acceptable. . . . 

  1. To stop by the National Teach Ag booth (#1471) at National FFA Convention to meet this year's Teach Ag Ambassadors and participate in our activity to earn some great Teach Ag Swag!
  2. To visit the NAAE booth (#615) at National FFA Convention to learn about the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE), My Local Cooperative, and Teach Ag initiatives,
  3. To take your students to one of our Teach Ag workshops at National FFA Convention,
  4. To participate in one of the teacher or student workshops aimed at building cultural competency and creating inclusive spaces put on by Millennium Learning Concepts at National FFA Convention,
  5. To stop by the My Local Cooperative workshop at National FFA Convention!
 

Know a Fantastic Future Ag Teacher?

Get them to sign up for one of our Signing Events at National FFA Convention!

 

My Corner of the World

Being an ag teacher is a great reason to SMILE! For Megan Whited, ag teacher at Willapa Middle & High School, in Washington, agricultural education is her passion and she hopes her smile is contagious for her fellow ag teachers!

 
 

Want Your Picture in New Teacher News???
Send a high-quality picture of your desk (or your colleague's desk) to Andrea Fristoe & look for your picture in an upcoming edition!

 

Ag Teacher Hack

Getting ready for National FFA Convention?
Make sure to download the official #FFA19 app!

Download the #FFA19 app today to see the new 2019 convention video (exclusive to the app). 

 

• Download: FFA.org/app 
• Apple or Android
• Search “FFA Events” on app stores 

Thank you Carlee Dittemore, agriculture teacher at Tri Jr. Sr. High School, Indiana for sharing this information on the Ag Ed Discussion Lab Facebook page!

This idea was posted on the  Ag Education Discussion Lab Facebook page.

Share Your Ag Teacher Hack!
Have a great idea or tip that is your "go to" in the classroom? Share it with us! Contact Andrea Fristoe and look for your Ag Teacher Hack in an upcoming edition of New Teacher News!

 

Stay Inspired!

 

NAAE Membership Benefits

Legislative Action Center

A powerful tool for members to use when trying to build relationships or advocate for ag education. Look up contact information for your legislators and see how they have voted on issues important to agricultural education. 

 
 

Before You Go. . . 

2019 National Teach Ag Day
The 2019 National Teach Ag Day celebration was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who participated in celebrating the BEST. CAREER. EVER! Thank you to our 2019 National Teach Ag Champions for your amazing partnerships that have helped to grow agricultural education!

 

Mark Your Calendar!

 

 

 
 
 
 

Contact Us

Ellen Thompson
Project Director
ethompson.naae@uky.edu
605-350-3842

Andrea Fristoe
Program Manager
afristoe.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

 
 

The National Teach Ag Campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. For more information, visit the Teach Ag website. Funding for the National Teach Ag Campaign is provided by the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience™, Growth Energy, and BASF as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

As part of the ongoing commitment and collaboration between NAAE and National FFA, attend one of the teacher or student workshops aimed at building cultural competency and creating inclusive spaces put on by Millennium Learning Concepts. Millennium Learning Concepts is a consulting and training firm headed by Dr. Roger Cleveland. Dr. Roger Cleveland has been at the forefront of equity and inclusion for over a decade. He has facilitated the activities of high school diversity clubs, served as a diversity adviser, and as a moderator and presenter at over 85 various conferences promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. Dr. Cleveland is currently a full professor in the School of Education at Kentucky State University and serves as the Director, Center for Research on the Eradication of Educational Disparities (CREED).

 

Wednesday October 30 
10:30-11:30am Diversity does not mean deficit, just difference (Room 134-136) 
10:30-11:30am Do you see what I see? Implicit Bias in Schools (Room 140) 
2:00-3:00pm Cultural Competency 101 (Room 140) 
3:30-4:30pm Is what I said, what I meant? Cross-cultural communication (Room 134-136)

Thursday, October 31
9:00-10:00am Building Student Leaders to lead tough conversations. (Room 134-136) 
12:00-1:00pm Diversity does not mean deficit. It means difference. (Room 134-136) 
1:30-2:30pm Do you see what I see? Implicit Bias in schools. (Room 140) 
3:00-4:00pm Is what I said, what I meant? Cross-cultural communication. (Room 134-136)

Friday, November 1
9:00-10:00am Building student leaders to lead tough conversations. (Room 134-136) 
12:00-1:00pm Diversity does not mean deficit. It's just difference. (Room 134-136) 
12:00-1:00pm Cultural Competency 101 (Room 140) 

Professional Development opportunity for all teachers through a collaborative project of NAAE and the CHS Foundation.
Build your classroom resources 
October 31, 2019 
10:30 – 11:45 a.m. My Local Cooperative: Education. Community. Agriculture (Room 143) Engage your students in the latest NAAE instructional module based on agriculture cooperatives. The activity-based modules will guide students through understanding how a cooperative business works, defining the benefits of cooperatives in the community, cooperative career opportunities and running a mock cooperative business. All teacher attendees are eligible for a $100 cooperative field trip or cooperative teaching materials grant. 

Your journey as an ag teacher is a lifetime filled with learning, excitement, and growth for you, your students, and the future of agriculture. That is why it is absolutely the
 BEST. CAREER. EVER.

 

Never Stop Living the Dream

This month we get to meet Greg Schneider, agriculture teacher at Greensburg Community High School, in Indiana. As Greg wraps up his career, he has some words of advice for those who are just beginning their journey to become ag teachers. 

 

Celebrate National Teach Ag Day

Join us for our LIVE Teach Ag Day celebration on Thursday, September 19th! Our festivities will begin at 11am EDT, so check out the Teach Ag website to follow along, find some great ways to engage with us & celebrate the BEST. CAREER. EVER!!!!

 
 
 

"I love every aspect of agriculture and I want to keep its importance alive."
-MaKayla Rose

 

Meet MaKayla!

Teach Ag Ambassador Spotlight

Each year the National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of preservice agriculture teachers to represent the future of ag education.

This month, we are featuring MaKayla Rose, a Senior at Morehead State University, majoring in agricultural education. 

Follow the link below to learn about her mission to reach non-traditional agriculture students and her advice for future ag ed majors, and to find out why Morehead State is a great option for pursuing a degree in ag education.

 

#TeachAg on Twitter

 
 
 
 

Mark Your Calendar!

 
 
 
 

Contact Us

Ellen Thompson
Project Director
ethompson.naae@uky.edu
605-350-3842

Andrea Fristoe
Program Manager
afristoe.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

 
 

The National Teach Ag Campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. For more information, visit the Teach Ag website. Funding for the National Teach Ag Campaign is provided by the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience™, BASF, Herman & Bobbie Wilson, and Growth Energy, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

 

Totally Acceptable. . . . 

  1. To join the National Teach Ag Day celebration by viewing the live webcast on Thursday, September 19th,
  2. To use the #Tagged19 Graphic Organizer in your classroom as you follow along with the National Teach Ag Day live webcast,
  3. To cast your vote in the Teach Ag Day Commercial Contest by viewing the video submissions and helping the university's video you love the most get the most views by Thursday, September 19th,
  4. To tag a future agriculture teacher with our printable CONGRATS CARD
  5. To use the National Teach Ag Day ready-to-use social media graphics and ads to help spread the word of the BEST. CAREER. EVER!
 
 

My Corner of the World

We're a  month in to the new school year for most. How is your desk looking so far?  For Kelse Brown, agriculture teacher at Eastern Lebanon County School District, in Pennsylvania, it's ready to roll for his first group of students!

 
 

Want Your Picture in New Teacher News???
Send a high-quality picture of your desk (or your colleague's desk) to Andrea Fristoe & look for your picture in an upcoming edition!

 

Ag Teacher Hack

Getting ready for National FFA Convention?
Check out the FFA Advisor's Trading Post

2019 NATIONAL FFA CONVENTION TRADING POST
The trading post has two sheets (located at the bottom), one that is used for items needed and one that is used for offering to sell. Additionally, each one has a color coded system used to highlight items that are pending approval or have already been sold. Please use this system correctly to avoid confusion. Follow this link to access the Trading Post.

Thank you Riley Hintzsche, agriculture teacher at Streator Township High School, Illinois for the information!

This idea was posted on the  Ag Education Discussion Lab Facebook page.

Share Your Ag Teacher Hack!
Have a great idea or tip that is your "go to" in the classroom? Share it with us! Contact Andrea Fristoe and look for your Ag Teacher Hack in an upcoming edition of New Teacher News!

 

Stay Inspired!

 

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15% NAAE member discounts at the following brand hotels: Comfort Inn®, Comfort Suites®, Quality®, Sleep Inn®, Clarion®, MainStay Suites®, Econo Lodge®, and Rodeway Inn®. Log in to the website and visit your MyNAAE page for the discount code.

 
 

Before You Go. . . 

Our First Hidden Hero Talks About How She Empowers Her Students
Veronica Sanders, an agriculture teacher at Warner Robins High School, is the first Hidden Hero for Positively 478 and The Telegraph, and she tells her secret to being awesome.

 

Mark Your Calendar!

 

 

 
 
 
 

Contact Us

Ellen Thompson
Project Director
ethompson.naae@uky.edu
605-350-3842

Andrea Fristoe
Program Manager
afristoe.naae@uky.edu
800-509-0204

 
 

The National Teach Ag Campaign is a project of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. For more information, visit the Teach Ag website. Funding for the National Teach Ag Campaign is provided by the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience™, Growth Energy, and BASF as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

This post is part of the September 2019 Teach Ag Times e-newsletter.

 

Teaching agriculture is the BEST. CAREER. EVER. This month, meet Greg Schneider, an agriculture teacher who has been in the classroom for 29 years. Find out how he has developed personally and professionally and get some great advice to use as you embark on your own #TeachAg journey.

 

Q:  What schools have you taught at?

A:  Greensburg Community High School, Greensburg, IN (August, 2015 - Present)
Southwestern High School, Hanover, IN (August, 1991 - August 2015)

 

Q: How long have you been teaching agriculture?
A:  This year make year number 29.

 

Q:  What is your favorite class/topic to teach?
A:  Animal Science and Natural Resource Management

 

Q:  Which universities did you receive your teaching degrees from?
A:  BS - Western Kentucky University,1990
MS - Indiana University Southeast, 1998

 

Q:  What has been the most difficult challenge you have had to overcome as an ag teacher?
A:  As an agriculture teacher, time is your most precious resource and agriculture teacher responsibilities extend well beyond the school day. Maintaining a work/life balance is a constant challenge. There is an axiom in education: “Teachers can’t fill their students' cups if their own pitcher is empty.” Be sure to take time for yourself!

 

Q:  What has been the most rewarding part of being an ag teacher?

A:  The most rewarding part of being an ag teacher is being a part of students' lives well beyond graduation. Some students maintain steady contact and become important program supporters. Some of my most rewarding conversations start with a 40-something year old adult coming up to me and asking, “Mr. Schneider, do you remember me?” You just never realize the true impact you have on the lives of your students...and the impact your students have on you!

 

Q:  What has been your most memorable experience as an ag teacher?

A:  This is a hard question to answer as there are many memorable experiences. The best experiences are those in which students are able to develop the confidence necessary to step outside their comfort zones and they grow right before your eyes. Those are definitely “Proud Teacher” moments that I will always cherish and remember.

 

Q:  What is the best piece of advice you can give an aspiring ag teacher?

A:  Plan on giving any occupation, especially teaching, at least three years before deciding if it is the right fit for you. The first year you will just try to keep your head above water; the second year you will begin to make tweaks and figure out what works for you; and the third year you will make the job your own. That said, never teach the same year twice. Keep your content and teaching strategies vibrant and ever-changing.

 

Interested in learning more about the BEST.CAREER.EVER? Follow this linkto the Teach Ag website to learn more about how you can begin your path to making a positive difference in the lives of students and their communities each and ever day!

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