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Each year, NAAE selects six teachers who are in the early stages of their teaching careers as the Outstanding Early Career Teacher award recipients. This award is a means of encouraging early career teachers to remain in the profession and to recognize their participation in professional activities.
In 2018, the selected recipients for this award had numerous accomplishments, but one theme ran clear among them all – the primary goal for their agriculture programs is to promote student success. Each award winner, in his or her own way, continues to build their agriculture program around helping students reach their full potential.
These teachers have found many ways to increase student engagement and facilitate positive learning environments that will help their students be successful learners, consumers, and employees. One award winner opens career options for her students by providing industry-based certifications in her courses. Another award winner works diligently to develop community partnerships, allowing his students to have more experiential learning options. In addition, continual leadership development, as well as facility updates and management are proof that these early career teachers are working hard to build amazing agriculture programs for their students and communities. It is very clear that agricultural education is growing in a positive way with outstanding new teachers like these.
NAAE is proud to have the Outstanding Early Career Teacher award program sponsored by John Deere, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. Thank you John Deere for making this opportunity possible for our early career agriculture teachers.
Hello fellow NAAE members, I hope everyone had a safe trip home from the 2018 NAAE Convention in San Antonio, Texas. I look forward to next year’s convention when we gather in Anaheim, California. I want to take time to let Jay Jackman and his entire NAAE staff and team know what an excellent job they did, as always, in putting together another successful convention, good job guys!!
This year we kicked off the week on Monday with the National Agricultural Education Summit, which helped us focus on our future and take a look back at how we have transitioned over the years in agricultural education.
When you think of a fresh look and bright future, look toward Teach Ag. Teach Ag is doing great things through the excellent leadership of Ellen Thompson and her crew at Teach Ag. This year was so exciting to me in regards to the future of agricultural education in our country. I was able to witness 80 Future Agriscience Teachers (FAST) participants walk across the stage this year in San Antonio, Texas, representing 24 institutions across the nation. Wow, what an awesome group of early career teachers we were able to meet at convention this year. With that being said, you can sure tell the future is looking brighter because of these young teachers entering the profession where they will be filling job vacancies, beginning new programs, and filling retired teacher positions.
At convention we got to hear from some of the top presenters across the nation in education as they shared best practices with fellow teachers that have a great success records in their classroom. I know none of this would have been possible without the gracious support of our sponsors who share the same passion for agricultural education as you and I do. To our sponsors, I cannot say thank you enough for your generous support in helping us provide a brighter path for our future in agricultural education.
Fellow teachers and members, if you have never had the opportunity to attend a NAAE Convention, I cannot express to you enough the benefits you will take away from attending this convention. The NAAE Convention offers a time for professional training and development for agriculture teachers across the nation, and you will be able to gain and develop a network of teaching friends. The best way to gain momentum in your classroom is by gaining knowledge and one of the best ways to gain knowledge is through collaboration with fellow teachers that do the same thing you do every day, and that is teaching agriculture.
I look forward to seeing you next year at the annual NAAE Convention and I hope you have a wonderful and blessed holiday season.
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The National Council for Agricultural Education is a partnership that convenes representatives from each of the AERO groups (Agricultural Education Related Organizations) to identify opportunities and resources, provide a forum for thought and direction and focus on academic and career success for all students.
On November 27, 2018 the National Council for Agricultural Education convened 130 Agricultural Education leaders from around the nation for the AgEd Summit held in conjunction with the NAAE Convention in San Antonio, Texas. Attendees included secondary teachers, post-secondary teachers, state staff, university faculty in teacher preparation programs, federal employees and employees of the National FFA.
The structure of the Summit was designed to examine three key questions:
Through the process we collected some valuable questions and concerns that need to be addressed by the Council Board. Examples are; who is responsible to provide leadership for agricultural education at a national level and who is responsible for advocating for agricultural education at a nation level?
Overwhelmingly the responses at the end of the day were positive and reflective of the notion that we need to stop talking about strategic alignment and move to put something in place.
So, what is the next step? The Council will meet in December to review the consolidated feedback and start the process to identify a working plan for a structure to provide national level leadership for agricultural education that will meet the needs the groups identified and address the key challenges that were raised.
Please let me know if you have questions.
Buddy Deimler, President
National Council for Agricultural Education
New teachers are always hungry for innovative, insightful, and engaging ways to teach their students. From professional development workshops, to looking for ideas on the Ag Ed Discussion Lab or Communities of Practice, there are endless opportunities to find creative ways to teach. As experienced agriculture teachers, it is important to encourage our new teachers to seek out opportunities to learn and grow in our profession.
For Heidi Richard, agriculture teacher at Beau Chene High School, in Arnaudville, Louisiana, professional development is the key to her success in the classroom.
“I believe it is essential for educators to help students reach their highest potential by teaching them the important skills needed for their futures,” said Richard. “Therefore, I try to attend various conferences to gain unique teaching ideas that will help engage my students.”
As a first-year teacher, Richard quickly learned the importance of differentiating instruction and providing hands-on experiences for her students to gain life skills. She found that the more relevant her assignments were to real-life scenarios, the more engaged her students were in the classroom. Throughout her teaching career, Richard has had her students develop resumes, prepare and present speeches, and complete mock interviews to help them gain valuable employability skills that they will need later in life.
Now in her sixth year of teaching, Richard makes it a priority to attend the NAAE Region II conference to watch the Ideas Unlimited presentations. From these presentations, she has been able to see numerous ideas that she can modify for her own classroom purposes. This year, she taught a soil textures lesson to her students using a candy activity she saw during these presentations. Richard uses the knowledge and skills she learns from all of the conferences and conventions she attends to better her curriculum, and ultimately her students.
“My goal as a teacher is to prepare my students for the future, and to do that I have to go above and beyond their expectations in order for them to discover their purpose in life,” added Richard. “I want my students to look back and realize that their life was changed because of agricultural education.”
As a recipient of the 2017 NAAE Teachers Turn the Key scholarship program, Richard was able to gain numerous new ideas and techniques the help reach her students at the 2017 NAAE Convention. NAAE offers the Teachers Turn the Key Scholarship as a means of encouraging young teachers to remain in the profession, and to encourage and recognize participation in professional activities. Follow this link to learn more about this award category and to view pictures and news releases of our award winners at the 2017 NAAE Convention. This program is sponsored by RAM Trucks as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.
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I have a map of the United States that I have been carrying around since I was in high school. After visiting a state, I color it in on the map. I started color-coding the states as well, so I can differentiate between the reasons I was there. So far, I have visited 31 of the 50 states. The majority of those states I visited because of my involvement with NAAE—16. Most people travel to see the sites or shop the unique stores—I have always been interested in an area's agriculture enterprises. When I come back, I always talk about the production I saw and experienced with my students.
The other advantage of traveling that I have had is meeting ag educators. What surprises me every time is the fact that ag teachers are the same everywhere you go, which is cool because there is no teacher in any school that has the personality of an ag teacher! So I thought I would put a list of why I think ag teachers are so unique compared to the average school teacher.
As I finish out my term serving NAAE on the Board of Directors, I can’t explain in words how amazed I am of the people in our profession. Ag teachers are truly the most impressive people in their schools and communities. Thank you all for allowing me to have the most rewarding experience I could have in this profession. Everywhere I have gone in my travels with NAAE, I have been made to feel like family—thank you for that!
Many things have happen this fall in the NAAE office. We have offered the Marketing/Communications position to Libby Duncan and she has accepted and started work for NAAE towards the end of October. We were very impressed with Libby’s background and expertise, and feel very strongly she is the right fit for this position. Hopefully you will be able to meet Ms. Duncan at the NAAE Convention in San Antonio. The rest of the staff had a successful week in Indianapolis, visiting with both teachers and students, and have been working tirelessly to prepare for the NAAE Convention and make it the best professional development event to date. You also may have seen some leadership changes to CASE. Be rest assured that this outstanding professional development initiative is in good hands and will continue forward to benefit agricultural educators in years to come! I look forward to seeing you all in San Antonio, and I am extremely excited about the vision and the progression of where agricultural education is headed.
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Here are additional documents referenced in the previous "Seeking Candidates for Teacher Position on the National FFA Organization Board of Directors" post.
NAAE is seeking agriculture teacher candidates to serve a 3-year term on the board of directors of the National FFA Organization. This 3-year term of service will begin July 1, 2019 and conclude June 30, 2022. As set forth in the attached Memorandum of Understanding (attachment #1) between the US Department of Education and the National FFA Organization, the agriculture teacher representative will be a representative of the US Department of Education. Additional documents are attached to explain the responsibilities for National FFA Organization board members and as well as FFA organizational documents (attachments #2-6). Candidates may also choose to review minutes of National FFA Organization Board of Directors meetings here … https://ffa.box.com/s/cnpavge9bb2po8x3giisu9uy4r0cgstt.
Candidates for this position must submit their credentials to the NAAE office no later than 5:00 pm Eastern time on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. E-mailed and/or faxed documents are acceptable.
The following completed documents are required of all candidates:
From among all applicants, the NAAE Board of Directors will select three nominees to send forward to the US Department of Education and to the National FFA Organization Board of Directors. The US Department of Education and the National FFA Organization Board of Directors will make the final selection from among the three NAAE nominees.
Candidates may scan and e-mail completed documents to the NAAE office at JJackman.NAAE@uky.edu or fax completed documents to (859) 323-3919.
Please direct questions about the National FFA Board of Directors to Dr. Steve Brown at SBrown@ffa.org.
Please direct questions about submitting your credentials to me at JJackman.NAAE@uky.edu.
Wm. Jay Jackman, Ph.D., CAE
National Association of Agricultural Educators
300 Garrigus Building
Lexington, Kentucky 40546-0215
Office: (859) 257-2224 or (800) 509-0204
Cell: (859) 619-4990
Fax: (859) 323-3919
Looking back on the formative years of our teaching careers, we can all remember those mentors who helped us get on our feet and keep our heads above water. For Krista Pontius, agriculture teacher at Greenwood High School, in Millerstown, Pennsylvania, the positive influence her mentors had in her early teaching career encouraged her to continue the same legacy as a mentor to new agriculture teachers in her state.
“In my early years of teaching, I relied on the advice of seasoned teachers and advisors in my tri-county area,” said Pontius. “As I began to feel comfortable in my position, I felt it was my responsibility to give back to the profession by serving as a mentor to new teachers in the field.”
For the past 14 years, Pontius has served as the mentoring coordinator for the Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators. Through this role, she matches first-year agriculture teachers with appropriate mentors to welcome new teachers into the ag education family and help them get a head start in their careers. As the mentoring coordinator, she also works with individuals at Pennsylvania State University to conduct workshops, webinars, and other forms of support for new agriculture teachers throughout the year.
Most recently, Pontius worked with NAAE to host Pennsylvania’s first Agriculture Inquiry Institute. This event brought together teachers with varying levels of experience and introduced them to inquiry-based teaching and learning. Numerous participants commented that this event was the best professional development experience of their careers.
Pontius plans to continue her work as a mentor and mentoring coordinator for the state of Pennsylvania. She values the influence mentoring agriculture teachers have in new teachers’ lives and wants to develop more opportunities for teachers in all phases of their careers to come together and collaborate.
It is for her hard work and dedication as a mentor coordinator that Pontius was selected as the 2017 NAAE Region VI Outstanding Service Citation award recipient. NAAE recognizes current and retired NAAE members who have made significant contributions to agricultural education at the state, regional, and national levels with the Outstanding Service Citation award. This program is sponsored by Goodheart-Willcox.
Follow this link for more information about this award category and to see the other regional award winners.
National FFA Convention:
As I look back at some of my most memorable events during my teaching career, one would be experiencing National FFA Convention. For me, being able to experience the excitement of thousands of students cheering for agriculture, while representing every state across this great nation would definitely be at the top of my teaching experiences.
I would like to encourage you to stop by the NAAE booth (#4535) to meet the NAAE President-Elect candidates, Hals Beard from Region II and Parker Bane from Region IV, and to also see what we have to offer you in your daily ag teacher's walk of life. While at convention please, come by the CASE booth (#4627) to find out how attending a CASE Institute can change the effectiveness of your teaching skills and influence your daily instructional lessons.
Please be sure to visit the “Blue Room” at the National FFA Convention, no tickets are needed and there will be a lot of technology offered. While you are making plans to attend this year’s convention I would like for you to consider this question. Who will fill your shoes when you retire from the classroom? The agricultural education field is in great demand for teachers in every state. With that being said, I want to encourage you to have your students come by the Teach Ag booth (#2501), so they can get involved in agricultural education early and consider ag ed as a future career.
National TEACH AG News:
Tagged to Teach Ag Declaration Event
Calling all seniors and transfer agricultural education majors. Are you committed to becoming an agriculture teacher? Sign-up for our Tagged to Teach Ag Declaration Event at National FFA Convention. Participate in a brief (less than 10 minutes) special event that recognizes you for intending to Teach Ag. Bring your parents, advisor, and friends. The signing event takes place at the Teach Ag booth (#2501) in the FFA Expo area during National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, October 25-26 on our stage. Please make your way to the Teach Ag booth 10 minutes prior to the time you sign-up for and check-in with Elizabeth or Andrea. We take care of the rest.
Schedule your time today! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0E4FA8AC29AAFF2-tagged
State Teach Ag Results (STAR) Program 2019 Enrollment
Information on enrolling in the 2019 STAR program is now available. Existing state contacts were sent details last week. If your state is not currently enrolled in the STAR program and you want to be, contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. All states, new and existing, must submit their intent to participate form no later than November 16 to receive grant funding support in 2019.
Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium
The National Teach Ag Campaign and the National Association of Agricultural Educators are hosting a Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium November 26-December 1 in San Antonio, TX, in conjunction with the NAAE Convention. Through an application and selection process 34 students were awarded stipends to attend. We would like to invite additional preservice teachers who may be attending NAAE to join the other 34 attendees. Unfortunately, they will need to cover their own travel, registration and housing. If students wish to attend at their own expense, they will need to arrive Monday, November 26 so they are ready to have dinner at 6pm Monday evening. They may depart any time after Noon on Saturday, December 1. Of course, they are welcome to attend NAAE convention on their own as well, this track applies only to those who want to commit to participate in the FAST track.
Please RSVP by Thursday, November 2 if you have students who would like to participate in the FAST track. https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4463069/2018-FAST-Symposium-NAAE-Registration
The NAAE board meeting was held on September 8-9, 2018 in Lexington, Kentucky, at the home of Jay and Sharon Jackman. The board meeting was very productive and updates were given to the board by our NAAE board representatives. The NAAE staff are working very hard to make this year’s NAAE Convention in San Antonio, Texas outstanding. There will be numerous professional development opportunities happening this year at the NAAE Convention, so please take advantage of this opportunity to not only better your teaching skills, but meet other teachers and network across the nation.
We are excited about and hope you get to participate in the 2018 National Agricultural Education Summit to 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.
Thank you and safe travels,
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Agricultural education reaches far beyond the classroom walls. Across the country, there are numerous stakeholders who help to promote and provide endless resources to the great profession we belong to. Merie Linegar spent her 35 year career helping to mentor students and teachers across the state of Oregon, to ensure program success.
As the Dual Credit Coordinator at Treasure Valley Community College, Linegar enabled thousands of rural students to obtain dual credit for their agriculture and natural resources coursework. She spent her career aligning the curriculum at Treasure Valley with the course standards at area high schools, to ensure students would get a head start in their postsecondary education. Without her dedication and guidance, many students in Oregon would not have continued their education beyond high school.
“I was privileged to work with Merie for almost four years at Treasure Valley Community College,” said Terry Basford, Director of CTE and Special Projects at Treasure Valley Community College. “Her understanding and connection to all of the secondary programs was invaluable. Merie was the ‘go-to’ person for answers to questions, directions, communication, information, and support. Our program would not have the connection to our high schools and students if it was not for her.”
Throughout her career, Linegar focused on supporting and promoting agricultural education as a means to better prepare and serve students. Her tireless efforts to support our profession are why she was named the 2017 NAAE Region I Outstanding Cooperation Award Winner. Without stakeholders like Linegar, agricultural education would not be able to make the profound impact that it does each and every day, in the lives of our students.
NAAE recognizes organizations, agribusiness companies, and others who have given outstanding support to agricultural education with the Outstanding Cooperation Award. The plaques for this program are sponsored by Forrest T. Jones & Company.
For more information about the Outstanding Cooperation award category, and to see who else was named, follow this link.
Halter breaking bull calves has always been something I have enjoyed. I know the secret to taming those buggers down. It's pretty simple really....they live for two things, and one of them is being scratched -- you can figure out the other. We like to take the bulls to the county fair before we send them down to the bull development lot. Some people show their cattle for marketing, others show because that is what they do. We show for the experience for both the calves and the kids. I could care less how they do in the show. I really focus on getting them ready for the competition when they get to the grower lot, and I find that gentling and backgrounding the calves creates for an aggressive bull when they are all thrown together. Winning awards is nice, but it is more than that -- just like being recognized for an NAAE award.
I would like to extend my congratulations to all of the NAAE award winners for the 2018 year. This is a major accomplishment that oftentimes we may overlook the importance of. As these awards recognize you and your program's accomplishments, they also recognize your community, administration, students, and your fellow teachers. That is truly the importance of this recognition. The stakeholders involved in the awards are extremely proud that they had a contribution, and these awards are recognized at the national level. You can see the 2018 Award Winners on the NAAE website.
Many of you may have seen information about the Ag Ed Summit that will occur Tuesday, prior to NAAE Convention. This will be an extremely important meeting that I believe will impact the future and advancement of agricultural education. I would encourage that each of your states have a representative available to attend, as well as other ag ed stakeholders in your state. I am excited and encouraged by the work that the National Council for Agricultural Education has done at their September meeting to advance agricultural education into the future. I do not believe there has ever been a time when all of the ag ed stakeholders have been willing to collaborate, as I witnessed this past week.
Ag education has had many changes over the past 100 years that we often forget about. Some of the facts we need to remember is that we had 90,000 students taking agriculture classes in our public schools 10 years prior to the Smith-Hughes Act of 1917. Ag ed has been housed in the US Department of Agriculture, US Department of the Interior, US Department of Health, Education and Wellness, US Department of Labor, and currently in US Department of Education. Since we have been housed in the US Department of Education, we have gone from nine federally paid staff in the 60’s to seven in the 70’s, five in the early 80’s, and two in the 90’s until now. Change is upon us again, and we have the power to control our own destiny regarding the advancement of agricultural education in the US.
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Being an agriculture teacher really is the BEST. CAREER. EVER. Yes, there are days that make us question our sanity. There are struggles and misfortunes that occasionally leave us feeling defeated, as with any other profession. What makes our job worth it, though, is the profound impact we are able to make in the lives of our students each and every day. We equip the future with knowledge and skills that are necessary to be successful in postsecondary education, the workforce, and life in general.
It is for this reason that agriculture teachers stay in the profession for a lifetime. Jill Shrum, former agriculture teacher at Hendersonville High School, in Hendersonville, Tennessee, spent her 20 year teaching career molding her students into critical thinkers and problem solvers. Prior to her retirement, she also served in many roles both inside and outside of the classroom. Shrum was a mentor for eight student teachers from Middle Tennessee State University, the University of Tennessee at Martin, and Western Kentucky University. She also helped to train new teachers across the state through a variety of workshops that focused on curriculum design, hands-on learning, and classroom management.
Since 1997, she led a statewide event called “Flowers on the Hill,” that brought members of the Tennessee Association of Agricultural Educators and the Tennessee FFA Association together to lobby for agricultural education in Tennessee. This event not only provided an avenue for teachers, students and stakeholders to advocate for agricultural education, but also served as an experiential learning opportunity for Shrum’s students. Each year, her students created floral arrangements for each of the 133 Tennessee legislators and Governor and delivered the arrangements themselves. Through this experience, Shrum’s students gained practical knowledge, while they also made a difference in educational policy in the state of Tennessee.
Shrum’s contributions to the agricultural education profession are the reasons she was named the 2017 NAAE Region V Lifetime Achievement award winner. Her diligence in and out of the classroom made a difference in the lives of her students and colleagues. She truly set an example for current and aspiring agriculture teachers to mentor, motivate, and make a difference throughout their careers.
NAAE recognizes retired NAAE members who have made significant contributions to agricultural education at the state, regional, and national levels with Lifetime Achievement Award. This program is sponsored by Ford as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. For more information about this award category, and to see the other 2017 Lifetime Achievement award winners, follow this link.
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