Julie Fritsch

News & Views - June 2013

Blog Post created by Julie Fritsch on Jun 10, 2013

June 2013

From the President - Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay.

These words by Robert Frost came to me today as I've been viewing the damage of the deadly tornadoes that have struck Oklahoma.


Member Spotlight: Determination in Motion

Tina Miner-James
Walton Central School, Walton, N.Y.

Tina Miner-James, last year's Region VI NAAE Teacher Mentor Award winner, wasn't the first person to hold her newborn son 12 years ago. That honor went to her husband. She wasn't the second person, either. Just after being wheeled into recovery from a C-section, Miner-James got a call from the nurse's station, explaining that a very concerned student wanted to make sure she was OK.


Ideas Unlimited

How to Build a Mock Scrotum

Zach Crews, an agricultural educator at Slater School in Slater, Mo., knows that memorable classroom learning moments tend to stick with students. And there's not much more memorable than teaching a student to castrate livestock. And while he'd love to be able to teach them on a live animal, it's simply not practical. So Crews came up with the idea for a mock scrotum castration activity.


NAAE Convention

Don't miss out on all the action! NAAE will hold its 2013 convention in Las Vegas Dec. 3-7. Early bird registration ends July 12. Click here to reserve your room at the Riviera Hotel and Casino ($49 weekdays, $72 weekends).

For more information, visit this page.


In Other News...

Teach Ag Update

Well begun may be half done, but it is the second half of our work that is the most important: sustainability and results.


Washington Beat

A rundown of recent events in national politics and how they affect agricultural education.



Ever wondered how other ag educators make room in their budgets for CASE curricula? Here's one young teacher's experience.




Meet Your 2013 NAAE Summer Interns

McKenzie Baecker, Emilia Dover, Amanda Forstater and Tyler Price make up this year's fantasic class of interns. Meet them here!


Marshall Judy, Outstanding Cooperation Award Winner, Region I

An experienced welder, Judy often performs safety demonstrations and travels to high schools and colleges.



Tricks of the Trade: Recruitment and Retention

How do you recruit new ag teachers? How do you reach out to support your colleagues? Send us your best ag teacher recruitment and retention tips, especially pictures or videos, by July 1. If we choose your tip for the next News & Views, we'll send you a Teach Ag t-shirt!




Check out these free animal production and environmental stewardship lessons from Montana State University Extension.


Current Events Poll

The Oklahoma City tornado and Newtown shootings brought teachers' dedication into the spotlight. Do people respect teachers more today?


That's Cool

We can't get enough of the Peterson Brothers' Life of a Farmer video series. Click here for the latest installment of video fun!



CoP Highlight

Look out! Ag teachers are taking Pinterest by storm.

Membership Recruitment Tools

July 1 starts the new NAAE membership year! Click here for tools to help you recruit new members.

NAAE Calendar

Click here to make sure your calendar is up to date.

NAAE Social Media

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