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National Teach Ag Day is September 26!

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Need a little inspiration right now? Watch this video about the Teach Ag Campaign and CHS's committment to increasing the supply of agriculture teachers in the U.S.


From the President ? Thanks! Thanks and Many Thanks!!!

First, I just want to say, WOW! I am humbled by the energy and willingness to help agricultural education and our programs succeed that I felt from the National FFA Alumni Development Conference in Green Bay Wisconsin. How exciting to see their focus on what they can do to help with teacher recruitment and retention issues that we are facing in agricultural education. MORE »

Teach Ag Works: Former Ambassador, Current Ag Teacher Shares her Story

Bethany Markway
Former Teach Ag Ambassador
Current Agriculture Teacher, Lebanon Technology & Career Center, Lebanon, MO

It isn't always clear what we want to do later in life, but sometimes we're presented with an opportunity that helps set our path. For Bethany Markway, the National Teach Ag Campaign helped do just that.

Before getting involved in agriculture in high school, Bethany knew she wanted to be a teacher, but teaching agriculture never crossed her mind.  As she became more involved in FFA, she saw firsthand how her own agriculture teacher impacted the lives of his students, and the spark to pursue a career in agricultural education was born.


Promising Recruitment & Retention Practices

Check out this infographic of what other states are doing to recruit & retain agricultural educators. Click here for a larger version.

Teach Ag: Be Thinking About It

Ellen Thompson
National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator

I've spent more hours than I care to count listening to rodeo announcers.  I dabbled a bit as a breakaway roper in high school and ultimately married a man who high school, college and now amateur rodeos.  He is a banker by day and a calf roper by night and weekend. MORE »

New! XLR8 Insititute for Agriculture Teachers in Their 7-15th Year

This year, selected mid-career agriculture teachers will have an opportunity to reinvigorate their passion for agricultural education through a new professional development program.

XLR8 is a year-long sequence of professional development for 7-15 year agricultural educators that revolves around 8 areas with which mid-career teachers commonly struggle.  The cohort will kick-off at the NAAE convention and will continue throughout the next year with virtual professional development experiences and online collaboration.  XLR8 participants will also develop state-level workshops to help colleagues address burnout.

Applications for the XLR8 program may be found on the NAAE website and are due September 1st.  The XLR8 program is an initiative of NAAE in collaboration with the National Teach Ag Campaign and is sponsored by CSX as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

In Other News...

Ideas Unlimited: From the Kitchen Sink
The charge of reaching every student every day can be a real challenge.

Washington Beat
The United States Congress is on recess through September 6, 2013.  So, this is an excellent time to communicate with members of Congress while they are in their home states and Congressional districts

Food Science Update
CASE hires FSS writer, holds developent meeting; NRE field test institutes wrap up, CASE sponsors.


From the Field
Advocacy intern McKenzie Baecker tells us what she's been up to this summer on behalf on NAAE.

NAAE Convention
Deep dive sessions, snap learning spots and idea labs; new items on the schedule, and resources to help you make the case to your administrators.


Ford Challenge Grant Recipients
Congratulations to the six programs that were selected as recipients of the $3,000 Ford Challenge Grant.
See recipients »


2013 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors
Congratulations to this elite group of agricultural educators!

NAAE Professional State Awards Due Sept. 15
State leaders - get recognition for your state association's activities with NAAE's Professional State Association award.
Go to application »

Memorandums of Understanding Due
Sept. 15

Anyone running for Regional VP, Regional Secretary,Committee Chair or Committee Vice Chair must complete and turn in a MOU to be elligible.


CoP Highlight
Classroom Chatter

Strategy for Enhancing Global Engagement in Agricultural Education

You're Student-Teaching Where?

State Profiles
NAAE will create a printable snapshot of ag ed in your state.Details

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Back Row (left to right): David Black -NATAA Facilitator, KY; Laura Hasselquist- NATAA Facilitator, WI; Michael Clark- NATAA Facilitator, PA;

Second Row (left to right): Lula Curry-Williams, GA; Patrick Little, TN; Amy Grantz, IA; Tracey Hoffman, MI; Kurt VanDeWalle, NE; MacKenzie Wright, IN; Katie

Crawford, OR; Jenn Scott, AZ; Michael Butler, IL; Julie Reynolds, IL; Sarah Shriner, OH; Jeanna James, WI; Leanna Britton, AR; Linda Chase, KS;

Bottom Row (left to right): Angie Daly, CO; Jessie Hartle, TN; Annie Bauler, NM; Heather Johnson, MO; Rocky Brown, ND; Rebecca Carter, TX; Elizabeth Duncan, VA; Nyree Washington, FL; Jeffrey Billings, DE; Ashley Masters, AZ; David Swanson, MN



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Back Row (left to right): Josh Christiansen, SD; Meghan Biggs; Al Gray, SC; Stacy Lischke, WA; Sheila Schenk, MT; Rachel Knight, NM; Trent Van Leuven, ID; Wendy Purvis, MS; Josh Berg, IL; JoAnn Pfeiffer, NATAA Facilitator, OH

Second Row (left to right): Josh Bondy, MO; Alan Held, NE; Shannon Boswell, WV; Melanie Berndtson, PA; Kristy Rothe, MT; Julie Throne, GA; Bradley Markhardt, WI; Jessica Rehak, MN; Jessica Grundy, UT

Bottom Row (left to right): Michelle Burrows, NV; Missy Swain, NC; Andrea Briney, IL; Karen Van De Walle, IA; Jessica Torres, DE; Emilia Dover, NAAE Professional Development Intern, GA

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