Andrea Fristoe

News & Views -- October 2015

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Oct 21, 2015

NAAE News & Views -- October 2015




To Meet the Challenges of the Future
From the President

Charlie Sappington, NAAE President

Have you ever been in a rut in your classroom?  Have you taught the same thing so many years in a row that it becomes repetitious -- like a recording coming out of your brain?


Teachers' World - #FFATW15

Professional Development
Block out an hour or more Wednesday, Thursday or Friday for a great professional development experience. Choose from a long list of workshops on a wide variety of agricultural education-related topics.Rooms EH2, EH3 and EH4 in the East Hall of the KFEC.

Workshop times & descriptions

NAAE Teachers' Internet Lounge
An ag teachers-only area with free WiFi, a place to charge your devices, and free coffee and lemonade. The Internet Lounge is also where teachers can pick up their special name badges for the Expo. Room EH1 in the East Wing of the KFEC.

Look for signs in the expo to point you to the section with exhibitors geared toward you and your agriculture classroom. Learn about new products and pick up some great freebies.

NAAE - Booth 2009

Visit the NAAE booth to talk with association leaders about current programs and initiatives, learn how to maximize your membership, and pick up some bling for your advisor?s name badge (get your name badge in the NAAE Teachers? Internet Lounge).

Teach Ag -- Booth 2313

Discover all the places you can go with Teach Ag! This year, students and teachers can connect with a Teach Ag Ambassador to learn about the opportunities in a career as an agricultural educator.  Receive a passport and get it stamped as you travel around the career fair and meet Teach Ag partners and stakeholders. Return to the Teach Ag booth for a free t-shirt!

There is also a Teach Ag workshop for FFA members!
Friday 8:30-9:30 B104, KFEC

Ag Teachers Featured During General Session 5

Thinking about which general session to attend? Consider General Session 5 at noon on Friday. Three special agricultural educators will be sharing why they teach agriculture, and why they think your students should, and later in the session, this year's NAAE Outstanding Teachers will be honored.


Teacher Spotlight: Agriscience from the Ground Up

Rachel Sauvola
New Richmond High School, New Richmond, WI

2014 NAAE Region III Agriscience Teacher of the Year Award Recipient

When Rachel Sauvola, agriculture teacher at New Richmond High School, in New Richmond, Wisconsin, had the opportunity to design ag classroom facilities for her new high school, she took the opportunity to expand the agriscience offerings in her program as well.




Need to Know



Teach Ag

Onward and Upward -- Fall 2015 Edition

Like for everyone else, fall is an especially exciting time for the National Teach Ag Campaign with National Teach Ag Day, FFA Convention and the hustle and bustle of students and teachers back in school mode.


Award Program of the Month -- Teachers Turn the Key

As a means of encouraging young teachers to remain in the profession and to encourage and recognize participation in professional activities, NAAE offers the Teachers Turn the Key Scholarship. Sponsored by RAM Trucks.





CASE Addresses Current Environmental Issues with Addition of New Course

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is continuing to grow with the addition of its Environmental Science Issues (ESI) course. This course focuses on current environmental issues facing the agriculture industry.


Smith-Hughes Act 100th Anniversary Logo Design Contest

In preparation for the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Hughes Act, the National Council for Agricultural Education is announcing a logo design contest. Click here for full contest rules and guidelines.



Fall Virtual Committee Meetings

Each of the NAAE standing committees will be meeting by phone and webinar sometime before the upcoming NAAE convention. Each NAAE region has three representatives on each committee, but any NAAE member is welcome to attend any committee meeting.


Ideas Unlimited: Something Bugging You? Using Dermestid Beetles in the Classroom

Kristy Rothe
Victor School, Victor, MT

2014 Region I Ideas Unlimited Award Winner

Agriculture teachers are known for their enthusiasm about trying new ideas in the classroom. From bringing in cannulated cows to analyzing soil samples from the community -- ag teachers are rarely short of innovative, hands-on ideas. When Kristy Rothe was the agriculture teacher at Victor School in Victor, Montana, she took innovation to the next level with the use of Dermestid beetles in her Wildlife Conservation unit.


NAAE Convention

Join us in New Orleans for the 2015 NAAE Convention!

Registration: Follow this link to receive NAAE member pricing for both NAAE Convention and ACTE CareerTech Vision 2015. You can only get the NAAE rate through this form, so register through our website, not by going directly to ACTE.

Housing: The 2015 NAAE Convention will be held at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. Click here for more information about booking your stay, along with some tips about travel and parking in New Orleans.

Professional Development: We'll be offering a wide variety of professional development workshops ranging from deep dives to idea labs to snap learning sessions. A complete schedule will soon be available here.

Schedule: A draft schedule is available on the website. One important note - the final session at the 2015 NAAE Convention ends at noon. That's a couple of hours later than in previous years. Delegates vote on NAAE president-elect and president at this session, so make your travel plans accordingly.

Meet the 2015 NAAE President-Elect Candidates

Take a moment to learn more about the three individuals who are running for the office of NAAE President-Elect this November. Delegates from each state agricultural educators' association will elect the next officeholder at the upcoming NAAE convention.



James Cannon

I grew up in Arkansas and attended agricultural classes at Lake Hamilton High School in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The way in which my high school agriculture teacher taught about agriculture and FFA made me want to be an ag teacher when I went to college.




Scott Stone

There was an old sow with three little pigs, and as she had not enough room to keep them, she sent them out to seek their fortune. The first that went off met a man with a bundle of straw and said to him, "Please, man, give me that straw to build me a house." The man did, and the little pig built a house with it. The wolf quickly blew the house down.




Daryl Behel

Greetings NAAE Members. It would be an honor to serve the NAAE as your next president-elect. I teach at Cherokee High School in Cherokee, AL. I am currently in my fifteenth year of teaching agriculture.




Connect With Us



Must Follow Ag Teacher

Jaysa Fillmore
Cassia High School, Idaho

Why Jaysa?
Aside from being an amazing ag teacher, Jaysa is a NAAE award winner, CASE Lead Teacher, and National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador!

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Communities of Practice

Chime In: Laughable Moments from National FFA Convention

We've all been there -- that moment we got a flat tire on the way to the Slugger museum, when we locked our keys in the school van. What is your most laughable moment from National FFA Convention?

Click here Chime In & let us know!



Before You Go



Roger King Named Wisconsin High School Teacher of the Year

In a surprise ceremony at his school, Roger King, an agriscience teacher at Holmen High School, was named Wisconsin?s High School Teacher of the Year for the 2015-16 school year.


NAAE Convention on Pinterest!

Thinking about heading to New Orleans with us this fall? Check out some things you never knew about New Orleans on ourPinterest board! We will be adding more pins from now until November, so make sure to follow NAAE on Pinterest!




Apple Store Discount
Apple offers special education pricing on computers, software, and other products for teachers. These discounts are valid for school purchases, as well as personal ones.



Check out NAAE's Calendar for all upcoming events!



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