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NAAE News & Views -- December 2015

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From the President

New President Greetings
Terry Rieckman
NAAE President 2015-2016

It was so great to see so many of you at the recent NAAE Convention in New Orleans. I felt that the progress that was made . . .





Meet the 2015-2016 NAAE Board

At this year's convention, members elected a new president, president-elect, two regional vice-presidents and two new secretaries. Follow this linkto learn more about our 2015-16 leaders.



2015 NAAE Convention Overview

Another successful NAAE Convention is in the books! After thousands of miles traveled and five days in New Orleans, here is a quick overview:

  • 121 professional development workshops
  • 126+ professional development hours offered
  • 606 convention attendees
  • 106 award recipients and program participants recognized
  • 35 organizational members in attendance

Click here to look at the pictures from this year's convention.We hope you enjoyed this year's convention and are ready to join us again next year in Las Vegas!

Congratulations 2015 NAAE Award Recipients & Program Participants


Need to Know

NAAE Committees -- Apply by January 7

NAAE committees are currently seeking members to serve for the 2016-2019 term as well as candidates for chair and secretary. Click here for more information about NAAE Committees.

NAAE Internships -- Apply by December 18

NAAE is offering 8-week summer internships in communications, professional development and advocacy for NAAE student members. Click here for more information and to apply.

2016 Teach Ag Internship Application -- Apply by January 10

Interested in becoming a part of the Teach Ag Team? Apply for the 2016 Teach Ag Campaign Internship.  Click here for more details and to apply.

NAAE Greenhouse Construction/Improvement Grants

NAAE is excited to announce that it is now accepting applications from members who are seeking to implement a greenhouse construction or enhancement project for their middle school or high school agricultural education program. In 2015-2016 school year, two $2,000 competitive grants will be awarded by NAAE and sponsored by International Greenhouse Company as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.For the application and complete details, visit our website.


NAAE Members Recognized as Leaders in Career & Technical Education

This year at the 2015 ACTE CareerTech VISION, two NAAE members and a business partner were recognized for their dedication to the agricultural education profession.


Congratulations to Kelly Keller, 2016 ACTE Carl Perkins Community Service Award Winner!



Congratulations to Cliff Vrieze, 2016 ACTE Lifetime Achievement Award Winner!​



Congratulations Zoetis, 2016 ACTE Business of the Year!​



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Communities of Practice

Here are a few resources to help you make it to winter break:

Briggs & Stratton Power Portal Video Worksheets

Ruminant Digestion Activity

The Outdoor Room Design Challenge Project

NOVA Vaccines Calling the Shots Worksheet

Business Accounting

2015 Waterford Natural Resources Curriculum

Using Twitter in the Classroom and Beyond



Chime In: What are your plans for Winter Break?

The semester is quickly coming to a close. Students and teachers alike are getting restless as a much needed break is on the horizon. What are your plans for winter break?

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Did You Know: Media Finder

As part of your NAAE membership, you can search for media in your area, then share what is going on in your ag program! You can also advocate for your ag program by contacting your legislators.




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The semester is quickly coming to a close. Students and teachers alike are getting restless as a much needed break is on the horizon. What are your plans for winter break? Chime In to let us know!

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Terry Rieckman

New President Greetings

Posted by Terry Rieckman Dec 11, 2015

Season Greetings to All,

It was so great to see so many of you at the recent NAAE Convention in New Orleans. I felt that the progress that was made with committee work, the professional development workshops offered, and with all of the award recognition we did at business sessions, that this was a very successful and enjoyable convention. Hopefully you were able to get out and see some of New Orleans and taste some of their fine cuisine.  If you were a first time attendee or a veteran of many, I think there was something for everyone and you should have come home to your students invigorated and ready to finish this semester.

As we move forward to 2016, I see plenty to be optimistic about in our organization and in agricultural education. I hope to continue what Kevin and Charlie have started in getting our new committee structure up to where we all feel it needs to be. With this would come even more grassroots involvement and a greater sense of responsibility for our members!


I also believe that as an organization we need to work with our state associations and businesses to help us in creating summer internships for agricultural education students, to get them involved early in SAE visits, FFA activities, curriculum development, and working with students. I feel if we are able to do this, they will have a better idea of the life of an agriculture teacher and realize that it is not all about the classroom or FFA.


From my family to yours, may you have a very merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.

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