Andrea Fristoe

News & Views -- April 2016

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Apr 19, 2016




From the President

Terry Rieckman
NAAE President 2015-2016

NAAE Wants You!!

What Was I Scared Of? This is the title of another Dr. Seuss book that relays the message of trying new things and stepping out of your box.



Applications for NAAE Awards are Due May 15th!

NAAE maintains an extensive awards program to recognize the accomplishments of our many talented and dedicated members. We have awards for agricultural educators in every stage of their careers, from scholarships to lifetime achievement. We also manage grant programs for organizations who want to help support agricultural education and agricultural educators.

Apply Today >>


Tedra Bean:  Never Afraid to Try New Things

Agriculture is transforming every day. How are you staying current in the classroom? Tedra Bean is the agriculture teacher at Belleville Henderson Central School, in Belleville, New York. One priority Bean has is keeping up with current and emerging agriculture career opportunities.




Ideas Unlimited: Ag Communications Radio Station


Eric Tilleman, Cascade, MT
2015 NAAE Region I Ideas Unlimited Award Winner

Students in Tilleman?s agricultural communications class manage their own radio station directly from their classroom, broadcasting one nine-hour show each day that commonly includes a student-conducted interview, local and national FFA news, and a playlist of music. Click here to watch a short video explaining his award-winning idea.

The NAAE Ideas Unlimited Award is sponsored by Cengage Learning | National Geographic Learning.


Farrah Johnson: "Go-To" Resource for Florida Ag Teachers

What does it take to be a teacher mentor? Who is your ?go-to? person when you are searching for advice, lesson plans, or just a listening ear? Ag education is one profession that isn?t short on individuals willing to share advice and provide guidance. Farrah Johnson is one of agricultural education?s outstanding teacher mentors.



NAAE Convention Early Bird Registration

Get ready for the 2016 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas, NV! This year convention is November 29th through December 3rd and will be held at the Westgate Hotel. Early bird registration is now open through July 15th & we have a special early bird housing deal for you as well! Remember, NAAE members pay one price to attend both the NAAE Convention and ACTE Career Tech VISION.

2016 NAAE Awards Judging

Are you interested in helping judge the 2016 NAAE award applications? The deadline to sign up is May 10th. Click here for more information and to volunteer.

NAAE Summer Virtual Book Club

Register for FREE by June 3rd & Earn up to 12 hours of Professional Development Credit!Get ready for an exciting summer of professional development with our Virtual Book Club! We will read and engage with the book The Innovator's Mindset by George Couros.  Just click here to register for the book club, then pick up a copy of the book & join the NAAE Virtual Book Club group on Communities of Practice to get started! Click hereto find out more!

Regional Conferences

Make sure you attend your NAAE Regional Conference this summer! Get all the information you need to register when you follow this link and click on your NAAE region! The NAAE Region I and Region VI conferences are just around the corner, click on the links below for all the last-minute details you need to know:Region I                                                     Region VI
April 26-29, 2016                                      April 29-30, 2016
Coeur d'Alene, ID                                     Trenton, NJ
The NAAE Board of Directors met this winter to discuss member initiatives and prepare for regional conferences.


NAAE's News & Notables Blog

NAAE members have been attracting a lot of great attention lately! Here are just a few stories about the great things ag teachers do each and every day:We know there are more great stories out there. Read something that should make the blog? Send a link to NAAE Communications/ Marketing Director Julie Fritsch, and we?ll post it!

Congratulations 2016 ACTE Excellence Award Winners

Two of our members and an organizational member have been recognized as ACTE Excellence Award winners this year. Congratulations to these outstanding members for all of their accomplishments! Click on the links below to hear their stories.


Volunteer in East Africa with Farmer to Farmer

NAAE is partnering with the Farmer to Farmer program to provide technical assistance to farmers in developing countries. Ag educators are needed to help farmers in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Tanzania improve productivity, access new markets, and conserve natural resources.Farmer to Farmer currently has more than 30 assignments available, for lengths of time beginning at 2 weeks. They also have several special projects for interested agricultural educators that are not posted on the website.Watch this video about Farmer to Farmer volunteer Lisa Campion, and contact Julie Fritsch, NAAE Communications/Marketing Director, to let her know you are interested in learning more about the Farmer to Farmer program.

Washington Beat

April 2016 Update

From the ACTE National Policy Seminary to Perkins Funding, check out this month's Washington Beat for your update on what is going on in agricultural education in our nation's Capitol.Read More >>

National Teach Ag Campaign

Spring Break For It!

"I don't know who needs spring break more, the students or the teachers," wrote one ag teacher recently. My biased opinion is that it's probably the teachers. It's no secret that agriculture teachers are doing way more with way less and yet still making magic every day for the thousands of students that depend on them.Read More >>

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE)

Are You Ready to Address Environmental Science Issues with CASE?

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is gearing up for yet another summer of exciting and innovative professional development institutes. The Environmental Science Issues (ESI) course is ready to be field tested by outstanding agriculture teachers who are looking to add even more engaging CASE curriculum to their agriculture programs.Read More >>


Seen on Communities of Practice


Your Students Can Win a Trip to Indianapolis!

Encourage your FFA members to enter Culver?s FFA Essay Contest for the chance to be one of three chapters that Culver?s helps send to the October 2016 National FFA Convention & Expo. for more information.

Learn more about Culver?s Thank You Farmers program and its efforts to support students pursuing agricultural careers.

NAAE Resource -- Ag Ed Relief Fund

The Agricultural Educator Relief Fund is designed to assist individual NAAE active members during a time of personal crisis or need. NAAE members may receive up to a $500 stipend to help them through a difficult time. The fund is made possible by the support of state associations and private donors. MORE >>


Elvis Presley's Graceland
K-12 teachers receive free admission to tour the former Memphis, Tenn. estate of The King with a valid school ID or recent pay stub or dated letter on school letterhead stating you?re a teacher at your school. MORE >>

NAAE Staff Update

It has been an exciting winter and spring for the NAAE staff. Find out about the new additions to the NAAE family, what we are working on here at the office, and get excited about all of our upcoming events and opportunities! MORE >>


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