Jay Jackman

NAAE Staff Update -- June 2016

Blog Post created by Jay Jackman on Jun 21, 2016

Summer is professional development time for NAAE! Our staff are engaged in very exciting work with our members at Agriscience Inquiry Institutes, the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy, CASE Institutes, regional NAAE meetings, NAAE convention planning, and more.


For personnel notes, we are excited to announce that Miranda, Ryan, and Beau Chaplin have welcomed another baby boy to their family. Reid was born on May 24. Everyone is happy and healthy!


Our five summer interns are now in full swing. We are pleased to have these fine university students with us this summer.


Communications Interns

Isaiah Govea -- University of Arizona

Abby Lohman -- Oregon State University


Professional Development Intern

Emily Burns -- Ohio State University


National Teach Ag Intern

Tabitha Hudspeth -- Arkansas State University


Advocacy Intern (working in Washington, DC metro area out of the ACTE office)

Perry Harlow -- Illinois State University


CASE Institutes are happening this summer for nine CASE courses at 26 different sites. The Natural Resources pathway specialization course, Environmental Science Issues, is published and will be field tested this fall. Development of the Agricultural Engineering pathway specialization course, Mechanical Systems in Agriculture, will begin this fall. CASE Online is being updated now and flipped classroom videos are being added to the site.  DETAILS


The National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy will be at the Iowa FFA Enrichment Center the week of July 18-22, 2016. Agriscience Inquiry Institutes have been or will be held this summer in New Mexico, Delaware, and Wisconsin.  DETAILS


Applications for the NAAE teacher and program awards are being evaluated. Results will be available this fall. We are pleased that so many of our members apply for these awards -- and we encourage more NAAE members to apply. Recognizing our members gives us the opportunity to showcase the excellent work that is going on in agricultural education programs nationwide. DETAILS


Planning for the 2016 NAAE Convention is in full swing. We are eager for hundreds of NAAE members to join us in Las Vegas for the NAAE convention and ACTE CareerTech Vision 2016.  DETAILS

Summer 2016 participants in the NAAE Virtual Book Club will read The Innovator's Mindset by George Couros.  DETAILS


NAAE's Communities of Practice is undergoing a major overhaul. We're expecting the overhaul process to be mostly invisible to our members, but the result will be a much improved site that will serve our members even better. We also now have biographical sketches posted on the NAAE website for the NAAE board of directors and staff.  DETAILS


The National Teach Ag Campaign is making great progress with the State Teach Ag Results (STAR) program. Teach Ag staff have five STAR meetings scheduled this summer. The twelve 2016-17 Teach Ag Ambassadors have been selected. National Teach Ag Day will be Thursday, September 22, hosted by Growth Energy at one of its affiliate sites, POET LLC, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. 

Additional information can be found on the NAAE website or contact us at NAAE@uky.edu for further information.