Andrea Fristoe

News & Views -- June 2016

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jun 21, 2016





From the President

Terry Rieckman
NAAE President 2015-2016

For Your Students

Never Exhaust Your Mind!!!!

As educators we have all heard many quotes related to education and learning for students, and to help each of us to improve our teaching techniques or practices.






NAAE Convention -- Get Ready for Vegas!

Planning to attend this year's NAAE Convention? Make sure to check out the links & deadlines below to ensure the most bang for your buck! Time is running out!

Early Bird Registration -- Register by July 15th

Housing Discount -- Book by September 30th



Jason Chester: Developing a Community Network

Ag teachers can be Jacks (or Janes) of all trades. It is not that they necessarily know everything -- it's just that ag education spans such a wide range of topics. An ag teacher might begin his day showing students how to tack two pieces of metal together to build a gate, eat his lunch while helping the floriculture team understand the importance of a focal point in an arrangement, and end the day deworming goats in his animal science class.Read More >>


Ideas Unlimited: Using Macroinvertebrates to Monitor Water Quality

Melanie Berndtson, Wellsboro, PA
2015 NAAE Region VI Ideas Unlimited Award Winner
Berndtson uses macroinvertebrates like dragonflies or water striders from nearby waterways to teach students about monitoring and protecting water quality. The class does not always have the access or time to obtain the macros at a stream; therefore she has begun teaching her students to preserve macroinvertebrates using hand sanitizer. This method is inexpensive and preserves the insects for many years. Click here to watch a short video explaining her award-winning idea.The NAAE Ideas Unlimited Award is sponsored by Cengage Learning | National Geographic Learning.


Paul Larson: More Than Just the Ag Teacher

Who are you? Are you a mother? A son? Do you coach little league? Do you hop on a bus at the sound of the dismissal bell and take students home for the day? Do you sit on the local Farm Bureau board? Help judge the local dairy contest?Read More >>


XLR8 -- Apply TODAY!

The XLR8 program includes participation in an intensive professional development experience (multiple sessions) during the NAAE convention, recurring virtual learning experiences, and online collaboration using the NAAE professional learning community, Communities of Practice, as well as other social media tools.All active NAAE members who are currently in their 7th to 15th year of teaching are eligible to apply. Each applicant must have been a NAAE member the three previous years while teaching agriculture. Participants must also be active members and working in school-based agricultural education in the 2016-2017 NAAE Membership year.We are now accepting applications for the 2016 XLR8 program. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 15th. Click here for more information.

Meet the 2016 NAAE Summer Interns

We are so excited to announce this year's interns who will be joining us this summer in the areas of advocacy, communications, professional development, and Teach Ag. We are looking forward to working with and getting to know each of them during their time at NAAE this year.MORE >>

NAAE Virtual Book Club

This summer the NAAE Virtual Book Club will be reading and working through The Innovator?s Mindset by George Couros. The Innovator?s Mindset encourages educators and administrations to teach their students to become forward-thinking leaders. Couros believes that innovation is not a skill set; it is a mindset.The first assignment is based off of a concept that Couros worked on with a science teacher about explaining Twitter in 60 seconds or less. The science teacher took that concept back to her classroom to teach her biology students about mitosis in 60 seconds. To get to know one another, NAAE readers are to capture themselves in 30 seconds or less. For more information about the Virtual Book Club, check out theCommunities of Practice page.

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!



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!


Washington Beat

June 2016

On June 10, the full Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $161.9 billion funding measure for federal programs falling under the jurisdictions of the U.S. Departments of Labor (Labor), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Education (ED) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. Read More >>

National Teach Ag Campaign

Teach Ag Team Spotlight

In this edition of News and Views I want to spotlight the individuals who make Teach Ag magic happen every day.  They are the heart and soul of the National Teach Ag Campaign and work tirelessly every day to ensure a quality and diverse supply of agriculture teachers who will inspire the next generation of leaders, problem solvers, entrepreneurs and agriculturalists. Read More >>

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE)

Sponsor Contributions Offer CASE Institute Opportunities for Numerous Agriculture Teachers

Agriculture teachers across the country are buzzing about the profound impact that CASE curriculum is making in their classrooms. As CASE Institute season is gearing up for another summer of intensive, rigorous professional development training, many teachers are packing their bags and getting ready to head to their respective institutes thanks to the help of generous sponsors.Read More >>


Looking for new ideas for your ag program? Check out these posts from Communities of Practice!


Agriculture Student Honored in DuPont Challenge Essay Contest for Third Time in Contest?s 30 Year History

For three decades the DuPont Challenge essay contest has offered students from across the United States the opportunity to delve into the world of science and create a writing piece where they can express their own ideas and solutions for global issues in food, energy, protection and innovation. MORE >>

RedBrand Fence 101

This 'Curriculum in a Box' was created to give advisors a simple, unique way to educate students on the importance of correct selection, calculation and installation of agricultural fencing for the wide variety of needs they may encounter as future farmers, property owners and ag business leaders. MORE >>

NAAE Resource

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NAAE Staff Update

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 >>


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