Andrea Fristoe

News & Views -- August 2016

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Aug 31, 2016




From the President

Terry Rieckman
NAAE President 2015-2016

Recruitment and Retention! It's our Job.

The Chicken or the Egg? Recruitment or Retention? Which comes first? Obviously for us, we need to recruit to have a steady supply of teachers to replace those who are retiring or leaving the profession.






National Teach Ag Day

We are gearing up for another exciting, interactive National Teach Ag Day. There are so many ways to participate & share your passion for teaching ag!

The live webcast will stream from 1:00-3:00pm EDT. Visit the Teach Ag website for more information. Prior to the live webcast, you can interact & join us for all kinds of celebrations! Click on the links below for more information on how to participate in this fantastic event!

    • Biofuels 101
      Join us before the live webcast for an interactive live learning session about biofuels. Biofuels 101 will stream live on Thursday, September 22nd from 11:00-11:45am EDT. You will have the opportunity to learn about the latest trends in the biofuels industry, as well as engage with industry professionals.
    • Recognize YOUR Teach Ag Champion
      Each year, the National Teach Ag Campaign selects a group of individuals to recognize as Teach Ag Champions. This year we want YOU to help us recognize YOUR Teach Ag Champions by submitting pictures or a 10-second video of those individuals who make your career as an ag teacher possible.
    • Collegiate Contest
      One of the first things someone needs in order to teach agriculture is a degree in agricultural education. The National Teach Ag Day Collegiate Commercial Contest provides college students the opportunity to promote their respective college or university and agricultural education program through a 20-30 second commercial.
    • FAST Symposium
      Twenty-three future agriscience teachers will participate in three days of professional development and networking as part of the 2016 National Teach Ag Day celebration.
    • Satellite Locations
      Make sure to tune in to the live webcast & see these five schools as they celebrate with us!
          -Greenwood High School, PA
          -Kansas State University
          -Clemson University
          -Holden High School, MO
          -North Carolina State Univeristy
    • Host a Live Watch Party
      National Teach Ag Day is a great opportunity to share with others your love for ag education and passion for teaching! Here are some ideas for hosting your own party.
    • Submit Your Photo
      Have a student who wants to follow in your footsteps? Submit a photo of a future ag teacher to Tabitha Hudspeth by September 12th. Make sure to include their name, school, state, and the name of his or her agriculture teacher.
    • Send Us Your Snap Story
      Take TONS of pictures & send us YOUR Snap Story on SnapChat so we can see and feature all of the awesome things you are doing to celebrate with us! Make sure to follow Teach_Ag on SnapChat!!
    • Lesson Plans, Games & Activities
      Looking for more ideas to celebrate National Teach Ag Day? Visit our website for links to lesson plans, games, activities & much more for your use as you celebrate with us!



    Meet the 2016-17 Teach Ag Ambassadors!
    We have a great group of ambassadors gearing up for National FFA Convention. The future of ag education looks very bright with this outstanding group of preservice teachers!

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    NAAE Region I National Agriscience Teacher of the Year Award Winner Uses Student-Designed Textbooks as Classroom Inclusion Tool

    Agriscience is agricultural education that draws out the science elements already present in agriculture. Often, a hallmark of agriscience programs is the rigor of the academic concepts presented. However, a long-treasured aspect of agricultural education is its ability to reach learners of all levels.






    Ideas Unlimited: Evaluating Food Choices and Caloric Content


    Melissa Bonifas, Blue Hill, NE
    2015 NAAE Region III Ideas Unlimited Award Winner

    Bonifas teaches her students about caloric intake and metabolism through this innovative idea. Her students calculate their Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) and determine the amount of exercise needed to maintain their weight, based upon the food choices they make. This lesson can be applied to food science and animal science courses for an inside look at the importance of proper nutrition and exercise. Click here to watch the video!

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


    Supporting the Future -- Teach Ag Mentors

    In the Teach Ag edition of News & Views, we wanted to take the opportunity to showcase several individuals who have made it their top priority to serve as mentors to other agriculture teachers, both formally and informally. These teachers are outstanding examples of what it takes to bring attention to the career of ag education, get students thinking about a possible career in agricultural education, and support current ag teachers in their careers.



    The New & Improved Communities of Practice!
    CoP recently underwent a major overhaul and upgrade in order to provide you with the best, user-friendly resource for your ag program. The new Communities of Practice features:
    • Mobile access
    • Easier search
    • Better organization
    We will have several opportunities for training related to the new site, including live webinars, workshops at NAAE convention, and special small group trainings as requested. For more information, contact Julie Fritsch.Visit to see the new site!
    NAAE Convention
    • Award winners have been notified and travel plans are being made. If you are a NAAE award winner and have not been contacted, please email Katie Wood immediately.
    • Early bird registration has ended. The advance registration cost is $385 through 10/28.
    • Start planning your convention experience with Sched! See an outline of what is going on and customize your calendar.
    • Check out the Early Bird Housing discount before September 30th!


    Pre-Service Students: Apply for the National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program
    NAPTP is committed to promoting inquiry-based teaching methods and the enhancement of science in agriculture to preservice teachers in agricultural education across the nation. This fall, preservice teachers can apply to attend an interactive hands-on agriscience training program at the 2016 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN. 


    NAAE Virtual Book Club
    Over the past two months, 35 NAAE members have participated in the NAAE Virtual Book Club. This summer's book club covered The Innovator’s Mindset by George Couros and how his ideas of innovation can be incorporated into the ag classroom.MORE>>



    NAAE Summer Board of Directors Meeting
    The NAAE Board of Directors conducted their summer board meeting July 28-29 in Lexington, KY.


    2016 NAAE XLR8 Recipients Announced
    We are pleased to announce the twenty individuals who will participate in the year-long NAAE XLR8 professional development program aimed to accelerate their ag teaching career.



    Advocacy Intern Report

    Greetings from Washington, D.C.! From construction on the Metro, to multiple lockdowns of the Capitol, and even the 111° Fahrenheit heat wave hitting the Capitol City this week, I can say I have survived them all.


    Memorandums of Understanding for National Officers, Committee Chairs, and Committee Secretaries
    Are you running for NAAE office? New candidates for regional vice presidents, along with regional secretaries, committee chairs and secretaries, and new committee members need to fill out and submit their MOU to NAAE by September 15th.

    NAAE Professional State Association Awards
    NAAE will recognize state associations who have aggressively engaged in certain well-planned activities designed to serve the best interest of the members and the profession.


    Please send your application to your regional vice president, postmarked by September 1.


    NAAE Staff Update

    It sure has been a productive summer for NAAE! We are well underway preparing for National Teach Ag Day, National FFA Convention and NAAE Convention.





    Washington Beat

    Washington Beat -- August 2016

    From new Perkins guidance to ESSA College and Career Ready resources, and the announcement of the Reach Higher Career App Challenge, stay up to date with what is going on in Washington.


    National Teach Ag Campaign

    Interning in the Teach Ag Realm

    Hi everyone! My name is Tabitha Hudspeth and I was selected to serve as the 2016 National Teach Ag Campaign Intern. This summer I was able to travel from Brookland, Arkansas to Lexington, Kentucky and work closely with the Teach Ag Team.


    Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE)

    CASE Online Meets Classroom Needs with New Platform

    Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is always looking to improve its resources for agriculture teachers. CASE Online, designed to maximize instruction for both teachers and students, is one of the newest additions to the numerous CASE resources and offerings.




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