Andrea Fristoe

News & Views -- October 2016

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Oct 14, 2016




From the President

Terry Rieckman
NAAE President 2015-2016

Accept the Challenge

As my term on the NAAE board is coming to an end in a couple of months, I look back and reflect on what has happened in my life the past five years that I have served on the board.





National FFA Convention

Just as your students are preparing to TRANSFORM at the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo, so can you by checking out all of the opportunities available through NAAE while you are in Indianapolis!



  • DuPont Agriscience Teacher Workshops -- Stop by Room 143, ICC in Teachers' World for inquiry-based professional development workshops, sponsored by DuPont! Learn about solar energy, add color to plant science, investigate lactose and so much more! Click here for full workshop details!
  • NAAE Booth #2172 -- NAAE volunteers and staff invite you to sit down, learn about the new Communities of Practice, and get your free poster of the Ag Teacher's Creed at our booth in the Teacher's World section of the Expo. While you're there, we'll be happy to answer any questions about benefits, upcoming events, or anything else you'd like to know about NAAE membership.
  • Teach Ag Booth #2455 -- Meet the 2016-17 Teach Ag Ambassadors, engage with our partners and sponsors, through the Teach Ag All-Star activity & see the future of ag education at our Teach Ag Signing Day events! Make sure to stop by and find out how to earn at Teach Ag t-shirt!
  • CASE Booth #2165 -- Visit the CASE booth to learn about current and upcoming CASE courses, CASE Online, Lead Teacher opportunities for 2017, and much more. CASE will also have the most up to date listing of 2017 CASE Institute dates and locations posted at the booth.
  • Meet Mentors, Leaders, and the Future of Ag Ed at General Session 5!

As ag teachers, we never know how great our influence can be. A kind gesture, a compliment – anything can leave a lasting impression on our students.For Roger King, agriculture teacher at Holmen High School in Holmen, Wisconsin, his entire career as an ag teacher has created quite a ripple effect in the state of Wisconsin.MORE >> Make sure to join us Friday, October 21 at noon for General Session 5 to hear the full story and watch the 2016 NAAE Outstanding Teachers be recognized.








Washington Beat

On September 13, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5587, the “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.” This comprehensive legislation would reauthorize and make important updates to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins). The bill received wide bipartisan support and was overwhelmingly passed by the chamber in a 405-5 vote following unanimous approval by the House Education and the Workforce Committee earlier this summer.Read More >>

National Teach Ag Campaign
Straight to the Point

I know this is a very busy time of year for you, so let me get straight to it as there is a lot of ground to cover with opportunities galore...Read More >>

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE)
It’s Time to Take Your Ag Mechanics Course to the Next Level with CASE!

Are you ready to incorporate STEM in your ag mechanics course? Are you looking for ways to increase rigor, inquiry and skill development for your students? Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education may have exactly what you are looking for.Read More >>



Providing Student Teachers with a Well-Rounded Experience

Student teaching – the pinnacle of an aspiring ag teacher’s educational experience and classroom preparation. Every ag teacher can relate to the juxtaposed feelings of excitement and fear for what lies ahead.Read More >>






Fall Virtual Committee Meetings
NAAE committees are currently meeting. As the national professional organization for agriculture teachers, we greatly value your input. Consider joining a committee and helping to make a difference and positive impact through NAAE. Follow this link to find out more about serving on a committee in 2017!

National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program at National FFA Convention

This year, 34 preservice agriculture teachers will be engaged in over eight hours of intense, inquiry-based instruction professional development. NAAE is proudly partnering with DuPont to offer the NAPTP at the 89th National FFA Convention, in Indianapolis. Click hereto see who was selected

Future Agriscience Teacher Symposium -- NAAE Track
The Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium is a professional development opportunity for preservice agricultural education majors held in conjunction with the National Association of Agricultural Educators annual convention. The FAST Symposium - NAAE Convention Track will include opportunities for attendees to engage in customized professional development, networking and mentoring with current agriculture teachers from across the country. Only 18 applicants will be selected to attend the FAST Symposium -NAAE Convention Track in Las Vegas, NV. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to see who was selected!MORE >>

Why We Should Support the NAAE Agricultural Educator Relief Fund

On the wall of my childhood bedroom was a picture in a simple wooden frame. Inside the mat, written in script, was the statement, “No matter how great your words may be, you will be judged by your actions and deeds.” As the daughter of an English teacher, a newspaper reporter, and a book editor, I always found it strange that this picture would hang between my bedroom windows. It stood as a reminder to me that I needed to be good, do good, and help others … because no matter how well I could talk my way out of something or write an apology for something I had done, the actions always spoke louder than the words I spoke or wrote.


Erica McBee, Kearney, MO
2015 NAAE Region IV Ideas Unlimited Award Winner

Faced with shortened class periods, McBee developed this lesson to engage students quickly. This interactive lesson groups students together to think critically and problem solve as they manage their own farm. Pest management, unpredictable weather and unforseen farm expenditures are all problems every agriculturalist faces, no matter the location.Click the image above to watch a short video explaining how to implement this idea into you own classroom.The NAAE Ideas Unlimited Award is sponsored by Cengage Learning | National Geographic Learning.





NAAE Convention




Here’s the latest information about NAAE Convention 2016, which is coming up soon – November 29 – December 3. Hope you can join us in Las Vegas!
IMPORTANT NOTICE: ACTE is NOT mailing out registration information this year. All materials, including name badges and applicable event tickets will be at the NAAE Registration Desk.

Pre-Registration Discount Through October 28
Register as a NAAE member for a discount on access to both the NAAE Convention and ACTE CareerTech VISION. One registration covers your attendance at both conferences. Click here for complete registration details.

Download our Convention App

Download the NAAE convention app for iPhone or Android, or visit ourschedule page on the NAAE website to create your own custom schedule. Set reminders, learn about presenters, and print a schedule to give to your administrators

Learning Sessions Schedule Available
This year, as always, we have a full compliment of learning sessions from which you can choose.  We base the topics for our learning sessions on the requests of our members, so it is easy to find professional development that fits your needs. Click here to see the full list of learning sessions.

Featured Sessions
Food Loss and the Role Pesticides Play from Field to Market: Free Resources for the Classroom
Whitney Gray
CropLife America
Washington, D.C.
Sponsored by Syngenta
Friday, November 2
2:15-4:00 p.m.

Becoming Advocates for Agriculture: Bridging the Gap from Farm to Table
Rick Jackson
Merck Animal Health
Madison, NJ
Sponsored by Merck Animal Health
Thursday, November 1
2:15-4:00 p.m.




Meet the Candidates

This year's NAAE President Elect Candidates are Nick Nelson, the current NAAE Region I Vice President, and Krista Pontius, the current NAAE Region VI Vice President. Please read each candidate's statement and find their contact information below.

Nick Nelson

Animal Science Instructor - Livestock Judging Coach
Blue Mountain Community College
Pendleton, OR
Region I Vice President
Click here to read about Nick







Krista Pontius
Agriculture Teacher
Greenwood School District
Millerstown, PA
Region VI Vice President
Click here to read about Krista







We LOVE to share the great accomplishments of our members. To help highlight all the wonderful things ag teachers do each and every day, we have started the News & Notables blog on Communities of Practice. Here are a few highlights from the past weeks:
Have a news story you would like to share? Send the article to Julie Fritsch, so we can add you to the spotlight!


NAAE Resource -- Legislative Action Center


NAAE is pleased to partner with ACTE to provide the Legislative Action Center, a powerful tool that allows you to find information about your national legislators, contact them about issues related to agricultural and career and technical education, and even find media outlets in your area to help share the agricultural education and CTE message.MORE >>
Does Communities of Practice Look Strange? Here's the Fix!
Since we've updated Communities of Practice, we have had reports from some people that when they load the site, they get a strange-looking jumble of links and images. Click here to learn more about the issue and how to fix your CoP experience.
Communities of Practice -- Experiential Learning Community


DuPont Pioneer Commits $175,000 to Food and Agricultural Education Grants
DuPont Pioneer  will award $175,000 in grants to agriscience educators to fund training and classroom resources that will help them implement advanced agriculture curriculum. Grant recipients are teachers who are implementing Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) in their classrooms.


NAAE Staff Update
It's a busy time here at the NAAE Office! We are preparing to head to National FFA Convention next week and gearing up for an awesome NAAE Convention in Las Vegas in a few short weeks. From professional development, recruitment and retention, and advocacy standpoints, this is a BIG time for us. Make sure to follow NAAE on social media to get the latest on what we are doing, where we are going, and to see where ag ed can take you!



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