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This is an article from the June 2017 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.


Help Review and Develop Ag Curriculum in Uganda


f2f.jpgThe Farmer to Farmer Program in East Africa, a special initiative supported by NAAE, is seeking an individual who would like to help review and develop agricultural curriculum in Uganda.


Agriculture is the backbone of Uganda’s economy – 80% of the population finds their livelihood in agriculture. The country’s government is aware of the urgency to develop knowledge and skills in agriculture and has made a considerable investment in agricultural curriculum development, teaching materials, and teacher training. Their goal is to provide an improved agricultural education system to help educate its people.


The main objective of this assignment is to review the agricultural curriculum at Kyambogo University for practicality, methodology, and their student internship program. Specifically, the volunteer would look at:


  • Developing guidelines for teaching practical components of the syllabus and which align with the secondary school curriculum and publishing the guidelines
  • Developing internship guidelines based on curriculum and the desired skills set to be acquired by the students during this period
  • Review of the existing internship assessment tool and adapt it to the guidelines above
  • Give input on the extension component of the syllabus and particular elements that need to be added/subtracted to produce a teacher who will deliver as part job market requirements and adapt knowledge acquired in class appropriately. This also involves the development of a document detailing recommended revision in the extension component of the syllabus
  • Training of trainers to support implementation and adoption of the guidelines (practical, extension and internship guidelines)
  • Developing an assessment guide to ensure that skills are effectively transferred.


For additional information, follow this link.


Contact Julie Fritsch for information regarding the application process.

This is an article from the June 2017 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.


linda.jpgHow lucky are we to have something that makes saying good-bye so hard.

-Winnie the Pooh


For the last 11 years, Mrs. Linda Berry has been the first point of contact for the NAAE office. As our Staff Support Associate, she has handled our membership, merchandise, and so much more during her time with us.


As of June 1st, Linda is officially retired and we couldn’t be happier for her. Linda has been a fantastic asset to our staff and we are truly going to miss her loving smile and beautiful character.

Happy Retirement Linda!!!!

This is an article from the June 2017 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.


nqps.jpgThe National Council for Agricultural Education (The Council) has recently revised the National Quality Program Standards for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource Education. As the agriculture industry continues to grow and develop, so should our agriculture programs and curriculum. A goal of The Council’s 2012-2015 Strategic Plan; the standards have been revised to provide teachers with information to be able to deliver high-quality instruction, using the three-circle model of classroom and laboratory instruction, work-based learning, and career and technical student organization.


The hallmarks of the newly revised standards include a focus on relevant instruction, rigorous, clear goals, continuous program improvement, and the development of essential skills for student success. The Council based its revisions on input from local, state and national leaders in agricultural education.



The standards feature seven keys of local program success, which include:

  • Program Design and Instruction
    • Curriculum and Program Design
    • Instruction
    • Facilities and Equipment
    • Assessment
  • Experiential, Project, and Work-Based Learning Through SAE
  • Leadership and Personal Development Through FFA
  • School and Community Partnerships
  • Marketing
  • Certified Agriculture Teachers and Professional Growth
  • Program Planning and Evaluation


The standards also include a Program Growth Target Planning Guide, which is designed to help local programs identify, prioritize and organize growth targets into a manageable plan. The planning guide provides agriculture teachers a means to set a plan of action for program growth.


Click here for more detailed information about the National Quality Program Standards.


The National Quality Program Standards for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource Education revision is sponsored by CSX and John Deere, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

This is an article from the June 2017 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.


HeadShot.jpgHow many of us walked into our first teaching position interview and mentioned making a positive difference in the lives of students? As agriculture teachers, we all want to leave an impact. We want to be the reason our students go on to achieve greatness in the agriculture industry. We want to walk the halls of our schools with pride, knowing that we have made a lasting impression.


There’s a good chance we know this feeling because someone instilled it in us. Somewhere along the line, there was a mentor who profoundly influenced our career choice and led us to where we are today. Who mentored you during your preservice teacher years? Who left that lasting impact on your life?


For at least 12 student teachers in Oklahoma, Melinda Tague, agriculture teacher at Norman High School, in Norman, Okla., has made a difference in their lives as they have developed into the professionals they are today.


“As a host for ag education student teachers, each day offers the opportunity to help develop their classroom management and lesson development skills,” said Tague. “While observing student teachers, I am able to make note of good qualities the student teacher exhibits in classroom management and lessons, and also offer ideas for better ways to handle discipline, management, or lesson quality.”



Tague is the quintessential mentor for Oklahoma student teachers, as she makes them an integral part in the entire agriculture program. She shows the student teachers how to make a difference in the lives of students by incorporating them into all aspects of her agriculture program, both within and outside of the classroom walls.


Tague involves her student teachers in her students’ Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects. This opportunity allows the student teachers to see what goes into an agriculture program beyond the walls of the classroom. Tague also has her student teachers become an active part of local and state FFA events.


“Student teachers take on the task of training Career Development Events (CDE), overseeing local FFA meetings and planning local FFA events,” added Tague. “They will travel with all CDE teams, livestock events, and leadership activities.”



Tague also encourages her student teachers to be involved in professional organizations. From membership in the Oklahoma

Association of Agricultural Educators and NAAE, to serving as Chairman of the Practical Arts Department at her high school, she shows them the importance of involvement in professional organizations for leadership development and professional growth.


So who was your mentor? Who helped you decide to make a lasting impact on the lives of students? Think of that person and think of how you can help others and serve as a mentor in agricultural education. You can make a difference in not only the lives of your students, but in the lives of future educators as well.


The Teacher Mentor Award is sponsored by CEV Multimedia. For more information about the Teacher Mentor Award and to see the other regional award winners, including pictures and press releases, follow this link.

Sittin' on the Fence

Posted by Nick Nelson Jun 1, 2017

This is an article from the June 2017 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.


Cowboy Logic: “Don’t expect the scenery

to change any if you’re sittin’ on the fence.”


I have small cattle operation and I am trying to make it grow. In doing so, I have joined up with a partner that has a bunch of commercial cows and owns most of the land. Allan works for CHS on the marketing side of the company, and is gone a lot around the country doing trainings and helping CHS personnel. Consequently, I am also gone away from home, so partnering together kind of works. This past weekend we hauled cows to the mountain pastures from the Horn Ranch that we lease, and where we put the bulls in to accommodate smaller breeding pastures. We have two different places in the Blue Mountains that we split the herd up and take them to. I manage my cows and Allan's half on the Cayuse Range, and Allan manages the group that go to Ukiah. Both places are beautiful this time of year, and I wish I could just translocate to those mountain pastures and go nowhere ever again. However, life just gets in the way. As we unloaded the last set of pairs, Allan and I started talking about our plans and schedules over the next month. Allan has a daughter that just got on the Round-Up Court, and he explained that every Saturday from now until September, he was responsible for taking his daughter to parades -- next week he was in Montana and...... I explained that my scenario was much the same with baseball games, livestock shows, rodeos, and NAAE responsibilities. We decided it was a good thing that we were working together because if we were each on our own, we would never see the cows again.


The other thing that happens this time of year is that the six NAAE regions come together to have their regional meetings. When I was a young teacher, I assumed that these meetings were just for our state officers, so I never concerned myself with going to one. After a couple years of teaching, I was encouraged to help our state association start up a newsletter, so I was elected into that position and got the Ol' Yeller back into print. In doing so, I was to go to the Region I meeting in Cody, Wyoming. I never knew a guy could have so much fun with a bunch of ag teachers from other states. I learned about different legislature that was happening on a state-by-state basis, and was able to tour some of the most famous ranches in history. The after-meeting activities were a lot of fun as well and included a poker run and a buffalo riding contest. After that inaugural year, I have tried to make it to every Region I conference, from hosting one to setting another up in Hawaii. Each one has provided me with a tremendous outlook on teaching agriculture in different states, and the tours that I have had the opportunity to see have ranged from the state of the art lumber mills in Idaho, to carrot harvesting/processing in Arizona; from Buck Knives to the Pendleton Woolen Mill; from high schools that have their own meat processing facility, to one that grows bananas from sprout to hand in 12 months. My scenery did changed once I got out of the state, and every year I bring back new stories and examples to share with my own students.


These conferences are for everyone that teaches agriculture and we need everyone's voice during these meetings to allow NAAE to keep on growing and to continue to be the grassroots organization that it is. The committee meetings are where we need your attendance. The committees get the information from you that will improve our organization and keep it moving forward in a direction that will assist agricultural educators in the classroom. I have never regretted going to a regional conference, and if you want to know what is out there, you need to get off of the fence!


NAAE Updates:   


Currently, NAAE has recently hired a new Membership Coordinator/Program Assistant to help in the NAAE office. Her name is Ms. Ashley Hood. This position became available because long-time NAAE employee, Linda Berry, has retired from NAAE and the University of Kentucky. We are excited about this new position and how it can help our members. Also, take advantage of NAAE activities to keep you active in the organization, such as the NAAE Virtual Book Club. Don't forget about Communities of Practice as we head into summer -- maybe it's time to revitalize that ag business class -- CoP can help you with resources and lesson ideas. Lastly, plan on attending your regional conferences -- you won't be disappointed!



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