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Congratulations to the 2019 NAAE Award Winners! In December, NAAE gathered in Anaheim, California to celebrate a dedication to agricultural education, professional development and the achievements of professionals across the country. From learning new lessons from our innovative Ideas Unlimited winners to honoring the careers of our Lifetime Achievement Award Winners, the 2019 NAAE Convention was jam packed with energy and excitement! Other highlights from the 2019 NAAE Convention include hearing from ACTE leaders, learning more about inclusion and diversity from Dr. Roger Cleveland and hearing from Mark Poeschl, National FFA CEO.

 

We’d also like to thank our award sponsors for their dedication and commitment to agriculture education and for their continued support. Award sponsors include RAM Trucks, Caterpillar Inc., Tractor Supply Company, John Deere and Bayer.

 

 

Since 2013, Culver's Thank You Farmers Project has donated over $2.5 million to support agricultural education programs. When guests come to Culver's, they're helping support agricultural education and FFA around the country. Watch this video to learn how the Waupun FFA Chapter is building tomorrow's leaders and innovators with support from Culver's.

 

 

 

 

By Eric Tilleman 

 

Well it’s 2020 and most of us have been rolling through semester tests or have started a new semester with new students. Maybe new classes and the realization of the mountain of work you will have over the next couple of months. I know I have started to see the mound of applications from my students keep rising from proficiency applications, state degrees, CDE/LDE papers and just the day to day school work and wonder how we can keep the sanity as a teacher. A few years ago, my mom saw I was getting frustrated and she sent me a cartoon in the mail. It had a dragon picking it’s teeth with the lance of a knight and it said “Remember…  No Matter How Hard you work… No matter How right you are…  Sometimes the Dragon Wins.” It made me laugh and take a good look at what I could do to mitigate my work load. I am one who is always looking at ways to help improve my teaching method or to find ways to make the ag profession easier for people.

One tool I have found to help me is the tools on Communities of Practice (CoP) where each of the regions have their upcoming information on regional meetings. I know for me the regional meetings as well as NAAE conventions help to rejuvenate my teachers’ batteries with new ideas, cutting edge lessons, beneficial collaboration and renewed love of teaching.

Please take time to be a driving force in the NAAE by volunteering to serve on a committee and take a look at the links to the 7 committees on CoP.  Then you can see what the committees will be discussing at the winter virtual meetings and even when their meetings are happening over the next couple of weeks. We are a grassroots organization and the committees play a vital role in the development of our organization. Lastly, there are many lesson plans, worksheets and teacher tips and tricks to help blaze though the second semester. I know I like to add new lessons to each class to make sure I never fall into a rut as a teacher.

As we are taking time to help our students with their applications, I hope you can take time to explore the ag teachers’ programs offered by the NAAE on our website.  Many times, we don’t make an effort to get recognition for ourselves for what we have accomplished.  Many of you have great ideas or lesson which are awesome but never apply for the Ideas Unlimited award. Please take time and look at those awards on the website under “Member,” and while you are there look at what benefits you are getting for your membership such as Liability Insurance, Hotel Discounts, Discounted home/auto Insurance and more.  

Sometimes the Dragon wins, but he doesn’t have to if we take time for ourselves and look at the tools at our disposal.  Have a great Spring!!! 

Parker Bane

Happy New Year!

Posted by Parker Bane Jan 2, 2020

Welcome to a New Year!  I want to thank you for your continued engagement in NAAE and wish for many blessings to come your way personally and professionally.  

 

For those of you that I haven't been able to meet, yet, I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself.  I live in Towanda, Illinois with my wife, Angie (who is an amazing ag teacher) and our daughter, Ella.  We love spending time with our Golden Retriever, Luigi and our small, but growing herd of show cattle.  In fact, we are awaiting the birth of a calf as I write this message.  I am finishing 17 years of teaching at Pontiac Township High School.  

 

NAAE has been a significant blessing in my life, and I hope that you can say the same.  It is my goal that the association continues to provide and expand its high quality member services, professional development programs, and advocacy efforts.  We need your participation to make that happen!

 

Soon, we will be starting virtual committee meetings, which are a great place to be involved.  We will also be opening up our award applications and registration for professional development programs.  Especially on the award programs, be watching for your State's particular due dates. Many states request completed applications by March or early April.  CASE institute registrations have been open since December 1st!

 

We also have some exciting new plans for the new year.  Stay tuned!  

 

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions or need help with anything!

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