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Website: Agricultural & Farm Machinery | New Holland (US) | NHAG 

 

A special thanks to New Holland for being one of only two flagship sponsors of Communities of Practice. Their support allows us to maintain this site as a service to all of agricultural education. This sponsorship is a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

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A huge thanks to Zoetis for being one of only two flagship sponsors of Communities of Practice. Their support allows us to maintain this site as a service to all of agricultural education. This sponsorship is a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

 

Zoetis has several programs and resources that benefit agricultural educators and programs:

 

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Zoetis Virtual Classroom

As a global animal health company, Zoetis has a huge library of resources to help teach its customers about topics ranging from heifer management to antibiotic use to small animal care. Through a special collaboration with NAAE, Zoetis has agreed to make selected resources available to Communities of Practice users. Go to the virtual classroom

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Vets on Call Videos

These short videos follow veterinarians as they do their day-to-day work in animal care. Videos include care of both farm animals and companion animals. A great way to introduce any number of veterinary science or animal science topics in your classroom. The series also includes several videos on antibiotic use and resistance. Veterinarians On Call - YouTube

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Industry Support Program

Last year, veterinarians and animal health resellers partnered with Zoetis to donate more than $1.3 million to FFA chapters across the country. Their support helps FFA chapters give their members hands-on opportunities, learn about careers and career success in agriculture, and participate in leadership development events. Click here to learn more about how to get your chapter involved in the Zoetis Industry Support Program.

 

From the President

 

 

 

 

Terry Rieckman
NAAE President 2015-2016

Are You Coming or Going?

I remember my father asking me this question many times as a young man. His meaning was slow down, take a breath, and spend some time with those who matter the most.

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Growth Energy Makes Major Commitment to NAAE Upper Division Scholarship Fund

Upper Division Scholarships Will Double in Dollar Amount, and More Will Be Awarded

Student members will have more and larger scholarships available starting this year, thanks to a commitment from Growth Energy to provide $90,000 in funds over the next three years.

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Paul Larson: Outstanding Teacher Uses Award to Build Recognition for Ag Program

There are a lot of ways you could tell the story of Paul Larson, agriculture teacher at Freedom High School in Freedom, Wisconsin. You could start with how, when Larson came to Freedom 29 years ago, the program was on the verge of extinction. Knowing that makes it even more impressive that today Larson?s agricultural education program reaches 200 students each year, and has the most advanced high school aquaculture facility in the state.

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Ideas Unlimited: Teach Soil Texturing with Candy

Put that clearance candy from Valentine's day to good use with Cory Wedel's Ideas Unlimited-Winning Idea! Watch a 1-minute video explaining the lesson. (Special thanks to this summer's communication intern, Shelby Cooper for creating these videos!). The NAAE Ideas Unlimited Award is sponsored by Cengage Learning | National Geographic Learning.

 

NAAE Teacher Mentor:
Mike Sheppard, South Kitsap HS, Washington

Mike Sheppard was selected as the 2015 NAAE Teacher Mentor for 2015. He?s been teaching agriculture for 16 years, and was nominated for the Teacher Mentor by his co-workers, both of who came to teach with Mike straight out of college.

Get Mike?s take on what it means to be a mentor, what he misses about being a new ag teacher, and what kind of mentoring he thinks works best.

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Congratulations to NAAE Greenhouse Grant Recipients - Sponsored by International Greenhouse Company

Congratulations to Katrina Stewart, agriculture teacher at Bevier C4 High School in Bevier, Mo., and Russell Stoker, agriculture teacher at Keya Paha County Schools in Springview, Neb.

These members were selected to receive a $2,000 grant from NAAE to either construct a greenhouse or enhance their current greenhouse facilities.

The NAAE Greenhouse Construction/Enhancement Grant program is sponsored by International Greenhouse Company as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

 

 

2016 Award Applications are Available

Get a jump start on your NAAE awards application. The 2016 application instructions and supporting information for all NAAE awards is now available on the NAAE website. Although the online submission form is not yet open, applicants can use the materials that are available to create everything they'll need to upload once it opens. Regional award winners will be honored at the 2016 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas,  November 29-December 3.

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Take Your Ag Ed Skills International with Farmer to Farmer

If traveling overseas and helping farmers in developing countries learn appeals to you, consider signing up for the Farmer to Farmer program through NAAE. This is a 5-year initiative that relies on technical assistance from U.S. farmers, educators and others to help farmers in developing countries improve productivity, access new markets and conserve environmental and natural resources.

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Host a Location for 2016 National Teach Ag Day

The National Teach Ag Campaign is looking for up to four sites to serve as satellite locations for the 2016 National Teach Ag Day celebration (Thursday, September 22).  The satellite sites will be featured throughout the live event to showcase current and future agriculture teachers.  The satellite locations will be assigned a host facilitator (current or former Teach Ag ambassador) who will help coordinate on site discussions and technical logistics.

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NAAE's News & Notables Blog

Our members make the news. A lot. That?s why we?ve started the NAAE News & Notables blog on Communities of Practice, to highlight stories about our members that have caught our attention:

Here?s what?s been posted in the last few weeks:


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!

NAAE Regional Conferences


Regional Conferences are great opportunities to network with other leaders in agricultural education from your part of the U.S. Conferences usually last 2-3 days and include ag tours, professional development, association business, and social events.
  • Region 1 - April 26-29, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
    more info and registration
  • Region 6 - April 29-30, Trenton, New Jersey
  • Region 2 - June 19-22, College Station, Texas
  • Region 3 - June 21-23, St. Cloud, Minnesota
  • Region 4 - June 23-30, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Region 5 - June 26-29, Athens, Georgia
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Washington Beat

Ag Ed Strand of the ACTE National Policy Seminar


NAAE and the National FFA Foundation are co-hosting the ag ed strand of the ACTE National Policy Seminar this year, February 29 - March 2, in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.  We will be covering the registration fee for one representative per state agricultural education association to participate in this important conference.  Details are here.

350 Businesses, Employer Associations, and Education Groups Call for Perkins Reauthorization


A national coalition of stakeholders interested in the reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins) has sent a letter to Congress calling on lawmakers to reauthorize this important law in final session of the 114th Congress.Read More>>

National Teach Ag Campaign

Something for Everyone


At the National Teach Ag Campaign we are always looking for new ways to engage future and current teachers, teacher educators, supporters and the general public. This year will be no different. Please review some of the opportunities we will be offering over next 12 months and be sure to keep an eye out for new additions.  Read More>>

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE)

Registration is Open for This Summer's CASE Institutes


If you're considering adding a CASE course to your agricultural education program next year, now is the time to register for a CASE Institute.These 50 to 100-hour intensive professional developments are held mostly in June and July at a variety of locations across the United States.  Completion of an institute is the only way a teacher can become certified to use the CASE curriculum, but according to CASE certified teachers, participants come away with much more than a set of lessons.Read More>>

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Click here for ways to celebrate and advocate from ACTE.

 

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Paul Larson

Freedom High School, Freedom, Wis.

2015 Region 3 Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher Award Winner

 

 

There are a lot of ways you could tell the story of Paul Larson, agriculture teacher at Freedom High School in Freedom, Wisconsin. You could start with how, when Larson came to Freedom 29 years ago, the program was on the verge of extinction. Knowing that makes it even more impressive that today Larson's agricultural education program reaches 200 students each year, and has the most advanced high school aquaculture facility in the state.

 

You could talk about how Larson has been a teacher leader, volunteering countless hours and serving on the board of the Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators, as well as with NAAE.

 

You could point out how he is constantly pushing himself to become an even better teacher. Two years ago Larson was selected as a NAAE National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador, a highly competitive professional development for which he had to submit an extensive application and commit to hours of training above and beyond his regular responsibilities.

 

All of these things and more are the reasons why Larson was selected as the 2015 Outstanding Agriculture Teacher for Region 3, but what is really interesting is what he's done since receiving the award in New Orleans two months ago.

 

"Well, I really started when I won the state level," said Larson. He not only sent a release about his award to his local paper, but to the larger regional paper that covers hs area. "They actually put it in, which was great," he said. "Then, when I won nationals, I didn't think they'd do anything, because they'd already done something about it earlier. So I pointed out our program's strong community connection and alumni support."

 

It worked, because a reporter from the Appleton Post-Crescent visited Larson's program and did a full story, which ended up on the front page of the paper. With a regular readership of about 162,200 people, according to the paper's website, that's a lot of recognition for the Freedom High School agricultural education program.

 

Even better, because that regional paper is part of the USA Today newspaper network, a blurb about Larson's award appeared in USA Today, which has an average weekday print circulation well over 1.5 million copies.

 

"Getting recognition like that immediately draws the attention of your administration," said Larson. "Someone notices that something is going on. With the constant change in administration that happens at a lot of schools, it's important to be validated in that way."

 

Larson went on to point out that you don't have to with a national award draw attention, either. "It could be state level, or your section - you can spin it any way you want," he said. "The point is, you can use whatever recognition you get. Even if you're just nominated for an award, you can still say 'Hey, my peers think I was good enough to be nominated, so something's going on here.'"

 

As great as the coverage from the Outstanding Teacher award has been, Larson sees it as a piece of a bigger picture.

 

"It's all about relationships," he said. "Working with alumni - don't be afraid to ask for help. When people come help you train a judging team, or work with your students on something else, they'll talk to other people, and they'll be your advocate as well. That gives more credence than anything."

 

Larson and his students also do an annual report that they present to his school board, usually right after they return from National FFA Convention. It also is ready to pull out whenever there is an opportunity to advocate for his program. He has shared his report with NAAE, and welcomes any ag teacher to use it to create their own. You can see that example here, as well as another, more state-focused advocacy piece Larson created here.

 

Paul Larson's Tips for Building Recognition for Your Ag Program

  • Be visible - could be as simple as going to the local restaurant for lunch, or visiting the local feed store. Let people know you're there and what you're up to.
  • Anytime you can be involved in community service with your students, do it.
  • Don't be afraid to do something with a group you haven't partnered with before. It can be a great way to find new supporters.
  • Aim to have an article in your local paper each time it comes out to let people know what's happening with your program.
  • Don't overlook things like articles in your school newsletter or school announcements.
  • Your students can write and submit articles, all you have to do is review them.

 

Read about Paul Larson and the agriculture program at Freedom High School in the Appleton Post-Crescent

 

The NAAE Outstanding Teacher award is sponsored by Caterpillar and Tractor Supply Company as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. For more information about NAAE awards, visit http://www.naae.org/resources/awards/index.cfm

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Mike Sheppard

South Kitsap High School

Port Orchard, Washington

2015 Region 1 Teacher Mentor

This post is part of our February 2016 News & Views Newsletter. Read more

 

Mike Sheppard was selected as the 2015 NAAE Teacher Mentor for Region 1. He's been teaching agriculture for 16 years, and was nominated for the Teacher Mentor by his co-workers, both of who came to teach with Mike straight out of college. Get Mike's take on what it means to be a mentor, what he misses about being a new ag teacher, and what kind of mentoring he thinks works best.

 

 

What does it mean to be a mentor?

To me it means keeping our profession growing. Without good mentoring, teachers struggle, or don't make it at all. In order to keep ag teachers going, they need good mentors. A good mentor checks in pretty regularly, offers help, sees how you're doing, offers moral support.

 

 

Who mentored you?

I didn't have a mentor - not really. When I first started, I was in a single department school, and I had several people that I could call on in my district, so when I really got stuck, I would call them.

 

 

Did that affect how you view mentoring now?

The thing that affected that the most is my own daughter. She's an ag teacher too, in her 6th year. I've learned more from her than anyone else how important it is for somebody to have a mentor. She had others she could go to, but when you can go to your old ag teacher, or your dad, it's a little easier.  She's been teaching for a while now, so she's offering help to others, even.

 

I think the thing that holds a lot of people back is that for some reason we are afraid we're going to look bad if we ask for help, but if you can trust somebody, then it's easier.

 

 

What is your favorite thing about being a more experienced ag teacher?

Maybe the best thing is my past students. I see them quite a bit. I've got five students who are either student teaching now or in ag ed. That's the best thing is to just see how successful they're becoming.

 

 

What do you miss about being a new ag teacher?

Nothing. Not a thing. That first year was hard. Well, I can't say now that I didn't do something because I didn't know about it. I miss that a little (chuckles).

 

 

What's one easy way for an experienced teacher to affect a young teacher?

Pick out somebody you know, or a new teacher in your district, and several times during the year, check in on them. Don't pester them, but call them and see how they're doing. A simple thing like that can make a big difference.

 

 

What's the toughest thing a new ag teacher faces?

Classroom management. There's a lot to that. Having the kids engaged the entire class, dealing with behavior, dealing with kids, keeping up with their grades. With all three of the young teachers I've worked with recently, that's been it. Getting used to that aspect.

 

 

What's the toughest thing a veteran ag teacher faces?

All the changes that come across. We've had changes in way teachers are evaluated, requirements you have to fulfill. It seems like things keep getting added.

 

 

What's better, formal or informal mentoring?

Definitely informal. We tried the formal in Washington, assigning teachers to be mentors. We found that doesn't work. It's a little better when you have the new teachers pick, but it happens best when it happens naturally. You see new teachers there. That works best to find somebody close.

 

 

Last words?

It's really rewarding to mentor someone. It's just a good feeling to see somebody you helped out actually take your advice and do something good with it. It's one of the most rewarding things. It's just as rewarding as seeing one of your students being successful.

 

The NAAE Teacher Mentor award is sponsored by CEV Multimedia. For more information about NAAE awards, visit http://www.naae.org/resources/awards/.

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If traveling overseas and helping farmers in developing countries learn appeals to you, consider signing up for the Farmer to Farmer program through NAAE. This is a 5-year initiative that relies on technical assistance from U.S. farmers, educators and others to help farmers in developing countries improve productivity, access new markets and conserve environmental and natural resources.

 

How Does it Work?

Farmer to Farmer posts assignments that outline each project's timeline and goals. Here are a few currently available assignments:

 

  • Train and assist on modern crop practices for sorghum, corn & other grain crops. Provide technical assistance on seed quality and seeding methods, farm tilliage, land preparation, crop rotation practices and more. Duration: 2-3 weeks, Preferred dates: Mid June-August 2016
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  • Teach college students and junior lecturers about agribusiness development for farmers' cooperative organizations. Duration 3-4 weeks, Preferred dates: February-Mid-June 2016.
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  • Train farmers on improved poultry production techniques. Includes basic breeding principles, understanding genetics, id of production birds, culling practices and more.  Duration 2 weeks, Preferred dates: open.
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There are more than 30 assignments currently available on the Farmer to Farmer website. If you're interested in the Farmer to Farmer program, visit the program page on the NAAE website to get complete details or contact Julie Fritsch, NAAE Communications/Marketing Director.

Upper Division Scholarships Will Double in Dollar Amount, and More Will Be Awarded

 

Our student members will have more and larger scholarships available starting this year, thanks to a commitment from Growth Energy to provide $90,000 in funds over the next three years.

 

The NAAE Upper Division scholarship is for NAAE student members majoring in agricultural education during the semester when they student teach.

 

"Student teaching can be a financial strain on agricultural education majors," said Dr. Wm. Jay Jackman, NAAE Executive Director. "They spend every day teaching, so they are essentially working a full-time job with no pay. There is a national shortage of agriculture teachers, so anything we can do to help students finish their degree and get into the classroom is critical."

 

Previously, NAAE's Upper Division Scholarships were $750 each, and approximately 15 were given each year. Growth Energy's gift means that the scholarship amounts will be doubled, and more of these larger scholarships will be awarded, beginning this year.

 

Tom Buis, co-chair of Growth Energy noted, "There is nothing more important to the future of agriculture than those who wish to enter a career that will help further the innovation, promise and bounty of America's farmers. American agriculture and those invested in it are the backbone of this nation and Growth Energy is thrilled to help support the future leaders of this industry. We are thrilled to help support those who will write the next great chapter of American excellence by providing food, feed and fuel to move our nation forward."

 

Students who plan to student teach in the fall of 2016 or spring 2017 should apply for a scholarship this year. Scholarship applications are due May 15, 2016. The online submission form is not yet open, but students can use the information at this link to gather all the pieces they will need to submit.


Growth Energy is also a supporter of the National Teach Ag Campaign. Their gift is a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

 

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2016 CI Map Graphic.jpgRigorous professional development offers opportunities for networking, new strategies in the classroom

 

If you're considering adding a CASE course to your agricultural education program next year, now is the time to register for a CASE Institute.

 

These 50 to 100-hour intensive professional developments are held mostly in June and July at a variety of locations across the United States.  Completion of an institute is the only way a teacher can become certified to use the CASE curriculum, but according to CASE certified teachers, participants come away with much more than a set of lessons.

 

"The value of going through a year's worth of curriculum with other ag teacher - I don't know how you replicate an experience like that," said Andrew Boserma, who teaches agriculture at Sunshine Bible Academy in South Dakota. His school, the only private school in South Dakota with an agriculture program, was looking to expand agriculture course offerings, so Boserma turned to CASE.

 

Registration for 2016 CASE Institutes opened December 1, and institutes are filling quickly.


Institute Registration

CASE Institute Scholarships - due February 28

One of the Boserma's takeaways from the institute was the sense of community with all the participants, even the Lead Teachers, who facilitate the experience. "As a young teacher, I was surprised at the openness, the willingness of everyone to learn, including the facilitators. It wasn't like you go there and the Lead Teachers lecture at you for eight hours a day. We really all collaborate on how we can do this better in our own classrooms."

 

"CASE institutes are regionally located, and spread out (across the United States) by course. Whether you live in the northwest, Midwest, or anywhere, there are a good variety," said Shari Smith, CASE Professional Development Director. "One of the beauties of a CASE institute in another state is that you get to broaden your professional network, meet urban teachers, rural teachers - people with different teaching backgrounds."

 

Registration for CASE institutes opened December 1, and will remain open until around May 1, but Smith cautions people not to wait. "Registrations are really done on an institute-by-institute basis," she said, "and some institutes are already full." There are a few opportunities for pre-service teachers to attend institutes as well.

 

Finding Funds to Attend

 

There are limited opportunities for institutes scholarships available through CASE, but Smith said many teachers find local sources to offset the cost of attending an institute. Alumni groups or local agribusinesses might lend their support. Another place to check is your school's CTE board or the professional development portion of your Perkins funds, depending on your school's situation.

 

Dale Cruzan teaches agriculture at Allentown High School in Allentown, New Jersey. He has attended four CASE institutes, and is currently teaching CASE Animal and Plant Biotechnology and CASE Food Science and Safety, the two specialization courses in CASE's Animal Science and Plant Science pathways.

 

Cruzan finds that CASE engages his students because it's more about the learning process, rather than getting the right or wrong answer immediately. That can be frustrating for learners who are used to looking for the right answer, because sometimes there can be more than one. "The curriculum can be challenging to students and teachers at times, but it is beneficial," he said. "My students learn, often without realizing it. CASE gives our program a feather in our cap."

 

For more information about CASE and the 2016 CASE Institutes, visit case4learning.org.

 

Scenes from 2015 CASE Institutes around the United States

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NAAE is implementing a newly revised committee process.  There are seven NAAE committees.  Each of the seven committees has 18 members, three members from each of the six NAAE regions.  The committee chairs and committee secretaries are elected by members of the respective committees from among the 18 members of the respective committees.

 

NAAE is seeking members to serve on these committees.  One new committee member from each NAAE region, for each NAAE committee, will serve a 3-year term beginning at the conclusion of the January 2015 committee meeting and ending at the January 2018 committee meeting.

 

In addition, NAAE is seeking one new committee member from NAAE Region I, for each committee, to fulfill a remaining 2-year term of service beginning at the conclusion of the January 2015 committee meeting and ending at the January 2017 committee meeting.


How to Apply for a Committee Position

To be considered for a committee position, please submit:

1) a cover letter (letter of interest) for the specific committee for which you are applying;

2) a copy of your resume; and

3) a signed Committee MOU (download the blank Committee MOU)

 

Please e-mail these documents directly to the staff consultant for the respective committee.  The staff consultant will then post your credentials to the respective committee space on NAAE Communities of Practice for committee members to review.  Please note that these committee spaces are open for anyone to review; these are not closed communities.


NAAE Committee Staff Consultant Staff Consultant E-mail Address

Finance -  Jay Jackman JJackman.NAAE@uky.edu

Marketing - Julie Fritsch JFritsch.NAAE@uky.edu

Member Services -  Alissa Smith ASmith.NAAE@uky.edu

Policy and Bylaws - Jay Jackman JJackman.NAAE@uky.edu

Professional Growth -  Alissa Smith ASmith.NAAE@uky.edu

Public Policy - Jay Jackman JJackman.NAAE@uky.edu

Strategic Planning -  Jay Jackman JJackman.NAAE@uky.edu

 

When to Apply for a Committee Position

The first virtual committee meeting of 2015 is Strategic Planning and this meeting will be held on Monday, January 12, at 5:00 pm Eastern.  So, please submit your credentials to the respective committee staff consultant as soon as possible, preferably by Friday, January 16, 2015.


Terms of Service for Open NAAE Committee Positions

 

 

Finance

Marketing

Member Services

Policy and Bylaws

Professional Growth

Strategic Planning

Region I

2015-2017

2015-2018

2015-2017

2015-2018

2015-2017

2015-2018

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2015-2018

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2015-2018

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Region II

2015-2018

2015-2018

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Region III

2015-2018

2015-2018

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Region IV

2015-2018

2015-2018

2015-2018

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Region V

2015-2018

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Region VI

2015-2018

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Committee Member Commitments

 

Committee members will participate in at least two virtual (web-based) committee meetings per year.  Additional virtual committee meetings may be called by the committee leaders.  Committee members are also encouraged, but not required, to participate in face-to-face committee activities at their respective NAAE regional meeting and at the annual NAAE convention.


NAAE Community Spaces:

Click on each committee to see its leadership and read its mission.

NAAE Finance Committee

NAAE Marketing Committee

NAAE Member Services Committee

NAAE Policy and Bylaws Committee

NAAE Professional Growth Committee

NAAE Public Policy Committee

NAAE Strategic Planning Committee

Questions?

You may direct questions to any member of the NAAE board of directors, NAAE staff person, or current NAAE committee chair (please visit the respective committee space for their contact information) .

December 2014


 

 


From the President

Our Blessings Are Many!
Charlie Sappington
NAAE President 2014-2015

The 2014 NAAE convention is now over and looking back on it, all I can say is, "Wow what a convention!" Professional development, business sessions, and committee meetings gave our members the opportunity to enhance their knowledge in a variety of agricultural areas and work at improving our organization.

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Did you Miss Convention? Watch our 60-second wrap-up.

Click the image above for a quick overview of the great things that happened at NAAE convention this year.


Change in NAAE Committee Structure Brings Opportunities for More Meaningful Input by Members

In an effort to improve the way NAAE committees work and make the most of the time and expertise of those who volunteer to serve on committees, the NAAE board recently approved a proposal to change the committee structure and process.

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Meet the 2014-2015 NAAE Board!

Members elected a president, president-elect, two new regional vice-presidents and two new secretaries. Follow this link to see who our 2014-15 leaders are and read more about each of our newly elected officers.


2014 Teach Ag Champions Honored During NAAE Convention

The National Teach Ag Campaign is grateful for all the individuals and groups that make the Teach Ag message resonate across the country.  This year the National Teach Ag Campaign recognized three individuals and one group as Teach Ag Champions.

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Congratulations to 2014 NAAE Award Recipients & Program Participants!

Click on the images below to read more about each award and program, read news releases, and see pictures of the award winners.


 

National Agriscience Teacher of the Year

Outstanding Young Member

Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher

Outstanding Middle/Secondary School Ag Education Program

 

Outstanding Postseconday/Adult Ag Education Program

Ideas Unlimited Awards

Teacher Mentor Awards

Teachers Turn the Key Awards

 

Outstanding Service Citation

Lifetime Achievement Awards

Outstanding Cooperation Award

XLR8 Program

Don't Forget....

2015 NATAA Applications are due December 21

2015 NAAE Internship Applications are due December 19

2015 Teach Ag Internship Applications are due December 19

Get a $3000 Grant from Ford for Your FFA Chapter

 

Excellence in Action Award Applications are due December 18th

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At the 2013 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas, members elected a president, president-elect, two new regional vice-presidents and two new secretaries. See below for a picture of all the leadership and bios for each of the newly elected board members.

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Front row, l-r; Nick Nelson, OR, Region I VP; James Cannon, AR, Region II VP; Terry Reickman, SD, Region III VP; Kevin Stacy, OK, President; Charlie Sappington, IL, President-Elect; Scott Stone, MO, Region IV VP; Daryl Behel, AL, Region V VP; Krista Pontius, PA, Region VI VP

Back row, l-r: Chad Massar, MT, Region I Secretary; Hals Beard, LA, Region II Secretary; Glenda Crook, WI, Region III Secretary; Parker Bane, IL, Region IV Secretary; Jason Kemp, TN, Region V Secretary; Deb Seibert, PA, Region VI Secretary

 

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2013-14 President - Kevin Stacy

After teaching high school agriculture for 25 years, Kevin accepted the position as superintendent of Oklahoma Union Public Schools earlier this year. Even though he is no longer in the agriculture classroom on a daily basis, Kevin's heart still lies with agricultural education.

 

"The best part of my new job is that I get to advocate for agriculture in a new area," he said.  "I get to talk about my leadership experiences in agriculture and NAAE and how that prepared me for the responsibilities I have today. I am also involved in local and community initiatives and serve on numerous boards. I still am and will always be involved in promoting agricultural education."

 

As president, Kevin will help set the direction for agricultural education on a national scale during the next year, in addition to providing leadership for NAAE's nearly 8,000 members. During his year as president, he aims to build on relationships with other organizations that value agriculture and agricultural education, finalize the implementation of the new strategic plan, and give voice to the message that agricultural education and work in the agriculture industry are worthy careers.

 

"At the NAAE national conference, I used a salsa recipe to illustrate what makes NAAE strong," said Kevin. "By itself, each salsa ingredient is very different, but you need them all, and they all must be good quality to produce a good salsa. NAAE works closely with teacher educators, the National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation, agricultural education state staff, agriculture business and industry, and postsecondary institutions to advance agricultural education. If we fail to take advantage of the unique flavor of each partner, the final result will be weak. NAAE is a strong organization that continues to expand its role in advancing agricultural education with the help of our many partners."

 

Kevin credits his wife Cathy with being supportive and understanding of the long hours it takes to do his job effectively, and is proud of his two children, Blane and Cassey. Cassey is a second grade teacher at Adair Public schools in Adair, Okla.  Blane has a degree in Range Ecology and is becoming a pretty good saddle bronc rider. Both were active in agricultural education and FFA. In his limited spare time, Kevin raises club calves and cheers on the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

 

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2013-14 President-Elect - Charles Sappington

Currently an agriculture teacher at Cumberland High School in Toledo, Ill., Charlie was elected as the 2013-2014 president-elect. As president-elect, he will work with the NAAE board and staff to make the initiatives and assets of the organization more readily available to members. He also plans to spend the year working with NAAE's standing committees to help them become more functional, helping them have a greater impact on the organization. Both tasks will help NAAE continue to meet its grassroots mission of being the voice for agricultural educators on a national level.

 

"NAAE has no equal as far as an organization that helps its members work toward a common goal," said Charlie. "No other organization can come close to making its members feel like they belong to a family and provide them with resources that help them achieve their day-to-day goals."

 

Charlie has taught agricultural education for 30 years, and has been a NAAE member since his very first year in the classroom. He has served in multiple leadership roles both within the Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers and NAAE. He has also been recognized multiple times for his outstanding teaching, receiving the NAAE Region IV Teacher Mentor award in 2006 and the Illinois Outstanding Agriculture Teacher award this year.

 

Charlie lives on the farm where he was born and raised with his wife of 26 years, who is also a teacher. They have two sons, one who also teaches agriculture, and one who is a student at Eastern Illinois University. In addition to teaching, He and his wife raise purebred Shropshire sheep, Nubian goats, llamas, corn, soybeans and alfalfa on their farm.

 

 

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Region I Vice President - Nick Nelson

Nick is an instructor at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Ore., Like all regional vice presidents, Nick's tenure as regional vice president will last for three years, during which time he will be responsible for guiding the association's activities in his 11-state region.

 

Nick has been teaching agriculture for 11 years, beginning as a high school agriculture teacher, and later at Blue Mountain Community college, where he has taught for the past seven years. He has received much recognition for his leadership in agricultural education, and most recently his program at BMCC was named the NAAE Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Agricultural Education Program for Region I. Nick has also been active in leadership for agricultural education, serving in multiple roles including president of the Oregon Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association.

 

During his time as Region I Vice President, Nick plans to improve communication to the outlying states in Region I - Alaska and Hawaii - and help agriculture teachers in those states become more involved in NAAE. He also plans to improve agriculture teacher recruitment and retention efforts in the western states and increase overall NAAE membership in Region I.

 

"There is no question in my mind that the members of NAAE are a very cohesive family that is unlike any other teacher association," said Nick. "The focus of NAAE is for agriculture instruction, but it is also such a tremendous support group."

 

In addition to teaching at BMCC, Nick and his wife, Chrissy, have two children who are already active in agriculture, sports and the community. They also raise and sell Red Angus bulls.

 

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Region VI Vice President - Krista Pontius

As the newly elected Vice President for Region VI, Krista will be responsible for 14 states.  She has been teaching agriculture for 17 years, and has been recognized multiple times for her leadership both in the classroom and in the profession of agricultural education. She was selected as NAAE Region VI Teacher Mentor, as Pennsylvania Outstanding Agriculture Teacher, was recognized for having the Outstanding Agricultural Education program in Pennsylvania, and just this year was selected for the WGAL Teacher Impact Award.

 

Although she appreciates the recognition, Krista uses another scale to measure her success. "My greatest rewards as an educator happen each and every day through my students," she said. "I love to see the light-bulb moments which reinforce learning and inspire further curiosity."

 

"I have always been active in NAAE because I believe in the power of a grassroots organization to provide legislative advocacy, professional development, and networking opportunities to its members," said Krista. During her tenure as Region VI Vice President, she plans to work with each state affiliate to make sure they have a new teacher mentoring program in place, continue to promote teaching agriculture as a career opportunity, and increase the membership in her region.

 

In addition to teaching agriculture, Krista and her husband operate Cocolamus Farm, where they raise Holstein cattle and crops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 2013

From the President - Nothing Gold Can Stay

Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf,
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day
Nothing gold can stay.

These words by Robert Frost came to me today as I've been viewing the damage of the deadly tornadoes that have struck Oklahoma.

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Tina Miner-James
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Tina Miner-James, last year's Region VI NAAE Teacher Mentor Award winner, wasn't the first person to hold her newborn son 12 years ago. That honor went to her husband. She wasn't the second person, either. Just after being wheeled into recovery from a C-section, Miner-James got a call from the nurse's station, explaining that a very concerned student wanted to make sure she was OK.

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News & Views - April 2013

From the President - Love the Life You Live

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Farrah Johnson, 2012, 2013 NAAE President
Greetings and happy spring!

I hope this finds everyone doing well. I know weather conditions vary all across the country, but we are certainly feeling spring weather down in central Florida. I think my students went from hoodies to shorts in a matter of days this year.

Each year at our winter meeting, our board takes a look at all comments and activity ratings from the NAAE Convention and uses those to make improvements in next year's convention.

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NAAE Ag Advocacy Video Contest: And the Winner is...

Video winner

Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village Connecticut!

Way to go, guys! Housatonic's video was chosen because our judges thought it did the best job of showcasing what agricultural education is all about - college and career readiness - in a creative and succinct way. Watch Housatonic's video and see the two honorable mention winners.


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Standout Program: Blue Mountain Community College

Blue Mountain Community College

Nestled at the base of the Blue Mountains in eastern Oregon, Blue Mountain Community College has one of only three postsecondary two-year agriculture programs in the state.  BMCC's three agriculture instructors have built a well-rounded program with first-class instruction, a focus on hands-on, practical education, and strong community support.  The result is one of the top postsecondary agricultural education programs in the United States.

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play-slideshow.jpgNestled at the base of the Blue Mountains in eastern Oregon, Blue Mountain Community College has one of only three postsecondary two-year agriculture programs in the state.  BMCC's three agriculture instructors have built a well-rounded program with first-class instruction, a focus on hands-on, practical education, and strong community support.  The result is one of the top postsecondary agricultural education programs in the United States.

 

"Our philosophy is hands-on and hands-in agricultural education," said Nick Nelson, one of the agriculture instructors at BMCC. The program maintains a 100-acre working farm, and involves students in all aspects of its management and maintenance.  Although total agriculture program enrollment is 115, each class is capped at a low number of students to allow one-on-one interaction and advising. All the instructors in the BMCC agriculture program maintain an open-door policy and evolve from instructors to advisors to mentors as their students mature through the program and continue on to four year institutions or to start their own agriculture enterprises.

 

One reason Nelson believes BMCC's agriculture program has been so successful is because instructors are always on the lookout for new courses that will captivate student interest. They recently created a course in agriculture sales and auctioneering that culminated with students hosting and running a surplus auction. BMCC is also the first institution in Oregon to have a state-approved stock dog class, which teaches students and working dogs effective livestock handling techniques.

 

Another important factor in BMCC's success is the continual professional self-improvement pursued by the three instructors.  They not only keep abreast of advances in agricultural technology, but in educational pedagogy related to non-traditional and adult learners, constantly tweaking their teaching to better reach their core audiences. They maintain an active role in a host of state and national professional organizations, both agricultural and educational, and use these opportunities to become leaders in the profession.

 

Also important is the BMCC Agriculture Department's community involvement and strong advisory committee. "Our students, staff and program are the success they are due in great part to the community and agriculture industry that supports us," said Nelson.  The department's community extends well beyond the borders of Pendleton, or even the state, since thirty percent of its students are not from Oregon. "After graduation these students return home and become our best recruiters and supporters,"said Nelson.

 

"I am proud of the impact the BMCC agriculture program has on our region and on the state," said John Turner, BMCC president. "The program is well-known and respected by the entire agri-business community. Agriculture is one of the foundational programs of the college and its success is largely due to the superb instructors at BMCC."

 

As the 2012 Region I Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Agricultural Education Program award winner, BMCC's agriculture department was awarded a two-year lease on a Toyota Tundra, presented by Campbell Toyota during the annual BMCC Boxing Blowout.

 

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News & Views - February 2013

From the President

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Farrah Johnson, 2012, 2013 NAAE President
I had a thrilling moment today when a former student told me that she is considering teaching agriculture and switching majors from Elementary Education.

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Students' focus wandering? Try wheeling in a cow skeleton. That will get their attention.

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Teacher Feature: Carmelita Goossen

Carmelita Goossen

Since she started teaching agriculture, Carmelita Goossen has turned around a declining program and discovered the power of inquiry-based learning. She's single-handedly created curriculum that draws on both her students' cultural backgrounds and connections with the omnipresent meat industry in her corner of southwest Kansas. She's a certified ESL instructor, a DuPont National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador, and was this year a national candidate for Outstanding New Career and Technical Educator of the Year. That was the first five years. Imagine what she'll do in the next 25.

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