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Agricultural educators from around the country gathered in Tulsa, Oklahoma from July 15-19, 2019 to develop and expand their expertise on inquiry-based teaching. Those 27 educators are now life-long advocates for the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy.

The NATAA, sponsored by Corteva AgriScience, offers a competitive application process that selects some of the best agricultural educators in the United States. The rigorous course aims to inform teachers of the benefits of inquiry-based learning as well how to incorporate it into their classrooms, no matter the course. The hands-on approach of the academy helps to ease the teachers into the strategies that they later take back to other educators in workshops at the National FFA Convention and at the NAAE annual convention.

The rising demand for students with backgrounds in STEM education offers the opportunity for agriculture teachers to enhance the science aspect of agriculture courses. Utilizing this, the NATAA helps to provide teachers with the resources they need to enhance their students learning and possibilities.

Of these 27 educators, nine were returning ambassadors, acting as facilitators to train these new ambassadors and to design and develop activities that showcase the skills that the ambassadors were learning about. The 2019 NATAA was led by three agriscience ambassadors who work not only to promote agriscience in their own programs, but successfully across the country. The Lead Facilitators, Wes Crawford, JoAnn Pfeiffer and Rachel Knight, worked throughout the week to inspire, prepare and push these teachers to their greatest limits as they explored agriscience.

 

The 17th annual NATAA welcomed these teachers into a 407 strong list of ambassadors for agriscience and inquiry-based learning in classrooms. The participants are as follows:

Ashley Rogers, Nicholas County High School, Kentucky

Ashley Wehner, Switzerland County High School, Indiana

Becky Grabarski, Adams-Friendship, Wisconsin

Breanna Bregel, Kindred High School, North Dakota

Chad Warnick, Delta Technical Center, Utah

Daniella Hodges, Appomattox Middle School, Virginia

Jeff Holmes, Judith Gap Schools, Montana

Kelsey de Jong, Orosi High School, California

Lance Williamson, Ohatchee High School, Alabama

Mitch Coleman, Dayton High School, Oregon

Patricia Braddock, Simpson County Technical Center, Mississippi

Rachel Martinez, Salinas High School, California

Randi Krieg, Goldendale Middle and High Schools, Washington

RayeAnn Stamper, Pioneer Jr/Sr High School, Indiana

Sarah Molzhan, Thunder Ridge High School, Kansas

Stefanie Goblet, Millbrook High School, North Carolina

Stephanie Miller, Heartland Community Schools, Nebraska

Vay Jensen, Wind River High School, Wyoming

 

The facilitators for this years’ NATAA include:

            David Black, Murray State University, Kentucky

            JoAnn Pfeiffer, Federal Hocking Secondary School, Ohio

            Kristin Witte, Shickley Public Schools, Nebraska

            Mark Anderson, Elizabethtown Area High School, Pennsylvania

            Nikki Doll, Center-Stanton High School, North Dakota

            Rachel Knight, Centennial High School, New Mexico

            Rachel Sauvola, New Richmond High School, Wisconsin

            Troy Talford, Sauk Prairie School District, Wisconsin

            Wes Crawford, Sutherlin High School, Oregon

Each year, agricultural educators from across the country gather at the NAAE Convention for networking, business sessions and most importantly the opportunity to engage in high quality professional development related to ag education.  A great way to share with the profession is to present a workshop.  The call for proposals is now open and the deadline to apply to present is June 3, 2019.  Check out more information at  https://www.naae.org/convention2019/index.cfm or apply online at 2019 NAAE Convention Professional Development Workshops-Request for Proposals. 

Applications are now available to apply for the 2019 class of National Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors.  This year's training will occur July 15-19, 2019.  Applications are available at https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3725707/2019NATAA and are due February 18, 2019.  To learn more about the program, please check our website at https://www.naae.org/profdevelopment/nataa.cfm. (Information will be updated soon.)

If you have questions, please contact me at asmith.naae@uky.edu.

Volunteer for the NAAE Awards Judging Committee and help select regional winners for the following NAAE awards:

  • Outstanding Early Career Teacher
  • Outstanding Ag Ed Teacher
  • Outstanding Middle/Secondary Ag Ed Program
  • Outstanding Postsecondary Agriculture Program
  • Teacher Mentor

Judging assignments will be made by NAAE staff. Volunteers cannot judge an award application from a member of their own NAAE region. The established regional rotation of judging NAAE awards will be used to determine which applications will be judged by the committee members. To volunteer, you must:

  • be a member of NAAE for the membership year in which you are judging
  • have the ability to access award applications through a file sharing program like Dropbox.
  • commit to judge up to 10 award applications
  • use the NAAE Award Judging Rubric that will be provided by NAAE
  • submit your scores to the NAAE office by June 15th

 

To volunteer to judge 2018 NAAE awards, fill out the Volunteer Form. The deadline to volunteer is May 12.

All questions regarding NAAE award judging should be directed to Alissa Smith at (800) 509-0204 or asmith.naae@uky.edu.

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Twenty Pennsylvania agriculture teachers attended the NAAE Agriscience Inquiry Institute hosted by the National Association of Agricultural Educators and the Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators in Hershey.  This professional development institute focused on teaching agricultural educators how to incorporate inquiry-based learning into their courses. The institute was facilitated by Pennsylvania agricultural educators who have been trained as DuPont National Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors as well as other mentor facilitators.

 

The Pennsylvania NAAE Agriscience Inquiry Institute focused on improving the agriculture teachers’ ability to incorporate scientific teaching methodology, problem solving, and inquiry-based learning into their existing agriculture curricula. This training is invaluable for solidifying the connections between the core subject areas of math, science, language arts and social studies with agriculture.

 

Throughout the training, teachers engaged from both the perspective of a student and a teacher.  Inquiry-based teaching is student-centered, allows for more collaborative learning, and encompasses 21st Century Skills development. Research shows that students who learn through hands-on, inquiry-based lessons are more successful in high school and beyond. Another goal is to improve student performance on standardized tests through the methodologies of inquiry-based instruction and activities in the agriculture classroom.

 

During the training, participants explored inquiry-based learning in the Agricultural Mechanics and Power, Environment/Natural Resources, Plant Science, Animal/Vet Science, and Food Science pathways.

“These teachers are leaving the training with a powerful skill,” said Alissa Smith, NAAE associate executive director. “Students become deeply engaged when they are challenged to ask questions, investigate the answers, and build new knowledge. In the process, they discover connections to things they learned previously, and also learn how to communicate their new findings effectively. Agriculture is a perfect place for teachers to incorporate this style of learning, because it is already so hands-on.

 

The Pennsylvania Agriscience Inquiry Institute grew out of another professional development program for agricultural educators – the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Program. This is a highly selective national program through which a handful of teachers each year are trained in inquiry-based learning and highlighting the science in agriscience and is sponsored by DuPont.

 

Pennsylvania has several National Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors, and they wanted to share the impact of that training with their colleagues throughout the state.

 

This program was sponsored by DuPont, the National Association of Agricultural Educators, and the Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators.

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Volunteer for the NAAE Awards Judging Committee and help select regional winners for the following NAAE awards:

  • National Agriscience Teacher of the Year (if offered for 2017)
  • Outstanding Young Member
  • Outstanding Teacher
  • Outstanding Middle/Secondary Program
  • Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Program
  • Teacher Mentor

 

Judging assignments will be made by NAAE staff. Volunteers cannot judge an award application from a member of their own NAAE region. The established regional rotation of judging NAAE awards will be used to determine which applications will be judged by the committee members.To volunteer, you must:

 

  • be a member of NAAE for the membership year in which you are judging
  • have the ability to access award applications through a file sharing program like Dropbox or Google Drive
  • commit to judge up to 10 award applications
  • use the NAAE Award Judging Rubric that will be provided by NAAE
  • submit your scores to the NAAE office by June 15th

 

To volunteer to judge 2017 NAAE awards, fill out our volunteer form. The deadline to volunteer is May 12.

All questions regarding NAAE award judging should be directed to Alissa Smith at (800) 509-0204 or asmith.naae@uky.edu.

NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2017 NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, December 5-9, 2017, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Many of our workshops are led by current agricultural educators, so if you have a great topic and want to present a workshop at the NAAE Convention, please consider applying. This year's application deadline is May 12.

 

 

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3421108/2017-NAAE-Convention-Professional-Development-Workshops-Request-for-Proposals

Click here for more information and the workshop proposal submission form.

I am 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.  This year, we received 85 applications for the XLR8 program that only has 20 spots available for participants each year.  We were overwhelmed with the quality applications and hope to increase our commitment to this program in the future.

 

The following individuals will engage in professional development sessions through the 2016-2017 year with their first sessions to take place at the 2016 NAAE Convention this November 29-December 3rd.  We would like to thank CSX Transportation for their continued support of this program.

 

We look forward to working with each of these individuals this next year.

 

Mrs.RachelAndersonGreenville High SchoolGreenvilleNY
Mrs.JudithAschwandenSt. Helena High SchoolSt. HelenaCA
Mr.JohnBerginMission ValleyEskridgeKS
Mr.JimCantImbler High SchoolImblerOR
Mrs.BethDickensonHeppner Jr/Sr High SchoolHeppnerOR
Mr.BrianFullerPeoria High SchoolPeoriaAZ
Mr.JamesHalversonSundance HSSundanceWY
Mr.JohnHammondThomas Nelson High SchoolBardstownKY
Mr.SamHerringshawRogue River High SchoolRogue RiverOR
Mrs.LoriHoppeGardiner Public SchoolGardinerMT
Ms.JeannaJamesChippewa Falls Area Unified School DistrictChippewa FallsWI
Mr.JeremiahJohnsonCovington High SchoolCovingtonTN
Mrs.KellyKellerArlington High SchoolArlingtonSD
Mrs.SarahKnightVirginia High SchoolBristolVA
Mr.JimMelbyWinneconne Community School DistrictWinneconneWI
Mr.ChaseMontesTularosa High SchoolTularosaNM
Mr.DanielSpellerbergSRCTC - OakesOakesND
Mrs.JillWagnerNewton County Career/Tech CenterDecaturMS
Mrs.DesiraeWeberPlatte Vally High SchoolKerseyCO
Mrs.ShayWilliams-HopperTulare Joint United HSTulareCA

Congratulations to the those selected!

 

Again this year, NAAE will judge several of the NAAE awards virtually. If you are interested in getting involved on the national level by volunteering to be a part of the 2016 NAAE Awards Judging Committee, please complete the Committee Members Form by May 10th.

 

The following awards will be judge virtually: National Agriscience Teacher of the Year, Outstanding Young Member, Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding Middle/Secondary Program, Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Program and Teacher Mentor.  A judging committee member is not allowed to judge a member of their own NAAE region.  The established regional rotation of judging NAAE awards will be used to determine which applications will be judge by the committee members.

Committee members must following the guidelines below:

  • be a member of NAAE for the 2015-2016 membership year
  • have the ability to access award applications through a file sharing program like Dropbox or Google Drive
  • commit to judge up to 10 award applications
  • use the required NAAE Award Judging Rubric that will be provided by NAAE
  • submit their scores to the NAAE office by June 15th

 


All questions regarding NAAE Award judging should be directed to Alissa Smith at (800) 509-0204 or asmith.naae@uky.edu.

NAAE is excited to announce the 2016 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy applications are now open at National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy Application - 2016

 

This year's Academy will be held July 18-22, 2016 in Ankeny, IA at the Iowa FFA Enrichment Center.  More information will be on the website at www.naae.org very soon.

 

Applications are due February 29, 2016.

 

If you have questions, please contact me at asmith.naae@uky.edu.

We are excited to have Lincoln Electric sponsoring a pre-conference hands-on workshop at the 2015 NAAE Convention in New Orleans, LA.  The workshop will be on Tuesday, November 17th from 1 pm - 5pm.  To find out more about the workshop and to register, go to Professional Development - NAAE Convention | National Association of Agricultural Educators

 

Space is limited!

This summer, the Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators (PAAE) dedicated time, as part of their summer professional development conference, to emphasize the importance of work/life balance as part of the first ever PA XLR8 professional development program. NAAE assisted PAAE in the development of their state program, and was excited to be a part of the presentation portion, as well.

 

The PA XLR8 program participants engaged in several sessions dedicated to work/life balance, delegation and prioritizing.  Each participant was provided resources to use as they develop their own plan for the next year. We are excited to see how these nine participants develop over the next couple of years.


If you are interested in assisting your teachers in creating work/life balance, please contact Alissa Smith, NAAE Associate Executive Director. NAAE would be glad to guide you through the process.

 

 

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     PA  XLR8 participants learned to say "no," so they could say "yes" to the important things in their lives.

This summer, 48 outstanding agriculture teachers were selected to participate in the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA). The academy is now in its 13th year and is sponsored by DuPont, as a special project of the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE).

 

Selected ambassadors were invited to DuPont’s Chesapeake Farms in Chestertown, Maryland, to learn new teaching techniques that will elevate their students’ knowledge and skills in agriscience. While at the academy, the teachers were able to visit laboratory settings and speak with scientists and engineers about global food security, food safety, global water issues and solar energy solutions.

 

Graduates of the academy will now have the opportunity to lead future seminars and workshops at National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky., and NAAE Convention in New Orleans.


Click here to view the full press release.

 

For more information about the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy click here.

NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2015 NAAE Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 17-21, 2015, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education.

Purpose: To present, in workshop format, information appropriate for agricultural educators. Workshops should relate directly to enhancing classroom/laboratory instruction, student work-based learning and/or leadership development, teacher professional development, program marketing/communications and partnership/collaborations.

Suggested Topics: Workshops may be presented on, but are not limited to, the following areas: Classroom instruction techniques, technology in the classroom, technical agricultural information, integration of academics, exceptional instructional materials, research pertinent and applicable to the classroom, specific topical areas, etc.


Proposals are to be submitted by June 5, 2015.  To submit a proposal, please click HERE.

For more information, contact:
Alissa F. Smith
Associate Executive Director
NAAE
300 Garrigus Building
Lexington, Kentucky 40546-0215
Phone: (859) 257-2224
Toll Free: (800) 509-0204
E-mail: asmith.naae@uky.edu

There will be two webinars scheduled in April and one webinar in May to help Agricultural Educators better understand the SAY Project. All educators are encouraged to participate in these webinars as time allows. The webinars will be recorded and available online if you cannot participate on the live date. More information on the webinars is available below:


What is the SAY National Clearinghouse?
Presenters: Dennis Murphy and Dave Hill
Thursday, April 9th at 11:00 AM EDT
Click here for more information

Safety Policies for School-based Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs
Presenter: Michael Pate
Friday, April 17th at 2:30 PM EDT
Click here for more information

Virtual Reality, A New Kind of Experiential Learning for Ag Safety
Presenters: LuAnn Phillips and Mark Purschwitz
Tuesday, May 19th at 2:00 PM EDT
Click here for more information