2022 NAAE Professional Development Workshops


Leading and learning together. Experience the magic of peer-led professional development.

The Crossbred Cow Lab: Discovering Cattle Genetics

National Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors: Corrine Wascher, Laura Allen, Shelby Lee, and Jennifer Hamlin
Need an engaging way to introduce (or use) EPDs and cattle genetics? What if your students could select bulls and cows, and get results of the pairings? Get ready to experience and leave with this new inquiry activity where your students can not only learn about cattle genetics but also 'discover' a well-researched and documented genetic phenomenon found in crossbreeding cattle!

Misconceptions of Organic: Investigating Pesticides in Organic Agriculture

National Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors: Kayla Pohle, Tori Poole, and Marc Gauthier
Can we determine if produce is organically grown by testing for chemical residue? In this new simulation activity, get hands on as you test apple samples for ‘pesticide residue’ to determine if they can be marketed as organic. Before your students are done, they will investigate different pesticides and address major misconceptions about organic and conventional production. Warning: plot twists ahead!

Future Ready Workforce: Preparing Students for the Global Economy through Agricultural Education – Teacher and Student Resources.

Heather Singmaster & GTAN Team Members, Global Teach Ag Network, University Park, PA
Would you like to add global content to your classes but feel like you don’t have enough time or resources? This session will help you feel less overwhelmed by sharing a framework, global project ideas, and free tools – including online professional development modules – to get you started on global agriculture integration in your program. We will be reviewing the Global CTE Toolkit from Digital Promise and ACTE. This toolkit includes: sample projects ready to be used in CTE classrooms, global career planning resources, workforce readiness rubrics, crosswalks of global education and CTE standards, global career profile videos, talking points, and more. This workshop is part of the pathway on global learning in agriculture curated by the Global Teach Ag Network for NAAE. Four total workshops are offered with topics that include frameworks; teacher development resources; student engagement opportunities, and immersive experiences. This session offers educator professional development resources for global integration.

Idea Sharing for State Leadership: Conferences, Workshops, Member Involvement, Social Activities, Awards and Committees.

Roger King, WAAE - Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators, Fall Creek, WI
Dan Ziegler, State Leader Wisconsin, Sun Prairie, WI
Troy Talford, Sauk Prairie Agriculture Teacher, Prairie du Sac, WI
Kathy Hartmann-Breunig, WAAE Executive Director, Prairie du Sac, WI

Looking for new Ideas for your State Organization. Have you wondered how other States built the best Professional Organization this workshop is for YOU. Each State has some great Leadership and Organizational "Things that work" - -well it’s time to share - Bring your best Ideas and be part of the discussion to building a Better State Professional Organization.

Protecting Our Next Generation: Empowering safety and health superheroes throughout local communities, schools, and inside the classroom.

Jana Davidson & Susan Turner, Progressive Agriculture Foundation, Birmingham, AL
From livestock to agricultural machinery, statistics reveal that about every three days a child dies due to an agriculture-related injury, and each day, at least 33 children are injured. Most sobering is that many of these incidents could have been prevented with safe practices in place. Therefore, the Progressive Agriculture Foundation® is on a mission to provide education, training, and resources to make farm, ranch, and rural life safer and healthier for all children and their communities. As the largest rural safety and health education program for children in North America, Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® programs offer age-appropriate, hands-on education delivered in a fun, safe manner. Discover three unique program delivery modes to assist in shaping positive behaviors and facilitating safer and healthier decision-making skills.

Ready to Show Off? New Program Management Reports in AET to Blow the Socks Off Your CTE Leadership!

Roger Hanagriff, The AET/Texas A&M, Richards, TX
New reports in AET can really help you share some cool information as well as assist you in better managing your program. The reports are divided into three main sections which are classroom success (Freshman retention, Senior Completers, etc..) FFA engagement (% of students in LDE/CDE, community service, etc..), and SAE involvement of your students (% Foundational, % Immersion, comparisons by grade, etc..). Also, an additional measure is to look at new program parity comparisons with your school demographics and more…see how well you connect to your school! These reports can be valuable as you share results with your administration and showcase the qualities of your program or locate aspects that need improvement and build strategies to help improve those areas.

Changing the Conversation About Agriculture – One Person at A Time

Aimee Hood, Bayer, St. Louis, MO
We each have an opportunity to tell our story about agriculture each day in many ways. In this session, resources and background on popular agricultural topics will be offered, ideas on how and when to tell your story will be shared, and story sharing will be demonstrated.