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September/October | Back to school

President's Message

Working Alongside Members to Make This the Best Year Yet

It’s the pre-week of school and I just returned from doing some school shopping at Staples.  I think everyone in Augusta County was shopping – getting ready for school, and the kids – so excited about returning to a new year of school.  What a great feeling when a student runs up to you sharing their excitement!  Kind of makes us excited too, doesn’t it?  With vacations over, teacher workdays beginning, and the first week of school just around the corner, all I can say is here we go again.

So how can we make this year different?  As in different, I mean - what did you learn this summer at a professional development workshop Read more»

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NAAE for the New School Year

Services to help you make the most of your busy year

It's hard to believe, but the bells are ringing and the hallways are filling up with students rushing from one class to the next. You're probably rushing from one task to the next as well; from planning lessons, to scheduling trips, to fine-tuning your lab equipment.

NAAE provides a variety of services to help you, and the beginning of the school year is a good time to take a moment to remind yourself of all the things that are available. Read more »

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NAAE Convention

The Latest About the NAAE Convention

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Communities of Practice

October is CoP Month!

Communities of Practice is one of the most useful resources provided by NAAE.  It connects ag educators from all over the United States on anything and everything to do with agricultural education.  To encourage folks to use this great resource, we are announcing two contests in the month of October; individual with most posts on CoP, and state with most new users signed up. Read more»

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NAAE Webinar

Barking Up the Right Tree with TurfMutt, OPEI's New Yard Dog Science Program

September 24, 3:30-5pm EST
The climate change debate has pushed the need to reduce carbon in the atmosphere and reduce warming front and center. What role can turf grass play in helping our planet stay cooler and cleaner? Details»

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NAAE at National FFA Convention

NAAE will once again have a major presence at the National FFA Convention’s career fair, October 21-23 in Indianapolis.  Bring your students by the booth so we can talk to them about teaching agriculture, win some great prizes, and have a lot of fun! Play Teach Ag TAG, vist the Future Teacher VIP Lounge, encourage students to join the Teach Ag Campaign, visit NAAE in Teacher's World, and participate in our Teach Ag Video shoot. Read more»

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NAAE Leads National Teach Ag Campaign

NAAE has taken the lead role a national effort to recruit agricultural educators, the National Teach Ag Campaign. The campaign is an initiative of the National Council for Agricultural Education's 10x15 Teacher Recruitment Task Force.

The campaign consists of several important components designed to reach as wide an audience of potential agricultural educators as possible, and encourage them to consider agricultural education as a career. Read more»

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Ideas Unlimited

Creative Greenhouse Management Lesson a Hit With Students

Jon Derek Mitchell, the ag teacher at Chattanooga High School in Chattanooga, Okla., developed a creative, hands-on method to teach greenhouse management that won the Region II Ideas Unlimited award last year.

“One of the biggest challenges agricultural educators face in these ever-changing times is developing new curriculum and experiential learning activities that not only captivate the learner’s interest but also integrate higher-order thinking skills,” said Mitchell.  His greenhouse management course meets that challenge head on. Read more»

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Read More News & Views

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