January/February 2010 | Teacher Recruitment

President's Message:
Use Your Influence to Groom the Next Generation of Agricultural Educators

Ray Nash, 2009-2010 NAAE President

During Christmas I watched as my son Carson played with his toys, making believe he was a great hunter out to capture dinosaurs.  It took me back to my own youth.  I often pretended to be a policeman, fireman, or soldier, much like many of you probably did.  To the best of my memory however, I never recall playing ag teacher. 

So when did the thought of a career as an agricultural educator first cross my mind?  It was sitting in an ag class listening someone teach something that finally clicked, something I could use.  It was having a teacher who seemed to care about getting to know me as an individual, who was the first to challenge me to be a leader. Read more»


National Teach Ag Day - February 25, 2010

Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator

“What are we doing in class today”?
  Who has heard that question recently? 

I hope that on February 25th all of you will answer your students with “We’re celebrating National Teach Ag Day!” 

It has been exactly 194 days since I left the ag classroom to move to South Dakota.  Not a day has gone by that I have not missed my former students.  Ag Education is more than teaching valuable life skills through agriculture.  It is about making connections and being a role model.  Ag teachers make an impact every day.  National Teach Ag Day is a celebration of agricultural education. 

It’s a day to share your enthusiasm and passion for being an ag teacher.  It’s an opportunity to recognize the contributions that agricultural educators make to the communities and students they serve.  Read more »

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NAAE Convention Wrap-Up

Approximately 550 agricultural educators from all around the United States met in Nashville this past November for the 2009 NAAE Convention.  Convention attendees had the opportunity to participate in more than 105 professional development workshops, saw their colleagues recognized for outstanding achievement in agricultural education, and learned about new tools and resources for their programs. Read more»

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ACTE National Policy Seminar

NAAE planning an ag education strand


If you are interested in becoming a stronger advocate for agricultural education, or have just always wanted more insight into how the legislative process works, consider attending the ACTE National Policy Seminar in Washington DC, March 8-10.

The ACTE NPS provides an excellent opportunity to learn the basics of influencing federal decision makers on legislation related to career and technical education, including agricultural education. NAAE is also planning an Ag Ed strand with NPS that will include a dinner session (sponsored by Cargill, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation) and other agriculture-specific activities especially for the NAAE members who attend the NPS.

NAAE will pay the NPS registration fee for one NAAE member per state agricultural education association to attend and participate in the NPS.  Read More»

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2010 NAAE Summer Internships Available

NAAE has three summer internship positions available for 2010. There are two positions for a communications intern and one for an advocacy intern. All internships will last for 8 weeks. Read More»

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Ideas Unlimited

Metal Horse Project Sparks Students' Imaginations

James McCormack, ag teacher at Oran High School in Oran, Mo., has come up with a unique way to give students in his shop class the opportunity to learn several skills in a single fun project.

In McCormack’s Metal Horse project, students use angle iron and metal tubing to construct a model horse that meets McCormack’s specifications.  The project allows students to learn the proper use of a metal cutting band saw, drill press, bench grinder, portable grinder to cut angle iron, square tubing and rectangular tubing. Students also rely on earlier lessons to make correct measurements and use the arc welder. Read more»

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Region I Conference - April 21-24

Make plans now to attend

Great Falls, MT
When: April 21-24 2010
Conference Hotel: Holiday Inn Great Falls
Room Cost: $99
Rooming Block: NAAE Region I
Rooming block ends March 21, 2010

Online Registration will be avaliable by the end of January on the MAAE page at www.montanaffa.org

Conference Contact
Kari Hanson

More about the Region I Conference»

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