January/February 2011 | Embracing A New Year

President's Message:
Keeping A Vision for Agricultural Education

Greg Curlin, 2010-2011 NAAE President


Greg CurlinWhat an honor it is to lead our organization for the upcoming year. Just my recent task of helping recognize the best of the best in agricultural education at the recent NAAE convention made me feel so humble and at the same time excited for the year ahead.  Sharing time with the sponsors there was also a real honor.  Those folks believe in the profession of agricultural education, and are putting their money where their mouth is to show us that. Congratulations to the award recipients and to the newly elected national leaders.
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Meet the New NAAE Officers

 

One very important piece of business during the recent NAAE convention in Las Vegas was the election of new members to the NAAE board of directors. This group of leaders will shape the direction of the organization over the next year.

Read here for some information on our 2010-11 president and president elect, as well as profiles on newly elected board members. Read more»

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Teach Ag Day is March 24, 2011


Teach AgLooking for a way to celebrate Teach Ag Day in your classroom or program? We've done all the work for you. Find ideas for activities from simple to elaborate... Read more>>

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2011 Region I Conference: April 20-23, Fresno, California


Region ITake advantage of this annual opportunity to meet with other agricultural education leaders in your region and grow yourself as a professional. Get the early bird registration fee by registering before March 18, 2011 Region I registration and information site>>

Not in Region I? NAAE's other regions are gearing up for their conferences later this summer. Get more information by visiting your region's page on the NAAE website>>

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Ford, NAAE & FFA Foundation Partner on New Grants for FFA Chapters


FordIn addition to scholarships for FFA members it's been proudly providing for the past 14 years, Ford Trucks is providing a $3,000 grant in each of the six (6) NAAE Regions.  To qualify for the grant, an FFA chapter must have a local Ford dealer participating in the scholarship program and a minimum of three (3) high school applicants for the Built Ford Tough – FFA Scholarship.  (This represents a change from the handout that was given at the NAAE convention.  Overall of seniors applying may be used in tie breaking situations.) Read more>> 

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Apply for the DuPont National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy

Application Deadline is January 28

NATAA logoApplications are now being accepted for the 2011 DuPont National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA).  The NATAA, which is a DuPont program managed by NAAE as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, is a professional development program where agriculture teachers learn new inquiry-based learning techniques to improve science learning and performance in standardized science test scores. Read more>>

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ACTE National Policy Seminar with Agricultural Education Strand

March 7-9, 2011, Washington, DC


Attend this seminar and become an advocate for agricultural education. Registration deadline is Feb. 4, 2011. Details>>

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CASE Update


CASELearn about 2011 Case Institute dates and locations, newly developed CASE student assesments, how to share best practices with other CASE teachers, and the development of the next CASE course. Read more>>

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Communities of Practice


Use this great free resource to plan your next class activity, chime in about an issue, or just connect with other agricultural educators. Current topics in Communities of Practice:

Demonstrating Welding Quality

Alternative Activity for Proficiency Awards

Livestock Terminology Resources

Ag Sales CDE

Working with Administration Ideas & Tips

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