March/April 2011 | Agriculture Teacher Recruitment

President's Message:
Students First!

Greg Curlin, 2010-2011 NAAE President


Greg Curlin“Students first” is a phrase I have heard often, from individuals, organizations, and even television reports.  I cannot think of another profession that offers opportunities to students in the way agricultural education does.  It develops core content knowledge, soft skills needed in everyday life, and college readiness skills that make students very marketable.

As we approach National Teach Ag Day and begin planning what we will do this summer with professional development, our decisions are based on the needs of students and our communities. We will spend our summer traveling to workshops and conferences, camps and student leadership seminars, but how many of us really explain what we do to keep current in our profession? Read more»

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National Teach Ag Day is March 24


Teach AgNational Teach Ag Day on March 24th is your opportunity to share the great career of agricultural education with your students. Sure, they see you get up and teach every day, but do they realize just what goes into your job? Have you ever told them directly how rewarding and challenging it is to do what you do every day? Take the opportunity to do that on March 24th. Read more»

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Teach Ag Campaign Helping Bring Students to Agricultural Education


Julie Laughton, a fourth year agricultural education student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, says she originally had her mind set on being an ag business major, but during her second year at Modesto Junior College her professor, Don Borges planted the idea of majoring in agricultural education. Weeks later the same professor handed Julie a flyer for the National Teach Ag Day event at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo University.. Read more>>

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2011 Regional Conferences


Region IAs you fill your summer schedule with fairs, SAE visits, and hopefully some vacation time, make sure to pencil in your Regional Leadership Conference. If you've never attended a Regional Leadership conference, you've been missing out on great opportunities for professional development, getting involved with your association, and perhaps most importantly, networking with other agricultural educators in your area. Read more>>

 

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Apply for a 2011 NAAE Award

NAAE award applications for 2011 are now available on our website. Every agricultural educator deserves recognition for his or her efforts. Be sure to apply for an award or nominate a deserving agricultural educator you know. There are also award categories to recognize non-educators who have supported your program. What better way to say "thank you" than by nominating them for an award? Read more>> 

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CASE Update

Attending A CASE Institute
by Allison Meadows

Jim NaveAs a recent graduate of Oregon State University and first year teacher, I had many fears and trepidations about attending the CASE Institute in Minnesota on my own. For one, I had never traveled alone! Secondly, I had spent the last 8 months in an intensive graduate program and disliked the idea of a rigorous program teaching more about curriculum. And third, how would I get along with the other teachers from around the nation? My only experience in teaching was three months of student teaching. What could I possibly offer the group? Read more>>

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Ideas Unlimited

Students Receive FFA Bucks in Exchange for Participation


Jim NaveJim Nave, agricultural educator at Chetopa High School in Chetopa, Kansas was looking for a hands-on, fun way to increase student participation in FFA, leadership activities, and community service projects when he developed the Chetopa FFA Bucks Program and Auction. As a part of the project, students earn FFA bucks—pretend money, essentially—for participating in various events throughout the year. The FFA officer team is in charge of determining how many bucks an event is worth, keeping track of member participation, and distributing the bucks that students earn. 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:

 

 

Do I try again or find a new profession?

Good Conduct Rule/ Ineligible

DVD Help

Chatty Freshmen

Has anyone has the class teach a lesson/chapter? If so, please help.

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