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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2012 | EMBRACING A NEW YEAR

President's Message:
Taking the Dream Forward

Ken Couture, 2011-2012 NAAE President


Greg CurlinEach New Year brings with it an opportunity to reflect on the past year's opportunities and achievements as well as the chance to make some resolutions or goals both personal and professional. Read more»

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Washington Beat:


capitalU.S. Department of Labor Proposed Rulemaking Related to the Child Labor Regulations in Agriculture – In September 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a proposed rulemaking on the child labor regulations related to farming under the Fair Labor Standards Act. 

FY 2011 Appropriations – Congress should have wrapped up work on the FY 2011 appropriations bills in September of 2010, but the 2010 election and sharp partisan divides pushed work into 2011.

FY 2012 Appropriations – The FY 2012 appropriations process officially began with the release of the president's budget in February.

ESEA Reauthorization – As 2011 began, it was predicted that Democrats and Republicans might work together in a bipartisan manner to complete the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), but early optimism faded as the year progressed.

Perkins Implementation and Reauthorization – While the current Perkins Act is authorized through the middle of 2013, discussions have already begun about the next Perkins Act.

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Meet the New NAAE Officers

 

One very important piece of business during the recent NAAE convention in St. Louis 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 2012-13 president and president elect, as well as profiles on newly elected board members. Read more»

 

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The Year of Making Relationships


TAG LogoI am declaring 2012 as the year of networking, relationships, and connections.  The more I spread the Teach Ag message the more I realize the importance of making those important contacts and developing the personal relationship that it takes to make an impact.  I know many of you feel the same way about your Agriculture Programs. Read more>>

 

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2012 Region I Conference: April 18-21, Bellingham, WA


Region ITake advantage of this annual opportunity to meet with other agricultural education leaders in your region and grow yourself as a professional. Update your passport for a field trip to Canada.  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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Apply for the DuPont National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy

Application Deadline is January 27

NATAAApplications are now being accepted for the 2012 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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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 programand a minimum of three (3) high school applicants for the Built Ford Tough – FFA Scholarship.  Read more>> 


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Communities of Practice


Put Communities of Practice to good use this year. Here are some posts related to things we all think about at the beginning of the school year - getting organized, energized, new curriculum and tools, and more...

 

 

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Read More News & Views


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