Advocacy 2012

President's Message:
Purposeful Advocacy

Ken Couture, 2011-2012 NAAE President


Greg Curlin I have long been a fan of the FFA Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) held each summer in our nation's capitol. I even had the good fortune to attend what was then called the Washington Conference Program in the summer of 1975. Boy, that sounds like a long time ago! It was my first time flying on a commercial aircraft and my first trip to Washington, D.C. I have probably attended eight times in the past 15 years. I know many of you make it an annual pilgrimage despite the rising costs over the years. Read more»

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Washington Beat

Washington Beat

Read about Child Labor Laws, Looming Federal Education Cuts and USDE's Career Academies Proposal on our executive director's advocacy blog. Go to blog>>

 

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NAAE Advocacy Resources

 

balanceNAAE has a full range of resources to help you reach out to local, state and federal decision makers, plan a visit from your legislator, or teach your students about advocacy.  Keep this list handy – you’ll need it! Read more»

 

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Agriculture Advocacy on Capitol Hill

NAAE Advocacy Intern Report

McDonald HeadshotMy father has been an agricultural education instruction for more than thirty years, so I have been around agricultural education my entire life. Even as a young child, I could identify geraniums, Holsteins and combines. I knew all the opening and closing parts by age twelve and I could amend a main motion. While in high school, I was a very active FFA member, and I enjoyed learning about all aspects of agriculture industry. Back then I never imagined that I would one day have the opportunity to work in Washington, D.C., advocating for agricultural education. But here I am, spending a summer in our nation’s capitol raising support for my passion - agricultural education.  Read more>>

 

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Idaho Agricultural Educators Set Bar for Advocacy

wheatIf you want to really figure out how to advocate for your students, your program and your profession, just spend some time talking to Idaho agricultural educator Shawn Dygert.  His approach to advocacy has helped his local program grow, influenced how advocacy works at the state level, and has even made inroads nationally.  And somehow, he makes it all sound fun.  Read more»

 

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Communities of Practice: Advocacy

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Matt Eddy Wins CCFF Agriscience Educator Award

matt eddyOn July 10, the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation and the American Farm Bureau Federation presented the Third Annual Agriscience Awards, presenting $17,000 in monetary awards at a luncheon ceremony in Washington, D.C. Read more»

 

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Where will you be TAGGED to Teach Ag?

teach ag logoThe National Teach Ag Campaign wants to know Where will you be Tagged to Teach Ag?  To participate download and print our Tagged to Teach Ag sign.  Then take the sign with you wherever you go.  Take pictures of yourself with the sign and submit one or two of your favorite photos to our Teach Ag TumblrDetails

 

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Ideas Unlimited: Geocaching Leads Students on Technology Treasure Hunt

HoltWhen Lindy Holt, an agriculture teacher at South Holt High School in Rosendale, Mo.,  brainstormed about ways to incorporate more technology into her teaching and raise student interest, she came up with the idea of using Geocaching.

 A few years before, she had learned about the hobby, and the activity had stuck in her mind as having potential for the classroom.  In Geocaching, items are hidden at various points with a large area (in her case, a few acres), and students must use global positioning system devices, along with longitude and latitude coordinates to locate them.  Read more>>

 

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Outstanding Young Member

Being Involved Inside and Outside of the Classroom

Mw photoThroughout her five years of teaching, Meghan Wood has held to one philosophy; “To be an effective teacher within the classroom, one should be involved outside the classroom.  It is through the community that the teacher learns how to educate the whole student.”  Go>>

 

 

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Teach Ag Campaign in your State: North Carolina

NC flag Allison Jennings, an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor from Rosewood High School in North Carolina, is helping students interested in agriculture education set up college visits. By showing students that their interests in agriculture can lead to a career, those visits are increasing the number of students who graduate from Rosewood and pursue an undergraduate degree in agricultural education. Read More>>

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More News


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Teachers from Region I enjoy a day out on a flower farm at their regional conference in April.

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