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March/april 2012 | Recruitment and Retention

President's Message:
Tag Your Replacement

Ken Couture, 2011-2012 NAAE President


Greg CurlinTeacher recruitment and retention have been recognized as long standing issues for our profession. We need to produce an adequate supply of bright, well-trained teachers to maintain and grow agricultural education now, and for the years to come. Just as important is the need to keep teachers in the classroom by providing some type of support system. Read more»

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Communities of Practice will be closed March 17-25


COPNAAE’s professional networking site, Communities of Practice, will be undergoing a major overhaul in the coming weeks. The site will be upgraded to the newest operating system, with a lot of new features, improvements in the way content is organized, and fixes for bugs in the old system. Read More>>

Before we close for the upgrade, you can visit these CoP posts and resources:

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chsCHS Inc. awards National Teach Ag Campaign largest single financial contribution

CHS Inc., the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative, has made the largest single financial contribution ever to the National Teach Ag Campaign.

CHS has allocated $104,300 to the initiative to bring attention to the need for more agricultural educators in the U.S.  Read more»

 

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TAG LogoTeach Ag Day Virtual Celebration

Join us live on National Teach Ag Day for a celebration from Buena Park High School Agriculture Program in Buena Park, California.

Teach Ag Day Resources

Plan your own celebration.  We’ve got resources to help you get started.

Teach Ag Day Collegiate Contest

Are you a member of a postsecondary agricultural education organization? Celebrate National Teach Ag day and enter our contest. You could win money and recognition for your club.

2012 Teach Ag Day Grant Winners Announced

Congratulations to everyone who received a Teach Ag Day Grant!

Read more from the Teach Ag Campaign>>

 

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


Region IRegion I Conference is shaping up to be a great event!  Besides the opportunity to participate in the leadership of your regional organization, the conference planners have lined up several exciting opportunities.  On Thursday, three two-hour short courses will be offered on CASE, the Teach Ag campaign, and the Ag Career Network. There will be tours Friday afternoon that will include a potato farm, raspberry farm, and tulip farm.  Friday night there will be a Taste of Washington dinner. The room block closes May 23, so make your reservations soon. For details and registration information, visit this link http://waae.wsu.edu/.

 

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Teacher Mentor: Chuck Flowers

Chuck Flowers likes to tell the story of how, discouraged after his first year of teaching, he had decided to leave the profession and was packing his personal effects on the last day of school. “My chuckformer ag teacher walked in and said ‘Chuck, what are you doing?’ I hated to tell him I was quitting, so I just said I was packing up some stuff. He said, ‘No you’re not, you’re leaving. Try this one more year,’ he said, ‘and I guarantee things will get better.’" Read More>>

 

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Apply for an Award

NAAE award applications for 2012 are now available on our website. Please consider applying for an award, or nominating a deserving colleague.

trophiesThe postmark deadline for submitting applications to the NAAE office is May 15, 2012, but many states have their own rules about qualifying for the national competition. Check with your state's agricultural educators' association for details and deadlines. Read More>>

 

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Washington Beat:


capitalPresident Obama’s FY 13 Budget Request Level Funds Perkins

In early February 2012, President Obama released his FY13 executive budget request, and the career and technical education community is pleased! President Obama proposed level funding for the Perkins Basic State Grants, and he plans to release a reauthorization proposal that “would restructure CTE to align what students learn in school with the demands of 21st Century jobs.” While the budget does not include specifics about what this proposal will look like, a budget summary released by the U. S. Department of Education states that their proposal would increase the rigor and relevance of CTE and strengthen connections between secondary and postsecondary education.  In addition to Perkins Act funding, the budget proposes an investment of $1 billion over three years to scale up career academies. Read more»

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