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MAY/JUNE 2012

President's Message:
Spring, Here We Go Again!

Ken Couture, 2011-2012 NAAE President


Greg CurlinIt's that time of year again. The temperatures are warming, the grass is greening, and farmers are itching to get into the fields. A very mild winter has made this year's spring seem to arrive that much earlier.

For agricultural educators, there doesn't seem to be much let-up in our hectic schedules. But with the end of the school year in sight, this time of year can be downright exhausting. We seem to cram a year's worth of activities into six weeks. Read more»

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Don't Miss These! Opportunities in Agricultural Education

As you’re wrapping up this school year and planning the next, be sure to take advantage of these great opportunities brought to you by NAAE and our partners. Read more>>

 

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2012 NAAE Convention

Early bird registration is open for the 2012 NAAE Convention, to be held November 27-December 1 in Atlanta.  Attend for great professional development, networking, and recognition of outstanding agricultural educators and programs from across the United States. Read more»

 

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Try Out the New & Improved Communities of Practice

NAAE’s much-used professional networking site, Communities of Practice, http://communities.naae.org got a major upgrade in mid-March.  The updates have made the site an even better way to find resources and connect with other agricultural educators.
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Leading the Way: Being A CASE Lead Teacher

by Tim Ray, CASE Lead Teacher

Almost three years ago, I took a leap of faith by embarking on what I hoped was a step forward in agricultural education and a more meaningful and fun education for my students. I also wanted to up my game as an education professional and continue to hone my teaching practices and strategies.

So in the summer of 2010, I spent 28 days on the road attending two CASE Institutes. One was Introduction to Agriculture—Animal Science (ASA), the other Introduction to Agriculture—Plant Science (ASP). During that time I lived out of a suitcase; in a very nice motel and in a not so fancy dorm.  I ate all sorts of different foods, and met some amazing individuals. I also grew more in that 28 days than I had in my previous ten years of teaching.  Read more»

Many CASE Institutes will be closing registration this week! Visit case4learning.org to see which Institutes still have openings and sign up!

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Teach Ag Campaign Recognizes Three Agricultural Educators With Outstanding Contribution Award

The National Teach Ag Campaign, in cooperation with the National FFA Organization, recently recognized three agricultural educators for their impact on the profession of agricultural education at the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) conference in Atlanta. Read more»

 

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Ideas Unlimited: Farm to School Program Prepares Students for Agronomy Careers, Supplies Fresh Food to School

Tim Uhlenkamp and Jeff Eppen teach agriculture at Sibley East High School in Arlington, Minn. Employment opportunities abound for students with a background in soil science and crop production in their area. Uhlenkamp and Eppen decided to re-work the course offerings in their program’s agronomy pathway to make the classes more attractive to students and help them take advantage of local jobs.

In collaboration with their advisory board and school administration, the co-teachers created Sibley East’s Farm to School program. Farm to School has three goals: to produce fresh produce to use in school lunches, to attract more students into the career pathway of agronomy, and to promote agriculture to community members. Read more>>

 

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Register for Your Regional Conference

Deadlines for regional conference registrations are approaching. Don't miss this great opportunity to network with ag teachers from your region. Click the link and choose your region to see conference details. Go>>

 

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Last Chance: Apply for A 2012 NAAE Award

trophiesIt's not too late to apply for a NAAE award. The 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, and visit this link to download award details and applications.

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Read More News & Views


You're just looking at the front page of our newsletter. Check out the table of contents at the top for a full listing of stories in this month's News & Views.

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Freedom High School Agriculture students had the opportunity to meet U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (pictured) and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the recent town hall meeting about agricultural education at UW-Platteville. To watch the archived webcast of the secretaries' remarks, follow this link.

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