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November/december 2012 | NAAE Convention

President's Message:
NAAE Convention: Rising with Rigor and Relevance!

Ken Couture, 2011-2012 NAAE President

coutureIt's convention season for agricultural educators. First comes the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis and then NAAE Convention in Atlanta. I am certainly looking forward to both events as they provide unique opportunities for each of us. For me, the NAAE convention has four main themes. First, it is an opportunity to recognize excellence in our profession through our awards program. As a rule, we educators tend to shun recognition for ourselves but it is very satisfying to be recognized by one's peers. Second, it provides a great opportunity to network with fellow agricultural educators.  Read more»


We'll see you in Atlanta at the 2012 NAAE Convention!

2012 logoAt this year’s NAAE convention, you can expect great professional development, networking, teacher recognition, NAAE business and updates on agricultural education in the U.S. We've got a downloadable schedule, travel information, our mystery speaker and networking reception. Read more»


Meet the Candidates

This year we have two candidates for the office of NAAE President-elect. Read each candidates' statement to get an idea of their priorities and goals if elected. Elections will be held at the upcoming NAAE Convention, so get informed now.


kstacyKevin Stacy
Region II Vice President

My involvement in agricultural education began in 1976 as an 8th grader. I was excited to finally get to be part of a program I had watched my cousins do great things in. The successes I had were the result of great teaching and encouragement. My agricultural education class and instructor Mr. Carl Forrest was why I enjoyed going to school.
I enrolled in the engineering college at NEO A&M College in 1981, but I quickly knew my interests and passions were in agriculture and education. Read more>>

csappingtonCharlie Sappington
Region IV Vice President

My educational journey started with receiving my Bachelors of Science degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Illinois and then achieving my Masters of Science in 1988 also from SIUC.  I taught high school agricultural sciences and mechanics at Clay City High School for four years and then was able to move back to my home high school of Cumberland High School where I am in my 30th year of teaching.  I served at the Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers President in 2007-2008 and in 2007, was honored to receive the NAAE Region IV Mentor Award. Read more>>


National FFA Convention Highlights

NAAE had a great time at FFA Convention this year. From Teachers' World to the Teach Ag and NAAE booths we kept current and future agriculture educators busy and on the move.

Hightlights, Photos, and More! »

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Understanding Your Professional Liability Insurance

Professional liability insurance is often the first reason given to someone asking why they should join NAAE. But what is professional liability insurance, exactly? Why would a teacher need it? What does it cover, and perhaps more importantly, what does it NOT cover? Read more>>


Teach Ag Update:
The Lorax Principle

Ellen Thompson, NAAE National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator

As mentioned in previous posts I have a six-year-old daughter.  She is really in to Dr. Suess books and ultimately the movies.  Our most recent venture into the wonderful world of Dr. Suess has been The Lorax.  It is a terrific tale of conservation and also taking responsibility for the things that matter.   One thing that really matters to me is the supply of quality agriculture teachers. It may just be the time of year; National FFA Convention, NAAE Convention, Thanksgiving, and football but I’m feeling especially grateful this year for the Teach Ag Campaign. Read more>>


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New 2013 CASE Institutes

CASE Institute Dates and Registration are Coming Soon!

CASE2013 dates will be announced on the CASE website on November 15, 2012 and registration opens at the beginning of December, 2012.

Thinking about registering for a CASE Institute this year? We interviewed two educators who have hosted institutes in the past to talk about their experience and asked talked to CASE Operations Coordinator, Miranda Chaplin, about the steps to take to get involved. Read more>>


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Summer Internships with NAAE

NAAE has four summer internship positions available for 2013 for upperclassmen majoring in agricultural education. All internships will last for eight weeks and will be a great opportunity to see a different side of agricultural education.

Click on the links below for details and application procedures for each internship. The deadline for application is December 17, 2012

Read more about this and other opportunities in Quick News>>


Washington Beat:
Developing Your Local Advocacy Plan

Jay Jackman, NAAE Executive Director

capitalThe recent national and state elections have opened up new opportunities for us to advocate for career and technical education and specifically agricultural education.  Many of us have newly elected state legislators and members of the United States Congress.  Now is the time to begin to teach the newly elected officials and to strengthen our relationships with the experienced elected officials.  Advocacy is not a one-time thing.  Effective advocates must have multiple contacts with decision makers so that we can establish meaningful relationships with them and their staff persons. Read more»

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SPECA Grant Opportunity

USDA's Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants (SPECA) program RFA is now available.

SPECA grants promote and strengthen secondary and two-year postsecondary agriscience and agribusiness education to help ensure a qualified workforce to serve the U.S. food and agricultural sciences system.

Click here for more information.


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Did you know that new active NAAE members get a $60,000 term life policy during their first year of membership? Click here for details.

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Ideas Unlimited- Horseshoe Nail Cowboy


mandersonMark Anderson is the agriculture teacher at Elizabethtown Area High School in Elizabethtown, Pa. After searching for practical brazing projects that would help his students learn the technique, Anderson developed the Horseshoe Nail Cowboy. The project is small, simple, inexpensive, easily adaptable and fun. It also highlights agricultural mechanics concepts, and agricultural mechanics was recently deemed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to be a high priority occupation. 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 as we get to the halfway point in the school year - making it through the first year of teaching, keeping kids motivated, new curriculum and tools, and more...



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Read More News

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