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September/October 2012 | Enhancing core academic instruction

President's Message:
New Year. New Standards. Agricultural Education and Student Success.

Ken Couture, 2011-2012 NAAE President


coutureFor many of us, the new school year has already begun and for the remainder it will begin very soon. As we begin this new year, I firmly believe that agricultural education and CTE in general, provide real world relevance to many academic subjects. I often say that I teach applied chemistry and biology through aquaculture and natural resources instruction. The question I need to be asking myself is "Is that enough?"  As I participated in professional development this past June on the Common Core Standards, I have to honestly answer, NO! This issue focuses on improving core academic instruction and using data to show that our programs are contributing to student attainment of these core standards.  Read more»

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How Kentucky Teachers are Bringing Core Content into the Agriculture Classroom


A co-taught ag math class. Capitalizing on the teenage love affair with the diesel engine. Using lab reports to fulfill English requirements.

Read how two Kentucky agriculture teachers are incorporating core curriculum into their daily agriculture lesson plans. Read more>>

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A Middle School Teacher's Perspective on Core Content

"Core academics are integral to what I do. I don't know how not to include them in my daily instruction."

Robin Mclean is a middle school agriculture teacher incorporating core academics into her classroom. To find out about her perspective read more>>

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Ideas Unlimited - Inside Out

Outdoor Odysseys incorporates English, Arts into Agriculture Curriculum


joe greenFor Joe Green, a teacher at Pope High School in Marietta, Georgia, an effective education takes place both inside and outside of a traditional classroom. Green engages his students with outdoor lessons he has created called Outdoor Odysseys. Read more»

 

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Using CASE to Show Your Admins the Core Content in Your Agriculture Progarm

It's already there - CASE can help you with the data you need to prove it to your administrators


CASEGetting buy-in and support from your administrators is critical to the success of any agriculture program.  When your principal, superintendent or board member sees what you’re doing as contributing to the overall achievement of the school, your program goes from being a nice-to-have to a need-to-have. 

For the past few years, CASE has been helping agriculture programs all over the U.S. stay on the need-to-have list by helping teachers show their administrators the direct connection between students’ success in the CASE classroom and success after graduation. Read more>>

 

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STEM Master Teacher Program Could Mean a $20,000 stipend to Salary for Select Teachers

 

On July 18, the Obama administration announced plans to spend $1 billion on a salary stipend program for  high-performing educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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

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Both Democrat and Republican Platforms Support CTE


capitalWith the Republican and Democrat National Conventions either just ended or on-going, here are links to the platforms of the political parties. 

The Republican Party Platform covers a broad swath of issues, including education, jobs and the economy, agriculture, and government reform.  The party’s education plank underscores the value of CTE in preparing students for the workplace! Read more»

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NAAE at the National FFA Convention


NAAE has a lot to offer students and teachers alike at the National FFA Convention.

  • Teachers' World - professional development opportunities
  • Teach Ag - fun and information for your students
  • NAAE booth - learn about your benefits as a member

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2012 NAAE Award Winners Announced


Congratulations to this year’s NAAE award winners!  As always, we have an outstanding list of programs and individuals who represent the best of the best in agricultural education. 


Click here to see a list of this year’s winners. 

 

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National Officer Candidate and National Committee Chair and Vice Chair Memorandums of Understanding due 9/15


New this year - all National Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs must have signed Memorandums of Understanding on file. As in previous years, candidates for any national office, including Regional Secretary, must submit a signed Memorandum of Understanding.

MOU for National Officer Candidates
MOU for National Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs

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Teacher Mentor

Tara Berescik, Region VI

 

Tara BTara Berescik has packed a lot of leadership into her 11 years as an agriculture teacher, which was all sparked by one special student.

During Beresick's first year of teaching a student of hers named Catherine became ill and was hospitalized. Berescik visited her in the hospital, helped her earn an FFA leadership development scholarship, and watched her become an excited and eager FFA member and officer. It was after Catherine’s death that Berescik realized just how much of an impact a person can have on the lives of others, and how much of impact Catherine had on her as a teacher. Read More>>

 

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2012 NAAE Convention Promises More Networking Opportunities, Professional Development

2012 logoNetwork with ag teachers from all over the U.S. at the 2012 NAAE Convention. We'll have professional development workshops, opportunities to get involved in NAAE at the regional and national levels, and time to recognize and reward outstanding agricultural educators. Attend this convention and come away with a year's worth of ideas and tools for your program. 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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