NAAE's Connect Podcast

Connect Podcast

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Welcome to Connect, a podcast by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. No matter how long you’ve been in the classroom, we as agricultural educators know the power that connections play in bettering ourselves as educators and strengthening our profession. Connect is a podcast by the National Association of Agricultural Educators, and works to educate listeners about NAAE resources, inform them of new and innovative practices, and connect current and future agricultural educators and supporters.

How to Listen

You can listen to Connect by subscribing to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, or Google Play.

Podcast Episode Show Notes

Connect is all about sharing resources and building connections among agricultural educators. For each episode, we'll be publishing a set of show notes, which are written accounts of what happened during an episode and additional resources that take the content one step further. These additional resources may include links to articles mentioned during the episode, guest speaker bios, links to resources, photos, or videos.

IntroductoryEpisode: The Power of Connections

Connections are powerful, and that’s exactly why we’re here. Welcome to Connect, a podcast by the National Association of Agricultural Educators. Connect works to educate listeners about NAAE resources, inform them of new and innovative practices, and connect current and future agricultural educators and supporters.

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Episode 2: Getting Started with the NAAE My Local Cooperative Instructional Modules

In this episode, listeners can learn more about one of NAAE's newest initiatives called My Local Cooperative. Our host is joined by Mr. Wes Crawford, an NAAE member and agricultural educator from Oregon, and Ms. Nanci Lilja, the President of the CHS Foundation, to discuss the importance of incorporating cooperative education into your curriculum. The episode digs into the three My Local Cooperative Instructional Modules and discusses CHS Foundation resources and tools available to agricultural educators and agricultural education students.

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Interested in hosting a My Local Cooperative Instructional Modules Workshop?

The My Local Cooperative Instructional Modules are excellent tools to help students learn more about agriculture cooperatives, the agriculture cooperative business model, and agriculture cooperative career opportunities. NAAE trained teacher facilitators are available to deliver, at no cost, My Local Cooperative workshops at the state, regional, and national level. Contact Ellen Thompson at ethompson.naae@uky.edu for more information about offering a workshop.


Episode Acknowledgements

A big thank you to Mr. Wes Crawford of Sutherlin High School in Oregon and Ms. Nanci Lilja, President of the CHS Foundation for joining us for the first episode of NAAE's Connect podcast. This episode is made possible by the CHS Foundation. Since 2011, the CHS Foundation has contributed more than $3 million dollars to the NAAE National Teach Ag Campaign. The CHS Foundation is funded by charitable gifts from CHS Inc., and since 1946 has been committed to making a long-lasting, measurable impact on rural America on behalf of their farmer-owners.

Episode 2: The Case on CASE


For the second episode of Connect, a podcast by the National Association of Agricultural Educators, we're digging deep into Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE). CASE is one of the most powerful tools available for the advancements of agricultural education and the enhancement of student learning in our profession. Our host is joined by two CASE Master Teachers, Ms. Karen Van De Walle of Iowa and Mr. Carroll Mercer of Arkansas, who share their passion for CASE and how it's transformed not only their classroom but their personal and professional lives as well. 

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Episode Acknowledgements

A big thank you to Ms. Karen Van De Walle of Sumner-Fredericksburg High School in Sumner, Iowa and Mr. Carroll Mercer of Fountain Lake High School in Hot Springs, Arkansas for sharing their passion and experiences with CASE in the second episode of NAAE's Connect podcast.

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is an initiative of the National Council for Agricultural Education and managed by the National Association of the Agricultural Educators. CASE is the most powerful tool available for the advancement of agricultural education and enhancement of student learning of agricultural science subject matter, and is committed to the goal of improving educational experiences for agriculture students by empowering agriculture teachers.

Episode 3: Nutrition, Energy, and Ag Teacher Wellness (Part 1)


NAAE is excited to kick off Part One of a two part series related to nutrition, energy, and ag teacher wellness. Our host is joined by our guest co-host and current NAAE President, Mr. Parker Bane, as they explore how proper nutrition and living an active lifestyle can help boost our energy so that agricultural educators can be their best for themselves, their students, and their friends and family at home. Parker and Alan are joined by two agricultural educators, Mrs. Amanda Twenter of Missouri and Mr. Melvin Phelps of New York, who share personal experiences they've encountered along with tangible steps that you can take to help boost and maintain your energy throughout the day. 

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We'd like to thank Mrs. Amanda Twenter of Eldon Career Center in Missouri, Mr. Melvin Phelps of Lowville Academy in New York, and Guest Co-Host Mr. Parker Bane, current NAAE President, for joining us for this episode of Connect.

We would again like to state this episode of Connect is for educational and entertainment purposes only. Any serious or major lifestyle changes should be made only in consultation with your physician.

Part 2 of Nutrition, Energy, and Ag Teacher Wellness will air on Monday, September 14. Alan and Parker will be joined by Ms. Ginny Reddick, a nutrition and wellness coach for individuals, groups, and organizations. Make sure to subscribe to Connect on iTunes, Spotify, or Google Play to get instant notifications when we release new episodes.

Episode 3: Nutrition, Energy, and Ag Teacher Wellness (Part 2)


In this episode, we're keeping the conversation going with the second part of our two part series related to nutrition, energy, and ag teacher wellness. Our host is joined by our guest co-host and current NAAE President, Mr. Parker Bane, as they meet with Virginia (Ginny) Reddick, a nutrition and wellness coach. Ginny shares practical ways that can help you make a difference in your diet and lifestyle, such as eating consistently throughout the day, and carrying a water bottle, along with other ways to help you take care of your body, mind, soul, and spirit.

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Episode Acknowledgements

We'd like to thank Ms. Ginny Reddick, Nutrition and Wellness Coach, and Guest Co-Host Mr. Parker Bane, current NAAE President, for joining us for this episode of Connect.

We would again like to state this episode of Connect is for educational and entertainment purposes only. Any serious or major lifestyle changes should be made only in consultation with your physician.

Episode 5 - A CASE Update



Our host is joined by two NAAE staff members, Ms. Jessie Lumpkins and Ms. Sara Cobb, who provide updates related to Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE). Jessie and Sara provide information related to the new CASE website, Thrive (the CASE Educational Technology Summit coming January 2021), as well as how their team has and will continue to respond to COVID-19.

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We'd like to thank NAAE staff members Jessie Lumpkins and Sara Cobb for providing programming updates for this episode of Connect.

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In the sixth episode of Connect, we're having an open conversation about the importance of creating a safe and inclusive classroom learning environment for all students, and more specifically in agricultural education. We want to make sure that our classrooms are places where all students feel welcome, safe and celebrated as their true authentic selves.

Our host is joined by two agricultural educators: Mr. Riley Hintzche, an agricultural educator at Streator Township High School in Illinois, and Ms. Sabrina Stearns-Davis, an agricultural educator at Arabia Mountain High School Academy of Engineering Medicine and Environmental Studies in Georgia. Riley and Sabrina share their knowledge and experiences as it relates to classroom and programs more inclusive, diverse, and equitable for all students.

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We'd like to thank Riley Hintzche and Sabrina Stearns-Davis for joining us for this episode of our podcast, and for the important work they do in ensuring a safe and inclusive learning environment for their students every day.

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Agricultural educators across the United States are in the midst of a challenging school year. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, many teachers are finding themselves teaching entirely remotely, following a hybrid model, or teaching in-person while following social distancing standards. In this podcast, we’re focusing on what agricultural educators can do to make online and hybrid teaching more successful for themselves and their students. For this episode, we’re joined by Ms. Kim O’Byrne of Hatch Valley Middle School in New Mexico and Mr. Jesse Faber of Pontiac Township High School in Illinois. Kim and Jesse provide valuable information about what has been working for them and what they’ve learned as they navigate this new world of online and hybrid teaching.

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Episode Acknowledgements

We'd like to thank Kim O'Byrne and Jesse Faber for joining us for this episode of our podcast. We'd also like to thank and recognize the amazing agricultural educators across the United States who are working diligently every day to serve their students and better our schools and communities.

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The 2021 NAAE Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education Institutes are going virtual! With this new transition comes a lot of questions. What will institutes look and feel like this summer? What will be expected from participants? What is the time commitment? For this episode, we’re joined by two of this year’s course lead teachers, John Hammond, agricultural educator at Thomas Nelson High School in Kentucky, and Brianne McCauley, agricultural educator at Liberty High School in West Virginia, who share more about what participants can expect from the 2021 CASE Institutes.

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Episode Acknowledgements

We'd like to thank Mr. John Hammond and Ms. Brianne McCauley for joining us for this episode of Connect. We would also to thank the additional 2021 CASE Course Lead Teachers who are working behind the scenes to ensure the 2021 CASE Institutes are as powerful and successful as they can possibly be.

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Ahh, middle schoolers. If you’ve worked with middle school students before, you probably know that they can be some of the most excited and engaged students to work with, but at times, some of the most difficult to work with too. Middle school learners find themselves in a unique stage of their lives filled with new opportunities, peer pressure, insecurities, and both emotional and physical changes. As agricultural educators, what can you do to capitalize on middle schoolers’ unique qualities? What “ground rules” can you set to ensure a captivating, fun, yet professional classroom environment for middle school learners? In this episode, we’re joined by two NAAE members who have vast experience working with this age group; Dr. Jessica Jones of Tunstall High School of Virginia and Mr. Matthew Detloff of Chiefland Middle High School of Florida. Jessica and Matthew share a variety of information about working with middle school learners and what you can do to feel successful when it comes to working with this unique age group.

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Episode Acknowledgements

We'd like to thank our guests Mr. Matthew Detloff and Dr. Jessica Jones for joining us for this episode of Connect.


Podcast Episode Transcripts

According to the World Health Organization, 5% of people have disabling hearing loss. For those that need them, we've included a written transcript for each podcast episode of Connect. The link to the episode transcript can be found underneath the episode show notes, or you can find them all here.


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