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February 2016, Issue III

Message from your President

Troy Talford, WAAE President
Agriculture & Natural Resources Instructor/FFA Advisor, Sauk Prairie Schools District

It's time to CELEBRATE!!!  Celebrate what you ask???  It's CTE Month!  This month we are excited to promote the wonderful work that Career and Technical Education Programs are conducting.  As we enter the month of February, I challenge you to evaluate if you have done anything to promote your whole program.  I am not talking about having an FFA or PAS article in the paper, but the whole program (curriculum and extracurricular activities).  Share your message, tell your story, and inform the public about how we are preparing students for future careers!  Keep Calm and Celebrate CTE Month!


Nolden, Henke, Radtke named WAAE Interns
WAAE is please to announce Nathaniel Nolden, UW-River Falls, as its association intern, assisting with preparing for and onsite for the Professional Development Conference (PDC). He will start in mid-April. Shawna Henke, UW-River Falls, and Jacob Radtke, UW-Platteville will serve as PDC interns, helping coordinate conference activities onsite during the week of PDC. Learn more
Share the Love
Help Share the Love + Give to the NAAE Relief Fund
WAAE Loves You! This past year our membership has put in several requests for our colleagues to receive funding from the NAAE Relief Fund. This national fund is getting extremely low and we would love to Share the Love this February to generate additional funds to help members through hardships.

What did this contribution mean to one of our members? Becky Wirkus said,"Being honored with a gift from the NAAE Relief Fund meant so much more than monetary support; it meant that my colleagues were thinking of me, which inspired hope to heal faster."

Consider donating today through the WAAE Share the Love Campaign.
Teach Ag Survey Request
STAR Teach Ag Email Survey Request    
Wisconsin is pleased to be participating in NAAE’s State Teach Ag Results (STAR) Program to evaluate teacher retention and recruitment needs in our state. As a part of this project, both current  and future ag educators will be asked to complete a short survey in the next few weeks. It is very important to participate so we have the most accurate data to work from as our state committee starts to look at best practices to retain and recruit our state’s ag teachers. Thank you in advance for your participation!
WAAE Learns Happy Farmers Day
#WAAELearns – Happy Farmer’s Day!
Linda Sattler, Laconia agriculture teacher, shares how her students are giving thanks to local farmers through the Happy Farmer’s Day project. The class project is tied to a unit on Wisconsin agriculture and its importance to our economy. Read more.

Have a creative idea to share with fellow teachers? Share it!
NAAE Agriscience Academy
National Agriscience Ambassador Academy Apps Now Open
Applications for the 2016 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy applications are now available. This year's Academy will be July 18-22 in Ankeny, Iowa.  Deadline: Feb. 29 Read more
CASE Scholarships
Scholarships now Available for CASE Institutes
Generous contributions through the National FFA Foundation from sponsors like the CHS Foundation and DuPont Pioneer have made it possible for full and partial scholarships to cover the cost of CASE Institutes. Deadline: Feb. 28. Read more here.

Why I #TeachAg

Rachel Kroeplien, Lakeshore Technical College
"I love to see the light bulb go off when a students finally understands content," Troy Talford, Sauk Praire Schools

Click here to share Why You #TeachAg (or plan to).
Feb. 29-March 3: National Policy Seminar
April 14-15: WACTE Professional Development Conference, Oshkosh
April 13: WI STAR Teach Ag Committee Meeting, Tomah
April 29: Board Meeting, Madison
June 21-23: Region III Conference, St. Cloud, Minn.
June 26-26: PDC, Appleton
Minutes: Board, Sections & Committee Minutes
Communities of Practice
Job Postings
Board Member List
Ag Teacher's Life Cycle
NAAE website

Heinbuch named Top Tech winner
Kelser name Fairest of Fairs
Larson receives national award
Larson and Champeau recognized in op ed
Sauvola involved in community farm project

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