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January 2016, Issue II

Message from your President

"To be inspired is great, to inspire is incredible." Troy Talford, WAAE President
Agriculture & Natural Resources Instructor/FFA Advisor, Sauk Prairie Schools District

For agriculture teachers, winter break is a time for us to unwind, take a breath, and gear up for the second half of the year. As we are getting back to our classrooms I am reminded how important our jobs are to inspire our students in our classrooms. You have a challenging job, no doubt, but I would like to challenge us all to make sure we remember to take time for ourselves in order to find balance in our lives. 

As we begin the new year, your WAAE board and WI Team Ag Ed family are looking forward to making a commitment to recruitment and retention as we will be participating in the NAAE State Teach Ag Results (STAR) Program for the next two years. There are wonderful opportunities abound and we hope to provide you with the tools to allow you to continue to inspire our students.

News

Select WAAE committees meet at Halftime
WAAE Committee Meetings at Halftime
Several WAAE committees will be meeting at Halftime. Specific times will be listed in the Conference program
- Curriculum Committee
- DuPont Inquiry Institute Committee
- Instructional Packets Committee
- Past Presidents Committee
- PR Committee
- SAE Committee
- Section 5 Resource Committee
WI Ag Inquiry Institute
WI Ag Inquiry Institute Applications due Jan. 8
Applications for the 2016 Ag Inquiry Institute at the WAAE PDC are due Friday, Jan. 8. Twenty teachers will be accepted into the program this summer.  More info and the application

Here’s feedback from last year's participants:
“WIAGI2 excited me to want to look at what I am doing in the classroom and challenge the students to think for themselves."
"If you have hit a slump in your teaching, this is a great way to rejuvenate the way you teach."
Call for NAAE Committee Members
Get involved nationally, without leaving home. Region III is still seeking new Committee members for 2016-19 positions. Applications are due Jan. 7. These positions are filled by those who apply rather than appointment. Read more.
WACTE
The Ag Teacher Life Cycle
NAAE created an interactive Ag Teacher Life Cycle infographic to help members recognize how NAAE programs can assist teachers in their professional development.  Interactive Version   PDF Version
WACTE
WACTE Ag Ed/WAAE Awards due Jan. 18
WAAE members who are also WACTE members are invited to apply for WACTE awards. Applications should be submitted to WAAE no later than Jan. 18. Ag Ed/WAAE applicants who will go on to the WACTE state competition will be notified no later than Jan. 25. Applications and award information
WAAE Office Hours
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 8 a.m.- 1 p.m.
This schedule will flex based on my other commitments, workload demands, meetings and travel. During the workweek, M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., I’ll monitor emails/phone messages if there's anything pressing. As teachers I understand you're in the classroom most of the day. If you leave a message, let me know the best time to reach you, even if it's outside the office hours above. - Thank you, Leslie Svacina, WAAE executive director

Why I #TeachAg

Rachel Kroeplien, Lakeshore Technical College
"I love being an ag-vocate for a great industry that has given so much to me and my family!"
- Rachel Kroeplien, Lakeshore Technical College

Click here to share Why You #TeachAg (or plan to).
CALENDAR
Jan. 9: Board & Committee Meetings, Stevens Point
Jan. 10: NAAE Teach Ag Internship apps due
Jan. 13: NAAE Teach Ag Future Teacher Webinar
Jan. 15: NAAE Greenhouse Grants apps due
Jan. 18: WACTE Ag Ed/WAAE Award apps due
Feb. 29-March 3: National Policy Seminar
April 14-15: WACTE Professional Development Conference, Oshkosh
April 29: Board Meeting, Madison
June 21-23: Region III Conference, St. Cloud, Minn.
June 26-26: PDC, Appleton
RESOURCES
Minutes: Board, Sections & Committee Minutes
Communities of Practice
Job Postings
Board Member List
Ag Teacher's Life Cycle
NAAE website


 
IN THE NEWS
Hovel featured in St. Paul Pioneer Press
Savoula hosts Lt. Gov. visit
Teachers honored at national conference

Know a fellow teacher in the news? Send the link to info@waae.com.
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