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Sept/Oct 2016, Issue 6

Message from your President

Kevin Hoffman ImageKevin Hoffman, WAAE President, Retired Agriculture & Natural Resources Instructor/FFA Advisor, Verona School District
Navigating Moving Water
Hopefully you have had a great start to your school year and that it will continue throughout the year! Like the heavy rainfalls of late, we will be navigating moving waters throughout the coming year. One of the changes that has already occurred is the WAAE board hired Nicole Nelson as its Executive Director, and we look forward to her guidance. We thank Leslie Svacina and wish her the best of luck as her family adjusts to their new roles and responsibilities. The board will be presenting the long-anticipated strategic plan at the fall in-services. Many people have spent hours creating this document to serve as a guide to provide direction for the association. This plan will be reviewed annually by the board to ensure and maintain the integrity of this association. We will be celebrating 100 years of the Smith-Hughes Act, and our theme this year is “Diamond Anniversary Celebration of 100 Years of Agricultural Education.” November 29 thru Dec 3rd many members will be presenting, receiving recognition and attending the NAAE Convention in Las Vegas.  Adapting, creating and forward-thinking is the life of an agricultural educator. I wish all of you the very best in the coming year!


WAAE Apparel Order
Welcome to new Executive Director
Nicole Nelson took over as WAAE Executive Director on August 29. She is excited to return to Wisconsin Ag Ed in this role, and she looks forward to serving the WAAE members. Read the full news release for more details. 
CTE visit
Diamond Anniversary Celebration of 100 Years of Agricultural Education
Wisconsin theme for the year highlights the incredible milestone of 100 years of agricultural education. WAAE efforts currently underway include a logo contest and call for historical memorabilia. More to come as the year progresses. What an honor that we are all part of this milestone celebration! 
CTE visit
Wisconsin WAAE Members Participate in XLR8
Wisconsin WAAE members, Jeanna James (Chippewa Falls) and Jim Melby (Winneconne), will be two of the 20 participants in the NAAE XLR8 program. The year-long program targets agriculture teachers in their 7th-15th year of teaching and offers professional development that will propel them in their specific career stage. Congratulations to Jim and Jeanna! 
NAAE awards
WAAE Members Replenish National Relief Fund
The annual contribution to the NAAE Relief Fund from WAAE Members was $4,805. The funds were much higher than most years and were raised from conference raffles and individuals' contributions as a registration  option. These funds support peers in time of personal/family crisis. 
WAAE history project
Chrystal Seeley-Schreck - WTCS
In April, Chrystal Seeley-Schreck became the Education Director for Agriculture, Natural Resources & STEM for the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS). She brings over 13 years of professional experience in natural resources, environmental and science education, most recently with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. 

Chrystal is pleased to be part of moving agriculture education forward within the technical college system during this time where agriculture is facing new challenges and opportunities. Currently, Wisconsin’s technical colleges offer over 50 degree, diploma or certificate granting programs in the area of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Upcoming WTCS programs will bring post-secondary agriculture education to new areas of the state and help existing agriculture programs evolve to meet industry needs of specialization, precision technology and other innovations. They are continuing to promote strong partnerships with local high schools to enhance the high school – technical college – career pathway.
Sept. 22: Nat'l Teach Ag Day
Nov. 11-12: WAAE Board and Committee Meetings, WI Team Ag Ed Leadership Meetings in conjunction with 212/360 Conference @ WI Dells
Nov. 29-Dec. 3: NAAE Convention. Las Vegas
June 25-29: PDC, Appleton
Minutes: Board, Sections & Committee Minutes
Communities of Practice
Job Postings
Board Member List
Ag Teacher's Life Cycle
NAAE website

Milwaukee Vincent Ag Ed featured in Journal Sentinel
Propson featured in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter
King shares about Ag Ed in Wisconsin Public Radio program

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