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April 2016, Issue 5

Message from your President

Troy TalfordTroy Talford, WAAE President, Agriculture & Natural Resources Instructor/FFA Advisor, Sauk Prairie Schools District
Calling All Leaders!
As the registration opens for our Professional Development Conference (PDC), I would like to remind our members of the many wonderful leadership opportunities that are available.  I realize that it is important for us as agriculture teachers to maintain a healthy balance of our personal lives and our work lives, but there are opportunities for us to accomplish both. With this being said, if you feel you have a lot on your plate, consider leadership roles that require less time like some of our state wide committees or volunteering for various conference activities. If you feel like you have things in order and it is time for you to contribute at the state level, you could consider joining the WAAE Board. As we get closer to the end of the year, please keep up the good work, stay focused, but most importantly, stay motivated and prepare yourself to end the year strong!

WAAE/NAAE Leadership Opportunities


WAAE Apparel Order
WAAE Apparel Order
Members can order their own WAAE-branded apparel, including polo shirts, fleece, vets, pullovers and track jackets. Place orders online by April 30. Items will be picked up at the Conference.
Teacher of Teachers
WAAE Teacher of Teachers Award Open
Teachers who have had former students go on to teach agricultural education are eligible to apply for the WAAE/NAAE Teacher of Teachers Award. Deadline: May 15. More information and application here
CTE visit
Don’t miss the Professional Development Conference
Don’t forget to register for the Professional Development Conference (PDC), June 26-30, at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton. Sessions/workshops are starting to fill up. Conference information and online registration.

Can’t make PDC? Renew your WAAE/NAAE membership online: Log into your account, click on “Join/Renew Membership.” After completing the form you’ll be able to download an invoice to submit with payment.
WAAE history project
Seeking WAAE Info for 100 Years of WI Ag Ed Publication
WAAE will be including a section in a featured edition which will highlight 100 years of agricultural education in Wisconsin. The time period emphasized will be 1995-2017 as Floyd Doering provided a chronology of agricultural education prior to 1995. If you have any information that would contribute substance to the themes below please contact Brenda Scheil:
Email items to or Copies of items can also be sent/faxed to Brenda Scheil, New Auburn High School, 704 East Street, New Auburn, WI  54757 or (715) 237-2350 (fax). Highlighted themes:
  • WAVAI Transformed Into WAAE
  • WAAE, Leadership in the Spirit of Service
  • WAAE Membership, A Story of Its Own
  • Professional Development Conference
  • Wisconsin's Region III Conferences
  • Member Recognition:  State, Regional, and National
  • Celebration of Accomplished Actions
  • After 100 Years Still an Essential Element to Professional Success
Kohl Fellows
Ag Educators Named as Kohl Fellows
Congratulations to Randeana Osborne, Weston and Lori Rowe, Tigerton, for being named Kohl Fellows. Read more
MyCaert Subscriptions for WAAE Members
Download the 2016 MyCAERT order form, which includes the current subscription prices available only to paid WAAE members.
NAAE Agriscience Academy
NAAE Region III Conference
Save the Date: NAAE Region III Conference will be June 21-21 in St. Cloud, Minn. Visit NAAE Region III Communities of Practice for the preliminary agenda and hotel information. A Google form will be coming out soon for registration.
NAAE awards
NAAE Award Apps Now Open for WAAE State Winners
If you received notification that you are a WAAE state award winner, you can now get started on your NAAE award application. The 2016 online submission form is now available, along with the application instructions and supporting information for all NAAE awards.

Why I #TeachAg

Jeanna James
"There is something for every student to enjoy in Ag Education."
-- Jeanna James Chippewa Falls

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April 14-15: WACTE Professional Development Conference, Oshkosh
April 13: WI State Teach Ag Results (STAR) 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

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