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March 2016, Issue 4

Message from your President

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

Reflection, Service, Vision

It is that time of year to start Reflecting on our past year(s), thinking about how we can continue to Serve our association, and look to our Vision in order for us to grow.  We are on the cusp of celebrating our 100th anniversary of our great association, and for each of these years WAAE has been providing professional development opportunities for our members. Be looking for new opportunities with our Conference move to Appleton, including interacting with our new Ag Ed Interns and networking with others from across the state. Our theme this year is all about wrapping up our first 100 years as we gear up for another century of greatness, and we hope the WAAE Professional Development Conference is full of: Reflection, Service, Vision!!!


Professional Development Conference Registration is now open
You are invited to attend the Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators (WAAE) Professional Development Conference, June 26-30, at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton, Wisconsin.

Conference information is available at
  • Conference schedule
  • Professional development sessions descriptions
  • Fees and payment details
  • Hotel reservation information
Online registration
  • Register at > Registration
  • Use your account username and password to login. If needed, use the “forgot username or password” tool.
Thank you to our Platinum Conference Sponsors, the Cooperative Network and the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, for supporting Wisconsin’s agricultural educators.
National Policy Seminar
WI ag education represented in Washington, D.C.
WAAE Members Kevin Hoffman, Kris Beaver, Paul Larsen and Roger King met with lawmakers in Washington, D.C., a few weeks ago. They represented Wisconsin's agricultural educators as a part of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) National Policy Seminar. View the photo album.
  • Hoffman, WAAE president-elect, also participated in the ACTE State Leadership Training Program
  • Larson led an ag ed advocacy session during the Seminar
Teach Ag Survey Request
STAR Teach Ag 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 are asked to complete a short, five minute survey. 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.
CTE visit
Heinbuch, Taylor host Dr. Evers during CTE Month
In celebration of Career and Technical Education Month in February Tracy Heinbuch and Walter Taylor, Plymouth agriscience instructors, hosted a school visit  with Dr. Tony Evers, Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
NAAE Agriscience Academy
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

Zach Markhardt
"It challenges me to present awesome agricultural skills in a fun, educational way!"
-- Zach Markhardt, Big Foot High School

Click here to share Why You #TeachAg (or plan to).
March 24: #TeachAgChat: Professional development as a teacher candidate
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

Talford editorial in State Farmer
Taylor featured as iCEV blog writer

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