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Jan/Feb 2017, Issue 8

Message from your President

Kevin HoffmanTroy Talford, WAAE President, 
Retired Agriculture & Natural Resources Instructor/FFA Advisor, Verona School District
Something you will WANT to put on your to-do list! 

What will make you happier, planning your trip or the trip itself? Research shows that the planning process and anticipation actually brings more happiness that the experience itself. As you recover from the hustle and bustle of the February FFA deadlines, what better thing to add to your to-do list than "Register for PDC!" You'll boost those endorphins and help beat the winter blah's by building anticipation for one of the highlights of your year as an ag teacher! Your WAAE Board of Directors is especially looking forward to celebrating the historic milestone of 100-years of Wisconsin Agricultural Education. You won't want to miss it! 


Professional Development Conference Registration is now open!
You are invited to attend the Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators (WAAE) Professional Development Conference, June 25-29, at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton, Wisconsin.

Conference information is available at
  • Conference schedule
  • Workshop sessions descriptions
  • Fees and payment details
  • Hotel reservation information
Online registration
  • Register at > Conference Registrations
  • 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
Celebrating 100 years of Smith-Hughes Act
The Smith-Hughes Act was signed into law 100 years ago and provided federal funding to promote the teaching of vocational subjects in high school. Resources are available to incorporate the historic milestone into your local program.    
Teach Ag Survey Request
WAAE Webinars    
WAAE had offered several resource webinars. All recorded sessions are accessible on the WAAE Website (scroll down on the New Teacher & Mentor Resource page - Be sure to watch for upcoming webinars. Your live participation allows you to engage with the presenters and ask questions. 
NAAE Agriscience Academy
WAAE has migrated committee materials and board materials to the Communities of Practice page. This will provide all WAAE members and committee leaders the ability to access and manage their information without a lot of administrative programming. It also increases WAAE member familiarity with the broader CoP resources that they can utilize as a membership benefit. Please bookmark the page for future access
NAAE Agriscience Academy
WAAE Board Leaders Needed
This year the WAAE Board will need incoming Alternate Vice Presidents in the odd sections. You can find out more about the leadership role by viewing the memorandum of understanding and letter of support on the CoP page.
April 28: Board Meeting in conjunction with State CDEs, Madison
May 15: NAAE Award applications due 
June 19-21: Region III Conference, Wahpeton, ND 

June 25-29: PDC, Appleton
WAAE CoP Page (Board and Committee Materials)
Communities of Practice
Job Postings
Board Member List
Ag Teacher's Life Cycle
NAAE website

Costello shares about need for more ag teachers 
Check out the #FFAWeek2017 and #wiffa hashtags on social media to see all the FFA Week posts! 
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