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Our Professional Development Conference is held during the summer so that our professional staff can build or maintain industry connections; attend workshops taught by industry leaders, innovative instructors, and foundation supporters; and conduct the organization's business at our annual meeting.

Future conference dates:

  • June 23-27, 2019 in LaCrosse
  • June 28-July 2, 2020 in La Crosse
  • June 27-July 1, 2021 in La Crosse

Professional Development Conference (PDC)

General Information

2019 WAAE Professional Development Conference
WAAE is pleased to hold its 2019 Professional Development Conference June 23-27 at the Radisson Hotel in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Thank you to our conference sponsors! We greatly appreciate your support of Wisconsin's agricultural educators.

Platinum
Cooperative Network







Gold


Silver
AgEdNet.com a service of Stewart-Peterson Inc.
CAERT
Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation
Wisconsin Farmers Union

Bronze
Don and Mary Josko
Russ Davis Wholesale
University of Wisconsin - Platteville
University of Wisconsin - River Falls

In-Kind Support
Fox Valley Technical College
MinnTex Citrus
Wisconsin FFA Alumni Association

Conference Fees and Payment

Fees
Conference registration*: $400
Daily registration*: $133 (dues) + $125/day
Workshop Session fees: Varies by session selected. Many are offered at no additional cost.
Monday dinner socials (optional)
Bowling: $30
Baseball: $30
Golf: $50
Additional banquet ticket(s): $25 each
Instructional kits (optional): $100

*Conference registration includes all workshop sessions, WAAE/NAAE dues, meetings, meals, refreshment breaks, and materials, with the exception of additional fees stated in the session descriptions. Meals included in the conference fee include Monday lunch, Tuesday lunch and evening picnic social and Wednesday lunch and one banquet dinner ticket. Breakfast is included in the hotel reservations.

Carl Perkins Funding
In most cases Carl Perkins Funding can be used to pay for attendance at the conference. Discuss this with the individual in charge of these funds at your school.

Invoice and Payment
After completing and submitting the online registration form, there will be a link to print an invoice. If you do not receive a confirmation email or see a place on the website to print an invoice then you are not registered for the conference.

Payment should be sent to the following address. 

Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators
PO Box 935
East Troy, WI 53120

Payment is required by the time conference attendees arrive onsite. If not, participants will be responsible for working out their personal reimbursement with their respective schools.

Registration

Registration is open now!

  1. Click here OR click on the "My Account" button on the left navigation bar of this page
  2. Select "Conference Registrations"

If you do not receive a confirmation email or see a place on the website to print an invoice then you are not registered for the conference.

WTCS Dean's Meeting Registration - http://waae.com/pages/wtcs-registration/

20-Year Club Registration - http://waae.com/pages/20-year-banquet/

Conference Schedule

2019 Professional Development Schedule

Sunday, June 23
11 a.m. 
3 p.m.
4-8 p.m.
8-9 p.m.
New Teacher Program
WAAE Board Meeting  
Exhibitor Registration and Set-Up                                                              
Conference Registration                                                                                                

Monday, June 24
7-8 a.m.
8-9 a.m.
9-10 a.m.
10-12:15 a.m.
12:30-2:15 p.m.
2:30-3:30 p.m.
3:45-4:45 p.m.
Exhibitor Registration and Set-Up
Educational Expo Opens - View Exhibits! 
Professional Development Sessions
Educational Expo Resumes - Walking Lunch
Opening Session
Statewide committee meetings
Sectional committee meetings

Tuesday, June 25
6:30-8:45 a.m.
9-11 a.m.
11:15 a.m.-1 p.m.
1:15-4:30 p.m.
1:15-3:15 p.m.
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Breakfast & Business Meeting, meeting begins at 8 a.m. 
Professional Development Sessions  
Post-Secondary Luncheon / Secondary Luncheon
Wisconsin FFA Center Board Meeting
Professional Development Sessions (FFA Center Board Mtg)
Professional Development Sessions (FFA Center Board Mtg)
 
Wednesday, June 26
6:30-7:45 a.m. 
8-11 a.m.
11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
1:15-2:45 p.m.
3:00-4:30 p.m.
5 p.m.   
5:30 p.m. 
 
Breakfast
Professional Development Sessions
Luncheon
Professional Development Sessions
Professional Development Sessions  
Banquet Reception
Banquet
Social following banquet
 
Thursday, June 29
6 a.m.
7:00-9:45 a.m.
8:00-9:00 a.m.
10 a.m.-12 p.m. 
12 p.m.
Walk with the Wellness Committee
Breakfast & Business Meeting, meeting begins at 9 a.m.
Mentor/Mentee Breakfast 
Professional Development Sessions
Conference adjourns
Post-Conference Meetings
12:15 p.m.  

WAAE Board Meeting

 

Sessions

(Click here to get more details about submitting session proposals.)

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Tuesday   9:30am to 11:00am
There are no Sessions for this time slot.
Sunday   11:00am to 6:00pm
*I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
*I will not attend a pre-conference session or I have board duties.
Cost: Included in conference fees
New Teacher Workshop
Presented by: Jamie Propson, TBD
Cost: Included in conference fees
New teachers should plan to attend this informative, interactive session where we will meet key faces in agriculture education, allow for networking, questioning and hook new teachers up with resources and swag! Sponsorships are available for the entire conference for just this session, contact Nicole Nelson or Jamie Propson for details.
Monday   9:00am to 10:00am
*I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
2020 District Leadership Development Event Host Training
Presented by: Cheryl Zimmerman
Cost: Included in conference fees
All FFA chapter advisors who are scheduled to host 2020 FFA District Leadership Development Events must attend this workshop. There are many details you need to know in order to host the District Leadership Development Events. You will receive detailed information on your role as a host and understand how to prepare for these events. We will clarify rules and procedures for the various leadership development events, so all events are run the same in each district. Listed below are the scheduled sites for the District Leadership Development Events. This is also a great workshop for anyone interested in learning more about the FFA Leadership Development Events and helping to prepare students to compete in these opportunities. The following schools are scheduled to host District Leadership Development Events for the 2019-2020 school year: Section 1: Shell Lake, St. Croix Falls, Bruce Section 2: Glenwood City, Elmwood, Eau Claire Section 3: Independence, Sparta, Westby Section 4: Wauzeka, Southwestern, Dodgeville Section 5: Evansville, Janesville Parker, Marshall Section 6: Oakfield, Portage, Reedsburg Section 7: Stevens Point, Thorp, Medford Section 8: Wittenberg-Birnamwood, Suring, Manawa Section 9: Luxemburg-Casco, Denmark, Plymouth Section 10: Dodgeland, Jefferson, Burlington
A New Pollinator Habitat Curriculum Guide
Presented by: Claire Bjork, Craig Ficenec
Cost: Included in conference fees
Educators, there has never been a better time to teach your students about pollinators! Come discover the new Pollinator Habitat Curriculum Guide for establishing and maintaining prairie habitat to benefit pollinators and monarch butterflies. The 28 hands-on activities can apply to small pollinator gardens or large on-farm restorations. Created by the UW Earth Partnership with support from Sand County Foundation, this guide aligns with state and national standards. Attendees will receive a printed guide.
Engaging Agricultural Engineering for Your Classroom-Think STEM!
Presented by: Michelle Howe
Cost: Included in conference fees
Engineering is Everywhere curriculum is a "free" curriculum for teachers that you can "Choose from twelve units with fun, hands-on activities based on real-world engineering challenges." Do you want to incorporate STEM into your curriculum with an agricultural twist? This workshop will introduce you to the units and activities that will engage and excite your students and administrators! Come along to see this amazing resource that is so easy a sub can do it!
Grab Those Passports- Time to Take Your Ag Class Abroad
Presented by: Jillian Beaty
Cost: Included in conference fees
Expand the boundaries of your classroom to beyond our country's borders! Learn more about how international travel can enhance your students understanding of US and World Agriculture while preparing globally minded citizens.
Instructional Kits: What's Inside? How can I use this stuff?
Presented by: Richard Bierbrauer, Tracy Heinbuch
Cost: Included in conference fees
This workshop is designed for WAAE members who purchased this year's instructional kit. This workshop is voluntary. The intent of this workshop is to introduce you to your instructional kit and lead you through some activities on how you can use them in your classroom.
Post Secondary Idea Sharing
Presented by: Kevin Rauchholz
Cost: Included in conference fees
Post Secondary on-campus idea sharing.
Reducing the Anxiety of Advocacy and Relationship Building
Presented by: Paul Larson,, Linda Sattler, Troy Talford
Cost: Included in conference fees
Workshop will discuss easy ways to build influence and relationships in your local community. Presenter will include easy ways to increase community awareness of your program and your efforts. Additionally, strategies to connect with you local, state, and federal political representatives. The strategies shared will lessen your stress and anxiety in building these relationships and advocacy networks. Promotion examples will be shared and questions of participants answered.
SAE for ALL
Presented by: Glenda Crook
Cost: Included in conference fees
The SAE for ALL initiative gives every Ag student an opportunity to participate in the SAE circle of the three circle model. This workshop will provide ideas for Ag Teachers to implement the SAE for All concept into their classroom instruction. Materials and organizational strategies will be shared to make implementing SAEs into your curriculum easy!
The Ins and Outs: Using Simulation to Teach Bovine Artificial Insemination
Presented by: Jamey McIntosh, Kelly Greig
Cost: $30.00 (Optional)
What you get: $50 worth of classroom resources
This session gives attendees the basic principles of teaching Artificial Insemination including how simulation training tools can enhance A.I. learning. This is an interactive session that includes discussions on best practices in the ag classroom, the anatomy of female cattle reproductive system and proper technique of A.I. of cattle.
Tuesday   9:00am to 11:00am
*I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
A garden in the classroom?!
Presented by: Barbara Krause
Cost: Included in conference fees
Find out how to make gardening come alive in your classroom. Have a positive impact by supplying food for your school’s cafeteria. Research shows that when kids grow vegetables, kids eat vegetables. With the Tower Garden, an aeroponic growing system, schools can encourage healthy lifestyle habits among students (without the hassles of soil gardening — such as digging, weeding, and messes). Incorporating the Tower Garden into your existing curriculum is easier than you might think. Lesson plans are ready to use!
Ag in the Classroom and the Sugarbush!
Presented by: Darlene Arneson, Theresa Baroun, Justin Baroun
Cost: Included in conference fees
This interactive workshop will help you learn more about Ag in the Classroom resources on a state and national basis along with the many resources in the maple syrup industry. Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom and the Wisconsin Maple Syrup Producer’s Association will co-present. Darlene Arneson will provide updates on new Ag in the Classroom resources, Journey 2050, curriculum matrix, AITC trainings, and other activities. Theresa Baroun will provide a free copy of the new maple syrup lesson plans (just finalized in early 2019), conduct hands-on activities using the Hands-On Activity Kit available from WMSPA, go over basic maple syrup production, processing and equipment. WMSPA intern Justin Baroun will cover marketing of maple syrup products and how your students might develop a marketing plan for Wisconsin commodities. The new Bourbon Maple Syrup process will also be discussed. The presentation will also cover how to use maple syrup production in your classroom, as an SAE for FFA members, and in Food for America activities.
Discover Dairy Education for Your Future Dairy Leaders
Presented by: Jake Cramer, Becky Wirkus
Cost: Included in conference fees
Having already impacted over 175,000 students nationwide, Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow and Discover Dairy have paved the way in web-based agricultural learning at NO COST to students or educators. These engaging, interactive and cross-curricular programs were developed under the advisement of certified agricultural educators as well as industry professionals and are used in many classrooms to enhance existing curriculum or as a stand-alone unit of instruction. Bring your laptop or tablet as the Dairy Education Programs Manager for the Center for Dairy Excellence and an agricultural educator who uses the program leads you through the registration process for these programs, showcases each course and lesson, and then discuss different ways that hundreds of teachers have already used the programs in their classroom.
I Survived Year One... Now What?
Presented by: Jamie Propson, Stacey Kunde
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
This workshop aimed at early career teachers provides a sharing of resources, tips and structure to help your second, third, or fourth year in agricultural education a success. This workshops builds on the ideas from the new teacher workshop with a focus on the three circles model of ag education, NOT FOR BRAND NEW TEACHERS.
Increase student engagement while exploring Agriculture Career Pathways
Presented by: Kelly LaMarche, Jamey McIntosh
Cost: Included in conference fees
Do you need new ideas for engaging today’s Ag students? Are you looking to ways to refresh or enhance your current curriculum? Attend this session to hear best practices and discover key tools that CTE teachers are using to create dynamic classrooms. You'll learn new ways to create skills training and career exploration opportunities, with an emphasis in welding and agricultural science. Time to interact with innovative learning aides, assessment tools and student-based, hands-on activities will be provided.
Mix it up with Microgreens!
Presented by: David Kruse
Cost: $15.00 (Required)
What you get: Microgreen Variety Seed Samples to take home ($10 value total) Participants will leave with a minimum of 3 small germination/growth chambers (plastic containers) Workshop will include samples of microgreens for tasting.
Elkhorn High School has installed a 16 tray NFT hydroponic system to raise microgreens. Participants will learn about microgreen varieties and suppliers, taste microgreen varieties, harvesting methods, cleaning, packaging, and classroom applications. Participants will receive $10 in microgreen seeds for their schools and also leave with their own microgreen growth chambers ready for harvest for their July salads and culinary experiences.
Putting Precision Ag into the hands of Students
Presented by: Brent Christianson
Cost: Included in conference fees
Do you want to get your students excited about precision agriculture and technology? This hands-on demonstration and mini-lab will be something that you can implement into your classroom. This session will show you how you can create your own GPS “data” just like farmers would in the field and how to import data so that students can begin to analyze real data. During this session we will run through a “full growing season” in order to allow you to customize the mini lab to best fit your class any time of the year. You will walk away with new ideas on how to create real data, analyze real data, and a mini lab that can span multiple classes or units for your class. This session is a great fit for both new and experienced agriculture instructors who have varying levels of experience with GPS and precision agriculture knowledge.
Risk Management - What is it? Where does it belong in your classroom?
Presented by: Deb Ihm, Kory Staslberg, Edmund Ruff
Cost: Included in conference fees
Attend this train-the-trainer workshop to learn about managing risks on today’s livestock and crop farms. Participants will learn about FREE online curriculum available for their high school classrooms and receive training on the lesson objectives included. Specific risk management topics include: general areas of risk management on farms, livestock protection, crop insurance, rainfall index, and whole farm revenue policies. This curriculum could be added to business management, livestock, and crop lessons in your existing courses. Participants will receive a stipend for attending and have access to the curriculum for free.
Smoke it, Dry it or Can it
Presented by: Tom Sebranek
Cost: $10.00 (Required)
What you get: Different finished food products. Preserved and ready for a snack. Guaranteed to get your monies worth.
You will learn how to easily smoke meat, fish or wild game. You will learn the basics on using a dehydrator to cure your product. You will learn that canning can also be a viable way to preserve your game. Tips, recipes and equipment needs for each. You gotta taste to believe.
Using Finpack Software for Cash Flow Planning
Presented by: TBD
Cost: Included in conference fees
(Postsecondary Track, but open to all) Tricks and tips,utilizing Finpack software to assist farms in cash flow planning.
Tuesday   1:15pm to 3:15pm
*I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
*Wisconsin FFA Center Board Meeting
Cost: Included in conference fees
Wisconsin FFA Center Board Meeting
2-Biotechnology for Beginners
Presented by: Jeanna Burgan
Cost: $10.00 (Required)
What you get: Notebook for recording labs and activities Bound workbook of workshop materials
We will review basics of DNA; then develop our own procedures to extract DNA from fruit. We will also review the structure of DNA and then complete Gel Electrophoresis to determine which bull is a carrier for the dwarfism gene. GMO and PCR activities will also be completed.
2-Get Wild With Wool!
Presented by: Natasha Paris
Cost: $45.00 (Required)
What you get: A drop spindle, fiber samples from multiple breeds/species to use for your classroom, materials for felting, fiber to use for felting and spinning in class and at home practice
Want to get more fiber in your teaching? Fiber production and processing, that is! Come to this very hands-on workshop in which you will learn all about different types of fibers, fiber products and how they are made. Learn to spin and felt as well as get the materials to implement a fiber unit in your curriculum!
2-Let's build our WISELearn resources
Presented by: Jeff Hicken
Cost: Included in conference fees
WISELearn provides a centralized location for connecting Wisconsin educators and sharing classroom and professional learning resources. This free site brings Wisconsin content to one easy to search spot. During this session we will walk through how WISELearn works as well as each participant will be asked to bring lessons, labs, etc. to upload to the system. Participants will earn a stipend for their work.
2-Tour of area Ag Businesses
Presented by: TBD
Cost: Included in conference fees
(Postsecondary Track, but open to all) Go out and tour local ag businesses.
2-WI DNR Instructor Certification ATV, Boat, and Snowmobile
Presented by: Linda Xiong, Kimberly Cooley
Cost: Included in conference fees
Instructor Certification material and training will be given during this 3 hour block. Attendee will be certifiable by end of the session. Instructor Applications will be filled out the day of the training. A complete background check process will be followed in accordance to established DNR Policy and Procedures.
Agriculture Science Academy
Presented by: Roger King
Cost: Included in conference fees
Is your school considering stating an Academy that focuses Agriculture Careers? - This workshop will give you some incite to the process, credits awarded etc. that Holmen High School has gone through to offer an Agriculture Academy in the Coulee Region
But I don't have time to advocate...
Presented by: Linda Sattler, Troy Talford
Cost: Included in conference fees
But, I don't wanna advocate, why would I want to do this????.... A little work now can save LOTS of panic and stress later. We will be creating advocacy documents for your program -- specific to your data, your goals, and your needs. Bring your computing device - ideally one you can use to easily manipulate documents.
Farming Simulator
Presented by: Richard Bierbrauer
Cost: Included in conference fees
This session will describe a farming simulation game that will run a mock year of a farming exercise. Participants will select a farming enterprise, make decisions, anticipate markets, unforeseen circumstances, start up costs, and deal with fluctuating commodity prices. Participants will leave the session with a digital and physical copy of all materials required to implement this activity in class.
Horticulture Exploration
Presented by: Susan Frame
Cost: $40.00 (Required)
What you get: TBD, working on activities based upon needs assessment.
Experience hands-on activities to enhance Horticulture classes you teach. Activities will help introduce students to the broad area of the Horticulture industry. Take home materials and lesson plan(s) will be included.
Mentoring the next generation of learners in WAAE and in the Classroom
Presented by: Jamie Propson, Shalynn Domke
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
Using strategies from Tim Elmore we will discover ways to empower new teachers and students who may be from generations others than our own. Expect to challenge your ways of teaching, leading and mentoring. Open to all educators, strongly encouraged for WAAE and In-District Mentors.
Teaching Floral with Humor
Presented by: Lisa Belisle
Cost: Included in conference fees
Teaching Floral Design can be as easy as one, two, and three. Lisa Belisle will walk you through three designs, specifically geared toward beginner students, that you will be able to teach in future classes. It is imperative that teachers imprint the correct wording, verbiage, and illustrations to establish a solid foundation for beginners. Furthermore, it has been said that a lesson applied with humor is very difficult to unlearn, so get ready for a performance that will not only emphasize love for teaching, but will offer plenty of opportunity to laugh and remind us how fun floral design can be when everyone is learning. Last but certainly not least, Lisa will also touch on how to get high schoolers to actually laugh with you, not at you!
Tuesday   3:30pm to 4:30pm
*I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
*Wisconsin FFA Center Board Meeting
Cost: Included in conference fees
Wisconsin FFA Center Board Meeting
2-Biotechnology for Beginners
Presented by: Jeanna Burgan
Cost: $10.00 (Required)
What you get: Notebook for recording labs and activities Bound workbook of workshop materials
We will review basics of DNA; then develop our own procedures to extract DNA from fruit. We will also review the structure of DNA and then complete Gel Electrophoresis to determine which bull is a carrier for the dwarfism gene. GMO and PCR activities will also be completed.
2-Get Wild With Wool!
Presented by: Natasha Paris
Cost: $45.00 (Required)
What you get: A drop spindle, fiber samples from multiple breeds/species to use for your classroom, materials for felting, fiber to use for felting and spinning in class and at home practice
Want to get more fiber in your teaching? Fiber production and processing, that is! Come to this very hands-on workshop in which you will learn all about different types of fibers, fiber products and how they are made. Learn to spin and felt as well as get the materials to implement a fiber unit in your curriculum!
2-Let's build our WISELearn resources
Presented by: Jeff Hicken
Cost: Included in conference fees
WISELearn provides a centralized location for connecting Wisconsin educators and sharing classroom and professional learning resources. This free site brings Wisconsin content to one easy to search spot. During this session we will walk through how WISELearn works as well as each participant will be asked to bring lessons, labs, etc. to upload to the system. Participants will earn a stipend for their work.
2-Tour of area Ag Businesses
Presented by: TBD
Cost: Included in conference fees
(Postsecondary Track, but open to all) Go out and tour local ag businesses.
2-WI DNR Instructor Certification ATV, Boat, and Snowmobile
Presented by: Linda Xiong, Kimberly Cooley
Cost: Included in conference fees
Instructor Certification material and training will be given during this 3 hour block. Attendee will be certifiable by end of the session. Instructor Applications will be filled out the day of the training. A complete background check process will be followed in accordance to established DNR Policy and Procedures.
Certify Every Student!
Presented by: John Andress
Cost: Included in conference fees
Come learn about iCEV’s online curriculum resources for all CTE subject areas. Easy-to-use course management tools, such as automatic testing and grading and timesaving lessons plans, make classroom implementation a breeze, while thought-provoking student projects and interactive activities enhance student learning and retention. Through the completion of regular coursework, students can earn industry backed certifications from top tier companies!
Commodity Challenge: a grain market trading game
Presented by: Edward Usset
Cost: Included in conference fees
Marketing grain is a difficult challenge for producers. Commodity Challenge (commoditychallenge.com) is a mobile-friendly game that helps students experience the challenge of grain markets and marketing decisions. The game offers a hands-on approach to learning about grain markets, marketing decisions and pricing tools. Commodity Challenge enjoys ongoing support from the CHS Foundation. Their support allows us to offer the game free of charge to any classroom or FFA group who wants to learn more about commodity marketing.
Daily Routines to Be the Best Role Model Ever!
Presented by: Barbara Krause
Cost: Included in conference fees
Your students are watching and emulating you. Don't you want to be the best role model ever?! Learn tips on daily routines from easy exercises to healthy food choices. You will also learn the importance of these choices.
New Teacher Workshop Part 2
Presented by: Jim Melby, Matt Reinders
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
This extension of the new teacher Sunday session is a great opportunity to ask additional questions to help guide your first year(s) in agricultural education. We will expand on the information and resources we went over on Sunday.
Prove your Rigor:Connections to AP Bio
Presented by: Rhonda Knapp
Cost: Included in conference fees
Do you teach an advanced level Ag Science course? Do you want to help introduce or validate your current courses with the AP Environmental Science/AP Biology tests? The overlap between AP and agriculture/biotechnology courses can help students become more successful when taking AP Exams. Your current courses may be teaching the content - now it is time to make that connection and prove your rigor! This session will help guide you in understanding content that may overlap with AP exams and help prepare you to introduce/validate your content to students/administration.
Wednesday   8:00am to 11:00am
*I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
20-Year Club Meeting
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
Now that the Wednesday luncheon is combined, the 20-year club meeting will take place during the Wednesday morning workshop session time. Start time is TBD.
3-Energize Your Curriculum with Renewable Energy
Presented by: Sara Windjue
Cost: $25.00 (Required)
What you get: • ready-to-use hands-on lessons, activity guide, and other supporting resources and experiences • experience utilizing technology for environmental education • a certificate of participation from the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education • a $125/session Environmental Education Implementation Incentive is available per individual to encourage and support energy-related projects in the fall
Renewable energy is exciting! Does it work in Wisconsin? Get your students excited about renewable energy and the implications it has for our environment and economy, while exploring potential careers in the energy industry. This workshop provides hands-on activities and classroom-based applications for teachers to help analyze energy information and create strategies and techniques to enhance STEM in their classrooms. Use the engineering design process while building a solar cooker, wind and water turbines. Workshop participants will receive the KEEP Doable Renewables: Renewable Energy Education Activity Guide. Recommended for teachers of grades 5-12, adaptable to PK-4 audiences. (Fulfills the Environmental Education License Stipulation)
3-Progressive Agriculture Safety Days - Coordinator Training
Presented by: Brian Kuhl, Bernard Geschke, Jana Davidson
Cost: Included in conference fees
The Progressive Agriculture Foundation (PAF) provides education, training and resources to make farm, ranch and rural life safer and healthier for children and their communities. Participants will be trained for their role as a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day lead coordinator. From garnering support from community volunteers to utilizing farm safety props, the training will highlight the planning and implementation of a one-day educational event designed to be age-appropriate, hands-on and fun. Once trained, coordinators will have access to 30+ chapters of peer-reviewed safety and health curriculum including lesson plans and more than 100 hands-on activities and demonstrations. In addition to training, curriculum, PAF also provides t-shirts, take-home-bags, insurance coverage and other resources for all Progressive Agriculture Safety Day participants and volunteers.
3-Whelmers, Unsuckies and Challenges
Presented by: Steve Schauf
Cost: Included in conference fees
A veteran educator shares his collection of hands-on engaging Agriscience, Technology and FFA Leadership Activities that WHELMs your students, but does not OVER-WHELM them. You can take home a cache of tried and true team builders, ice breakers, tricks 'o the trade, applied science lab demonstrations, and many more teaching techniques that both new and experience teachers can easily utilize. One, all day session off site in an agriscience and technology lab.
5 Teaching Lessons You Can Use In Your School Greenhouse
Presented by: Donald Josko, Donald Josko
Cost: $30.00 (Required)
What you get: Teachers will receive 5 instructional "hands-on" lessons they can teach in the School Greenhouse.
Participants will get hands-on training on teaching 5 ready to lessons in the areas of fertilizer applications, pest management, container selection, and seed germination. Samples will be provided.
AgI2 Symposium - Continued Learning and Growing in Inquiry
Presented by: Rachel Sauvola, Troy Talford, Jeanna Burgan, Roger King
Cost: Included in conference fees
This is an opportunity for those trained statewide in inquiry education through AgI2 to get back together to share and learn. We will conduct an inquiry lesson on agricultural misconceptions and provide time for sharing of ideas/lessons that are working for your students. This mimics the symposium at NAAE Conference for those in the NATAA program. We're the first state to make this happen and will accept the first 50 trained teachers to sign up.
Beekeeping Basics
Presented by: Adam Wehling
Cost: $225.00 (Optional)
What you get: This optional kit would include starter beehive equipment: 1 book, 1 smoker, 1 Bee Veil, 1 pair of gloves, 1 hivetool, 1 deep painted hivebody, 10 frames with foundation, 1 innercover, 1 painted outer cover, 1 entrance reducer, 1 painted bottomboard (no bees) and a set of 20 laminated teaching frame inserts with colored pictures and detailed visuals used for teaching aids.
Explore Beekeeping and learn about they dynamic world of honeybees! Learn about different types of bees, hives, management techniques and so much more! This workshop will be taught by an experienced beekeeper and an option to purchase a beehive and instructional materials.
Land and Building Appraisals and WI Benchmark Numbers
Presented by: TBD
Cost: Included in conference fees
(Postsecondary Track, but open to all) For the first half of the session, hear from local farm appraisers on values and trends in the state. The second half of the session focuses on updating the state financial benchmarks standards in farming.
Learn how to run the day so it won't run you
Presented by: Chris Clark
Cost: Included in conference fees
The time is now to improve your work life balance. Sign up for this session and start "running" your day instead of the day running "you". Every attendee will discover something to change to gain more hours in your day for you, your family, your hobbies. Don't miss this session with bonus ready to use tested and tried FFA retreat activities to add to your next meeting. It has a lot for you and your officer team to manage the busy ag/ FFA classroom.
Make Your Food for America Program Legen-dairy
Presented by: Beth Schaefer
Cost: Included in conference fees
Not sure if your Food for America program is moo-ving in the right direction? Are you short on resources, funding and time? Join the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin for a dairy farm tour to learn about tour planning resources and new educational materials that will help your students make your Food for America program Legen-dairy!
Select Sires Tour and Session
Presented by: Kori Blank
Pathway: Animal Science
Cost: Included in conference fees
Tour Select Sires and session about genetics.
Two stroke carburetor theory, testing, cleaning and repair
Presented by: Dale Drees
Cost: Included in conference fees
Detailed instruction on fuel pump carburetors including stratified charged carbs and the new m-tronic carburetors.
Wednesday   1:15pm to 2:45pm
*I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
*WAAE Board Banquet Prep
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
WAAE Board Banquet Prep
3-Energize Your Curriculum with Renewable Energy
Presented by: Sara Windjue
Cost: $25.00 (Required)
What you get: • ready-to-use hands-on lessons, activity guide, and other supporting resources and experiences • experience utilizing technology for environmental education • a certificate of participation from the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education • a $125/session Environmental Education Implementation Incentive is available per individual to encourage and support energy-related projects in the fall
Renewable energy is exciting! Does it work in Wisconsin? Get your students excited about renewable energy and the implications it has for our environment and economy, while exploring potential careers in the energy industry. This workshop provides hands-on activities and classroom-based applications for teachers to help analyze energy information and create strategies and techniques to enhance STEM in their classrooms. Use the engineering design process while building a solar cooker, wind and water turbines. Workshop participants will receive the KEEP Doable Renewables: Renewable Energy Education Activity Guide. Recommended for teachers of grades 5-12, adaptable to PK-4 audiences. (Fulfills the Environmental Education License Stipulation)
3-Progressive Agriculture Safety Days - Coordinator Training
Presented by: Brian Kuhl, Bernard Geschke, Jana Davidson
Cost: Included in conference fees
The Progressive Agriculture Foundation (PAF) provides education, training and resources to make farm, ranch and rural life safer and healthier for children and their communities. Participants will be trained for their role as a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day lead coordinator. From garnering support from community volunteers to utilizing farm safety props, the training will highlight the planning and implementation of a one-day educational event designed to be age-appropriate, hands-on and fun. Once trained, coordinators will have access to 30+ chapters of peer-reviewed safety and health curriculum including lesson plans and more than 100 hands-on activities and demonstrations. In addition to training, curriculum, PAF also provides t-shirts, take-home-bags, insurance coverage and other resources for all Progressive Agriculture Safety Day participants and volunteers.
3-Whelmers, Unsuckies and Challenges
Presented by: Steve Schauf
Cost: Included in conference fees
A veteran educator shares his collection of hands-on engaging Agriscience, Technology and FFA Leadership Activities that WHELMs your students, but does not OVER-WHELM them. You can take home a cache of tried and true team builders, ice breakers, tricks 'o the trade, applied science lab demonstrations, and many more teaching techniques that both new and experience teachers can easily utilize. One, all day session off site in an agriscience and technology lab.
4-Life Hacks 101: Stress and Recovery for Educators
Presented by: Erica Thieman
Cost: $75.00 (Optional)
What you get: Each participant will be sent a biofeedback device to wear for 4-5 days. This device will be used to provide participants with a detailed report of the time the device was worn that includes analysis of stress, recovery, physical activity, and sleep quality/quantity.
Through this session, participants will learn how stress and recovery impact people's performance both professionally and personally. Each participant will receive their detailed biofeedback report to review during the session.
4-Winfield/Forage Genetics International Tour
Presented by: Richard Bierbrauer
Cost: Included in conference fees
Come and listen to the experts at the Winfield Answer Plot in West Salem! The Answer Plot is where the Winfield company plants new varieties of crops to test their viability. The workshop will include agronomy, soil science, plant genetics, corn, soybean, and alfalfa research. This workshop will also include a tour of Forage Genetics International and the Bangor FFA Answer Plot Community Garden.
Bringing the Barn to School
Presented by: Lisa Kopp
Cost: Included in conference fees
Will be shown how to incorporate animals and hands-on labs into your school district's curriculum. Lisa Kopp, Medford Agriculture Instructor, fundraised over $180,000 to build an agriculture building on the Medford High School Property. Many would think this isn’t possible, but it can be on many different levels. Animal learning facilities are becoming more and more popular in the Agriculture Departments around the state and can be utilized across the school in other departments, too! Lisa will talk with you about some of the tips to utilize when looking to engage a community on a dream that will positively impact the lives of student learners. Do you want to engage students stronger in the classroom? Students love hands-on applications with animals. Lisa will also suggest how to create a wave of positivity (for agriculture) in your community by contacting local newspapers, radios, TV stations, utilizing social media as well as online crowdfunding websites. Are you not sure if this could happen in your district? Come and see what could be done on a smaller level at your school next year!
Building Costs and Overruns & Robotic Barns
Presented by: TBD
Cost: Included in conference fees
(Postsecondary Track, but open to all) Where are new ag building and excavating costs at. How to budget typical overruns.
Irrigation Techniques to Free Up Teacher Weekends and Holidays
Presented by: Donald Josko, Donald Josko, Donald Josko
Cost: Included in conference fees
Tired of coming in on weekends, holidays, or having to find someone to care for your plants. Come and learn the latest techniques for growing plants in the greenhouse using Vapor Pressure Deficit technology, along with flood tables,flood mats, and Grow Towers.
Use Google tools to build a website, target your audience and LAUNCH!
Presented by: Gwen Boettcher
Cost: Included in conference fees
Using Google tools design and develop a professional website to utilize with curriculum and share all things about your program with the community. Learn to target your audience and use social media to create a following. Work time will be part of the workshop. Explore www.deforestffa.org to start!
Wednesday   3:00pm to 4:30pm
*I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
*WAAE Board Banquet Prep
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
WAAE Board Banquet Prep
3-Energize Your Curriculum with Renewable Energy
Presented by: Sara Windjue
Cost: $25.00 (Required)
What you get: • ready-to-use hands-on lessons, activity guide, and other supporting resources and experiences • experience utilizing technology for environmental education • a certificate of participation from the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education • a $125/session Environmental Education Implementation Incentive is available per individual to encourage and support energy-related projects in the fall
Renewable energy is exciting! Does it work in Wisconsin? Get your students excited about renewable energy and the implications it has for our environment and economy, while exploring potential careers in the energy industry. This workshop provides hands-on activities and classroom-based applications for teachers to help analyze energy information and create strategies and techniques to enhance STEM in their classrooms. Use the engineering design process while building a solar cooker, wind and water turbines. Workshop participants will receive the KEEP Doable Renewables: Renewable Energy Education Activity Guide. Recommended for teachers of grades 5-12, adaptable to PK-4 audiences. (Fulfills the Environmental Education License Stipulation)
3-Progressive Agriculture Safety Days - Coordinator Training
Presented by: Brian Kuhl, Bernard Geschke, Jana Davidson
Cost: Included in conference fees
The Progressive Agriculture Foundation (PAF) provides education, training and resources to make farm, ranch and rural life safer and healthier for children and their communities. Participants will be trained for their role as a Progressive Agriculture Safety Day lead coordinator. From garnering support from community volunteers to utilizing farm safety props, the training will highlight the planning and implementation of a one-day educational event designed to be age-appropriate, hands-on and fun. Once trained, coordinators will have access to 30+ chapters of peer-reviewed safety and health curriculum including lesson plans and more than 100 hands-on activities and demonstrations. In addition to training, curriculum, PAF also provides t-shirts, take-home-bags, insurance coverage and other resources for all Progressive Agriculture Safety Day participants and volunteers.
3-Whelmers, Unsuckies and Challenges
Presented by: Steve Schauf
Cost: Included in conference fees
A veteran educator shares his collection of hands-on engaging Agriscience, Technology and FFA Leadership Activities that WHELMs your students, but does not OVER-WHELM them. You can take home a cache of tried and true team builders, ice breakers, tricks 'o the trade, applied science lab demonstrations, and many more teaching techniques that both new and experience teachers can easily utilize. One, all day session off site in an agriscience and technology lab.
4-Life Hacks 101: Stress and Recovery for Educators
Presented by: Erica Thieman
Cost: $75.00 (Optional)
What you get: Each participant will be sent a biofeedback device to wear for 4-5 days. This device will be used to provide participants with a detailed report of the time the device was worn that includes analysis of stress, recovery, physical activity, and sleep quality/quantity.
Through this session, participants will learn how stress and recovery impact people's performance both professionally and personally. Each participant will receive their detailed biofeedback report to review during the session.
4-Winfield/Forage Genetics International Tour
Presented by: Richard Bierbrauer
Cost: Included in conference fees
Come and listen to the experts at the Winfield Answer Plot in West Salem! The Answer Plot is where the Winfield company plants new varieties of crops to test their viability. The workshop will include agronomy, soil science, plant genetics, corn, soybean, and alfalfa research. This workshop will also include a tour of Forage Genetics International and the Bangor FFA Answer Plot Community Garden.
Agriscience Fair
Presented by: Becky Grabarski, Beth Babcock
Cost: Included in conference fees
Want to help your students do well at the Agriscience Fair? Not sure were to begin? Have questions like "What is the difference between a written report and a display?" Wondering where to begin? Begin at this Agriscience Fair Workshop.
FBPM-Student Recruitment Discussion
Presented by: TBD
Cost: Included in conference fees
(Postsecondary Track, but open to all) Discussion on recruiting and retaining FBPM students.
Hands-on Activities to Explore Soil Health Concepts in the Classroom
Presented by: Jamie Patton
Cost: Included in conference fees
Soil health is a hot topic in agricultural and water quality circles worldwide. Soil health concepts are centered around understanding the dynamic and complex soil ecosystem as it relates to the biological, chemical, and physical properties essential to support human, plant, and animal health. In this session, you will explore the concept of soil as an ecosystem, as well as the agricultural practices that promote soil health. You will participate in hands-on activities and experiments to learn more about key soil properties used by farmers, agencies, and academics to assess soil health in the field and on the landscape. Activities/experiments will incorporate equipment and techniques applicable to the secondary and technical school classroom, so presented information can easily be incorporated into existing agronomy and soils curricula. If you are ready to “dig in” and learn more about incorporating soil health concepts in your courses, this session is for you!
High School Forestry Class - Curricular Needs Assessment
Presented by: Steve Schmidt, Kate Flick, Gretchen Marshall
Cost: Included in conference fees
Does Wisconsin need a standard high school forestry course? What is already taught around the state? Come join LEAF staff and tell us what you need and what you already do. Please bring your resources and ideas to contribute! The goal is to create a repository of activities which can be accessed from links in a scope and sequence--useful for those needing a quick lesson on a specific topic to those who suddenly find themselves teaching a forestry course with no experience in the subject.
Horse Selection Basics
Presented by: Sara Novotny
Cost: Included in conference fees
Learn the background behind form to function in horses and what traits to select for when purchasing. This content is also presented at CVTC as part of the equine certificates and is a base-level lesson on horse conformation and selection.
SAE's for Beginners
Presented by: Mary Handrich, Shelly Oelhafen
Cost: Included in conference fees
We will learn easy ways to start implementing SAEs for everyone into your ag ed classroom. Current teachers will share different ways they are engaging students in the SAE process. The focus will be on the foundational SAE activities. Don't be scared we'll get you prepared!
Thursday   10:00am to 12:00pm
*I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
Budding & Grafting
Presented by: Donald Josko, Donald Josko
Cost: $40.00 (Required)
What you get: Participants will learn the hands-on method of budding and grafting fruit trees,ornamental, and tomato plants. The fees includes a grafting knife, samples, and handouts.
The workshop will cover the science and methodology of budding and grafting. Participants will get hands on application for trees and tomatoes.
How to Create A Local Ag Tour for Administration
Presented by: Tari Costello
Cost: Included in conference fees
Are you looking for a way to promote your program with your administration, school counselors or others? Join us to put this plan into action to gain support and an understanding of the important components of the agriculture education program in your community.
Nutritional Management of the Dry Dairy Cow
Presented by: Kevin Rauchholz
Cost: Included in conference fees
(PS Track, but open to all) This session will cover detailed nutritional information to help prevent metabolic diseases in dairy cattle. Analyses of mineral ration content will be explained in detail.
Progressive Agriculture Safety Days - Introduction to the Program
Presented by: Brian Kuhl, Jana Davidson, Bernard Geschke
Cost: Included in conference fees
In an effort to reduce the occurrence of agriculture-related injuries and fatalities among children, the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day® program was created in 1995. Progressive Agriculture Safety Days®, a program of the Progressive Agriculture Foundation (PAF), helps rural communities teach farm safety to local children ages 4 to 13 in an age-appropriate, hands-on, fun and safe manner. Celebrating 25 years in 2019, more than 1.7 million children and adults have been impacted helping the program be recognized as the largest rural safety and health education program for children in North America. PAF supports the communities that apply and are selected to participate in the program by training one to two volunteer coordinators per Safety Day providing them with in-depth manuals, vast resources and information needed to plan and conduct a Safety Day. Progressive Agriculture Safety Days® align with many FFA initiatives in the area of community service and leadership.
Rubrics Rock 2.0
Presented by: Danielle Pernot
Cost: Included in conference fees
Better your class by using rubrics to grade, assess, and improve all student learning! Assessment is an on-going process designed to monitor and improve student learning. In this session you can learn how to develop explicit statements of what students should learn (student learning outcomes), learn how to require students to perform each outcome to a proficient level, assess how well students performed each outcome, use results to improve student learning of each outcome.
Tour of Kwik Trip Dairy Plant and Bakery
Presented by: Richard Bierbrauer
Cost: Included in conference fees
This will be a guided tour of the Kwik Trip dairy processing facility and brand new bread and bun bakery. Please come with questions about food processing, transport, and safety. We we be discussing these topics, plus product development and testing.
Vinos and Cows and Tours, Oh My!
Presented by: Julie Wadzinski
Cost: Included in conference fees
(Postsecondary Track, but open to all) Are you curious about Agritourism? Are you wondering how farmers get started? Participants will learn what agritourism is, what a business plan for an agritourism enterprise will look like and the different demographics that make a farmer more likely to be successful at an Agritourism enterprise.
Who, What, Where and How of Farm 2 School
Presented by: Roger King
Cost: Included in conference fees
The School District of Holmen has been recognized for our program related to our Farm2School activities. This session will allow all participants to listen/share the neat things that are being done through out WI related to Farm2School. Do not be concerned if you are new or just in the planning stages of the Farm2School movement - this workshop will help answer your questions related to food safety, production and the view from a Food Service Director.
Wisconsin Envirothon: Preparing Students for a Future in Conservation Stewardship
Presented by: Aleisha Miller, Kirstie Heidenreich
Cost: Included in conference fees
Founded in 1988: Wisconsin's annual Envirothon is our state's ultimate middle and high school environmental science challege where teams of four or five high school or middle school students participate in the hands-on outdoor field challenges designed by natural resource professionals and educators consisting of soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and an annual current issue. The winning high school team will advance to the National Conservation Foundation Envirothon to compete for over $100,000 scholarships and prizes. This session will provide an overview of the program and discuss how to start a team. We will also discuss briefly our other Youth Education programs like the Poster and Speaking contest and conservation camps.

Exhibitors

Exhibitor Registration Form

The Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators would like to invite its partners to be a part of the 2019 WAAE Professional Development Conference Educational Expo.

2019 Educational Expo Exhibitor Information Letter

About the Educational Expo
Date: Monday, June 24, 2019
Location: Radisson Hotel, La Crosse, Wisconsin
Time: 8-9 a.m. 
         10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. with "walking lunch"
          Opening session and prize drawing to follow.
New for 2019! Expo times will be condensed as compared to previous years, but total time will be the same. 

Self-directed set-up: Sunday, June 23 - 4-8 p.m.
Registration and set-up: Monday, June 24 - 7-8 a.m.

Display area: 3'x6' table or comparable floor space if a table isn't used. Each additional space/table is $75

Door prizes: All exhibitors are asked to donate a door prize, which will be given out at the end of the Educational Expo.  

Exhibitor Fees: $175, and includes

  • WAAE Associate Membership
  • One display space/table at the Educational Expo. Each additional space/table is $75
  • Ticket(s) for Monday's Conference luncheon
  • WAAE plaque or year tag acknowledging your support of WAAE

How to Register

  • Click on "My Account" link on the left side of the page
  • Create or log in to your account.
  • Click "Exhibitor Registration"
  • Click "Register as an Exhibitor" on the right side
  • After completing the registration, you'll be able to print out an invoice to submit with payment
  • Mail payment to:

    Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators
    PO Box 935
    East Troy, WI 53120

Deadline: April 15

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Nicole Nelson, executive director, at nicole@waae.com or 262-470-8369 (voice or text).

Sponsorship Opportunities

Thank you for your consideration to be a sponsor at the Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators Professional Development Conference. WAAE is the professional development organization for our state's secondary and post-secondary agricultural educators and provides its members with opportunities for technical training, networking and to support the recruitment and retention of agricultural educators. As a membership dues funded organization, we truly appreciate the support that sponsors provide. This year's conference is June 23-27, 2018, in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

We are pleased to offer several options to support our state's agricultural educators, while giving recognition and appreciation to those organizations that decide to sponsor. 

WAAE Conference Sponsorship Information Letter

How to Become a Conference Sponsor

  • Complete the Sponsorship Form and return it to WAAE
  • For customized sponsorship opportunities, contact Nicole Nelson, executive director, at nicole@waae.com or 262-470-8369 (voice or text)

Deadline for recognition: March 31

Questions: If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Nicole Nelson, executive director, at nicole@waae.com or 262-470-8369 (voice or text)

Hotel Reservations

Radisson La Crosse.Housing block is open now! 

Ways to book:  


Room rates:

  • $99 - Standard King City View
  • $99 - Poolside Doubles
  • $129 - Standard 2 Queen Riverview 

Region III

NAAE Region III
Wisconsin was pleased to host the NAAE Region III Conference in 2014. Thank you to everyone who attended.