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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 24-28, 2018 in Appleton
  • June 23-27, 2019 in LaCrosse
  • June 28-July 2, 2020 in La Crosse

Professional Development Conference (PDC)

General Information

2018 WAAE Professional Development Conference
WAAE is pleased to hold its 2018 Professional Development Conference June 24-28 at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton, Wisconsin.


Thank you to our 2018 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

2018 Professional Development Schedule

Sunday, June 24
11 a.m. 
1 p.m. 
3 p.m.
4-8 p.m.
8-9 p.m.
New Teacher Program
Agriscience Inquiry Institute begins
WAAE Board Meeting 
Exhibitor Registration and Set-Up
Conference Registration

Monday, June 25
7-8 a.m.
9-10 a.m.
10-11:15 a.m.
11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
1:30-2:15 p.m.
2:30-3:30 p.m.
3:45-4:45 p.m.
Exhibitor Registration and Set-Up
Professional Development Sessions
Educational Expo Resumes
Opening Luncheon
Educational Expo Resumes
Statewide committee meetings
Sectional committee meetings

Tuesday, June 26
6 a.m.
6:30-8:45 a.m.
9 a.m.
9-11 a.m.
11:15 a.m.-1 p.m.
1:15-3:15 p.m.
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Walk with the Wellness Committee
Breakfast & Business Meeting, meeting begins at 8 a.m. 
Wisconsin FFA Center Board Meeting
Professional Development Sessions  
Post-Secondary Luncheon / Secondary Luncheon
Professional Development Sessions  
Idea-Sharing Sessions
 
Wednesday, June 27
6 a.m. 
6:30-7:45 a.m. 
8-11 a.m.
11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
1:30-4:30 p.m.
5 p.m.   
5:30 p.m. 
 
Walk with the Wellness Committee
Breakfast
Professional Development Sessions
Luncheon
Professional Development Sessions
Banquet Reception
Banquet
Social following banquet
 
Thursday, June 28
6 a.m.
7:00-9:45 a.m.
10 a.m.-12 p.m. 
10 a.m. 
12 p.m.
Walk with the Wellness Committee
Breakfast & Business Meeting, meeting begins at 8 a.m.
Professional Development Sessions
Wisconsin FFA Center Board Meeting
Conference adjourns
Post-Conference Meetings
12:15 p.m.  
4 p.m.

WAAE Board Meeting
Agriscience Inquiry Institute adjourns

 

Sessions

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

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 Inservice
Presented by: WAAE New Teacher Mentor Committee
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!
Wisconsin Agriscience Inquiry Institute (Invitation Only)
Presented by: Stacy Skemp, Troy Talford, Shari Graffunder, Rachel Sauvola
Cost: Included in conference fees
Teachers will dive in and discover inquiry based teaching and learning in all areas of agriculture education. This session is taught by Wisconsin National Agriscience Ambassador instructors that will be teaching inquiry during the entire week of WAAE PDC. Teachers in this workshop will spend all week together and are required to arrive early on Sunday and stay late on Thursday. All workshop sessions will be devoted to this workshop.
Monday   9:00am to 10:00am
*I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
*I will not attend a session or I have board duties.
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
2019 District FFA Leadership Development Event Host Training
Presented by: Cheryl Zimmerman
Cost: Included in conference fees
All FFA chapter advisors who are scheduled to host 2019 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 2018-2019 school year: Section 1: Frederic, Prairie Farm, Bloomer Section 2: Ellsworth, Elk Mound, Chippewa Falls Section 3: Cochrane-Fountain City, Melrose-Mindoro, Viroqua Section 4: Seneca, River Ridge, Darlington Section 5: Brodhead, Janesville Craig, DeForest Section 6: Markesan, Pardeeville, New Lisbon Section 7: Rosholt, Owen-Withee, Marathon Section 8: Tigerton, Seymour, Winneconne Section 9: Green Bay-Southwest, Brillion, New Holstein Section 10: Campbellsport, Fort Atkinson, Big Foot
Getting the Facts Straight, Antibiotics and Food Animal Production
Presented by: Dr. Katie Mrdutt
Cost: Included in conference fees
This session will challenge current mindsets and assumptions around antibiotics and antibiotic use, and provide you with the real facts! What you need to know about antibiotic use, tolerances, the supply chain, market access, the Veterinary Feed Directive and NGO pressures. Real-life, applicable knowledge you can take back to your classrooms and into your community.
Growing exciting post-secondary options for your students!
Presented by: Randy Tenpas
Cost: Included in conference fees
Join Fox Valley Technical College staff in an engaging conversation on developing new post-secondary partnerships, that will provide both career exploration and college credit for your students. Not sure how to sort out articulated credit? Youth Options? Course Options? Career Pathways? We’ll discuss all high school credit options and get first-hand experiences from both high school faculty and students on their journey through the many great options that schools have for providing pre-college experiences
Inclusivity in the Ag Room
Presented by: Natasha Paris
Cost: Included in conference fees
Do you have questions about inclusivity or how to handle situations around it? Are you interested in expanding your curriculum to have a more inclusive picture of ag? Bring your questions and an open mind to dive into these topics to help you and your students create more inclusive communities.
Instructional Kits: What's Inside? How can I use this stuff?
Presented by: Jeanna Burgan
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 Session
Presented by: Kevin Rauchholz
Pathway: Farm Business Production Management
Cost: Included in conference fees
Time for Post-Secondary instructors to share classroom ideas, particularly innovative teaching ideas and current teaching methods. Please bring any curriculum you would like to share. We will also allow time to share “Hot Topics” with the WTCS.
SAE project opens door to international agricultural education opportunity
Presented by: Kim Brown Pokorny, Katrina Pokorny
Cost: Included in conference fees
In August of 2017, Waupun FFA member, Katrina Pokorny and her mom traveled to rural Haiti. Katrina taught the rural Haitians how to make bees wax products. (Sassy Kat’s Bees Wax is the name of Katrina’s business and SAE project). Haiti has extreme poverty and malnourishment. In this country everyone sells a little something to be able to eat the next meal. By introducing a new product to sell, it will help feed families and send children to school. While in Haiti, we learned the rural school Katrina taught at is looking to build and grow an agricultural curriculum. The community leader stated that he realized agriculture is their hope to get out of “misery” – poverty. They have a Garden of Blessing across from the school. They need someone to help develop curriculum for young children, teach and funding for the school and garden. Katrina is starting a non-profit association to fill these gaps and incorporate an agricultural curriculum into rural Haiti. Learn how your chapter and school can get involved.
Why the first year of teaching really is the best.
Presented by: Whitney Barnes
Cost: Included in conference fees
Are you starting your first year of teaching? Whether you were left with film strips or are a one to one school, learn why your first year of teaching really is the best and how to take it to the max or just survive. Leave this workshop with files of curriculum to start you off right.
Wisconsin Agriscience Inquiry Institute (Invitation Only)
Presented by: Stacy Skemp, Troy Talford, Shari Graffunder, Rachel Sauvola
Cost: Included in conference fees
Teachers will dive in and discover inquiry based teaching and learning in all areas of agriculture education. This session is taught by Wisconsin National Agriscience Ambassador instructors that will be teaching inquiry during the entire week of WAAE PDC. Teachers in this workshop will spend all week together and are required to arrive early on Sunday and stay late on Thursday. All workshop sessions will be devoted to this workshop.
Tuesday   9:00am to 11:00am
(All Group Session) The Survivor’s Guide to Thriving
Presented by: Mark Jewell Speaking and Training
Cost: Included in conference fees
If we know one thing to be true, it’s that life is BUSY. From FFA to lesson planning to family commitments (and beyond), it can be easy to fall into survival mode – doing whatever it takes to keep your head above water. But what if it didn’t have to be that way? In this breakout session, Mark Jewell and Amanda Sollman will dive deep into challenging limiting beliefs and old mindsets – your “stories” – help you discover the path from surviving to thriving, and how you can become the hero of your own life’s adventure. If you’re looking to take back control of your life and be the one in the driver’s seat, this is a session you won’t want to miss!
*I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
*I will not attend a session or I have board duties.
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
Wisconsin Agriscience Inquiry Institute (Invitation Only)
Presented by: Stacy Skemp, Troy Talford, Shari Graffunder, Rachel Sauvola
Cost: Included in conference fees
Teachers will dive in and discover inquiry based teaching and learning in all areas of agriculture education. This session is taught by Wisconsin National Agriscience Ambassador instructors that will be teaching inquiry during the entire week of WAAE PDC. Teachers in this workshop will spend all week together and are required to arrive early on Sunday and stay late on Thursday. All workshop sessions will be devoted to this workshop.
Tuesday   1:15pm to 3:15pm
*I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
*I will not attend a session or I have board duties.
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
Alien Blood Electrophoresis & ImprovElectrophoresis
Presented by: Tom Zinnen, Liz Jesse
Cost: Included in conference fees
In this hands-on workshop you'll do two versions of gel electrophoresis. First you'll use research-grade electrophoresis equipment and micropipettes to run the forensic activity called "Alien Blood" to analyze which suspect 'alien' left its green 'blood' at the scene of a crime. Then you'll improvise your own MacGyveresque electrophoresis using Tupperware, copper wire, binder clips, 9V batteries, salt water and agar-agar to test if green food color is truly green or if it's a mixture of blue and yellow. Your students can come to the Biotech Center for a field trip and do Alien Electrophoresis for free. You can coach your students on how to improvise & run their own electrophoresis rigs in your classroom.
Animal Science Academy
Presented by: Adam Zwiefelhofer, Sara Novotny
Cost: $30.00 (Required)
What you get: TBD by activities. Materials and lesson plan(s)
Animal Science Academy activities with take home materials and lesson plan(s). Activities to be determined as time gets closer and requests of agriculture instructors.
Blown Away
Presented by: Jennifer Russell, Dick Anderson
Cost: Included in conference fees
Come be blown away with some great ideas about how to teach about wind energy to students. Participants will get a chance to engage in the inquiry process by building a turbine and participate in other hands-on activities. If you are looking to add activities to your curriculum about wind energy this session is a great place to start.
Challenge Your Leadership
Presented by: Erica Eickert, Amy Thielman
Cost: $50.00 (Required)
What you get: Leadership activity props
If you are looking to push your students beyond the classroom, this is the session for you! Every classroom can benefit by incorporating these learning activities into your curriculum. Join us for some “hands on leadership challenge” activities as we practice facilitation skills in communication, collaboration, creativity, problem solving, and team building. Challenges presented can easily be used with Leadership classes, FFA training or any agriculture course that could use a positive community.
Finding the Perfect Recipe to Increase Student Engagement
Presented by: Kayla Loewenhagen
Cost: Included in conference fees
Have you ever had those classes that you always feel like you are fighting a battle to get them to participate, share, and collaborate. This session will focus on different methods for having the students participate in the classroom. Each teacher will leave the session with the recipes (methods and action plan cards) to engage students in the classroom.
Freshen Up Your Equine Unit
Presented by: Sandra Dykes, Sandra Dykes, Shelby Mitchell
Cost: Included in conference fees
Are you struggling with your equine unit or just want to learn more about horses to improve your equine unit? Then this workshop is for you. This is a completely hands-on experience. Live horses, saddle and bridle understanding, nutrition Do's and don'ts, vaccinations, deworming and much more. We will give copies of activities, labs, and lessons so you can take them back to your school and use them instantly! Also included in this class we will teach you how to equine evaluations and practice judging some classes.
Hands-on Horticulture
Presented by: Susan Frame, Sara Novotny
Cost: $40.00 (Required)
What you get: TBD by activities. Materials and lesson plan(s)
Hands-on Horticulture activities with take home materials and lesson plan(s). Activities to be determined as time gets closer and requests of agriculture instructors.
Here by the Owls
Presented by: Roger King, Dan Ziegler
Cost: Included in conference fees
After 65 plus years of combined teaching experience in the agriculture classroom these two individuals have the knowledge and skills along with hundreds of proven and successful ideas that they would like to share in this session. If you give a 'Hoot" about your classroom this will add to your wisdom of being an excellent Agricultural Educator.
Milking it for All it's Worth
Presented by: Rachel Kroeplien, Liz Gartman
Cost: Included in conference fees
Hang out with the Lakeshore Technical College Agriculture Team and learn about some fun inexpensive dairy-related labs. We will be diving into the rumen and the mammary system with some fun hands-on learning.
Put Those Student IT Devices to Work
Presented by: Dave Rizzardi
Cost: Included in conference fees
Participants will work through online curriculum and Industry Certifications as a student. Experience the options of having student access, immediately graded assessments and worksheets, independent study potential, "flipping the classroom" options, allowing for more hands-on teaching opportunities, or offering course material that you have always wanted to offer.
Science and the Food Supply
Presented by: Kevin Whalen, Kevin Whalen
Cost: Included in conference fees
What captures the interest of students? FOOD! Yes, food can be used to engage students in inquiry based science. The Food and Drug Administration in collaboration with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) have created Science and our Food Supply, an innovative, interactive supplementary curriculum for use in middle school and high school science instruction. This workshop will instruct teachers in food science experiments, explore food safety issues and help them become familiar with the lessons and activities in the Science and our Food Supply Curriculum. Every teacher who participates in this workshop will receive a FRE science and our Food Supply curriculum . Five teaching modules with labs and Videos Twenty participants
The Magic Mirror Effect
Presented by: Mark Jewell Speaking and Training
Cost: Included in conference fees
It’s one thing to know what you want – more time, less stress – but it can be an entirely different thing to know how to get it. In this breakout, Mark Jewell and Amanda Sollman will expand on their earlier session by diving into “The Magic Mirror Effect,” a roadblock that keeps people stuck, stressed and exhausted. You’ll discover how to leverage The Story Framework and The Survivor’s Guide to Thriving approaches to capitalize on opportunities in front of you, face your fears and embrace the pain that inevitably comes with growth. If you’re ready for practical approaches to making life changes, we hope to see you there!
Tour of newly completed Robotic Rotary Dairy Parlor
Presented by: Dona Goede
Cost: Included in conference fees
Tour of a newly completed robotic rotary parlor will include Farm Business and Production Management instructors plus any other interested participants
Trapper Education Instructor Certification
Presented by: Curtis Twellmann, Shawn Rossler, Bryce Larson, Chris Bezio
Cost: $12.00 (Required)
What you get: The fee includes Wisconsin Trapper Education Certification (which also includes a trapping license for the current year).
This training program will certify attendees to teach Wisconsin Trapper Ed as part of their natural resources or wildlife curriculum. On top of becoming certified to teach trapper ed attendees will also become WI trapper ed certified. With the passing of Act 168 in 2012, students are allowed to obtain a half credit while becoming certified in Trapper Education.
Using a pH and EC Meter and an Alkalinty Test kit As A Teaching Tool.
Presented by: Donald Josko
Cost: Included in conference fees
Participants will learn how to use a pH,EC meters, and alkalinity test kit to measure water quality! Plant pour thru methods will also be conducted. Fertilizer injector accuracy testing. Participants will go away with handouts to conduct the tests and standards for growing quality plants. Bring a water sample from home or your favorite drinking water(sold in stores)
Wisconsin Agriscience Inquiry Institute (Invitation Only)
Presented by: Stacy Skemp, Troy Talford, Shari Graffunder, Rachel Sauvola
Cost: Included in conference fees
Teachers will dive in and discover inquiry based teaching and learning in all areas of agriculture education. This session is taught by Wisconsin National Agriscience Ambassador instructors that will be teaching inquiry during the entire week of WAAE PDC. Teachers in this workshop will spend all week together and are required to arrive early on Sunday and stay late on Thursday. All workshop sessions will be devoted to this workshop.
Tuesday   3:30pm to 4:30pm
*I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
*I will not attend a session or I have board duties.
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
Ag Biotechnology: Technologies, Controversies & Careers
Presented by: Tom Zinnen, Liz Jesse
Cost: Included in conference fees
Explore the history of controversial food technologies in Wisconsin, starting with margarine in the 1890's and moving on to Bovine Growth Hormone, chymosin rennet, and Round-up Ready crops. Get an overview of new CRISPR technologies and insights into how the USDA, EPA and FDA regulate (or don't) new technologies and the foods derived from them. Dive into labeling issues, boycotts and consumer rights issues. Get insights into how the technologies and controversies offer career options for your students in agriculture, science, business, communications, law and government. Zinnen served both on the staff of the House Committee on Agriculture and in the Office of Legislative & Public Affairs at the National Science Foundation, and will provide 3 decades of personal insights.
Blown Away
Presented by: Jennifer Russell, Dick Anderson
Cost: Included in conference fees
Come be blown away with some great ideas about how to teach about wind energy to students. Participants will get a chance to engage in the inquiry process by building a turbine and participate in other hands-on activities. If you are looking to add activities to your curriculum about wind energy this session is a great place to start.
Catch you on the Flippity!
Presented by: Danielle Pernot
Cost: Included in conference fees
CFA, PPG, SLO, tracking student progress.... come learn the fastest way to get up and running with Flippity. Flippity is a simple and fast way to convert google sheets in to just about anything. It can be utilized in all aspects of agriculture education from the classroom to FFA event practice. It can quickly make a tournament bracket, a quiz which will allow students to earn a certificate, makes a random mix & match grid, a Mad-Libs creator, progress indicator bars, four different hangman-style games, bingo games to print or utilize online, crossword puzzles, a badges earned page, a spelling word manager, a word search, memory match game, a random name picker, a trivia game show and even take a google sheet and turn it in to a set of online flashcards.
Farm to Table Event Planning
Presented by: Diane Runde, Jillian McNeely
Cost: Included in conference fees
Curious on how to organize and conduct a Farm to Table meal? Want to find a way to incorporate your students SAE's, marketing, fundraising, and cooperation between other CTE organizations in your school? During this workshop, you will learn the steps to follow, things to avoid, menu planning, sources of ingredients, and details on the Janesville Craig Farm to Table Event. There will be time for questions and idea sharing.
Freshen Up Your Equine Unit
Presented by: Sandra Dykes, Sandra Dykes, Shelby Mitchell
Cost: Included in conference fees
Are you struggling with your equine unit or just want to learn more about horses to improve your equine unit? Then this workshop is for you. This is a completely hands-on experience. Live horses, saddle and bridle understanding, nutrition Do's and don'ts, vaccinations, deworming and much more. We will give copies of activities, labs, and lessons so you can take them back to your school and use them instantly! Also included in this class we will teach you how to equine evaluations and practice judging some classes.
Precision Agriculture in your classroom
Presented by: Brent Christianson, Sara Novotny
Cost: Included in conference fees
Precision agriculture lessons and hands-on activities will be covered in this session. Activities to be determined as time gets closer and requests of agriculture instructors.
SAE's for Beginners
Presented by: Mary Handrich, Shelly Oelhafen, Linda Sattler
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!
Science and the Food Supply
Presented by: Kevin Whalen, Kevin Whalen
Cost: Included in conference fees
What captures the interest of students? FOOD! Yes, food can be used to engage students in inquiry based science. The Food and Drug Administration in collaboration with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) have created Science and our Food Supply, an innovative, interactive supplementary curriculum for use in middle school and high school science instruction. This workshop will instruct teachers in food science experiments, explore food safety issues and help them become familiar with the lessons and activities in the Science and our Food Supply Curriculum. Every teacher who participates in this workshop will receive a FRE science and our Food Supply curriculum . Five teaching modules with labs and Videos Twenty participants
The Magic Mirror Effect
Presented by: Mark Jewell Speaking and Training
Cost: Included in conference fees
It’s one thing to know what you want – more time, less stress – but it can be an entirely different thing to know how to get it. In this breakout, Mark Jewell and Amanda Sollman will expand on their earlier session by diving into “The Magic Mirror Effect,” a roadblock that keeps people stuck, stressed and exhausted. You’ll discover how to leverage The Story Framework and The Survivor’s Guide to Thriving approaches to capitalize on opportunities in front of you, face your fears and embrace the pain that inevitably comes with growth. If you’re ready for practical approaches to making life changes, we hope to see you there!
Tour of newly completed Robotic Rotary Dairy Parlor
Presented by: Dona Goede
Cost: Included in conference fees
Tour of a newly completed robotic rotary parlor will include Farm Business and Production Management instructors plus any other interested participants
Trapper Education Instructor Certification
Presented by: Curtis Twellmann, Shawn Rossler, Bryce Larson, Chris Bezio
Cost: $12.00 (Required)
What you get: The fee includes Wisconsin Trapper Education Certification (which also includes a trapping license for the current year).
This training program will certify attendees to teach Wisconsin Trapper Ed as part of their natural resources or wildlife curriculum. On top of becoming certified to teach trapper ed attendees will also become WI trapper ed certified. With the passing of Act 168 in 2012, students are allowed to obtain a half credit while becoming certified in Trapper Education.
Where Are The Boys?
Presented by: David Battenberg, Kaleb Santy
Cost: Included in conference fees
Has there been a reduction in the number of boys involved in FFA over the past decade? Has there been a lack of interest in FFA activities among boys over the past decade? Are there barriers to male involvement in FFA activities and if so is there anything that can be done about it? Join Kaleb Santy and David Battenberg in a discussion of these questions and a discussion about possible solutions.
Wisconsin Agriscience Inquiry Institute (Invitation Only)
Presented by: Stacy Skemp, Troy Talford, Shari Graffunder, Rachel Sauvola
Cost: Included in conference fees
Teachers will dive in and discover inquiry based teaching and learning in all areas of agriculture education. This session is taught by Wisconsin National Agriscience Ambassador instructors that will be teaching inquiry during the entire week of WAAE PDC. Teachers in this workshop will spend all week together and are required to arrive early on Sunday and stay late on Thursday. All workshop sessions will be devoted to this workshop.
Work-Life Balance Discussion Panel
Presented by: Michelle Howe
Cost: Included in conference fees
Agriculture Teachers and FFA Advisors that are at different stages in their careers will be present and discuss ideas that have worked for them in balancing their work and personal lives. There will be an opportunity for open discussion among participants. This workshop will provide a means for participants to come together as a professional Ag Ed family to share perspective, encouragement, wisdom and support.
Wednesday   8:00am to 11:00am
*I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
*I will not attend a session or I have board duties.
Pathway: Other
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.
Agricultural Law Updates
Presented by: Dona Goede, Troy Schneider - Lawyer
Cost: Included in conference fees
Learn from one of the top agricultural lawyers in Wisconsin about what new laws will be impacting agriculture producers.
D is for Delegation
Presented by: Joshua Rusk, Rachel Sauvola
Cost: Included in conference fees
Participants of this workshop will be able to engage in a collaborative discussion of how we can use our powers of delegation to help focus more on student center learning, rather than tasks that vested community partners could help us to undertake. Participants will be able to take away concrete ideas on how to lessen your “to do” list by collaborating with community members who also want to help your students succeed. Empower your community partners to share the load of educating our future agricultural leaders, because we know it truly takes a community to raise an outstanding agricultural student.
Developing Tomorrow's Dairy Leaders
Presented by: Jake Cramer, Becky Wirkus
Cost: Included in conference fees
Having already impacted over 75,000 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.
DNR Instructor Certification - Hunter Ed & Archery
Presented by: 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.
Electrical Wiring for Beginners
Presented by: Katie Christenson, Nelda Bailey
Cost: $20.00 (Required)
What you get: An electrical wiring square Electrical tools/supplies Copies of labs and curriculum Hands-on experience of what kids can do
Have you thought about having an Electricity Class or Electricity as part of a General Ag Course or part of an Ag Mechanics Course, but you are not sure where to start. Then check out this workshop! Per the request of many of our participants last year - we are extending this into a six-hour session. We will be going through all of the steps in this class. We will be making squares, wiring the digrams given to students, sharing resources. You will leave this course with helpful classroom and lab resources. This workshop is geared for beginners.
From Proteins to Climate Change: Biotech in Action
Presented by: Liz Jesse, Tom Zinnen
Cost: Included in conference fees
Use the most plentiful protein on the planet—RuBisCO—to teach the DNA→RNA→protein pathway of molecular biology. The curriculum is a concise, excellent way to teach about current research methods in plant biology that cross over to animal and medical fields. It also provides insight into careers in ag science. The curriculum is flexible so that you can use all or part of it to teach what works for you. Highlights of full curriculum: Conduct standard quantitative measurements; extract DNA from both light and dark grown radish seedlings and detect it using gel electrophoresis; amplify DNA using PCR; conduct a DNA sequencing activity and analyze results; send samples to UW Biotech Center for Sanger sequencing; use a microarray activity to teach gene expression; purify RuBisCO protein; run a protein gel and analyze results; conduct mass spectrometry activities; and use bioinformatics databases. The life science concepts embodied in this curriculum will teach higher-level thinking and strengthen science literacy.
LaClare Farms - Goat Cheese, Goats, and Goats Yoga
Presented by: Linda Sattler
Cost: Included in conference fees
We'll spend the day featuring AgriTourism and all it has to offer. Participants will be traveling to LaClare Farms in Pipe, WI - home of Clara Hedrich and her family. The day will include a goat farm tour including a tour of the cheese making facilities; lunch at LaClare with a farm to table talk by the chef; and an afternoon featuring your choice of goat yoga or a nursery garden tour.
Pesticide Applicator - Fruit Crops
Presented by: UW-Extension
Cost: $30.00 (Required)
What you get: Class textbook.
The morning session will have a trainer walking through the material and afternoon session will be the actual certification test. The test is open-book and you'll need to get at least 50% to pass. You must bring drivers license and you must know your social security number. Certification is valid for 5 years.
Pesticide Applicator - General Farm
Presented by: UW-Extension
Cost: $30.00 (Required)
What you get: Class textbook.
The morning session will have a trainer walking through the material and afternoon session will be the actual certification test. The test is open-book and you'll need to get at least 50% to pass. You must bring drivers license and you must know your social security number. Certification is valid for 5 years.
Pesticide Applicator - Greenhouse/Nursery
Presented by: UW-Extension
Cost: $30.00 (Required)
What you get: Class textbook.
The morning session will have a trainer walking through the material and afternoon session will be the actual certification test. The test is open-book and you'll need to get at least 50% to pass. You must bring drivers license and you must know your social security number. Certification is valid for 5 years.
Renewable Energy & Electricity
Presented by: Steve Gutsch
Cost: $95.00 (Optional)
What you get: The optional kit will be $95 and will provide resources for teachers to demonstrate: Solar PV (photovoltaic), Solar Thermal and Wind systems.
Explore hands-on opportunities for Renewable Energy systems that include: Solar Photo-voltaic, Solar Thermal, and Wind. Electrical systems used in agriculture will also be covered.
Science and the Food Supply
Presented by: Kevin Whalen, Kevin Whalen
Cost: Included in conference fees
What captures the interest of students? FOOD! Yes, food can be used to engage students in inquiry based science. The Food and Drug Administration in collaboration with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) have created Science and our Food Supply, an innovative, interactive supplementary curriculum for use in middle school and high school science instruction. This workshop will instruct teachers in food science experiments, explore food safety issues and help them become familiar with the lessons and activities in the Science and our Food Supply Curriculum. Every teacher who participates in this workshop will receive a FRE science and our Food Supply curriculum . Five teaching modules with labs and Videos Twenty participants
Teaching Small Engines 101
Presented by: Dale Drees
Cost: Included in conference fees
This is an introductory course designed for new instructors or for those who want to learn more about how to teach engine tear down, inspection and reassembly of small air cooled engines.
Tour: Food Industries in Sheboygan County Johnsonville and Sartori
Presented by: TRACY Heinbuch
Cost: Included in conference fees
This all day tour will give you the opportunity to learn from industry experts at Johnsonville Sausage and Sartori. Tour will leave the hotel at 7 or 7:30 in the morning - participants will be notified of departure details on-site. Johnsonville is a private, family owned company that employs 1,600 members and has products available in all 50 states and 40 countries. They have become the number one brand of sausage in the United States. While at Johnsonville we will have the opportunity to take a mezzanine tour of their state of the art, co-extrusion smoke sausage plant, work with the sensory team to participate and learn about sensory evaluation and also learn how to build a sausage seasoning. Sartori Cheese is a fourth-generation, family owned and operated company rooted in Wisconsin since 1939. Their success stems from an innovative spirit that encourages Sartori Team Members to work towards their ultimate goal - to craft the best cheese in the world. While at Sartori we will have the opportunity to meet with Sartori's Chief Product Development Officer, Corporate Chef Bill and the innovative R&D team. Specifically, we will have the opportunity to learn about R&D/Food Science/Culinary functions within the food and cheese industries. Also, examining the importance of cheese identification, cheese making, factors affecting cheese quality, flavor, texture and performance in finished applications as it relates to culinary science. An example, of this could be how cheese age or the blending of two different cheese types will impact performance in a sauce or pizza. A portion of the presentation will focus on cheese evaluation, tips on tasting, why different sensory tests are performed, cheese grading and how these subjects could be incorporated into the classroom. Each principle presented/discussed will strive to apply to the teaching model, the why's, and how to best illustrate.
Trapper Education Instructor Certification
Presented by: Curtis Twellmann, Shawn Rossler, Bryce Larson, Chris Bezio
Cost: $12.00 (Required)
What you get: The fee includes Wisconsin Trapper Education Certification (which also includes a trapping license for the current year).
This training program will certify attendees to teach Wisconsin Trapper Ed as part of their natural resources or wildlife curriculum. On top of becoming certified to teach trapper ed attendees will also become WI trapper ed certified. With the passing of Act 168 in 2012, students are allowed to obtain a half credit while becoming certified in Trapper Education.
Understanding Soil Health
Presented by: Justin Morris
Cost: Included in conference fees
Healthy soil is the agricultural foundation of any civilization including our own. Much of U.S. farmland is unfortunately highly degraded and therefore unhealthy as a result of past and even current farming practices. Managing soil for improved health requires looking at soil from a biological perspective rather than from a physical or chemical perspective. As the biological or living part of soil is improved both in numbers and diversity, overall soil health improves. This positively affects nutrient availability, water infiltration, water holding capacity, and input costs just to name a few. In this presentation we will discuss what soil health is, why it’s important, and the principles that can improve soil health in any environment.
Wisconsin Agriscience Inquiry Institute (Invitation Only)
Presented by: Stacy Skemp, Troy Talford, Shari Graffunder, Rachel Sauvola
Cost: Included in conference fees
Teachers will dive in and discover inquiry based teaching and learning in all areas of agriculture education. This session is taught by Wisconsin National Agriscience Ambassador instructors that will be teaching inquiry during the entire week of WAAE PDC. Teachers in this workshop will spend all week together and are required to arrive early on Sunday and stay late on Thursday. All workshop sessions will be devoted to this workshop.
Wednesday   1:30pm to 4:30pm
*I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
*I will not attend a session or I have board duties.
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
Bag-O-Tricks
Presented by: Becky Grabarski, Beth Babcock
Cost: Included in conference fees
Short on sleep? Lacking creativity? Is your to-do-list full and your brain empty? Our bag-o-tricks is for you! It’s full of strategies and activities. You will be able to wake up your review games with our “almost no prep” collection of activities! Add a set of Wiki sticks that can be used as more than a reading strategy. No bag-o-tricks would be complete without our jump out of bed ideas using supplies found at the grocery store or a rummage sale!
Beekeeping Basics
Presented by: Adam Wehling
Cost: $220.00 (Optional)
What you get: This optional kit would include starter beehive equipment: 1 book, 1 smoker, 1 Bee Veil, 1 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).
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.
DNR Instructor Certification - Hunter Ed & Archery
Presented by: 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.
Electrical Wiring for Beginners
Presented by: Katie Christenson, Nelda Bailey
Cost: $20.00 (Required)
What you get: An electrical wiring square Electrical tools/supplies Copies of labs and curriculum Hands-on experience of what kids can do
Have you thought about having an Electricity Class or Electricity as part of a General Ag Course or part of an Ag Mechanics Course, but you are not sure where to start. Then check out this workshop! Per the request of many of our participants last year - we are extending this into a six-hour session. We will be going through all of the steps in this class. We will be making squares, wiring the digrams given to students, sharing resources. You will leave this course with helpful classroom and lab resources. This workshop is geared for beginners.
LaClare Farms - Goat Cheese, Goats, and Goats Yoga
Presented by: Linda Sattler
Cost: Included in conference fees
We'll spend the day featuring AgriTourism and all it has to offer. Participants will be traveling to LaClare Farms in Pipe, WI - home of Clara Hedrich and her family. The day will include a goat farm tour including a tour of the cheese making facilities; lunch at LaClare with a farm to table talk by the chef; and an afternoon featuring your choice of goat yoga or a nursery garden tour.
Pesticide Applicator - Fruit Crops
Presented by: UW-Extension
Cost: $30.00 (Required)
What you get: Class textbook.
The morning session will have a trainer walking through the material and afternoon session will be the actual certification test. The test is open-book and you'll need to get at least 50% to pass. You must bring drivers license and you must know your social security number. Certification is valid for 5 years.
Pesticide Applicator - General Farm
Presented by: UW-Extension
Cost: $30.00 (Required)
What you get: Class textbook.
The morning session will have a trainer walking through the material and afternoon session will be the actual certification test. The test is open-book and you'll need to get at least 50% to pass. You must bring drivers license and you must know your social security number. Certification is valid for 5 years.
Pesticide Applicator - Greenhouse/Nursery
Presented by: UW-Extension
Cost: $30.00 (Required)
What you get: Class textbook.
The morning session will have a trainer walking through the material and afternoon session will be the actual certification test. The test is open-book and you'll need to get at least 50% to pass. You must bring drivers license and you must know your social security number. Certification is valid for 5 years.
Science Savvy through Food Science
Presented by: Tom Zinnen, Liz Jesse
Cost: Included in conference fees
In this hands-on workshop you'll explore ways to use puzzles based on food as a way to coach and coax the science savvy of your students as they design and do experiments to test their ideas. Activities include "Is Shaking Really Essential to Turn Cream into Butter?", "Which Makes Better Bubbles, Skim Milk or Whole?", "Does that 27 yr old Chymosin Rennet Still Make Milk Stiff?", "Which Makes Better Popcorn, Yellow Kernels or White?", and "Is Milkfat Really Required to Get the 'Fireworks' Effect in Milk?" Food is an excellent topic for hands-on science because it's familiar, accessible, inexpensive and safe. Plus your students can share these explorations with their friends and family at home.
Soil Health: What is it? How do you measure and support it?
Presented by: Jamie Patton, Heidi Johnson
Cost: Included in conference fees
For so long we treated soil like dirt, but we now know it is very much alive, playing an important role in healthy air, water and food! In this session we will learn the basics of soil health, including its key chemical, physical and biological properties. We will also discuss the use of cover crops to improve soil health and water quality. Classroom materials will be supplemented with fun classroom demonstrations and experiments that illustrate key scientific principles and application of information to real-world situations.
Tips From the Pro's-to Ramp Up Your Plant Science
Presented by: Chris Clark
Pathway: Plant Science
Cost: Included in conference fees
If you missed this presentation in the past, be sure to sign up this year. Chris Clark of AgSource Laboratories will repeat her presentation. Add more tools to your plant science tool belt with real world industry plant science applications and job skills. Any teacher with a crops, agronomy, soils, horticulture or plant science class should plan to attend. You will go back to school over loaded with ready to use lesson plans for middle and high school level.
Tour: Food Industries in Sheboygan County Johnsonville and Sartori
Presented by: TRACY Heinbuch
Cost: Included in conference fees
This all day tour will give you the opportunity to learn from industry experts at Johnsonville Sausage and Sartori. Tour will leave the hotel at 7 or 7:30 in the morning - participants will be notified of departure details on-site. Johnsonville is a private, family owned company that employs 1,600 members and has products available in all 50 states and 40 countries. They have become the number one brand of sausage in the United States. While at Johnsonville we will have the opportunity to take a mezzanine tour of their state of the art, co-extrusion smoke sausage plant, work with the sensory team to participate and learn about sensory evaluation and also learn how to build a sausage seasoning. Sartori Cheese is a fourth-generation, family owned and operated company rooted in Wisconsin since 1939. Their success stems from an innovative spirit that encourages Sartori Team Members to work towards their ultimate goal - to craft the best cheese in the world. While at Sartori we will have the opportunity to meet with Sartori's Chief Product Development Officer, Corporate Chef Bill and the innovative R&D team. Specifically, we will have the opportunity to learn about R&D/Food Science/Culinary functions within the food and cheese industries. Also, examining the importance of cheese identification, cheese making, factors affecting cheese quality, flavor, texture and performance in finished applications as it relates to culinary science. An example, of this could be how cheese age or the blending of two different cheese types will impact performance in a sauce or pizza. A portion of the presentation will focus on cheese evaluation, tips on tasting, why different sensory tests are performed, cheese grading and how these subjects could be incorporated into the classroom. Each principle presented/discussed will strive to apply to the teaching model, the why's, and how to best illustrate.
Trapper Education Instructor Certification
Presented by: Curtis Twellmann, Shawn Rossler, Bryce Larson, Chris Bezio
Cost: $12.00 (Required)
What you get: The fee includes Wisconsin Trapper Education Certification (which also includes a trapping license for the current year).
This training program will certify attendees to teach Wisconsin Trapper Ed as part of their natural resources or wildlife curriculum. On top of becoming certified to teach trapper ed attendees will also become WI trapper ed certified. With the passing of Act 168 in 2012, students are allowed to obtain a half credit while becoming certified in Trapper Education.
Using Google Technology to Improve Agriculture Teacher Workflow
Presented by: Gwen Boettcher
Cost: Included in conference fees
This session is designed for the beginner or experienced Google user. The session will start by demonstrating Chrome Apps and Extensions that assist workflow and are AMAZING (for teachers and students). The second part will be time to explore how to make a free Google website, see what Google Classroom can do and anything else Google. The last part of the session will be time to play, learn and share! Gwen is a Google Certified Educator and loves to help! Participants should bring their own laptop/Chromebook (iPads will work but not as well).
Using the Future of Agriculture Curriculum for Teaching Sustainability (FACTS) as a Model of Innovative Standards-Based Agriscience Instruction.
Presented by: Craig A. Kohn, Craig Kohn
Cost: $15.00 (Required)
What you get: Covers the cost of materials and equipment needed for participation in lab activities.
In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the Future of Agriculture Curriculum for Teaching Sustainability (FACTS). FACTS is a research-based Natural Resources curriculum that is being developed as part of federally-funded research at Michigan State University. FACTS is meant to provide an innovative example of a state-of-the-art agriscience curriculum that is fully aligned to the national AFNR academic standards, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and the 3-Circle Model of Agricultural Education. FACTS is designed to more-effectively prepare students for the challenges and opportunities that they will face as they pursue agricultural careers. Participants in this workshop will explore the learning theories on which the course is based and will learn about breaking research in educational science that serves as the basis for the national standards so that they can expand and improve their own instructional strategies. They will have the chance to get hands-on experience with the innovative labs and activities from the FACTS curriculum and will leave the workshop with lessons and ideas that they can implement in their own classroom.
Wisconsin Agriscience Inquiry Institute (Invitation Only)
Presented by: Stacy Skemp, Troy Talford, Shari Graffunder, Rachel Sauvola
Cost: Included in conference fees
Teachers will dive in and discover inquiry based teaching and learning in all areas of agriculture education. This session is taught by Wisconsin National Agriscience Ambassador instructors that will be teaching inquiry during the entire week of WAAE PDC. Teachers in this workshop will spend all week together and are required to arrive early on Sunday and stay late on Thursday. All workshop sessions will be devoted to this workshop.
Thursday   10:00am to 12:00pm
*I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
*I will not attend a session or I have board duties.
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
Farming Simulator
Presented by: Richard
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.
Focus on Forests
Presented by: Tim Buttles
Cost: $20.00 (Required)
What you get: The Project Learning Tree Focus on Forests secondary curriculum guide
The Focus on Forests activities provide an opportunity for hands-on study of forest resources while addressing current concepts in science, technology, and math, and other subject areas. Lesson plans include information on forest topics, including invasive species, land use practices, climate change, and forest health. Participants receive the Project Learning Tree Focus on Forests secondary curriculum guide.
Growing Trees From Seeds
Presented by: Donald Josko
Cost: $15.00 (Required)
What you get: Participants will receive, seeds,soils, and handouts on growing trees from seeds.
Participants will learn how and what to collect, process, and treat tree seeds to grow. Emphasis will be placed on teaching.
How to train a Parli Pro Team in Wisconsin
Presented by: Derrick Meyer
Cost: $70.00 (Optional)
What you get: All of Amery's materials that Mr. Derrick Meyer uses to train his teams from beginners to the experienced. There will be many handouts that will not cost anything.
This session is designed to give the novice to the experienced advisor a systematic way to teach parliamentary procedure. We will go through the basics, proper procedure to how to handle all motions, how to train your team, to how to keep them motivated.
Increase your Focus, Decrease your Stress!
Presented by: Jim Melby, Crystal McGrath, Kris Beaver
Cost: Included in conference fees
We started our careers in Agricultural Education ready to tackle the world. We quickly became overwhelmed with extra duties, new classes, FFA community service projects, concessions stands and the list goes on. We love our jobs and want to be successful, but we also have our own health to manage and a personal life somewhere off in the distance. This workshop will engage the attendees in a process of career self-reflection, while also tackling many ideas under the umbrella of "Work-Health-Personal Life" balance. Through this process you will develop some techniques to Increase your Focus and Decrease your Stress.
Refocus, Reorganize and Repurpose your FFA Alumni
Presented by: Joshua Rusk
Cost: Included in conference fees
FFA Alumni members can be a huge asset to yourself and your program, but we all know that some of them may need a little help understanding how to become the next generation of FFA alumni. Participants will gain insight on how to refocus, reorganize and repurpose their alumni so that they are working in sync with the agriculture educator, agricultural education program and FFA. Whether you currently have a FFA alumni chapter or are looking at starting one, participants will identify the real economic impact that one can make on their local program and how to tell the story that the Agricultural Education is a true community program that everyone wants to be a part of.
Rubrics Rock!
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. This session will utilize the Cornell University Veterinary Science curriculum and each attendee will obtain unit rubrics and the tools to utilize them in your classroom.
Teaching Employability Skills
Presented by: Tarin Costello
Cost: Included in conference fees
Looking for the materials to effectively teach an Employability Skills class? Join us to get classroom-ready materials to teach your one-term class!
The Mammary System
Presented by: Dr. Andrew "Marty" Martin and Amy Gerhardt
Cost: Included in conference fees
The money maker of the female ruminant mammal will be the feature of this workshop. Anatomy and physiology of the udder, as well as diseases that pertain to the mammary system. Hands-on student labs will also be presented including antibiotic testing, mastitis culturing and colostrum quality. Come to learn about the udder and to be reassured that you know your mammary material!
Use Your Strengths to Work (and Live) Better
Presented by: Jennifer Bradley
Cost: Included in conference fees
In this session, I will walk participants through a challenging situation they may be facing. I'd like them to pair up with someone not in their immediate circle of colleagues to do this workshop. Below is an outline of the process I'd take them through, which starts with defining the situation. This is a very interactive workshop in which I provide resources and direction, but really a time of reflection and strategic planning. I want them to see how they can be successful in working with others, but also learning their innate strengths and how to use them in work and personal life. Please let me know at any time if you have further questions. Thank you! Outline - Use Your Strengths to Work (and Live) Better A. Define the Situation a. Say it out loud – not complaining, just stating b. Is there more than one? Are they connected at a deeper source? B. Decide to Fight, Flight or ….. How about Working Through It? a. Submissive/Assertive/Aggressive C. Your Strengths/Your Triggers a. Resources b. Learn who you are and what you need c. It’s okay to be you! D. Understanding Others a. Cultivating Empathy through Knowledge b. Find Common Ground E. Boundaries a. Personally and Professionally b. Define Yours F. Expect Failures – They Don’t Define You G. Live and Work Differently – It takes time!
Using technology (LMS) in your classroom
Presented by: Noe Macias, Noah, Jennifer Lee
Cost: Included in conference fees
Exposing students to the digital classroom. How using MindTap can enhance the classroom experience.
Wisconsin Agriscience Inquiry Institute (Invitation Only)
Presented by: Stacy Skemp, Troy Talford, Shari Graffunder, Rachel Sauvola
Cost: Included in conference fees
Teachers will dive in and discover inquiry based teaching and learning in all areas of agriculture education. This session is taught by Wisconsin National Agriscience Ambassador instructors that will be teaching inquiry during the entire week of WAAE PDC. Teachers in this workshop will spend all week together and are required to arrive early on Sunday and stay late on Thursday. All workshop sessions will be devoted to this workshop.
Thursday   1:00pm to 4:00pm
*I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
*Not attending a post-conference session
Cost: Included in conference fees
Wisconsin Agriscience Inquiry Institute (Invitation Only)
Presented by: Stacy Skemp, Troy Talford, Shari Graffunder, Rachel Sauvola
Cost: Included in conference fees
Teachers will dive in and discover inquiry based teaching and learning in all areas of agriculture education. This session is taught by Wisconsin National Agriscience Ambassador instructors that will be teaching inquiry during the entire week of WAAE PDC. Teachers in this workshop will spend all week together and are required to arrive early on Sunday and stay late on Thursday. All workshop sessions will be devoted to this workshop.

Exhibitors

Exhibitor Registration Form

The Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators would like to invite its partners to be a part of the 2018 WAAE Professional Development Conference Educational Expo.

2018 Educational Expo Exhibitor Information Letter

About the Educational Expo
Date: Monday, June 25, 2018
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Location: Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton, Wisconsin

Set up: Sunday, June 24 - 4-8 p.m. and/or Monday, June 25 - 7-8 a.m.

Display area: 3'x8' 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 24-28, 2018, in Appleton, 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. 

2018 Professional Development 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

Please note, the hotel changed from Radisson to Red Lion in early May, so you will likely see both names in the transition.

  • By phone: call 920-733-8000

Please note the state per diem rate increased from $70 to $82 for a single room.

Region III

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