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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 25-29, 2017 in Appleton
  • June 24-28, 2018 in Appleton
  • June 23-27, 2019 location TBD

Professional Development Conference (PDC)

General Information

2017 WAAE Professional Development Conference
WAAE is pleased to hold its 2017 Professional Development Conference June 25-29 at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton, Wisconsin.


Thank you to our 2017 Conference sponsors. We greatly appreciate your support of Wisconsin's agricultural educators.

Platinum
Cooperative Network



Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board



Gold


Silver
AgEdNet.com a service of Stewart-Peterson Inc.
CAERT
MinnTex
Wisconsin Farmers Union

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

In-Kind Support
Fox Valley Technical College

Conference Fees and Payment

Fees
Conference registration*: $380
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 packets (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 now open.

  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.

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

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

Conference Schedule

2017 Professional Development Schedule

Sunday, June 25
Pre-Conference Meetings
  • Agriscience Inquiry Institute (A2I) Begins
  • New Teacher Program
  • WAAE Board Meeting
8-9 p.m. Conference Registration

Monday, June 26
 
8 – 9 a.m.


9-10:30 a.m.
10 a.m.
10:30-11:30 a.m.  
Conference Registration
Educational Expo Opens

Professional Development Sessions
Wisconsin Agricultural Education and Workforce Development Council Meeting
Educational Expo Resumes
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Opening Luncheon
  • Introductions & Welcome
  • Greetings from the Wisconsin Technical College System, Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education Association, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction - Career and Technical Education, Wisconsin Agriculture Education and Workforce Development Council
  • Committee Information
1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
1:30 p.m.    

2:15 p.m. 
2:20 – 3:30 p.m.
3:40-4:45 p.m.
Educational Expo Resumes
Expo Door Prize Drawing
Cheese Break – Sponsored by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board
Educational Expo Closes
Statewide committee meetings
Sectional committee meetings
Bowling / Baseball / Golf Outings


Tuesday, June 27
 
6 a.m.
6:30 – 9:15 a.m. 
Walk with the Wellness Committee
Breakfast & Business Meeting, meeting begins at 8:15 a.m.
  • Sectional Committee Reports
  • Statewide Committee Reports, if ready

10 a.m.

Wisconsin FFA Center Board Meeting

9:30 – 11:20 a.m. 
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Professional Development Sessions  
Post-Secondary Luncheon
Secondary Luncheon
  • Special Awards Recognition: Teacher of Teachers and Cooperating Teacher Recognition
  • FFA Update – Larry Gossen, Local Program Success Specialist, National FFA Organization
  • DPI Update, New Teacher Introductions, and First Year Teacher Recognition, Jeff Hicken
1:20-3:10 p.m. Professional Development Sessions
3:20-4:30 p.m.  Idea Sharing Sessions:
  • Biotechnology
  • Food Science / Processing
  • Ag Power / Ag Mechanics
  • Tips from the Winners: WAAE/NAAE Award Application Process

Committee Meetings

  • Wellness Committee debriefing
  • Statewide Committees reconvene, if needed
  • County ag teacher meetings
  • Officer retreat planning
  • Other meetings
5 p.m.  Picnic - Sponsored by the Cooperative Network


Wednesday, June 28
 
6 a.m. 
6:30 – 8:20 a.m. 

8:30 – 11:20 a.m.  
11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Walk with the Wellness Committee
Breakfast
Statewide Committees reconvene, if needed
Professional Development Sessions 
20 Year Banquet
Luncheon
  • Keynote Speaker: Ag Advocacy 101: How to Amplify the Message of Agriculture and Empower Your Students to Do the Same – Kim Bremmer, Ag Inspirations
1:30-4:30 p.m.
5 p.m.   
5:30 p.m.  
Professional Development Sessions
Banquet Reception
Banquet
Social following banquet


Thursday, June 29
 
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

Below is a tentative listing of the 2017 Professional Development Sessions

Sunday   11:00am to 5:00pm
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: Jamie Propson, Dave Rizzardi, Ryan Seichter
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
This workshop is for ALL new teachers from ALL backgrounds. We will provide an overview of WAAE via guest speakers, curriculum sharing, Q&A, flash drives and tours. Please eat lunch prior to arriving, dinner will be provided for you. Please let us know if you need help with housing arrangements for Sunday night.
Wisconsin Agriscience Inquiry Institute (Invitation Only)
Pathway: Curriculum
Cost: Included in conference fees
Specific AI2 schedule and communication will come from the facilitator.
Monday   9:00am to 10:30am
2018 District Leadership Development Event Host Training
Presented by: Cheryl Zimmerman
Pathway: FFA
Cost: Included in conference fees
All FFA chapter advisors who are scheduled to host 2018 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 2017-2018 school year: Section 1: Cumberland, Osceola, Barron Section 2: Baldwin-Woodville, Durand, Cadott Section 3: Blair-Taylor, Holmen, Royall Section 4: River Valley, Potosi, Black Hawk Section 5: Belleville, Edgerton, Wisconsin Heights Section 6: Laconia, Montello, Wisconsin Dells Section 7: Rosholt, Neillsville, Edgar Section 8: Shawano, Pulaski, Weyauwega-Fremont Section 9: Green Bay-Preble, Wrightstown, Howards Grove Section 10: Beaver Dam, Waterloo, Badger
Electrical Wiring for Beginners
Presented by: Katie Christenson, Nelda Bailey
Pathway: Ag Mechanics
Cost: $15.00 (Required)
What you get: A sample wiring square and other accessories to use as examples in class
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! We will be going through the basics of wiring, diagrams, tools and course work. You will leave this course with helpful classroom and lab resources. This workshop is geared for beginners.
From Freshman to Farmer - Working together for the success of our students
Presented by: Dona Goede
Pathway: Farm Business Production Management
Cost: Included in conference fees
High school, post-secondary and FBPM roundtable discussion on how we can partner to better meet the needs of our students that are wanting to farm.
I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
I will not attend a session or I have WAAE board duties.
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
Instructional Kits- What's inside? How can I use this stuff?
Presented by: Jeanna James, Instructional Kits Committee
Pathway: Curriculum
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.
Meat and Climate Change -- What is all the fuss?
Presented by: Diane Mayerfeld
Pathway: Animal Science
Cost: Included in conference fees
Claims have been made that meat production is the major driver of climate change. At the same time, livestock production in the US has become extremely efficient, and efficiency reduces greenhouse gas emissions per unit of meat or milk produced. This session will dive into the science behind the climate impacts of different types of livestock production. We will also discuss some of the things farmers can do to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
National Quality Program Standards for Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resource Education
Presented by: Jeff Hicken
Pathway: Curriculum
Cost: Included in conference fees
The National Quality Program Standards (NQPS) for Secondary (Grades 9-12) Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource Education is a tool designed for local agriculture, food and natural resource education programs to analyze their program and develop clear goals and objectives for program growth. This tool is designed to be used by local teacher(s) in cooperation with, administrators, community partners, advisory committees, FFA support groups and/or an external assessment team. These standards reflect all components of an agriculture, food and natural resource education program including: • Classroom and laboratory instruction • Work-Based Learning (referred to in this document as, “Experiential, project, and work-based learning through SAE”) • Career and Technical Student Organization (referred to as, “Leadership and personal development through FFA”) This workshop will allow you to see firsthand the newly revised NQPS document and have a chance to review your own program.
Precision Agriculture in your classroom
Presented by: Brent Christianson
Pathway: Plant Science
Cost: Included in conference fees
Looking for ways to integrate Precision Agriculture in your classroom? Join Brent Christianson, Chippewa Valley Technical College Precision Agronomy Instructor as he showcases how to integrate Precision Farming concepts in your curriculum. Workshop will include: Free Apps & Websites, Activity & Lesson Plan to integrate in your classroom, Drone Demonstration and Q&A about Precision Agriculture and information on how to transcript courses with CVTC.
Teaching Farm/Business Management
Presented by: Keith Gundlach
Pathway: Ag Business
Cost: Included in conference fees
This workshop will provide you with lessons to use in teaching both farm and business management. Lessons will be provided in financial ratios, cash flow, borrowing money, partnership percentages, tax forms, and others I use in class for high school juniors and seniors. Bring a flash drive to take them all home.
What's New in Ag at Wisconsin Tech Colleges?
Presented by: Adam Wehling
Pathway: Curriculum
Cost: Included in conference fees
Come to one session and learn about the agriculture program opportunities in the Wisconsin Technical College System. Many new changes have been underway in the WTCS, stop by to learn about new & current programs along with agriculture staff members from all over the state. Learn about transcripted credit options and how you can connect with your local technical college.
What's New w/Google
Presented by: Kim Schadrie, Theresa Schiferl
Pathway: Technology
Cost: Included in conference fees
Let's face it, there's nothing wrong with working smarter and not harder. Whether you're new to one-to-one teaching or just looking to expand your skill set, we'll help you work smarter with Google. This workshop will begin by highlighting the newest tricks of the Google trade and then take time to delve into the wide variety of Google apps that will maximize your tech potential in the classroom. Topics include classroom, drive, docs, calendar and more!
Wisconsin Agriscience Inquiry Institute (Invitation Only)
Pathway: Curriculum
Cost: Included in conference fees
Specific AI2 schedule and communication will come from the facilitator.
Tuesday   9:30am to 11:20am
Aquaculture/Aquaponics and How to add Value to your Products (Off-site at Freedom High School all day - participants will not attend the Tuesday luncheon.)
Presented by: Tom Sebranek, Kris Beaver, Kevin Champeau
Cost: Included in conference fees
We will look at Aquaculture and Aquaponics set-ups and then how to add value to your products after they are harvested...smoking, pate, Aquaponic salad, product labels...participants will create their own label and package there product
Career Preparedness- Getting Students Ready
Presented by: Dave Rizzardi
Pathway: Curriculum
Cost: Included in conference fees
Academic and Career Planning is something agriculture instructors have been doing forever through SAE, CDE, and FFA preparation. Agriculture instructors can take the lead in offering material to all students at their schools. The workshop will use materials from the Industry Certified Course: Career Preparedness (Express Employment Professionals) and Professional Communications (Southwest Airlines). These topics could be incorporated into existing Leadership Courses, Career Cluster Research, or as independent study options.
Constructing Three Inexpensive Hydroponic Systems
Presented by: Don Josko
Pathway: Plant Science
Cost: $35.00 (Required)
What you get: Everyone will go home with one of the systems. Pumps are not included.
Learn the simplicity of building your own hydroponic system to take home. This will be a hands-on workshop which will cover design, materials, and individual innovations. There will be a $35.00 Fee for Materials. You must come to the workshop with the following materials: Safety Glasses, Battery Powered Drill with Paddle bits, Measuring tape, Black Marker, cross cut saw, and Saber saw. Everyone will go home with one of the systems. Pumps are not included.
Developing accurate and useful financials for new farms or SAE projects
Presented by: Brad Sirianni, Dona Goede
Pathway: Ag Business
Cost: Included in conference fees
Participants will learn about available resources to help students develop financial records that are accurate and useful.
Freshen up your equine unit (Off-site at FVTC)
Presented by: Sandra Dykes, Shelby Mitchell
Pathway: Animal Science
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! We will also have a Certified Farrier on sight for demonstrations and to answer any questions you may have.
Hands-on Horticulture
Presented by: Susan Frame
Pathway: Plant Science
Cost: $40.00 (Required)
What you get: Participants will build both a porch pot and a succulent garden. This price includes the cost of materials for items (porch pot, succulent garden) and duplication fees for lesson plans
Looking for hands-on Horticulture labs and potential fundraisers for your program? Join Susan Frame, Horticulture Instructor at Chippewa Valley Technical College as she showcases two labs that can be integrated into your program. Participants will build and leave with a Porch Pot, a Succulent Garden, lesson plans and activities that are ready to share next school year, along with learning how to transcript courses with CVTC.
How STEM and Modern Agriculture Bridge
Presented by: Rebecca Wirkus, Jake Cramer
Pathway: Biotechnology
Cost: Included in conference fees
Exploring hands-on lessons, resources, virtual guest speakers, on-line simulations, and idea sharing for biotechnology. Gain ideas to use in your 21st Century classroom to inspire your students to be the industry leaders of tomorrow.
I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
I will not attend a session or I have WAAE board duties.
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
Introduction to NGSS
Presented by: Michelle Howe
Pathway: Curriculum
Cost: Included in conference fees
Participants will be introduced to the Next Generation Science Standards and how they are set up and organized. We will look at the standards and learn about what the different parts of the standards are and what they mean. We will have time to look at the standards and break them down to determine how they fit into current curriculums.
Preparing Students for a Future in Conservation Stewardship
Presented by: Kim Warkentin, Tracy Arnold, Charlie Frisk
Pathway: Natural Resources/Wildlife
Cost: Included in conference fees
Founded in 1988, Wisconsin's annual Envirothon is our state's ultimate middle and high school environmental science challenge 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 in scholarships and prizes. This session will provide an overview of the program and discuss how to start a team. A former Envirothon Advisor will also discuss how best to prepare your students for this challenging but fun competition.
Renewing Your FFA Officer Training
Presented by: Tari Costello, Ryan Seichter, Kris Beaver
Pathway: FFA
Cost: Included in conference fees
Looking for a way to revitalize your FFA Officer Training? Looking for new leadership and team building activities? Join us for a session to share ideas, take a sample training session materials with you and gain new ideas to revitalize your FFA Officer Training
SAE - so what's new?
Presented by: Larry Gossen
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
SAE has been a part of agricultural education since before the Smith Hughes Act. So what's changed? The Council for Agricultural Education has created resources to help you integrate SAE into every class. Come find out what's changed and how we are getting back to our roots.
Wisconsin Agriscience Inquiry Institute (Invitation Only)
Pathway: Curriculum
Cost: Included in conference fees
Specific AI2 schedule and communication will come from the facilitator.
Tuesday   1:20pm to 2:50pm
Ag in the Classroom and Wanabees- Beekeeping Fundamentals 101 Workshop
Presented by: Darlene Arneson, Scott Wegner, Janis Wegner
Pathway: Curriculum
Cost: Included in conference fees
The first half hour will focus on “What’s new” in Ag in the Classroom, summer training opportunities, and new resources. The remainder of the workshop is Beekeeping 101 and how to incorporate bees into your program. They will cover basic beekeeping, equipment needed, where to find local beekeepers and assistance, student project ideas, honey and beeswax products, and more! Darlene Arneson is the Wisconsin Farm Bureau- Ag in the Classroom Program Coordinator. AITC helps distribute educational materials to teachers, schools and volunteers to help students learn more about agriculture and where their food comes from. Scott and Janis Wegner live in Stoughton, WI. We have three children and 5 grandchildren. Scott is Fire Chief for the City of Stoughton and Janis works in Madison for the Department of Motor Vehicles. We started keeping bees as a hobby in 2009 and gradually became "sideliner" Beekeepers. We are members of Rock County Beekeepers Association where Scott serves as President and Janis as Secretary. We also belong to: Wisconsin Honey Producers Association, American Federation of Beekeepers and Dane County Beekeepers. We present the importance of sustaining bees in our environment to many diverse groups youth to Senior citizens. We give educational talks to Brownies and Girl Scouts, Civic groups and have attended Milwaukee County Zoo Ag Days. We help staff booths at Wisconsin State Fair and Rock County Fair. Scott acts as a mentor to new "beeks" and Janis acts as marketing manager. Together, we operate Mandt Honey Works LLC. On weekends, we sell our honey and wax related products at Farmers Markets.
Ag/Science Equivalency Credit
Presented by: Jeff Hicken
Pathway: Curriculum
Cost: Included in conference fees
Ag science equivalency - Recommendations advanced by the High School Task Force call for embracing change. The Task Force emphasized that rigor comes in many forms, and students deserve options for learning that align with their learning style, needs and interests. Subsequently the State Superintendents Agriculture and Science Task Force affirmed that counting certain agriculture courses for science graduation credit is in keeping with the recommendations of the High School Task Force. Agriculture courses do indeed provide rigorous and authentic science content and offer multiple instructional pathways to address science academic standards. This workshop will cover from start to finish the process of the newly revised Agriculture/Science Equivalent Credit Option.
AgExplorer - taking it to the next level
Presented by: Larry Gossen
Pathway: FFA
Cost: Included in conference fees
You've been using AgExplorer, but this session will give you ideas for taking it to the next level. Be prepared to share what you are doing to engage students in their search of Ag Careers.
Animal Science Academy
Presented by: Adam Zwiefelhofer
Pathway: Animal Science
Cost: $30.00 (Required)
What you get: Participants will leave with a teacher kit to complete 4 activities which include: CMT/Milk Culture testing, Feed Digestibility, Injection and pH/Bricks Fermentation. This price includes the cost of materials for items in each of the 4 labs and duplication fees for lesson plans. If you would like to purchase a classroom kit for instructing 15 students in each of the four labs, the cost will be $90. IMPORTANT NOTE: You will need to directly contact Adam Zwiefelhofer to order the classroom kit for pick up at WAAE PDC - azwiefelhofer9@cvtc.edu or 715.858.1867.
Looking for hands-on Science labs for Animal Science? Join Adam Zwiefelhofer, Animal Science Instructor at Chippewa Valley Technical College as he showcases multiple hands-on lab you can do with your students. Participants will leave this workshop with lesson plans and activities that are ready to share next school year. Activities include: CMT/Milk Culture testing, Feed Digestibility, Injection and pH/Bricks Fermentation and how to transcript courses with CVTC.
Aquaculture/Aquaponics and How to add Value to your Products (Off-site at Freedom High School all day - participants will not attend the Tuesday luncheon.)
Presented by: Tom Sebranek, Kris Beaver, Kevin Champeau
Cost: Included in conference fees
We will look at Aquaculture and Aquaponics set-ups and then how to add value to your products after they are harvested...smoking, pate, Aquaponic salad, product labels...participants will create their own label and package there product
Bugs and Weeds and Drones, Oh My! (Off-site at FVTC)
Presented by: Sara Maass-Pate, Ed Ruff, Matt Lansing
Pathway: Farm Business Production Management
Cost: Included in conference fees
Join the FBPM instructors from Southwest Technical College for a hand's on workshop on crop scouting basics and using drones to help with scouting.
Constructing Three Inexpensive Hydroponic Systems
Presented by: Don Josko
Pathway: Plant Science
Cost: $35.00 (Required)
What you get: Everyone will go home with one of the systems. Pumps are not included.
Learn the simplicity of building your own hydroponic system to take home. This will be a hands-on workshop which will cover design, materials, and individual innovations. There will be a $35.00 Fee for Materials. You must come to the workshop with the following materials: Safety Glasses, Battery Powered Drill with Paddle bits, Measuring tape, Black Marker, cross cut saw, and Saber saw. Everyone will go home with one of the systems. Pumps are not included.
Drone Discovery
Presented by: Tim Buttles
Pathway: Technology
Cost: Included in conference fees
Participants will experience the Drone Discovery curriculum created by the National 4-H Council for the 2016 National Youth Science Day. Drone Discovery uses low cost materials to help learners explore the use of drones and solve an engineering challenge. This workshop will not involve the use of actual drones.
Farm To School (F2S)
Presented by: Candice Franks, Larry Plapp
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
Do you want to start a farm to school (F2S) program or grow the program that you currently have? Badger HS Instructors will share with you how they got started in the Farm to School movement. Discussion will be held on grant writing for funds, equipment you may want to consider, getting approval from your school for produce use in school lunch, and curriculum connections. If you have a greenhouse, aquaculture facility, or even a bench with some grow-lights, you can get involved with the Farm to School program.
I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
I will not attend a session or I have WAAE board duties.
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
Incorporating Vet Medical Certifications (and others) Into Your Program
Presented by: Dave Rizzardi
Pathway: Curriculum
Cost: Included in conference fees
Industry Backed Certifications are a strong component of CTE Courses. CEV Multimedia has partnered with numerous industries to offer college and career ready Certifications. This workshop will use the Veterinary Medical Certificate (Elanco sponsored) course to give teachers an understanding of how to incorporate Certificates into their programs. Other Certificate Course material will be available as well.
Professional Development Plans (PDPs) for Educators
Presented by: Amanda Seichter
Pathway: Teacher Retention
Cost: Included in conference fees
A quick overview of the PDP process will start this workshop, but most of this session will focus on allowing teachers to get online and start filling out their PDP application. This is a great workshop for young teachers or veteran teachers interested in switching to a PDP for license renewal. Teachers will have time to actually work on their PDP- either starting their goal, working on reflections, or finalizing their PDP to submit this upcoming year.
Wisconsin Agriscience Inquiry Institute (Invitation Only)
Pathway: Curriculum
Cost: Included in conference fees
Specific AI2 schedule and communication will come from the facilitator.
Words Are Just the Tip of the Iceberg: Identifying Strategies to Teach Diverse Learners
Presented by: Kellie Claflin
Pathway: Curriculum
Cost: Included in conference fees
Do you have students who have English as a second language? Are you unsure of how to reach them when you don't speak their language or understand their culture? In this workshop, we will identify terms associated with cultural and linguistic diversity and understand how students use language. We will also identify and enact culturally and linguistically responsive instructional strategies for diverse students. You will walk away with a new understanding of working with diverse students and strategies to put to use in your classroom.
Tuesday   3:20pm to 4:30pm
Bugs and Weeds and Drones, Oh My! (Off-site at FVTC)
Presented by: Sara Maass-Pate, Ed Ruff, Matt Lansing
Pathway: Farm Business Production Management
Cost: Included in conference fees
Join the FBPM instructors from Southwest Technical College for a hand's on workshop on crop scouting basics and using drones to help with scouting.
I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
I will not attend a session or I have WAAE board duties.
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
Sharing Session: Biotechnology
Cost: Included in conference fees
During this session participants will share ideas and resources to help support and strengthen the curriculum related to the biotechnology pathway. Please come with handouts for 24 or be prepared to share resources electronically. The session will be facilitated by WAAE teacher experts in the biotechnology pathway.
Sharing Session: Food Science / Processing
Cost: Included in conference fees
During this session participants will share ideas and resources to help support and strengthen the curriculum related to the food science/processing pathway. Please come with handouts for 24 or be prepared to share resources electronically. The session will be facilitated by WAAE teacher experts in the food science/processing pathway.
Wisconsin Agriscience Inquiry Institute (Invitation Only)
Pathway: Curriculum
Cost: Included in conference fees
Specific AI2 schedule and communication will come from the facilitator.
Wednesday   8:30am to 11:20am
Compasses, GPS and Geocaching, Oh My
Presented by: Troy Talford, Kim Houser
Pathway: Natural Resources/Wildlife
Cost: Included in conference fees
Are you looking to add some hands on, get them out of their seats and moving activities for your Wildlife or Natural Resources class? Then this is the workshop for you! Let us give you ideas and lesson plans for how to incorporate using a compass, pacing, GPS devices and then head outside to do some geocaching. Plan to bring your own GPS (we'll have some on hand in case you don't) and get ready to learn by doing!
DNR Instructor Certification ATV, Boat and Snowmobile
Presented by: Jeremy Cords
Pathway: Other
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.
Drones and Agriculture Applications (Off-site at FVTC)
Presented by: Bret Iverson and Team
Pathway: Technology
Cost: $100.00 (Required)
What you get: Drone, Power points, extra materials for drone and handouts.
Take a flight using your own drone and see how this unit can be added to the classes you already teach. Local experts and professionals will assist in the teaching of this hands on class. You will set up your own drone and learn to fly it. Each participant will get a classroom materials from industry and colleges teaching this new technology.
Electronic Fuel Injection for Small Engines (Off-site at FVTC)
Presented by: Dale Drees
Pathway: Ag Mechanics
Cost: Included in conference fees
Learn how Electronic Fuel Injection Systems work and how to use blink codes and computer software programs to detect failures on the new EFI Briggs & Stratton engines. This course will be held at the Monster Shop Outdoor Power Equipment training facility at Fox Valley Technical College.
Foxy is ready to deliver her calf: Are you ready? (Off-site at FVTC)
Presented by: Dr. Lori Nagel
Pathway: Animal Science
Cost: Included in conference fees
This session will use Fox Valley Technical College's life size bovine simulator to review basic reproductive biology. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the dynamic uterine changes associated with pregnancy and also deliver her calf. The simulator will allow participants to troubleshoot a variety of calving situations.
Free tools for teaching grain and agricultural safety
Presented by: Marsha Salzwedel
Pathway: Curriculum
Cost: Included in conference fees
In this session, we will introduce and discuss how to use a video and three modules of safety curriculum. The curriculum teaches youth how to identify and address several different types of hazards and empowers youth to speak up and ask questions when unsure. The free curriculum includes an introductory video, PowerPoint presentations, instructor notes, pre/post tests, quizzes and more. Each of the four pieces of the curriculum can be used individually to address specific areas or be combined for a comprehensive safety curriculum.
I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
I will not attend a session or I have WAAE board duties.
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
Plant Maintenance and Shrubs for in Town Students SAE’s
Presented by: Don Josko
Pathway: Plant Science
Cost: Included in conference fees
This “hands-on” workshop will cover the art of pruning shrubs and plant maintenance opportunities for students to develop an SAE project. Bring a hand pruner, lopper, and knife. There will handouts and an opportunity to round table about curriculum ideas. We will go to a site to evaluate a yard and another site to conduct pruning lessons.
Project Learning Tree
Presented by: Tim Buttles
Pathway: Natural Resources/Wildlife
Cost: $35.00 (Required)
What you get: Project Learning Tree PreK-8 Guide with 96 activities.
Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed to teach students how to think, not what to think about complex environmental issues. PLT enhances critical thinking, problem solving, and effective decision-making skills. PLT materials are multi-disciplinary and aligned with state and national education standards. Participants will receive the Project Learning Tree PreK-8 Guide with 96 activities.
Quickbooks for Farms
Presented by: Deb Ihm
Pathway: Farm Business Production Management
Cost: Included in conference fees
Session will discuss how Quickbooks can be used on farms to properly keep financial records. Participants are asked to bring their own laptops with Quickbooks already installed if they have it already.
Tips From the Pro's: Soil Science
Presented by: Chris Clark
Pathway: Plant Science
Cost: $30.00 (Required)
What you get: Receive a participant binder including the International Plant Nutrition Institute Soil Fertility manual(IPNI) and additional technical bulletins and support materials provided by AgSource. Which is used as a industry educational resource.
Add more tools to your agriculture tool belt and join the experts at AgSource Laboratories. You will get the International Plant Nutrition Soil Fertility manual which includes chapters on: Concepts of soil fertility and productivity, Soil pH and Liming, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, the secondary nutrients, the micro-nutrients, soil sampling, soil testing, soil salinity and water management.(Has ready made review questions and excellent resource pages for students. Any teacher with environmental, agronomy, soils, intro to ag, plant science, horticulture class should plan to attend. You will go back to school overloaded with ready to use lesson plans for middle and high school level.
Why WISELearn?
Presented by: Lynn Aprill, Kaye Henrickson
Pathway: Curriculum
Cost: Included in conference fees
What does OER even mean? What makes OER, OER? How can OER impact student learning? Since launching its #GoOpen campaign to encourage states, school districts and educators to create, share and use openly licensed educational resources (OER), the US Department of Education has seen a upper spike in the number of states collaborating and sharing curated open content. What does this mean for Wisconsin students, educators and schools? Equity and access to high quality, standards-aligned digital content is essential to promote student achievement. Participants in this session will dive into Wisconsin's WISELearn Educator Portal, specifically the digital content repository, crowdsourced BY Wisconsin educators FOR Wisconsin educators. Come take a look and learn how to become involved and support educators ready to contribute to a global economy of sharing.
Wisconsin Agriscience Inquiry Institute (Invitation Only)
Pathway: Curriculum
Cost: Included in conference fees
Specific AI2 schedule and communication will come from the facilitator.
Wisconsin Parliamentary Procedure
Presented by: Dr. James Graham
Pathway: FFA
Cost: Included in conference fees
This session will focus on updates regarding the Wisconsin Parliamentary Procedure Contest. Discussion will focus on contest rules, scoring, and tips for training teams.
Wednesday   1:30pm to 4:30pm
Electronic Fuel Injection for Small Engines (Off-site at FVTC)
Presented by: Dale Drees
Pathway: Ag Mechanics
Cost: Included in conference fees
Learn how Electronic Fuel Injection Systems work and how to use blink codes and computer software programs to detect failures on the new EFI Briggs & Stratton engines. This course will be held at the Monster Shop Outdoor Power Equipment training facility at Fox Valley Technical College.
Fighting Climate Change through Production Agriculture
Presented by: Craig Kohn
Pathway: Biotechnology
Cost: Included in conference fees
In September of 2016, the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere permanently surpassed 400 parts per million for the first time in the history of human existence. As a greenhouse gas, increasing levels of CO2 are leading to changes in climate that may have profoundly negative impacts on production agriculture. However, production agriculture is also one of the best options available for slowing the rise of atmospheric CO2 levels. Attendees in this workshop will use hands-on activities to explore the threats that rising CO2 levels have on agriculture and showcase labs and lessons that you can conduct with your students to help them understand the role that agriculture will play in fighting climate change. Attendees will leave the session with hands-on lessons and materials they can utilize in Agriscience, Biotechnology and Natural Resources classes.
Financial Literacy in the Ag Classroom
Presented by: Corey Fanslau, Dan Kaufman
Pathway: Ag Business
Cost: Included in conference fees
Most high school students are making financial choices now. Many shop, have jobs, pay bills, make car payments, and some are college-bound, preparing to make a student debt choice. Financial literacy lessons help kids grapple with the adult choices they are already facing as teenagers. Specific to ag students, equipping them in the classroom with the ability to create simple business plans and analyzing finances can be beneficial when developing a supervised agricultural experience (SAE). GreenStone financial services officers will present on financing 101 and the concept of preparing a business plan that students could apply to everyday life, and also their activities in agriculture.
I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
I will not attend a session or I have WAAE board duties.
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
Modern Animal Agriculture & Pork Production
Presented by: Greg Sambs
Pathway: Animal Science
Cost: Included in conference fees
Modern animal agriculture is misunderstood. This presentation, given by a pork producer, will demonstrate and share facts that you can take back to your classroom about the science and technology behind raising sustainable and healthy food while using fewer natural resources. The speaker will also address changing FDA rules for antibiotic use in all food animals. Attendees will: • Discover why responsible antibiotic use is a shared commitment by human and animal health professionals, and all farmers who raise food animals, from pigs and chickens to honey bees. • Learn how farmers use science-based practices that include proper nutrition, modern barns and disease prevention to raise healthy pigs so they don’t need costly medicines in the first place. • See how farmers are working with their veterinarians to prepare for evolving FDA rules affecting the use of antibiotics in all food animals. • Explore how agriculture continues to evolve using science and technology to do more with less land, energy and water. We will also provide information on how you can arrange to have a pork producer speak with your students where possible.
Plant Maintenance and Shrubs for in Town Students SAE’s
Presented by: Don Josko
Pathway: Plant Science
Cost: Included in conference fees
This “hands-on” workshop will cover the art of pruning shrubs and plant maintenance opportunities for students to develop an SAE project. Bring a hand pruner, lopper, and knife. There will handouts and an opportunity to round table about curriculum ideas. We will go to a site to evaluate a yard and another site to conduct pruning lessons.
Project Learning Tree
Presented by: Tim Buttles
Pathway: Natural Resources/Wildlife
Cost: $35.00 (Required)
What you get: Project Learning Tree PreK-8 Guide with 96 activities.
Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed to teach students how to think, not what to think about complex environmental issues. PLT enhances critical thinking, problem solving, and effective decision-making skills. PLT materials are multi-disciplinary and aligned with state and national education standards. Participants will receive the Project Learning Tree PreK-8 Guide with 96 activities.
Spot Specific Farming (Off-site at FVTC)
Presented by: Tom Yost, Zach Ward
Pathway: Technology
Cost: Included in conference fees
There will be three parts to this session. There will be a driving lab using auto guidance systems on tractors. There will be a section on monitors and how the guidance systems work. There will be a section on using free apps and geo referencing locations.
The CASE Model: Inquiry-Based Instruction
Presented by: Sara Cobb, Kellie Claflin
Pathway: Curriculum
Cost: Included in conference fees
Are you interested in implementing inquiry-based instruction? Join us as we explore The CASE Model and plant science program pathway. Complete two hands-on plant science activities and experience inquiry-based instruction best practices. Participants will be introduced to CASE curriculum, identify how pathways strengthen agricultural education, and gain a toolbox of inquiry-based instruction strategies.
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 last year, 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.
Understanding the numbers - two sessions in one.
Presented by: Julie Wadzinski, Sara Maass-Pate
Pathway: Farm Business Production Management
Cost: Included in conference fees
Part 1 at 1:30 - Understanding mineral supplements for both conventional and organic farms - Julie Wadzinski Understanding the different sources and types of minerals can be difficult. Participants will learn how to interpret the tag on vitamins and minerals and use that information to make smart decisions on what to use and buy. Part 2 at 3:00 - Making sense of the large amounts of precision ag data - Sara Maass-Pate
Using MyCAERT to Show Student Growth
Presented by: Marty Speth
Pathway: Curriculum
Cost: Included in conference fees
This session will demonstrate how to build course outlines using the MyCAERT curriculum materials, entering students, utilizing the “MY Files” component to deliver assignments, and create standards-based quizzes that address your SLO. Bring a course outline or two of your own to build or I will have an example for you to use.
Weeds, Bugs and Other Critters: Experience Crop Scouting
Presented by: Nick Schneider, Jason Fischer
Pathway: Plant Science
Cost: Included in conference fees
Crop scouting often is the beginning of the pathway for new agriculturists to get their foot in the door with industry as they start a career. Additionally, farmers and consultants find pest populations shift, develop resistance to past practices and give us new surprises each year. This group will launch from the FVTC campus to learn pest identification and scouting procedures in nearby FVTC production fields.
What's the Problem?
Presented by: Dr. James Graham
Pathway: Curriculum
Cost: Included in conference fees
This session will focus upon using Problem Solving as an instructional tool. Participants will gain an understanding of the various problem solving techniques, how to design lessons using problem solving, and how to engage learners to think critically and logically. Participants are encouraged to bring topics/lessons to enhance.
Wisconsin Agriscience Inquiry Institute (Invitation Only)
Pathway: Curriculum
Cost: Included in conference fees
Specific AI2 schedule and communication will come from the facilitator.
WISELearn Contributors (Must attend "Why WISELearn?" workshop)
Presented by: Lynn Aprill, Kaye Henrickson
Pathway: Curriculum
Cost: Included in conference fees
Attendance at this session requires attendance at the "Why WISELearn?" session earlier as well as a WISELearn curator account (obtained at the previous session). During this session, attendees will vet and curate high quality digital content and become active contributors to the Wisconsin Educator Portal, which aligns to Professionalism educator standards in both Danielson and Stronge models of EE. Come learn how to curate high quality instructional content for students and become part of the growing numbers of Wisconsin educators building the WISELearn Educator Portal.
Thursday   10:00am to 12:00pm
Area farm tours (Off-site at various locations - transportation on own)
Presented by: Dona Goede
Pathway: Farm Business Production Management
Cost: Included in conference fees
Tour of local agriculture operations. May include robotic dairy, goat dairy or other agriculture operations
Budding & Grafting of Trees
Presented by: Don Josko
Pathway: Plant Science
Cost: $30.00 (Required)
What you get: Teaching unit and grafting knife.
Learn how to teach Budding and Grafting of Trees. This will be a “hands-on “ workshop will include a segment on locating plant tissues, budding techniques, and grafting techniques. Bring your thumb drives to down load the teaching unit. A grafting knife will be provided to take home. Workshop cost $30.00 for unit and Knife.
Commodity Marketing Education Made Easier
Presented by: Janet Schneider, Naomi Blohm
Pathway: Ag Business
Cost: Included in conference fees
One of the key tenants of the FFA Creed asks us to “serve our own and the public interest in producing and marketing the product of our toil.” If any of you feel that marketing part of the creed is daunting, you’re not alone. With over 30 years of experience working with producers, Stewart-Peterson Inc. understands that farm marketing is often a stumbling block. Join Stewart-Peterson’s Senior Market Analyst Naomi Blohm to discover how to simplify farm marketing for learners of every level. As a sought-after speaker on agriculture television, radio and events, Naomi excels at explaining and clarifying commodity marketing concepts and tools. Even better, all session attendees will receive numerous free resources for the classroom and a live tour of the curriculum resources at Stewart-Peterson’s AgEdNet.com agriculture curriculum service. A bit about Naomi: Growing up, Naomi's family owned a dry dog food business. When the corn market rallied from $2.00 to $5.00 in the mid-1990s, her family's business was hit hard. Because of this experience, it became Naomi’s goal to educate farm families on how to market their crop and to help protect them from market volatility. Naomi earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Agriculture Business at the University of Wisconsin in Platteville. She has a Master of Science in Adult Education with an emphasis in Ag Economics, University of Wisconsin, Platteville, and a Master Certificate in Global Education, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.
Essential Forestry
Presented by: Christine Kuntz
Pathway: Natural Resources/Wildlife
Cost: Included in conference fees
In this session we will do some hands-on lessons on forestry, cover the essential forestry concepts that should be looked at in a forestry high school level course, discuss new technology and emerging careers. If you are already teaching forestry please come prepared to add to the discussion and present how you approach this topic in your classroom.
Farming Simulator
Presented by: Richard Bierbrauer
Pathway: Curriculum
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.
I will be presenting or assisting with a session.
Cost: Included in conference fees
I will not attend a session or I have WAAE board duties.
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
Make Peace... Not War using student collaboration
Presented by: Kayla Loewenhagen
Pathway: Curriculum
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 collaborate with each other. This session will focus on different methods for having the students collaborate. Each teacher will leave the session with the artillery (methods and action plan cards) to lead more productive collaboration sessions.
Ruminant Animal Digestion: The Facts & Ideas to Teach the Topic
Presented by: Dr. Andrew Martin, Amy L Gerhardt
Pathway: Animal Science
Cost: Included in conference fees
Dr. Martin is a large animal veterinarian that works with the Neillsville High School Animal Science class. The workshop will feature Dr. Martin explaining the ruminant digestive process in simple terms that you can relate to and teach your students. Strategies/activities to teach the ruminant digestive system will also be shared. This workshop is perfect for teachers at all knowledge levels...come if you are struggling, have questions, or need reassurance that you understand ruminant digestion.
Teaching Employability Skills
Presented by: Tarin Costello
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
Preparing your students for the workplace is a challenging undertaking. Get samples of materials to use in your classroom to have your students prepared to present themselves professionally in the work world. Will cover job applications, cover letters, thank you's and interview skills.
Using Google Technology to Improve Workflow in Ag Classroom
Presented by: Gwen Boettcher
Pathway: Technology
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! Participants should bring their own laptop/Chromebook (iPads will work but not as well).
Using Youth Work Guidelines in SAEs
Presented by: Marsha Salzwedel
Pathway: Other
Cost: Included in conference fees
This session will introduce the newly updated and re-designed youth agricultural work guidelines and explain how to use them to prevent injuries in youth participating in SAEs. These guidelines use a series of questions to look at a youth’s physical and cognitive abilities, helping the Educator to determine if a specific “job” is appropriate for youth. The guidelines also provide information on hazards and protective strategies for each job.
Wisconsin Agriscience Inquiry Institute (Invitation Only)
Pathway: Curriculum
Cost: Included in conference fees
Specific AI2 schedule and communication will come from the facilitator.

Exhibitors

Exhibitor Registration Form

The Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators would like to invite its partners to be a part of the 2017 WAAE Professional Development Conference Educational Expo.

2017 Educational Expo Exhibitor Information Letter

About the Educational Expo
Date: Monday, June 26, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Location: Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton, Wisconsin

Set up: Sunday, June 25 between 4 and 8 p.m. and/or Monday, June 26 between 7 and 8 a.m.

Display area: 3'x8' table or comparable floor space if a table isn't used. Each additional space/table is $25

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 $25
  • 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 26-29, 2017, 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. 
2017 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

A reservation block at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel is available until May 20. To make your reservation

  • Online: visit http://www.radisson.com/waae
  • By phone: call 888-201-1718 and mention
    • The Wisconsin Association of Agricultural Educators (WAAE) Conference
    • Dates: June 25-29

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.