|We would like to take a moment and thank Shannon Vanhoy and the |
Awards Committee for their hard work evaluating and selecting our a
ward winners. We appreciate their time and effort!
Also, thank you to all of our applicants. You are all valuable to our
association and to our students!
We acknowledge the hard work you put into your job each day.
Here are our award winners!
Eric Godwin Scholarship: Chris Hicks
Outstanding Early Career Teacher Award: Candace Grimsley from
Lumberton High School
Upper Division Scholarship: James Johnson
Outstanding Teacher Award: Cathy Berrier from Ledford High School
Outstanding Middle/Secondary Program: Richlands High School with
Jillian Ford and Al Jones
Ideas Unlimited Award: Jillian Ford from Richlands High School
Teachers Turn the Key Scholarship Application: Victoria Cardea at
West Rowan High School
The Lifetime Achievement Award and Outstanding Service Citation
will be selected at the Region V Conference in Charleston.
A NEW & Exciting Update from Mr. Bryan Holloway:
The North Carolina House has passed its version of the state budget. Our priorities are officially passed on the House side of the legislature. Now, we are on to the Senate, and I am optimistic we will succeed on their side as well. Below is an overview of the House education budget. You will find significant pay raises as well as many other items:
Note: Our items which include the positions at North Carolina State, and the funds for the FFA Camp are located in the Money Report, page B 42 and in the Budget Bill, page 274.
The House Budget Money Report for HB 966
The House budget adds an additional $700 million dollars over the last biennium budget. That is an increase of just over 3 per cent.
Included in the budget is a teacher pay raise of an average of 4.6% (beginning Jan. 2020).
The House budget re-instates the popular Teaching Fellows program for candidates seeking to teach in Special Education or Stem.
The House budget re-instates masters pay for qualifying teachers.
Regarding principal and assistant principal pay, the House budget re-instates experience as a component of the formula for principal pay and ties principal pay raises to future teacher pay raises moving forward. The adjusted averages for salary increases for Jan. 2020 would be around 6.3% for Assistant Principals and 10% for Principals.
The House budget gives teachers $145 for school supplies in year one of the biennium. Legislators indicated that it would increase to $400 in year two when they return for short session next year. The entire appropriation was funded with new money, and did not transfer funds from the current supply allotment.
The House budget proposal allocates $60 million dollars for school safety, resources, personnel, and mental heath services.
Below is a link to the budget breakdown site developed by the State Board of Education and the Department of Public Instruction. This site will provide base category expenditures and at the bottom of the expense summary of shows the proposed teacher salary adjustments from the House Budget.
In addition, several special provisions were included. Some of those included in the budget bill are listed below.
1. School Safety Grant Programs
2. 15 point grading scale for school assessments under the NC School Report Card
3. Financial Literacy and Economics course requirements (to be determined by the State Board)
The crossover deadline in set for May 9th which usually means that non-finance related bills that have not received approval from either the House or Senate, will likely not move forward. However, even those provisions are often subject to change. We will update you on which education related bills met the crossover deadline in the next update.
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|Awards DUE FRIDAY!!!|
If you would like to participate in any of the awards mentioned below,
the applications are due this Friday. Many of the applications require
references or supporting documentation. Check them out today to
ensure you can take part in this opportunity. See the previously sent
information below for further instructions.Spring is a BUSY time for
agriculture teachers! We know and we get it! Therefore, the
awards deadline has been EXTENDED UNTIL MAY 10TH in the
following award categories:
-Outstanding Teacher Award
-Outstanding Middle/Secondary Program
-Lifetime Achievement Award
-Teacher Mentor Award
-Outstanding Cooperation Award
The deadline has ONLY been extended for the awards listed
We hope that you take this time to reflect on your teaching
career and best practices. Please apply for an award or
encourage a worthy colleague!
For more information on applying for these awards, please reference
the information below, which was sent in our previous newsletters:
NAAE Awards are judged at the state, regional, and national levels.
It’s the time of year to complete these for state level judging. Award
recipients gain experience, travel, and recognition.
You can find out about requirements, descriptions and applications
ALL Award Applications are due to Shannon Vanhoy by MAY 10TH,
via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Shannon is with the
Member Services Committee. All awards should be submitted to her
in a pdf format for judging. NC nominees (State Winners) will be
notified shortly thereafter. These nominees will then have to submit
their application via the NAAE website.
2019 NAAE Convention
This year’s NAAE Convention will be in Anaheim, California on
December 3rd-7th! Our Regional Winners will be acknowledged
AND amazing professional development is being created for you!
Use this “slow” time of the year in December to pour back into your
career- in order for you to better provide for your students.
Early Bird Registration has begun!
Check it out before the prices increase in July.Only during the annual
NAAE Convention will you find professional development that will
transform your agriculture classroom. Over 60 innovative learning
sessions presented by agricultural educators for agricultural
educators will invigorate you and improve student success.
Held in conjunction with ACTE’s CareerTech VISION, NAAE members
have access to both conventions. The NAAE Convention schedule
aligns with the VISION schedule, so that our members have the
opportuntity to experience both conventions for one price.
Region V Conference
Why should you attend this conference?!
The NAAE Region V conference will be June 24-26, 2019 in Charleston,
SC (make note, this date was listed incorrectly in one location in our
last Newsletter.) It is a wonderful time to network, learn more about
your profession and agriculture, and recognize the professionals in
our community. We hope you can attend!
The information is on the NAAE Website
(Communities of Practice) but we have had some trouble with the
Here are the direct links and information for you to use:
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Guests will need to contact reservations directly (843-856-0028)
if requesting a specific type of room (1 king/2 queens) or if booking
for days beyond contract. The room rate is extended to 6/27/19.
Tentative Region V Conference Agenda
Member Spotlight: Northeast Region
Shelley Armour, your Northeast Region VP, interviewed our May Member Spotlight, Jessica Duncan. Jessica is a hard-working teacher and we are proud to share her interview below!
1. How did you get into teaching Ag Ed?
I loved agriculture growing up on a produce farm, but at the time, a female farmer was not as heard of as it is now, so I was trying to determine where my place was in life. I enjoyed school growing up and a lot of times my sister and I would play school in our playhouse. As I was about to enter high school, my dad planted blackberries and, along with those, we installed the trellis-system. We were the first in our county to have it so farm tours through cooperative extension started to multiply. One tour was for the high school agriculture teachers in our county and they were allowed to bring along a couple students, who might be interested. The horticulture teacher from the high school I would be attending was there and he started to advocate for his program. I was reserved, I listened, but deep down I told myself “anything I needed to know about growing plants my dad could teach me”. I started high school and I was not signed up for an agriculture class; however, all of my friends were. Sophomore year I decided I would take one so I signed up for two entry level classes, one as a first choice, one as a back-up; however, I ended up in both of them. I came out of my shell for public speaking during my sophomore year thought these two classes. I went from the shy girl who wanted to run and hide rather than speak, to leading field trips for each horticulture class for the rest of my high school career. I quickly found my passion. I wanted to advocate for agriculture and I wanted to be just like my agriculture teacher, Mr. Senter, I wanted to teach agricultural education.
2. How long have you been teaching?
I have been teaching for 3 years, two of those have been here at Moyock Middle School.
3. What is unique about teaching middle school agriculture education and having a middle school FFA chapter?
I enjoy teaching middle school agriculture. I do my best to get the students excited about what they can do in high school with the program there and encourage them to take agriculture classes when they select classes. One thing interesting about middle school is NONE of my students “pick” my class, they are randomly selected so it can be challenging for sure but the interest level, especially in my 6th graders is so rewarding! One other unique part of teaching middle school is that our state competition is in March- not in the summer so after “states” I can focus on getting ready for banquet an the end of the year activities.
4. What classes do you teach?
I started off teaching high school for one semester and I taught Horticulture I and II and Landscaping. Once I was hired in Currituck County, I was teaching middle school and for the first year and a half I taught Exploring Biotechnology and Fundamentals of Biotechnology. This year I am teaching Environmental and Natural Resources.
5. How many members does your chapter have?
6. What is unique about your program compared to others in the county? (activities, facilities, etc)
At our school we have two raised beds for the students to work in with crops each year. They have to prep the beds by pulling weeds and keep the weeds out as the season goes forward. They also plant the seeds or planks and keep them cared for. We are working towards a small greenhouse for both middle schools in the county to give students a hands on experience, but nothing is set in stone.
7. What is your favorite activity you have done with your classes and/or chapter?
My favorite activity is hard to narrow down. As a classroom activity, I really enjoy when we are working on official dress and I have students decorate gingerbread men/women cookies into official dress with icing. Once I have checked them off ,they get to eat the cookie they decorated. My favorite chapter activity enjoyed taking my kids to the State Fair this year. Most of them had never been to Raleigh- much less the fair so it was a great experience for them!
Thank you, Jessica, for all that you do as an agriculture teacher!
A New Opportunity in Professional Development!
Here is a new conference opportunity, presented by our very own Amber Nead, Agriculture Teacher at North East Carolina Prep School:
If you are on Instagram, you’ve probably seen posts from Sarah Nerswick’s Ag Teacher How To’s account. She is an agriculture teacher in Georgia that actually taught in NC for a little while too! She has been working hard to develop an online, completely virtual Ag Teacher Summer Conference called Germinate! This virtual conference will be hosted ONLINE, with recorded sessions all with a TAKEAWAY (worksheet, PPT, lesson plan etc.) from some of the best agriculture teachers from Alaska to the U.S Virgin Islands….Maine to Hawaii and EVERYWHERE in between! It will be live July 10-12, 2019 and right now registration is $35.
I will be teaching a session on FFA partnerships – specifically how to partner with elementary schools and other feeder skills. Talking about what financial resources there are, educational resources, and how to make those partnerships work.
If you are interested in registering and participating in Germinate, please consider registering through my affiliate link: https://green-and-growing-education.teachable.com/?affcode=335084_2mhshhmp
Questions about the conference, Germinate!, can be directed to Amber Nead at email@example.com
|NCATA Legislative Update April 27, 2019 |
New & exciting news in late April!
|GREAT NEWS for NCATA!!! The House version of the budget includes |
two new Regional Coordinators and $500K for NC FFA Center! Please
read the full report from our lobbyist, Bryan Holloway. Bryan has
been working hard in the Legislature for us. We appreciate this great
news and look forward to seeing these priorities through the entire
process in the months ahead!
Update from Mr. Bryan Holloway for late April 2019:
On April 26th, the North Carolina House released its version of the
Education budget. I’m proud to inform you that our priority to add
two new coordinator positions at North Carolina State University is
included in the budget. Our second priority to allocate funds to the
FFA Camp at White Lake is also in the House Budget. Their budget
allocates 500k to the camp in the capital portion of the budget.
Today was a big day for agriculture education in North Carolina. The
legislative budget will continue, and now the House has announced
that they hope to have their budget completed by May 5, 2019.
Remember, this is not the final version, and the Senate will follow
with their version hopefully by the first of June 2019. Then, both
bodies will create a compromise budget meshing elements of both
budgets. However, it is anticipated that the governor will veto the b
udget. Without supermajorities in the legislature, it could be late this f
all before a budget is finally agreed upon. NCATA will keep you posted
on our progress.
Recent Education Action SB 580: Classroom Supplies to Teachers
This program proposal would allow classroom teachers across the
state to spend up to $400.00 on classroom and instructional materials.
Concerns have been raised by LEAs regarding district allocations of
supply funds. However, from what NCATA is learning, legislative
leaders are planning to allocate new monies to the LEA allotments
for supplies and materials. NCATA will keep you posted as this
Excellence in Public Schools Act and Read to Achieve
Senate Bill 438 was introduced, and it addresses some perceived
deficiencies with the original Read to Achieve Act passed in 2013.
After analyzing data, Senate leadership has decided to target current
problems with the law. This Act would seek to implement Summer
Reading Camps and offer targeted staff development to meet
students’ needs and to improve 3rd grade reading proficiency. The
Act utilizes current and past performance data to adjust the program
to meet current student needs.
Bills that Passed the House House Bill 377
This bill, which passed the House and now moves to the Senate,
eliminates K-8 EOG tests and allows shorter “check in” tests during
intervals in the school year. For high school testing, the NC Final Exam
would be eliminated, and the ACT would be utilized to measure
student growth and ensure school accountability..House Bill 315 passed
the House and provides LEAs with discretionary flexibility on how
instructional monies are spent and on which platforms instructional
materials are delivered (instructional technology, textbooks, etc.). In
addition, the bill provides parental review of instructional materials selected by districts.
HB 184: Study State Health Plan Design
This bill allows lawmakers to study and review the State Health Plan
and identify areas for improvement and modernization including
goals-based incentives for providers and members and healthy
lifestyle promotion. In addition, the bill will examine the needs and
concerns of stakeholders in the State Health Plan.
HB 354 (=H313) Modify Weighting/School Performance Grades.
This bill would change how performance grades are calculated.
Presently, grades calculate 80 percent from proficiency and 20 percent
from growth. The new proposal would calculate 50 percent for
proficiency and 50 percent for growth.
HB 362 (=H145) 15-Point Scale For School Performance Grades.
This bill would keep the 15-point scale for performance grades for
schools as opposed to moving to the 10-point scale which was the
most recent current law.
HB 266 School Annual Report Card.This bill separates grades for
school achievement and school growth. This bill would create a
15-point grading scale measuring school achievement and would
utilize a 10-point scale, based on EVASS standards, to measure
House Bill 79 Academic Alignment/Boards of Education & CC.
This bill would allow for some scheduling flexibility and let local
school boards align their schedules with the community college
House Bill 276 Modify Low-Performing School Definition.
This bill would remove the language of “low performing school”
while modifying the definition using revised measurements. If a
school has met expected growth, it will not be classified as “low
Education Bills in CommitteeHouse Bill 275 (=S189)
CTE Pilot for Guilford Co. Schools.This Pilot proposal, specific to
Guilford county, would allow traditional high schools to host the
Innovative Signature Career Academy Program. As of 3/26/19,
this measure has been referred to the House Committee on
Finance and has not seen action since.
Senate Bill 134 Economics & Financial Literacy Act.
This bill would mandate that students in high school complete an
Economics and Financial literacy type course as a requirement for
graduation. In addition, staff development opportunities would be
extended for teachers in the content area. This bill has not seen
action since April 3rd and is currently in the Senate Committee on
House Bill 199 H199
This bill would provide funding to Charter Schools to meet student
transportation needs and will allow qualifying schools to receive
reimbursement for up to 65 percent of their transportation costs.
This bill was referred to the House Committee on Appropriations