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Wisconsin Team Attends First NAII Wisconsin Ag Ed Team

Editor's Note; Contact: Jerry Harrington, 800-247-6803, ext. 6908, jerry.harrington@pioneer.com

AUG. 17, 2009 | University of Wisconsin-River Falls agricultural education Professor Tim Buttles of Glenwood City was among four teachers and administrators from Wisconsin involved in agriculture education joining 41 education officials and agriculture teachers from 11 states attending the first National Agriscience Integration Institute (NAII), held Aug. 9-13 in Johnston, Iowa.

The NAII is designed to promote and enhance opportunities for inquiry-based science in environmental and agricultural education system programs, student attainment of science content standards and national agriculture content standards. It is an extension of the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA), held annually at the DuPont-owned Chesapeake Farms, Chestertown, Md.

The academy is a professional development program where agriculture teachers learn new inquiry-based teaching techniques to improve science learning. Buttles attended with Rick Henningfeld, agriculture instructor Big Foot High School, Walworth, Jeff Hicken, Wisconsin Department of Education, and Roger King, agriculture instructor, Holmen High School. King and Henningfeld are graduates of NATAA.

“The exciting aspect of this training is that it has been designed as a state team agriculture education approach,” said Larry Gossen, NAII manager and senior team leader for state relations with the National FFA. “The goal is to make a positive impact on the integration of science and use of inquiry-based instruction … utilizing the team agriculture education concept.”

With more than 507,000 members, prepares students for premier leadership, personal growth and career success. The FFA organization represents a large diversity of more than 300 careers in the food, fiber and natural resources industry.

Cutline: The Wisconsin contingent to the first National Agriscience Integration Institute (NAII) in Johnston, Iowa, included (L to R), Roger King, Timothy Buttles of UWRF, Jeff Hicken and Rick Henningfeld. NAII is designed to promote and enhance opportunities for inquiry-based science in environmental and agricultural education system programs.

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