Mary Hoffmann, Sleepy Eye Ag teacher, attended the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Conference Dec. 4-7 in Nevada.
This four day professional development conference was attended by agricultural instructors from across the nation. While in attendance, Hoffmann was able to attend the National Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Conference as well.
As a member of the Minnesota Association of Agricultural Education leadership team, Hoffmann, as president-elect, was a voting delegate for Minnesota at the NAAE Conference. Hoffmann is on the NAAE Member Services Committee as well and she is able to collaborate with other teachers to ensure that the members of NAAE are having their needs met by their professional association.
Some of the professional development workshops that Hoffmann attended while at the conference included Strategies for Working with Students with Special Needs, Integrating the Ag Career Network into the Ag Education Classroom, How to Make 3-D Livestock Models, Tree CSI: Dendrochronology, the Web of Ecosystems, Technology Advancements Coming Our Way, and Teaching Ag Education and what it is doing to help solve the problem with the shortage of Ag teachers across the nation.
“It was an excellent opportunity to attend a National Conference and learn from others in the same profession,” Hoffmann said. “It’s great to spread my network of Ag connections and resources to teachers across the nation. I come back from the conference refreshed and with new ideas to implement into my classroom.”