Spring is finally here! April has been an exciting month of opportunity for NAE4-HA. At the beginning of the month we had the JCEP Public Issues Leadership Development conference in Washington D.C. We had a great turn out of NAE4-HA members from around the country at this meeting. While we were in town the NAE4-HA President’s Council had two meetings with our National partners. We met with Lisa Lauxman, Director of National 4-H Headquarters as well as Jennifer Sirangelo, President and CEO of National 4-H Council. Both of these meetings offered tremendous opportunities for us to have open discussion about the direction of 4-H nationally and how we can all work together to support 4-H across the country. These meetings with our national partners were extremely positive and we left feeling excited about the opportunities ahead of us. With our almost 5,000 members NAE4-HA is in a strong position to work with our national partners to offer professional development opportunities in support of the 4-H program across the country. What opportunity do you have today? I encourage you to take the initiative and explore those opportunities!
Shawn R. Tiede, NAE4-HA President
On Your Mark
Professional Development News & Notes Submitted by: Lacy Mann, Colorado State and Professional Development Committee, Chair
NAE4-HA's annual spring board meeting saw leadership diving deeper into strategic planning in a effort to best serve the membership. One key element in the board's vision is enhancing and delivering professional development opportunities throughout the year. Abby Smith, NAE4-HA Professional Development Vice President, and Amy Rhodes, former regional director, spearheaded the monthly virtual professional development webinars and now Victoria Tillery, virtual professional development task force chair, are leading the charge to deliver diverse and broad programs. Currently, task forces in programs and professional development are submitting abstracts for review and we have some exciting offerings in the next few months. Please take advantage of these valuable member services. If you are interested in submitting a presentation proposal please feel free to contact Abby Smith, Victoria Tillery, or Lacey Mann email@example.com for more details.
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I had the pleasure of attending the Colorado 4-H Association’s annual meeting during the April Professional Development Conference. The conference was held in Keystone, providing a great atmosphere for networking and teambuilding. I was inspired with the level of ownership the Colorado 4-H Educators had in planning and executing the conference.
The Colorado 4-H Association’s meeting was led by their president, Trent Hollister. Trent opened the meeting with an energetic icebreaker that engaged all the meeting attendees. Following the Secretary and Treasurer’s reports, Trent provided a lively JCEP report on behalf of their President-Elect, who was attending PILD. There was time built into their agenda for all the committees to meet and report to the association membership. I provided an update on behalf of NAE4-HA, which focused on the Spring Board Meeting and upcoming conference. The meeting closed with the recognition of their state awardees.
Although my time was brief in Colorado, it was a memorable experience. From networking with 4-H colleagues, to sharing about NAE4-HA and trying my hand at an “Escape Room” – it was a highlight of my time so far serving as a Regional Director. I would like to send a special thank you, to my colleagues in Colorado for your hospitality.
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It was an honor to attend the GAE4-HA Annual Conference, April 17-19 at Rock Eagle. Kasey Bozeman, President and Cheryl Poppell, President –Elect and the entire board of directors did a superb job. Following the opening business meeting we were treated to an energizing keynote presentation from Josh Cagliani of Camp Twin Lakes. You may have caught of glimpse of one of the activities in the video. Monday evening we enjoyed dinner at Andalusia, home of the late Flannery O’Conner, located in Milledgeville, GA.
Tuesday and Wednesday was packed full of professional development opportunities with 36 program seminars, showcase sessions, and ignite sessions; along with 18 educational poster exhibits and 14 commercial vendors. It was impressive to see my colleagues recognized for their great work during Tuesday evenings National Awards Banquet and also during the Wednesday State Awards Brunch. Over 80 Extension professionals, volunteers, and supporters were honored with peer-reviewed awards.
I was able to share some highlights from NAE4-HA along with being invited to serve on a work-life panel where I joined three fabulous co-works. We shared tips and tricks of how we work to achieve our own personal balance. I would like to send a special thank you for my co-workers across the state of Georgia for their support and shining example of this outstanding 4-H profession.
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Our board sponsored seminar was accepted as a showcase for the 2017 NAE4-HA conference. It is titled “The Art of Quilting- More Than Fabric and Thread”.
We continue to develop “Grab ’n Go” lessons which link communications and expressive arts to the three 4-H mission mandates (Healthy Lifestyles; Citizenship; and Science, Engineering and Technology. We invite NAE4-HA members to submit lesson plans. We also welcome those who would like to serve as peer reviewers of our “Grab ‘n Go” lessons. Other task forces have expressed interest in collaborating with us on the writing of “Grab ‘n Go” lessons, for instance, the SET task force would like to work with us on STEAM lessons.
“What Do YOU See?” online submissions are ongoing. “What Do YOU See?” provides a venue for youth to share through any art form of how they each see the world. We encourage NAE4-HA members to promote “What Do YOU See?” to the youth in their states. We are also putting a call out to the membership for assistance in maintenance of our WordPress and Facebook sites.
Our task force is compiling a list of state contacts for Communications and Expressive Arts in all land grant universities. This list will allow us to assure that all state 4-H departments are aware of and engaged in task force activities.
The Communications and Expressive Arts Task force is pleased to have instituted Individual and Team Awards through NAE4-HA.
We are proud of the increasing recognition of the significance of communication and expressive arts in 4-H Youth Development. The task force continues to attract 4-H youth professionals who are appreciative of the fact that 4-H is a place where their creative leadership is celebrated.
2017 4-H NYSD: Incredible Wearables: Buy 2 NYSD Incredible Wearable Kits, Get 1 Free Submitted by Sarah Hunt, National 4-H Council
Through a generous partnership with DuPont Pioneer, 4-H Mall is offering one free 2017 National Youth Science Day Kit for every two purchased. This deal is available while supplies of free kits last, or until June 1st, whichever comes first. Free kits are limited to 5 per customer. Click here to place your order today.
Want to learn more about this year’s National Youth Science Day design challenge, Incredible Wearables? Click here to sign up to receive the latest updates about 2017 4-H NYSD.
Check out this video about this year’s project.
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2018 Youth In Action Awards Webinar Series – Register Today Submitted by Sarah Hunt, National 4-H Council
Every 4-H'er has a story to share – National 4-H Council wants to hear those stories through the 4-H Youth in Action Awards. This fall, youth will have the opportunity to share their 4-H story – how 4-H changed their lives and how they have, in turn, changed the lives of others in their communities. National 4-H Council will recognize four outstanding leaders for the 2018 4-H Youth in Action Awards, one in each of our core pillar areas of Agriculture, Citizenship, Healthy Living and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
The 2018 4-H Mall Catalog Is Coming! Submitted by Burns Foster, National 4-H Council
We’ve been hard at work all year developing exciting new and useful products for the 4-H community, and we’re excited to share them with you! Sign up to receive your copy of the 2018 4-H Mall Catalog, set to launch in August. SIGN UP: http://bit.ly/2o8H7jm
NAE4-HA Webinar Sessions 3rd Wednesdays of Each Month!
Please hold these dates on your calendars each month and engage in this NAE4-HA member benefit. You must register to receive log-in information for each session.
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