Marion County teacher presents at agricultural education symposium

Agricultural Education teachers from across Kansas met at the Prairie BandCasino and Resort in Mayetta for the Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators Ag Ed Symposium on Jan. 20-22. While there, teachers attended educational sessions, heard from keynote speaker Laila Down on “Teaching with Grace and Growth”, held business sessions, and recognized award winners.

The conference is an annual conference that rotates across the state and is held each January. The 2021 symposium was held virtually, and the 2022 symposium was the largest attended symposium in the history of the KAAE. The symposium was led by KAAE Leadership including KaCee James, President; Jacob Larison, Past-President; Bo Downing, President-Elect; Chad Epler, Executive Secretary; Jed Strnad, Executive Treasurer; Laura Klenda, Membership Coordinator, and Randi Ernest, Inservice Coordinator.

Marion-Florence Ag Education instructor, Mark Meyer, attended the conference and helped present sessions over the new Technical Applications in Agriculture curriculum. This curriculum is presented by CASE, (Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education). Meyer is a lead teacher for CASE and presented sessions over electrical relays and diodes used in engine electrical systems. Meyer also attended and became certified to teach the CASE Agribusiness Finance curriculum.

“The annual ag ed symposium holds great significance for Kansas agricultural education. The symposium offers premier professional learning for Kansas ag educators and I’m really proud of

our leadership team for organizing the event that saw record attendance this year,” said KaCee James, KAAE president.

The Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators is an organization of teachers of agriculture at the high school, postsecondary, and adult levels who seek to advance agricultural education in Kansas. The KAAE strives to provide leadership opportunities, service, and advocacy for its members.

The KAAE is affiliated with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) and the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE).

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