Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators

Kansas Teachers attend Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators (KAAE) Agriculture Education Symposium

MAYETTA, Kan.- Agricultural Education teachers from across Kansas met at the Prairie Band Casino and Resort in Mayetta, Kansas for the Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators Ag Ed Symposium on January 20th through 22nd. 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.

“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).

Manual now available

The Kansas Agricultrual Education Instructor Manual has been created with the help of the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Kansas FFA Association, Kansas FFA Foundation, Kansas State Department of Education and Kansas agriculture teachers and FFA advisors. This document is a guide for any agricultural education instructor and FFA advisor working in Kansas.

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The Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators (KAAE) was founded in 1933 as the Kansas Vocational Agriculture Association. KAAE serves 193 members across the state. The organization works to better the teachers who educate more than 13,000 students enrolled in Kansas high school agricultural programs and the nearly 10,000 Kansas FFA members.