New York State Association of Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Educators


NYSACCE4-HE, the New York State Association of Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Educators, aims to develop staff, build relationships, and market our profession.

NAE4-HA The National Association of Extension 4-H Agents, providing professional development, an inclusive and supportive network, and integration of scholarship, research & practice.

When: October 10-12, 2017

Where: Holiday Valley Resort, 6557 Holiday Valley Rd, Ellicottville, NY 14731

Theme: “Exploring New Frontiers in Positive Youth Development”

Register at: https://apps.cce.cornell.edu/event_registration/main/index.cfm

Keynote Speaker: Sandy Pirdy

Sandy Pirdy is a seasoned professional in corporate and entrepreneurial experiences. She brings a vast array of experiences that draw her audiences in and she truly understands the view from the top! From her beginnings on her families dairy farm in Arcade, NY (where there are more dairy animals than humans in Wyoming County) to ownership of her successful full service Sewing and Quilt Shop right in rural home town! In addition to all this, she is a Certified John Maxwell Coach, Teacher, Trainer and Speaker. She writes bimonthly columns for the Fab Shop Network Trade Magazine and mentors new businesses. She welcomes all forms of education and is not afraid to share what she has gathered along the way. Call her today to discuss how she can help you “Live your Unlimited Potential” or facilitate a new way of thinking in your business, or launch a discussion through communication or speaking engagements. Sandy and her husband Ed own and operate a small beef farm, and are parents to two grown children and 5 grandchildren.

Capnote Speaker: Michael Jabot, Ph.D.

Mike Jabot is Professor of Science Education at SUNY Fredonia and Director of the Institute for Research in Science Teaching and its Center for Earth Observations. He has been involved in science education research across the nation and internationally. Most has served on the Lead Team for the Next Generation of Science Standards (NGSS) as well as on the Science Advisory for the New York State Education Department. His current research focuses on the use of Big Ideas in the shaping of learning progressions around Education for Sustainability (EfS) and how these curriculum interventions in classrooms help shape student actions. In particular his focus has been on place-based interventions and the role that geospatial technologies can play in developing students’ understanding of the world around them. Mike has received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research; The William Hagan Young Scholars Award as well as being recognized for Excellence in Science Teaching and the Champion of Teacher Development awards by the Science Teachers Association of New York State (STANYS). Mike is a member of NASA’s Educational outreach team as well as a Master Trainer for the GLOBE Program focusing on biometry, land use and soils.

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NYSACCE4-HE Officers

  • President,  Melanie Forstrum
  • Vice President, John Bowe
  • Secretary, Leland Bunting
  • Treasurer, Robert Batt
  • Past-President, Kelly Adams

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