Christi Chadwell

NAAE Convention is Ready for You!

Blog Post created by Christi Chadwell on Oct 10, 2013

Don't Miss the 2013 NAAE Convention!

December 3-7

Las Vegas, Nevada


Looking for a great professional development opportunity jam-packed with resources? The 2013 NAAE Convention will feature tools and networking opportunities you won't want to miss. We have some new features, as well as restructured old favorites, so there is something for everyone. Visit this page to view or download a draft schedule.



Pre-Convention Professional Development

Be sure to arrive at convention early to attend the Pre-Convention professional development session, which will be about financial and farm management education for high school students. There is no cost to attend this session, but you must register in advance. Visit this page for more information and to complete a registration form. 





Mystery Speaker and Networking Reception

Tuesday, December 3, 9:00-10:30 p.m., Top of the Riviera Ballroom

Kick-off NAAE convention by attending the Mystery Speaker and Networking Reception event. It all starts with the mystery speaker at 9pm. The speaker's identity and topic is under wraps, but it's guaranteed to inspire you and make you think.  Get there early, as the doors close promptly at 9pm. Everyone who attends the mystery speaker event will receive a complimentary drink ticket to the networking reception.  The networking reception begins immediately following the mystery speaker.





Professional Development Workshops

We are changing the way we do professional development workshops this year by categorizing all professional development into one of three types. Deep Dive sessions will be two-hour, detailed presentations that will fully immerse participants into a particular topic. Idea Labs will be 75-minute presentations focusing on a particular topic. Snap Learning Spots will be short, to-the-point workshops that will get you the information and get you out the door in 30 minutes.  This new system will help you maximize your time while at convention and get the most out of professional development.





Here are a few of the workshops we're offering- check the NAAE website closer to convention for a complete list





Common Core: Shift Happens!

Cacee Ford and Ashton Norman, Baker County High School, Glenn St. Mary, FL

Shift happens!  Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are coming and we cannot change that fact.  As the flexible agriculture teachers that we are, we can and should do be on the forefront of this change and take active roles in our own schools to effectively implement CCSS into our program's curriculum.  This deep dive workshop's purpose is to help you better prepare for the transition to CCSS and allow you to get comfortable with the new standards. It will explain how CCSS tells you how to teach your standards, which actually provides ideas, simplicity and organization in your lesson planning.  The shift is happening! Now it's our job as agriculture teachers to learn how to best implement CCSS.




Food Safety: Stop the Growth!

DuPont Agriscience Institute

Learn how to bring food safety to a new level.  This inquiry-based activity will focus on deepening the understanding of inhibiting microbial growth in our food supply.  Come and learn how to increase the science rigor in your food science class or unit!


There's an App for That! Using iPads in Agricultural Education

Dr. Wendy Warner and Joy Marshall, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Are you wondering how to utilize technology to support classroom instruction, increase student engagement, promote personal organization, and assist with program management? You can bet there is an app for that! This workshop will overview a variety of apps available for iPad that are appropriate for agricultural education.

Chicken Little-Chicken Big

DuPont Agriscience Institute

Discover how to help your students gain a better understanding of the use of vitamins and supplements in growing livestock.  This interactive lab puts the learning in the hands of the students using chicken production as the main concept, although it can be adapted to both animals and plants.




Put Global Agriculture in Your Students' Hands- Opportunities for Teacher Travel

Wes Crawford, Sutherlin High School, Sutherlin, OR and Kate Crawford, Oakland High School, Oakland, OR

The world isn't any less flat, and many of the challenges we face in American agriculture can be found around the world.  Connecting you and your students to these global examples is key - and expected by newly adopted standards.  Leave this snap learning spot with opportunities, such as the Rural Trust Global Teacher Fellowship program, that will expand your own experiences, as well with an example curriculum for incorporating international agriculture.


MIG Welding 101

Dr. Jason Scales, The Lincoln Electric Welding Co., Cleveland, OH and Dr. Phil Fravel, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Riviera Hotel & Casino Convention Center

From uncreating the machine to setting it properly for Axial Spray, this workshop will help you dial in your MIG welding power source.  This workshop will focus on initial set-up, drive roll wheel selection, properly sizing the wire, different welding  maerials, Flux Cored vs MIG wire, and more. This will be an interactive session, so come loaded with questions.



Registration cost until November 1st:

NAAE members: $375

Registration after November 1st:                                                                                        

NAAE members: $450

For a one-day, non-member, and spouse registration costs, please see the registration form.

After November 14, registrations and payment will only be accepted in person in Las Vegas.


To register:

Hard Copy: Download, print, and fill out the NAAE Registration form. Return the form according to the instructions listed at the bottom of the form.




Online: Register online here. The ACTE website should allow you to access the NAAE Member rate and will read "our membership records indicate you are entitled to register as a NAAE member. As an association NAAE member, you may take advantage of our low membership registration fees and you may attend member-only sessions and special events."


NAAE members who are not ACTE members will not be able to register online. Those people should register by filling out the registration form and submitting their registration to ACTE via mail or fax.


Convention Housing:

The Riviera Hotel and Casino will serve as the convention hotel for the 2013 NAAE Convention. All general sessions and most NAAE professional development workshops will be held at the Riviera. Room rate are $49 per night for Monday-Thursday, and $72 per night for Friday-Saturday. Rates are for single or double occupancy room. Rates do not include applicable taxes and fees. Visit here to make reservations or call 1-800-634-6753.