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From the President
An Opportunity NOT an Obligation
Charlie Sappington, NAAE President

So many times our NAAE members get elected to a position in their state's leadership and then have tasks assigned to them.



A Teacher of Teachers:
Tommy Beavers

Agriculture Teacher, Metro Moore County H.S., Lynchburg, TN
2014 NAAE Region V Teacher Mentor Award Recipient

Teacher mentors are one of the driving forces that help new teachers stay motivated. They develop others'  teaching careers by giving their time and expertise to help with questions and bumps along the road. An excellent example of the kind of leadership and inspiration that a good mentor provides is the 2014 NAAE Region V Teacher Mentor award recipient, Tommy Beavers.


Ideas Unlimited: Pallet Gardening With Tomatoes

Kari Roberts, Union County High School, Indiana
2014 Region IV Ideas Unlimited Award Winner

The resources from which agriculture teachers draw their inspiration to take their programs to the next level is truly amazing. For Kari Roberts, agriculture teacher at Union County High School in Liberty, Indiana, an unused stack of pallets inspired her to transform her horticulture class into an essential part of the entire high school.


NAAE Award Applications
Due May 15

Make sure to apply for a 2015 NAAE Award. Applications for the majority of our awards are now online. Follow this link to learn more about our awards program and to begin your application TODAY!

Here are 5 Ways to Make Your NAAE Award Application Stand Out
1. Innovation - What makes your program stand above the rest? 2. Strong References 3. Good grammar & spelling - Have an English teacher in your school read over your application before you submit it. 4. Personality - Show us who you are through your application. 5. High-quailty, action photos of you and your program.

The NAAE Board of Directors met Feb 28 and March 1 in Washington, D.C. to address NAAE business and prepare for the ACTE National Policy Seminar, March 2-4.

Need to Know



Virtual Book Club

The NAAE Virtual Book Club is a fun new way for agricultural educators to personalize their professional development. NAAE members can participate in the Virtual Book Club and earn up to 5 hours of professional development credit or CEU's.


Regional Conferences

Make plans this year to attend your NAAE Regional Conference.

Follow this link to find out more about your region's conference and to register. Just click on your region and all the information you need is right at your fingertips!

Updated NAAE Membership Recruitment Tools

We've updated our NAAE membership explanation tools for use at state and regional conferences.Follow this link to view and download all of our refreshed membership resources.



NPS Wrap-Up

The ACTE National Policy Seminar was held in Washington, D.C. March 2nd-4th at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. The agricultural education division was well represented with over 50 agricultural educators and stakeholders in attendance.


NAAE Resource: Ag Ed Relief Fund

The Agricultural Educator Relief Fund is designed to assist individual NAAE active members during a time of personal crisis or need. NAAE members may receive up to a $500 stipend to help them through a difficult time.

Follow this link for more information.



Logging in to

Have you logged in to the NAAE website? That's how you access your membership card and how you'll access many award applications.  Click here for a simple how-to for logging in to the website.

Outstanding Postsecondary/ Adult Program Award

The NAAE Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Program Award recognizes exemplary two-year postsecondary institutions and full-time young farmer and adult agricultural education programs.


Program Updates




CASE Continues to Grow with Addition of TWO New Courses

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education has added two new course offerings to its summer 2015 line-up. Agricultural Power and Technology (APT) and Agricultural Research and Development (ARD) are the newest additions to the overwhelmingly popular CASE Institutes.




Teach Ag

Opportunities Galore!

Teach Ag has hit the ground running this spring. Check out all of the opportunities available to you!




Washington Beat

Over 100 Members of Congress Sign Perkins Funding Letters

The career and technical education community applauds the 88 members of the United States House of Representatives and 31 United States Senators who have helped to champion federal funding for CTE.


Connect With Us



Must Follow Ag Teacher

Matt Eddy
Agriculture Teacher Southeast Polk High School
Pleasant Hill, IA

Why Matt?
Besides being an award-winning ag teacher, Matt is also a part of the A Day in the Life of an Ag Teacher blog series on Communities of Practice. His knowledge, hard work, and determination makes him a great asset to our profession!

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Communities of Practice

Animal Science Community

For more Animal Sciences Resources, follow this link!

Get Social

Follow NAAE on Facebook and Twitter  for the latest updates, news & information about the profession!



Chime In: What Makes an Ag Teacher Great?

As an educator, your career goal is to be a great teacher. You want to be the one who inspires others to become teachers or to further their teaching careers. So, what makes a teacher great? We want to hear from you!

Before You Go



George Washington Carver AgriSCIENCE Teacher Award

Jessica Jones, agriscience teacher, Chatham Middle School, Chatham, Va., has been selected to receive the George Washington Carver AgriSCIENCE Teacher's Award in recognition of teaching excellence.

Click here for the full press release.




Half-Price Books Educators Discount
Teachers can receive a 10% discount year-round with the Educator's Discount Card from Half-Price Books.

Click here to sign up today!




Check out NAAE's Calendar for all upcoming events!



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So many times our NAAE members get elected to a position in their state's leadership and then have tasks assigned to them. We, of course, are pleased to perform these tasks because it is expected of us and we understand the importance of doing things to better our organization, but sometimes it can feel more like an obligation than an opportunity.

The NAAE board and staff provide our members opportunities to serve and grow in their professional leadership. This is being done two ways. The first is the revised committee processes, which allows members to serve on committees and help improve our organization without having to go to conventions and conferences.  Another opportunity members can take advantage of, right now, is through judging NAAE award applications. Members have the opportunity to judge awards for some of the nation's finest agriculture teachers. This opportunity serves two purposes; the first being our members get to play a part in deciding who we recognize at our national convention. Secondly, by judging these awards, our members may choose an area to judge where they may want to apply for in a few years.  This way a member can look at the "best of the best" applications and get ideas that may help them reach milestones in their own careers. 

The NAAE office is seeking members, right now, who want to take advantage of the opportunity to judge NAAE awards. If you are interested, contact Alissa Smith at the NAAE office, and she can get you included in the judging process.

Now it's up to you.  Do you want to get involved at the grassroots level and see your work as an opportunity, not an obligation? I would hope so, and I believe this process and opportunity will only make our great organization stronger.


God Bless,


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