This is an article from the February 2018 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.
As a member of a professional organization, it is important to know your benefits. From professional liability insurance to discounts on hotels, there are a multitude of resources and opportunities that you are able to take advantage of.
One of the best benefits you can receive from your NAAE membership is professional development. NAAE provides its members with professional development opportunities catered specifically to agriculture teachers. Whether you are a preservice teacher, or have been in the profession for over 30 years, there is something for you.
Here are just a few professional development highlights you may want to consider adding to your schedule this year:
- NAAE Virtual Book Club
Personalize your professional development with the NAAE Virtual book club and earn professional development credit or CEU's during the summer. Each year a new book is selected and teachers are able to work at their own pace to read the book and complete the required assignments and activities on Communities of Practice.
- Farmer to Farmer Program in East Africa
Volunteer to work in East Africa through the Farmer-to-Farmer project – an NAAE partnership with CRS. Expertise in agricultural education is needed as you will focus your time on helping to develop the agriculture sector in East Africa.
- Learning Sessions at NAAE Convention
Three days of professional development workshops covering topics important to agricultural educators. Choose from more than 60 workshops, ranging from deep-dive sessions to idea labs. Network with your peers as you discover new and innovative classroom ideas, techniques and approaches that can help grow your program.
- Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE)
More than just curriculum, CASE is a system of instructional support for the classroom teacher that also includes professional development, assessment and certification. Learn how to enhance the science of agriculture through inquiry-based classroom and laboratory experiences, which will take your students’ learning to the next level.
- Workshops for Preservice Teachers
Pre-service teachers are invited to participate in all NAAE workshops, but special programming is available during Teachers’ World at National FFA Convention and through other special preservice programs. From the Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium at National Teach Ag Day and NAAE Convention, to the National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program at National FFA Convention, we offer specialized professional development for our future teachers to help them begin their careers.
Whether you are looking for a distance-learning approach to professional development, or would like to travel across the globe to fully immerse yourself in agriculture, NAAE has something for you. If you would like more information about any of these professional development opportunities, or for a full listing of all our professional development offerings, follow this link.
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