This is a feature from the April 2018 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.
Greetings NAAE Members,
The home stretch is in sight for our school year and I know your plates are full with state conferences and CDE contests, along with planning your summer show agenda, etc., but I would like to encourage you to take the time to apply for the awards programs that we have through NAAE. I know that we, as teachers, do not want to blow our own horn -- so to speak -- about what we do within our programs, but it is important that we do so.
Here are some things that I would like for you to consider when you do not apply. The first, and most important, is our student success and recognition they deserve.
By applying for these awards, your students, school, county, and state receive national recognition for the daily work you do that goes unseen. Our state and national leaders are looking at and focusing on the renewal plan of the Perkins Act, so it is super important and crucial that our leaders see success being delivered from our agricultural students and programs. I want to also mention that it could help your program on receiving funding, grants, etc. to make improvements and/or add different curriculum to your program in your state. If your administration, state leaders, community support groups, etc. see you are successful in what you have to work with in supplies and equipment presently, then it will sure make it easier to ask for funding for revamping and improvements.
The bottom line is this, we at NAAE, appreciate all the hard work that you put in to your program to make your students' lives better and giving them the opportunity to be more successful through your teaching efforts. I want to encourage each of you to take the time to fill out these award applications to showcase the accomplishments of you and your students. If we do not share our success, then who will know?
Note: Please be sure to go the NAAE website for the updated applications that are available.
Staff Update: The NAAE Board just recently met for a Skype conference call on 4/2/2018. The board and NAAE staff will be working with the Professional Growth Committee with efforts of helping to plan consistent programming for regional conferences. The NAAE staff is very busy planning the National NAAE Convention that will take place this winter in San Antonio, Texas and have many exciting things that will be taking place at this year’s convention. The NAAE Convention dates are November 26th through December 1st 2018, so please make plans early to attend. Note: Hotel rooms will be limited at the conference hotel so please book your reservations early. Please click on the quick link for more information on the 2018 National NAAE Convention. https://www.naae.org/convention2018/index.cfm
The NAAE Regional Vice Presidents are planning their state visits, while Nick and I are planning our regional visits. We look forward to seeing you this summer!!
Thank you for your time and for being an NAAE member.
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