As agriculture teachers, we believe our students are our future. Why shouldn’t we feel the same way about student members in our professional organization? NAAE student members represent the future leadership of our grassroots organization, so it is important that we encourage our preservice teachers to take advantage of early membership.
A primary benefit of NAAE student membership is liability insurance. As teachers, we know how important it is to have legal coverage when we are in the classroom, so it is important that we stress to our student members – whether a former student, student teacher, or a group of preservice teachers at your summer conference – that liability insurance is a necessity when entering the classroom.
Another benefit of NAAE student membership is early access to professional development. NAAE works diligently to provide preservice teachers with opportunities to learn about inquiry-based instruction, classroom management, and so much more. Our student members have the chance to enter their first classroom with their pockets overflowing with curriculum, tips, tools, and resources to hit the ground running and be tremendously successful in their first year of teaching.
NAAE also offers its student members summer internship opportunities. In the areas of advocacy, communications, and professional development, preservice teachers are able to see “behind the scenes” of agricultural education. These experiences help future teachers gain knowledge and skills that will help make their agriculture programs unique.
These are just a few of the numerous benefits students can take advantage of while in college – and did we mention student membership is only $10? What a great deal for our preservice teachers! So the next time you are around preservice agriculture teachers, make sure you stress to them the importance of their early involvement and membership in their professional organization. Share your reasons for being involved in NAAE and help them to get an early start in their future careers.
For more information about NAAE student membership follow this link.