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This is a feature from the December 2018 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

Hello fellow NAAE members, I hope everyone had a safe trip home from the 2018 NAAE Convention in San Antonio, Texas. I look forward to next year’s convention when we gather in Anaheim, California. I want to take time to let Jay Jackman and his entire NAAE staff and team know what an excellent job they did, as always, in putting together another successful convention, good job guys!!

This year we kicked off the week on Monday with the National Agricultural Education Summit, which helped us focus on our future and take a look back at how we have transitioned over the years in agricultural education.

When you think of a fresh look and bright future, look toward Teach Ag. Teach Ag is doing great things through the excellent leadership of Ellen Thompson and her crew at Teach Ag. This year was so exciting to me in regards to the future of agricultural education in our country. I was able to witness 80 Future Agriscience Teachers (FAST) participants walk across the stage this year in San Antonio, Texas, representing 24 institutions across the nation. Wow, what an awesome group of early career teachers we were able to meet at convention this year. With that being said, you can sure tell the future is looking brighter because of these young teachers entering the profession where they will be filling job vacancies, beginning new programs, and filling retired teacher positions.  

At convention we got to hear from some of the top presenters across the nation in education as they shared best practices with fellow teachers that have a great success records in their classroom. I know none of this would have been possible without the gracious support of our sponsors who share the same passion for agricultural education as you and I do. To our sponsors, I cannot say thank you enough for your generous support in helping us provide a brighter path for our future in agricultural education.

Fellow teachers and members, if you have never had the opportunity to attend a NAAE Convention, I cannot express to you enough the benefits you will take away from attending this convention. The NAAE Convention offers a time for professional training and development for agriculture teachers across the nation, and you will be able to gain and develop a network of teaching friends. The best way to gain momentum in your classroom is by gaining knowledge and one of the best ways to gain knowledge is through collaboration with fellow teachers that do the same thing you do every day, and that is teaching agriculture.

I look forward to seeing you next year at the annual NAAE Convention and I hope you have a wonderful and blessed holiday season.

NAAE President,

Jason Kemp


Messages from our partners as part of News & Views:






The National Council for Agricultural Education is a partnership that convenes representatives from each of the AERO groups (Agricultural Education Related Organizations) to identify opportunities and resources, provide a forum for thought and direction and focus on academic and career success for all students.


On November 27, 2018 the National Council for Agricultural Education convened 130 Agricultural Education leaders from around the nation for the AgEd Summit held in conjunction with the NAAE Convention in San Antonio, Texas. Attendees included secondary teachers, post-secondary teachers, state staff, university faculty in teacher preparation programs, federal employees and employees of the National FFA.


The structure of the Summit was designed to examine three key questions:

  • What needs do you expect from the national level leadership for agricultural education?
  • What challenges and solutions do you see with bringing the various groups in agricultural education together to meet the needs?
  • How will we know that we’re on the right track? What will be indicators of success?


Through the process we collected some valuable questions and concerns that need to be addressed by the Council Board. Examples are; who is responsible to provide leadership for agricultural education at a national level and who is responsible for advocating for agricultural education at a nation level?


Overwhelmingly the responses at the end of the day were positive and reflective of the notion that we need to stop talking about strategic alignment and move to put something in place.


So, what is the next step? The Council will meet in December to review the consolidated feedback and start the process to identify a working plan for a structure to provide national level leadership for agricultural education that will meet the needs the groups identified and address the key challenges that were raised.


Please let me know if you have questions.


Buddy Deimler, President

National Council for Agricultural Education  

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