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.
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