Fellow NAAE Members,
I hope all is well with everyone and your first six weeks of the school year is off to a great start. I would like to take just a moment of your time and discuss with you the value of award-winning recognition through NAAE for your programs. It seems that today we live in a high pace social media world where everyone has something to share or discuss related to accomplishments. I know that not everyone gets the chance to be recognized nor wishes to receive recognition for their hard work and dedication to their programs. There is also another side to that coin that we need to try and look at, and that is, our students’ success and recognition. Our students work extremely hard in our programs trying to master the skills their agriculture teachers present before them. I want to encourage you to share those accomplishments about your programs at the local, state and national levels. If we do not spread the word of our students and program accomplishments, then who will share their success stories our students’ achievements on a daily basis?
There is great value in being recognized as the recipient of an NAAE award. Recognition on a national level is very hard to achieve and one that should not be taken lightly. By allowing your program to receive recognition for their accomplishments will also help open doors for support for your program by individuals or organizations that would have maybe otherwise never knew your program existed. I look forward to spending time and getting to know the award winners for this year in Anaheim as they receive their national recognition for a job well done. Again, congratulations to all the NAAE award winners and thank you for your dedication to the profession.
I am proud to report to you that all staff position vacancies have been filled and everyone is hard at work trying to get things ready for the NAAE Convention in Anaheim, California as well as the NAAE booth at National FFA Convention next month in Indy. I want to encourage you to come by the NAAE both this year where we are combining NAAE, Teach Ag, CASE and MLC are all in one large booth. With one booth, it should make it easier for everyone to visit and have any questions answered you might have about your organization.
I want to remind everyone that September 19th is National Teach Ag Day and I would like to encourage you to use the lesson plans we have on the Teach Ag tab found on the NAAE page. The lessons we provide on the Teach Ag website will work for either a 45-minute and/or 90-minute class period.
Please tune in to the Teach Ag live celebration from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT!!! Go to the NAAE website and you will find the information needed to follow the Teach Ag Celebration.
See you at National FFA Convention!!!