For such a time as this.
You may not be familiar with this scripture, but I have spent a lot of time lately thinking about Esther 4:14. The last three months have surely been a whirlwind of a ride. However, I believe there may be some silver linings to this experience.
For years, I have heard our profession express lofty wishes. We wish communities and schools would see the educational value we provide to all students. We wish there was a way to reach more students in more schools. We wish there was a way to reduce the burnout on our teachers and colleagues. Well, maybe Agriculture Education is the key for such a time as this!
I can’t help but think we are on the brink of an amazing outcome. We have been given a platform to really showcase our strengths as a profession and our value in schools and communities. We have been given a bit of a break from the hustle and bustle of Ag Ed. We have been forced to deliver agriculture education through new platforms and with strategic variety. Coincidence? I think not.
As NAAE looks to progress forward through the coming months, may we all take the time we have been given to rejuvenate our passion and energy for agriculture education. Use this summer to brainstorm what agriculture education could look like moving forward, knowing that the fall return to school will likely look much different than today!
Think outside the box. Collaborate across the country. Reach out to distant colleagues. Check on students, current and past. Spend more time with family and loved ones. Support your schools and communities. Stress the essentials of life—food, fiber and fuel. Reconnect with what is important to you.
Agriculture educators, what if we were made for such a time as this?
Footnote: Check out the following NAAE initiatives...
1. NAAE Virtual Book Study
2. Virtual CASE Institutes
3. Regional and State Association Meetings
4. Strategic Planning Survey