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Sherisa Nailor

A New Era

Posted by Sherisa Nailor Aug 27, 2020

Nothing is as it once was.  Across the nation, agriculture teachers are wearing masks and shields.  Students are sitting in a classroom, spaced 6 feet apart.  Fundraising efforts are on hold.  Events and contests are being conducted virtually.  Teachers are teaching completely virtually.  Students are alternating days of attendance.  Lab supplies cannot be shared.  We are teaching in a new era.

 

And, with all of the changes we are experiencing in our own schools, in our own classrooms, there are changes at the national level as well.  For the first time ever, the NAAE Convention will be completely virtual—A New Era.

 

This significant change brings forth significant opportunity for our members, as well.  Attendees to the convention will not have to travel, will not have the expense of room and board in a new city, will not have to coordinate a week out of the classroom.  But instead, attendees will have flexible access to EVERY professional development workshop being offered by NAAE and ACTE.  In addition, attendees will be able to collaborate and catch up with others across the nation in the virtual networking suites.

 

Plan to join us for the Virtual NAAE Convention and ACTE Vision Conference being held November 30th through December 4th.  We are so excited for the new format and the opportunities being shared with agricultural educators from coast to coast, and beyond.  Award winners will still be recognized.  Delegate business will still be conducted.  An election for the next leader of the National Association of Agricultural Educators will still be held.  The show will go on, but it will certainly look different in this new era of education. 

With the announcement of ACTE CareerTech Vision becoming the Virtual Vision, NAAE has also made the decision to go virtual in 2020.  We value the health and safety of our members and look to provide a new way for them to engage and earn professional development from their own classrooms, in their homes, or wherever they may be.  With all of the uncertainties in our world today, one thing is still guaranteed…NAAE Convention will be the best professional development conference for ag educators this year! 

One of the greatest additions to this year’s convention will be the opportunity for NAAE members to have access to the content for 365 days after the convention.  “In our traditional in-person event, you would only be able to attend one professional development workshop per time slot.  With our virtual format, all sessions and workshops will be recorded and available on-demand for a whole year giving our members the opportunity to attend sessions at their own pace.  That’s just not available in an in-person format,” said Alissa Smith, NAAE Associate Executive Director. 

Another great component of the new virtual format will the NAAE Networking Lounge.  This will provide a space for ag educators to network and meet-up.  We know our members value the opportunity to swap stories and resources so this space will provide a great area for those conversations. 

With the change to virtual, we are still in the planning phases.  However, you can find the most up-to-date information about registration, schedule, and all things convention on our website at https://www.naae.org/convention2020/index.cfm. 

I am sure many you have heard the Kenny Rogers song the gambler. This was one of my favorite songs when I was growing up. A famous line from this song is "you have to know when to hold them, know when to fold them, know when to walk away, and know when to run". 
 
We in education have been dealt a very poor hand these past few months but you have played that hand to the best of your ability and I thank you. I want to ensure you that the staff at ACTE and NAAE have worked tirelessly on our behalf to help provide the support and resources we need in the trenches each day. I want to thank them for all their hard work and dedication to our profession. 
 
On another note, as many of you aware we were all supposed to be together in Nashville for ACTE Vision 2020 and NAAE Convention. The staff at NAAE and ACTE held their hand as long as they could in hopes that we would be together in person in Nashville. Given the current restriction of the pandemic, it became apparent that we needed to fold our hand on having an in-person convention.  
 
As we walked away from the in-person convention we ran to the idea of having a virtual conference. I am so excited about the possibilities that this format will provide us. I know several teachers who have not been able to participate in VISION and NAAE conferences due to a lack of funds. This virtual format will allow us to reach more teachers, teacher educators, state staff, and University staff from the comfort of their homes and offices.  There will still be keynote speakers, networking opportunities, workshops, and friendship building. 
 
The schedule has not been finalized yet, but we are hoping to have it set in the next few weeks. The dates will be November 30 - December 4. I hope you will run on over to https://www.careertechvision.com/naae_registration.cfm and get registered for the conference. I have already registered and I can not wait to "see" you all at the conference. 
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at Scott.Stone@cr6.org or give me a call at 573-881-3315. 
 
Thanks 
Scott 
ACTE Ag Ed Division Vice President

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