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.
ACTE Ag Ed Division Vice President