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This is a feature from the January 2019 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.


“Setting your sights on the future and reaching your goal!!”


Hello NAAE Members,

I hope your new year has gotten off to a good start and that your goals you have set for this year can be achieved. With goals in mind, I would like for you to ask yourself this question:

If you were given the topic of setting both personal and professional goals for 2019, I am sure many of our goals would have some similarities.

The number one universal choice for personal goals has always seemed to be to get healthier by altering or changing habits contributing to lower health quality.

When we set our goals for the new year, or perhaps what some call their New Year’s resolutions, and begin to alter our lifestyles of which we have become accustomed to embracing, several challenges begin to occur. Some challenges include becoming bored with the new change and expecting quicker results from our goals, which triggers us to give up way to soon. A positive thought could be, patience for this adjustment in your life.

Here are five strategies to help you reach your goals.

1. Break big goals into smaller tasks,
2. Set deadlines,
3. Talk about your goals,
4. Reassess your goals,
5. Avoid procrastination.

For myself, I am like everyone else. We all want to be healthier, achieve success in our professional endeavors, have good health for our family and friends, make more money, to learn to be more content with what we have, to be a better spouse, parent, better son or daughter, sibling, and to become stronger in our faith/religion.

When thinking about our teaching profession, some of the following goals are a common thread by all -- the ability to reach all of our students with our teaching tactics, be a better mentor, a better teacher, and a better leader.

We all have the basic thought process with minor alterations to the specific details. For myself, I will narrow mine down to ten.


Five Personal: Get healthier, be a better spouse, parent, son, and friend.
Five Professional: Be a better teacher, leader, mentor, be more encouraging, and be more proactive.

So, for you fellow NAAE members and the goals that you have set, I want to encourage you to remember the five strategies that will help you achieve your goals.

Remember we all have our own similar challenges, so set your goals high and press on toward your goal.


Staff update:
The NAAE staff has already been working on this year’s NAAE convention in Anaheim, California, along with setting up the winter board meeting which will take place in Lexington, KY, March 8th – 10th 2019.

Our committee meetings are now underway. I would like to take a minute to say thank you to the members that are serving or have served as committee members, we value your opinion and input greatly.

The NAAE board and staff are gearing up for this year’s National Policy Seminar (NPS), to be held in Arlington, Virgina. March 25-27th 2019.

Remember, if you would like to attend NPS please look at the ACTE website and register to attend. NAAE will pay the registration for one representative from each state to attend the National Policy Seminar in Washington, DC.

I look forward to seeing you again,

Jason Kemp
NAAE President


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