I want to apologize for not providing an update the last few months. I've been swamped trying to adjust to the new normal of COVID teaching. I luckily get the opportunity to have students in person a full 5-days of the week, but feel like a first year teacher trying to transition all my curriculum to completely paperless, maintaining seating charts, cleaning and disinfecting, and getting approval for FFA functions.
Even with all the longer hours and struggles, I have looked at the positives in the situation: 1) I am beginning to rethink how I teach, what I teach, and how I convey information. It has helped me to think outside the box and really evaluate my curriculum. 2) It has helped my students and FFA members think outside the box and develop new activities and ideas based upon COVID procedures. 3) It has made us all really step back and value what is important in life.
I hope your school year is progressing well whether it be in person, hybrid, or online.
Here are some updates I wanted to provide to you:
1)2020 NAAE Virtual Convention (Nov. 30-Dec. 4)
The Schedule-at-a-Glance for the 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention is now available. Go visit the NAAE website now to view the most up-to-date schedule and to register of the 2020 virtual convention now. Advance registration ends on 10/23. After that registration costs will increase by $50. Registration is for both ACTE & NAAE Conventions. I encourage you to register for the Virtual Convention and make sure to spread the information to your state membership. There will be a multitude of live and pre-recorded sessions for professional development, networking, and regional meetings. With your registration, all of these materials will be available for up to a year for you to access.
Make sure to check out the schedule. We have tried to gear the sessions for late afternoon and early evening time frames so they will occur after teachers finish for the day since most schools are finding it impossible to secure subs. If you have any questions regarding the NAAE Convention, please do not hesitate to ask.
2) CASE THRIVE - Ed Tech Summit
Share what you've learned through the transition into hybrid/virtual learning by presenting at Thrive, the CASE Educational Technology Summit coming January 2021. Visit https://www.case4learning.org/events/thrive/ for the Call for Presenters, application, and more information on attending. Deadline for applications is Oct. 16!
3) Alissa Smith Named CEO of NAAE
Many you have seen that Alissa was announced as the new NAAE Chief Executive Officer (CEO). She began in this position on October 1, 2020.
Don't forget to make sure to check out the NAAE Podcasts, Communities of Practices, or multitude of other resources to assist you in your teaching or professional development.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.