"Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand."
Getting back into the swing of things is tough! The thing that I enjoy about summer is that you can kind of set your own schedule -- consequently, the thing I hate about summer is not having an organized schedule. I hope that all of you have been able to transition back into the day-to-day grind that is the life of an ag teacher. It always surprises me how mentally draining it is to be in the classroom following a break. Eventually, it becomes the norm and life is good.
NAAE Convention is just around the corner, so please be sure to get registered for what will be an awesome experience in Nashville, at the Opryland Hotel. This year both NAAE and ACTE will be held at the same location--that's how big this hotel is! It is also a time for your leadership at the regional and committee meetings. There will be a policy change that will be voted on by the entire delegation -- the Board Restructure. I encourage you to look at this document and have questions ready to discuss at the regional meetings. My view is that this is a win-win for our profession and association as it includes all the stakeholders involved in agricultural education.
We also need a third member for each of the seven committees. This is a great opportunity for you to take an active leadership role in NAAE. We will take volunteers at NAAE Convention and put you into that position. If you are interested in a particular committee, email me before and I will put you on the list -- first-come-first serve. This third committee position would be encouraged to serve a three year term -- President-Elect would be the ideal position for this, but not necessary.
Finally, congratulations to all of the award and scholarship winners. It is very neat to see agriculture teachers and programs be recognized in their communities. Agricultural education is so very much a community program, not just a school program -- these recognitions remind the community of that very fact. Those of you that are able to attend through Teacher Turn the Key or the XLR8 program -- you will have an awesome time and take advantage of every opportunity. Be sure to still attend the regional meetings, so that you can make the close-to-home connections.