NAAE Building an Inclusive, Diverse, Equitable, and Accessible Program (IDEAP) Future Agriscience Teacher Symposium
NAAE recently hosted 15 pre-service agricultural educators in Lexington, Kentucky for the 2022 NAAE Building an Inclusive, Diverse, Equitable, and Accessible Program (IDEAP) Future Agriscience Teacher Symposium. Each participant completed 22 hours of professional development as a part of this program. We'd like to thank the following individuals for providing insight related to inclusion, diversity, equity and access to our pre-service students:

  • Sandy Smock, Agricultural Educator at the Kentucky School for the Deaf
  • Dr. Roger Cleveland, President and Owner of Millennium Learning Concepts Educational Consulting Company and Director for Faculty Diversity and Development at Eastern Kentucky University
  • Dr. Kristin Stair, Associate Professor at Louisiana State University
  • Dr. Stacy Vincent, Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky
  • Caleb Hickman, Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Kentucky
  • Carlos Lopez, Agricultural Educator at Reedley High School, California
  • Desi Severance, Agricultural Educator at Wyndmere Public School, North Dakota
  • Joe Ramstad, Agricultural Educator at Staples-Motley School District, Minnesota
  • Brian Welch, Agricultural Educator at Madisonville North Hopkins High School, Kentucky
  • David Black, NAAE Mentor Facilitator and RACER Academy Coordinator at Murray State University, Kentucky

We're thrilled to usher in this next generation of agricultural educators who are committed to ensuring our organization and their future agricultural education programs are welcoming and safe places where all individuals are celebrated as their authentic selves.

The NAAE Future Agriscience Teacher Symposium is funded by the CHS Foundation and BASF.
The Legacy of the New Farmers of America: Now available for preorder!
Discover the history of the New Farmers of America in this collection of historic photographs.

The Legacy of The New Farmers of America, written by Dr. Antoine Alston, Associate Dean and Professor at North Carolina A&T University and Dr. Dexter Wakefield, Associate Dean at Alcorn State University, is now available for preorder. This long awaited publication provides a historical narrative and pictorial history of the New Farmers of America. The book can be pre-ordered from Barnes and Nobles or Target, and will be released on May 2, 2022.
New NAAE Brand Resources
NAAE Rebranding FAQs
We know you may have questions related to our new brand. For more information, see the frequently asked questions below. Click here to access the NAAE Rebranding FAQs.

Updated NAAE Brand Center
Our updated branding center is your one-stop-shop for accessing the new NAAE logo, colors, fonts, and more! Take a look today!

NAAE Brand Member Webinar
On Thursday, March 31, NAAE staff hosted a webinar focusing on the new NAAE brand, including the process, what members need to know about using the brand and how and where to access merchandise with the NAAE logo on it. Click here to watch the recorded version.
NAAE Membership Committees Updates
At the NAAE Board of Directors meeting in February, the Board of Directors voted to establish five new committees and thus retiring the previous committees. 

Our new committees and purposes are:

  • Advocacy in Agricultural Education - The purpose of the Advocacy in Agricultural Education committee is to provide insight and recommendations on opportunities to effectively influence agricultural education through promotion, communication, and policy.

  • Financial Review - The purpose of the Financial Review committee is to review the financial statements, dues structure and fiscal solvency of the organization.

  • Member Experience -The purpose of the Member Experience committee is to provide insight and recommendations on the value of the NAAE organization and review the perceptions that current and prospective members have about NAAE.

  • Professional Development -The purpose of the Professional Development committee is to provide insight and recommendations on leadership and learning to improve and evolve educators for boundless classrooms.

  • Teacher Recruitment, Retention, and Recognition -The purpose of the Teacher RRR committee is to insight and recommendations on topics and initiatives related to attracting, engaging, supporting, and celebrating agricultural education professionals.

NAAE Committee Updates Webinar
On Tuesday, April 5, the NAAE Board of Directors hosted a webinar focused on updates being made to the NAAE Membership Committees. You can watch the recorded version here.
NAAE Membership Opportunities
NAAE Award Applications are now live!
NAAE maintains an extensive awards program to recognize the accomplishments of our many talented and dedicated members. We have awards for agricultural educators in every stage of their careers, from scholarships to lifetime achievement. The 2022 applications are now open on our website. You can find more information here.

Present a Workshop at the 2022 NAAE Convention!
Leading and learning together. Experience the magic of peer-led professional development by submitting a proposal to present a workshop at the 2022 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, November 29 - December 3, 2022. We're accepting proposals for workshops related to topics appropriate for middle and secondary agricultural educators, teacher educators and post-secondary agricultural educators. Proposals for Professional Development Workshops at the 2022 NAAE Convention are to be submitted by Monday, June 6, 2022 at 11:59PM EDT. Click here for more information.

Save the Date for the 2022 NAAE Convention!
Viva, Las Vegas! We can't wait to see you November 29 - December 3 for the 2022 NAAE Convention. More information related to the convention schedule, registration, etc. coming soon soon!
Pre-Service Teacher Opportunities
2022-2023 NAAE National Teach Ag Ambassador Program
Each year, the National Association of Agricultural Educators selects agricultural education majors from across the United States to serve as NAAE National Teach Ag Ambassadors. The primarily goal for the ambassador program is to promote agricultural education in an effort to address the high demand for agriculture teachers. Applications for the 2022-2023 NAAE National Teach Ag Ambassador Program will open on April 15, 2022, and are due June 15, 2022.

Sign Up for the new NAAE National Teach Ag Campaign Email List
After more than 12 years of collecting contact information for the NAAE National Teach Ag Campaign email list, NAAE staff has made the decision to rebuild the email list from scratch. A large percentage of the email addresses we've collected over the years are no longer in use. If you'd like to receive emails about the NAAE National Teach Ag Campaign, or know of a future agriculture teacher who may want to receive emails, please complete this sign up form.
2022 NAAE Regional Conferences
Attending a regional conferences is great way to connect with other agricultural educators, get involved in the organization and stay up to date on the latest news, events, and professional opportunities. For the most up to date information related to regional conferences, including agendas and registration information, click here.
Region I Conference
(AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT,
April 27-29, 2022
Blaine, Washington

Region II Conference
(AK, CO, KS, LA, NM, OK, TX)
June 26-29, 2022
Ruidoso, New Mexico

Region III Conference
(IA, MN, NE, ND, SD, WI)
June 20-22, 2022
Ord, Nebraska
Region IV Conference
(IL, IN, KY, MI, MO, OH)
June 28-30, 2022
Effingham, Illinois

Region V Conference
(AL, FL, GA, MS, NC,
June 19-22, 2022
Orange Beach, Alabama

Region VI Conference
(CT, DE, ME, MA, MD, NH, NJ,
April 30, 2022
Getting to Know You
Jason Ferreira
Agricultural Educator at Hanford High School, California

What would you sing at karaoke night? Something from the 80s!

Favorite lesson or classroom activity? Earth: The Apple of our Eye lesson. It blows students minds!

What will you do differently this year? Spend time away from work to recharge.

If you opened a business what type of business would it be? Group Fitness!
Mackenah Roberts
Agricultural Educator at Louisa County High School, Virginia

What is something that you do just for you? Reading Novels

The ultimate classroom guest speaker: Reptile/Wildlife Presenter

Your best organization tip? Keep To Do Lists and use interactive Notebooks!

Dream classroom field trip? High Tech Vet Hospital
NAAE wants to hear from you, our members. What drives you? Who are you? What makes your life easier? What are your hopes, dreams and favorites? We need your responses and will use them throughout our NAAE communications to build community and connection with each other.
Agricultural Education For All - Inclusive Actions
Building a place of inclusivity, belonging, equity and access is an ongoing commitment. This section features ways you can create a program where everyone feels welcome and is celebrated as their authentic self.
  • In 2022, Ramadan, the Islamic holy month, runs from April 1 to April 30. Ramadan is a festive time in Islam, meant for togetherness and community. For Muslim students, however, it can sometimes feel lonely or isolating. Fortunately, there are a few things teachers can do to support students during Ramadan.
  • Avoid food centric class events as students celebrating Ramadan must fast between sunrise and sunset.
  • Reduce potentially dangerous physical exercion as students who are fasting may be prone to exhaustian.
  • Consider decorating your classroom for Ramadan with the support of Muslim friends or community members.
  • Visit the We Are Teachers site for more Ramadan inclusive actions.

  • This year, the Lenten season takes place from March 2 to April 17. Lent is a Christian celebration that starts on Ash Wednesday and culminates on Easter Sunday. The 40 day period is a time for Christians to reflect, fast, and give penance in preparation for Easter Sunday. There are a few things teachers can do to support students during the Lenten season.
  • Offer meatless options on Fridays during lent for those who abstain from meat during this time.
  • Know that some students may be absent from school on Ash Wednesday (March 2) and Good Friday (April 15) to attend church services.
  • Recognize that some students often give up or take on certain things during lent as a way to honor their faith and the season.
  • Visit this BBC online article about Lent to learn more.
Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE)
A sticker for your thoughts?
CASE wants to learn more about supporting secondary agriculture teachers in post-pandemic education. Take our 4 minute survey and receive a free Support Agricultural Education sticker. 
CASE Institute Registration Deadline extended to Saturday, April 30
CASE recently announced the extension of the CASE Institute Registration Deadline to Saturday, April 30 to account for local and state-level grants, scholarships, and PO acquisition. Since 2007, CASE has certified more than 3,000 teachers in 11 courses at CASE Institutes nationwide. These 9-10 day professional development events, hosted by affiliate institutions, take teachers through 150 days of the inquiry-based, STEM-centered curriculum. CASE will offer virtual and in-person events in 2022. Want to join in? Learn more and register here.

Paying for your 2022 CASE Institute
Did you know CASE can take payment for Institute registration via credit card? CASE accepts and prefers credit cards so you can immediately register for the course and location you need. Make sure your purchasing secretary/bookkeeper has our W9.
Global Teach Ag Network
Seeking Global Food Security Education Professional Development? Apply for Cohort 4 of the World Food Prize Foundation Global Guides Program
The Global Teach Ag Network is excited to announce the opening of application for the 4th cohort of the World Food Prize Foundation Global Guides Program. Global Guides is a 9-month interdisciplinary educator professional development program on global food security education. You can find the link to apply and more information here. 25 educators will be selected for cohort 4.  The applications are due on Tuesday, May 10th.  Program launches in August. Face-to-Face component includes travel, lodging, meals and registration for the Borlaug Dialogues help in Des Moines, Iowa, October 16-21, 2022. An “Ask Me Anything” informational session will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, April 19th at 7:00 pm ET/6 pm CT. Click here to sign up for connection information.
Not a good time in your professional development journey? We understand timing is everything. If 2022-23 is not the best year, please consider applying in 2023-24 to be a member of cohort 5 and consider nominating a colleague for this year with this nomination form.
My Local Cooperative
My Local Cooperative Learning Modules
The National Association of Agricultural Educators is working in partnership with the CHS Foundation to offer engaging and inquiry based instructional materials that have everything you need to deliver quality instruction on the cooperative business model, the impact of cooperatives on the community and cooperative career opportunities. In early 2020 a third module will be available that provides a real-life mock cooperative experience for your students. The modules are yours to use and come with everything you need; materials list, teacher notes, handouts, presentation tools, assessments and more. Click here to access the modules.
My Local Cooperative is an initiative of the National Association of Agricultural Educators with funding support from the CHS Foundation.
The Agricultural Education Magazine
The Agricultural Education Magazine is a professional journal for agricultural education published under the sponsorship and control of an editing-managing board of professional educators in the field. The publication serves teachers, undergraduate and graduate students, teacher educators, supervisors, administrators, and others interested in agricultural education.

The latest edition of The Agricultural Education Magazine, entitled We're All in This Together: How to Support ALL Beginning Teachers, is now available.

Read it here.

April 15 - Teach Ag Ambassador Applications open

April 27-29 - Region I Meeting in Blaine, Washington

April 30 - Region VI Meeting, Virtual

May 1 - NAAE Virtual Book Club Registration opens

May 2-6 - National Teacher Appreciation Week

May 15 - 2022 NAAE Award Applications due

June 6 - Proposals for 2022 NAAE Convention Professional Development Workshops due

June 8 - NAAE Virtual Book Club begins

June 19-23 - Region V Meeting in Orange Beach, Alabama

June 20-22 - Region III Meeting in Ord, Nebraska

June 26-29 - Region II Meeting in Ruidos, New Mexico

June 28-30 - Region IV Meeting in Effingham, Illinois

July 11-15 - National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma

July 15 - Teach Ag Day Celebration host kit application opens.

August 15 - ACTE VISION/NAAE Convention early bird registration deadline

September 12-15 - NAAE Teach Ag Day FAST Symposium in Minneapolis, MN

September 15 - National Teach Ag Day

October 2-4 - Cultivating Change Summit in Washington, DC

October 15 - ACTE VISION/NAAE Convention advance registration deadline

October 26-29 - National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana

November 29-Dec 2 - NAAE FAST Symposium in Las Vegas, NV

November 30 - December 3 - NAAE Convention and ACTE VISION in Las Vegas, Nevada
March Impact and Engagement Overview

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13 e-newsletters were sent to 25,781 subscribers with an average 32.46% open rate 
The National Association of Agricultural Educators is a federation of state agricultural educators' associations with more than 9,000 members. NAAE members are involved in school-based agricultural education at any level, from middle school through postsecondary, and state and national agricultural education leadership.

NAAE is committed to advancing, in our organization and communities, inclusion, diversity and equity. The choice to create a just and equitable organization is not accidental. We intentionally prioritize fostering an inclusive environment that ensures people are respected and valued. We are committed to creating and supporting programs and policies that build an organization that values open communication and is respectful of differences.
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