Wondering what you're looking at? Above is a highly distorted sneak peak of the new NAAE logo. We're rebranding! We're changing our look, but not our mission, core values, or commitment to agricultural educators.

Brands must evolve to stay relevant, and NAAE is no different. Our current logo was introduced in 1997 when delegates at our annual convention voted to change the name of our organization from the National Vocational Agricultural Teacher's Association to the National Association of Agricultural Educators.

We're ecstatic to share our new brand with you in early March. To learn more about what's to come, visit our Rebranding webpage.
NAAE's Communities of Practice Service Contract to end March 1, 2022
After more than 14 years, the NAAE Communities of Practice service contract will be ending, effective March 1, 2022. This decision was based on the lack of participation and usage of the platform, management fees, and the migration to other web-based community platforms. We encourage all NAAE’s Communities of Practice users to download any content they may want to keep before the platform is no longer accessible on March 1, 2022. To learn more about the decision to end the CoP service contract and to find answers to frequently asked questions, please visit our Communities of Practice Closure webpage

Join the NAAE Team!
We're hiring! NAAE is currently seeking a Program Manager for Professional Development and Teacher Recruitment and Retention. The successful candidate will be responsible for planning, coordinating, and executing key organizational projects and events related to professional development and teacher recruitment and retention. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is hired. For more information about this opportunity, visit the position announcement on our website.

Tagged to Teach Ag Kits Temporarily Paused
NAAE has temporarily paused the sales of Tagged to Teach Ag kits. The sale of these kits will continue later this spring after the new NAAE brand is released and staff are able to rework the kits. We appreciate your patience.
Applications are now open for the 2022 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy!
The National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA) has over 15 years of successfully cultivating agriscience and inquiry-based learning in agricultural education. The Academy serves to train agriculture teachers on how to enhance the science that is already present in agriculture, as well as develop students as problem solvers and thinkers through the inquiry-based teaching method. If selected as a National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador, you will be required to attend a national training session. The session is scheduled to be held the week of July 18-22, 2022. Applications are due March 10, 2022. Click here to learn more.
NAAE/ACTE National Policy Seminar
The NAAE/ACTE National Policy Seminar is held annually in Washington, DC. This event is a great way to get involved in shaping agricultural education legislative support through advocacy. This year's event will take place March 21-23, 2022. NAAE will pay the registration for one person per state. More information from NAAE is coming soon. Click here for more general information from ACTE.
Creating an Inclusive, Diverse, Equitable, and Accessible Program (IDEAP) Future Agriscience Teacher Symposium
NAAE is offering full scholarships for preservice agricultural education majors to attend our Creating an Inclusive, Diverse, Equitable and Accessible Program (IDEAP) Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) symposium, which will be held in Lexington, Kentucky beginning the evening of March 30 and ending at noon on Saturday, April 2. 

The Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium is a professional development experience for preservice agricultural education majors which provides customized professional development, networking, and mentoring with current and future agriculture teachers from across the country. The IDEAP FAST will focus on creating an inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible classroom environment, inquiry-based learning, professional development. and collegiality. 
Those who wish to be considered must be current MANRRS or NAAE student members and must submit their online application by 11:59 EST on Monday, February 28. For complete details and to complete the online application click here.
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. More information about the 2022-2023 NAAE National Teach Ag Ambassador Program will be available in June.

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.
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. We are kicking this series off in February by featuring the NAAE staff. #TeachAg 
Alissa Smith
NAAE Chief Executive Officer

Where is your happy place? Softball field or show barn

What’s something that has simplified your life? Online grocery delivery/pickup

As a young child what did you want to become? Police officer  
Dr. Wm. Jay Jackman
NAAE Chief Financial Officer

As a young child what did you want to become? Veterinarian

Window or aisle airplane seat? Aisle

Describe your perfect day in three words. At the lake.
Ellen Poeschl
NAAE Project Director

Favorite book or podcast series? Harry Potter 

Window or aisle airplane seat? Window, shade down!

Describe your perfect day in three words. Laughter. Sunshine. Loves. 
Alan Green
NAAE Program Manager - Communications and Marketing

Favorite stress reliever activity? Making cribbage boards in the workshop, even though I don't know how to play!

As a young child, what did you want to become? Architect

Hidden Talent? I make a mean banana pudding.
Ashley Hood
NAAE Membership Services and Accounts Program Coordinator

What’s your favorite tradition? Hosting Thanksgiving for my immediate family at my house.

Describe your perfect day in three words. Happy, content babies!

Favorite book or podcast series? Anything by Dean Koontz
Katie Wood
NAAE Event Coordinator

Where is your happy place? Costco and Target in the same shopping trip.

Favorite book or podcast series? Book: East of Eden by John Steinbeck, Podcast: Dolly Parton's America and Armchair Expert

What’s something that has simplified your life? Using Farmer's Wallet to track my hobby farm expenses.

Registration is OPEN for 34 CASE Institutes this summer - virtual and in-person options!
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

Thrive 2022 Postponed
Due to the desire to attend in-person professional development, Thrive 2022 has been postponed to January 9-13, 2023. Thrive 2022 programming will be implemented at the 2023 conference. You may preview the Thrive 2023 Conference program here. To learn more about Thrive, including cost, group rate options, and how to attend, click here
My Local Cooperative Location Highlight Survey
Do you have a cooperative in your community that supports your agriculture program and/or your community? Tell us about it, and you may be selected to receive a $100 Amazon gift card. NAAE knows many local cooperatives donate money, expertise and time to agriculture programs, as well as often offering student work and learning opportunities. We want to highlight cooperatives that go above and beyond in their support. Fill out a short survey to tell us how your cooperative supports your community. If your response is selected for a highlight, you will receive a $100 Amazon gift card, and we'll send a certificate of appreciation to the cooperative. Please respond before March 1, 2022 to have your cooperative considered for a highlight and have a chance to receive your $100 Amazon gift card.

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.
New Farmers of America: Past, Present, and Future
In 1965, the New Farmers of America (NFA) and the National FFA Organization became one. Watch this presentation to learn more about the New Farmers of America, the events that led to the New Farmers of America and National FFA becoming one, the implications of the organizations becoming one and how we can teach current and future FFA members members about the NFA.

This workshop was presented by Dr. Antoine Alston, Associate Dean and Professor at North Carolina A&T University and Dr. Dexter Wakefield, Associate Dean at Alcorn State University at the 2021 NAAE Convention.
Growth Energy Biofuels Curriculum
Growth Energy, in partnership with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), has developed a one-of-a-kind biofuels curriculum aimed at educating high school students to the world of biofuels.
The curriculum is the first industry-supported biofuels curriculum that provides students a guided in-classroom experience and will offer agricultural educators the tools needed to provide students with an array of technical skills and historical knowledge in biofuels.

What is in the biofuels curriculum?
  • Learn the historical, political, and technological aspects of the relationship between biofuels and agriculture
  • Conduct STEM-based experiments and lab work on ethanol’s distillation, combustion, and energy content
  • Access downloadable presentations to help student’s visualize the impact and history of ethanol
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 Going Global, is now available.

Read it here.

February 1-28 - CTE Month

February 12-13 - NAAE Board of Directors Meeting in Lexington, KY

February 20-27 - National FFA Week

February 28 - IDEAP Future Agriscience Teacher Symposium Applications due

March 1 - End of NAAE's Communities of Practice Service Contract

March 10 - National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy Applications due

March 21-23 - National Policy Seminar in Washington, DC

March 23-26 - National MANRRS Conference in Jacksonville, FL

March 30 - April 1 - IDEAP Future Agriscience Teacher Symposium in Lexington, KY

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

April 29-May 1 - Region VI Meeting in Bordentown, NJ

May 2-6 - National Teacher Appreciation Week

May 15-17 - Cultivating Change Summit in Raleigh, NC

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

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

June 26-29 - Region II Meeting in Ruidos, NM

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

Week of July 18-22 - National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy

September 15 - National Teach Ag Day

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

November 30 - December 3 - NAAE Convention and ACTE VISION in Las Vegas, NV

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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 advocates for agricultural education, provides professional development for agricultural educators, and works to recruit and retain agricultural educators in the profession. NAAE offers a variety of programs and services to support this three-pronged mission including leading the National Teach Ag Campaign, managing the Curriculum for Agriscience Education (CASE), and administering all aspects of My Local Cooperative. NAAE programs are vast and expansive to reach every member of every age and at every stage of their career.

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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