The NAAE In-person and Hybrid Convention will take place on-site at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside Wednesday, December 1 - Friday, December 3 and virtually at www.acteonline.org. Throughout the convention attendees will connect with each other and valuable partners, participate in organizational business sessions, earn professional development hours by engaging in on-demand and live sessions, celebrate award winners and elect new NAAE leadership. All registered in-person and live attendees will be able to access the virtual sessions and professional development for one year. To help you plan for the best NAAE convention yet, here are some common answers to frequently asked questions.
What is the 2021 NAAE Convention schedule?
You can find the most up to date schedule by downloading the NAAE convention app on Guidebook (coming soon) or visiting the NAAE Convention schedule page on the website.
How do I register?
Registrants for the 2021 NAAE Convention are also automatically registered for the ACTE CareerTech VISION 2021, which is December 1 - December 4, 2021. Both conventions will be in a hybrid format this year for those who would like to attend in person and those who would prefer to attend virtually!
The 2021 NAAE Convention schedule is planned so NAAE members can attend sessions at both ACTE's Career Tech VISION and the NAAE Convention. NAAE members will pay one registration fee and have full access to both conferences. Confirmed On-site registrants may transfer to Online virtual registration with no penalty , through Sunday, August 15, 2021 for standard conference registration fees. A price difference refund minus a $25 registration transfer fee will be added for transfer requests from Monday, August 16, 2021 through Friday, October 15, 2021. Transfer requests received after Friday, October 15, 2021 are nonrefundable.
In Person Convention:
|Regular/On Site (after 10/16/21)|
|ACTE or NAAE Student Member*||$140||$155||$180|
|Regular/On Site (after 10/16/21)|
|ACTE or NAAE Student Member*||$85||$100|
*Only full time university undergraduates training for careers related to agricultural education are eligible for this rate. The student rate is available only to those undergraduate students who are student members of both ACTE and NAAE. If you are not already a student member of ACTE and/or NAAE, you will need to join ACTE/NAAE as a student member. National ACTE Student Membership is free, however your state may require some amount of dues. NAAE Student Membership is $10. Failure to join prior to conference may result in a balance due at the prevailing student membership rate.To register at NAAE Member Rate:
What are the registration deadlines?
The Early Bird Rate ends on August 15, 2021
The Advanced Registration rate ends on October 16, 2021
Regular/On-site Registration runs October 17-December 3
Why is the closing session on Friday afternoon and not Saturday morning?
The NAAE Convention schedule is reviewed annually to determine the best possible experience for NAAE members. The closing session was moved to Friday afternoon this year to allow attendees to more personal time to explore the area, return home earlier and allow for more flexible travel options.
What happened to the Organizational Members and Business Partners Reception?
Due to hotel and city COVID restrictions NAAE will not be able to host the Organizational Members and Business Partners Reception in-person during NAAE Convention this year. While we know this is disappointing, we are offering an alternative. We welcome our partners to submit resources and materials for our interactive virtual booth space that will be available to all agricultural educators (13,000+) throughout the month of December and January on the NAAE website. The virtual space will be a place where agricultural educators can stop by and engage with our partners at their own pace without our partners needing to staff a booth or have a representative in person. The virtual space is part of the NAAE support package available to OMBP and NAAE National FFA Foundation sponsors. Partners must RSVP for their spot and submit their information electronically by November 15 using the link provided in the email sent to identified partners on Oct 16.
Will there be a host state social?
There will not be a host state social this year. Take this opportunity to explore the city of New Orleans and surrounding area.
What are the COVID restrictions and requirements?
Visit the 2021 NAAE Convention Health and Safety page for the latest safety protocols.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
The NAAE staff and NAAE Board of Directors are always available to assist with questions you may have. To better direct your questions here is a quick list of who to contact related to NAAE Convention.
Health and Safety - Alissa Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
By-Laws Amendment - Sherisa Nailor SNAILOR@bigspring.k12.pa.us
Membership Dues Increase - Sherisa Nailor SNAILOR@bigspring.k12.pa.us
Membership - Ashley Hood email@example.com
Voting Delegate questions - Alissa Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional Development - Alissa Smith email@example.com
Region Meetings - NAAE Board Representatives
Communications - Alan Green firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsors and Partners - Ellen Poeschl email@example.com
FAST - Ellen Poeschl firstname.lastname@example.org
Award winner registration, travel and rooming - Katie Wood email@example.com
General Registration questions - Contact ACTE
What are my 2021 NAAE Virtual Convention Log in Credentials (for those who registered for the virtual option)?
To access Virtual VISION 2021 look for an email from ACTE with your log in credentials and log in details.
*** If you are not sure which email you used to register, please first search your inboxes (work, personal, etc) for an email from firstname.lastname@example.org. The email address that received the registration confirmation email from ACTE is the address you will use to log in to the convention platform. If you are still unsure about which email to use, or if you cannot log in, you can contact ACTE.
When will press releases be sent out for award winners?
On August 1st, 2021 a letter was sent to state leaders and the Ag Ed listserv announcing the 2021 NAAE award winners. You can find that announcement on our website. Additionally, individual award letters were emailed to winners in September, detailing the components of their awards package. These are the only official documents we will be sending out to announce winners, prior to convention. After convention, press releases will be sent to the newspaper you included in your award application as well as to your administration. These will be the only official press releases NAAE will be creating for awards. You are welcome to create your own announcement to use as needed, based on the information that has been released to you, prior to this press release; however, we will not be sending anything official to your newspaper until December after you have officially been awarded at convention.
How can I register for the ABF BriefCASE and AgXplore?
There will be an on-site Agricultural Business Foundations (ABF) BriefCASE and AgXplore training held in conjunction with the NAAE Convention.
Why do I have to sign a release form this year?
When you register for ACTE VISION 2021 you will be required to sign a COVID release waiver. The waiver is necessary to protect ACTE and NAAE and ensure the health and safety of attendees and staff.
How do I get my administration to approve my convention participation?
ACTE has created a Letter of Support that you can fill out and give to your Administration. The letter will provide details about the convention and why you should attend, either in-person or virtually. You can find and download the letter on the ACTE site, look in the box on the upper left side of the page.
Who is on the ballot this year at convention?
This year's ballot will be electronic. Each official voting delegate will vote for President, President-Elect, Regional Vice President (only Region II & Region IV delegates) and Regional Secretaries.
Each year, every region votes for their regional secretary. The candidates for each region are:
Region I - Kyle Stapleton (Idaho)
Region II - No candidate
Region III - Paul Aarsvold (Minnesota)
Region IV - John Hammond (Kentucky)
Region V - Nelson McCracken (Georgia) and Kaye Harris (North Carolina)
Region VI - Aaron Geiman (Maryland)
This year, Region II and Region IV will elect a new Vice President. The Region II and Region IV Vice President candidates are:
Region II - Cameron Dale (Oklahoma)
Region IV - Jeff Voris (Missouri)
All delegates vote for President-Elect. Our two President-Elect candidates for the 2021-2022 year are Todd Thomas (Colorado, Region II) and Deanna Thies (Missouri, Region VI). There will be a meet the candidates session on Thursday, December 2 from 11:00am-12:00pm on-site.All delegates will vote to confirm this year's NAAE President: Stan Scurlock (Region V, Florida)
Which Regional Meeting Should I Attend?
Regional meetings will on-site in New Orleans. Please attend your regional meeting on Wednesday, December 1 from 9:30-11:00am CST and again on Friday, December 3 from 8:00-9:15am. You will find the region meeting location in the NAAE App found by downloading the Guidebook app.