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Professional Development Workshops

Each year the professional development opportunities at the NAAE Convention get better and better.  This year, choose from more than 80 workshop titles to improve your teaching, program, and chapter.  Here are some of our favorites – for a complete list, visit

Grow Our Agricultural Leaders –An Online Course for Students Interested in Teaching Ag

Wednesday, November 18 - Session II: 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 19 - Session III: 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
Luke Beam, Burns High School, Lawndale, NC

Ever have a student tell you they want to be an agriculture teacher?  Wish you had a course at your school they could take to learn what being an agriculture teacher is all about? Come to this workshop and learn about a new online course you can offer at your school called GOAL.  Start growing your own agriculture teachers while they are still in high school!  This course will also help to enhance or possibly create a student-driven PALS or Food For America program for your ag program. 

Ideas for Adding Precision Agriculture Technology to Your Classroom

Wednesday, November 18 - Session II: 3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 19 - Session II: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Dr. Carmel Miller, Bismarck State College, Bismarck, ND

Whether your budget allows for only a basic GPS handheld or the full gamut of GPS/GIS tools, you can teach precision agriculture!  This workshop will highlight classroom, lab and field experiences in precision agriculture technology.  Resources and GPS/GIS activities designed for secondary and post secondary instructors will be showcased.  Participants will learn how to explain the basic concepts and benefits of precision agriculture and at the same time incorporate more technology into their curriculum.

Ready to Use Exploratory Biotechnology Curriculum

Thursday, November 19 - Session I: 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
Friday, November 20 - Session III: 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Lisa Konkel and Rick Henningfeld, Big Foot HS, Walworth, WI

Agriculture education is hands-on learning - just like this workshop.  Come to explore this lab-oriented curriculum or to reinforce your current biotechnology knowledge.  Content will include material on basic genetic knowledge, recombinant DNA, plant tissue culturing, and using bacteria and viruses in genetic engineering.  This curriculum has ready to use handouts, assignments, quizzes, tests, etc.; all with the answer keys.  The labs offer feature easy to acquire materials and require little prep time.  This curriculum fits perfectly into an exploratory course.  Come find out how easy biotechnology can be in your classroom!

Navigating the Unknown:  How to Properly Use and Maintain School Greenhouses

Thursday, November 19 - Session III: 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.
Friday, November 20 - Session III: 1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
James Young and Andy McNitt, Hummert International, Earth City, MO

Imagine that you have just bought the vehicle of your dreams.   Wouldn’t you want to take care of it and give it the necessary maintenance to make your investment last?  Your greenhouse is an investment to your ag program, but they can be very intimidating and confusing.  There are so many controls and so many ideas on how things should be done.  Proper maintenance and knowing how to read and use the controls will save you a lot of time and money.  Attend this workshop to discover the proper use of greenhouse controls and how greenhouse maintenance can be completed to make your greenhouse run at peak capacity. 

Teaching Robotics in Agriculture in the Ag Ed Classroom

Friday, November 20 - Session V: 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
Saturday, November 21 - Session II: 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Dan Swafford, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

A hands-on workshop showing teachers how they can use Lego Mindstorms to teach Robotics in Agriculture.  Teachers will learn the history and recent developments in robotic agriculture. All teachers will get the chance to build and program a  scale model robotic tractor using  legos. Teachers will also learn how to use legos to teach ag. mechanics concepts such as  gear ratios and transmissions. Finally, workshop participatants  will compete in a robotic tractor pull.

Hey! There’s SCIENCE in my YOGURT!

Thursday, November 19 - Session II: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Friday, November 20 - Session V: 3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
Jennifer Moore, Zane Trace High School, Chillicothe, OH

Have you ever wished for a fun, engaging lesson to teach students the principles of life science?  Try making yogurt!  We all know that high school students love to eat, and producing yogurt in class can help them satisfy their stomachs and learn how microorganisms affect our foods at the same time. 

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Host State Social

Come enjoy a “Tennessee Two-Steppin’ Good Time,” hosted by the Tennessee Association of Agricultural Educators (TAAE).  The host state social will be held on Thursday, November 19, at the Nashville Palace Honky Tonk, which is within easy walking distance of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. 

The fun will last from 6:30-9:30, and include a barbeque meal, live band and dancing.  Cash bar will be available.  Tickets are $30 per person, and advance ticket purchase is required.  To purchase tickets, follow this link.

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Convention Registration

The 2009 NAAE Convention schedule and the 2009 ACTE Convention schedule are being planned carefully so that NAAE members may attend sessions at both conventions. NAAE members will pay one registration fee and have full access to both conventions.
All registration fees for the NAAE and ACTE conventions will be processed by ACTE.

Registration cost before 10/19/09
$330 for NAAE members who are also ACTE members
$390 for NAAE members who are not ACTE members

Registration cost after 10/19/09
$410 for NAAE members who are also ACTE members
$470 for NAAE members who are not ACTE members

After 10/30/09, registrations & payments will only be accepted in Nashville

To Register

Special Discounts:
10% Group Discount - When you register 10 or more individuals from the same institution and pay with one check or purchase order, you can receive a 10 percent group discount. Registration forms must be received with payment (check or purchase order).

Student Discount - Student registration for the NAAE and ACTE conventions is $115 until October 19th, or $135 after that date. To register, call 1-800-826-9972.

Retired members are also elligible for special registration rates. For more information, call 1-800-826-9972.

NAAE Convention Spouse Registration
Spouse registration is handled through ACTE. Register using the spouse option on the 2009 ACTE Registration form or register online.

ACTE/NAAE Spouse Registration includes:

  • Admission to all ACTE/ NAAE programming events (unless noted as “by invitation only” or there is an additional fee associated with the event)
  • Admission to the ACTE Career Tech Expo
  • Ticket to the John Deere reception on Wednesday night
  • Admission to the NAAE/ ACTE Ag Ed Division Luncheon on Friday
  • Admission to the NAAE Organizational Members & Business Partners Reception on Friday night

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Convention Housing

The Opryland Hotel will house both the ACTE and NAAE conventions in 2009, unlike in past years when the NAAE Convention has been at a hotel close to the ACTE Convention.

Rooms at the Opryland Hotel will be $169 per night for single or double occupancy, plus 9.5% sales tax, 5% occupancy tax, and a $5 resort fee. The resort fee covers wireless internet access and other amenities.

To book your room for the NAAE Convention, November 17-21, either call 615-883-2211 or make your reservations online by following this link. You must give NAAE's group reservation code, N-NAAE, to get the NAAE Convention rate.

Note: The NAAE Convention room block expires on 10/26/09. After that, you will not be able to book a room at the convention rate

If you are booking 5 or more rooms, you MUST call Kristin Childress, Group Reservations manager, at 615-871-6657 to make reservations.Mention NAAE's group reservation code, N-NAAE, to get the NAAE Convention rate.

Tax Exemption at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel: If your state association is exempt from federal income taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code, you will not have to pay sales tax on your room block at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. You will need to send a copy of your 501(c)(3) determination letter from the IRS to Kristin Childress to secure your tax exemption at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.

This tax exemption is available only for those rooms that are paid for by the tax exempt organization and this applies to 501(c)(3) organizations only. 501(c)(6) organizations are not tax exempt in Tennessee.

For more information, visit, including a hotel map, travel discounts from ACTE, and Nashville Tourism information.

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