September/October 2009 | back to school

NAAE for the New School Year

Services to Help You Make the Most of Your Busy Year

It's hard to believe, but the bells are ringing and the hallways are filling up with students rushing from one class to the next. You're probably rushing from one task to the next as well; from planning lessons, to scheduling trips, to fine-tuning your lab equipment.

NAAE provides a variety of services to help you, and the beginning of the school year is a good time to take a moment to remind yourself of all the things that are available.

Improve Yourself

NAAE offers opportunities throughout the year to develop yourself as an ag education professional in a variety of ways. 

NAAE Convention
Professional development workshops, networking, association work, advocacy information, and more.

ACTE National Policy Seminar
Spend a week in DC learning how to advocate for agricultural education.

NAAE Awards
Get national recognition for your program.

Professional Development Webinars
NAAE webinars are a convenient and economical way to get quality agricultural education-specific professional development. To participate, all you need is a computer with an internet connection and a phone to dial in to a toll-free number for the audio portion of the webinar.  NAAE chooses webinar topics based on issues important to our members, and coordinates with industry professionals, current ag educators, and other experts to develop relevant, useful training that can be completed right from your computer. Check out our webinar coming up on September 24th - Barking Up the Right Tree with TurfMutt, OPEI's New Yard Dog Science Program.

Communities of Practice
NAAE’s online professional networking community for ag educators has more than 1,000 members from all over the United States sharing ideas, philosophies, lesson plans, and resources.  A great way to connect with other enthusiastic, supportive ag educators and improve your program in the process.

Protect Yourself

Professional Liability Insurance

All active NAAE members get $100,000 professional liability insurance as a part of membership, plus access to low group rates for many other types of insurance.  Click here for more information about insurance coverage offered through NAAE.

Advocate for Your Program

Whether you’re trying to improve your program’s image in your community, teach a civics lesson, or get a new piece of legislation passed to improve ag ed in your state, NAAE has tools to help you navigate agricultural education advocacy.

The NAAE Legislative Action Center
A great place to find all kinds of information about what’s going on in your local, state, and federal government.

Advocacy community on Communities of Practice
Post questions or get advice from other ag teachers all over the U.S., plus find advice on communicating with elected officials, making Capitol Hill visits, how the legislative process works, and more.

Advocacy Section on
Use the Advocacy drop down menu at the top of as the starting point to access the Legislative Action Center, key Congressional contacts, background information about important ag ed legislation (like the Carl T. Perkins act), and more.

Inform Yourself

A great resource for not only staying on top of things being offered by NAAE, but for accessing ag ed professional development opportunities, legislative happenings, and general news from the world of ag ed.

News & Views
The NAAE newsletter, delivered by email every other month, is packed full of updates from your Regional leaders, news from the world of ag education, and opportunities just waiting for you to take advantage of them.

U.S. Ag Ed Listserv
An email listserv open to ag teachers, state staff, teacher educators, and anyone else interested in agricultural education.

Twitter & Facebook
NAAE is on both social networking sites.  Become a fan of NAAE of Facebook Follow NAAE on Twitter.

Save Money

15% Discount at all Choice Hotels International Hotels

Get a discount when you book your room at Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, MainStay Suites, Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn.  Details.

More Throughout the Year

This is just a sampling of the benefits offered to NAAE members. For a complete listing, visit the Membership Benefits, Services and Programs page on our website. Keep your eyes open for more opportunities throughout the school year.