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News & Views

Volume XLII No. 3 February/March 2000

Looking Back to Move Ahead!

Mike Cox, 1999-2000 NAAE President

Mike Cox (VA), 1999-2000 NAAE PresidentThe NAAE convention in Orlando was a great success! I would like to thank everyone who attended and participated in the conference events and activities. In addition, I would like to thank all members for continuing to support NAAE as a progressive and futuristic professional organization. As your new president, I would like to share some comments and remarks regarding NAAE’s past and future. The purpose of my remarks is neither to be visionary nor to predict the future of our organization. Rather, I hope to shed light on the past in order to look toward the future.

Major Accomplishments from the Past

We all should be quite proud of the 20th Century history of NVATA, now NAAE. The organization arose from the trenches of agricultural education—the classroom teachers—and grew and prospered over the last half of this century. I believe there were three courageous landmark decisions, which outlined the path for NAAE. Those involved in the decision-making processes during those times must have labored diligently, disagreed frequently and arrived at bold conclusions. This is very similar to what we will seek to do in the 21st Century.
The office move from Lincoln, Nebraska to the Washington D.C. area ranks high among the list of organizational changes. This decision allowed NVATA to be more politically active and, as a result, encouraged its members to follow suit. We have a legacy of proactivity given to us by our founders and early members. I ask each of you to honor this tradition by staying politically active on behalf of NAAE and the ag ed profession.

The merger of the A and B (racially segregated) organizations during 1972 and later and the inclusion of women into the profession brought great diversity and strength to NVATA. We must honor the tradition of diversity by seeking to involve all. A more diverse organization will be a stronger organization.
Teaching awards through many programs offered by NVATA/NAAE have provided peer recognition for many who have excelled in our profession. We must honor this tradition by bringing attention and appreciation to those, who like you, struggle, survive and thrive in the classroom trenches day in and day out—for the sheer love of the profession.

Challenges for the Future

Members of NAAE, NASAE and AAAE and NCAE representatives have discussed the reorganization/merger initiative of the national professional organizations quite heavily. It is imperative that we, as NAAE members, continue to be open to potential avenues, such as this important initiative, so that agricultural education may continue to be enhanced, strengthened and respected as one of the leading educational entities in our country.

Further, our membership capacity necessitates constant attention as well. As a progressive organization, NAAE must continue to promote and strengthen its membership base. As members of NAAE, we must help encourage non-members to join and become actively involved with conference activities, workshops, and leadership roles. We must also recognize the importance of seeking membership from agricultural educators at the postsecondary level and communicating to

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1999-2000 NAAE Board and Alt VPs

1999 Distinguished Service Award

ACTE Board Elections

Ideas Unlimited

Gothic Arch Greenhouses

Regional Updates

1998-99 NAAE Award Recipients

More 1999 Convention Highlights

Washington Beat

2000 Summer Workshops

2000 Council Workshop Opportunities

Importance of Ag Careers

Teacher Spotlight

Upper Division Scholarships


Dates and Events

National Ag Ed Listserv

2000 NAAE Convention

December 2-6, 2000

San Diego, California
Holiday Inn on the Bay


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