professional development

Teacher & Program Awards

NAAE maintains an extensive awards program to recognize the accomplishments of our many talented and dedicated members. We have awards for agricultural educators in every stage of their careers, from scholarships to lifetime achievement. We also manage grant programs for organizations who want to help support agricultural education and agricultural educators.

 

2024 Award Applications

Supporting information for each award is in PDF format. Accessing the files requires Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available FREE from the Adobe website.


2024 NAAE Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher Award

This program distinguishes NAAE members who are conducting the highest quality agricultural education programs. The award recognizes leadership in civic, community, agriculture/agribusiness and professional activities. Outstanding agricultural educators are innovators and catalysts for student success in agricultural education. Individuals may receive the regional award only once; previous regional winners are not eligible to apply.

The deadline for submitting applications via the link below is May 15, 2024.

Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher is an online application, which means you will have to log in to the NAAE website to access the application form. Please be sure to download the application instructions, supporting information and required signature document below to get started, and check the "Need help?" section for tips about navigating the online system.

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2024 NAAE Outstanding Early Career Teacher Award

The NAAE Outstanding Early Career Teacher Award program encourages young teachers to remain in the profession and to encourage and recognize participation in professional activities. NAAE members who are in their third, fourth, fifth, sixth, or seventh year of teaching at the time they apply are eligible for this award. (When the awards are presented at the subsequent NAAE convention, the award recipients will be in their fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, or eighth year of teaching.) Individuals may receive the regional award only once; previous regional winners are not eligible to apply.

The deadline for submitting applications via the link below is May 15, 2024.

Outstanding Early Career Teacher is an online application, which means you will have to log in to the NAAE website to access the application form. Please be sure to download the application instructions, supporting information and required signature document below to get started, and check the "Need help?" section for tips about navigating the online system.

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2024 NAAE Outstanding Middle/Secondary Program Award

A goal of NAAE is to promote outstanding programs in agricultural education and effectively communicate success stories. The Outstanding Middle/Secondary School Ag Ed Program Award promulgates that goal. Agricultural education programs in middle schools and secondary schools are eligible to participate in this recognition program. Previous regional winners may reapply for this award every five years if they choose (that is, programs that won the regional award in 2023 may reapply in 2028).

The deadline for submitting applications via the link below is May 15, 2024.

The Outstanding Middle/Secondary Program Award is an online application, which means you will have to log in to the NAAE website to access the application form. Please be sure to download the application instructions, supporting information and required signature document below to get started, and check the "Need help?" section for tips about navigating the online system.

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2024 NAAE Outstanding Postsecondary Agriculture Program Award

NAAE places high value on continuing education in agriculture. The Outstanding Postsecondary Agriculture Program Award recognizes exemplary postsecondary institutions and full-time young farmer and adult ag ed programs. Qualifying young farmer and/or adult ag ed program staff must devote at least 50 percent of their teaching time to this level of instruction. Previous regional winners may reapply for this award every five years if they choose (that is, programs that won the regional award in 2023 may reapply in 2028).

The deadline for submitting applications via the link below is May 15, 2024.

The Outstanding Postsecondary Agriculture Program Award is an online application, which means you will have to log in to the NAAE website to access the application form. Please be sure to download the application instructions, supporting information and required signature document below to get started, and check the "Need help?" section for tips about navigating the online system.

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2024 NAAE Teacher Mentor Award Application

CEV

If you ask agriculture teachers what motivated them to enter and stay in the teaching profession, predominately they will attribute their decision to another agriculture teacher who encouraged them. Many state agricultural education associations have recognized the importance of positive relationships between beginning and experienced teachers by creating formal organizational structures to connect beginning and experienced teachers. This award program will provide additional incentives for experienced teachers to become mentors for beginning teachers, and it will provide beginning teachers a way to say thank you to the experienced teachers who have influenced them. The Teacher Mentor Award is sponsored by CEV Multimedia.

The deadline for submitting applications via the link below is May 15, 2024.

Teacher Mentor is an online application, which means you will have to log in to the NAAE website to access the application form. Please be sure to download the application instructions, supporting information and required signature document below to get started, and check the "Need help?" section for tips about navigating the online system.

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2024 NAAE Ideas Unlimited Award Application

The Ideas Unlimited award is designed to give members an opportunity to exchange classroom, SAE, leadership, and other teaching ideas. The idea may be original or borrowed. Each application should specify how the idea was used by the applicant and how the idea could help others in their teaching. All active NAAE members, except current members of the NAAE board of directors, who are teaching agricultural education are eligible to enter this competition. In addition, each applicant must have been a NAAE member the three previous years or continuously since he/she began teaching. There are no restrictions limiting the number of times an individual can win the regional contest.

The deadline for submitting applications is May 15, 2024.

Ideas Unlimited is an online application, which means you will have to log in to the NAAE website to access the application form. Please be sure to download the application instructions, supporting information and required signature document below to get started, and check the "Need help?" section for tips about navigating the online system.

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2024 NAAE Outstanding Service Award Application

Goodheart-Wilcox

NAAE will recognize current NAAE members, retired NAAE members, and organizations who have made significant contributions to agricultural education at the state, regional, and national levels with the Outstanding Service Award. One recipient from each of the six NAAE regions will be recognized with a plaque at the 2024 NAAE Convention . State winning applications should be brought to the respective NAAE Regional Leadership Conference for judging.

The Outstanding Service Award is sponsored by Goodheart-Willcox.

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2024 NAAE Lifetime Achievement Award Application

NAAE will recognize retired NAAE members who have made significant contributions to agricultural education at the state, regional, and national levels with Lifetime Achievement Award. One recipient from each of the six NAAE regions will be recognized with a plaque at the 2024 NAAE Convention. State winning applications should be brought to the respective NAAE Regional Leadership Conference for judging.

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2024 NAAE "Teachers Turn the Key" Scholarship Application

Agricultural education is continually faced with a shortage of qualified teachers. Unless those who have been trained enter and remain in the profession for a period of several years, the shortage of qualified teachers will prevail. As a means of encouraging young teachers to remain in the profession and to encourage and recognize participation in professional activities, NAAE offers the Teachers Turn the Key Scholarship.

NAAE members who are in their second, third or fourth year of teaching at the time they apply are eligible for this award. (When the awards are presented at the subsequent NAAE convention, the scholarship recipients will be in their third, fourth or fifth year of teaching.) Applicants must be a member of NAAE during the year of application (2023-2024) and be a member of NAAE at the time of the convention at which they receive the scholarship (2024-2025). All state winners must agree to attend the entire NAAE convention.

Applications for the 2024 Teachers Turn the Key Scholarship will open April 15, 2024. The deadline for submitting the state winning applications is June 15, 2024.

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