NAAE Awards and Professional Development Opportunities

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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.

**PLEASE NOTE -- The 2018 NAAE Award Applications are currently under review. There will likely be significant changes from the 2017 applications to the 2018 applications.

Professional Development Opportunities

Looking for additional professional development opportunities? Check out the professional development section of our website.

2017 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 (2016-2017) and be a member of NAAE at the time of the convention at which they receive the scholarship (2017-2018). All state winners must agree to attend the entire NAAE convention.

The Teachers Turn the Key Scholarship program is sponsored by RAM Trucks as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

The deadline for submitting the state winning applications is May 15, 2017.

Teachers Turn the Key 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.

  • Application Instructions, Supporting Information, and Required Signature Sheet(PDF)
  • State Judging Rubric (PDF)
  • Applications are currently closed.

    Awards

    2017 Award Winners
    See winners from earlier years.

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

    2017 Award Applications

    **PLEASE NOTE -- The 2018 NAAE Award Applications are currently under review. There will likely be significant changes from the 2017 applications to the 2018 applications.

    NAAE Upper Division Scholarship

    Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Growth Energy, Herman & Bobbie Wilson, and National Geographic Learning | Delmar Cengage Learning and proceeds from the ticket raffle at the NAAE convention, NAAE will award scholarships to students who are majoring in agricultural education and who will be completing their student teaching in the fall 2017 or spring 2018 semesters. Previous recipients of the NAAE Upper Division Scholarship are not eligible.

    The deadline for submitting applications via the link below is May 15, 2017.

    The Upper Division Scholarship 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 and supporting information document below to get started, and check the "Need help?" section for tips about navigating the online system.

    • Application Instructions and Supporting Information (PDF)
    • Applications are currently closed.
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      National Agriscience Teacher of the Year

      The National Agriscience Teacher of the Year award recognizes teachers who have inspired and enlightened their students through engaging and interactive lessons in the science of agriculture. Teachers who have previously been selected as National Finalist or awarded the National Agriscience Teacher of the Year award are ineligible to apply.

      The National Agriscience Teacher of the Year award is sponsored by Herman & Bobbie Wilson as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

      The deadline for submitting applications via the link below is May 15, 2017.

      Agriscience Teacher of the Year 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.

      • Application Instructions, Supporting Information and Required Signature Sheet (PDF)
      • Judging Rubric (PDF)
      • Applications are currently closed.
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        NAAE Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher Award

        This program distinguishes NAAE members who are at the pinnacle of their profession — those 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.

        We anticipate the NAAE Outstanding Teacher Award program will be co-sponsored by Caterpillar, Inc. and Tractor Supply Company as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

        The deadline for submitting applications via the link below is May 15, 2017.

        Outstanding 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.


          NAAE Outstanding Young Member Award

          As a means of encouraging young teachers to remain in the profession and to encourage and recognize participation in professional activities, the NAAE Outstanding Young Member Award program is sponsored by John Deere as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. NAAE members who are in their third, fourth or fifth 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, or sixth 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, 2017.

          Outstanding Young Member 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.


          NAAE Outstanding Middle/Secondary Program Award

          Monsanto 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 2016 may reapply in 2021).

          The 2017 Outstanding Middle/Secondary Agricultural Education program award will be partially sponsored by Monsanto as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

          The deadline for submitting applications via the link below is May 15, 2017.

          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.

          • Application Instructions, Supporting Information and Required Signature Sheet (PDF)
          • Judging Rubric (PDF)
          • Applications are currently closed.
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            NAAE Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Program Award

            MonsantoThe Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Ag Ed Program award recognizes exemplary 2-year postsecondary institutions and full time young farmer and adult agricultural education 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 2016 may reapply in 2021).

            The NAAE Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult Ag Ed Program Award is sponsored by Monsanto as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

            The Outstanding Postsecondary/Adult 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.

            • Application Instructions, Supporting Information and Required Signature Sheet (PDF)
            • Judging Rubric (PDF)
            • Applications are currently closed.
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              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, 2017.

              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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          NAAE Ideas Unlimited Award Application

          The Ideas Unlimited contest 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 Ideas Unlimited Award is sponsored by National Geographic Learning | Cengage Learning.

          All items required for the Ideas Unlimited Award application should be saved as electronic files and submitted to the NAAE Office using the instructions outlined in the Application Instructions, Supporting Information and Required Signature Sheet PDF below. Printed copies will not be accepted.

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          NAAE Outstanding Cooperation Award Application

          NAAE will recognize organizations, agribusiness companies, and others who have given outstanding support to agricultural education with the Outstanding Cooperation Award. One recipient from each of the six NAAE regions will be recognized with a plaque at the 2017 NAAE Convention.

          State winning applications should be brought to the respective NAAE Regional Leadership Conference for judging.

          The plaques for this award are sponsored by Forrest T. Jones & Company.

          Application Instructions and Supporting Information (PDF)
          Required Application Cover Sheet (Word)
          Judging Rubric (PDF)

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          NAAE Outstanding Service Citation Application

          NAAE will recognize current and retired NAAE members who have made significant contributions to agricultural education at the state, regional, and national levels with the Outstanding Service Citation.

          One recipient from each of the six NAAE regions will be recognized with a plaque at the 2017 NAAE Convention.

          The Outstanding Service Citation is sponsored by Goodheart-Willcox.

          State winning applications should be brought to the respective NAAE Regional Leadership Conference for judging.

          Application Instructions and Supporting Information (PDF)
          Required Application Cover Sheet (Word)
          Judging Rubric (PDF)

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          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 2017 NAAE Convention.

          The Lifetime Achievement Award is sponsored by Ford as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

          State winning applications should be brought to the respective NAAE Regional Leadership Conference for judging.

          Application Instructions and Supporting Information (PDF)
          Required Application Cover Sheet (Word)
          Judging Rubric (PDF)

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          NAAE Professional State Association Award Application

          NAAE will recognize state associations who have aggressively engaged in certain well-planned activities designed to serve the best interest of the members and the profession.

          Please send your application to your regional vice president, postmarked by September 1.

          Professional State Association award winners will be recognized at the annual NAAE Convention.

          Click here to download the 2017 Professional State Award Application (Word document)

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          FAQ - Filling out NAAE Award Applications Online

          How do I log in?

          When you click "click here to complete your online application," you will be prompted to log in to the website. If you have never logged in before or don't remember your password, click the "Can't Access Account?" link and follow the instructions to reset or set up your password. *Note - you must use the email address we have on file with your membership record.

          If you still have problems logging in, please call the NAAE office at 1-800-509-0204. The NAAE office is open from 8am until 5pm eastern time, Monday-Friday.

          Can I fill out more than one award online?

          It is possible to submit multiple NAAE awards and to have multiple award applications in progress at the same time. Simply choose the application you want to work on from the drop-down list or the http://www.naae.org/resources/awards/index.cfm page. Just be sure to hit the save button on the application you’re working on before you move to a different application.

          Working on an award over multiple sessions

          Because the awards forms are associated with your profile, you can partially complete an awards application, save it, log out, and log back in later to complete the form. The items you have attached to the application and the fields you have filled out will be saved.

          You can have multiple awards in progress at the same time, and work on those awards over an extended period of time.

          What format do I need to save my supporting documents in?

          Please save the documents to be uploaded in the supporting documents section in a common file format - PDFs, Word documents, plain text files, or image files are all acceptable. For the fields where you are asked to upload a picture, a file format of .gif, .jpeg, .png, .bmp, .jpg or .tif is required.

          How do I change the information in the grayed-out fields?

          To change information that appears in a grayed-out field on the application form, use one of the "update your profile" links located at various places on the awards form. This links you to another form where you can update that information. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the profile update form and submit your changes before you return to the awards form. You will need to refresh the awards form or log out and log back in to see the changes reflected.

          Can I attach more than one file to each category in the Supporting Documents area?

          You can only attach one file per category in the Supporting Documents area. For instance, your supporting materials (up to 8 pages) should be saved as one continuous file, then that file should be uploaded to the corresponding area under supporting documents.

          I need a cover sheet so I can turn in my award application for state-level judging.

          If you wish to print a hard copy of the information on the award application form, use the print button at the top or bottom of the page. It is not necessary to print a hard copy to submit your award to NAAE - this is strictly for your own use.

          You must print before you submit your application. After you click the submit button, you will no longer be able to access the form for that award.

          Can I submit my application for state-level competition using your form?

          The submit button at the bottom of the application form submits the application to NAAE, not to your state association. If you would like to submit the application to your state association, SAVE it, use the print button to print a cover sheet, and then send the application and required materials to your state association via mail or email. If you are selected as the state winner and need to submit the application to NAAE, return to the form and use the submit button to send it to us.

          Can NAAE access my saved award application?

          No. Until you hit the submit button, NAAE can not see your award application. Applications must be submitted by May 15 in order to be eligible for judging.

          What is the difference between the SAVE and SUBMIT buttons?

          The SAVE button saves your application and allows you to leave the application form and return later to complete it. That means you can upload some files during one session, then return a few days later to upload the rest of the files or update and replace a previously uploaded file.

          Clicking the SUBMIT button sends the application to NAAE. Once you click SUBMIT, you will no longer be able to access your application for that award. You will still be able to access applications for other awards.

          Can I change something on my award application after I hit the SUBMIT button?

          No. Once you click the SUBMIT button, you will no longer be able to access your application for that award. You will still be able to access applications for other awards.

          How will I know that my application has been successfully submitted?

          Once you click the submit button, you will get an on-screen notification that your award application has been submitted. Please print this for your records. In addition, you will receive an email confirmation.

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