Lifecycle of Ag Educators

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  • Stablization

    Some confidence professionally, can settle into a comfortable and predictable pattern of teaching.

  • Experimentation

    Seasoned teachers often experiment with new approaches and activities in their classrooms.

  • Taking Stock

    Teachers with a decade or more of experience may reflect on their careers, contemplating both the worth of their past work and their plans for continued work in coming years.

  • NAAE Programs


  • Serenity

    Teachers with many years of experience are usually comfortable with classroom life and their role in it.

  • NAAE Programs

How NAAE Can Help

Begin professional development and networking opportunities before teacher takes first job-build connection to the profession. Use late-career teacher mentors to serve as a technical resource and model good work/life balance. Broaden foundation by providing opportunities to explore a wide variety of pedagogical and technical skills. Help identify student and community needs and how to meet those needs.

How NAAE Can Help

Deepen pedagogical and technical skills through professional development. Recognize achievements, help build buy-in from local decision-makers. Develop teacher leaders and provide leadership opportunities. Support teacher wellness and work-life balance.

How NAAE Can Help

Keep teachers motivated by helping them find new challenges, develop into mentors, and become national leaders.

© 2015 NAAE Stages for life cycle - White, R. (2008). Teachers' Professional Life Cycle. IH Journal of Education and Development, 3.