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2021 NAAE Convention FAST Symposium Registration

Program Overview

2021 NAAE Convention FAST Symposium Registration

***NAAE CONVENTION UPDATE*** The city of New Orleans COVID protocols and mandates continue to evolve to allow the greatest New Orleans and convention guest experience while ensuring the safety of all. NAAE has modified our convention schedule and activities to meet the safety mandates and criteria. At this time NAAE Convention attendees will NOT be required to show proof of vaccination or have a negative PCR test to participate in NAAE Convention. There are still city of New Orleans establishment requirements that you will need to adhere to if you plan to engage in activities outside NAAE Convention. The latest City of New Orleans requirements are on the city website. We can’t wait to be together in December for the great NAAE get back together!

Program Description
The NAAE National Teach Ag Campaign is hosting a Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium for all current NAAE Student Member preservice agricultural education students across the United States. The Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium is a professional development experience for preservice agricultural education majors that provides customized professional development, networking, and mentoring with current and future agriculture teachers and stakeholders from across the country. This particular professional development event will focus on developing relationships with administrators, creating your personal ag ed network, and will feature a 90-minute Q&A panel with current ag teachers to help you prepare for job interviews and early career success! 

Preservice agricultural educators who apply, and meet the eligibility requirements, to attend the symposium will have the cost of their NAAE Convention student member registration covered (up to $155 - must register through ACTE by 10.16 for this rate) after completion of program. After successful completion of the FAST program you will email your receipt to who will process your reimbursement. Institutions with multiple FAST participants can send in one reimbursement request. NAAE only reimburses the advance registration rate amount ($155). If you register after October 16 the remainder of the registration ($25) will not be reimbursed. 

The 2021 NAAE Convention FAST Symposium will take place at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 29-December 3, 2021. 

All NAAE Convention attendees (including FAST Symposium participants) will need to complete a COVID waiver (will be sent in a separate email after registration is complete) and will need to adhere to the COVID guidelines and expectations set in place in New Orleans, Louisiana at the time of NAAE Convention. 

Program Eligibility
To be eligible to apply for this program, each applicant must be:
  1. an agricultural education major at a college or university that offers a program of study in agricultural education-teacher certification track or similar licensure program that ends in being certified to teach agriculture at the secondary level; M. Ed initial licensure majors are also eligible to apply as long as they have never taught before. (Priority is given to those who are close to completing their degree (seniors, student teaching candidates).
  2. majoring in agricultural education or similar degree with intentions to become an agriculture teacher;
  3. enrolled in an agricultural education degree program or similar licensure track program during the Fall 2021 semester. 
  4. a 2021-2022 dues paid NAAE student member ($10). Check membership status with Ashley Hood at 
  5. Electronic COVID waiver signature. 
  6. Student teaching in the Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022 (others may attend but will not be reimbursed for their registration) 
  7. those who have attended a FAST session in previous years are eligible to attend and receive reimbursement. 
Program Registration Requirements and Timeline
Interested and eligible preservice teachers must complete the registration below by 11:59pm on Friday, November 5, 2021- no exceptions. You are encouraged to register early so you are not dealing with last-minute technology issues. Please check your NAAE student member status prior to applying. Those who are not current NAAE student members will not be given access to the event. FAST registration is different than NAAE/ACTE registration. There is no cost to attend FAST but you must register. The NAAE/ACTE student registration rate gets you into FAST, if you register and meet the requirements. In order to be eligible for the ACTE/NAAE student registration reimbursement you must attend all FAST components and programming. 
You must arrive to the FAST program no later than 8am on Tuesday, November 30 and depart no earlier than 5pm on Friday, December 3. 

You will book your own travel and accommodations and will be responsible for all meals and incidental expenses that are not part of the program or NAAE/ACTE convention. 

Tentative Schedule
Throughout the week of NAAE Convention, the FAST Symposium participants will receive specialized professional development, engagement with current agriculture teachers, self-care and wellness opportunities, and much more! A detailed schedule and preparation guide will be sent to all registered and eligible participants at least one week prior to the NAAE Convention FAST Symposium Program start date.  

Once you have attended the FAST Symposium, you will receive a professional development certificate via email that you can use in your portfolio.

Questions may be directed to Ellen Poeschl at 
The Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposiums are a component of the National Teach Ag Campaign, an initiative managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) with funding support from the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience, Growth Energy, and BASF.