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2019 NAAE XLR8 Professional Development Application

NAAE XLR8 Program Guidelines & Application


The National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) is pleased to accept applications for the 2019 NAAE XLR8 Professional Development Program.   

XLR8 is a year-long professional development program that targets agriculture teachers in their 7th-15th year of teaching.

The overall goals of this program include:

 - develop experienced teacher leaders who will mentor other teachers in the profession;

 - provide mid-career level specific professional development to participants;

 - as well as increase overall longevity and satisfaction of participants with their chosen career of teaching agriculture.  

This program will include participation in an intensive professional development experience (multiple sessions) during the 2018 NAAE convention, recurring virtual learning experiences, and on-line collaboration using the NAAE professional learning community Communities of Practice as well as other social media tools.  

All active NAAE members who are currently in their 7th to 15th year of teaching are eligible to apply.  Each applicant must have been a NAAE member the three (3) previous years while teaching agriculture.  Participants must also be active members and working in school-based agricultural education in the 2019-2020 NAAE Membership year.  

Program Details and Expectations

Each XLR8 pariticipant will be expected to engage in the following professional development activities:
(1) XLR8 Institute at the 2019 NAAE Convention, December 3-7 2019 in Anaheim, California;
(2) four-six virtual learning experiences;
(3) at least one social media engagement event;
(4) submit at least one blog post;

Each participant will receive a scholarship for:
(1) registration for the NAAE convention; 
(2) round trip, coach airfare to the NAAE convention from the commercial airport nearest the recipient’s home (those choosing to drive a personal vehicle to the convention will be reimbursed at the current NAAE mileage rate up to the dollar amount of the round trip airfare); 
(3) and lodging for five nights at the NAAE convention (based on double occupancy - two XLR8 participants per hotel room).  

Single occupancy and sharing with spouses/guests/co-teachers is welcome; however, the XLR8 participant will be responsible for 1/2 of the room cost.  NAAE will not pay for travel expenses, registration fees, or room cost related to guests of XLR8 scholarship winners.