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2020 NAAE Convention FAST Application

2020 Future Agriscience Teacher Symposium - NAAE Convention

Program Overview
The NAAE National Teach Ag Campaign is hosting a virtual Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium for all current NAAE Student Member preservice agricultural education students across the United States! This LIVE professional development event is held in conjunction with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Convention, November 30-December 4, 2020!

The FAST Symposium will be held in THREE SESSIONS. Participants who ATTEND ALL THREE SESSIONS will be reimbursed for their NAAE Convention registration. 

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. 

FAST participants must register for NAAE convention at the student member rate ($65). Participants who attend all three-session symposiums will have their $65 convention registration reimbursed. Those who are not able to attend all three sessions may still participate but will not be reimbursed. 

The FAST Symposium will take place in three sessions on the following dates/times:
Session I: November 19 6:30pm-8:30pm EST
Session II: November 30 12:00pm-5:00pm EST
Session III: December 3 4:30-5:45pm EST

The FAST Symposium will focus on the following: 
- Creating an inclusive classroom environment 
- Inquiry-Based Learning 
- Classroom Management 
- Professional development 
- Collegiality 
- Student teaching and first-year preparation 
- Job Interview success 

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. those who have attended a FAST session in previous years are eligible to apply. 
  3. majoring in agricultural education or similar degree with intentions to become an agriculture teacher;
  4. enrolled in an agricultural education degree program or similar licensure track program for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. 
  5. a 2020-2021 NAAE student member ($10). Check membership status with NAAE office (859) 967-2892.
  6. registered to attend the NAAE Virtual Convention as a student member ($65). To register, follow this link: 
Program Application Procedure
Interested and eligible preservice teachers must complete the application below by 11:59pm Eastern on Friday, October 23rd- no exceptions.  Submit early so you are not dealing with last-minute technology issues.  Please check NAAE student member status prior to applying.  

You will receive a package in the mail with the supplies needed to participate in the FAST Symposium prior to the event. PLEASE INCLUDE THE MAILING ADDRESS WHERE YOU WILL NEED YOUR MATERIALS SHIPPED TO IN ORDER TO  PARTICIPATE IN THE SYMPOSIUM. NO P.O. BOXES PLEASE.
If you have questions, contact Andrea Fristoe by email at or by phone at (859) 967-2892.
The Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposiums are a component of the National Teach Ag Campaign, an initiative of the National Council for Agricultural Education, managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) with funding support from the CHS Foundation, Corteva Agriscience, Growth Energy, and BASF as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.