National Council for Agricultural Education Strategic Plan 2021-2025

Our Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Our Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students


Recruit, prepare, retain and support agricultural educators

  • Recruit and retain future agricultural educators at all levels, middle school through university.
  • Prepare and support lateral entry and beginning agricultural educators.
  • Develop models of preparation and licensure of agricultural educators, including necessary coursework, experience and collaboration/ alignment among teacher preparation programs.
  • Develop leaders among agricultural educators at all levels across Agricultural Education Related Organizations (AERO).

Include all people and leverage diverse approaches

  • Measure the presence and impact of current agriculture teachers from diverse backgrounds and learn from them.
  • Recruit and retain teachers from diverse backgrounds and enable successful transitions from college to the classroom.
  • Develop educational models and curricula that appeal to suburban/urban students.
  • Elevate and emphasize inclusion, diversity and equity of agricultural education programs, students, teachers and professionals.

Engage and transition students to be leaders and advocates in/for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) and related industries

  • Reinforce and improve work-based learning.
  • Develop industry-valued and industry-validated certifications and credentials for students.
  • Enhance agricultural education’s contribution to AFNR systems.
  • Enhance agricultural education’s contribution to school academics, community service and leadership.

Develop collaborations within and beyond our agricultural education community

  • Increase communication and collaboration among AERO groups to move agricultural education forward.
  • Provide leadership for agricultural education.
  • Gather metrics and publicize information that measures the success, value and importance of agricultural education.