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September 18, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

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.

Upcoming Events

2017

September 21
National Teach Ag Day
September 21-23
North Central AAAE Meeting
Ames, IA
September 25-27
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Ft. Collins, CO
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

 

 

The Council

SAE Guides are Now Available!!!
The SAE Guide for All Student and Teacher Versions are now available for your use. These resources were created as a special project by the National Council for Agricultural Education for local instructors to use in implementation of the renewed SAE program. The two documents, along with the Council’s SAE Philosophy and Guiding Principles can be found on the SAE page of the National Council’s webpage. Work is continuing on the development of additional Implementation Guides for the Foundational SAE, as well as each of the five types of immersion SAEs. These will be released by the Council when they are completed in December.
The Student Guide is designed to help students understand that, in agricultural education, learning does not start and stop at the classroom door! It introduces students to the many opportunities to learn and develop real-world skills outside of the classroom and beyond the school day. This guide will provide students and parents:
  • Clarity about what an SAE is and how it works
  • A roadmap to get on the correct SAE path
  • An understanding of how an SAE provides Real Learning for a Real Future!
The Teacher Guide provides additional clarity and details about expectations for student learning outcomes. It also includes tools and frameworks to guide implementation. It is meant to supplement the SAE for All Students Guide and provide teachers practical guidance, tools, and examples to do the following:
  • Help students understand what an SAE is, the value it provides, and how to get started
  • Ensure all students enrolled in agricultural education courses have an SAE
  • Connect SAE to school priorities
  • Integrate SAE into the classroom grading system
Additional work is underway on creation of six implementation guides that address the Foundation SAE, along with individual guides for each type of immersion SAE. These should be released by December of this year.

NAAE

NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator Position Available
We are looking for qualified applicants for the position of Communications/Marketing Coordinator. For more information and to apply, please follow this link.
National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program Applications DUE FRIDAY
This fall, preservice teachers can apply to attend an interactive, hands-on agriscience training program at the 2017 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN. Selected participants will be challenged to develop inquiry-based lessons to use during their student-teaching experience, as well as when they enter the teaching profession. Applications are due by Friday, September 22nd. Click here for more information and to apply today! 
National Teach Ag Day THIS THURSDAY!!!
Get ready to celebrate National Teach Ag Day on Thursday, September 21st! Check out the Teach Ag website for more information, celebration ideas & so much more! Also, check out these graphic organizers to help you follow along with the live webcast! Make sure to vote for your favorite video contest winner on the Teach Ag website as well!!
September News & Views
School is back in session and there are so many great resources available to make this year the best yet for your ag program. Hear from Region III Vice President, Glenda Crook, about how to keep your program fresh and full of ideas, find out what is new with Communities of Practice, and so much more in the September edition of News & Views!
National Farm Safety and Health Week
September 17-23
Participate in putting farm safety into practice. Each day has a different theme. Click here for more details.
National Officer Candidate Webinar
Monday, October 2nd
4:00-4:45pm EDT
Please mark your calendars for the annual agriculture teacher recruitment and retention update for FFA National Officer candidates and stakeholders. Questions are encouraged and may be sent ahead of time to ethompson.naae@uky.edu. The session will not be recorded. Click here to register for the webinar.
2017 NAAE Convention
The NAAE room block at the Gaylord Opryland is full for Monday, Tuesday and Friday nights, December 4,5 and 8. You can check the ACTE housing block here to see if they have availability for those nights. Make sure to follow this link for all other NAAE Convention details. See you in Nashville!!
Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Pete Ostrum and his fellow vets work with the Shultz family to help keep the cows healthy and advise on managing the herd. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

Blue Buffalo to Support the National FFA Organization in Partnership with Tractor Supply Co.
From now until Oct.1, for each 30-lb. bag of Blue Buffalo Adult Chicken & Brown Rice, Adult Lamb & Brown Rice or Adult Large Breed Chicken & Brown Rice purchased at Tractor Supply Stores nationwide, Blue Buffalo will make a donation to the National FFA Organization. Click herefor more information.

90th National FFA Convention & Expo Early Bird Registration Now Live!
On Tuesday, early bird registration opened for this year’s convention. Early bird rates will last through Oct. 2, and then standard rates will kick in from Oct. 3 - 28. For more information about registration and other convention-related planning information and schedules, visit FFA.org/convention. Less than 40 days to go!

Register Now for the New AgExplorer Virtual Field Trip
Join us live on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. ET to meet the professionals working to solve one of the greatest challenges this century: feeding the globe’s growing population. On this virtual field trip, we will transport your students to Syngenta’s Research and Development Center at Research Triangle Park in Raleigh, N.C., to discover how agriculture is using innovative science, research and technology to revolutionize the way crops are grown. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to expose your students to a variety of potential career paths that are critical to solving today’s real-world challenges. Register today and submit your student questions ahead of time for the chance to have them answered live. Visit AgExplorer.com to learn more and register.

Incredible Edible Egg Launches Search for Incredible FFA Chapters
The American Egg Board, an FFA sponsor, has launched the Incredible! FFA Chapter Contest. FFA members are encouraged to nominate their local chapters for a chance to win one of three grants—one for $2,000 and two for $1,500. Entries can be submitted via an online submission form, sharing what makes the nominated chapter incredible and how the grant funds would be used to impact the chapter. Submissions will be accepted until 11 p.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 29. Active FFA members and active FFA chapters that are in one of the 50 states or Washington, D.C., are eligible for entry. Winners will be announced on or after Oct. 14. To enter online and for official contest rules, visit www.aeb.org/educators/educator-overview/ffa-chapter-contest.

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
Does your chapter have an idea to help with hurricane or wildfire relief? Apply for an FFA Day of Service Mini-Grant. The mini-grants are available to middle school, high school and collegiate/alumni chapters to serve communities in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement.

Applications submitted by the last day of each month are reviewed and awarded by the 15th of the following month. Therefore, applications submitted by September 30th will be awarded by October 15th. To access the application in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.  

AgriCorps, Inc.

AgriCorps Food Security Webinar
Do you have a passion for food security and building strong agricultural communities? You don't want to miss this webinar about how you can get involved with international agricultural development through AgriCorps! Kelsey Knight, Director of Recruitment for AgriCorps, shares her experiences in Ghana and Liberia, and how you can become an AgriCorps Fellow!

AgriCorps webinar will be hosting a FREE webinar on Thursday, September 21st at 7PM CST.  Click here to register or you can directly email kelsey.knight@agricorps.org.

ACTE

CTE Maker Educator Meetup
Thursday, December 7, 6 – 8 p.m.
Gaylord Opryland Resort

Join Maker Ed and Digital Promise for a fun networking event for CTE educators interested in maker education. There will be appetizers, hands-on maker activities, and great conversation. This meetup is brought to you by Maker Promise, a campaign to equip more schools and educators with the resources and support they need to provide quality maker learning experiences for their students. Please RSVP at http://bit.ly/ACTE_MEM.

 

Grits, pickles, and cake--food term searches by state. See the article for an expanded list.

CAST

Friday Notes
Friday, Sept. 15, 2017:  Soil takes on a life of its own, massive storms affect agriculture, and ag universities roll into fall semesters. See what food terms are most googled in each state. Fried pickles in Kentucky? Check out these and many more ag/science stories.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 11, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

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.

Upcoming Events

2017

September 21
National Teach Ag Day
September 21-23
North Central AAAE Meeting
Ames, IA
September 25-27
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Ft. Collins, CO
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

 

 

NAAE

Running for NAAE Office? Submit Your MOU by September 15th!
If you're planning to run for NAAE Regional Vice President, Secretary, or President-elect, you must submit a Memorandum of Understanding to NAAE. Click here to download the MOU.
National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program Application Now Available
This fall, preservice teachers can apply to attend an interactive, hands-on agriscience training program at the 2017 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN. Selected participants will be challenged to develop inquiry-based lessons to use during their student-teaching experience, as well as when they enter the teaching profession. Applications are due by Friday, September 22nd. Click here for more information and to apply today! 
National Teach Ag Day
Go ahead and start making your plans to celebrate National Teach Ag Day on Thursday, September 21st! Check out the Teach Ag website for more information, celebration ideas & so much more! Also, check out these graphic organizers to help you follow along with the live webcast!
National Officer Candidate Webinar
Monday, October 2nd
4:00-4:45pm EDT
Please mark your calendars for the annual agriculture teacher recruitment and retention update for FFA National Officer candidates and stakeholders. Questions are encouraged and may be sent ahead of time to ethompson.naae@uky.edu. The session will not be recorded. Click here to register for the webinar.
2017 NAAE Convention
The NAAE room block at the Gaylord Opryland is full for Monday, Tuesday and Friday nights, December 4,5 and 8. You can check the ACTE housing block here to see if they have availability for those nights. Make sure to follow this link for all other NAAE Convention details. See you in Nashville!!
Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Krantz explains every antibiotic for pigs has a strict withdrawal time which farmers must adhere to, per federal regulations, to ensure the antibiotic is cleared from the pig’s system before the pig is sent to market. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

Blue Buffalo to Support the National FFA Organization in Partnership with Tractor Supply Co.
From now until Oct.1, for each 30-lb. bag of Blue Buffalo Adult Chicken & Brown Rice, Adult Lamb & Brown Rice or Adult Large Breed Chicken & Brown Rice purchased at Tractor Supply Stores nationwide, Blue Buffalo will make a donation to the National FFA Organization. Click herefor more information.

Apply Now: SAE Grants
The 2017 SAE Grant application is now open. Supervised agricultural experiences (SAE) are a core part of agricultural education. Thanks to our sponsors, 152 SAE Grants worth $1,000 each are available this year to help FFA members start or expand an SAE.

To apply, members must log in to their FFA.org account. The application can be accessed through the Application Center; click Open Your FFA Dashboard on the top right of the website and select SAE Grant in the Apply Now toolbox. This link will take you to the Application Center where you can access and complete the grant application. You can also access the application from the SAE Grants webpage (or from the FFA.org homepage, select Participate then Grants & Scholarships then SAE Grants). If you are an AET user, you can access the application from the AET website by clicking on Reports, then Degree/Application Manager, then selecting SAE Grants from the drop-down menu.

Applications are due online by Nov. 15, 2017, at 5 p.m. PT. SAE Grant recipients will be announced in late December, this year. Contact Brett Evans, SAE education specialist, at bevans@ffa.org or 317-803-4233 for questions.

Volunteer to Help at Convention
The educational development and evaluation team is seeking collegiate volunteers to assist with various expo booths and teacher workshops during the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo. Volunteers help with setup, facilitation/discussion with students, and teardown. Each volunteer will be assigned to one of the following areas: FFA educational resources booth, We Are FFA booth, AgExplorer booth, or teacher workshops. Click here to access the application and to find out more information on the responsibilities and duties of a volunteer. The deadline to apply is midnight EDT on Sept. 15, 2017.

Register Now for the New AgExplorer Virtual Field Trip
Join us live on Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. ET to meet the professionals working to solve one of the greatest challenges this century: feeding the globe’s growing population. On this virtual field trip, we will transport your students to Syngenta’s Research and Development Center at Research Triangle Park in Raleigh, N.C., to discover how agriculture is using innovative science, research and technology to revolutionize the way crops are grown. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to expose your students to a variety of potential career paths that are critical to solving today’s real-world challenges. Register today and submit your student questions ahead of time for the chance to have them answered live. Visit AgExplorer.com to learn more and register.

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
Does your chapter have an idea to help with hurricane or wildfire relief? Apply for an FFA Day of Service Mini-Grant. The mini-grants are available to middle school, high school, and collegiate/alumni chapters to serve communities in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement.

Applications submitted by the last day of each month are reviewed and awarded by the 15th of the following month. Therefore, applications submitted by September 30th will be awarded by October 15th. To access the application in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.  

ACTE

Best Practices and Innovations Conference 2017
Join ACTE in Albuquerque, NM for the 2017 Best Practices and Innovations Conference, September 27-29. The annual Best Practices and Innovations in Career and Technical Education conference showcases the trending issues and best practices for CTE Administrators. Presented by NCLA and ACTE, Best Practices is co-hosted by Central New Mexico Community College and the New Mexico Association for Career and Technical Education. Click here for more information and to register today!

 

Fiona the hippo knows how to play to the camera.

CAST

Friday Notes
Friday, Sept. 8, 2017:  Dealing with chronic hunger, living with massive storms, and putting out wildfires. USDA nominations continue, artificial intelligence affects food production, and Fiona the hippo becomes a star -- check out these and many more ag/science stories.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 28, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

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.

Upcoming Events

2017

September 21
National Teach Ag Day
September 21-23
North Central AAAE Meeting
Ames, IA
September 25-27
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Ft. Collins, CO
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

 

 

NAAE

National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program Application Now Available
This fall, preservice teachers can apply to attend an interactive, hands-on agriscience training program at the 2017 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN.  Selected participants will be challenged to develop inquiry-based lessons to use during their student teaching experience, as well as when they enter the teaching profession. Applications are due by Friday, September 22nd. Click here for more information and to apply today! 
Apply for XLR8 2017
Retaining quality, experienced teachers is important to the future of agricultural education. That's why we developed XLR8 — the eXcellence in Leadership for Retention professional development program — to meet the needs of mid-career agriculture teachers.
The XLR8 program is for NAAE members who have been teaching between 7 and 15 years. Our goals for XLR8 participants are:
  • professional development specific to this stage of your career
  • leadership development with the goal of helping you mentor other teachers
  • an increase in your overall career longevity and satisfaction
Applications are due Friday, September 1. Click here for more information and to apply.
National Teach Ag Day
Go ahead and start making your plans to celebrate National Teach Ag Day on Thursday, September 21st! Check out the Teach Ag website for more information, celebration ideas & so much more! Also, check out these graphic organizers to help you follow along with the live webcast!
2017 NAAE Convention
The NAAE room block at the Gaylord Opryland is full for Monday, Tuesday and Friday nights, December 4,5 and 8. You can check the ACTE housing block here to see if they have availability for those nights. Make sure to follow this link for all other NAAE Convention details. See you in Nashville!!
Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Kiehne explains the design of the farrowing barn where mom sows live for about three weeks while delivering and nursing their piglets, protected from the elements and from territorial barn-mates. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

Blue Buffalo to Support the National FFA Organization in Partnership with Tractor Supply Co.
From now until Oct.1, for each 30-lb. bag of Blue Buffalo Adult Chicken & Brown Rice, Adult Lamb & Brown Rice or Adult Large Breed Chicken & Brown Rice purchased at Tractor Supply Stores nationwide, Blue Buffalo will make a donation to the National FFA Organization. Click herefor more information.

DUE FRIDAY! $1,200 Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant
There is still time to apply for a fall Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant. Projects should address community needs in one of the following focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. To access the application in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant
FFA Day of Service Mini-Grants are available to middle school, high school, and collegiate/alumni chapters to serve your community in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. Applications submitted by the last day of each month are reviewed and awarded by the 15th of the following month. Applications submitted by Thursday, August 31st will be awarded by September 15th.  To access the application in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants

Volunteer to Help at Convention
The educational development and evaluation team is seeking collegiate volunteers to assist with various expo booths and teacher workshops during the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo. Volunteers help with setup, facilitation/discussion with students, and teardown. Each volunteer will be assigned to one of the following areas: FFA educational resources booth, We Are FFA booth, AgExplorer booth or teacher workshops. Click here to access the application and to find out more information on the responsibilities and duties of a volunteer. The deadline to apply is midnight EST on Sept. 15, 2017.

Register Now for the New AgExplorer Virtual Field Trip
Join us live on Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. ET to meet the professionals working to solve one of the greatest challenges this century: feeding the globe’s growing population. On this virtual field trip, we will transport your students to Syngenta’s Research and Development Center at Research Triangle Park in Raleigh, N.C., to discover how agriculture is using innovative science, research and technology to revolutionize the way crops are grown. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to expose your students to a variety of potential career paths that are critical to solving today’s real-world challenges. Register today and submit your student questions ahead of time for the chance to have them answered live. Visit AgExplorer.com to learn more and register.

Don’t Miss These Great, Free Resources on My Journey!
Looking for turn-key lessons and activities to start the new school year? Check out the new educational resources on My Journey! On the Explore webpage, you will find an ag innovation lesson from Dow AgroSciences and SAE Idea Cards to help students explore supervised agricultural experiences. Show students how to create the perfect resume using the FFA Resume Generator©, find a unique lesson about food labels and specific ingredients used in foods, and more on the Build webpage. The Connectwebpage features an article from Successful Farmingmagazine on the solar eclipse.

Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer (on the Explorewebpage) and the Day in the Life video (on the Connectwebpage) into your classroom as you discuss careers in agriculture. And be sure to look through past months’ resources on our Archive webpage.

ACTE

Business-Education Partnership Award
ACTE's Business-Education Partnership Awards were created for business and education leaders who understand that economic livelihood is linked to the success of career and technical education (CTE) programs. Businesses and CTE programs across the country have already created successful partnerships that support student achievement, economic and community development, quality of life and more. ACTE is dedicated to supporting and recognizing best practices in CTE business-education partnerships. Click here for more information.

 

When a carat grows in a carrot.

CAST

Friday Notes
Friday, August 25, 2017: Ag research in universities, NAFTA debates, and food labels. Students parody Beyonce, vacationers jump off a cliff, and an engagement ring grows in a garden--check out these and many more ag/science stories.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 21, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

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.

Upcoming Events

2017

September 21
National Teach Ag Day
September 21-23
North Central AAAE Meeting
Ames, IA
September 25-27
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Ft. Collins, CO
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

 

 

NAAE

Congratulations Upper Division Ag Education Scholarship Recipients
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Growth Energy and National Geographic Leaning | Cengage Learning and proceeds from the ticket raffle at the NAAE convention, NAAE awarded scholarships to students who are majoring in agricultural education and who will be completing their student teaching in the fall 2016 or spring 2017 semesters. This program is sponsored by Growth Energy, Herman & Bobbie Wilson, and National Geographic Learning | Cengage Learning. Click here to see this year's recipients.
August News & Views
National Teach Ag Day is right around the corner. Learn about all the ways you can participate and celebrate the BEST. JOB. EVER! Meet our summer interns, and hear from our President-Elect and Region II Vice President. All this & more in the August edition of News & Views!
Apply for XLR8 2017
Retaining quality, experienced teachers is important to the future of agricultural education. That's why we developed XLR8 — the eXcellence in Leadership for Retention professional development program — to meet the needs of mid-career agriculture teachers.
The XLR8 program is for NAAE members who have been teaching between 7 and 15 years. Our goals for XLR8 participants are:
  • professional development specific to this stage of your career
  • leadership development with the goal of helping you mentor other teachers
  • an increase in your overall career longevity and satisfaction
Applications are due Friday, September 1. Click here for more information and to apply.
National Teach Ag Day
Go ahead and start making your plans to celebrate National Teach Ag Day on Thursday, September 21st! Check out the Teach Ag website for more information, celebration ideas & so much more!
2017 NAAE Convention
The housing block at the Gaylord Opryland Resort is open for you to book your stay. Follow this link for all NAAE Convention details. Make sure to join us in Nashville!!
Communities of Practice HighlightsVets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Groves examines a herd of cattle at stocker operation Bolinger Farms, where hundreds of calves are weaned from their mothers each week and raised to 700 pounds, before being sold to a feedyard where they will grow to two years old and a market size of 1,100 pounds. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

Blue Buffalo to Support the National FFA Organization in Partnership with Tractor Supply Co.
From now until Oct.1, for each 30-lb. bag of Blue Buffalo Adult Chicken & Brown Rice, Adult Lamb & Brown Rice or Adult Large Breed Chicken & Brown Rice purchased at Tractor Supply Stores nationwide, Blue Buffalo will make a donation to the National FFA Organization. Click herefor more information.
Fall Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant – Due September 1
Grants up to $1,200 will be awarded to middle and high school chapters to help meet needs in the focus areas of: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement.
Fall semester community safety projects may include, but are not limited to:
  • Identifying senior citizens who need assistance “winterizing” their homes as part of a larger goal of making your town ready for the winter season.
  • Organizing and hosting self-defense classes for your school and community.
  • Researching and developing guidelines for ensuring the safety of pets during the cold weather season.

To access the application, in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.  Grants are due September 1, 2017. Please contact the Living to Serve Team at LTS@FFA.org with any questions.

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant
Does your FFA chapter do a service event around winter or the holiday season? Perhaps your chapter collects gently used coats to donate or wants to put an LTS Plan, created at WLC, into action. FFA Day of Service Mini-Grants are available to middle school, high school and collegiate/alumni chapters to serve your community in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement.

Applications submitted by the last day of each month are reviewed and awarded by the 15th of the following month. Therefore, applications submitted by August 31st will be awarded by September 15th. To access the application in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants

Register Today for the New AgExplorer Virtual Field Trip
Join us live on Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. ET to meet the professionals working to solve one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century: feeding the globe’s growing population. On this virtual field trip, we will transport your students to Syngenta’s Research and Development Center at Research Triangle Park in Raleigh, N.C., to discover how agriculture is using innovative science, research and technology to revolutionize the way crops are grown. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to expose your students to a variety of potential career paths that are critical to solving today’s real-world challenges. Register today and submit your student questions ahead of time for the chance to have them answered live. Visit AgExplorer.com to learn moreand register.

Don’t Miss These Great, Free Resources on My Journey!
Looking for turn-key lessons and activities to start the new school year? Check out the new educational resources on My Journey! On the Explore webpage, you will find an ag innovation lesson from Dow AgroSciences and SAE Idea Cards to help students explore supervised agricultural experiences. Show students how to create the perfect resume using the FFA Resume Generator©, find a unique lesson about food labels and specific ingredients used in foods, and more on the Build webpage. The Connectwebpage features an article from Successful Farmingmagazine on the upcoming solar eclipse.

Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer (on the Explorewebpage) and the Day in the Life video (on the Connectwebpage) into your classroom as you discuss careers in agriculture. And be sure to look through past months’ resources on our Archive webpage.

ACTE

Business-Education Partnership Award
ACTE's Business-Education Partnership Awards were created for business and education leaders who understand that economic livelihood is linked to the success of career and technical education (CTE) programs. Businesses and CTE programs across the country have already created successful partnerships that support student achievement, economic and community development, quality of life and more. ACTE is dedicated to supporting and recognizing best practices in CTE business-education partnerships. Click here for more information.

 

Chillin’ out at the fair with a friend.

CAST

Friday Notes
Friday, August 18, 2017:  Ag innovation combined with consumer attitudes, NAFTA negotiations, and gene editing updates. Enjoy the goose whisperer, the cow whisperer, and a hungry, hungry hippo--and check out many more ag/science stories.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 14, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

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.

Upcoming Events

2017

September 21
National Teach Ag Day
September 21-23
North Central AAAE Meeting
Ames, IA
September 25-27
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Ft. Collins, CO
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

 

 

NAAE

Marketing Committee Meeting
The summer meeting of the NAAE marketing committee will be held next Tuesday, August 15th at 7:00 p.m. eastern. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend the meeting, which will be held via webinar. Only elected regional representatives can vote, but anyone can contribute to the discussion. To register for the meeting, visit the marketing committee page on Communities of Practice and look for the registration link in the top left corner of the page.
If you have any questions, please contact the committee staff consultant, Julie Fritsch at jfritsch.naae@uky.edu.
2017 NAAE Award Winners Announced
Congratulations to each of the regional award winners on their vast accomplishments in ag education! Click here to view the award winners, who will be recognized at the 2017 NAAE Convention, in Nashville, TN.
Apply for XLR8 2017
Retaining quality, experienced teachers is important to the future of agricultural education. That's why we developed XLR8 — the eXcellence in Leadership for Retention professional development program — to meet the needs of mid-career agriculture teachers.
The XLR8 program is for NAAE members who have been teaching between 7 and 15 years. Our goals for XLR8 participants are:
  • professional development specific to this stage of your career
  • leadership development with the goal of helping you mentor other teachers
  • an increase in your overall career longevity and satisfaction
Applications are due Friday, September 1. Click here for more information and to apply.
National Teach Ag Day
Go ahead and start making your plans to celebrate National Teach Ag Day on Thursday, September 21st! Check out the Teach Ag website for more information, celebration ideas & so much more!
2017 NAAE Convention
The housing block at the Gaylord Opryland Resort is open for you to book your stay. Follow this link for all NAAE Convention details. Make sure to join us in Nashville!!
Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Brittney Barton of Dallas cares for shelter cat Skinny, an obese, 42-pound feline who attracted global news attention when rescued as a stray in 2012. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

Blue Buffalo to Support the National FFA Organization in Partnership with Tractor Supply Co.
From now until Oct.1, for each 30-lb. bag of Blue Buffalo Adult Chicken & Brown Rice, Adult Lamb & Brown Rice or Adult Large Breed Chicken & Brown Rice purchased at Tractor Supply Stores nationwide, Blue Buffalo will make a donation to the National FFA Organization. Click herefor more information.

Don’t Miss These Great, Free Resources on My Journey!
Looking for turn-key lessons and activities to start the new school year? Check out the new educational resources on My Journey! On the Explore webpage, you will find an ag innovation lesson from Dow AgroSciences and SAE Idea Cards to help students explore supervised agricultural experiences. Show students how to create the perfect resume using the FFA Resume Generator©, find a unique lesson about food labels and specific ingredients used in foods, and more on the Build webpage. The Connect webpage features an article from Successful Farming magazine on the upcoming solar eclipse.

Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer, on the Explore webpage and the Day in the Life video, on the Connect webpage into your classroom as you discuss careers in agriculture. And be sure to look through past months’ resources on our Archive webpage.

FFA Alumni

National FFA Alumni Bylaw Amendments
Two official bylaw amendments will be presented to the alumni delegates at the 2017 annual meeting during the national convention and expo. The two amendments are:

1. To add a third past national officer to the alumni council and extend their terms from two to three years.

2. To redo the delegate allocation process.

These proposed bylaw amendments will be posted at FFA.org/support/alumni/events next week for the membership to review. Please email alumni@ffa.org for more information on becoming a delegate.

ACTE

John Deere Named 2018 ACTE Business of the Year
The award celebrates businesses and organizations that have demonstrated their commitment to career and technical education (CTE) through their partnership and continuous support of CTE professionals. Click here for more.

William J. Nelson Named 2018 ACTE Business Leader of the Year 
The ACTE Business Leader of the Year award celebrates the contributions and achievements of an executive from the business community who has demonstrated a solid and sustained commitment to improving CTE. Click here for more.

 

These “flying fish” are threatening the Great Lakes.

CAST

Friday Notes
Friday, August 11, 2017:  Kids and farm safety, biotech updates, and a WOTUS rewrite? Read a profile of CAST’s youngest member, enjoy Farmer Derek’s ag parodies, and check out many more ag/science stories.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 7, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

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.

Upcoming Events

2017

September 21
National Teach Ag Day
September 21-23
North Central AAAE Meeting
Ames, IA
September 25-27
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Ft. Collins, CO
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

 

 

NAAE

2017 NAAE Award Winners Announced
Congratulations to each of the regional award winners on their vast accomplishments in ag education! Click here to view the award winners, who will be recognized at the 2017 NAAE Convention, in Nashville, TN.
Apply for XLR8 2017
Retaining quality, experienced teachers is important to the future of agricultural education. That's why we developed XLR8 — the eXcellence in Leadership for Retention professional development program — to meet the needs of mid-career agriculture teachers.
The XLR8 program is for NAAE members who have been teaching between 7 and 15 years. Our goals for XLR8 participants are:
  • professional development specific to this stage of your career
  • leadership development with the goal of helping you mentor other teachers
  • an increase in your overall career longevity and satisfaction
Applications are due Friday, September 1. Click here for more information and to apply.
National Teach Ag Day
Go ahead and start making your plans to celebrate National Teach Ag Day on Thursday, September 21st! Check out the Teach Ag website for more information, celebration ideas & so much more!
2017 NAAE Convention
The housing block at the Gaylord Opryland Resort is open for you to book your stay. Follow this link for all NAAE Convention details. Make sure to join us in Nashville!!
SPARK:  Women in Agribusiness Podcast Series
Sara Steever, the president of Paulsen, an ag marketing firm in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has an ongoing podcast series called Spark: Women in Agribusiness, where she interviews top females in a variety of agriculture-related positions. The interviews are short and interesting, and would be great during a career exploration unit. You can find them at http://www.paulsen.ag/spark/ or by searching Stitcher or iTunes for Spark: Women in Agribusiness.
Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. José García-López of Tufts University Hospital for Large Animals outside Boston examines Matador, an injured show horse, who is showing lameness in one leg. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

Apply Now! Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant
FFA Is excited to announce that the fall semester-long Living to Serve grant application is now open and available in both English and Spanish!

Middle and high school chapters may apply for up to $1,200 to support semester-long service-learning projects that address community needs in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement.

To access the application visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants. Applications are due September 1st, 2017. Please contact the Living to Serve Team at LTS@FFA.org with any questions.

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grants
Does your FFA chapter have a service event planned to kick-off the coming school year? Maybe you are hosting a school supply drive or want to put an LTS Plan, created at WLC, into action. FFA Day of Service Mini-Grants are available to middle school, high school and collegiate/alumni chapters to serve your community in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement.

Applications submitted by the last day of each month are reviewed and awarded by the 15th of the following month. Therefore, applications submitted by August 31st will be awarded by September 15th. To access the application in English or Spanish, visitwww.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.

ACTE

Best Practices and Innovations Conference 2017
Join ACTE in Albuquerque, NM for the 2017 Best Practices and Innovations Conference, September 27-29. The annual Best Practices and Innovations in Career and Technical Education conference showcases the trending issues and best practices for CTE Administrators. Presented by NCLA and ACTE, Best Practices is co-hosted by Central New Mexico Community College and the New Mexico Association for Career and Technical Education. Click here for more information and to register today!

 

What happened to the good old days when chewing my cud was enough?

CAST

Friday Notes
Friday, August 4, 2017: The latest gene editing feat elicits wows and questions. The hypoxia zone grows, the honeybee population increases, and cows wear health monitors. Find out about ice cream brain freezes and many more ag/science stories.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 31, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

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.

Upcoming Events

2017

September 21
National Teach Ag Day
September 21-23
North Central AAAE Meeting
Ames, IA
September 25-27
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Ft. Collins, CO
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

 

 

The Council

SAE Renewal Update
Coming Soon! We are nearing the release date of the resources for delivery of the new SAE program. SAE Renewal, which started in 2008, is now ready for implementation into ag ed classrooms across the country.  Watch for the official announcement of the SAE for All guides in the next couple of weeks. This tool, along with the teacher version of the guide, coming later in August, will walk students through the What, Why and How of the SAE program. The two resources will enable teachers to introduce SAE to their students this fall and start them on their SAE journey using the SAE structure and components developed by the National Council for Agricultural Education. Additional resources are also under development to provide teachers the tools they can use to develop SAE's for all students enrolled in our programs. These will be released later this fall through the council website and announced here on Monday Morning Monitor.

NAAE

Apply for XLR8 2017
Retaining quality, experienced teachers is important to the future of agricultural education. That's why we developed XLR8 — the eXcellence in Leadership for Retention professional development program — to meet the needs of mid-career agriculture teachers.
The XLR8 program is for NAAE members who have been teaching between 7 and 15 years. Our goals for XLR8 participants are:
  • professional development specific to this stage of your career
  • leadership development with the goal of helping you mentor other teachers
  • an increase in your overall career longevity and satisfaction
Applications are due Friday, September 1. Click here for more information and to apply.
National Teach Ag Day
Go ahead and start making your plans to celebrate National Teach Ag Day on Thursday, September 21st! Check out the Teach Ag website for more information, celebration ideas & so much more!
2017 NAAE Convention
The housing block at the Gaylord Opryland Resort is open for you to book your stay. Follow this link for all NAAE Convention details. Make sure to join us in Nashville!!
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Krantz explains every antibiotic for pigs has a strict withdrawal time which farmers must adhere to, per federal regulations, to ensure the antibiotic is cleared from the pig’s system before the pig is sent to market. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

2017-18 212?/360? Conference Host Registration Reminder
With August approaching, we’d like to remind you about the registration process for the 2017-18 212? and 360? conference seasons. Please make sure to read our new Conference Planning Guide. This will help ensure an easy registration and conference experience. The deadline for 2017-18 conference registration is Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017.
We have changed several items related to hosting a 212? and/or 360? conference. Our aim is to improve efficiencies in shipping and invoicing and to bring more clarity to the hosting process. These changes may result in some increased costs for hosts; however, these changes make processes more straightforward and timely.  Below are highlights of major changes or areas of greater clarification for the upcoming conference year:
  • Conference hosts must provide projectors. Facilitators having to travel with the projectors has been an issue in the past and has resulted in broken projectors. To help mitigate this issue in the future, we are asking the conference hosts to provide this item. 
  • Final participant numbers are due three weeks prior to the conference. If numbers are submitted less than three weeks prior to a conference, there may be additional costs incurred to expedite shipping and add additional facilitators to your conference location. See page 6 of the conference guide for a detailed explanation.
  • Invoicing will be based on the final participant numbers submitted three weeks prior to the conference. This ensures conference material inventory is more accurate, dissolves the need for shipping as many items back and forth, and also provides for a more timely invoice.
  • State sponsorship will be deducted from invoices (when applicable); however, National FFA staff (facilitators) lodging and conference-provided meals will no longer be deducted from conference invoices. It will now be the responsibility of the host to cover these costs. This will allow us to align this process with other National FFA conference guidelines to create consistency within our leadership development programs. 

Find more information on the 212?/360? Leadership Conference webpages. Click here to begin registration.

Contact Casey Zufelt, czufelt@ffa.org or 317-802-4309, for more information.

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grants
It is never too early to start planning your chapter’s service event for the holidays! FFA Day of Service Mini-Grants are available to middle school, high school and collegiate/alumni chapters to serve your community in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement.

Applications submitted by the last day of each month are reviewed and awarded by the 15th of the following month. Therefore, applications submitted by July 31st will be awarded by August 15th and applications submitted by August 31st will be awarded by September 15th. To access the application in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants. Please contact the Living to Serve Team at LTS@FFA.org with questions.

 

When movie viewing included cars, kids, and a bit of chaos.

CAST

Friday Notes
Friday, July 28, 2017:  Summer movies include agriculture films, with some controversy in the mix. Farm Bill news, ag research, and some very hungry caterpillars--these and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 24, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

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.

Upcoming Events

2017

September 21
National Teach Ag Day
September 21-23
North Central AAAE Meeting
Ames, IA
September 25-27
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Ft. Collins, CO
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

 

 

NAAE

Apply for XLR8 2017
Retaining quality, experienced teachers is important to the future of agricultural education. That's why we developed XLR8 — the eXcellence in Leadership for Retention professional development program — to meet the needs of mid-career agriculture teachers.
The XLR8 program is for NAAE members who have been teaching between 7 and 15 years. Our goals for XLR8 participants are:
  • professional development specific to this stage of your career
  • leadership development with the goal of helping you mentor other teachers
  • an increase in your overall career longevity and satisfaction
Applications are due Friday, September 1. Click here for more information and to apply.
Show your Students the Importance of Ag Education with this FREE Classroom Poster from Realityworks!
Give your students a daily reminder of the importance of agricultural education with this free classroom poster by Realityworks. Click here to request a printable copy for your own classroom.
Harbor Freight Prize for Teaching Excellence - $500,000 in Awards
The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence recognizes outstanding skilled trades programs at public high schools in the United States. The application deadline is July 24, 2017, at 5 pm Pacific time. Click here for more information and to apply!
National Teach Ag Day
Go ahead and start making your plans to celebrate National Teach Ag Day on Thursday, September 21st! Check out the Teach Ag website for more information, celebration ideas & so much more!
2017 NAAE Convention
The housing block at the Gaylord Opryland Resort is open for you to book your stay. Follow this link for all NAAE Convention details. Make sure to join us in Nashville!!
Communities of Practice HighlightsVets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Groves works with family farmers in central Missouri to vaccinate their calves and cows, demonstrating how they herd their animals gently with low stress. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

National Officer Nominating Committee: Important Update
Last week, during IT testing on the National FFA database server, we inadvertently deleted the database that housed the National Officer Selection Process. Once the issue was discovered, the database structure was recreated, but we were unable to recover the national officer candidate and nominating committee potential data. This means all nominations, applications, essays, attachments, and other application components were lost and will need to be resubmitted.
If you designated a nominating committee potential, you will need to resubmit their information by filling out the Nominating Committee Nomination Form.  We have extended the deadline and will accept all nominations for committee until July 28 at 5 p.m. EST. We apologize for the inconvenience this causes you. If you have any questions, please email nomcom@ffa.org. Multiple staff are monitoring this mailbox; we will respond to your email within 24 hours.
2017-18 212?/360? Conference Host Registration Reminder
Have you registered to host a 2017-18 212? and 360? conference? Make sure to read our new Conference Planning Guide completely. This will help ensure an easy registration and conference experience. The deadline for 2017-18 conference registration is Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017.
We have changed several items related to hosting a 212? and/or 360? conference to improve efficiencies in shipping and invoicing and to bring more clarity to the hosting process. These changes may result in some increased costs for hosts; however, these changes make processes more straightforward and timely.  Below are highlights of major changes or areas of greater clarification for the upcoming conference year:
  • Conference hosts must provide projectors. Facilitators having to travel with the projectors has been an issue in the past and has resulted in broken projectors. To help mitigate this issue, we are asking the conference hosts to provide this item. 
  • Final participant numbers are due three weeks prior to the conference. If numbers are submitted less than three weeks prior to a conference, there may be additional costs incurred to expedite shipping and add additional facilitators to your conference location. See page 6 of the conference guide for a detailed explanation.
  • Invoicing will be based on the final participant numbers submitted three weeks prior to the conference. This ensures conference material inventory is more accurate,  dissolves the need for shipping as many items back and forth, and also provides for a more timely invoice.
  • State sponsorship will be deducted from invoices (when applicable); however, national FFA staff (facilitators) lodging and conference-provided meals will no longer be deducted from conference invoices. It will now be the responsibility of the host to cover these costs. This will allow us to align this process with other national FFA conference guidelines to create consistency within our leadership development programs. 

Find more information on the 212?/360? conference webpages. Click here to begin registration.

Contact Casey Zufelt, czufelt@ffa.org or 317-802-4309, for more information.

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grants
Does your FFA chapter have a service event planned to kick-off the coming school year? Maybe you are hosting a school supply drive or want to put an LTS Plan, created at WLC, into action. FFA Day of Service Mini-Grants are available to middle school, high school and collegiate/alumni chapters to serve your community in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement.

Applications submitted by the last day of each month are reviewed and awarded by the 15th of the following month. Therefore, applications submitted by July 31st will be awarded by August 15th. To access the application in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants

Please contact the Living to Serve Team at LTS@FFA.orgwith questions.

 

“I wasn’t going to eat it. I was just going to taste it.”

CAST

Friday Notes
Friday, July 21, 2017:  A farm labor shortage looms, the administration nominates ag officials, and scientific papers add depth to ag headlines. A university journalism program gives the public a look at ag and science, a rescue dog pulls “Bambi” from the deep, and brave cops pull a jar off a bear’s head--these and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 17, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

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.

Upcoming Events

2017

September 21
National Teach Ag Day
September 21-23
North Central AAAE Meeting
Ames, IA
September 25-27
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Ft. Collins, CO
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

 

 

NAAE

Apply for XLR8 2017
Retaining quality, experienced teachers is important to the future of agricultural education. That's why we developed XLR8 — the eXcellence in Leadership for Retention professional development program — to meet the needs of mid-career agriculture teachers.
The XLR8 program is for NAAE members who have been teaching between 7 and 15 years. Our goals for XLR8 participants are:
  • professional development specific to this stage of your career
  • leadership development with the goal of helping you mentor other teachers
  • an increase in your overall career longevity and satisfaction
Applications are due Friday, September 1. Click here for more information and to apply.
July News & Views
Learn about all of the fantastic benefits you have available to you as a NAAE member. All this & more in the July edition of News & Views!
Show your Students the Importance of Ag Education with this FREE Classroom Poster from Realityworks!
Give your students a daily reminder of the importance of agricultural education with this free classroom poster by Realityworks. Click here to request a printable copy for your own classroom.
Harbor Freight Prize for Teaching Excellence - $500,000 in Awards
The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence recognizes outstanding skilled trades programs at public high schools in the United States. The application deadline is July 24, 2017, at 5 pm Pacific time. Click here for more information and to apply!
Teach Ag Current Teacher Spotlights
The National Teach Ag Campaign is looking for current agriculture teachers to answer the following questions as part of a new spotlight social media campaign. Contact Elisa Russ with your responses.
  • What advice would you give to someone who is on the fence about becoming an agriculture teacher?
  • What's the most rewarding part of being an agriculture teacher?
  • What makes being an agriculture teacher such a unique job?
  • Why should someone teach ag?
  • What is your favorite part about teaching ag?
National Teach Ag Day
Go ahead and start making your plans to celebrate National Teach Ag Day on Thursday, September 21st! Check out the Teach Ag website for more information, celebration ideas & so much more!
2017 NAAE Convention
The housing block at the Gaylord Opryland Resort is open for you to book your stay. Follow this link for all NAAE Convention details. Make sure to join us in Nashville!!
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Peck oversees a calf delivery on her family farm in Northern New York state. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

FFA Annual Impact Report Posted on FFA.org
Now on FFA.org: The 2016 National FFA Annual Impact Report. The report highlights success stories from our members and chapters and how, thanks to our donors and sponsors, FFA was able to make a difference 365 days in 2016.
National Officer Nominating Committee: Nomination Form Now Open
Do you know someone who would make a good nominating committee representative? Then follow the below steps:

FFA Alumni

Be on the Lookout for the National FFA Alumni Survey
During the week of July 17, a survey will be sent to a wide range of supporters, former student FFA members and current FFA Alumni members to gain a better understanding on how the FFA experience affects our stakeholders. In addition, the survey asks about volunteerism, current engagement in FFA, educational and career achievements/aspirations, skill development, demographic and geographic information, and more. The information will be valuable to several divisions in National FFA and help guide us in our future planning.

 

CAST

Friday Notes
Friday, July 14, 2017: Innovation comes at the speed of science, and agriculture is affected. A solar eclipse is also coming. Food safety, ag trade, and a superhero spider--these and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 10, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

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.

Upcoming Events

2017

September 21
National Teach Ag Day
September 21-23
North Central AAAE Meeting
Ames, IA
September 25-27
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Ft. Collins, CO
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

 

 

NAAE

Apply for XLR8 2017
Retaining quality, experienced teachers is important to the future of agricultural education. That's why we developed XLR8 — the eXcellence in Leadership for Retention professional development program — to meet the needs of mid-career agriculture teachers.
The XLR8 program is for NAAE members who have been teaching between 7 and 15 years. Our goals for XLR8 participants are:
  • professional development specific to this stage of your career
  • leadership development with the goal of helping you mentor other teachers
  • an increase in your overall career longevity and satisfaction
Applications are due Friday, September 1. Click here for more information and to apply.
Future Agriscience Teachers Selected for FAST Symposium at National Teach Ag Day
The National Teach Ag Campaign has selected 17 agricultural education majors from across the country to attend the Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) symposium as a part of the National Teach Ag Day celebration in September. Click here for the full press release and to see who was selected.
Teach Ag Current Teacher Spotlights
The National Teach Ag Campaign is looking for current agriculture teachers to answer the following questions as part of a new spotlight social media campaign. Contact Elisa Russ with your responses.
  • What advice would you give to someone who is on the fence about becoming an agriculture teacher?
  • What's the most rewarding part of being an agriculture teacher?
  • What makes being an agriculture teacher such a unique job?
  • Why should someone teach ag?
  • What is your favorite part about teaching ag?
National Teach Ag Day
Go ahead and start making your plans to celebrate National Teach Ag Day on Thursday, September 21st! Check out the Teach Ag website for more information, celebration ideas & so much more!
2017 NAAE Convention
Get ready for another fantastic convention in Nashville! Early Bird registration is now open until July 14. The housing block at the Gaylord Opryland Resort is also open for you to book your stay. Follow this link for all NAAE Convention details.
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Travis Henry and Dr. Molly Rice transport their ambulatory equine dental trailer from their clinic in Wisconsin to CJ's ranch in Illinois.Click here to watch the video.

FFA

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grants – Still Open
Bummed your FFA chapter missed the June deadline for Day of Service Mini-Grants? Don’t be, because applications are accepted all year! Applications submitted by the last day of each month are reviewed and awarded by the 15th of the following month. Therefore, applications submitted by July 31st will be awarded by August 15th. To access the application in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants
Please contact the Living to Serve Team at LTS@FFA.orgwith questions.
Apply Now: National Convention and Expo Newsroom Crew Applications Due July 15
The National FFA Organization is seeking college students or recent college graduates pursuing degrees in journalism, public relations, telecommunications or a closely related field to share with the world the news and feature stories coming out of the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 25-28, 2017, in Indianapolis. To learn more and apply, access the application now.
National Officer Nominating Committee: Nomination Form Now Open
Do you know someone who would make a good nominating committee representative? Then follow the below steps:

ACTE

CareerTech VISION 2017 Early Bird Registration
Did you know that when you register for the 2017 NAAE Convention, you also get to attend ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2017? Check out this video to learn more about what is available to you & make sure to register by July 14th for the Early Bird Discount!

House Passes Perkins Reauthorization Bill
On June 22, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 2353, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. Click here to read more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 3, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

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.

Upcoming Events

2017

September 21
National Teach Ag Day
September 21-23
North Central AAAE Meeting
Ames, IA
September 25-27
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Ft. Collins, CO
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

 

 

NAAE

Teach Ag Current Teacher Spotlights
The National Teach Ag Campaign is looking for current agriculture teachers to answer the following questions as part of a new spotlight social media campaign. Contact Elisa Russ with your responses.
  • What advice would you give to someone who is on the fence about becoming an agriculture teacher?
  • What's the most rewarding part of being an agriculture teacher?
  • What makes being an agriculture teacher such a unique job?
  • Why should someone teach ag?
  • What is your favorite part about teaching ag?
National Teach Ag Day
Go ahead and start making your plans to celebrate National Teach Ag Day on Thursday, September 21st! Check out the Teach Ag website for more information, celebration ideas & so much more!
2017 NAAE Convention
Get ready for another fantastic convention in Nashville! Early Bird registration is now open until July 14. The housing block at the Gaylord Opryland Resort is also open for you to book your stay. Follow this link for all NAAE Convention details.
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Pete Ostrum and his fellow vets work with the Shultz family to help keep their dairy cows healthy and advise on managing the herd. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

Happy Fourth of July from the National Officers
Watch this special video message from our national officers as we get ready to celebrate 241 years of America’s independence.
Apply Now: National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent
Do you have an FFA member who excels in career development events and also has time to march in the school band? Or perhaps you know of a member who is in a talent show at your local county fair? Encourage them to share their talents with other FFA members from across the country! National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent applications are now available atFFA.org/events/convention/planning#bct. Band, chorus and talent are three groups that offer a unique opportunity for members to exhibit their musical talents, in addition to their love for agriculture! Applications are due by Friday, July 7. Many students wait until the last minute to apply – cheer them on to get a jump on the deadline! 
2017-18 212?/360? Conference Host Registration Reminder
As summer is in full swing, we’d like to remind you about the registration process for the 2017-18 212? and 360? conference season. Make sure to read our newConference Planning Guide completely. This will help ensure an easy registration and conference experience. The deadline for 2017-18 conference registration is Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017.
We have changed several items related to hosting a 212? and/or 360? conference to improve efficiencies in shipping and invoicing and to bring more clarity to the hosting process. These changes may result in some increased costs for hosts; however, these changes make processes more straightforward and timely.  Below are highlights of major changes or areas of greater clarification for the upcoming conference year:
  • Conference hosts must provide projectors. Facilitators having to travel with the projectors has been an issue in the past and has resulted in broken projectors. To help mitigate this issue, we are asking the conference hosts to provide this item. 
  • Final participant numbers are due three weeks prior to the conference. If numbers are submitted less than three weeks prior to a conference, there may be additional costs incurred to expedite shipping and add additional facilitators to your conference location. See page 6 of the conference guide for a detailed explanation.
  • Invoicing will be based on the final participant numbers submitted three weeks prior to the conference. This ensures conference material inventory is more accurate,  dissolves the need for shipping as many items back and forth, and also provides for a more timely invoice.
  • State sponsorship will be deducted from invoices (when applicable); however, national FFA staff (facilitators) lodging and conference-provided meals will no longer be deducted from conference invoices. It will now be the responsibility of the host to cover these costs. This will allow us to align this process with other national FFA conference guidelines to create consistency within our leadership development programs. 
Find more information on the 212?/360? conference webpages. Click here to begin registration.Contact Casey Zufelt, czufelt@ffa.org or 317-802-4309, for more information.
National Officer Nominating Committee: Nomination Form Now Open
Do you know someone who would make a good nominating committee representative? Then follow the below steps:

ACTE

CareerTech VISION 2017 Early Bird Registration
Did you know that when you register for the 2017 NAAE Convention, you also get to attend ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2017? Check out this video to learn more about what is available to you & make sure to register by July 14th for the Early Bird Discount!

ACTE Online Seminars
ACTE's online seminars are available to members as a professional development resource. These free seminars cover a variety of topics of interest to you. Click here to learn more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Notes
Friday, June 30, 2017: The 2017 World Food Prize winner represents many ag/science communicators. Water regulations, a biotech film, and prize-winning dog photos--these and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 26, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

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.

Upcoming Events

2017

June 25-28
NAAE REGION VI Conference/ New England Ag Teachers (NEAT) Conference
Portsmouth, NH
September 21
National Teach Ag Day
September 21-23
North Central AAAE Meeting
Ames, IA
September 25-27
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Ft. Collins, CO
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

 

 

NAAE

Teach Ag Current Teacher Spotlights
The National Teach Ag Campaign is looking for current agriculture teachers to answer the following questions as part of a new spotlight social media campaign. Contact Elisa Russ with your responses.
  • What advice would you give to someone who is on the fence about becoming an agriculture teacher?
  • What's the most rewarding part of being an agriculture teacher?
  • What makes being an agriculture teacher such a unique job?
  • Why should someone teach ag?
  • What is your favorite part about teaching ag?
New Assignment Position Open in Farmer to Farmer Program
The Farmer to Farmer Program in East Africa, a special initiative supported by NAAE, is seeking an individual who would like to help review and develop agricultural curriculum in Uganda. Click here for more information about the program.
National Teach Ag Day
Go ahead and start making your plans to celebrate National Teach Ag Day on Thursday, September 21st! Check out the Teach Ag website for more information, celebration ideas & so much more!
2017 NAAE Convention
Get ready for another fantastic convention in Nashville! Early Bird registration is now open until July 14. The housing block at the Gaylord Opryland Resort is also open for you to book your stay. Follow this link for all NAAE Convention details.
Communities of Practice HighlightsVets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Randall examines pet cat Mickey for chronic pneumonia, which if not treated promptly can be fatal. Click here to watch the video.

CASE

CASE Awards
Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is pleased to accept applications for the 2017 CASE Awards. The CASE Awards program is supported by Vernier Software & Technology. Two award winners will be selected, one in each of the following categories.
CASE Model School Award:
The CASE Model School award is designed to recognize schools whose CASE certified teachers are teaching CASE courses to the highest fidelity. Ideal award candidates are facilitating CASE instruction in a model learning environment with proper classroom, laboratory, and/or shop space and prescribed equipment, supplies, and materials. Model Schools offer a structured sequence of CASE courses and scaffold student learning. Schools with one or multiple CASE certified teachers are encouraged to apply. CASE Model Schools may also leverage support not only through the school district, but also through the local community, agricultural industry, and/or state, regional, or national grants. 
CASE Innovation Award:
The CASE Innovation Award highlights creative classroom and teaching approaches as CASE certified teachers implement and promote CASE. Ideal innovations include but are not limited to classroom instruction, CASE Online, assessment strategies, social media, technology integration, industry partnerships, university partnerships, and state or regional collaboration.
Eligibility:
All CASE certified teachers, except current CASE Advisory Committee Members, who are teaching CASE course(s) are eligible to apply for these awards. NAAE membership is required for award applicants. To join the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), click this link.
Selected award winners are invited to receive their award and co-present a CASE workshop highlighting their achievements at the 2017 NAAE Convention hosted in Nashville, Tennessee.
Prizes:
  • NAAE Convention registration
  • $500 travel stipend to attend NAAE Convention
  • $1,000 in products from Vernier Software & Technology
To apply for a CASE Award, please click this link. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 30, 2017.

FFA

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grants
Does your FFA chapter have a service event planned to kick-off the coming school year? Maybe you are hosting a school supply drive or want to put a LTS Plan created at WLC into action. FFA Day of Service Mini-Grants are available to middle school, high school and collegiate/alumni chapters to serve your community in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement.
Applications submitted by the last day of each month are reviewed and awarded by the 15th of the following month. Thus, applications submitted by June 30th will be awarded by July 15th. To access the application in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants. Please contact the Living to Serve Team at LTS@FFA.org with questions.
2017-18 212?/360? Conference Host Registration Reminder
As summer is in full swing, we’d like to remind you about the registration process for the 2017-18 212? and 360? conference season. Make sure to read our new Conference Planning Guide completely. This will help ensure an easy registration and conference experience. The deadline for 2017-18 conference registration is Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017.
We have changed several items related to hosting a 212? and/or 360? conference to improve efficiencies in shipping and invoicing and to bring more clarity to the hosting process. These changes may result in some increased costs for hosts; however, these changes make processes more straightforward and timely.  Below are highlights of major changes or areas of greater clarification for the upcoming conference year:
  • Conference hosts must provide projectors. Facilitators having to travel with the projectors has been an issue in the past and has resulted in broken projectors. To help mitigate this issue, we are asking the conference hosts to provide this item. 
  • Final participant numbers are due three weeks prior to the conference. If numbers are submitted less than three weeks prior to a conference, there may be additional costs incurred to expedite shipping and add additional facilitators to your conference location. See page 6 of the conference guide for a detailed explanation.
  • Invoicing will be based on the final participant numbers submitted three weeks prior to the conference. This ensures conference material inventory is more accurate, dissolves the need for shipping as many items back and forth, and also provides for a more timely invoice.
  • State sponsorship will be deducted from invoices (when applicable); however, national FFA staff (facilitators) lodging and conference-provided meals will no longer be deducted from conference invoices. It will now be the responsibility of the host to cover these costs. This will allow us to align this process with other national FFA conference guidelines to create consistency within our leadership development programs. 

Find more information on the 212?/360? conference webpages. Click here to begin registration.

Contact Casey Zufelt, czufelt@ffa.org or 317-802-4309, for more information.

Apply Now: National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent
Do you have an FFA member who excels in career development events and also has time to march in the school band? Or perhaps you know of a member who is in a talent show at your local county fair? Encourage them to share their talents with other FFA members from across the country! National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent applications are now available atFFA.org/events/convention/planning#bct. Band, chorus and talent are three groups that offer a unique opportunity for members to exhibit their musical talents, in addition to their love for agriculture! Applications are due by Friday, July 7. Many students wait until the last minute to apply – cheer them on to get a jump on the deadline! 

New Official FFA Student Handbook Now Available in Spanish
The 16th edition of the Official FFA Student Handbook in Spanish is now available at FFA.org/student-handbook-advisors-guide. Like the English version, the Spanish version of the handbook features updated opening ceremonies, Official Dress guidelines, supervised agricultural experience descriptions, career development event/leadership development event information, tips, resource connections and stimulating thoughts designed to engage readers.

Summer’s Here … and so Is My Journey
The school year may be winding down, but summer and planning for the new year are just beginning. Check out the free, innovative and turn-key resources on My Journey! Head over to the Explore page to learn about BASF careers and for the latest Chapter Success Guide. On the Build page, find a lesson on mentors and information on Living to Serve Yearlong Grants and Day of Service Mini-Grants. On the Connect page, check out a lesson featuring Domino’s and their global presence, along with details on how to promote alumni life membership. This content and more will be available through June and July, but remember you can search through lesson plans using the Document Library.

ACTE

CareerTech VISION 2017 Early Bird Registration
Did you know that when you register for the 2017 NAAE Convention, you also get to attend ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2017? Check out this video to learn more about what is available to you & make sure to register by July 14th for the Early Bird Discount!

ACTE Online Seminars
ACTE's online seminars are available to members as a professional development resource. These free seminars cover a variety of topics of interest to you. Click here to learn more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Notes
Friday, June 23, 2017: Lots buzzing around Capitol Hill, including bee health issues, trade negotiations, and ag research. The Peterson brothers’ new video, an eagle shows how to really do take out, and two elephants become life savers--these and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 19, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

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.

Upcoming Events

2017

June 25-28
NAAE REGION VI Conference/ New England Ag Teachers (NEAT) Conference
Portsmouth, NH
September 21
National Teach Ag Day
September 21-23
North Central AAAE Meeting
Ames, IA
September 25-27
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Ft. Collins, CO
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

NAAE

June News & Views
Summer is a great time to take part in professional development! Find out what opportunities are available to you and why you should take advantage of them. All this & more in the June edition of News & Views!
Teach Ag Current Teacher Spotlights
The National Teach Ag Campaign is looking for current agriculture teachers to answer the following questions as part of a new spotlight social media campaign. Contact Elisa Russ with your responses.
  • What advice would you give to someone who is on the fence about becoming an agriculture teacher?
  • What's the most rewarding part of being an agriculture teacher?
  • What makes being an agriculture teacher such a unique job?
  • Why should someone teach ag?
  • What is your favorite part about teaching ag?
New Assignment Position Open in Farmer to Farmer Program
The Farmer to Farmer Program in East Africa, a special initiative supported by NAAE, is seeking an individual who would like to help review and develop agricultural curriculum in Uganda. Click here for more information about the program.
National Teach Ag Day
Go ahead and start making your plans to celebrate National Teach Ag Day on Thursday, September 21st! Check out the Teach Ag website for more information, celebration ideas & so much more!
2017 NAAE Convention
Get ready for another fantastic convention in Nashville! Early Bird registration is now open until July 14. The housing block at the Gaylord Opryland Resort is also open for you to book your stay. Follow this link for all NAAE Convention details.
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Groves works with family farmers in central Missouri to vaccinate their calves and cows, demonstrating how they herd their animals gently with low stress. Click here to watch the video.

CASE

CASE Awards
Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is pleased to accept applications for the 2017 CASE Awards. The CASE Awards program is supported by Vernier Software & Technology. Two award winners will be selected, one in each of the following categories.
CASE Model School Award:
The CASE Model School award is designed to recognize schools whose CASE certified teachers are teaching CASE courses to the highest fidelity. Ideal award candidates are facilitating CASE instruction in a model learning environment with proper classroom, laboratory, and/or shop space and prescribed equipment, supplies, and materials. Model Schools offer a structured sequence of CASE courses and scaffold student learning. Schools with one or multiple CASE certified teachers are encouraged to apply. CASE Model Schools may also leverage support not only through the school district, but also through the local community, agricultural industry, and/or state, regional, or national grants. 
CASE Innovation Award:
The CASE Innovation Award highlights creative classroom and teaching approaches as CASE certified teachers implement and promote CASE. Ideal innovations include but are not limited to classroom instruction, CASE Online, assessment strategies, social media, technology integration, industry partnerships, university partnerships, and state or regional collaboration.
Eligibility:
All CASE certified teachers, except current CASE Advisory Committee Members, who are teaching CASE course(s) are eligible to apply for these awards. NAAE membership is required for award applicants. To join the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), click this link.
Selected award winners are invited to receive their award and co-present a CASE workshop highlighting their achievements at the 2017 NAAE Convention hosted in Nashville, Tennessee.
Prizes:
  • NAAE Convention registration
  • $500 travel stipend to attend NAAE Convention
  • $1,000 in products from Vernier Software & Technology

To apply for a CASE Award, please click this link. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 30, 2017.

FFA

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grants
Is your chapter planning a service event for the summer or fall? FFA is now offering Day of Service Mini-Grants to middle school, high school, collegiate and alumni chapters. Applications submitted by the last day of each month will be reviewed and awarded by the 15th of the following month. Therefore, applications submitted by June 30th will be awarded by July 15th. The service event must impact the community in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. To access the application in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants

Please contact the Living to Serve Team at LTS@FFA.org with questions.

Apply Now: National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent
Do you have an FFA member who excels in career development events and also has time to march in the school band? Or perhaps you know of a member who is in a talent show at your local county fair? Encourage them to share their talents with other FFA members from across the country! National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent applications are now available atFFA.org/events/convention/planning#bct. Band, chorus and talent are three groups that offer a unique opportunity for members to exhibit their musical talents, in addition to their love for agriculture! Applications are due by Friday, July 7. Many students wait until the last minute to apply – cheer them on to get a jump on the deadline! 

New Official FFA Student Handbook Now Available in Spanish
The 16th edition of the Official FFA Student Handbook in Spanish is now available at FFA.org/student-handbook-advisors-guide. Like the English version, the Spanish version of the handbook features updated opening ceremonies, Official Dress guidelines, supervised agricultural experience descriptions, career development event/leadership development event information, tips, resource connections and stimulating thoughts designed to engage readers.

Summer’s Here … and so is My Journey
The school year may be winding down, but summer and planning for the new year are just beginning. Check out the free, innovative and turn-key resources on My Journey! Head over to the Explore page to learn about BASF careers and for the latest Chapter Success Guide. On the Build page, find a lesson on mentors and information on Living to Serve Yearlong Grants and Day of Service Mini-Grants. On the Connect page, check out a lesson featuring Domino’s and their global presence, along with details on how to promote alumni life membership. This content and more will be available through June and July, but remember you can search through lesson plans using the Document Library.

ACTE

CareerTech VISION 2017 Early Bird Registration
Did you know that when you register for the 2017 NAAE Convention, you also get to attend ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2017? Check out this video to learn more about what is available to you & make sure to register by July 14th for the Early Bird Discount!

ACTE Online Seminars
ACTE's online seminars are available to members as a professional development resource. These free seminars cover a variety of topics of interest to you. Click here to learn more.

CAST

 

 

 

Friday Notes
Friday, June 16, 2017: New genetic techniques are “editing the fabric of life,” Congress debates the 2018 Farm Bill, and ag trade negotiations are active. Tree-climbing goats, pigs in show rings, and gassy cows--these and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 12, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

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.

Upcoming Events

2017

June 25-28
NAAE REGION VI Conference/ New England Ag Teachers (NEAT) Conference
Portsmouth, NH
September 21
National Teach Ag Day
September 21-23
North Central AAAE Meeting
Ames, IA
September 25-27
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Ft. Collins, CO
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

 

 

NAAE

New Assignment Position Open in Farmer to Farmer Program
The Farmer to Farmer Program in East Africa, a special initiative supported by NAAE, is seeking an individual who would like to help review and develop agricultural curriculum in Uganda. Click here for more information about the program.
National Teach Ag Day
Go ahead and start making your plans to celebrate National Teach Ag Day on Thursday, September 21st! Check out the Teach Ag website for more information, celebration ideas & so much more!
2017 NAAE Convention
Get ready for another fantastic convention in Nashville! Early Bird registration is now open until July 14. The housing block at the Gaylord Opryland Resort is also open for you to book your stay. Follow this link for all NAAE Convention details.
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Matthew Turner of North Carolina prepares a herd of three-week-old piglets to be weaned from their mothers and transitioned to dry feed and water. Click here to watch the video.

CASE

CASE Awards
Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is pleased to accept applications for the 2017 CASE Awards. The CASE Awards program is supported by Vernier Software & Technology. Two award winners will be selected, one in each of the following categories.
CASE Model School Award:
The CASE Model School award is designed to recognize schools whose CASE certified teachers are teaching CASE courses to the highest fidelity. Ideal award candidates are facilitating CASE instruction in a model learning environment with proper classroom, laboratory, and/or shop space and prescribed equipment, supplies, and materials. Model Schools offer a structured sequence of CASE courses and scaffold student learning. Schools with one or multiple CASE certified teachers are encouraged to apply. CASE Model Schools may also leverage support not only through the school district, but also through the local community, agricultural industry, and/or state, regional, or national grants. 
CASE Innovation Award:
The CASE Innovation Award highlights creative classroom and teaching approaches as CASE certified teachers implement and promote CASE. Ideal innovations include but are not limited to classroom instruction, CASE Online, assessment strategies, social media, technology integration, industry partnerships, university partnerships, and state or regional collaboration.
Eligibility:
All CASE certified teachers, except current CASE Advisory Committee Members, who are teaching CASE course(s) are eligible to apply for these awards. NAAE membership is required for award applicants. To join the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), click this link.
Selected award winners are invited to receive their award and co-present a CASE workshop highlighting their achievements at the 2017 NAAE Convention hosted in Nashville, Tennessee.
Prizes:
  • NAAE Convention registration
  • $500 travel stipend to attend NAAE Convention
  • $1,000 in products from Vernier Software & Technology
To apply for a CASE Award, please click this link. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 30, 2017.

FFA

DUE THURSDAY! $3,000 Yearlong Living to Serve Grant
There is still time to apply for a Yearlong Living to Serve Grant. Projects should address community needs in one of the following focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. To access the application in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.  Grants are due June 15, 2017.
Now Open! $400 Day of Service Mini-Grants
Is your chapter planning a service event for the summer or fall? FFA is now offering Day of Service Mini-Grants to middle school, high school, collegiate and alumni chapters. Applications submitted by the last day of each month will be reviewed and awarded by the 15th of the following month. Therefore, applications submitted by June 30th will be awarded by July 15th. The service event must impact the community in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. To access the application in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants
Please contact the Living to Serve Team at LTS@FFA.org with questions about either grant.
Summer’s Here … and so Is My Journey
The school year may be winding down, but summer and planning for the new year are just beginning. Check out the free, innovative and turn-key resources on My Journey! Head over to the Explore page to learn about BASF careers and for the latest Chapter Success Guide. On the Build page, find a lesson on mentors and information on Living to Serve Yearlong Grants and Day of Service Mini-Grants. On the Connect page, check out a lesson featuring Domino’s and their global presence, along with details on how to promote alumni life membership. This content and more will be available through June and July, but remember you can search through lesson plans using the Document Library.
Help Us Tell Our Story at the National Convention and Expo
The National FFA Organization is seeking college students or recent college graduates pursuing degrees in journalism, public relations, telecommunications or a closely related field to share with the world the news and feature stories coming out of the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 25-28, 2017, in Indianapolis. To learn more and apply, access the application now.
Apply Now: National FFA Convention & Expo Student and Teacher Workshops
Interested in presenting a 60-minute workshop to either students or teachers at the National FFA Convention and Expo? Applications are live now at FFA.org/events/convention/planning#workshops and are due July 1. Presenters will be notified within two weeks of the application deadline whether or not their workshops have been accepted.
Need ideas? Survey results show that students are interested in topics on leadership styles, teamwork, careers (animal science, agricultural business and engineering for specific careers), building an FFA chapter, parliamentary procedure, social media, advocacy, public speaking and bringing our FFA communities together. The more interactive, the better. Teachers would like to see topics on classroom resources, hydroponics, agricultural mechanics, judging workshops, STEM, small animal care, animal science, food science, food security, new teacher survival tips/tricks, and classroom lab activities.Questions? Contact Casey Zufelt (czufelt@ffa.org) about student workshops and Sarah Dickinson (sdickinson@ffa.org) about teacher workshops.

ACTE

Horatio Alger Scholarship is Open!
If you have current students, under the age of 30 who will be continuing their education in the Fall of 2017, please have apply for the Horatio Alger Scholarship. Students must meet the following requirements:  
  • Attending a not-for-profit post-secondary institution
  • Enrolled in a career or technical degree/certificate granting program in Fall 2017 that will lead to employment
  • Demonstrate financial need; applicants must be Pell eligible
  • Be under the age of 30
  • Be a citizen of the United States

For more information about the Horatio Alger Scholarship and to apply, please visit this link.

ACTE Online Seminars
ACTE's online seminars are available to members as a professional development resource. These free seminars cover a variety of topics of interest to you. Click here to learn more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Notes
Friday, June 9, 2017: A finely textured court case about meat; sour trade negotiations about sugar; and plenty about bees, pollinators, and prairies. Also, vampire bats, laser-chasing spiders, and raccoons in a restaurant. These and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 5, 2017

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

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.

Upcoming Events

2017

June 25-28
NAAE REGION VI Conference/ New England Ag Teachers (NEAT) Conference
Portsmouth, NH
September 21
National Teach Ag Day
September 21-23
North Central AAAE Meeting
Ames, IA
September 25-27
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Ft. Collins, CO
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

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To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

 

 

The Council

 

National Quality Program Standards Electronic Survey Tool Now Available
The National Council for Agricultural Education is pleased to release a new electronic survey tool to help local agricultural education programs analyze their program and identify specific growth targets. The new tool is based upon the contents of the latest version of the National Quality Program Standards for Secondary Agricultural Education released in 2016.
Click here for more information about the survey tool.

NAAE

 

Register for the NAAE Virtual Book Club by Friday!
This summer we will be immersing ourselves in a culture of excellence with Start. Right. Now., by Todd Whitaker, Jeffrey Zoul, and Jimmy Casas. Click here to register by June 9th!
National Teach Ag Day
Go ahead and start making your plans to celebrate National Teach Ag Day on Thursday, September 21st! Check out the Teach Ag website for more information, celebration ideas & so much more!
2017 NAAE Convention
Get ready for another fantastic convention in Nashville! Early Bird registration is now open until July 14. The housing block at the Gaylord Opryland Resort is also open for you to book your stay. Follow this link for all NAAE Convention details.
Communities of Practice Highlights

 

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week,  Dr. Rick Leone makes his weekly trip to a small rural town and works at discounted rates performing pet vaccines, spaying and neutering. Click here to watch the video.

CASE

 

CASE Awards
Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is pleased to accept applications for the 2017 CASE Awards. The CASE Awards program is supported by Vernier Software & Technology. Two award winners will be selected, one in each of the following categories.
CASE Model School Award:
The CASE Model School award is designed to recognize schools whose CASE certified teachers are teaching CASE courses to the highest fidelity. Ideal award candidates are facilitating CASE instruction in a model learning environment with proper classroom, laboratory, and/or shop space and prescribed equipment, supplies, and materials. Model Schools offer a structured sequence of CASE courses and scaffold student learning. Schools with one or multiple CASE certified teachers are encouraged to apply. CASE Model Schools may also leverage support not only through the school district, but also through the local community, agricultural industry, and/or state, regional, or national grants. 
CASE Innovation Award:
The CASE Innovation Award highlights creative classroom and teaching approaches as CASE certified teachers implement and promote CASE. Ideal innovations include but are not limited to classroom instruction, CASE Online, assessment strategies, social media, technology integration, industry partnerships, university partnerships, and state or regional collaboration.
Eligibility:
All CASE certified teachers, except current CASE Advisory Committee Members, who are teaching CASE course(s) are eligible to apply for these awards. NAAE membership is required for award applicants. To join the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), click this link.
Selected award winners are invited to receive their award and co-present a CASE workshop highlighting their achievements at the 2017 NAAE Convention hosted in Nashville, Tennessee.
Prizes:
  • NAAE Convention registration
  • $500 travel stipend to attend NAAE Convention
  • $1,000 in products from Vernier Software & Technology
To apply for a CASE Award, please click this link. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 30, 2017.

FFA Alumni

 

Impact of Alumni Life Membership
The National FFA Alumni is rolling out a new promotional public service announcement to explain the impact of Alumni Life Membership dues. The video provides a breakdown of the $160 fee and helps Alumni understand what their impact could be this year and a century from now. Check out the video at https://vimeo.com/210783882/2dfd6e2e63.

FFA

 

FFA Living to Serve Grants Now Open!
$400 Day of Service Mini-Grants

Is your chapter planning a service event for the summer or fall? FFA is now offering $400 Day of Service Mini-Grants to middle school, high school, collegiate and alumni chapters. Applications submitted by the last day of each month will be reviewed and awarded by the 15th of the following month. The service event must impact the community in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. To access the application in English or Spanish, visitwww.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants
$3,000 Yearlong Living to Serve Grant – Due June 15th
Want to focus learning and service around a yearlong theme next school year? Before summer vacation starts, complete the Yearlong Living to Serve Grant application to help meet community needs in the focus areas of: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. Grants, up to $3,000, will be awarded to middle and high school chapters. To access the application in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.  Grants are due June 15th, 2017.
Please contact the Living to Serve Team atLTS@FFA.org with any questions about either grant.
Help Us Tell Our Story at the National Convention and Expo
The National FFA Organization is seeking college students or recent college graduates pursuing degrees in journalism, public relations, telecommunications or a closely related field to share with the world the news and feature stories coming out of the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 25-28, 2017, in Indianapolis. To learn more and apply, access the application now.
Need Help Promoting Advocacy in Your Classrooms
The Habitudes student books and resources reinforce advocacy concepts through readings, videos, discussions and self-reflections. After participating in Habitudes activities, students will be better prepared to advocate for important causes and enter the workforce through improved skills in collaboration, communication and leadership.
What is included?
  • 25 student books
  • 1 teacher’s guide
  • PowerPoint slides and worksheets
  • 13 posters
  • 25 Paper Bookmarks
Learn more about habitudes via our website. Order yours today by visiting Shop FFA!
Apply Now: National FFA Convention & Expo Student and Teacher Workshops
Interested in presenting a 60-minute workshop to either students or teachers at the National FFA Convention and Expo? Applications are live now at FFA.org/events/convention/planning#workshops and are due July 1. Presenters will be notified within two weeks of the application deadline whether or not their workshops have been accepted.
Need ideas? Survey results show that students are interested in topics on leadership styles, teamwork, careers (animal science, agricultural business and engineering for specific careers), building an FFA chapter, parliamentary procedure, social media, advocacy, public speaking and bringing our FFA communities together. The more interactive, the better. Teachers would like to see topics on classroom resources, hydroponics, agricultural mechanics, judging workshops, STEM, small animal care, animal science, food science, food security, new teacher survival tips/tricks, and classroom lab activities.Questions? Contact Casey Zufelt (czufelt@ffa.org) about student workshops and Sarah Dickinson (sdickinson@ffa.org) about teacher workshops.
Cargill's Virtual Field Trip on Demand!
Watch past national officer Abrah Meyer and Cargill employees discuss exciting careers in agriculture during Cargill's live virtual field trip that took place earlier this month. See the full video by visiting the AgExplorer Virtual Field trip website, https://www.agexplorer.com/virtual-field-trip. #AgExplorerVFT.
Award-winning FFA Chapters Share Stories of Success 
The 2016 Chapter Success Guide is now available! Each chapter that was selected as a national finalist in the National Chapter Award Program is highlighted in this publication. This document can be accessed as a PDF on the national chapter award program webpage.
Apply Now: National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent
Do you have an FFA member who excels in career development events and also has time to march in the school band? Or perhaps you know of a member who performs each year at your annual banquet? Encourage them to share their talents with other FFA members from across the country! National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent applications are now available atFFA.org/events/convention/planning#bct. Band, chorus and talent are three groups that offer a unique opportunity for members to exhibit their musical talents, in addition to their love for agriculture! Applications are due by Friday, July 7.
National Officer Nominating Committee: Nomination Form Now Open
Do you know someone who would make a good nominating committee representative? Then follow the below steps:

ACTE

Have You Seen ACTE’s Industry Connect Blog?
ACTE’s new Industry Connect Blog offers visitors the chance to learn about current connections between educators and employers within the CTE community. Blog topics to date have included accounts of specific education-industry partnerships, as well as the skills gaps and career opportunities in fields like advanced manufacturing, health care and information technology, and we welcome Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources topics from the Ag Ed Division. We are currently looking for blog writers for the summer and fall. If you are interested, please contact Kevin Oshinskie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Notes
Friday, June 2, 2017: Word choice affects biotech debate; the U.S. is out of the Climate Accord; and food labels are still an issue. Also, snakes, tarantulas, and a man flying a drone. These and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.