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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAST

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAST

 

 

 

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.

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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

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

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 22, 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

Podcast Series about Women Agribusiness Leaders
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 the women talk about how they got to where they are today, what drew them to agriculture and their careers, and more. Click here for more information and to watch the videos.
Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium Application Now Available
The Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium is a professional development experience for preservice agricultural education majors. There are two FAST symposium opportunities to choose from.  While not identical in nature, both include customized professional development, networking, and mentoring with current and future agriculture teachers from across the country. You are only eligible to attend one of the experiences annually. Between 15-25 participants will be selected for each session. Applications are due May 29th. 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!
Register for the NAAE Virtual Book Club
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!
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Farruggio vaccinates calves against brucellosis which can cause a serious disease in humans called undulant fever. Click here to watch the video.

CASE

2017 CASE Institute Registration – Register Now
Register soon to attend a CASE Institute before time runs out! CASE Institute registration for the upcoming summer will close in the coming months! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

Each site is capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

FFA

$3,000 Yearlong Living to Serve Grant
Grants up to $3,000 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.
Community engagement projects may include, but are not limited to:
  • Identifying historical buildings in need of repair and partnering with an organization to refurbish them for community use.
  • Hosting “Mix it up at Lunch” days to have students move outside of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. This could be part of a yearlong anti-bullying/teaching tolerance campaign.
  • Collecting the histories of local people and/or organizations to share with the community. This may include, but is not limited to, veterans, farmers, business men and women or FFA alumni.
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 at LTS@FFA.org with any questions.
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 in 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.
Sail Into Summer Using My Journey
As the school year ends, are you searching for engaging lesson plans or other resources? Check out the new content on My Journey! There are several FREE lesson plans, tips and open resources within My Journey. Discover a lesson about Land O’Lakes and their brands and resources from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association on the Explore page. Head over to the Build page for an employability skills lesson on networking and a service-learning focus area and measurable outcomes document. On the Connect page, you will find a current event article from The Progressive Farmer, “Ag Merger Mania,” and alumni promotional resources. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer into your classroom using the Explore page as you discuss careers in agriculture, and be sure to look through past months’ resources in our Archive.
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, May 19, 2017: Food surveys reflect consumer confusion, the USDA reorganization raises questions, and gene editing deals with the “code of life.” Also check out a cyclopean goat, mini pigs, and plants with “ears.” 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 15, 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

May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
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

NAAE Award Applications DUE TODAY!!
Your accomplishments deserve to be recognized! Apply today for a NAAE award! Applications are due today, May 15th, so make sure to begin your application soon. Click here for more information and to apply today!
NAAE Position Announcement
NAAE is currently seeking qualified applicants for a Membership Coordinator/Program Assistant. For more details on the job description and to apply, please click here.
Bayer Offers Awards for Those Seeking to Help Protect & Promote Bee Pollinators
Bayer's Bee Care program recently announced three great opportunities for anyone who has been involved in protecting and promoting bee pollinators as well as for those interested in establishing pollinator forage. Any one of these could fit one of your students or your program. Click here to see how you can apply & be involved!
Podcast Series about Women Agribusiness Leaders
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 the women talk about how they got to where they are today, what drew them to agriculture and their careers, and more. Click here for more information and to watch the videos.
May News & Views
Gear up for summer professional development! Check out what is happening at the upcoming regional meetings, register for the NAAE Virtual Book Club, and meet the newest flagship sponsor for Communities of Practice! All this & more in the May edition of News & Views!
Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium Application Now Available
The Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium is a professional development experience for preservice agricultural education majors. There are two FAST symposium opportunities to choose from.  While not identical in nature, both include customized professional development, networking, and mentoring with current and future agriculture teachers from across the country. You are only eligible to attend one of the experiences annually. Between 15-25 participants will be selected for each session. Applications are due May 29th. 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!
2017-18 National Teach Ag Ambassadors Selected
Each year, the National Teach Ag Campaign selects 12 preservice agriculture teachers to serve as ambassadors at National FFA Convention, and throughout the year at their respective universities and states. Click here to see who was selected and to read the full press release.
BASF Newest Sponsor of the National Teach Ag Campaign
BASF recently made the commitment to sponsor the National Teach Ag Campaign for 2017. Click here to watch our video announcement.
Register for the NAAE Virtual Book Club
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!
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. Legacy is an elderly mare due for a six-month checkup. Click here to view the video.

CASE

2017 CASE Institute Registration – Register Now
Register soon to attend a CASE Institute before time runs out! CASE Institute registration for the upcoming summer will close in the coming months! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

Each site is capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director,Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

FFA

$3,000 Yearlong Living to Serve Grant
How will your chapter serve your community? Clifton Ridge Middle School FFA (GA) created a school-wide composting program to help reduce the amount of waste headed to landfills.
Middle and high school chapters may submit a Yearlong Living to Serve application with a plan to tackle a community need during the 2017-2018 school year. Grants up to $3,000 will be awarded in the focus areas of: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. To access the application, in English or Spanish, visitwww.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.  Grants are due June 15th, 2017. Please contact the Living to Serve Team at LTS@FFA.org with any questions.
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 in 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.
Sail Into Summer Using My Journey
As the school year ends, are you searching for engaging lesson plans or other resources? Check out the new content on My Journey! There are several FREE lesson plans, tips and open resources within My Journey. Discover a lesson about Land O’Lakes and their brands and resources from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association on the Explore page. Head over to the Build page for an employability skills lesson on networking and a service-learning focus area and measurable outcomes document. On the Connect page, you will find a current event article from The Progressive Farmer, “Ag Merger Mania,” and alumni promotional resources. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer into your classroom using the Explore page as you discuss careers in agriculture, and be sure to look through past months’ resources in our Archive.
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:

New Official FFA Student Handbook Available
The 16th edition of the Official FFA Student Handbook is now available. 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. In addition to the handbook, printed poster sets are available for purchase on ShopFFA.org. Additional, free resources are available atFFA.org/student-handbook-advisors-guide.

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, May 12, 2017: The importance of ag innovation and research; changes at the UDSA; and musicians like Ed Sheeran focus on childhood diseases. Also check out sheep on bikes, goats at work, and dogs on the farm. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 8, 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

May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
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

NAAE Award Applications DUE NEXT MONDAY!!
Your accomplishments deserve to be recognized! Apply today for a NAAE award! Applications are due May 15th, so make sure to begin your application soon. Click here for more information and to apply today!
2017 NAAE Convention Professional Development Workshops-Request for Proposals -- DUE FRIDAY!!
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2017 NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, December 5-9, 2017, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal.
Serve on the 2017 NAAE Awards Judging Committee -- APPLY BY FRIDAY, MAY 12TH!!
NAAE is looking for individuals interested in judging our awards. The awards will be judged virtually. Each committee volunteer must be a NAAE member and will judge up to 10 award applications using the required NAAE Award Judging Rubric that will be provided. Follow this link for more information and to sign up by May 12th!
NAAE Position Announcement
NAAE is currently seeking qualified applicants for a Membership Coordinator/Program Assistant. For more details on the job description and to apply, please click here.
Bayer Offers Awards for Those Seeking to Help Protect & Promote Bee Pollinators
Bayer's Bee Care program recently announced three great opportunities for anyone who has been involved in protecting and promoting bee pollinators as well as for those interested in establishing pollinator forage. Any one of these could fit one of your students or your program. Click here to see how you can apply & be involved!
Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium Application Now Available
The Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium is a professional development experience for preservice agricultural education majors. There are two FAST symposium opportunities to choose from.  While not identical in nature, both include customized professional development, networking and mentoring with current and future agriculture teachers from across the country. You are only eligible to attend one of the experiences annually. Between 15-25 participants will be selected for each session. Applications are due May 29th. Click here for more information and to apply.
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Deanna Fuller teaches horse care to 4-H student Camille who wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up. First Dr. Fuller shows how to perform a physical exam on a horse, then her associate Dr. Lindsey Peck demonstrates dental care to their local 4-H youth group in Northwestern New York State. Click hereto watch the video.

CASE

2017 CASE Institute Registration – Register Now
Register soon to attend a CASE Institute before time runs out! CASE Institute registration for the upcoming summer will close in the coming months! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

Each site is capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

FFA

Apply Now! Yearlong Living to Serve Grant
FFA is excited to announce that the 2017-2018 Yearlong 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 $3,000 to support yearlong 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. Grants are due June 15th, 2017. Please contact the Living to Serve Team atLTS@FFA.org with any questions.
Register Now: AgExplorer Virtual Field Trip at Cargill
During May’s virtual field trip at Cargill, AgExplorer will take students inside the world of agriculture to learn how careers in science and technology play a key role in getting food to your table in a safe and affordable way. Students will hear from numerous Cargill employees who represent a variety of interesting careers, from a food marketer to a food scientist and more. Registration for the event is free, and classrooms around the globe can participate by asking a question via AgExplorer.com or on social media with #AgExplorerVFT.
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.
Sail Into Summer Using My Journey
As the school year ends, are you searching for engaging lesson plans or other resources? Check out the new content on My Journey! There are several FREE lesson plans, tips and open resources within My Journey. Discover a lesson about Land O’Lakes and their brands and resources from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association on the Explore page. Head over to the Build page for an employability skills lesson on networking and a service-learning focus area and measurable outcomes document. On the Connect page, you will find a current event article from The Progressive Farmer, “Ag Merger Mania,” and alumni promotional resources. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer into your classroom using the Explore page as you discuss careers in agriculture, and be sure to look through past months’ resources in our Archive.
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:

90th National FFA Convention & Expo Website Now Live
Information for this year’s convention and expo is now live on FFA.org/convention. Find out the annual convention theme, concert performers, opening session speaker, planning information and more to help with planning.

2017 Scholarship Results Are In!
In 2017, 115 businesses and individuals provided scholarships designed to fit a wide variety of student experiences, career goals and higher education plans. More than 8,300 students applied. The National FFA Organization awarded 1,883 scholarships valued at more than $2.7 million!

A list of recipients is now available on FFA.org.  Click Participate/Grants & Scholarships/Scholarships for a link to the scholarship results. Recipients are located first by their high school state then alphabetically by student last name. Detailed instructions on how to claim scholarships will be mailed to recipients in late May. (Recipients who have not received instructions by July 1, 2017, should email scholarships@ffa.org.)

Information about the 2018 scholarship program will be available on FFA.org Nov. 15, 2017.

New Official FFA Student Handbook Available
The 16th edition of the Official FFA Student Handbook is now available. 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. In addition to the handbook, printed poster sets are available for purchase on ShopFFA.org. Additional free resources are available atFFA.org/student-handbook-advisors-guide.

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, May 5, 2017: Temple Grandin will be honored, Ag Secretary Perdue announces directives, and late blizzards turn deadly for cattle in the Great Plains. Also, go to the horse races, enter a deadly English garden, and get bugged by a new snack at the ballpark. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

May 1, 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

May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
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.

 

 

The Council

National Program Quality Standards Update
Work is being finalized by FFA IT staff on the online component of the National Quality Program Standards. Once this system becomes live in early summer, teachers will be able to record their NQPS data into their FFA.org accounts. This will then enable the teacher to build a growth plan that targets specific quality indicators which were identified by the NQPS survey process. Having this on the chapter account in FFA.org provides the ability for teachers to update the status of the growth plan as it progresses. It also attaches to the chapter account so if a teacher changes programs, the NQPS work is available to the next teacher and would not have to be repeated. This also allows multiple teacher programs to work with the same growth plan and survey data. The system will provide state level access to review average scores on each of the NQPS quality indicators in addition to reviewing the data submitted from individual programs. The greatest value to the program from NQPS is the engagement of the advisory committee, administration and instructors in the process of taking a serious look at the current program structure and status compared to the standards and quality indicators provided in the NQPS survey. It provides a purpose for the advisory committee, greatly enhances the administrator’s understanding of the total program concept and allows for focused effort in program improvement for the instructor.
The LPS and state staff will be providing additional training on the online system at teacher conferences summer.Follow this link for more information on the NPQS.SAE Renewal
Resources and teaching materials on the SAE revisions and expansion are in development. The SAE Guide for All will provide a student version and a teacher version for classroom instruction on all aspects of the SAE program. This guide is built on the Council’s SAE Philosophy and Guiding Principles and will assist the teacher in getting every student started in the Foundational SAE components in the classroom and support those students moving into an immersion SAE for greater learning and career opportunities. Completion of the SAE for All Guides will be late summer to enable states the opportunity to roll out the materials early fall.

NAAE

NAAE Award Applications DUE MAY 15TH!!
Your accomplishments deserve to be recognized! Apply today for a NAAE award! Applications are due May 15th, so make sure to begin your application soon. Click here for more information and to apply today!
2017 NAAE Convention Professional Development Workshops-Request for Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2017 NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, December 5-9, 2017, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal.
Serve on the 2017 NAAE Awards Judging Committee
NAAE is looking for individuals interested in judging our awards. The awards will be judged virtually. Each committee volunteer must be a NAAE member and will judge up to 10 award applications using the required NAAE Award Judging Rubric that will be provided. Follow this link for more information and to sign up by May 12th!
DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award -- DUE TODAY!
DEKALB® is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award. For 70 years, this award has been presented to agriculture students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic. To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, ag educators should visit DEKALB.com/awards between March 1 - May 1, 2017.
Bayer Offers Awards for Those Seeking to Help Protect & Promote Bee Pollinators
Bayer's Bee Care program recently announced three great opportunities for anyone who has been involved in protecting and promoting bee pollinators as well as for those interested in establishing pollinator forage. Any one of these could fit one of your students or your program. Click here to see how you can apply & be involved!
Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium Application Now Available
The Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium is a professional development experience for preservice agricultural education majors. There are two FAST symposium opportunities to choose from.  While not identical in nature, both include customized professional development, networking and mentoring with current and future agriculture teachers from across the country. You are only eligible to attend one of the experiences annually. Between 15-25 participants will be selected for each session. Applications are due May 29th. Click here for more information and to apply.
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Lora Wittenberg encounters her first diagnosis of “blocked tom,” a potentially fatal disease of male cats. Click here to watch the video.

CASE

2017 CASE Institute Registration – Register Now
Register soon to attend a CASE Institute before time runs out! CASE Institute registration for the upcoming summer will close in the coming months! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

Each site is capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

FFA

2017 Scholarship Results Are In!
In 2017, 115 businesses and individuals provided scholarships designed to fit a wide variety of student experiences, career goals and higher education plans. More than 8,300 students applied. The National FFA Organization awarded 1,883 scholarships valued at more than $2.7 million!
A list of recipients is now available on FFA.org. Click Participate/Grants & Scholarships/Scholarships for a link to the scholarship results. Recipients are located first by their high school state then alphabetically by student last name.Detailed instructions on how to claim scholarships will be mailed to recipients in late May. (Recipients who have not received instructions by July 1, 2017, should emailscholarships@ffa.org.)Information about the 2018 scholarship program will be available on FFA.org Nov. 15, 2017.Apply Now for a $3,000 Yearlong Living to Serve Grant!
Middle and high school chapters may apply for up to $3,000 to support yearlong service-learning projects that address community needs in one of the below focus areas:
  • Community Safety
  • Hunger, Health and Nutrition
  • Environmental Responsibility
  • Community Engagement

To access the application, visit the Learning to Serve Grants webpage. Applications are due Thursday, June 15, 2017. If you have questions, contact the Living to Serve Team, LTS@FFA.org.

Mark Your Calendars: #TeachAgChat
Calling all agricultural educators! You are invited to join the National FFA Organization’s Educational Development and Assessment Team for the #TeachAgChat Thursday, May 4 from 8 – 9 p.m. EDT/5 – 6 p.m. PDT. We’ll dive into supervised agricultural experience (SAE) educational resources, where to find great resources, SAE grant/funding opportunities and the latest SAE resources provided by National FFA.  Be sure to join us for a great discussion!

90th National FFA Convention & Expo Website to Go Live Wednesday
Information for this year’s convention and expo will be live on FFA.org/convention as of Wednesday, May 3. Announcements of the annual convention theme, concert performers, opening session speakers, planning information and more will be available to help attendees with their planning.

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, April 28, 2017: Jayson Lusk is announced as the Borlaug CAST Communication Award winner, Sonny Perdue gets confirmed as Secretary of Agriculture, and presidential executive orders include agriculture issues. Also a look at the fascinating naked mole rat and the plastic-eating “very hungry caterpillar.” 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.

 

 

 

 

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April 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

May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
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

NAAE Award Applications Now Available
Your accomplishments deserve to be recognized! Apply today for a NAAE award! Applications are due May 15th. Click here for more information and to apply today!
2017 NAAE Convention Professional Development Workshops-Request for Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2017 NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, December 5-9, 2017, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal.
Serve on the 2017 NAAE Awards Judging Committee
NAAE is looking for individuals interested in judging our awards. The awards will be judged virtually. Each committee volunteer must be a NAAE member and will judge up to 10 award applications using the required NAAE Award Judging Rubric that will be provided. Follow this link for more information and to sign up by May 12th!
DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
DEKALB® is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award. For 70 years, this award has been presented to agriculture students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic. To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, ag educators should visit DEKALB.com/awards between March 1 - May 1, 2017.
Bayer Offers Awards for Those Seeking to Help Protect & Promote Bee Pollinators
Bayer's Bee Care program recently announced three great opportunities for anyone who has been involved in protecting and promoting bee pollinators as well as for those interested in establishing pollinator forage. Any one of these could fit one of your students or your program. Click here to see how you can apply & be involved!
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. Travis Henry sedates Wellington, a horse, and takes x-rays, which show the fractured, decayed, infected tooth and abscess. The tooth needs to be removed before the infection spreads to Wellington’s sinus. Follow this link to watch the video.

CASE

2017 CASE Institute Registration – Register Now
Register soon to attend a CASE Institute before time runs out! CASE Institute registration for the upcoming summer will close in the coming months! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

 

Each site is capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

2017 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East – Deadline Approaching
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 28, 2017.

FFA

Visit My Journey for Free Resources
As banquet season and the end of the semester nears, be sure to check out My Journey for free resources, ideas and activities! Explore the latest lesson plan on the retiring address of national vice president Abrah Meyer and peruse various resources from Lincoln Electric and Caterpillar on the Explore page. Need a resource for planning your banquet menu? In search of a job interview lesson on body language mistakes? Check out the Build page for these resources and more. Looking for information on how to engage young professionals with volunteerism? Head over to the Connect page for this and a new Day in the Life video!  Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer into your classroom using the Explore page and be sure to look through past months’ ideas in our Archive pages.

Register Now for 212? and 360?
Registration for the 2017-18 212? and 360? conference season is now available. Please read our newconference 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. Find more information on the 212?/360? leadership conference webpages. Click here to begin registration.

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, April 21, 2017: While food production is up, waste is widespread. How can we deal with this key part of food security? Climate change, biotech food, and skydiving daredevils--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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 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

May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
June 25-28
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

April Edition of News & Views
It's awards season! Make sure to submit your application by May 15th. Hear from our members and leaders about how being an award winner in ag education has changed their programs and lives. All this & more in the April edition of News & Views!
NAAE Award Applications Now Available
NAAE wants to recognize you for your vast accomplishments! Apply today for a NAAE award! Applications are due May 15th. Click here for more information and to apply today!
2017 NAAE Convention Professional Development Workshops-Request for Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2017 NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, December 5-9, 2017, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal.
Serve on the 2017 NAAE Awards Judging Committee
NAAE is looking for individuals interested in judging our awards. The awards will be judged virtually. Each committee volunteer must be a NAAE member and will judge up to 10 award applications using the required NAAE Award Judging Rubric that will be provided. Follow this link for more information and to sign up by May 12th!
DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
DEKALB® is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award. For 70 years, this award has been presented to agriculture students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic. To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, ag educators should visit DEKALB.com/awards between March 1 - May 1, 2017.
Bayer Offers Awards for Those Seeking to Help Protect & Promote Bee Pollinators
Bayer's Bee Care program recently announced three great opportunities for anyone who has been involved in protecting and promoting bee pollinators as well as for those interested in establishing pollinator forage. Any one of these could fit one of your students or your program. Click here to see how you can apply & be involved!
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. Wilson oversees vaccinations of birds raised by the second largest egg producer in the United States -- vaccines that not only protect the birds’ lives and health, but also aim to prevent birds from getting salmonella infection they could pass to humans through the eggs. Click here to watch the video.

CASE

2017 CASE Institute Registration – Register Now
Register soon to attend a CASE Institute before time runs out! CASE Institute registration for the upcoming summer will close in the coming months! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

 

Each site is capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

2017 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East – Deadline Approaching
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 28, 2017.

Join CASE for the #TeachAgChat
Join CASE for the #TeachAgChat on Thursday, April 20th from 8-9pm EDT/5-6pm PDT. Discussion will focus on questioning in the agriscience classroom. Questions for the chat include but are not limited to: What question strategies have you found useful in your classroom? How will you encourage more and better questions from your students? What indicators illustrate you have achieved high-level #inquiry in your classroom? CASE looks forward to thoughtful discussion during the #TeachAgChat as teachers, CASE staff, and special guests discuss inquiry-based learning and questioning techniques!

Follow us on Twitter @case4learning and join the conversation by using #TeachAgChat!

FFA

New Official FFA Student Handbook Ready
The 16th edition of the Official FFA Student Handbook is now available. 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. In addition to the handbook, printed poster sets are available for purchase on ShopFFA.org. Additional free resources are available atFFA.org/student-handbook-advisors-guide.

Visit My Journey for Free Resources
As banquet season and the end of the semester nears, be sure to check out My Journey for free resources, ideas and activities! Explore the latest lesson plan on the retiring address of national vice president Abrah Meyer and peruse various resources from Lincoln Electric and Caterpillar on the Explore page. Need a resource for planning your banquet menu? In search of a job interview lesson on body language mistakes? Check out the Build page for these resources and more. Looking for information on how to engage young professionals with volunteerism? Head over to the Connect page for this and a new Day in the Life video! Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer into your classroom using the Explore page and be sure to look through past months’ ideas in our Archive pages.

Register Now for 212? and 360?
Registration for the 2017-18 212? and 360? conference season is now available. Please read our newconference 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. Find more information on the 212?/360? leadership conference webpages. Click here to begin registration.

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.

NFRBMEA

Early Career Program for NFRBMEA Conference Overview 2017
CHS donates up to $10,000 as scholarships for ag education students/instructors or possible career change individuals who may have an interest in becoming Farm/Ranch Management instructors in the future.

The 2017 conference is in Des Moines, Iowa June 11-15 2017. Applicants participate in a pre-conference group meeting/educational program and then network throughout the ongoing conference with other conference attendees to learn about the profession(s) and professional organizations that make up NFRBMEA.

The scholarship application is now available and we ask that you share with any and all proper contacts that could get this in potential recipient’s hand. Applications are due April 21st.

Further information or questions can be directed to Tina LeBrun: tina.lebrun@southcentral.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Notes
Friday, April 14, 2017: Experts recommend a bit of skepticism and a search for science-based sources to counter fake news and slanted reports. Pampered pets and a sheep-goat bromance also make an appearance. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 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

May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
June 25-28
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

National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Applications DUE TODAY, APRIL 10TH
Each year, the National Teach Ag Campaign selects 12 outstanding preservice agriculture teachers to represent us at the National FFA Convention, and throughout the year as ambassadors, promoting the profession and encouraging others to Teach Ag! Click here to apply TODAY!
NAAE Award Applications Now Available
NAAE wants to recognize you for your vast accomplishments! Apply today for a NAAE award! Applications are due May 15th. Click here for more information and to apply today!
2017 NAAE Convention Professional Development Workshops-Request for Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2017 NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, December 5-9, 2017, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal.
Serve on the 2017 NAAE Awards Judging Committee
NAAE is looking for individuals interested in judging our awards. The awards will be judged virtually. Each committee volunteer must be a NAAE member and will judge up to 10 award applications using the required NAAE Award Judging Rubric that will be provided. Follow this link for more information and to sign up by May 12th!
DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
DEKALB® is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award. For 70 years, this award has been presented to agriculture students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic. To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, ag educators should visit DEKALB.com/awards between March 1 - May 1, 2017.
Bayer Offers Awards for Those Seeking to Help Protect & Promote Bee Pollinators
Bayer's Bee Care program recently announced three great opportunities for anyone who has been involved in protecting and promoting bee pollinators as well as for those interested in establishing pollinator forage. Any one of these could fit one of your students or your program. Click here to see how you can apply & be involved!
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.

CASE

2017 CASE Institute Registration – Register Now
Register soon to attend a CASE Institute before time runs out! CASE Institute registration for the upcoming summer will close in the coming months! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

 

Each site is capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

2017 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East – Deadline Approaching
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 28, 2017.

Join CASE for the #TeachAgChat
Join CASE for the #TeachAgChat on Thursday, April 20th from 8-9pm EDT/5-6pm PDT. Discussion will focus on questioning in the agriscience classroom. Questions for the chat include but are not limited to: What question strategies have you found useful in your classroom? How will you encourage more and better questions from your students? What indicators illustrate you have achieved high-level #inquiry in your classroom? CASE looks forward to thoughtful discussion during the #TeachAgChat as teachers, CASE staff, and special guests discuss inquiry-based learning and questioning techniques!

Follow us on Twitter @case4learning and join the conversation by using #TeachAgChat!

FFA

New Official FFA Student Handbook Ready
The 16th edition of the Official FFA Student Handbook is now available. 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. In addition to the handbook, printed poster sets are available for purchase on ShopFFA.org. Additional free resources are available at FFA.org/student-handbook-advisors-guide.

Visit My Journey for Free Resources
As banquet season and the end of the semester nears, be sure to check out My Journey for free resources, ideas and activities! Explore the latest lesson plan on the retiring address of national vice president Abrah Meyer and peruse various resources from Lincoln Electric on the Explore page. Need a resource for planning your banquet menu? In search of a job interview lesson on body language mistakes? Check out the Build page for these resources and more. Looking for information on how to engage young professionals with volunteerism? Head over to the Connect page for this and a new Day in the Life video! Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer into your classroom using the Explore page and be sure to look through past months’ ideas in our Archive pages.

Register Now for 212? and 360?
Registration for the 2017-18 212? and 360? conference season is now available. Please read our newconference 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 the processes more straightforward and timely. Find more information on the 212?/360? leadership conference webpages. Click here to begin registration.

2017 National FFA Convention & Expo Housing
We have made improvements to the housing process for the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo. Based on feedback received from the post-convention survey and FFA In Service, we are implementing an online reservation process for all convention attendees who want to reserve a room within the National FFA Housing block. For detailed information, log in to FFA.org and select the housing document in the “What’s New” section of the Toolbox. If you have questions, email us,convention@ffa.org.

ACTE

Virtual CTE Discussions
Brought to you by ACTE's Educators in Action, this online discussion series is designed to empower educators and reinforce their professional skills. Led by career and technical educators, these regular discussions provide a platform for peer-sharing with professionals across the country. Discussions explore hot topics in CTE and tools and tips for strengthening CTE programs. Join fellow ACTE members for these informative and engaging discussions and lend your voice, expertise and ideas to your peers on these important topics. Click here for the Virtual CTE Discussion Calendar.

NFRBMEA

Early Career Program for NFRBMEA Conference Overview 2017
CHS donates up to $10,000 as scholarships for ag education students/instructors or possible career change individuals who may have an interest in becoming Farm/Ranch Management instructors in the future.

The 2017 conference is in Des Moines, Iowa June 11-15 2017. Applicants participate in a pre-conference group meeting/educational program and then network throughout the ongoing conference with other conference attendees to learn about the profession(s) and professional organizations that make up NFRBMEA.

The scholarship application is now available and we ask that you share with any and all proper contacts that could get this in potential recipient’s hand. Applications are due April 21st.

Further information or questions can be directed to Tina LeBrun: tina.lebrun@southcentral.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAST

 

 

 

Friday Notes
Friday, April 7, 2017: Crop protection is key to food security, and CAST’s new publication covers the innovation and technology involved with fighting pests, weeds, and disease. Ag news from Capitol Hill, university ag programs honored, and a look at the fake news that used to be called “April Fools.” Sharks lurking off St. Louis, anyone? 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 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

May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
June 25-28
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

National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Applications DUE NEXT MONDAY, APRIL 10TH
Each year, the National Teach Ag Campaign selects 12 outstanding preservice agriculture teachers to represent us at the National FFA Convention, and throughout the year as ambassadors, promoting the profession and encouraging others to Teach Ag! Click here to apply TODAY!
NAAE Award Applications Now Available
NAAE wants to recognize you for your vast accomplishments! Apply today for a NAAE award! Applications are due May 15th. Click here for more information and to apply today!
2017 NAAE Convention Professional Development Workshops-Request for Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2017 NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, December 5-9, 2017, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal.
Serve on the 2017 NAAE Awards Judging Committee
NAAE is looking for individuals interested in judging our awards. The awards will be judged virtually. Each committee volunteer must be a NAAE member and will judge up to 10 award applications using the required NAAE Award Judging Rubric that will be provided. Follow this link for more information and to sign up by May 12th!
DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
DEKALB® is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award. For 70 years, this award has been presented to agriculture students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic. To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, ag educators should visit DEKALB.com/awards between March 1 - May 1, 2017.
Bayer Offers Awards for Those Seeking to Help Protect & Promote Bee Pollinators
Bayer's Bee Care program recently announced three great opportunities for anyone who has been involved in protecting and promoting bee pollinators as well as for those interested in establishing pollinator forage. Any one of these could fit one of your students or your program. Click here to see how you can apply & be involved!
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. Lynn Locatelli helps re-design a ranch facility where calves are herded to be vaccinated and cows are checked for pregnancy and other health procedures. Click here to watch the video.

CASE

2017 CASE Institute Registration – Register Now
Register soon to attend a CASE Institute before time runs out! CASE Institute registration for the upcoming summer will close in the coming months! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

 

Each site is capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director,Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

2017 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East – Deadline Approaching
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 28, 2017.

Join CASE for the #TeachAgChat
Join CASE for the #TeachAgChat on Thursday, April 20th from 8-9pm EDT/5-6pm PDT. Discussion will focus on questioning in the agriscience classroom. Questions for the chat include but are not limited to: What question strategies have you found useful in your classroom? How will you encourage more and better questions from your students? What indicators illustrate you have achieved high-level #inquiry in your classroom? CASE looks forward to thoughtful discussion during the #TeachAgChat as teachers, CASE staff, and special guests discuss inquiry-based learning and questioning techniques!

Follow us on Twitter @case4learning and join the conversation by using #TeachAgChat!

FFA

2017 National FFA Convention & Expo Housing
We have made improvements to the housing process for the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo. Based on feedback received from the post-convention survey and FFA In-Service, we are implementing an online reservation process for all convention attendees who want to reserve a room within the National FFA Housing block. For detailed information, log in to FFA.org and select the housing document in the “What’s New” section of the Toolbox. If you have questions, email us, convention@ffa.org.

Take Advantage of the Free Resources on My Journey
As the spring semester continues and state events and banquets approach, remember to peruse My Journey for free resources, ideas and activities! Need award medals for your chapter banquet or lessons to go with the latest issue of FFA New Horizons? Check out the Explore page. Looking for a banquet planning guide to help with the details? What about a lesson on communication skills? Head over to the Build page. Searching for ways to improve or start an FFA Alumni chapter? Is your class ready to learn about global agriculture? Check out the Connect page for information on how to apply for a FFA Alumni Legacy Grant and for a lesson on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer using the Explore page and be sure to look through past months’ ideas on our Archive pages.

New Website for FFA New Horizons Launched
We recently launched a newly-designed FFA New Horizons magazine. The magazine's website has also been redesigned and is now live! The website has all the content that our printed magazine does, plus videos, interactive features and breaking news.

National Officer Leader to Leader
This month, National FFA President David Townsend hosts our Leader to Leader video segment. David's subject: "Learn. Always."

ACTE

Virtual CTE Discussions
Brought to you by ACTE's Educators in Action, this online discussion series is designed to empower educators and reinforce their professional skills. Led by career and technical educators, these regular discussions provide a platform for peer-sharing with professionals across the country. Discussions explore hot topics in CTE and tools and tips for strengthening CTE programs. Join fellow ACTE members for these informative and engaging discussions and lend your voice, expertise and ideas to your peers on these important topics. Click here for the Virtual CTE Discussion Calendar.

NFRBMEA

Early Career Program for NFRBMEA Conference Overview 2017
CHS donates up to $10,000 as scholarships for ag education students/instructors or possible career change individuals who may have an interest in becoming Farm/Ranch Management instructors in the future.

The 2017 conference is in Des Moines, Iowa June 11-15 2017. Applicants participate in a pre-conference group meeting/educational program and then network throughout the ongoing conference with other conference attendees to learn about the profession(s) and professional organizations that make up NFRBMEA.

The scholarship application is now available and we ask that you share with any and all proper contacts that could get this in potential recipient’s hand. Applications are due April 21st.

Further information or questions can be directed to Tina LeBrun: tina.lebrun@southcentral.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAST

 

 

 

Friday Notes
Friday, March 31, 2017: Ag innovation comes from many sources; famine strikes South Sudan; and Capitol Hill continues to buzz with ag-related news. Catch the Cucumba Man rapping, a dare devil flying, a robot delivering food, and a story that will feed your arachnophobia. 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.