Amaris Ketcham

Monday Morning Monitor

Blog Post created by Amaris Ketcham on Feb 6, 2012



Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education


CTE Month Challenge
ACTE has partnered up with KP Education Systems, leaders in mobile education technology, to create a new and exciting way to engage in online learning about ACTE and CTE.  Learn through this fun and interactive tool while you compete with other educators around the country and between ACTE Regions. Participate in the challenge here.

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From FFA

2012 National FFA Convention
Chapter housing is now open.  Please go to for more details.

Winter 2011-2012 New Horizons
The official member publication for the National FFA Organization, FFA New Horizons highlights FFA member achievements, promotes careers in the agriculture industry, prepares students for college, offers life lessons and more.  Read about ag ed in "A Mentor, a Teacher, a Friend" or share a guide to planning after high school, or meet a powdered champion in Minnesota.


NAAE Student Membership
Student membership in NAAE is the start of a professional relationship that will provide opportunities for your students now and in their future careers as agricultural educators. Please remind your students that active, active life, and student members are provided with a $100,000 professional liability insurance policy as part of their dues package. Given that student dues are only $10.00 per year, there’s not a better deal in town. Active NAAE members willingly subsidize the cost of student membership--it is the best investment that can be made in ensuring the future of agricultural education. Read More>>

Delmar Cengage Learning Upper Division Scholarship
This scholarship program is designed to lessen the financial burden on college students who are completing their student teaching in agricultural education. Only individuals that are planning to do their student teaching in the 2012-2013 school year and are NAAE Student Members in the 2011-2012 school year are eligible to apply. Find a copy of the application online here. Applications are due electronically to the NAAE office by May 15, 2012.  Please note of the new application submission guidelines.

Interested in more NAAE awards?
We have awards for every stage of your career – from pre-service student scholarships to lifetime achievement awards. Applications are now available here.

CHS Inc. Awards National Teach Ag Campaign Largest Single Financial Contribution

Inver Grove Heights, Minn.-headquartered CHS Inc. (Nasdaq: CHSCP), the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative, has made the largest financial contribution ever to a special campaign focused on raising awareness for the need for more agricultural teachers in U.S. high schools. As a part of the CHS stewardship focus, the CHS Foundation is committed to investing in the future of rural America, agriculture and cooperative business through education and leadership development. Read more>>

Teach Ag Day Grants
The National Teach Ag Campaign would like to again offer Teach Ag Day related grants to help offset the costs associated with spreading the Teach Ag message. All Teach Ag related applications will be considered; however, click here for a listing of the priority areas and to obtain the grant application.  The deadline for Teach Ag grant submissions is 4pm CST on Friday, February 10, 2012. Contact Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator with any questions. National Teach Ag Day will take place on March 15, 2012.

Communities of Practice



It seems there is now an App for everything except Time Travel, but I’m sure someone is working on it. This week’s lead story examines the way the agriculture community has embraced smart phones and Apps. Students will find many other links in this edition with current information, educational opportunities, and entertaining oddities about the varied aspects of agriculture.   

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes is available due to a grant from Winfield Solutions (a Land O’Lakes company). Instructors of agriculture have access to the wide range of material from CAST, and they may forward the information to students for educational use with no strings attached.


Click here to access the February 3 edition of CASTFriday Notes.



More Kids in the Wood
“The Forest Service  ‘More Kids in the Woods’ grant  encourages children to learn more about the natural world and to experience outdoor activities along with exposing them to a variety of career paths in natural resources,” said Natural Resources Manager Carl Petrick of the National Forests in Florida. Thinking of applying for a grant? See past winning proposals.

New Plant Hardiness Zone Map
With spring not that far away, the garden catalogues are starting to fly through the mail, but the “must read” of the moment for America’s estimated 80 million gardeners is the new Plant Hardiness Zone Map rolled out by USDA last week at


Just in time for Valentine's Day. Do you know what goes into creating chocolate? Cocoa beans from a tree go through an extensive process before becoming delicious chocolate that we can enjoy in a heart-shaped box! Share the video with your kids.

Got Dirt? is a program designed to assist with the implementation of school, community, and child care gardens. The garden toolkit provides simple, step-by-step plans for starting a garden. Tips from garden experts and garden sucess stories from around Wisconsin (project home state) are also included. Garden training workshops are also available for people living in Wisconsin. Check out the program.

History, the Dollar, and Agriculture come together in this lesson from Ag in Montana Schools. Read the lesson plan here and think about adapting it for your classroom.


Register now for CASE Institutes this summer.  Institutes will be taking place at 15 sites spread across the United States, so finding one that fits your schedule and travel budget should be possible.  Complete an institute in Introduction to Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, Principles of Agricultural Science-Animal and Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant.  You can also apply to field test the new Animal and Plant Biotechnology curriculum.  Visit for more information.


Grant for Creative, Committed Youth
Whether you are passionate about protecting the planet, providing meals to those who need it, or giving kids just like you the resources they need to star in their own play, be an athlete or an artist, you can be a Friend for Change!  Whatever your interests, a Disney Friends for Change Grant can help you make a difference for people, communities and the planet.Applications due February 29th. Apply for the grant.