Amaris Ketcham

Monday Morning Monitor

Blog Post created by Amaris Ketcham on Feb 13, 2012

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education


From FFA

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


Celebrate FFA Week – 3 Word Video Challenge
FFA Week is February 18-25, 2012.

  • Participate in the 3 Word Video Challenge:Attention all creative FFA Alumni members: the National FFA Alumni Association has issued a challenge… connect with your FFA Chapter by creating a 3-word Video of why you do what you do!
    Tell your story about why you’re an FFA Alumni member and choose to support FFA/agriculture education in a 10-15 second video showing three (3!) words.  Top Submissions shown on National FFA Alumni website and Facebook. Step 1: Clickhere for examples.  Step 2: Upload your video to YouTube by March 2, 2012. Step 3: Send the YouTube video link to
  • Learn more about FFA Week & obtain resources such as media tools, logos and more!
  • Purchase FFA Week supplies


National FFA Alumni Webinar Series
Over the past year the National FFA Alumni has been offering webinars on a variety of topics to inform and educate local and state FFA Alumni.  Each session is approximately one hour long and features guest speakers on the specified topics and resources to be downloaded.  You can view recordings of past webinars, download resources, and register for future webinars by visiting and clicking on the “webinars” from the navigation menu.


Register NOW for the next Webinar:


February 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm Eastern
Topic: Oregon FFA Alumni Development Day (ADD) Presentation
The Oregon FFA Alumni Council has found success in presenting ADD to new affiliates and communities interested in starting a local FFA Alumni.  Learn what information they share and how they tailor these presentations based on the needs of the affiliate.  See what ideas you can borrow to help start or strengthen your affiliate or the affiliates within your state!


Interdisciplinary Discovery in Iowa
Barbara Lemmer teaches 225 students at Linn-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa. Her program is so popular there is a list of more than 100 students waiting to enroll in her courses. What's her secret? “I strive to encourage students to exercise innovation and creativity in making informed decisions,” said Lemmer.  “I balance both academic and workplace skills with leadership skills to help students achieve their goals and value their health, socials skills, and self worth.”Read more about this 2011 Outstanding Teacher Award Winner>>


Find out how to apply for an Outstanding Teacher Award>>


Teach Ag
Are you looking for a way to celebrate National Teach Ag Day on March 15th?  Check out the Teach Ag websitefor countless ideas.


National Agriscience Teacher of the Year
Do you inspire and enlighten your students through engaging and interactive lessons in the science of agriculture? Apply for this award.


Communities of Practice



This week we cover ag happenings in Washington, new research papers, and we’ve added updated lists of ag Apps due to the response to last week’s digital topic. 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 10 edition of CASTFriday Notes.



Celebrating Lincoln’s Birthday and USDA’s Birthday

On February 12, President Lincoln’s birthday, let’s take a moment to appreciate the many impressive accomplishments that our Nation’s 16th President achieved during his four years in office.  Many of those accomplishments have a direct tie-in to the success of American agriculture. Lincoln’s birthday is especially important to us because 2012 is the 150th anniversary of USDA. Read More>>


From CTE

Last month the House Education and the Workforce Committee released discussion drafts of two ESEA reauthorization bills. On February 10th, Committee Chairman John Kline (MN) formally introduced the bills, the Student Success Act and the Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act.


In the Student Success Act, grantees’ local plans will have to include a description of how they use funds to support programs that coordinate and integrate “career and technical education aligned with state technical standards that promote skills attainment important to in-demand occupations or industries in the state and the state’s academic standards and work based learning opportunities that provide students in-depth interaction with industry professionals.”


The Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act allows locals to use funds professional development for teachers and school leaders that is “evidence-based, job embedded, and continuous, such as professional development on integrated, interdisciplinary, and project based teaching strategies, including for career and technical education teachers.”Read More>>



Register to attend a CASE Institute this summer.  CASE is an instructional system that provides intense teacher professional development and curriculum that is changing the culture of agriculture programs.  Learn more about CASE and register for an institute


From National Young Farmers

Americorps Opportunity Perfect for Graduating Students
FoodCorps, a national organization that works to address food issues in underserved communities, has called for applications for its second annual class of service members. The organization will be hiring up to one hundred people for positions in 12 states across the country. The 2012 corps will work full-time for one year in school food systems, expanding hands-on nutrition education programs, building and tending school gardens, and sourcing fresh, healthy, local food for school cafeterias. Read More>>


Grants for College Students or Organic Farming
Raising Organic Family Farms recently announced a second round of grants and scholarships for organic farmers and agriculture students.  The application period began on January 16th and will run until March 16th.  In total, ROFF will be giving away $25,000 this winter in small grants and scholarships to selected organic farmers and students. Read More>>