|Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education|
|Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education|
May 14, 2012
To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.
To transform agricultural education for a changing world.
The Council will:
June 17-20, 2012
NAAE Region II Conference
Opelousas, LAJune 19-21, 2012
NAAE Region III Conference
Ankeny, IAJune 26-28, 2012
NAAE Region IV Conference
Hannibal, MOJune 24-26, 2012
NAAE Region V Conference
Charleston, SCJuly 9-12, 2012
NAAE Region VI Conference
FFA Alumni Development Conference
Bozeman, MTOctober 24-26
November 27-December 1, 2012
2012 NAAE Convention ? Atlanta, GA
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Quote for the Week"Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion."
MMM SubmissionsTo have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Amaris Ketcham at firstname.lastname@example.org.Agricultural Education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources systems.
From NAAEThe News & Views May/June Issue is now available online! Don't miss these articles:
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Present a Workshop at the 2012 NAAE Convention in Atlanta. NAAE is accepting proposals for workshops to be presented at the 2012 NAAE Convention in Atlanta, Georgia November 27-December 1, 2012, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Send ahttp://www.naae.org/docs/2012-Proposal.docproposal to to Alissa Smith at email@example.com by May 15th to be considered. Find out which workshop subjects are requested by NAAE members>>
Apply to be a Teach Ag Ambassador!
If you are a college student majoring in agricultural education AND you are passionate about spreading the Teach Ag message to others apply today to become a Teach Ag Ambassador during the 2012 National FFA Convention. Application deadline is May 14th (TODAY)! The position description and details can be found on CoP.
Did you know that on Communities of Practice, you can collaborate, @mention, update your status, contact other users, and rate and like content? Watch our video to see how.
Volunteer opportunity: Facilitate a community on NAAE's Communities of Practice. We currently need facilitators for the following communities: FFA, Ag. Economics, Ag Mechanics, Animal Sciences, Small Animal, Veterinary Science, and Marketing Your Ag Program.To volunteer, contact CoP administrator Julie Fritsch, or learn more by reading this facilitator position description.
Communities of Practice
Dr. Carl Winter?scientist, researcher, and parody song master?wins the 2012 Borlaug CAST Communication Award. Students will find other links to current information, controversies, 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.
Mosaic is sponsoring CASE Institute Scholarships for beginning and experienced teachers in Florida and Louisiana. Deadline May 15th. More Info>>
The 2012 scholarship selection process is complete.
Living to Serve: Environmental Grants – Due June 1
The National FFA Organization is excited to announce a new grant opportunity for chapters, Living to Serve: Environmental Grants! Chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support year-long service-learning projects focused on developing and implementing projects that address local environmental needs. Applications are due June 1, 2012. Project concepts include, but are not limited to; wildlife conservation, land preservation, environmental education and recycling. Visit the Environmental Grants website for additional information. The Living to Serve: Environmental Grants are provided through funding from CSX as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. www.FFA.org/envirogrants
Dates to remember:
Engaging Non-Traditional FFA Alumni MembersWebinar
We have thousands of former FFA members and FFA Alumni members who are not connected at a local level. They are not engaged with local FFA Alumni affiliates or may not live in an area with any FFA chapters. How do we engage FFA Alumni who just join at a state level? How do we engage individuals who live in communities not currently home to an FFA chapter? How do we engage business and industry in FFA Alumni? Learn how a few non-traditional FFA Alumni affiliates are reaching out and finding creative ways to engage supporters of FFA and agricultural education in the FFA Alumni! Register Now!
USDA is offering two types of farm to school grants: Planning grants and Implementation grants. Planning grants will be made available to schools just getting started on farm to school activities, while Implementation grants are intended for schools, State and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, agricultural producers and producer groups, and nonprofit organizations ready to take existing farm to school projects to the next level. Read More>>
Student Disputes Traditional "College for All" Notion
From a student perspective, Kocian finds that the integration of academic and ?real world? skills provided by CTE is critical to student success after high school. He notes that while some organizations and institutions still push all students to attain a four-year postsecondary degree, students should also consider 2-year degrees or credentials as equally valuable options.Click here to read more.
From AITCCheck out these agriculture classroom resources:
Teach Ag Campaign Recognizes Three Agricultural Educators With Outstanding Contribution Award
The National Teach Ag Campaign, in cooperation with the National FFA Organization, recently recognized three agricultural educators for their impact on the profession of agricultural education at the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) conference in Atlanta. Read more»
Ideas Unlimited: Farm to School Program Prepares Students for Agronomy Careers, Supplies Fresh Food to School
Tim Uhlenkamp and Jeff Eppen teach agriculture at Sibley East High School in Arlington, Minn. Employment opportunities abound for students with a background in soil science and crop production in their area. Uhlenkamp and Eppen decided to re-work the course offerings in their program?s agronomy pathway to make the classes more attractive to students and help them take advantage of local jobs.
In collaboration with their advisory board and school administration, the co-teachers created Sibley East?s Farm to School program. Farm to School has three goals: to produce fresh produce to use in school lunches, to attract more students into the career pathway of agronomy, and to promote agriculture to community members. Read more>>
Deadlines for regional conference registrations are approaching. Don't miss this great opportunity to network with ag teachers from your region. Click the link and choose your region to see conference details. Go>>
It's not too late to apply for a NAAE award. The postmark deadline for submitting applications to the NAAE office is May 15, 2012, but many states have their own rules about qualifying for the national competition. Check with your state's agricultural educators' association for details and deadlines, and visit this link to download award details and applications.
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Freedom High School Agriculture students had the opportunity to meet U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (pictured) and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the recent town hall meeting about agricultural education at UW-Platteville. To watch the archived webcast of the secretaries' remarks, follow this link.
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