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Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

From CAST

With various articles focused on agricultural communication, readers can check out headline topics as well as an award-winning h.s. ag video and the achievements of a university ag robotics team.


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 most recent edition of CASTFriday Notes.


From CASE

If you are an agriculture teacher in Florida or Louisiana, and have ever considered teaching CASE, this summer is your opportunity to get the curriculum and accompanying professional development for free. 


As a special project of the National FFA Foundation, Mosaic is sponsoring full scholarships for Florida and Louisiana agriculture teachers to attend a 2012 CASE institute of their choosing. Everyone who attends a CASE institute comes away with the full CASE curriculum and accompanying materials for that course, as well as the benefit of extensive training on how to implement the course into their program. The Florida scholarship even includes a $500 travel stipend, so this is a unique opportunity to get first-rate professional development for free.  With budget restrictions that so many school districts are facing, this is a fantastic opportunity.


This scholarship is available for both beginning and experienced teachers, so whether you’ve been in the agriculture classroom for 20 years or are just tying down that first job after student teaching, you can apply. Although the deadline for these scholarships was originally the first part of May, there is still a lot of scholarship money left.  Scholarships will continue to be awarded after review of qualifications until all available scholarships have been awarded.  CASE institutes are starting soon though, so don’t delay.


Visit http://communities.naae.org/message/12562 for the application form, and http://www.case4learning.org  to learn more about CASE and find institutes with openings.  Questions?  Contact CASE Operations Coordinator Miranda Chaplin at mchaplin.naae@uky.edu.


From NAAE

The News & Views May/June Issue is now available online. Don't miss these articles:


Did you know that on Communities of Practice, you can organize your preferences with the What Matters section? 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


From USDA

Hawaii Education Program Seeks to Increase STEM Education through Gardening
Many teachers use creative methods to keep their students engaged in the curriculum they are teaching. Some methods work far better than others. For one group in Hawaii, teachers are using gardening to boost their science, technology and math classes, while placing an emphasis on Hawaii’s need for more experiential science learning related to agriculture and sustainability.


The Kohala Center is using funding from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Creativethrough the Secondary Higher Education and Ag in the Classroom Challenge grants program to organize the Hawai‘i Island School Garden Network. This network, consisting of 30 elementary, middle and high school teachers, will establish a School Learning Garden program that will integrate core curriculum and STEM education with hands-on, garden-based learning. Read More>>



From FFA

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. Read More>>


The National Collegiate Ag Ambassador program is designed for college students to be advocates for our industry. All applications must be submitted by 5 PM EST on June 1, 2012.  If you have any questions at all regarding the program and/or application, please do not hesitate to contact me.  If you have any questions, please contact Lindsey Calhoun. Read More>>


From Making a Difference:



From AITC

Ag Ed Student Games
From Seed to Shelf - The Food Processing Game
In this activity you will try your hand at producing boxes of crackers and distributing them to grocery stores across the country. As in real life you will encounter problems and surprises during the manufacturing process.


Ag Overload - Food for Thought
Use your knowledge about agriculture and your gaming skills to control a noxious (undesirable, troublesome, non-native, difficult to control or eradicate) weed. Pick a partner to play against and check your score against your classmates…who know the most about agriculture?


My American Farm
The site includes more than a dozen different agricultural games. Test your ag-knowledge and gaming skills while exploring careers, interacting with American geography, learning about nutrition, building the perfect piece of equipment, and designing your own farm!


Buzz about Bees
Learn about the differences between native bees, honey bees, wasps, and hornets!


Range Rambler - Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
Explore how Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Global Information System (GIS) are used by a range scientist. Mapping skills and tasks reflect actual field work in this simulation.


From NASDCTEc

General Advocacy Tools

From NAAE

The News & Views May/June Issue is now available online! Don't miss these articles:


Register now to qualify for the early bird rate!
Early bird registration is open for the NAAE Convention.  Register before July 13 for a significant savings over the regular registration rate. Visit our website for details and to register.
Book now at the NAAE Convention hotel, the Hilton Atlanta for a special rate. NAAE has also worked with Delta Airlines so contention attendees can receive a 5% discount on flights. See details here.


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 asmith.naae@uky.edu 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


From CAST

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.


Click here to access the most recent edition of CASTFriday Notes.


CASE

Mosaic is sponsoring CASE Institute Scholarships for beginning and experienced teachers in Florida and Louisiana. Deadline May 15th. More Info>>


From FFA

The 2012 scholarship selection process is complete.
Approximately $1.9 million in scholarship funds were donated by 130 generous sponsors. More than 8,000 students submitted applications to the 2012 program.  1,539 scholarships were awarded.  Please visit  www.ffa.org to view the 2012 scholarship results.

Notification letters will be mailed to recipients in late May or early June. The letters will contain detailed instructions for claiming the scholarships. Recipients should contact scholarships@ffa.org if they have not received the mailing by July 1, 2012. Information and applications for the 2013 scholarship program will be available at www.ffa.org November 15, 2012.


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:

  • American FFA Degree Application due: June 15
  • Stars Award Application due: June 15
  • Proficiency Award Application due: July 15


Engaging Non-Traditional FFA Alumni MembersWebinar
June 5, 2012
7:30 pm Eastern


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!


General Webinar Information.



From USDA

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>>


From NASDCTEc

Student Disputes Traditional "College for All" Notion
High school senior and Career Technical Education (CTE) student Austin Kocian recently published a guest editorial in a local newspaper to voice support for academic and technical learning through CTE and to counter the notion that all students should earn a four-year degree after high school.


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 AITC

Check out these agriculture classroom resources:

MAY/JUNE 2012

President's Message:
Spring, Here We Go Again!

Ken Couture, 2011-2012 NAAE President


Greg CurlinIt's that time of year again. The temperatures are warming, the grass is greening, and farmers are itching to get into the fields. A very mild winter has made this year's spring seem to arrive that much earlier.

For agricultural educators, there doesn't seem to be much let-up in our hectic schedules. But with the end of the school year in sight, this time of year can be downright exhausting. We seem to cram a year's worth of activities into six weeks. Read more»------------------

Don't Miss These! Opportunities in Agricultural Education

As you?re wrapping up this school year and planning the next, be sure to take advantage of these great opportunities brought to you by NAAE and our partners. Read more>>

 

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2012 NAAE Convention

Early bird registration is open for the 2012 NAAE Convention, to be held November 27-December 1 in Atlanta.  Attend for great professional development, networking, and recognition of outstanding agricultural educators and programs from across the United States. Read more»

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Try Out the New & Improved Communities of Practice

NAAE?s much-used professional networking site, Communities of Practice,http://communities.naae.org got a major upgrade in mid-March.  The updates have made the site an even better way to find resources and connect with other agricultural educators.
Read more»

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Leading the Way: Being A CASE Lead Teacher

by Tim Ray, CASE Lead Teacher

Almost three years ago, I took a leap of faith by embarking on what I hoped was a step forward in agricultural education and a more meaningful and fun education for my students. I also wanted to up my game as an education professional and continue to hone my teaching practices and strategies.

So in the summer of 2010, I spent 28 days on the road attending two CASE Institutes. One was Introduction to Agriculture?Animal Science (ASA), the other Introduction to Agriculture?Plant Science (ASP). During that time I lived out of a suitcase; in a very nice motel and in a not so fancy dorm.  I ate all sorts of different foods, and met some amazing individuals. I also grew more in that 28 days than I had in my previous ten years of teaching.  Read more»

Many CASE Institutes will be closing registration this week! Visit case4learning.org to see which Institutes still have openings and sign up!

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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»

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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>>

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Register for Your Regional Conference

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>>

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Last Chance: Apply for A 2012 NAAE Award

trophiesIt'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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Read More News & Views


You're just looking at the front page of our newsletter. Check out the table of contents at the top for a full listing of stories in this month's News & Views.

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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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Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education


May 7, 2012

The Council

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

To transform agricultural education for a changing world.

The Council will:

  • Create a sustainable revenue stream for The National Council for Agricultural Education operations,
  • Establish an effective brand communication strategy for Agricultural Education,
  • Promote seamless educational pathways leading to current and emerging careers in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources,
  • Implement a strategy that makes Agricultural Education more relevant, and
  • Define a process for surfacing critical issues and offering ideas and solutions, generating input, setting direction, and sharing with the profession.

Website

http://www.teamaged.org/council

Upcoming Events

2012
June 17-20, 2012
NAAE Region II Conference
Opelousas, LA

June 19-21, 2012
NAAE Region III Conference
Ankeny, IA

June 26-28, 2012
NAAE Region IV Conference
Hannibal, MO

June 24-26, 2012
NAAE Region V Conference
Charleston, SC

July 9-12, 2012
NAAE Region VI Conference
Hershey, PA
July 11-15
FFA Alumni Development Conference
Bozeman, MT

October 24-26
FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
November 27-December 1, 2012
2012 NAAE Convention ? Atlanta, GA

MMM Past Issues

April 30
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April 16
April 9
April 2
March 26
March 19

Quote for the Week

"If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when are you going to have time to do it again?"
?Anonymous

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Amaris Ketcham at aketcham.naae@uky.edu.

Agricultural Education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources systems.

 

From NAAE

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 asmith.naae@uky.edu 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! The position description and details can be found at http://communities.naae.org/message/12470.

Communities of Practice

Help Select America's Farmers Mom of the Year
Online voting is currently underway on www.AmericasFarmers.com to determine the national winner of Monsanto?s 2012 America?s Farmers Mom of the Year contest.

From a pool of nearly 1,000 worthy candidates, judges from American

Agri-Women and Monsanto have selected five amazing farm moms from across the country as regional winners. Each regional winner was awarded a $5,000 cash prize from Monsanto. The regional winner receiving the most online votes by May 12 will win an additional $5,000 and the 2012 national America?s Farmers Mom of the Year title.

To see regional winners and vote, visit www.AmericasFarmers.com

 


From CAST

Key stories this week include animal health, herbicide-resistant weeds, and dolphins that help people fish. 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.

Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes.


CASE

Registration for CASE Institutes Closing Soon
Many Institutes still have a few spots left. Visit http://case4learning.org/ to see availability and book your spot. 

Funding to Attend Institutes
DEADLINE EXTENSION - If you are interested in field testing the CASE Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB) curriculum in your program next school year, here is an opportunity to get a partial scholarship to the APB institute that will be happening in Ankeny, Iowa, June 11-22, 2012. Read More>>

In addition, Mosaic is sponsoring CASE Institute Scholarships for beginning and experienced teachers in Florida and Louisiana.


From FFA

Upcoming Webinars:
FFA Alumni’s Role in Maintaining a High Quality Ag Ed Program
What is the FFA Alumni’s role in local agricultural education programs? How can you help your teacher(s) to provide a high caliber, rigorous curriculum that prepares your students to enter the workforce and become life-long advocates for agriculture and agricultural education?
Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 7:30 pm Eastern
Register Now!

View past webinars
General Webinar Information

The National Collegiate Ag Ambassador program is designed for college students to be advocates for our industry.  We look for college students who have a desire to promote agriculture and help others better understand the value and importance of the industry to a variety of audiences. Twenty ambassadors from across the US are chosen each year, and given the challenge to help as many people as possible better understand how the agriculture industry directly affects their life.  Applicants must meet the following requirements to apply for the program:

  • must have completed, or be completing their freshman year of college when applying
  • must be pursuing an agriculture related degree
  • must be a full time student the entire year they are serving as an ambassador (2012-13 school year)
  • must have a genuine desire to promote agriculture

Scholarship money ($1,000) and a digital camera are provided to all selected ambassadors, as well as the use of an iPad and LCD projector. Ambassadors go through two intense trainings in August and December to learn about the issues currently facing the industry, as well as proper presentation skills.

Below are four important links regarding the application process; I highly recommend students review the FAQ and screen shots link before beginning the application so they fully understand the program and what will be asked of them during the application process.  

All applications must be submitted by 5 PM EST on June 1, 2012.  If you have any questions at all regarding the program and/or application, please do not hesitate to contact me.  If you have any questions, please contact Lindsey Calhoun at lcalhoun@ffa.org.

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From ACTE

Administration Proposes Major Change to Perkins
On April 19, at an event at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and OVAE Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier released the Administration's Blueprint for the next Perkins reauthorization. The Blueprint is titled "Investing in America's Future: A Blueprint for Transforming Career and Technical Education." A summary of the document and a press release can also be found on the Department's Web site.

The Blueprint includes four key principles:

  • effective ALIGNMENT between CTE and labor market needs to equip students with 21st-century skills and prepare them for in-demand occupations in high-growth industry sectors
  • strong COLLABORATION among secondary and postsecondary institutions, employers, and industry partners to improve the quality of CTE programs
  • meaningful ACCOUNTABILITY for improving academic outcomes and building technical and employability skills in CTE programs, based upon common definitions and clear metrics for performance
  • increased emphasis on INNOVATION supported by systemic reform of state polices and practices to support CTE implementation of effective practices at the local level

Read more

From NASDCTEc

Seeking Public Input on Common Standards for CTE Programs
The opportunity for the public to comment on the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC), a shared set of rigorous, high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE) standards developed and validated by business, industry and education experts, will run April 30 ? May 11, 2012 and all CTE stakeholders, including business and industry, educators, parents, and students are urged to participate in this process.

The public comment period is an opportunity for CTE stakeholders to participate in the development process of the CCTC, which is intended to help ensure all CTE students have access to high-quality, rigorous career-focused learning opportunities in every state, and every community across the nation.

The final standards are slated for public release at the National Career Clusters ? Institute  on June 19, 2012. Provide public comment on the CCTC today.

For more information, contact Dean Folkers, Deputy Executive Director, dfolkers@careertech.org.


From NFRBMEA

Registration Now Open for 2012 National Farm Business Management Conference
June 10-14, 2012, Bloomington, MN
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