Julie Fritsch

Become a Teach Ag Ambassador, Get Funding for Professional Development, Comment on Common CTE Standards

Blog Post created by Julie Fritsch on May 7, 2012


Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

May 7, 2012

The Council


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


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.



Upcoming Events

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

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March 26
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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?"

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.



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



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.


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.

Read More>>


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


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.


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