Julie Fritsch

Teach Ag Ambassadors Selected, Ford Grant Challenge Winners Announced

Blog Post created by Julie Fritsch on Jun 4, 2012

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education


2012 Ford Grant Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the 2012 Ford Grant Challenge winners! Six national winners were selected from each of the NAAE regions to receive a $3000 grant to be used to better their agricultural education department or local community. The following six winners were selected because they received the highest index score from their total number of National FFA Ford student scholarship applications.

The Ford Grant Challenge award is sponsored by Ford as a special project of the National FFA Foundation


Region I:
Monache High School, Porterville, CA
Cynthia Brown, Agriculture Teacher
Region II:
Cherryvale High School, Cherryvale, KS
Amy Allen, Agriculture Teacher
Region III:
West Central High School, Hartford, SD
Linda Petersen, Agriculture Teacher
Region IV:
Miami Trace High School
Bruce Bennett, Agriculture Teacher
Region V:
Midway High School, Newton Grove, NC
Chris Jolly, Agriculture Teacher
Region VI:
Pioneer High School
MaryLou Genaway, Agriculture Teacher


Details about the Ford Grant Challenge


2012 National Teach Ag Ambassadors Selected
The National Teach Ag  Campaign has selected 11 outstanding agricultural education majors to serve as  2012-2013 Teach Ag Ambassadors.  The Teach Ag ambassadors will assist with  the National FFA Convention Teach Ag booth as well as other opportunities  throughout the year.  These students represent the best and the brightest of  the next generation of agriculture teachers.  Congratulations!


Brandon Sours, New Mexico State University
Bradley Coleman, Louisiana State University A&M
Jillian Gordon, Penn State University
Victoria Hamilton, University of Kentucky
Katie Frenzen, Universtiy of Nebraska-Lincoln
Sara Colombe, South Dakota State University
Dorreen Lentz, University of Minnesota
Bethany Markway, Missouri State University
Heather Pray, Penn State University
Aly Reynolds, Utah State University
Nyssa Thigpen, Mississippi State University


Teach Ag Survey - Agricultural Education Teacher Educators: Please participate in a brief professional survey that will be a  valuable tool in providing important data on the perceived agriculture teacher  shortage.  Your responses are extremely important to the profession.   Please have one person from each Ag Ed institution complete the survey by  July 16th. http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/927010/Ag-Ed-Degree-Institution-Student-Data-May-2012 Contact Ellen Thompson,  National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator if you have questions or need  assistance.


Communities of Practice - communities.naae.org


CoP tip of the week: Attach files to a reply by clicking "Use Advanced Editor" link at the top right of the box when typing your response.


2012 NAAE Convention - Rising with Rigor & Relevance
Make plans now to attend the NAAE Convention this November in Atlanta. Join NAAE as we elevate the rigor and relevance of agricultural education through professional development, recognition of outstanding agricultural educators, and innovative teacher collaboration methods.


Early bird registration for NAAE Convention is open until July 12. Register now for a significant savings. You can also book your room at the NAAE Convention hotel, and get a discount on your flight with Delta.


Did You Know NAAE member can get a discount on Membership in the National Science Teachers Association? Become a member of NSTA and expand your professional development opportunities. NSTA is offering a special discount membership rate of $60 for NAAE members. That's a 19% savings off regular NSTA dues. Take advantage of new opportunities and resources that will help enhance your career. Details.

CAST Friday Notes

This week?s newsletter offers news headlines, a meme of the week, and a link to an advice blog about pigs that mentions CAFOs, NIMBYs, and even scratch-and-sniff boards.


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.


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. The Florida scholarship even includes a $500 travel stipend.

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.  This opportunity will be available until all scholarships have been awarded. Questions?  Contact CASE Operations Coordinator Miranda Chaplin at  mchaplin.naae@uky.edu.


ACTE Resource Clearance
Prices on our excess inventory has been cut in half, but time is running out to get in on these great deals! This listing will be updated continuously as orders come in—enter Shop ACTE to view full product descriptions, and be sure to pick out your favorites by June 30, when this opportunity will be gone forever. Order today

Enter Shop ACTE for a full view of ACTE's products and to search for your favorites. ACTE members receive special discounts on most products and resources. Non-members can join ACTE to take advantage of the special ACTE member prices and discounts.

From FFA

Movie featuring FFA to appear in theaters across the country in June
This June, FFA members can view “Deep in the Heart” at their local theaters. The movie--which is the story about Dick Wallrath, a major contributor to agricultural education--will be screened on June 14 at more than 25 movie theaters across the nation. Tickets sales will be going back to FFA, 4-H and agricultural education in the form of college scholarships. To find out if a movie theater near you will be screening, visit http://www.deepintheheartmovie.com/showings.php.

2012 Scholarship Results
The 2012 FFA Scholarship Results are now available for each state. Click here to view

National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent
We are now accepting applications for national band, chorus and talent members. Apply by July 2, 2012.


NASDCTEc Collects More than 1,700 Reviews of Common CTE Standards, Moving Development Forward
More  than 1,700 reviews of the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC), a shared set of rigorous, high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE) standards, were submitted during the recent public comment phase. Input on the CCTC was collected from a broad range of CTE stakeholders, including educators, administrators, and business and industry representatives. Read more


Free.ed.gov - a clearinghouse of free resources and lesson plans from a variety of federal governmental agencies.