Sabrina Hounshell

Monday Morning Monitor 9/10/2012

Blog Post created by Sabrina Hounshell on Sep 10, 2012


Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education


National Youth Summit: Dust Bowl

How can we feed a growing world while respecting our environment?  What can history teach us about our relationship to the environment today?

On October 17, 2012, the Smithsonian Institution and the National Endowment for the Humanities are offering a unique opportunity to engage thousands of high school students in an online dialogue with renowned filmmaker Ken Burns and environmental experts regarding the legacy of the Dust Bowl and contemporary environmental issues. 

The National Youth Summit will unpack the story, determine what we have learned and generate ideas for how each of us can be a responsible steward of our delicate environment.Program Information

Date: October 17, 2012
Time: 1:00-2:30 pm EDT

Webcast registration and for more information

Presented by the National Museum of American History and the National Endowment for the Humanities, in collaboration with Smithsonian Affiliations and WETA Television.

NAAE at the National FFA Convention

NAAE is doing lots of things at this year?s National FFA Convention to support, promote and celebrate agricultural education and the amazing teachers who make it possible.  Don?t miss these fun opportunities for you and your students!

Everyone: Enter our ?Where Will You be TAGGED? photo contest for a chance to win a pair of custom made Teach Ag boots.

Students: Stop by the Teach Ag booth to complete our scavenger hunt and win a t-shirt plus another chance at those amazing boots.

Ag Ed majors:  Complete our webquest and turn it in at the NAAE booth in Teachers? World for a NAAE t-shirt.  Also visit with NAAE representatives during the Collegiate career fair times and learn about internships, scholarships, and other great opportunities that come with NAAE student membership.

Teachers and Ag Ed majors: participate in Teachers? World professional development.  Each workshop you attend gives you a chance to win an iPad.  Also be sure to take advantage of the Internet café, provided by Monsanto, and visit the booths in Teachers? world.

Everyone: make plans to attend General Session 5, at noon on Friday and hear inspirational stories from current agricultural educators about when they knew they were TAGGED.

We're going to teach ag like it's 2013! Save the Date!

You Are Invited!!!
Save the Date Party!
Wednesday, September 26th
The next National Teach Ag Day will be Thursday-September 26th, 2013.  But why wait until then to celebrate?  Have a save the date party this year on September 26th and build momentum.  Start planning for next year or simply talk about why being an ag teacher is an awesome career choice. 
Everywhere; Ag Ed classroom, on campus, social media, news and print meda,
The Teach Ag website is a great place to start.  You'll find a mountain of great ideas and resources.
  • Lesson Plans
  • Teach Ag interactive games
  • Teach Ag video
  • Tagged to Teach Ag handouts
  • Activity Ideas

We?ll be doing lots of exciting things to build up to the next National Teach Ag day, but in the meantime, you can always celebrate and promote the career of agricultural education using our resources and promotional materials.We would love to hear what plans you have for the Save the Date party! Share your ideas here on Communities of Practice.Questions? Contact Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Day coordinator

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The National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education annually recognizes a member who has made outstanding contributions to agricultural education state supervision. Forms are due to the NASAE Secretary on or before October 10th.
  • Nominations may be made by any active member of the Association.
  • Eligible nominees include all current NASAE members who have maintained reasonable continuous membership in the Association.
  • The recipient shall be selected by the Outstanding Member Award Committee. A plaque and appropriate recognition will be presented during the Awards Banquet at the annual NASAE Conference.


NASAE Outstanding Member Application (PDF)

For more information please click here.

CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, September 7 - Find articles on Stanford organic foods studies, Tigers in Nepal, the importance of translating, interpreting and teaching for CAST, and a piece about resisting the attempts to divide agriculture in this week?s newsletter.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O?Lakes company). here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes

National FFA

The 41st National FFA Alumni Convention & The 85th National FFA Convention & Expo

Planning your National FFA Alumni convention just got a whole lot easier? use the National FFA Alumni Convention Guide to map out your daily activity and never miss any Alumni moments. Make the most of your convention experience.

To attend FFA Alumni events, registration to the National FFA Convention & Expo is required.  Register Today through 5p.m. (EST) Friday, October 12, 2012 here.

There will be plenty of ways for FFA Alumni members to volunteer and serve during convention.

Chaperones and volunteers are needed to help with the FFA dance and hypnotist shows. Energetic, up-beat volunteers are also needed to help engage with students and FFA Alumni at Alumni Nation. Click here to register as a new user and when prompted in your personal information, enter access code ?alumni? to sign-up for a volunteer time!

The FFA Rally to Fight Hunger will also be taking place during convention. There will be one-hour-long shifts available to help package meals. To learn more, and register for your shift, please click here.


ACTE Issue Brief: CTE's Role in Urban Education
August 2012

This Issue Brief explores the promising role that career and technical education programs play in addressing key student achievement issues facing urban schools. CTE programs engage urban students by providing rigorous and relevant coursework, fostering positive relationships, establishing clear pathways and connecting education and careers?fulfilling a unique and positive role in today?s urban education system.

Download the issue here