Sabrina Hounshell

Monday Morning Monitor 9/24/2012

Blog Post created by Sabrina Hounshell on Sep 24, 2012


Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

FFA Alumni

Wednesday, Oct. 24
FFA Tailgate & Benefit Auction

Presented by the National FFA Alumni Association
5 - 7:30 p.m. Indiana Convention Center, Expo Floor, Exhibitor’s Lounge, Enter at Hall H
Must be at least 21 years old to attend.

Don’t miss the adult event of national FFA convention! This is your opportunity as FFA Alumni members to mingle with Expo exhibitors and other supporters attending convention and hopefully engage them in events back at home.

Enjoy food, beverages and live music throughout the evening. In addition, the National FFA Alumni will be auctioning off a limited number of items during the tailgate to raise funds for FFA member scholarships.Click here learn more about the tailgate and benefit auction schedule!

Unable to attend the Benefit Auction?  Click here to complete and submit a proxy form to have FFA Alumni bid on your behalf.  Don’t miss out on great items like a Ford F150 or special travel packages.

Thursday, Oct. 25
Workshop – Personalizing YOUR Agvocacy!

Presented by: Erin Ehnle
10 – 11 a.m. Indiana Convention Center, Rooms 243-245
Erin Ehnle, founder of Keeping It Real: Through the Lens of a Farm Girl, will share how her passion for photography provided a platform for advocating for agriculture. Join Erin as she leads us to consider how our own talents and passions can translate into advocacy opportunities!


The Value of CASE from an Administrator’s Point of View

For the past few years, CASE has been helping agriculture programs all over the U.S. stay on the need-to-have list by helping teachers show their administrators the direct connection between students’ success in the CASE classroom and success after graduation.

Read more in the current edition of News & Views.

Teachers' World - new workshops added.  Make time for professional development while you're at National FFA Convention this year.

Visit this webpage to learn about interactive workshops and all Teachers' World opportunities.

NAAE at the National FFA Convention
Check out all the photos that have been submitted in our"Where Will You Be TAGGED" photo contest! Submit yours by Friday, October 26 for a chance to win our custom-made Teach Ag boots. Click here for details..

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.

2012 NAAE Convention - Register before October 29

NAAE members pay one registration fee for full access to both the NAAE conference and ACTE CareerTech Vision 2012.Registration cost for NAAE members:
Through Oct. 29 - $375
After Oct. 29 - $450

After November 8, registrations will only be accepted on site
For more information and to register, click here.For more about NAAE convention, visit our website and click on the convention drop-down menu at the top of the page.

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International Teaching Opportunities

International Exchange and Research Opportunities for U.S. Classroom Teachers

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs offers Fulbright grants for U.S. primary and secondary classroom teachers, guidance counselors, curriculum specialists, curriculum heads, Talented and Gifted coordinators, Special Education coordinators and media specialists/librarians to participate in international exchanges during the 2013-2014 academic year through the Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program (CTE) and theDistinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program (DA).

By living, teaching or conducting research overseas, U.S. teachers gain new skills, learn new instruction and assessment methodologies and share best practices with international colleagues and students. Teachers also have the opportunity to expand their understanding of other cultures and international education systems that will enrich their U.S. home schools and local communities with global perspectives.

Teachers may apply for the CTE Program for one of six countries: the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, India, Mexicoandthe United Kingdom. Teachers may apply for the DA Program for one of eight countries: Argentina, Finland, India, Mexico, Morocco, Singapore, South Africa and the United Kingdom. For more information about eligibility requirements, benefits and impact of these programs, please visit the program website.

The application deadline for the CTE Program is October 15, 2012.The application deadline for the DA program is December 15, 2012.

Teachers interested in applying to the CTE program can find more information here.Teachers interested in applying to the DA program can find more information here.


Wondering when the 2013 CASE Institutes will be announced? The 2013 CASE Institutes will be announced on the CASE website on November 15, 2012. Registration for the 2013 CASE Institutes is set to open December 1, 2012. Contact a CASE Affiliate University or CASE State Leader to make a suggestion of what courses and dates you would like to see offered as Institutes.For additional information about CASE and the courses currently available, please visit the CASE website.

CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, September 21 - Find articles on Arsenic and Rice, Water Woes, Top Food Production Innovations, how Agriculture is "Trending", and that Ambassador Quinn is honored with an award 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


2013 Agriculture in the Classroom National Conference

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Marriott City Center
June 25-28, 2013

Who's invited?

  • Educators of all grade levels
  • Administrators
  • Curriculum Developers
  • Career Guidance Counselors
  • Substitute Teachers
  • AITC Volunteers
  • State AITC Contacts
  • Agricultural Science Teachers
  • Extension Educators
  • AITC Board Members
  • Agricultural Industry Representatives


For more information about the 2013 Agriculture in the Classroom National Conference please click here.


September CTE Monthly: Impact of Sequestration, Exemplary CTE in MA, TX, and UT

CTE Monthly, a collaborative publication from the Association for Career and Technical Education and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, features the latest news on Career Technical Education (CTE) from across the nation for CTE stakeholders and Members of Congress.In the September edition, read more about:
  • Impact of Sequester on the Carl D. Perkins CTE Act

  • Issue Brief on CTE’s Role in Urban Education

  • Exemplary CTE Programs and Students in Massachusetts, Texas, and Utah

  • CTE as a Key Solution to Absenteeism


National FFA

Agricultural Career Network offers opportunities for students to explore careers

This spring, FFA members across the country were able to log in to the National FFA Organization’s Agricultural Career Network and begin to document their educational achievements, create robust portfolios and pursue scholarship, awards and employment opportunities. The network will provide a database of students who are interested in particular career fields within the industry.

This fall, FFA members will also be able to take another step on their path to career success. Through AgCN, FFA will work in collaboration with Career Cruising and to provide valuable tools and assistance for students in their pursuits of more than 300 careers in agriculture.

Through the organization’s relationship with Career Cruising, members will have easy access to career information within selected fields of interest. Career Cruising will provide online career exploration tools that lead to recommending classwork and hands-on learning opportunities while guiding members along a path tailored to their abilities.

The organization’s partnership with will allow members to search for career opportunities within their particular field of study or within a selected geographic area through a very robust job board. With AgCN, FFA members will have a convenient home for both career exploration and job placement.

More information on AgCN and what it means for members, advisors, state staff and alumni will be available during the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo through a variety of workshops. Make sure to check out to find out what workshops you should attend!

Have you registered for the National FFA Convention & Expo?
There’s still time. Pre-convention registration closes Oct. 12 at 5 p.m. EDT.

Registration for the FFA Rally to Fight Hunger is open
FFA needs your help to assemble one million meals at this year’s convention and expo. The FFA Rally to Fight Hunger will take place Oct. 24 - 26 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Sign up for an hour-long shift! For more information, visit

Volunteer judges needed
The Agricultural Proficiency Awards, American Star Awards and National FFA Agriscience Fair will be judged Thursday, Oct. 25. The National Chapter Awards will be judged on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Convention judging is voluntary. FFA does not cover any judging expenses. Submit nominations to; include name, email, and the event you’d like to judge.

All in the familia
Celebrate the contributions of the Latino community at the 2012 National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 24-27 in Indianapolis! Sponsored by title sponsor STIHL and supporting sponsor Farm Credit, the “Somos FFA, We Are FFA” celebration will pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of more than 56,000 FFA members who self-identify as Latino. To watch the Somos FFA video, visit To learn more about the celebration and how you can help, visit the FFA diversity and inclusion webpage.

Apply for a SAE Grant
The SAE Grant application is now live until Thursday, Nov. 15. Grants are available for FFA members in grades seventh – 11th. Members can apply for either a pathway or sponsored grant. When applying for a sponsored grant, address the grant specifics within your application. For more information, contact Rebecca Carter,

Case IH "Red Power" Skid Steer Auction to support FFA is going on now
Case IH is donating a one-of-a-kind skid steer to benefit FFA. The online auction will run through Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. CST. Proceeds split accordingly: 89 percent goes to the National FFA Foundation, 10 percent to the winning bidder's state FFA association and 1 percent to the winning bidder's FFA chapter of choice. To view the listing, auction terms and place bids, visit

Mint Condition
Celebrate the National FFA Organization’s anniversary with a limited edition 85th Anniversary Legacy Challenge Coin Set, designed to commemorate FFA, its history, accomplishments and the impact it’s had on agriculture. The commemorative set also includes a 12-page booklet covering FFA history.  You can purchase your set today at