Sabrina Hounshell

Monday Morning Monitor 10/8/12

Blog Post created by Sabrina Hounshell on Oct 8, 2012


Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education


2012 NAAE Convention -

Tuesday Night Mystery Speaker and Networking ReceptionSponsored by DuPont Pioneer and Hosted by the National Teach Ag CampaignKick-off NAAE convention with an inspiring surprise speaker followed by the chance to network with other convention attendees in a relaxed environment. Make connections you can build on for the rest of the week and after convention is over. Everyone who attends the mystery speaker presentation will receive two free drink tickets to the networking reception, which starts at the conclusion of the mystery speaker presentation. It all starts at 9, and late arrivals to the mystery speaker portion will not be admitted, so be there on time to get a great seat and meet some new people!

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.The NAAE Convention Professional Development schedule has just been released.  Click here to see all the great offerings and plan your PD.

NAAE at FFA Convention

Two weeks until FFA convention!

Teach Ag:  Besides participating in our “Where Will You be"TAGGED” photo contest, stop by the Teach Ag booth to take part in our expo-wide scavenger hunt.  Everyone who participates will get a t-shirt and also be entered for a chance to win those custom-made Anderson Bean boots.NAAE Member Services booth: Teachers, stop by and pick up your convention survival kit, stocked with handy items for you, including a button you can wear to help out with the Teach Ag Scavenger Hunt.  It says “Best.Job.Ever. (ask me why),” because we want you to tell students why your job is so awesome!

Teachers' World:  Visit this webpage to learn about interactive workshops and all Teachers' World opportunities.  Also, watch Twitter hashtag #ffatw12 for updates about Teachers’ World happenings and the opportunity to win prizes.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

Sign Your Students up for the America's Farmers Mobile Experience During National FFA Convention

Share the story of the American farmer and tour the America’s Farmers Mobile Experience in the Monsanto booth (#567) at this year’s National FFA Convention & Expo.

The Mobile Experience brings farming to consumers across the country with a traveling 53-foot trailer that expands into a 1,000 square-foot exhibit. Visitors will learn about the tools of the trade that have helped farmers get to where they are and how these tools will continue to help farmers support a growing world.

By the year 2050, the world population is expected to grow to a staggering 9 billion people.  The Mobile Experience explains how farmers are expected to—and how they will—produce enough food, fuel, feed and fiber to meet global demands, while conserving valuable resources like land and water.

The Mobile Experience is touring the U.S. stopping at a variety of urban and rural events to give people the opportunity to learn more about every aspect of the farmer’s life, from food production to the challenges they face.  Visitors will take a journey through three distinctive focus areas: The Challenge – Global Demand, The Solution – America’s Farmers and The Tools - Traits & Technology.

Tours take about 15-20 minutes and will begin every 10 minutes.  We can accommodate groups of 15 on each tour.

To reserve a time slot for your chapter, please call (877) 847-8483 and provide your chapter name, city, state, advisor name and cell phone number so we can reach you during Convention if needed.  Advance reservations for tours will be taken Thursday, September 13th through Thursday, October 11th.
We look forward to seeing you in Indianapolis!

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NAAE Award Winner Highlight
Tara Berescik 2011 Teacher Mentor Winner
Tara Berescik has packed a lot of leadership into her 11 years as an agriculture teacher, which was all sparked by one special student.
During Beresick's first year of teaching a student of hers named Catherine became ill and was hospitalized. Berescik visited her in the hospital, helped her earn an FFA leadership development scholarship, and watched her become an excited and eager FFA member and officer. It was after Catherine’s death that Berescik realized just how much of an impact a person can have on the lives of others, and how much of impact Catherine had on her as a teacher. Read more...

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Six National FFA Organization members and mentors will be honored on Oct. 9 at the White House as part of the Champions of Change program. Three FFA members and three leaders were selected from more than 1,000 nominees to be recognized at the ceremony. The Champions of Change program, part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative, recognizes individuals that are helping their communities.  Read the honorees bios on the National FFA Blog.

FFA Alumni


Why should your former students attend convention? To get a job!

The 2012 FFA Career Fair is an excellent opportunity for you to encourage your former FFA members, FFA Alumni members and Collegiate FFA members to meet representatives from more than 35 leading businesses and organizations that are looking to fill their internships and full-time career positions immediately. These representatives will be looking to find top talent to fill their employment opportunities!

Wednesday, Oct. 24

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 engage with them. 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!

Friday, Oct. 26
Workshop – I Dare You to Say No: Getting Volunteers to Yes!

Presented by: Dr. Scott Vernon
2 – 3 p.m. Indiana Convention Center, Rooms 243-245

Featured Item
Local Hypnotist Show
Performed by Dr. Al Snyder
Estimated Value: $2,500

Perfect for nearly any kind of gathering from state conventions and award banquets to fairs, school assemblies and fundraisers. Good clean fun for any age group that will leave you laughing until your sides hurt. Winning bidder is responsible for travel and lodging. The minimum bid for this item is $1,000.

Don’t worry if you can’t attend, Click here to view other items and 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.



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 at

CASE Certified Teachers

Be sure to make plans to stop by the CASE booth during the Expo at the 2012 National FFA Convention. CASE will be located at booth #1820 with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), which is located Teacher’s World.

New this year! In partnership with Vernier, CASE will be giving away a LabQuest 2, Stainless Steel Temperature Probe, and Agricultural Science with Vernier lab manual. A $406 value!

CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, October, 5 - Find articles onNew School Lunch Programs, Research, Fraud and Error, World Food Prize and an Alliance to Feed the Future 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