Sabrina Hounshell

Monday Morning Monitor 10/29/2012

Blog Post created by Sabrina Hounshell on Oct 29, 2012


Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education


Award Winner Highlight
Joe Green 2011 Region V Ideas Unlimited Winner
For Joe Green, a teacher at Pope High School in Marietta, Georgia, an effective education takes place both inside and outside of a traditional classroom. Green engages his students with outdoor lessons he has created called Outdoor Odysseys.
Through ten separate outdoor lessons, Green integrates Georgia state standards with horticulture, plant identification and anatomy, biology, mathematics, literature, communications, teamwork, and interpersonal skills. Prior to going outside, students review important information related to the concept, then are immersed in an outdoor activity. Read More...

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NAAE at National FFA Convention
Thanks to everyone who participated in Teachers’ World or Teach Ag activities at the National FFA Convention.  It was our best year yet!  Stay tuned for boot and iPad winner announcements J

NAAE Convention 2012
Rising with Rigor & Relevance

Reduced registration ends TODAY! Click here to register at the reduced rate.

Coming to NAAE Convention? You can find info about workshops, housing, ACTE CareerTech Vision 2012,  and everything else convention-related at


Highlights of National FFA Convention
Meet your new National FFA Officers, view all convention awards results and watch this year's convention sessions in our Convention & Expo highlights section.

Thank you for a wonderful FFA Convention! We'll see you in Louisville in 2013!


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

Cargill, General Mills Partner to Fund Development of National Food Science and Safety Curriculum

Cargill and General Mills have committed nearly a half-million dollars to fund the creation of a state-of-the-art food science and safety curriculum and teacher training program. The new curriculum and training will be part of the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE), an instructional system that provides rigorous, relevant education in a variety of agriculture-related programs of study. Read more in the full press release here...


Meet your new President Elect, Mark Holkup

Mark Holkup was raised on a farm near Wilton, ND. Mark’s wife Sandy works for the US Postal Service in Bismarck. His son Matthew is a Licensed Addiction Counselor in the Minneapolis area. Daughter Krisanna lives in Fargo with her husband Freeman and their son Nicolas. Read More...



3 Things to do During Your Student Loan Grace Period


Your student loan grace period is a set amount of time after you graduate, leave school, or drop below half-time enrollment, but before you must begin repayment on your loan. The grace period gives you time to get financially settled and to select your repayment plan. Not all federal student loans have a grace period. Note that for many loans, interest will accure during your grace period.

Click here for 3 ways you should prepare yourself for repayment.


Ag in the Classroom

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

Please join us for a dynamic conference featuring TV personality, chef, food writer and teacher, Andrew Zimmern, and children's book author and dairy farmer, Cris Peterson. The conference will also include engaging workshops, traveling tours, exhibit fair and teacher store.

For more information please check out the conference website here.


CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, October, 26 - Find articles on  the legacy of Norman Borlaug, livestock and the enviornment, invisible fish, and Dr. Bonner wearing many hats 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