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Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

March 25, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America's schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events


2013


April 17-20
NAAE Region I Conference
Pendleton, Oregon


May 21-24, 2013
National AAAE Meeting
Columbus, OH


June 16-19
NAAE Region II Conference
Raton, NM


June 18-20
NAAE Region III Conference
Yankton, SD


June 24-26
NAAE Region V Conference
Sevierville, TN


June 25-27
NAAE Region IV Conference
Battle Creek, MI


June 25-28, 2013
National Ag. In the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN


July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA


September 23 -25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX


October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY

Past Issues

March 18
March 11
March 4
February 25
February 18

Quote for the Week

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."
-William James

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch, NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

A Message from The Council


Council Strategic Goal: SAE Renewal

In an effort to update the profession about the status of The Council for Agricultural Education's SAE Renewal Strategic Goal, I want to share information on a regular basis. The Council held its March face-to-face meeting in Indianapolis last week. The focus of that meeting was on the Council's activities as identified by the New SAE Coordinating Team chaired by Dr. Kirby Barrick. We also provided feedback for actions in progress by other NASAE AND NAAE identified by the Coordinating Team. We reviewed the Coordinating Team report and will provide some guidance on the Council's view on prioritizing the stakeholder activities.


As most of you know, Supervised Agricultural Experience has long been acknowledged as a critical component of our School-based Agricultural Education Model. It is also the weakest link and the most challenging component for a host of reasons. The goal of The Council is to address these issues based on the March 2012

recommendations of the Coordinating Team. Each stakeholder group has a responsibility to the overall success of SAE Renewal by addressing their set of activities. As the Council's Goal Leader, I will endeavor to report, monitor and provide assistance to those groups.


A brief overview of where we are:

  • The New SAE Coordinating Team Report was distributed to each stakeholder group last spring to initiate discussion by each group around their activities as identified by the team. Each stakeholder group needs to develop action steps, target dates and an estimated budget for their activities.
  • The Teacher Educators, through AAAE, have produced a philosophy on SAE Instruction in Agricultural Teacher Education and a list of seven competencies for Ag teacher preparation. The Council has provided feedback on these excellent documents and they will be acted on by AAAE in June 2013.
  • The Council has agreed that we need a person who will work on SAE Renewal every day much like Ellen Thompson does for the Teach Ag Campaign. Discussions are ongoing to develop a position description and funding sources.
  • The Council will form a SAE Renewal Committee to help manage the initiative. Dr. Barrick and I will be identifying individuals for this committee.
  • The 2014 Agricultural Education Summit will be a focused on SAE Renewal.
  • The Council website will be developed to house links to SAE resources.
  • While not solely a SAE Renewal Goal, revision of the National AFNR Content Standards and the National Quality Program Standards are also in the works under another strategic goal lead by Karen Hutchison.  Following standards revision, the process of reviewing and revising SAE resources including the SAE Handbook. LPS Guide and the Agriculture Teachers Manual will begin. National FFA staff will be important partners in completing this task.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Ken Couture
SAE Renewal Goal Leader
The Council

CASE


Red Brand Funds 16 Additional CASE Institute Scholarships for 2013

Red Brand, the most recognized brand of farm fence in the United States, has provided funding for 16 teachers to attend a CASE Institute this summer. Recipients of these additional scholarships will be selected from the large pool of teachers who completed the CASE scholarship applications that were due March 15.CASE would like to thank Red Brand for their support, and for making it possible for additional teachers to receive professional development through a CASE Institute.


Food Science and Safety Writer Position Available

NAAE and CASE are pleased to announce the opening for a full time contractor position to write the new CASE Food Science and Safety course. This is a one-year contract with annual renewal based on performance.For a complete list of requirements and job specifics, please review the application at this link. Completed applications are due April 1, 2013. The anticipated starting date for the contract is June 1, 2013 (variable based on the availability of the successful applicant).

CAST

From Friday, March 22 - Nutrients hit the headlines as CAST releases a new research paper in Washington, D.C. Opinions about drones, gmo labels, and pesticides light things up, and the Bovine Diva talks about beef. Check out these and many ag-related links on Friday Notes.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).

NAAE


Ag Jobs Outlook Guide Available from AgCareers.com

Each year AgCareers.com puts together a review of employment trends in agriculture. The report covers top demand career types, industry types by geographic region, educational requirements, etc.Follow this link for the 2012 report, a quiz, and a link to previous years' reports.


Also from AgCareers.com and Illinois FCAE (Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education), are ag career profiles on 58 high-demand careers in agriculture. Each profile is a PDF fact sheet with current information. You can download the profiles here.FCAE has also developed an app to help students explore careers and figure out which career might be right for them. Search for it under Ag Careers in the Apps store.


America's Farmers Grow Rural Education


For the second year in a row, the Monsanto Fund is gearing-up to invest $2.3 million to strengthen math and science education in rural communities through America's Farmers Grow Rural Education. Now until April 15, 2013, farmers can nominate their favorite, local public school district. Administrators of nominated school districts can then submit grant applications through April 30, 2013 to enhance their math and/or science programs.  Farmers in 1,271 counties across 39 states have the opportunity to grow the next generation by nominating a rural, public school district to apply for a grant of up to $25,000. Grants will be awarded based on merit, need and community support. The more farmers who nominate a school district, the more it demonstrates community support and strengthens the school district's application.  To learn more, please follow this link.


America's Farmers Mom of the Year Contest


Through April 23, 2013, Monsanto is offering farm moms across the nation the opportunity to win up to $10,000 through its annual America's Farmers Mom of the Year Contest.   Nominate your favorite farm mom by sharing a brief essay explaining how she contributes to her family, farm, community and the agricultural industry.  To nominate, please follow this link.


Outstanding Young Member Carmelita Goossen

Since she started teaching agriculture, Carmelita Goossen has turned around a declining program and discovered the power of inquiry-based learning. She's single-handedly created curriculum that draws on both her students' cultural backgrounds and connections with the omnipresent meat industry in her corner of southwest Kansas. She's a certified ESL instructor, a DuPont National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador, and was this year a national candidate for Outstanding New Career and Technical Educator of the Year. That was the first five years. Imagine what she'll do in the next 25. Read more about Carmelita and see pictures of her program.


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FFA

Ag Ambassador Applications are now available

Seeking college students studying agriculture with a passion for spreading the good word about the industry. Learn more

ACTE

LeAnn Wilson Named ACTE Executive Director

ACTE is pleased to announce that LeAnn Wilson has been named the executive director for the Association. Wilson will lead ACTE in striving for the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. Learn more

 

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

March 18, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events

2013

May 21-24
National AAAE Meeting
Columbus, OH


June 25-28
National Ag. In the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN


September 23 – 25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX

Past Issues

March 11
March 4
February 25
February 18
February 11

Quote for the Week

"Be curious always! For knowledge will not aquire you; you must aquire it."
-Sudie Back

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch, NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

CASE

Food Science and Safety Writer Position Available

NAAE and CASE are pleased to announce the opening for a full time contractor position to write the new CASE Food Science and Safety course. This is a one-year contract with annual renewal based on performance.CASE Food Science and Safety is co-sponsored by the generous contributions of Cargill, Inc. and General Mills, Inc. as part of a special funding project of the National FFA Foundation. Food Science and Safety is a yearlong specialization course preparing students for career and college endeavors in the food science industry. This new course will be part of the Animal Science and Plant Science pathways included in the CASE program of study framework.CASE will be seeking qualified applicants who have teaching experience and excel at writing meaningful lessons for high school aged students. For a complete list of requirements and job specifics, please review the application at this link. Completed applications are due April 1, 2013. The anticipated starting date for the contract is June 1, 2013 (variable based on the availability of the successful applicant).For more information and other inquiries, please refer to the CASE website.


Mosaic Increases CASE Scholarship Funding

The Mosaic Company, the world’s largest supplier of phosphate and potash, recently strengthened their commitment to CASE by increasing the number of scholarships they will provide to teachers who want to attend CASE Institutes. Their total committment of $100,000 in scholarships will pay for about 35 teachers to attend CASE institutes.


CASE wants to say thanks to Mosaic for removing the barrier of funding that might cause some teachers to not be able to participate in CASE.

CAST

From Friday, March 15 - Ag Day news including the essay winners; controversies including Big Gulps in court; and a “Ranching Awesome” video you might enjoy. Check out these and many ag-related links on Friday Notes.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).

NAAE

Entries Due Monday in NAAE's Ag Ed Advocacy Video Challenge

We want you to create a video that showcases how your agricultural education program helps make your students college and career ready.The end result should be a 2-minute or less video that you can show your school board, state representative, or a complete stranger to help them understand how your program makes students college and career ready. We're looking for an entertaining, accurate and compelling story. Are you up to the challenge? Entries are due March 25. Learn more


NAAE Member Barbara Lemmer Receives DuPont AgriSCIENCE Award

Barbara Lemmer, agriscience teacher at Linn-Mar High School, Marion, Iowa, will receive the George Washington Carver AgriSCIENCE Teacher’s Award in recognition of her teaching excellence at the DuPont dinner held annually during  the National Science Teachers Association’s (NSTA) national conference, April 11-14 in San Antonio, Texas. Read more


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FFA

World Food Prize ceremony highlights global learning opportunities for ag students

FFA members from the Des Moines Central Campus Agriculture Academy – an outstanding agricultural education program and FFA chapter encompassing all 18 high schools in the greater Des Moines metro area  -- recently attended an event with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack celebrating the Wallace-Carver Internship Program. Secretary Vilsack gave an address celebrating agricultural and STEM education, two programs that the World Food Prize and the Wallace-Carver Internship Program hope to assist. Click here for photos and more information!

ACTE

ACTE Online Educator Resource Center

The Educator Resource Center houses career and technical education resources to help teachers and administrators pursue continuing education, improve classroom instruction and develop new and innovative programs. Search the Lesson Plan Library for ideas to enliven your classroom and submit your own tried-and-true lesson plan, and learn about professional development online and in person. Learn more

 

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

March 11, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events

2013

May 21-24, 2013
National AAAE Meeting
Columbus, OH


June 25-28, 2013
National Ag. In the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN


September 23 – 25, 2013
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX

Past Issues

March 4
February 25
February 18
February 11
February 4

Quote for the Week

"Imagination is the highest form of research."
-Albert Einstein

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch, NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

NAAE


Ad Ed Advocacy Video Challenge

Participate in NAAE's Ag Ed Advocacy Video Challenge! We want you to create a video that showcases how your agricultural education program helps make your students college and career ready.The end result should be a 2-minute or less video that you can show your school board, state representative, or a complete stranger to help them understand how your program makes students college and career ready. We're looking for an entertaining, accurate and compelling story. Are you up to the challenge? Entries are due March 25. Learn more


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FFA

New Century Farmer Deadline is Friday

The application deadline for New Century Farmer participants closes March 15th! Collegiate students can start their application here to be considered as one of the 50 conference attendees who are pursuing a career in production agriculture. Students will be able to discover how producers can profit from value-added products and the use of technology producers, explore new farm business opportunities, discuss topics including: farm succession, sustainable agriculture, new and emerging farm machinery, international trade, and ag marketing, establish a network with a select group of business professionals excited about pursuing a career in production agriculture, grow personally and professionally and create a vision statement for your operation. For more information visit the collegiate / New Century Farmer websites or email Ryan Amaral.

CASE

Deadline for CASE Grants and Scholarships is Friday

There are several opportunities available right now to help fund your CASE program and training. The deadline for all these opportunities is March 15. Details on all opportunities can be found atwww.case4learning.org, and any questions can be directed toMiranda Chaplin.

CASE Implementation Grants from DuPont Pioneer
Program implementation grants are now available through a generous sponsorship from DuPont® Pioneer® as a special project of the National FFA Foundation™. These grants will allow NAAE members to participate in a CASE Institute (or Field Test Institute), purchase equipment and/or software from the CASE Store to implement a CASE course, and purchase CASE End-of-Course student assessments through the CASE Store.

Download Grant Application

Case Institute Scholarships for Female Ag Ed Majors from Impact FFA
Two scholarships are available for female agricultural education majors to attend a CASE Institute this summer and become certified to teach the CASE curriculum. Please share this opportunity with eligible students.

Download Impact Scholarship application

CASE Institute Scholarships from Mosaic
These scholarships will allow NAAE members to participate in a CASE Institute (or Field Test Institute). Scholarship funding priorities (but not limited to) for this program are for Florida or Louisiana teachers, teachers to attend a CASE Institute if scholarship commitment was matched by school system or community entity to provide funds for travel, or for teachers to attend either the CASE Institute for Animal and Plant Biotechnology hosted by the University of Florida, June 16-27, 2013 or Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant hosted by McNeese State University, June 9-20, 2013.

Download Mosaic scholarship application

CASE Institute Scholarships from DowAgroSciences
These scholarships will allow NAAE members to participate in a CASE Institute (or Field Test Institute). Scholarship funding priorities (but not limited to) for this program are for Indiana teachers, enrollment for any Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant CASE Institute, or enrollment for the Principles of Agricultural Science - Animal CASE Institute at Beech Grove City Schools in Indiana.

Download DowAgrosciences Scholarship application

CAST

From Friday, March 8 - Surf through the waves of ag news ranging from the antibiotic controversy to an actual surfing pig. Check out these and many ag-related links on Friday Notes.

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).

NASDCTEc

Politico Opinion Article Touts Benefits of CTE, Encourages Perkins Reauthorization
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Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

March 4, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America's schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events

2013

May 21-24, 2013
National AAAE Meeting
Columbus, OH


June 25-28, 2013
National Ag. In the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN


September 23- 25, 2013

Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX

Past Issues

February 25
February 18
February 11
February 4
January 28

Quote for the Week

"If you go to your grave without painting your masterpiece, it will not get painted. No one else can paint it. Only you."
-Gordon MacKenzie

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch, NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

NAAE


Professional Development Fellowships for New Teachers from the National Science Teachers Association

NSTA is offering second- through fifth-year middle and high school science teachers the opportunity to participate in the New Science Teacher Academy, a year long professional development and mentoring program co-founded with a grant from the Amgen Foundation. Emphasizing quality science teaching, enhanced teacher confidence, classroom excellence, and solid content knowledge, participants (Academy Fellows) enjoy top-notch face-to-face and online support and access to comprehensive educational resources.

Academy Fellow Benefits:

  • All-expense-paid (accommodations, airfare, meals, and registration fees) trip to the NSTA National Conference on Science Education
  • Full membership in the National Science Teachers Association
  • Access to facilitated, web-based curriculum devoted to content and classroom pedagogy
  • Professional development web seminars conducted by leaders in science education
  • E-mentoring from experts in the Fellow's science discipline and grade level
  • Attendance at a Professional Development Institute or a Research Dissemination Conference

Visit www.nsta.org/academy to learn more or to apply by August 1, 2013.


Eligibility:

  • Applicants must reside in the United States.
  • Applicants must be entering their second through fifth year of teaching.
  • Applicants must be working a schedule with 51% of their classes in middle or high school science.


NAAE Membership Benefit

Did you know that NAAE members are elligible for discounted membership in the National Science Teachers' Association? You can join NSTA for just $65, which is a 13% savings off regular membership. Details

 

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FFA Alumni

The National FFA Alumni Association and Dr. Jeff Magee are offering a great series of webinars. Dr. Magee is an acclaimed leadership coach who has numerous prestigious clients and success in motivating companies and individuals to grow their potential. We are thrilled to offer an evening with Dr. Magee once a month on the first Tuesday of every month. Get Registered TODAY!

Don't miss our kick off webinar Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. EST. Do you want to learn more about creating and marketing a Successful Recruitment Program?

Topic: Understanding and Implementing a Recruitment Program/Marketing
Reasons: March is when some state convention start, the start of spring, it's a great time to Spring your FFA Alumni Affiliate into action with the proper tools to market themselves. This is also a great time to help your FFA members prepare for contests, again making FFA Alumni relevant and present to current FFA members.
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CAST

From Friday, March 1 - The sequester and agriculture; horsemeat info from the horse's mouth; and goats singing with Beiber, Bon Jovi, and Swift. Check out these and many ag-related links on Friday Notes.

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).

FFA

WLC Registration Opens Today

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SAE Grants

Need money to get your Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) off the ground? We have $1000 grants available! Apply by November 15.Go

CASE

Grants and Scholarships to Help Offset the Cost of CASE

There are several opportunities available right now to help fund your CASE program and training. The deadline for all these opportunities is March 15. Details on all opportunities can be found at www.case4learning.org, and any questions can be directed to Miranda Chaplin.

CASE Implementation Grants from DuPont Pioneer
Program implementation grants are now available through a generous sponsorship from DuPont® Pioneer® as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. These grants will allow NAAE members to participate in a CASE Institute (or Field Test Institute), purchase equipment and/or software from the CASE Store to implement a CASE course, and purchase CASE End-of-Course student assessments through the CASE Store.

Download Grant Application

Case Institute Scholarships for Female Ag Ed Majors from Impact FFA
Two scholarships are available for female agricultural education majors to attend a CASE Institute this summer and become certified to teach the CASE curriculum. Please share this opportunity with eligible students.

Download Impact Scholarship application

CASE Institute Scholarships from Mosaic
These scholarships will allow NAAE members to participate in a CASE Institute (or Field Test Institute). Scholarship funding priorities (but not limited to) for this program are for Florida or Louisiana teachers, teachers to attend a CASE Institute if scholarship commitment was matched by school system or community entity to provide funds for travel, or for teachers to attend either the CASE Institute for Animal and Plant Biotechnology hosted by the University of Florida, June 16-27, 2013 or Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant hosted by McNeese State University, June 9-20, 2013.

Download Mosaic scholarship application

CASE Institute Scholarships from DowAgroSciences
These scholarships will allow NAAE members to participate in a CASE Institute (or Field Test Institute). Scholarship funding priorities (but not limited to) for this program are for Indiana teachers, enrollment for any Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant CASE Institute, or enrollment for the Principles of Agricultural Science - Animal CASE Institute at Beech Grove City Schools in Indiana.

Download DowAgrosciences Scholarship application

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