Julie Fritsch

Monday Morning Monitor 3/18/13

Blog Post created by Julie Fritsch on Mar 18, 2013

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

March 18, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education


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


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


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.


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.


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).


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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