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June 24, 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


June 24-26
NAAE Region V Conference
Sevierville, TN


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


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


July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA


September 19-21
North Central Region AAAE
Platteville, WI


September 23-25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX


September 26
National Teach Ag Day


October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY


2014
January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues


June 17
June 10
June 3
May 20
May 13
May 6

Quote for the Week


"Education is like rowing upstream - not to advance is to drop back."

MMM Submissions


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

NAAE

NAAE Convention - Early Bird Registration Ends in Two Weeks!
This year's NAAE convention will be December 3-7 in Las Vegas. Register before July 12 to save $50 on NAAE convention registration.More information


Regional Conference Groups on Communities of Practice
Attending Regional Conference? Be sure to join your Regional Conference group on Communities of Practice. From the group you'll be able to access conference materials before, during and after the meeting, and you'll also be able to connect with others attending the conference. Visit here for links to each conference's group page.


On Communities of Practice:

FFA

Moore help on the way
The Moore FFA Chapter from Moore, Okla., one of the cities hardest hit by recent tornados, is organizing FFA Work Days June 25 - 26 for chapters that would like to assist with clean up.  Any FFA chapter interested in traveling to the Moore area to help can register here(registering will give the clean-up coordinators an estimate on the number of volunteers scheduled to attend). Chapters can choose to sign up for both days, one day or stay longer if they wish to help out in several locations around Oklahoma.

If you are not able to volunteer but still want to help, please make donations to the American Red Cross with the designation of Oklahoma tornado relief. During the FFA Work Days, Moore FFA will provide lunch for volunteers (note any special dietary needs/food allergies in the comments box).  Moore FFA will also hold a cookout/dance at their school farm on the night of Tuesday, June 25.

The local La Quinta Inn in Moore (2140 Riverwalk Drive, 405-759-7700) is providing chapters with an FFA rate of $82.50/night.  Chapters will need to bring a copy of their tax exemption status.  If you need further assistance finding hotel rooms or lodging, contact Carrie Jacobs, FFA advisor, Moore High School, 405-735-4758.

What does the FFA jacket mean to you?
The official FFA jacket was introduced and accepted by the delegates at the 1933 National FFA Convention. So if you do the math, this fall, we will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the blue corduroy jacket we all love so much!

We're planning a big story in FFA New Horizons about the jacket, and we want your help! Tell us your feelings about the FFA jacket - in words, photos or video. The best responses will be featured in the print magazine, in our mobile app, and on the New Horizons website.

Visit FFA New Horizons to learn more.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology

Friday, June 21, 2013: The World Food Prize goes biotech, the Farm Bill goes belly-up, and the Peterson Brothers go for another parody. This week's links include ag news, opinions, and oddities.

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).

ACTE

CTE Policy Watch
Get all the latest news on CTE policy and legislative activity on our blog! ACTE public policy staff are constantly updating our educators on the funding and regulator issues that matter to them. Read the blog

Being a Connected Educator-Skyping With Future Ag Educators
Robin McLean, 2013 ACTE Teacher of the Year
Tuesday, I had the opportunity to meet with future agriculture teachers who are nearing the end of their college experiences at Virginia Tech, Penn State and the University of Delaware. Since we are in state mandated testing week in NJ, this was a virtual meeting where I skyped into their meeting. Earlier in the week, they had written some questions about involvement in professional organizations as well as using technology in the classroom. Those questions gave me the inspiration for a topic of being a connected educator. Read more

NASDCTEc

Career Clusters® Institute Series: Resources Now Available
The 2013 National Career Clusters® Institute was held June 10-12 in Fort Worth Texas, and resources are now available on our Web site Institute resources page. These are primarily Power Points, provided by our presenters. More

Legislative Update: House Ed Committee Passes ESEA Reauthorization Bill
House Education Committee Passes ESEA Reauthorization Bill
The House Education and the Workforce Committee passed this week the Student Success Act, or H.R. 5, as amended by a substitute from Representative Todd Rokita (R-IN). More

 

 

June 17, 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

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
National Ag in the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN


July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA


September 19-21
North Central Region AAAE
Platteville, WI


September 23–25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX


September 26
National Teach Ag Day


October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY


2014
January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues

June 10
June 3
May 20
May 13
May 6
April 29

Quote for the Week
"He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it."
-Clarence Budington Kelland
MMM Submissions
To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

FFA


Work behind-the-scenes at the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo
We’re looking for talented individuals to help us backstage in Louisville, Ky.! Deadline: Monday, July 1. Apply here.


ADC registration deadline extended
There’s still time to sign up for the Alumni Development Conference in Green Bay, Wisconsin July 17-20! Visit the ADC homepage before June 28 to register. All FFA Alumni members are encouraged to attend.


Sign up for your connection to success
Just graduated from high school and looking for a way to stay connected to FFA? Try FFA Link, an exclusive group of college students and young professionals connecting their love of agriculture with real-world career skills. To learn more, click here.

NAAE


Regional Conference Groups on Communities of Practice
Attending Regional Conference? Be sure to join your Regional Conference group on Communities of Practice. From the group you’ll be able to access conference materials before, during and after the meeting, and you’ll also be able to connect with others attending the conference. Visit here for links to each conference’s group page.


On Communities of Practice:

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology

Friday, June 14, 2013: The Farm Bill gets sparkin’, GMO debates keep growin’, and Big Data hits agriculture. This week’s links include ag news, opinions, and oddities.

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).

ACTE

Department of Education Eyes CTE for High School Redesign
In blog posts this week on the Department of Education’s Homeroom blog, career and technical education took a front and center role as a great example of initiatives by high schools to improve student performance. Read more

 

 

 

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June 10, 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


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
National Ag in the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN

July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA

September 19-21
North Central Region AAAE
Platteville, WI

September 23–25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX

September 26
National Teach Ag Day

October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY

2014
January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis

February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas

May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues
June 3
May 20
May 13
May 6
April 29
April 22

Quote for the Week
"It's fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure."

— Bill Gates

 

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

FFA Alumni


FFA Alumni Development Conference – REGISTRATION CLOSES JUNE 15!
Attention teachers: Looking for summer continuing education credits? Attend the 2013 FFA Alumni Development Conference in Green Bay, Wis., July 17-21 to gain training on volunteer management, advocacy, personal growth and leadership! The conference will challenge you to engage your local community, administrators, businesses leaders and everyone you meet. At the 2013 ADC, workshops will lead you through the growth and leadership continuum and help you to find, develop and use your voice in advocating for agricultural education and FFA. At the conclusion of the conference, FFA Alumni will provide participating teachers a certificate of the number hours of workshops completed. This certificate can be provided with the conference agenda and workshop materials to your school district with request for continuing education credit. Registration closes June 15!


FFA Link Helps Keeps Your Young Graduates Forever Blue
FFA Link is a new exclusive group of college students and young professionals ready to connect their love of agriculture with real world career skills. FFA Link will continue developing the leadership skills learned as FFA members and prepare members to apply them to their future career.


FFA


There’s still time to apply!
Applications for the Living to Serve: Environmental Grant Program are due Wednesday, June 12. FFA chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support service-learning projects focused on meeting local environmental needs. Apply online here. If you have any questions, contact Stefonie Sebastian via email or at 317-802-4462


Applications open for band, chorus and talent performers
Have an FFA member in your chapter with some musical talents? Make sure they apply to be a part of the National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent at the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville. New this year: the first National FFA Talent competition! Applications are due July 1.


NAAE


June 2013 News & Views Released
Catch up on NAAE news and get the latest on our programs in News & Views:
·         Determination in Motion – Tina Miner-James
·         Ideas Unlimited – Build a Mock Scrotum
·         NAAE Convention – Early Bird Registration, Hotel information
·         NAAE Summer Interns
·         Updates on Teach Ag, CASE, and more


Regional Conference Groups on Communities of Practice
Attending Regional Conference? Be sure to join your Regional Conference group on Communities of Practice. From the group you’ll be able to access conference materials before, during and after the meeting, and you’ll also be able to connect with others attending the conference. Visit here for links to each conference’s group page.


CAST


Friday, June 7, 2013: The Farm Bill plods on, the Pork Expo has everything but flying pigs, and the week includes plenty of ag news and links. 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).


ACTE


ACTE Board of Directors Applications Due June 15
ACTE is accepting nominations for the 2014 ACTE Board of Directors Election. Positions eligible for the 2014 election include:

  • President-Elect: Serves a one-year term beginning in July 2014, followed by one year as president and one year as past president.
  • Region I Vice President: Serves a three-year term beginning July 2014.
  • Marketing Education Division Vice President: Serves a three-year term beginning July 2014.
  • Guidance and Career Development Division Vice President-Elect: Serves a three-year term beginning July 2015.
  • Health Science Education Division Vice President-Elect: Serves a three-year term beginning July 2015.
  • Postsecondary, Adult and Career Education Division Vice President-Elect: Serves a three-year term beginning July 2015.

Applications are due June 15.

USDA

Secretary Vilsack Announces Environmental Threats Assistance for Producers
"Our farmers and ranchers are the most productive on earth, largely due to their innovation and their ability to adapt to new challenges," Vilsack blogs. "As new threats emerge for American agriculture, USDA will be there to provide assistance – and this week, we announced new steps to help producers create solutions to meet modern environmental threats."

 

 

 

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June 3, 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

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
National Ag in the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN


July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA


September 19-21
North Central Region AAAE
Platteville, WI


September 23–25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX


September 26
National Teach Ag Day


October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY

2014
January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis

February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas

May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues
May 20
May 13
May 6
April 29
April 22
April 15
Quote for the Week
"Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop." — Ovid



MMM Submissions
To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Hilary Parker, NAAE Communications/Marketing Assistant.

FFA
It Pays to Go Green! Applications Due June 12
The Living to Serve: Environmental Grant application is available now.Middle school, high school and collegiate FFA chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support year-long service-learning projects that address local environmental needs. Applications are due June 12, 2013.

Project examples from FFA Chapters funded during the 2012-2013 cycle include:
  • Revitalizing local nature trails to serve as outdoor classrooms
  • Reintroducing trout into the local streams
  • Converting abandoned land into usable greenspace
  • Surveying, reporting and helping to remove the Asian Longhorned Beetle from local trees
  • Removal of invasive plant species and reintroduction of local flora
  • Partnering with environmental organizations to help further their work (example: working with Wildlife Sanctuary)
  • Creation of a school district wide recycling and/or composting program

For a complete listing of FFA Chapters funded during the 2012-2013 cycle and their project abstracts, visit our interactive map.

2013 National FFA Convention & Expo Registration News
The pre-registration fee for the 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky., has been set at $60 per person. If you are using the official Louisville housing block, the pre-registration fee is $45 per person. The $60 pre-registration fee will also apply to those who drive in locally to the convention and expo, unless they are driving from within a 100-mile radius, in which case the pre-registration fee is $45. If you choose to register on site, the registration fee is $70 per person.
This three-tiered fee structure will ensure that the cost of the convention and expo facilities, which include the Kentucky Exposition Center, Kentucky International Convention Center and the KFC YUM! Center, is shared equally by all convention and expo participants, regardless of their housing plans.


2013 National FFA Convention Chapter Housing is Open
Advisors, please log into your MyAgCN to find the chapter housing information. Housing closes Sept. 11.


Important tax exemption details for FFA advisors
You may be asking the question: Will I be eligible for tax exemption at the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville?
The answer: yes and no.

If you are tax exempt in your home state and are staying in a hotel located in Kentucky, you can be eligible for tax exemption.

There are 24 states covered under a streamline agreement. Those states are:  Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Wyoming. You’ll need to complete this form and take it to your hotel located in Kentucky.

Those states not listed above should fill out form 51A125 (Application for Purchase Exemption Sales and Use Tax) and send it in with a copy of your state tax form to get exemption.

If you have any questions, contact Roy Smallwood, Kentucky Department of Revenue, 502-564-9098.

If you are staying in a property located in Indiana, you will not be tax exempt. Negotiated rates with Indiana hotels already reflect a savings to absorb the percentage of taxes being paid.


Honor FFA Supporters
The application period for Honorary American FFA Degree, VIP and Distinguished Service Citation Awards is now open. The applications are due postmarked by June 15. For more information, contact Crystal Hart, 317-802-4319.

NAAE
NAAE Convention
Professional Development Workshop Proposals Due TODAY

Early Bird Registration Open Now through July 12 – register for NAAE Convention at a discounted rate
Room Block Now Open – The NAAE Convention hotel is the Riviera. Book through NAAE for $49/nigh Mon-Thurs and $72/night Fri-Sat


NAAE Regional Conferences
Attend a regional conference this summer for professional development, networking and the opportunity to get involved in leading the profession of agricultural education. Visit this link and click on your region for dates and agendas.


Communities of Practice

Check out these recent posts, questions and resources!

 

NAAE Membership Benefit
Did you know that NAAE individual members can get group rates on many types of insurance, including pet insurance, through the organization? June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, so that's nothing to sneeze at (unless you're allergic). Click here for details.

National Teach Ag Campaign
New Teach Ag Ambassadors Named
Congratulations to the newly-selected 2013-2014 Teach Ag Ambassador team. They represent 7 universities and 7 states. 


Teach Ag Interns Wanted for 2013-2014 Academic Year
The National Teach Ag Campaign is now accepting internship applications for the 2013-2014 academic year. The internship will be based out of the NAAE office in Lexington, KY. Click here for more information. Applications are due electronically to Ellen Thompson no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, July 15th.

CAST
Friday, May 31, 2013: GMO wheat causes a stir; CAST names new president-elect; and a Russian bear out-wrestles a Russian car. Plenty of ag news and links also. Click here to read Friday Notes, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST)'s weekly online newsletter, which is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).

ACTE
Poll: Give Congress Your Input on Higher Education
Congress has begun requesting comments on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, and ACTE needs your input into our priorities! Specifically, the House Education and the Workforce Committee has asked for input that will enable them to empower students as consumers in higher education; simplify and improve the student aid and loan programs; increase college accessibility, affordability and completion; encourage institutions to reduce costs; promote innovation to improve access to and delivery of higher education; and balance the need for accountability with the burden of federal requirements. Issues related to student financial aid and data collection requirements are of particular importance to postsecondary CTE programs.

ACTE has developed a short, 13-question survey for those of you who are involved in postsecondary CTE. Please click here to provide your input.

CASE
Still time to register, get scholarship for CASE Institutes!
CASE Institutes are starting very soon across the country. There is still time to register for several of the sites. Usually a site will accept registration up until a week prior to the start date. Contact the site host for specific details.

CASE has a couple of scholarships remaining for this summer. If you are interested in a scholarship, please contact your CASE State Leader or CASE staff to find out more details.

FFA Alumni
FFA Alumni FREE Advocacy webinar featuring Dr. Jeff Magee, Tuesday, June 4 @ 7:30 p.m. Register today while space is available!

 

FFA Link Helps Keeps Your Young Graduates Forever Blue
FFA Link is a new exclusive group of college students and young professionals ready to connect their love of agriculture with real world career skills. FFA Link will continue developing the leadership skills learned as FFA members and prepare members to apply them to their future career.

FFA Link Membership grants members five years of free membership to the National FFA Alumni Association, electronic communication, access to the Agriculture Career Network, FFA Alumni discounts, and opportunities to attend the National FFA Alumni Convention and annual FFA Alumni Development Conference.

Keep your graduating seniors connected, keep them engaged and keep them Forever Blue.

 


FFA Alumni Development Conference
Attention teachers: Looking for summer continuing education credits? Attend the 2013 FFA Alumni Development Conference in Green Bay, Wis., July 17-21 to gain training on volunteer management, advocacy, personal growth and leadership! The conference will challenge you to engage your local community, administrators, businesses leaders and everyone you meet. At the 2013 ADC, workshops will lead you through the growth and leadership continuum and help you to find, develop and use your voice in advocating for agricultural education and FFA. At the conclusion of the conference, FFA Alumni will provide participating teachers a certificate of the number hours of workshops completed. This certificate can be provided with the conference agenda and workshop materials to your school district with request for continuing education credit. Registration closes June 15!