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November 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


December 3-7
NAAE Convention
Las Vegas, NV


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

November 18
November 11
November 4
October 28
October 21

Quote for the Week

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do."
-Steve Jobs


MMM Submissions

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

NAAE


Attending NAAE Convention? Get Your Schedule in Order
Use our custom scheduler tool to select the professional development workshops and sessions you plan to attend, then save reminders to your mobile device and print a copy for your administrators. Go to the scheduler tool. For all other things NAAE convention, visit the NAAE website.

NAAE Internships Applications Due December 18
NAAE offers summer internship opportunities for upperclassmen majoring in agricultural education. This summer we will have positions available in Advocacy, Professional Development and Communications. Follow this link for details. Application deadline for all internships is December 18, 2013


Lifetime FFA Supporter named 2012 NAAE Outstanding Cooperation Award Winner
Robert Johnson, from Monticello, Iowa, received the NAAE Outstanding Cooperation Award in 2012. Johnson owns MinnTex Citrus, Inc., a family-owned and operated business specializing in fruit, cheese, and sausage fundraising. MinnTex Citrus has been a long-time supporter of FFA and assisted with many chapter fundraising projects. Read more on Johnson and other past award winners here.


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA


The 2014 Scholarship Application is now live!
Instructions, details and Helpful Tools are available at FFA.org/scholarships. Remember ? the application deadlines have changed for 2014:

  • The online application must be submitted prior to 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 1, 2014
  • The required Signature Pages must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2014


Same as last year but equally important:

  • Membership must be submitted by state to national by March 1


Please help spread the word about the application deadline changes.  Direct questions, comments or concerns via email to
Scholarships@FFA.org.

CASE

DuPont Pioneer is proud to offer grants to high schools to assist with the implementation of CASE in the 2014-15 school year. The application deadline is February 15, 2014. Follow this link to learn more.

CAST

Friday, Nov. 22, 2013: A look at ag digital communication, current headlines, and plenty of links to noteworthy articles. Lots of turkey talk too.

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).

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Education Releases School Improvement Grant (SIG) Data Analysis
The U.S. Department of Education announced today the release of 2011-12 school and district-level state assessment data and a brief analysis of School Improvement Grant (SIG) schools. The Department?s analysis compares the average proficiency rates of SIG schools in the 2011-12 school year to rates in the year prior to receiving grants. Visit this blog to read more on the report.

 

 

 

November 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


December 3-7
NAAE Convention
Las Vegas, NV


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

November 11
November 4
October 28
October 21
October 14

Quote for the Week

"Happiness is not something ready made.  It comes from your own actions."
-Dalai Lama


MMM Submissions

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

The Council


Shaping the Future of Agricultural Education

Through the National Council for Agricultural Education strategic initiatives and the refinement of the Three Component Model for School-Based Agricultural Education, we will continue to evolve. Clearly building upon contextual inquiry-based instruction and learning through an interactive classroom and laboratory, actively supporting career and employability skill development through premier leadership, personal growth and career success through engagement in FFA, PAS and NYFEA programs and activities: and the resurgence of experiential, service and work-based learning through implementation of a supervised agricultural experience program are all key to shaping the future of agricultural education.

Current trends in Career and Technical Education (CTE) will continue to shape our future.  Connecting to business and industry through the Common Career Technical Core Standards will support students becoming more career ready. Refining and full implementation of a Program of Study for all students through guidance and counseling will continue to prepare students for college and careers by helping students map a plan to develop the skills, technical knowledge, academic rigor and real-world experiences for high-skilled, high demand, and highly successful careers.  Creating commonality with School Codes for Exchange of Data (SCED) will continue to emerge and assist in having more relevant data.  The national coalition of the Career and Technical Student Organizations will help demonstrate the need for collaboration, advocacy and the effectiveness of career and technical education.  Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) will provide a sustainable and accessible national clearinghouse for agricultural safety and health curriculum for youth, connecting and enhancing existing resources and developing a national strategy that enhances awareness of agricultural safety. Future legislation and policy will continue to shape the future of career and technical education and the development of CTE state profiles will help identify the immediate challenges of economic development, student achievement and global competitiveness.  Check out the embedded links above to help shape the future of agricultural education in your state and local program.



Interested in Supporting Agricultural Education in Developing Countries?
Check out AgriCorps! AgriCorps Now Accepting Names for Interested Volunteers.


AgriCorps will bring agricultural education to developing countries. The organization operates by sending American college graduates into primary and secondary schools in developing countries. There, the volunteers teach agriculture for a year, training students on best practices for production agriculture in the region and expanding students’ leadership capabilities. Based on a different model than similar nonprofits, the volunteers must have practical farm skills and have completed an undergraduate degree in agriculture from an accredited United States university. Dwight Armstrong, CEO of The National FFA Organization, will serve as a founding director of the AgriCorps board.“AgriCorps is bringing together the best of agricultural education, FFA and 4-H to meet the needs in developing countries across the globe for the next generation of agriculturalists,” Armstrong said.Joining Armstrong on the board is Don Floyd, President and CEO of the National 4-H Council.“Seventy percent of people living in extreme poverty are rural and agrarian. This is a challenge,” said Floyd. “In 4-H, we know that the youth solution is the best way to resolve these challenges. AgriCorps will take talented young leaders to the places where the challenges are the greatest, and the solutions will come quickly.”From the middle of November to mid-December of 2013, three members of the 2012-2013 National FFA Officer Team will join Trent McKnight, founder of AgriCorps, and Blaze Currie, Executive Director of AgriCorps. The immediate past national FFA officers will spend one month working with two schools in Liberia, Africa, partnering with Liberia 4-H. The three plan to start school gardens and help train the Liberian instructors using the 3-component agricultural education model.The organization has begun to accept names for interested volunteers who will begin in August of 2014. To learn more visitwww.agricorps.org or contact Trent McKnight attrent.mcknight@agricorps.org or Blaze Currie atblaze.currie@agricorps.org . To learn more about the volunteer positions, sign up to receive more information on the AgriCorps website. Follow AgriCorps on Facebook.

NAAE


2013 President-Elect Candidates
With NAAE Convention right around the corner, read up on the two president-elect candidates we will be voting on at convention. Find information on the candidates and the election process in the News & Views NAAE Convention Special Edition.


NAAE Convention
Professional Development workshops released – The lineup of professional development workshops that will be offered at this year’s NAAE convention has just been announced. Take a look at the offerings and plan your schedule with our online custom scheduler tool that allows you to choose the events you want to attend, create a calendar for your mobile device, and print a copy to leave with your administrators.


Community of Practice Highlights

CASE


Invitation from DuPont Pioneer to apply for a CASE grant by February 15, 2014
DuPont Pioneer is proud to offer grants to high schools to assist with the implementation of CASE in the 2014-15 school year.  DuPont Pioneer believes that CASE places proven tools in the hands of those who are strategically positioned to help end world hunger – agricultural science teachers. Their important work in and out of the classroom inspires future scientists, who will discover innovative and sustainable ways to improve agricultural productivity.
The Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) empowers teachers for student success by providing inquiry-based educational experiences, which enhance the rigor and relevance of agriculture, food, and natural resources subject matter.  Concepts are taught using activity, project, and problem based instructional strategies and build skills in the areas of science, mathematics, and English.  As an added bonus, this effort ensures quality teaching by providing extensive professional development for teachers that leads to certification.Schools may apply for grants up to $5,000 for CASE Institute registration and travel, purchase of equipment to be used in CASE courses, and/or acquisition of software to implement a CASE course.  An interested teacher should work with school administration to ensure the necessary level of commitment to the CASE program and to complete the application form available via this link. The deadline to apply for the DuPont Pioneer Grant is February 15, 2014. Information on the 2014 CASE Institute dates and locations is available on the CASE website.

FFA


What would your FFA chapter do with $2,500 to help fight hunger?
The 2014 FFA Food For All grant application is available now at www.FFA.org/foodforall. Middle and high school chapters may apply for up to $2,500 to support year-long service-learning projects that address local hunger needs.  Applications are due December 13, 2013.

Project topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing a community garden to supplement fresh fruits and/or vegetables to the school or local food pantry;
  • Raising broilers and/or laying hens to provide fresh meat and eggs to local families;
  • Growing tilapia and other protein sources to be donated to the community; or
  • Hosting community workshops on container and backyard gardening and other sustainable food practices.


Informational webinars start this week! Register for one or view additional resources here.

 

FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge
Is your chapter holding a Thanksgiving food drive? If your chapter has a service event related to hunger in the coming weeks, be sure to report your results on the Hunger Heroes Challenge website to help FFA donate  one million meals by the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo! Chapters who report impacts will be eligible to win monthly prizes. Visit the website for additional information.


Get your FFA chapter on TV!
This Week in Agribusiness is again looking to feature FFA chapters from around the country. Click here to submit your chapter's info.

CAST

Friday, Nov. 15, 2013: News, views, and information including looks at the typhoon, trans fats, ethanol, and antibiotics—plus some satire 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).

NASDCTEc

Legislative update: Budget Conference Committee
Read about the changes that will be discussed and implemented from the meetings last week over budget in this blog post.http://nationalassociationofagriculturaleducators.createsend1.com/t/y-l-tdhktjy-yuydthltld-iu/

 

 

 

November 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


December 3-7
NAAE Convention
Las Vegas, NV


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


November 4
October 28
October 21
October 14
October 7

Quote for the Week

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step."
-Lao Tzu


MMM Submissions


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

The Council


2014 National Agricultural Education Summit and National FFA In-service


The National Council for Agricultural Education and the National FFA Organization will host the 2014 Agricultural Education Summit and National FFA In-service, January 28 -30, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. A new state staff In-service will also be conducted on January 27, prior to the start of the Ag-Ed Summit and FFA In-service; it is open to all state supervisors and executive secretaries that have been hired since January 1, 2013.The theme of the 2014 National Agricultural Education Summit, “Renewal of Experiential Learning and Supervised Agricultural Experience within Agricultural Education,” will be the focus of sessions designed for local, state and national Team Ag Ed participants. We sincerely hope that all professionals in agricultural education will consider attending this event and contributing to a crucial conversation on the future of experiential learning and SAE in school based agricultural education. For those who cannot attend in person, there will be many sessions available live online.The event will be held at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing.


Registration for the event is $199 if you register before December 13th. After December 13th registration will be $299. You can register and arrange housing through our online registration system here. If you have any questions please contact Mike Honeycutt atmhoneycutt@ffa.org or 317-802-4248.

NAAE Partnership with The Council

NAAE values its membership on The Council, and makes it a priority to dedicate time and energy to helping advance numerous Council initiatives. For instance, NAAE has managed the National Teach Ag Campaign since its inception, which is beginning to make strides in raising the awareness of the national shortage of agricultural educators. Through its various facets, such as National Teach Ag Day, Teach Ag grants, and the Teach Ag Ambassador program, the Teach Ag campaign provides the tools to allow agricultural education advocates to spread the word that a career in agricultural education holds many opportunities, and encourage our best and brightest to consider joining the ranks of agriculture teachers.

Another Council initiative which is managed by NAAE is the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education, which is helping drive agricultural education in the direction it needs to go, and has seen exponential growth in just the past year. CASE teachers are being recognized as innovators who are leading not just their agricultural education programs, but their schools and states in inquiry-based, rigorous STEM education that naturally incorporates core content and prepares students for high achievement.

Those two examples just scrape the surface of the multitude of ways NAAE is continually working as a member of team ag ed, because it is our goal to advance all of agricultural education, and it is only by working as a team that we can accomplish that mission.

CASE


Invitation from DuPont Pioneer to apply for a CASE grant

DuPont Pioneer is proud to offer grants to high schools to assist with the implementation of CASE in the 2014-15 school year.  DuPont Pioneer believes that CASE places proven tools in the hands of those who are strategically positioned to help end world hunger – agricultural science teachers. Their important work in and out of the classroom inspires future scientists, who will discover innovative and sustainable ways to improve agricultural productivity.The Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) empowers teachers for student success by providing inquiry-based educational experiences, which enhance the rigor and relevance of agriculture, food, and natural resources subject matter.  Concepts are taught using activity, project, and problem based instructional strategies and build skills in the areas of science, mathematics, and English.  As an added bonus, this effort ensures quality teaching by providing extensive professional development for teachers that leads to certification.Schools may apply for grants up to $5,000 for CASE Institute registration and travel, purchase of equipment to be used in CASE courses, and/or acquisition of software to implement a CASE course.


An interested teacher should work with school administration to ensure the necessary level of commitment to the CASE program and to complete the application form available via this link.Information on the 2014 CASE Institute dates and locations is available on the CASE website at www.case4learning.org.

NAAE


NAAE Convention
Only 3 more days to pre-register for the premiere ag ed professional development event of the year! Follow this link to complete your registration. As you already know, we’ve revamped our professional development, we’re offering a pre-conference workshop, and ourschedule is aligned with ACTE CareerTech Vision 2013 so you can get the maximum benefit from both events.


Award Winner Highlight: 2012 Lifetime Acheivement Region 1 Recipient
James Cooney, former agricultural educator at Elko High School in Elko, Nevada, received the 2012 Lifetime Acheivement Award for Region 1. During his stint as an educator, Cooney advised 50 state officers from his chapter, received 29 chapter awards, and 11 national Gold Emblem Awards. Cooney stays active in the agricultural world by serving on various committees and boards in NAAE, FFA, and as the Nevada State Agricultural Mechanics Contest Chairman. To read more on Cooney and other award recipients, visit this page.


Communities of Practice Highlights

FFA

Video: FFA members join Easton Corbin on ‘Good Morning America’
In case you missed it, country music star Easton Corbin, four state FFA officers from the Tennessee FFA Association and executives from Ram Trucks appeared live on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Wednesday in Nashville.

Read all about it: the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo
Get the latest news and feature stories that came out of the convention and expo on the National FFA Blog. Also check us out onFacebook, Twitter , the 2013 Highlights webpage and more.


Giving the Gift of Blue
As we celebrate 80 years of the FFA jacket, we know that symbolic blue corduroy is far more than Official Dress, but an icon of American tradition—instilling pride and responsibility in those who wear it.  But not everyone can wear the jacket.  Not because they don’t deserve to…but because they can’t afford to.  That’s why we need generous gifts from supporters like you!  When you give the gift of blue, you give a member the chance to wear a piece of history and a chance to experience the pride of wearing their own blue jacket.  Donate now,www.FFA.org/GIVEBLUE.

2014 FFA: Food For All Grant Application Open
What would your FFA chapter do with $2,500 to help fight hunger? Through the FFA: Food For All grant program, middle and high school chapters may apply for up to $2,500 to support year-long service-learning projects that address local hunger needs. Applications are due Friday, December 13. Visit the FFA: Food For All website for the application and additional information.

FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge
Accept the challenge to help FFA donate one million meals by the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo! Chapters can carry out a plan to fight hunger and share their impacts at www.FFA.org/heroes to be eligible to win monthly prizes. Visit the website for additional resources.

CAST

Friday, Nov. 8, 2013: Surf through the key agriculture news stories of the week—serious issues, a Katy Perry ag story, and a session with the goat cam.

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).

 

 

 

November 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


December 3-7
NAAE Convention
Las Vegas, NV


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

October 28
October 21
October 14
October 7
September 30

Quote for the Week

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
-John Wooden


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
Only 10 more days to pre-register for the premiere ag ed professional development event of the year! Follow this link to complete your registration. As you already know, we’ve revamped our professional development, we’re offering a pre-conference workshop, and our schedule is aligned with ACTE CareerTech Vision 2013 so you can get the maximum benefit from both events.

2014 NATAA Applications Now Available
The DuPoint National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy provides agriculture teachers the opportunity to learn how to incorporate more science into their curriculum to make learning fun and challenging for students. The ambassadors will also conduct workshops at National FFA Convention and NAAE Convention to help other teachers learn how to be more effective in the classroom. Click here for more information and to download the application. Deadline to apply is December 16, 2013.

Summer Internships with NAAE
We have opportunities for agricultural education majors to intern with NAAE next summer in communications, professional development and advocacy. Applications are due December 18. Follow this link for details.


NAAE Membership Benefit
Becoming a NAAE member automatically enrolls you for $100,000 in liabilty insurance. New members are entitled to $40,000 term life insurance, just for joining. Read more on these NAAE membership benefits here.


Communities of Practice Highlights

FFA

Read all about it: the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo
Get the latest news and feature stories that came out of the convention and expo on the National FFA Blog. Also check us out on Facebook, Twitter , the 2013 Highlights webpage and more.

Giving the Gift of Blue
As we celebrate 80 years of the FFA jacket, we know that symbolic blue corduroy is far more than Official Dress, but an icon of American tradition—instilling pride and responsibility in those who wear it.  But not everyone can wear the jacket.  Not because they don’t deserve to…but because they can’t afford to.  That’s why we need generous gifts from supporters like you!  When you give the gift of blue, you give a member the chance to wear a piece of history and a chance to experience the pride of wearing their own blue jacket.  Donate now,www.FFA.org/GIVEBLUE.

CAST

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013: Careers in agriculture; technology questions; and enough from the fox—a parody gives us a look at “what does a farmer say?”.

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

New Tricks of the Trade
Read the ACTE blog on educator training for tips on how to build your personal learning network.

US Department of Education

Narrative of Rural Education Forum
U.S. Secretary of Education addresses the Rural Education National Forum, as well as discusses changes in rural education. Read the full script here.