Christi Chadwell

Monday Morning Monitor 11/11/2013

Blog Post created by Christi Chadwell on Nov 11, 2013

November 11, 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

December 3-7
NAAE Convention
Las Vegas, NV


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


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE

May 20-23
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 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.


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


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


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,

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 to be eligible to win monthly prizes. Visit the website for additional resources.


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.

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