Christi Chadwell

Monday Morning Monitor 11/18/2013

Blog Post created by Christi Chadwell on Nov 18, 2013

November 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

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 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 or contact Trent McKnight or Blaze Currie . To learn more about the volunteer positions, sign up to receive more information on the AgriCorps website. Follow AgriCorps on Facebook.


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


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.


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 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.


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).


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.