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December 23, 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


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

December 16
December 9
December 2
November 25
November 18

Quote for the Week

"Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward."
-Victor Kiam

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


New Speakers added to Lineup at 2014 National Agricultural Education Summit
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 have already put together a great lineup of speaker to provide context on this issue from many different angles. Here are two new additions to the lineup we have secured in the past few weeks:

  • Mr. Marc Howze, Vice President of Global Human Resources, John Deere: Mr. Howze will address the growing skills and employability gaps that exist in the agricultural industry today and how companies like John Deere need agricultural education to help close those gaps through our emphasis on experiential learning.
  • Dr. Michael Pate, Assistant Professor of Agricultural Systems Technology, Utah State University: Dr. Pate will share the role that Utah State will play as a part of the Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) project being funded through a federal grant and administered through several universities and organizations. Part of their focus will be how SAE and experiential learning in school based agricultural education can be a better tool for teaching youth about agricultural safety.
As previously reported, participants can also look forward to the following featured speakers and presentations:
  • Dr. James Stone, Professor and Director, National Research Center for Career & Technical Education
  • Mr. Scott Stump, Dean of Career and Technical Education, Colorado Community College System
  • Mr. Matt Lohr, Commissioner, Former Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Updates from national agricultural education organizations including AAAE on their plans to support local implementation of SAE for all students
  • Highlights of how educators have creatively engaged all students in experiential learning regardless of backgrounds
  • Planning for how state level Team AgEd can implement plans to increase participation in experiential learning and SAE
  • Discussions of resources available and resources needed to help educators overcome barriers to engaging all students
Registration for this conference is still open at this link. For those who cannot attend in person stay tuned for information about how to view these presentations live online after the holidays.

NAAE


NAAE Convention Wrap-up
News & Views Special Edition features an overview of convention, announcement of new board members, and the 2013 NAAE award winners. Read the newsletter here.


Correction in Ford Grant Announcement from last week
In the message sent last week(below), it says, “The application for students to apply for FFA scholarships is February 1. Follow this link for more information and to see if there is a participating Ford dealer in your area.

It should say, “The deadline for students to apply for FFA scholarships is February 1. Follow this link for more information and to see if there is a participating Ford dealer in your area.”


Here is the announcement in its entirety:


For the past 17 years, Ford has awarded $1,000 college scholarships to FFA members across the United States on behalf of participating Ford dealers. For the past four years, Ford has also given a $3,000 grant to one FFA chapter in each of NAAE’s six regions. The grants are related to chapter participation in the Ford scholarship program, so to have a chance to receive the grant, your local Ford dealer must offer a scholarship and you need to have students apply for the scholarship. The grants are to be used to allow FFA chapters to buy needed materials, offset travel expenses, and supplement resources in whatever way will best support the chapter’s leadership development activities.Ford is the largest corporate provider of scholarships through the National FFA program and looks forward to awarding the grants to FFA chapters. Ford is also the proud sponsor of NAAE’s Lifetime Achievement award. Both the grant program and the Lifetime Achievement award are special projects of the National FFA Foundation.The application deadline for students to apply for FFA scholarships is February 1. Follow this link for more information and to see if there is a participating Ford dealer in your area.


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA

The 2014 scholarship application is now live! Instructions, details and helpful tools are available atFFA.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, 2014.

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

See the world with the International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership Program
Interested in international agriculture or learning more about U.S. agriculture on a global scale? Apply today for the I-CAL program. Applications are now open. Twelve students will be selected to participate in this engaging learning opportunity to Japan with national FFA and U.S. Grains Council staff. Applications are due by Jan. 3, 2014, so do not wait…Apply now!

FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge – Fight hunger, report impacts, win $500
The National FFA Organization knows that chapters are busy hosting canned food drives, packing fruit baskets and more to help fight hunger this holiday season. Be sure to visit the FFA website to submit your service results to participate in the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge and help us donate one million meals to communities by the 2014 national convention and expo. Your chapter will be entered to win a $500 cash prize that will be announced monthly. Become a Hunger Hero and let’s see how many meals we can donate before the end of the year!

Pay It Forward. Give Blue.
As we celebrate 80 years of the official jacket, we know that symbolic blue corduroy is far more than Official Dress but an icon of an 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 cannot afford to. To meet this need, 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. For more, visit this website.

2014 Chapter Tee Design Contest—enter today!
Design it. Submit it. Win and earn! If your design is a top-six winner, your chapter will receive 50 percent of the first year’s profits! Entries due by Feb. 28, 2014. For complete details, go to this website.

CASE

CASE Institute Registration
CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 30 CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! To register for a CASE Institute please follow this link.

Each site will be capped at 18 participants, with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an institute will be subject to a $250 cancelation fee. Please contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, at shari.smith@case4learning.org with any questions regarding the 2014 CASE Institutes.


DuPont Pioneer Grants
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, Dec. 20, 2013: We finish the year with links to key ag stories, a few of those ubiquitous top ten lists, and some pro-ag videos. Best wishes from CAST for the New Year.
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).

 

 

December 16, 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

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

December 9
December 2
November 25
November 18
November 11

Quote for the Week

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson


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


This month is my last as chair of the National Council for Agricultural Education. As is the case of most positions of leadership, it has been the people with which I’ve been able to serve that have made a difference, and will continue to do so as Ira Beckman, National Farm & Ranch Business Management Education Assn. representative, assumes the chair in January.


The year began with the National Ag Ed Summit and the focus of our attention placed on planning for the supply high quality instructors of agricultural education. Remember the goals you set during the second day of the Summit? Have you made progress on them? I’m very appreciative of the sustained attention Ellen Thompson has maintained throughout the year through the “After the Summit” messages. This MUST be a continuing priority of the Council’s attention.


It was my good fortune this year to have worked closely with both Tony Small and Mike Honeycutt as Managing Directors of The Council. A major accomplishment of The Council this past year was defining the position of a fulltime managing director and ultimately hiring Mike Honeycutt for the position. The experience, energy, and vision that Mike brings to the Council are a great complement to the continuity he also provides to the work of the Council.


Good progress has been made on the identified strategic initiatives of the Council. In the area of Strengthening the Voice and Impact of the Council, I hope that you have noticed an enhanced NCAE presence within each MMM. It is also our intent to provide direct communication to the profession via quarterly, as well as annual reports, enhanced presence at major professional meetings, and to conduct a biannual survey of the profession to identify challenges/issues/trends in NCAE member organizations as well as school based agricultural education.  


Karen Hutchison has enlisted a broad segment of the profession to review and revise the National Content and Program Standards. An initial meeting is planned just prior to the beginning of the Summit in January.  This is a meeting to clarify and establish the committee’s agenda. If you’re interested in serving, contact Karen.Steady progress continues in the area of SAE Renewal under the joint leadership of Ken Couture, NAAE Council representative, Mike Honeycutt and Dr. Kirby Barrick, University of Florida. Action and follow through has been accomplished and is being planned by AAAE, NASAE and NAAE in response to the challenge issued to each by the SAE Coordinating Team, chaired by Dr. Barrick. These responses will be a major focus of the 2014 National Ag Ed Summit. Please plan to attend and make your voice heard on SAE Renewal!


I wish all of you a very safe and joyous holiday season, and look forward to seeing many of you at The National Ag Ed Summit in January.      


-Lloyd Bell

NAAE


NAAE Recognizes Award Winners, Elects New Board of Directors
The 2013 NAAE Convention is in the books. To learn more about our award winners, visit this page to download their news releases.You can also visit our Flickr collection of convention photos to see what happened first-hand, or see the front page of the NAAE website to learn who is on the 2013-14 NAAE board of directors.


Wednesday is Internship Application Deadline
We have a variety of positions available. Visit this link to learn more.


Ford Offers Grants for Chapters That Participate in Scholarship Program
For the past 17 years, Ford has awarded $1,000 college scholarships to FFA members across the United States on behalf of participating Ford dealers. For the past four years, Ford has also given a $3,000 grant to one FFA chapter in each of NAAE’s six regions. The grants are related to chapter participation in the Ford scholarship program, so to have a chance to receive the grant, your local Ford dealer must offer a scholarship and you need to have students apply for the scholarship. The grants are to be used to allow FFA chapters to buy needed materials, offset travel expenses, and supplement resources in whatever way will best support the chapter’s leadership development activities.
Ford is the largest corporate provider of scholarships through the National FFA program and looks forward to awarding the grants to FFA chapters. Ford is also the proud sponsor of NAAE’s Lifetime Achievement award. Both the grant program and the Lifetime Achievement award are special projects of the National FFA Foundation.The application for students to apply for FFA scholarships is February 1. Follow this link for more information and to see if there is a participating Ford dealer in your area.


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA


Winter 2013 FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide now available
FFA Advisors and teachers: Let us help you while you’re finalizing grades and wrapping up for the holidays. Check out the Winter 2013 FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide for non-prep, standards-based activities related to the latest issue of the magazine.


The 2014 scholarship application is now live! Instructions, details and helpful tools are available atFFA.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, 2014.

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

See the world with the International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership Program
Interested in international agriculture or learning more about U.S. agriculture on a global scale? Apply today for the I-CAL program. Applications are now open. Twelve students will be selected to participate in this engaging learning opportunity to Japan with national FFA and U.S. Grains Council staff. Applications are due by Jan. 3, 2014, so do not wait…Apply now!

FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge – Fight hunger, report impacts, win $500
The National FFA Organization knows that chapters are busy hosting canned food drives, packing fruit baskets and more to help fight hunger this holiday season. Be sure to visit the FFA website to submit your service results to participate in the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge and help us donate one million meals to communities by the 2014 national convention and expo. Your chapter will be entered to win a $500 cash prize that will be announced monthly. Become a Hunger Hero and let’s see how many meals we can donate before the end of the year!

Don't miss out: All the action from the convention and expo
You can still catch all the convention and expo action on the National FFA Blog, Facebook, Twitter , and the 2013 Highlights webpage. Visit our National FFA YouTube webpage to see more, including the 2012-13 National FFA Officers retiring addresses. Also, get to know your new 2013-2014 national officer team here.

Pay It Forward. Give Blue.
As we celebrate 80 years of the official jacket, we know that symbolic blue corduroy is far more than Official Dress but an icon of an 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 cannot afford to. To meet this need, 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. For more, visit this website.

2014 Chapter Tee Design Contest—enter today!
Design it. Submit it. Win and earn! If your design is a top-six winner, your chapter will receive 50 percent of the first year’s profits! Entries due by Feb. 28, 2014. For complete details, go to this website.

Now available: “The Farmer in All of Us: An American Portrait”
Knock out a few gifts on your holiday shopping list and support FFA by buying “The Farmer in All of Us: An American Portrait.”

CASE

CASE Institute Registration
CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 30 CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! To register for a CASE Institute please follow this link.

 

Each site will be capped at 18 participants, with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an institute will be subject to a $250 cancelation fee. Please contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, at shari.smith@case4learning.org with any questions regarding the 2014 CASE Institutes.


DuPont Pioneer Grants
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, Dec. 13, 2013: Plenty of headliners from antibiotics to the Farm Bill. The Peterson Brothers have a new “Perry-dy” as they call it. They use a Katy Perry song to explain farm work. Lots of other links, opinions, student happenings, and ag news.

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

Congratulations to the agricultural educators who received awards at the 2013 ACTE CareerTech Vision in Las Vegas on December 4!  Agricultural educators were well represented in the ACTE awards program.  Once again, the quality of the work that you do was evident for all of Career and Technical Education to see at the Awards Banquet.

 

Outstanding Career and Technical Educator:   This award is given in recognition of an individual who has provided outstanding leadership in career and technical education and has made significant contributions toward innovative and unique career and technical education programs.

 

National Winner: Dr. Tony Brannon, Dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture, Murray State University.

 

Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher:  This award is given in recognition of a teacher who has made significant contributions toward innovative career and technical education programs and has shown professional commitment early in an educationa career.

 

Region I Winner:  Tiffany Morey, Agricultural Science Teacher, South Hunterdon Regional High School, Lambertville, New Jersey.

 

Outstanding Teacher in Community Service:  This award is given in recognition of a career and technical teacher who has made significant accomplishments and demonstrated leadership in programs and activities that promote community service.

 

Region V Winner:  Robert H. Gowans, Agricultural Education Instructor, Tooele County School District, Tooele, Utah.

 

ACTE TEACHER OF THE YEAR:  This award is given in recognition of a teacher providing outstanding career and technial education programs for youth and/or adults in their respective fields and communities.

 

National Winner (and Region I Winner):  Tara L. Berescik, Agricultural Educator, Tri-County Central School District, Grahamsville, New York.

 

Region II Winner:  Sally Shomo, Agricultural Education Instructor, Augusta County School System, Beverley Manor Middle School, Staunton, Virginia.

 

Region III Winner:  Michael F. Miron, Agricultural Education Teacher, Forest Lake Area Schools, Forest Lake, Minnesota.

 

Region IV Winner:  Fiona McAlister, Biotechnology Academy Instructor, Southern Oklahoma Technology Center, Ardmore, Oklahoma.

 

As the ACTE Agricultural Education Division Vice President, I am so proud of the work that you do in Agricultural Education.  Once again, it was good to see so many agricultural educators from our Division of ACTE recognized for the excellence that exists in agricultural education programs nationwide.

 

-Jim Flowers

 

 

December 9, 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


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

December 2
November 25
November 18
November 11
November 4

Quote for the Week

"Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort."
-John Ruskin

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


Reminder of 2014 National Agricultural Education Summit and National FFA In-service Registration
Please remember the early registration deadline for the 2014 Agricultural Education Summit and National FFA In-service is this Friday, December 13th. The event is scheduled January 28 -30, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can register for the Summit here. More information regarding the agenda can be found at teamged.org. Also, please feel free to direct any questions to Mike Honeycutt atmhoneycutt@ffa.org.

Mapping the Nation Tool for Global Education
Longview Foundation launches today, with their partners Asia Society and SAS, a free new online resource to show how global the United States is at the state and county level. From language study at the k-12 and post-secondary level, to AP assessments that have global elements, from import and exports of goods and services, to students studying abroad, we are providing almost 1 million data points in 12,000 national and state maps. You can view this new resource here.
                           
This resource can be very helpful to agricultural educators in aiding their students understanding of how they play a role in an increasingly global world.

NAAE


2014 NATAA Applications Due Next Monday
The DuPoint National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy provides agriscience 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. Clickhere for more information and to download the application. Deadline to apply is December 16, 2013.


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA

See the world with the International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership Program
Interested in international agriculture or learning more about U.S. agriculture on a global scale? Apply today for the I-CAL program. Applications are now open. Twelve students will be selected to participate in this engaging learning opportunity to Japan with national FFA and U.S. Grains Council staff. Applications are due by Jan. 3, 2014, so do not wait…Apply now!

Still time to apply for an FFA: Food For All grant! Due Friday, December 13, 2013
The 2014 FFA: Food For All grant application is available on thewebsite. Middle and high school chapters may apply for up to $2,500 to support year-long service-learning projects that address local hunger needs. Informational webinars will be held on Tuesday, December 10 to walk through the application.

FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge – Fight Hunger, Report Impacts. Win $500
National FFA knows many chapters are busy hosting canned food drives, packing fruit baskets and MORE to help fight hunger this holiday season.

 

Be sure to visit www.FFA.org/HEROES to submit your service results to participate in the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge and help us donate ONE MILLION meals to communities by the 2014 convention.

 

Your chapter will be entered to win a $500 cash prize that will be announced monthly! Become a Hunger Hero and let’s see how many meals we can donate before the end of the year!

CASE

CASE Institute Registration
CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 30 CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! To register for a CASE Institute please follow this link.

 

Each site will be capped at 18 participants, with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an institute will be subject to a $250 cancelation fee. Please contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, at shari.smith@case4learning.org with any questions regarding the 2014 CASE Institutes.


DuPont Pioneer Grants
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, Dec. 6, 2013: News, views, and information including looks at drones, the Farm Bill, and our word of the year. Spoiler alert--it’s not “selfie.” Also worked in a farm animal parody of “Blurred Lines” and a reaction to new research about fast food.

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).

US Department of Education

Educating Every Student for College and Career Success
This blog post from the US Department of Education, discusses the challenges educators face in preparing students for their next step after high school, college or career. Read the entire blog post here.

 

 

 

December 2, 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 25
November 18
November 11
November 4
October 28

Quote for the Week


"Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort."
-John Ruskin

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


Reminder of 2014 National Agricultural Education Summit and National FFA In-service Registration
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.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. Additional information can also be found on the website.

NAAE


National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Selects Committee to Strengthen Career and Technical Education Standards
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has named a select committee of 15 outstanding educators charged with revising standards for accomplished teaching in the critical field of Career and Technical Education (CTE). The standards are being revised to reflect latest advances in research and practice in the field and the increasing focus on preparing all students for competitive, 21st century careers. Follow this link to learn more and read committee member bios.
NAAE Membership Benefit- Legislative Action Center
The Legislative Action Center is a powerful tool for members to use when trying to build relationships or advocate for ag education, whether on the state or national level. Follow this link to learn more.


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA


The 2014 Scholarship Application is now live!
Instructions, details and Helpful Tools are available atFFA.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 toScholarships@FFA.org.


What would your FFA chapter do with $2,500 to help fight hunger?
The 2014 FFA: Food For All grant application is available in thewebsite. Middle and high school chapters may apply for up to $2,500to 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.


FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge – Fight Hunger, Report Impacts. Win $500
National FFA knows many chapters are busy hosting canned food drives, packing fruit baskets and MORE to help fight hunger this holiday season.

Be sure to visit the website to submit your service results to participate in the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge and help us donateONE MILLION meals to communities by the 2014 convention.

 

Your chapter will be entered to win a $500 cash prize that will be announced monthly! Become a Hunger Hero and let’s see how many meals we can donate before the end of the year!

CASE

CASE Institute Registration
CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 30 CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! To register for a CASE Institute please follow this link.

Each site will be capped at 18 participants, with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an institute will be subject to a $250 cancelation fee. Please contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, at shari.smith@case4learning.org with any questions regarding the 2014 CASE Institutes.