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