Christi Chadwell

Monday Morning Monitor 12/23/2013

Blog Post created by Christi Chadwell on Dec 23, 2013

December 23, 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


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

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 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


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

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 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 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


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).