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January 27, 2014

 

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


April 16-18
NAAE Region I Conference
Waikiki Beach, HI


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues

January 13
January 6
December 23
December 16
December 9

Quote for the Week

"It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action."
-Honore de Balzac


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


Participate in the 2014 National Agricultural Education Summit and FFA In-service Online!
For those agricultural educators who wish to participate in the 2014 Ag-Ed Summit and National FFA In-service  but are not able to attend in person we are offering an option to participate through an online video feed. The conference will be held January 28-30, 2014. To decide what parts of the agenda you may want to view you can access the most up to date conference agenda by visiting the NCAE homepageand then click on the Read More button below the description of the 2014 Summit to visit the conference homepage. Please note that only the main sessions will be streamed live. Any breakout or meal speaker will not be available online.


Once the conference begins on Jan. 28 you can access the live feed at the NCAE homepage or simply click here for direct access to the virtual launch page. Virtual participants will be able to communicate or share their thoughts with the group attending in person through two means of communication. You may send an email tosummit@ffa.org or you can share your thought on Twitter using#AgEdSummit.  LPS specialists will be monitoring these two communications channels during the conference and will help share your thoughts or questions with the presenters.  All questions submitted by Twitter or by email will be captured and responded to in a timely manner.


We encourage all agricultural educators to take part in this conference and where possible join together and watch the sessions as a group. If your schedule does not permit you to watch the portions of the conference that interest you live the recorded sessions will remain available on the Council website to view at a later date and time.

CASE


Looking to fund your CASE experience this summer? The search is over!
CASE now has scholarships for CASE Institutes available. Generous contributions through the National FFA Foundation from sponsors like Mosaic have made it possible for scholarships to cover the cost of CASE Institutes for award winners. Click here for the application link and additional information. The deadline to apply is February 28th. Questions about these scholarship opportunities can be directed to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations Coordinator. 


Also, DuPont Pioneer still has funding available for CASE grants up to $5,000. The deadline is February 15th, so apply soon! Click here to apply. Questions about the DuPont grant? Send them to this address.


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.

NAAE


2014 National Policy Seminar in Washington D.C.
Join us March 3-5 in Washington, D.C. for the 2014 ACTE National Policy Seminar and Ag Ed Strand. Improve your advocacy skills, meet with important members of Congress and hear from national leaders in career and technical education.


The ACTE NPS provides an excellent opportunity to learn the basics of influencing federal decision makers, specifically on legislation related to career and technical education, including agricultural education.


At this year's ACTE NPS, we are including a dinner session and other agriculture-specific activities especially for the NAAE members who attend the NPS. To emphasize the importance of the NPS and to encourage more participation from NAAE members, NAAE will be paying the registration fee of one NAAE member per state to attend and participate in the NPS. Each participant will be responsible for his/her own travel, lodging, most meals, and incidental costs. We encourage state agricultural education associations to assist with the travel, lodging, and per diem costs.


You can review the program for the ACTE NPS here. Registration for NAAE members is due by Monday, February 3rd. Visit the NAAE website for complete details and registration materials.Please note that NAAE members should register through NAAE, not through ACTE.


Questions? Contact Savannah Robin, NAAE Meeting Planner and Advocacy Coordinator.2014


NAAE Ag Ed Advocacy Video Challenge
Thanks to a great response to last year's contest, we've decided to once again challenge high school and middle school agriculture teachers to create videos showcasing the great things their agricultural education programs do.


This year's advocacy video challenge theme is "How is your agricultural education program preparing you (students) for a bright future?"


Enlist your students, community and supporters to tell your program's story in 2 minutes or less. You could win recognition for your program and a registration to attend next year's ACTE National Policy Seminar.


Entry deadline - February 24, 2014 Follow this link for complete challenge details


CHS Foundation Scholarship Opportunity
Applications for high school seniors and two-year college students are now available through the CHS Foundation. Click here to read more.


Award Winner Highlight: Mike Wallace
Mike Wallace, agricultural educator in Quincy, Washington, was awarded the Region 1 Outstanding Service Citation in December 2013. Wallace has been teaching for over 20 years and is heavily involved with professional organizations and curriculum development. Wallace was instrumental in creating the National Agriculture Relief Fund to aid NAAE members in times of hardship. To read more about Wallace and the other 2013 award winners, please visit this page.


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA

2014 FFA scholarship application due Feb. 1
The deadline to submit a 2014 FFA Collegiate Scholarship application will be here in less than a week!

Applications must be submitted online prior to 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 1.  Signature Pages required to complete eligibility must be postmarked no later than Feb. 8.

Visit this page for information and instructions on how to apply.  Don’t forget to check eligibility requirements for the new America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarships.  Click the AFGAL logo or visit this page for details.

Don’t miss this opportunity!  Have questions, comments or concerns?  Email Scholarships@ffa.org.

CAST

Friday, Jan. 24, 2014: California drought, HSUS controversy, PED pig virus, and a “smartphone on your face.” Lots of other links, opinions, student happenings, oddities, 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).

 

 

 

January 13, 2014

 

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


April 16-18
NAAE Region I Conference
Waikiki Beach, HI


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues

January 6
December 23
December 16
December 9
December 2

Quote for the Week

"Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny."
-C.S. Lewis


MMM Submissions

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

NAAE


Position Announcement: Program/Communications Assistant
NAAE is seeking to hire a program/communications assistant. The person in this position will be responsible for helping NAAE and the National Teach Ag Campaign (an initiative of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by NAAE) with programmatic tasks and message distribution. Applications are due by January 31, 2014.


Please follow this link for complete details.


Please forward this announcement to anyone you think might be interested.


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 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.


NAAE Advocacy Video Challenge – How is Your Agricultural Education Program Preparing You for a Bright Future?
Due to great success in 2013, NAAE is excited to launch the second annual Ag Ed Advocacy Video Challenge. This challenge is designed to give high school and middle school agriculture teachers a fun way to teach their students about advocacy by creating a video that showcases how their agriculture program is preparing students for bright futures!
The 2014 theme is “How is your agricultural education program preparing you for a bright future?” The end result should be something you can show your school board, state representative, or a complete stranger to help them understand how your program prepares students for their future in any capacity. We're looking for an entertaining, accurate and compelling story, in 2 minutes or less.The entry deadline is Monday, February 24. Visit this post on Communities of Practice for complete details.


Award Winner Highlight
A long time FFA and agriculture supporter, Clifford Vrieze was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 for Region 3. Vrieze has dedicated over 40 years to a career in agriculture and was instrumental in creating the Nebraska Farm Management Education Program, serving on the Minnesota Agriculture Education Leadership Council, and the University of Minnesota Agricultural Education Centennial Fund Drive. To read more about Vrieze and other 2013 award winners, please visit this link.


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA

Collegiate FFA application news
Do you know any college students interested in pursuing a career in production agriculture? Want to know more about the latest trends and technology in agriculture? Apply today for the National Collegiate FFA New Century Farmer Conference. This week-long conference will equip students to be a cutting-edge farmer or rancher after they graduate from college. The 50 selected participants will do industry tours, commodity-specific sessions, learn about business planning, create a vision for their farm and more. The application can be found by clicking here.

For more information, visit the NCF homepage. Applications close Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. Eastern.

 

Also, the deadline for the I-CAL application has been extended to Jan. 15 due to application server issues. All interested students should have their competed application for the Japan program by next Wednesday Jan. 15 at 5 p.m. Eastern. The application is live on the Collegiate FFA website or by clicking here.

Any questions on either application can be sent to the collegiate team.

CAST

Friday, Jan. 10, 2014: A new year and some new, upbeat outlooks for ag in 2014—but plenty of the same challenges as well. Companies moved on GMOs, beef sustainability, and hog stalls, while we’re not sure who moved on the Farm Bill. Lots of other links, opinions, student happenings, oddities, 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).

NYFEA

National Young Farmer Educational Association announces the NYFEA Institute in Louisville, KY, in December 2014. Visit this website to read about the schedule and to register for the institute!

 

 

January 6, 2014

 

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


April 16-18
NAAE Region I Conference
Waikiki Beach, HI


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues

December 23
December 16
December 9
December 2
November 25

Quote for the Week

"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value."
-Albert Einstein


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


NOCTI Seeking Subject Matter Experts (SME)
NOCTI is actively seeking representatives from business/industry and education to participate in the 2014 assessment revision/development projects. SMEs are an essential part of any successful assessment development project. With titles ranging from agriculture and child care to construction and web design, there may be an opportunity for you to share your knowledge. To view the full list of titles scheduled for revision in 2014, SME responsibilities, honorarium information, and to access the easy-to-use online application, please click here.
Check out the list below to see if you or someone you know has experience in any of the following areas. Candidates must have a minimum of 3 years of recent experience in their field of expertise.Agriculture Topics include:

  • Forest Products & Processing January 20-24
  • Horticulture-Landscaping March 3-7
  • Production Agriculture April 28-May 2
  • Small Animal Science & Technology June 23-27
  • Small Engine Technology May 12-16

Questions can be directed to julie.vanhala@nocti.org

http://nationalassociationofagriculturaleducators.createsend1.com/t/y-u-tklrult-yuydthltld-b/

 

 

NAAE

Stay Connected in 2014!
Make it a resolution to take full advantage of everything NAAE has to offer its members this year. The best way to stay on top of professional development, grants, awards, and all other NAAE opportunities is by being tuned in. Here are the top 3 ways to make sure you don’t miss anything from NAAE:

  1. Make sure you’re getting emails from us: News & Views, special alerts and more come via email from NAAE. If you haven’t seen an email from us to you in a while, double-check that we have your correct address by emailing naae@uky.edu or calling 859-257-2224.
  2. Become an active member of Communities of Practice. With well over 3,000 members, CoP is the place to find ideas, discussions and anything and everything related to teaching agriculture. If it’s been a while, dust off your keyboard and start participating! Trouble logging in? Contact Julie Fritsch at jfritsch.naae@uky.edu.
  3. Consider attending a Regional Conference or National Convention. There’s no better way to get connected than to attend a regional or national event. Follow this link and click on your region for conference dates, and mark your calendar for the 2014 NAAE convention, November 18-22 in Nashville, Tennessee.

NAAE Membership Benefit
Becoming a member of NAAE offers opportunities and benefits to help you, even outside the classroom. All NAAE members are entitled to a $40,000 term life insurance policy at no cost for two full years from their initial join date. Read more about this specific benefit and others available to NAAE members here.


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.

CASE

DuPont Pioneer Offers CASE Grants
Dupont Pioneer is proud to offer grants to high schools to assist with the implementation of CASE in the 2014/2015 school year.  Schools may apply for grants up to $5,000 for teacher certification institute registration and travel; purchase of equipment; 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. For more information and to access the application form, follow this link.

USDA

Fact Sheet of Agricultural Productivity
A push has been seen for an expedited passage of a new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill that continues to support agricultural trade and increase market relations. Read a fact sheet of this new farm bill and other agricultural related notes in this USDA News Release.