Christi Chadwell

Monday Morning Monitor 1/27/2014

Blog Post created by Christi Chadwell on Jan 27, 2014

January 27, 2014


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

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

May 20-23
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 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.


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 with any questions regarding the 2014 CASE Institutes.


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


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


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).