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February 24, 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

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


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT


July 9-12
National FFA Alumni Development Conference
Grand Rapids, MA


September 23-25, 2014
Western Region AAAE
Kona, Hawaii


October 9-11, 2014
Central Region AAAE
Morgantown, WV

Past Issues

February 17
February 10
February 3
January 27
January 13

Quote for the Week

"Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character."
-Heraclitus


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


National Council for Agricultural Education Appreciates Teacher Support and Thanks Missouri Ag Teachers Specifically for their Support

The Council would like to show our appreciation for educators across the country who each year make an investment in the future and The Council’s strategic mission to improve agricultural education across the country. In particular, we want to highlight the agricultural educators of the State of Missouri who through their membership in MVATA choose to make a small individual contribution each year. So far this year The Council has received close to $1000 from these educators. We are very thankful for MVATA’s belief in the work of The Council and willingness to support our strategic initiatives. This type of support is critical for The Council to move ahead with many important tasks such as growth and renewal of the SAE component, revision of AFNR and NQPS standards as well as forming a strategy for quality data collection in agricultural education.If you or your state agriculture teacher’s organization would like to make a contribution or to learn more about how you can support the work of The Council individually or collectively please contact either NAAE or The Council directly.

NAAE


2014 NAAE Ag Ed Advocacy Video Challenge – Deadline Extension – Monday March 24, 2014
Due to unexpected weather conditions across the U.S. we have decided to extend the deadline for the NAAE Advocacy Video challenge to give you more time to create your advocacy video!


NEW Entry deadline – March 24, 2014 Follow this link for complete challenge details


Teach Ag Campaign Seeks Partners for New Initiative
Is your state facing a shortage of agriculture teachers?  Are you ready to pull back the curtain and develop sustainable and effective strategies to recruit and retain agriculture teachers in your state?
The National Teach Ag Campaign is looking for up to 10 states who are willing to work collaboratively to address your specific needs and create a plan that works.  Join one of the four webinars being offered at the end of the month to find out more about the program and what you can do to ensure a quality supply of agriculture teachers in your state. For more information click here.


Click on the following dates to sign-up:
Wednesday, February 26th 11:00-11:45 am EST
Wednesday, February 26th 4:00-4:45 pm EST
Thursday, February 27th 12:00-12:45 pm EST
Thursday, February 27th 5:00-5:45 pm EST


Award Winner Highlight: Allyson Lammiman
Allyson Lammiman, agricultural educator at Douglas High School in Minden, NV, received the 2013 National Agriscience Teacher of the Year Award in Region 1. Lammiman teaches a diverse set of agriculture topics each year. She recruits community and industry leaders to assist in coaching various FFA competition teams, provides placement for students to complete internship experiences, and is known for teaching her students how to think, instead of what to think.
Read more about Lammiman and other 2013 NAAE Award Winners here.


Community of Practice Highlights

USDA

USDA Challenge Grants Program
The USDA has released the application and information for the Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program (SPECA). Click here for more details and the application.

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. 

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.

FFA

Enrollment Open for Zoetis FFA Support Program
By partnering with local veterinarians and animal health suppliers, the Zoetis FFA Support Program has provided more than $5.3 million to FFA chapters since 2008. These contributions help put equipment in the classroom and on the Chapter farm, fund leadership/career development events and projects, secure blue jackets, send members to their first National Convention and more. Encourage your veterinarian and animal health supplier to enroll in support of your chapter by following this link.

Flip through the Spring 2014 issue of FFA New Horizons magazine              
In this issue, you'll read about how Easton Corbin Gives Back to FFA, get tips on preparing for your future career, learn fun facts about peanuts and more! Want to download the new FREE tablet app on your device? Click the following links to be connected: Apple,Kindle or Google.

FFA members can win Washington D.C. trip with USFRA
FFA members are encouraged to draft and post a brief social media friendly “essay” (no more than 400 words) that starts with the writing prompt, “I am the future…”

This post should incorporate #FarmlandFilm — Farmland is an upcoming film by James Moll, which gives an up-close-and-personal look at six farmers and ranchers who are taking generational responsibility for the running of their family business — and describe the role you can play in the future of agriculture. The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance is looking for FFA members in grades 9-12, aged 13-18 to participate.

Once the post is made, entrants must fill out an application form.An entry will be selected at random on or around March 5 to receive an all-expense paid trip for the winning FFA member and two guests to Washington, D.C., for Ag Day.

During this trip, the winner and guests will also have the chance to attend an invite-only, sneak peak of Farmland. To learn more, visit the USFRA website.

FFA Website Survey
The National FFA Organization is  working to launch a new website in November. We would like to gain some perspective on naming conventions and navigation from our stakeholders; to do so we have created this survey. The survey will close at the end of the day Friday, Feb. 28.

Thank you for your help in gathering feedback!
FFA.org navigation survey


Apply now: Youth Scholarships for Building a GradNation Summit
Do you know a young leader in your community who is working hard with his or her peers to end the dropout crisis? Do you know a young person who has struggled on the road to graduation who can speak his or her mind? Encourage them to apply for a scholarship to attend the 2014 Building a GradNation Summit in Washington, D.C. (includes meals, transportation and lodging). Click here for the details. Applications are due March 1.

CAST

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014: Hogs, cannibals, and PEDV—controversies abound, but 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).

 

 

February 17, 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


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


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT


July 9-12
National FFA Alumni Development Conference
Grand Rapids, MA

Past Issues

February 10
February 3
January 27
January 13
January 6

Quote for the Week

"We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them."
-Khalil Gibran


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


STEM SmartBrief Newsletter Available from ACTE for Career and Technical Educators
The Council is happy to help ACTE promote a service that will help agricultural educators stay current on the latest thought and discussion in the area of STEM education. ACTE has made a major effort to restructure, re-launch and greatly expand their daily free alert on STEM education issues. As a part of the re-launch, they have simplified the name to STEM SmartBrief. Although ACTE already offers an online newsletter through Career Tech Update to its members, the addition of the STEM SmartBrief has been greeted enthusiastically by ACTE members and has the potential to greatly expand the reach of STEM news and information to a much wider audience of STEM interested stakeholders.


As you may know, ACTE began offering a free, daily STEM SmartBrief newsletter service about a year ago. To-date there are over 2,500 subscribers. If you haven’t seen the existing service please take a peek at a recent issue to get a sense of what the service delivers to subscribers.


The STEM SmartBrief is designed specifically for educators and advocates of STEM teaching and learning with a unique focus of building a movement to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics by supporting and highlighting the work of educator success. Through this lens, the STEM SmartBrief looks at best practices and classroom resources in STEM education, gender & equity in STEM education, research and funding for STEM and other timely and relevant topics.   With the STEM SmartBrief, ACTE is not only able to aggregate the relevant news on STEM teaching and learning, but also highlight the work of our partners in a sustained and meaningful way. We hope agricultural educators at all levels will check out this resource and subscribe.

USDA


USDA Challenge Grants Program
The USDA has released the application and information for the Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program (SPECA). Click here for more details and the application.

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. 


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 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


Career Academies of Nashville & Agricultural Education Study Visit
Career Academies are gaining in popularity across the country as schools work to increase student engagement and achievement by focusing on college and career readiness.  Consider attending the Career Academies of Nashville & Agriculture Education Study. Visit this page for registration and to learn how Nashville is offering personalized learning communities that offer rigor, relevance, relationships, and readiness for students interested in studying agriculture.


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.


Teach Ag Campaign Seeks Partners for New Initiative.
Is your state facing a shortage of agriculture teachers?  Are you ready to pull back the curtain and develop sustainable and effective strategies to recruit and retain agriculture teachers in your state?


The National Teach Ag Campaign is looking for up to 10 states who are willing to work collaboratively to address your specific needs and create a plan that works.  Join one of the four webinars being offered at the end of the month to find out more about the program and what you can do to ensure a quality supply of agriculture teachers in your state. For more information click here.


Click on the following dates to sign-up:
Wednesday, February 26th 11:00-11:45 am EST
Wednesday, February 26th 4:00-4:45 pm EST
Thursday, February 27th 12:00-12:45 pm EST
Thursday, February 27th 5:00-5:45 pm EST


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA

Happy National FFA Week
Are you ready to shine in the name of FFA and agricultural education? National FFA Week is Feb. 15 - 22, which is the perfect time to let the world know about FFA. Visit the National FFA Week webpage for a host of resources you can use to make your FFA Week celebrations a success. Also, be sure to follow the action on Facebook and Twitter.

Celebrate CTE Superheroes during 2014 CTE Month
Happy 2014 CTE Month!
Spearheaded by the Association for Career & Technical Education, 2014 CTE Month encourages everyone to explore and learn the amazing accomplishments, achievements and contributions of those in career and technical education, which includes agricultural education and FFA. To read more, click here.

Apply now: Youth Scholarships for Building a GradNation Summit
Do you know a young leader in your community who is working hard with his or her peers to end the dropout crisis? Do you know a young person who has struggled on the road to graduation who can speak his or her mind? Encourage them to apply for a scholarship to attend the 2014 Building a GradNation Summit in Washington, D.C. (includes meals, transportation and lodging). Click here for the details. Applications are due March 1.

CAST

Friday, Feb. 14, 2014: Cage fight over egg-laying hens, reaction to CAST’s new video, and chilled-out links for a stubborn winter. 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).

 

 

 

February 10, 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


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


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues

February 3
January 27
January 13
January 6
December 23

Quote for the Week

"No man was ever wise by chance."
-Lucius Annaeus Seneca


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


AgriCorps now accepting application for International Volunteers
Do you want to help start 4-H clubs and future farmer programs in Africa? AgriCorps is a Peace Corps like organization that places American agriculture volunteers in the developing world for 1 year to teach agricultural education and partner with youth organizations. See what these recent volunteers and past National FFA Officers had to say.


We will have 12 volunteers in Liberia starting in August. Each volunteer will be there for one year. All expenses are paid by AgriCorps.Applications are due March 1st!  Apply on our website.


You may also request more information and sign up to receive updates on our website as well.


High School Internships Seen as Valuable Stepping Stone (fromEducation Week, edweek.org)
If you are looking for information to help administrators and policy makers understand the importance of experiential and work based learning to the high school audience, then please check out a recent article regarding a recent study done regarding the value of internships to secondary students. The article can be found here.


Wyoming Swine breeding project creates learning beyond the classroom…..and beyond the program.
Joe Allen and his students at Cheyenne East High School in Wyoming added a little extra effort to a recent swine breeding project. By using a blog site and ustream.com to communicate about swine breeding and what they were doing in their program with a national audience. Thousands of people have visited the site to learn about the swine reproduction process and actually had the opportunity to watch farrowing live. This project certainly created an opportunity for learning by students at Cheyenne East but extended that opportunity to other students and curious onlookers around the country interested in knowing more about agriculture. The project has also created a number of associated experiential learning opportunities for students by taking a classic production based activity and adding aspects of copy writing, web design and marketing through the online portion of the project. If you would like to see their work and check on the new piglets, click here.

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


NAAE News & Views – February edition
Read about some outstanding members, our upcoming Advocate to Educate initiative, how Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is supporting STEM in agricultural education programs, and lots of upcoming NAAE events. Read News & Views.


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.


Teach Ag Campaign Seeks Partners for New Initiative.
Is your state facing a shortage of agriculture teachers?  Are you ready to pull back the curtain and develop sustainable and effective strategies to recruit and retain agriculture teachers in your state?
The National Teach Ag Campaign is looking for up to 10 states who are willing to work collaboratively to address your specific needs and create a plan that works.  Join one of the four webinars being offered at the end of the month to find out more about the program and what you can do to ensure a quality supply of agriculture teachers in your state. For more information click here.


Click on the following dates to sign-up:
Wednesday, February 26th 11:00-11:45 am EST
Wednesday, February 26th 4:00-4:45 pm EST
Thursday, February 27th 12:00-12:45 pm EST
Thursday, February 27th 5:00-5:45 pm EST


Award Winner Highlight: Amy Holder
With over 10 years of teaching experience, Amy Holder has been a constant mentor for her students and new teachers. Holder, instructor at Tri-County R-VIII in Jamesport, Mo., has been a positive influence for her students and strives to make positive impacts on her community. To read more about Holder and other 2013 NAAE award winners, visit the NAAE Awards Page. 


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA

National FFA Organization, National FFA Foundation consolidate leadership
The National FFA Organization Board of Directors and National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees have approved a new consolidated management structure that unifies both organizations’ executive management through a joint governance committee of the two boards, a common chief executive officer and a common chief financial officer.To learn more, click here.

2014 National FFA Convention & Expo housing now open
Log in to your MyAgCN account for more information.

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 FFA.org/GIVEBLUE.

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 are due by Feb. 28. For details, go towww.FFA.org/chaptertshirtcontest.

Apply now: Youth Scholarships for Building a GradNation Summit
Do you know a young leader in your community who is working hard with his or her peers to end the dropout crisis? Do you know a young person who has struggled on the road to graduation who can speak his or her mind? Encourage them to apply for a scholarship to attend the 2014 Building a GradNation Summit in Washington, D.C. (includes meals, transportation and lodging). Click here for the details. Applications are due March 1.

Growing Scholars returns for second year
From Feb. 15 - 22, Tractor Supply customers can give $1 or more at checkout with all proceeds benefitting FFA.

The Summer Leadership Summit: Native Youth in Agriculture
The Summer Leadership Summit: Native Youth in Agriculture will welcome at least 50 high school and college students to campus for a week of classes on risk management, finance and business, legal issues and marketing.

University of Arkansas professors, professionals in the food and agriculture sector and tribal leaders will teach the courses. Students from each of the Bureau of Indian Affairs regions will attend. Application materials and program descriptions will be available soon on the program’s website. For more information, visit this page.

CAST

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014: The Farm Bill passes, CAST launches a new video, and ag opportunities for young people keep growing. 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).

 

 

 

February 3, 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


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 27

January 13
January 6
December 23
December 16

Quote for the Week

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."
–Robert Frost


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


2014 National Agricultural Education Summit and FFA In-service a Success
Last week in Indianapolis 180 professionals from across agricultural education gathered to look at the issue of renewing our focus on experiential learning as well as receive program updates on key national FFA activities. Through the online streaming of the event another few hundred were able to take part in the event remotely as well. If you would like to review the material shared or watch any of the keynote addresses that were given at the event you can visit this page.


The Council and the National FFA Organization would like to extend special thanks to sponsors John Deere and CEV Multimedia for making both the live event and the online streaming possible.

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. Registration is Due Today!
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.


NAAE Membership Benefit
NAAE distributes a national e-newsletter bi-monthly to keep membesr updated on news and trends in agricultural education, activitites and events. Make sure you are subscribed to News & Views and read more about other member benefits on the NAAE website.


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA

2014 National FFA Convention & Expo housing now open
Please log in to your MyAgCN account for more information.

Join FFA in feeding our world
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 national convention and expo.

Officer 2 Officer: FFA chapter role models
Watch Officer 2 Officer and learn how role models played a difference in the life of the 2013-14 National FFA Central Region Vice President.

Growing Scholars returning for second year
From Feb. 15 - 22, Tractor Supply customers can give $1 or more at checkout with all proceeds benefitting FFA.

CAST

Friday, Jan. 31, 2014: The Farm Bill rises from the ashes and Super Bowl ads with farm connections are in the spotlight. Lots of other links, opinions, student happenings, oddities, and ag news. 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).