Christi Chadwell

Monday Morning Monitor 2/3/2014

Blog Post created by Christi Chadwell on Feb 3, 2014

February 3, 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


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE

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

May 20-23
Salt Lake City, UT

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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.


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. 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


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 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.


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).