Christi Chadwell

Monday Morning Monitor 2/10/2014

Blog Post created by Christi Chadwell on Feb 10, 2014

February 10, 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.

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

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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,
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 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.


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.


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


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

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

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.


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).