Christi Chadwell

Monday Morning Monitor 2/17/2014

Blog Post created by Christi Chadwell on Feb 17, 2014

February 17, 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

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

May 20-23
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 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.


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 with any questions regarding the 2014 CASE Institutes.


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


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.


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).