Julie Fritsch

Monday Morning Monitor 2/24/14

Blog Post created by Julie Fritsch on Feb 24, 2014

February 24, 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

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."

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.


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 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 shari.smith@case4learning.org with any questions regarding the 2014 CASE Institutes.


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.


Friday, Feb. 21, 2014: Hogs, cannibals, and PEDV—controversies abound, but lots of other links, opinions, student happenings, oddities, and ag news.

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