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July 28, 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


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


September 25
National Teach Ag Day
Inver Grove Heights, MN


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

Past Issues


July 21
July 14
July 7
June 30
June 23

Quote for the Week


"Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow."
-Plato

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


SAE Renewal Taskforce Weekly Question
Assist the SAE Renewal Taskforce in gathering information to help redefine SAE in agricultural education by providing your input on the SAE Renewal Question for the Profession.


Each Monday, we will post a question to which we would like members of the ag ed profession to respond. The Taskforce will use these questions as a way to gather information so they can work to strengthen SAE's.


This week’s question is "How are you supervising SAEs other than conducting traditional on-site visits?"  Go to this link to leave your comments.


The SAE Renewal Taskforce will be meeting in early October and will be using the responses from each of these questions to continue the process of "renewing" SAE's.  Thanks in advance for your responses.  Each and every one will be useful for the Taskforce.


‘Ag in a Growing World’ winners honored (from morningagclips.com)
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture today announced the winners of its Agriculture in a Growing World Essay contest. This national essay competition for grades 9-12 is hosted by the Foundation in partnership with the Nutrients for Life Foundation. The 2014 essay contest winner is Alexandria Schut, a student at Caledonia High School in Caledonia, Michigan. To learn more click here.


American Farm Bureau Federation awards eleven $500 mini-grants for ag literacy (from morningagclips.com)
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has awarded 11 $500 mini-grants to communities across the nation. The grants are awarded through the Foundation’s White-Reinhardt Fund for Education program. The grants are allocated through county and state Farm Bureaus and are used to create new agricultural literacy projects or expand on existing agricultural literacy efforts. To learn more click here.


U.S. Gets Low Scores for Innovation in Education (from Education Week)

U.S. schools and classrooms rank near the bottom among the countries studied in a first-ever report on education innovation by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, or OECD. To see the full article click here.


New online business training available for rural entrepreneurs (from morningagclips.com)
The American Farm Bureau Federation, together with the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative, today announced a new online business training resource for rural entrepreneurs and Farm Bureau members. The series, launching with five webinars in 2014, is a key component of the Rural Entrepreneurship Initiative, a joint effort between AFBF and GSEI. To see the full release click here.

CAST


Friday, July 25, 2014: Summer is smooth but ag controversies keep popping up. Farm Show and other gatherings are coming—this plus the usual news 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).

FFA Alumni


Convention State Baskets
Once again state baskets will be coming to convention. Make plans now to have the most popular and interesting basket to represent your state and all it has to offer. The baskets will be sold during the Thursday evening alumni auction during convention. The state basket bringing the combination of the most money and highest price will receive a registration to Washington Leadership Conference for summer of 2015. Make sure your state is well represented as the competition is always at a high level. Please contact the Alumni association before October 1 to insure your spot in the contest. Email Jada Buchanan at jbuchanan@ffa.org.


Volunteer for Convention
Don’t miss the opportunity to help make sure this is the best National FFA Convention & Expo. Several volunteers are needed each year for Convention to help is several different areas. Contact the National FFA Alumni Association to learn how Alumni can help at this year’s Convention. Contact by emailing Alumni Staff today atjbuchanan@ffa.org.


Win a New Yamaha Viking ATV
The National FFA Alumni Association is thrilled to announce theYamaha Viking Giveaway! Yamaha has donated a brand newViking ATV to be given away to a lucky FFA alumni member. Members and/or new members just need to make sure they are entered by Oct. 1. It is simple to enter: Make sure your FFA Alumni membership is current and then complete your AgCN profile. To be eligible for this drawing you must fill out the complete AgCN profile, which is name, mailing address, email address, date of birth and year graduated from high school. Good luck!

FFA


National Officer Nominating Committee
Know someone who would make a good Nominating Committee representative? Submit them to FFA by August 1 for consideration.Simply fill out this Nominating Committee Potential Representative form.


* The following states are not accepting nominations to prevent consecutive years of representation: FL, NV, MA, CO, NE, TX, SD, DE, and AR.


Be on the lookout for the new 2014–2015 FFA catalogs: Blue, Gold and Core
Our 2014–2015 Blue catalog features our latest collection of sweatshirts, T–shirts and hats. The Gold and Core catalog will also be delivered in August, featuring new products and awards. Included with the August catalog shipment will be the FFA Week flyer, featuring FFA Week–themed merchandise. All products are available online at Shop FFA.

NAAE


NAAE Convention - Organizational Members & Business Partners Reception
Are you a business or organization who wants to get your products and information in front of agricultural educators? Register now for the Partners Reception at the 2014 NAAE Convention. Details.

NAAE Convention
Planning on coming to convention? The schedule for the 2014 NAAE Convention is now available. To see what we have planned, follow this link.

National Teach Ag Day
Teach Ag Day is quickly approaching. Go to this link to see how you can participate!

Community of Practice Highlights
Welcome Tractory Supply Company, the newest sponsor of Communities of Practice! Check out the FFA Community TODAY!

US Department of Education

Secretary Duncan Praises Sustainable Schools and Announces Tour
For the third consecutive year, a cohort of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools (ED-GRS) and District Sustainability Awardees received accolades at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., for their sustainable, healthy facilities, wellness practices, and sustainability learning. Click here to learn more!

ACTE

Order Your "STEM is CTE" Poster Today!
CTE programs offer students a deeper understanding of STEM career pathways, build interest in STEM-related careers and help grow the STEM workforce pipeline by encouraging more students from underrepresented populations to enter these career fields. Click here to order your poster today!

 

 

 

 

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July 21, 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


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


September 25
National Teach Ag Day
Inver Grove Heights, MN


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

Past Issues


July 14
July 7
June 30
June 23
June 16

Quote for the Week


"I am enough of a realist to understand that I can't reach every child, but I am more of an optimist to get up every morning and try."
-Preston Morgan


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


SAE Renewal Taskforce Weekly Question
Assist the SAE Renewal Taskforce in gathering information to help redefine SAE in agricultural education by providing your input on the SAE Renewal Question for the Profession.


Each Monday, we will post a question to which we would like members of the ag ed profession to respond. The Taskforce will use these questions as a way to gather information so they can work to strengthen SAE's.


This week’s question is ”What type of SAE recordkeeping system works best for you and your students?  How do you introduce this in your ag classes?”  Go to this link to leave your comments.


The SAE Renewal Taskforce will be meeting in early October and will be using the responses from each of these questions to continue the process of "renewing" SAE's.  Thanks in advance for your responses.  Each and every one will be useful for the Taskforce.


Bringing the Farm to Your Backyard ( from The Smithsonian)
A new buzz phrase is catching on thanks to desire of many to be closer to their food production and that phrase is Development Supported Agriculture. Americans have been attracted to the schools, parks, yards and square footage of suburbia for decades. Then, there are the added perks of some housing developments such as community pools, fitness centers, playgrounds and tennis courts, to name a few. But the biggest draw in the future might be a communal farm. To learn more click here.


New Farmers Cultivate a Greener Future (from Al-Jazeera America)
The Ag Census is taken every five years, and asks farmers about their crops, their income, Internet use and their use of alternative power, like solar panels. Although fewer Americans are farming nowadays, more newbies are likely to be women or minorities than in previous years. To learn more click here.

CAST


Friday, July 18, 2014: The lazy days of summer are actually filled with farm work, and a new Peterson Brothers’ parody tunes us in—this plus the usual news 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).

FFA Alumni


Convention State Baskets
Once again state baskets will be coming to convention. Make plans now to have the most popular and interesting basket to represent your state and all it has to offer. The baskets will be sold during the Thursday evening alumni auction during convention. The state basket bringing the combination of the most money and highest price will receive a registration to Washington Leadership Conference for summer of 2015. Make sure your state is well represented as the competition is always at a high level. Please contact the Alumni association before October 1 to insure your spot in the contest. Email Jada Buchanan at jbuchanan@ffa.org.


Volunteer for Convention
Don’t miss the opportunity to help make sure this is the best National FFA Convention & Expo. Several volunteers are needed each year for Convention to help is several different areas. Contact the National FFA Alumni Association to learn how Alumni can help at this year’s Convention. Contact by emailing Alumni Staff today atjbuchanan@ffa.org.


Win a New Yamaha Viking ATV
The National FFA Alumni Association is thrilled to announce theYamaha Viking Giveaway! Yamaha has donated a brand newViking ATV to be given away to a lucky FFA alumni member. Members and/or new members just need to make sure they are entered by Oct. 1. It is simple to enter: Make sure your FFA Alumni membership is current and then complete your AgCN profile. To be eligible for this drawing you must fill out the complete AgCN profile, which is name, mailing address, email address, date of birth and year graduated from high school. Good luck!

FFA


National Officer Nominating Committee
Know someone who would make a good Nominating Committee representative? Submit them to FFA by August 1 for consideration.Simply fill out this Nominating Committee Potential Representative form.


* The following states are not accepting nominations to prevent consecutive years of representation: FL, NV, MA, CO, NE, TX, SD, DE, and AR.


Now it’s easier and faster to get what you want on Shop FFA
Start enjoying the new Shop FFA this summer! Spend less time shopping, searching and waiting for delivery! Features include:


Single sign-on
Throughout FFA.org, you will be recognized anywhere on the site, and your contact information will be available while you shop, fill out an application or register for an event.


Reduced shipping time
All shipments are now heading your way one to two days sooner.


Improved order tracking
Track every shipment associated with your order.


Search for exactly what you want
Search by style, size and color to find the perfect match.


Be on the lookout for the new 2014-2015 FFA catalogs: Blue, Gold and Core
Our 2014-2015 Blue catalog features our latest collection of sweatshirts, T-shirts and hats.  The Gold and Core catalog will also be delivered in August, featuring new products and awards.  Included with the August catalog shipment will be the FFA Week flyer, featuring FFA Week-themed merchandise.  All products are available online at Shop FFA.


National FFA Foundation receives $600,000 donation from CF Industries
A unique agreement between two major companies has resulted in a significant donation to FFA members. The partnership between CF Industries and Chevrolet involved the sale of carbon reduction credits to the automaker, a deal made possible by CF Industries’ commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions in 2008. Chevrolet purchased the credits through its voluntary Carbon Reduction Initiative that retires the credits’ use. The proceeds of the sale were donated to FFA.


CF Industries, a longtime FFA supporter, announced with the National FFA Officer Team Wednesday in Washington, D.C.,  a $600,000 donation to the National FFA Foundation to support agricultural education.


“Our products help farmers feed the world and this unique transaction will benefit a great organization teaching the next generation of farmers how to succeed,” said Tony Will, CF Industries’ president and chief executive officer. “This is a first-of-its-kind undertaking for our industry, and we are pleased to partner with Chevrolet in support of America’s future farmers.”


Read more…

NAAE


NAAE Convention - Organizational Members & Business Partners Reception
Are you a business or organization who wants to get your products and information in front of agricultural educators? Register now for the Partners Reception at the 2014 NAAE Convention. Details.


NAAE Convention
Planning on coming to convention? The schedule for the 2014 NAAE Convention is now available. To see what we have planned, follow this link.


National Teach Ag Day
Teach Ag Day is quickly approaching. Go to this link to see how you can participate!


Join the OAR Northwest Mississippi River Adventure
OAR Northwest, a team of scientists, adventurers, and educators, will row down the Mississippi River, from its beginnings in Minnesota to the mouth in the Louisiana delta. Along the way, they'll document their journey through the largest watershed in our country. The crew will work with students and teachers to deliver real time data and information through social media and webcasts.


OAR Northwest would like to invite your school to join the adventure.  Their online program is free to anyone with an internet connection, and will include access to the rowers via emails and twice monthly webinars, for the duration of the expedition. For 30 schools (3 in each state close to the Mississippi River) OAR Northwest would like to supplement the journey with an in-person visit to your school, at no added cost. Lessons will be provided for teachers by their staff of educators.  Students from elementary to high school are invited to be part of the journey. What a great opportunity for our students to interact with the adventurers/scientists! Click here to learn how you can participate!


Community of Practice Highlights

US Department of Education

Bringing the Promise of Healthy School Meals to More Children This Fall
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 enabled the U.S Department of Agriculture to make historic changes to the meals served in our nation’s schools. Breakfasts, lunches, and snacks sold during the school day are now more nutritious than ever, with less fat and sodium and more whole-grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and low-fat dairy. Click here to read more.

 

 

 

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July 14, 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


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


September 25
National Teach Ag Day
Inver Grove Heights, MN


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

Past Issues


July 7
June 30
June 23
June 16
June 9

Quote for the Week


"The principle goal of education is to create men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done."
-Jean Piaget

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


SAE Renewal Taskforce Weekly Question
Assist the SAE Renewal Taskforce in gathering information to help redefine SAE in agricultural education by providing your input on the SAE Renewal Question for the Profession.


Each Monday, we will post a question to which we would like members of the ag ed profession to respond. The Taskforce will use these questions as a way to gather information so they can work to strengthen SAEs.


This week?s question is ?How are you using school-based facilities for SAE??  Go to this link to leave your comments.


The SAE Renewal Taskforce will be meeting in early October and will be using the responses from each of these questions to continue the process of "renewing" SAEs.  Thanks in advance for your responses.  Each and every one will be useful for the Taskforce.

National Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Content Standard Revision Project

The Agriculture Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) Content Standards developed by the National Council for Agricultural Education were last revised in 2009. To maintain their relevance and utility as a guide for what students should achieve through the study of agriculture, the standards must be updated on a regular basis and The Council will be pursuing a revision update over the next nine months.


The primary goal of this update is to ensure that the current standards are aligned with and reflect current trends in industry and education. A second goal is to identify strategies for increasing adoption and use of these standards. As a key stakeholder in agriculture education, we value your input on these matters. You can complete a survey sharing your use and the challenges of the current AFNR Standards byclicking here.


Alliance for Excellent Education offers webinar to improve effectiveness for beginning teachers
Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education and the New Teacher Center for a discussion about meaningful support for the growing number of beginning teachers who are less likely to stay in teaching. Longstanding concerns remain about students? access to effective teaching as states gear up to implement rigorous college- and career-ready standards. What policies and practices can redress the unevenness in teaching quality within and among U.S. schools, particularly those serving students of color and low-income students?


Panelists will highlight current trends in the teaching workforce, the research on induction programs, and a systems approach to creating supportive teaching and learning conditions. A new Alliance report will be released in conjunction with the webinar?On the Path to Equity: Improving the Effectiveness of Beginning Teachers?that examines research on teacher turnover and performance and the implications for designing induction supports and professional learning as part of a coherent teacher development system. Panelists will also address questions submitted by viewers from across the county.


Register and submit questions for the webinar by clicking here.


U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) is Looking for the New Faces of Farming & Ranching
Encourage farmers and ranchers in your community to check out this exciting opportunity to serve as a face of agriculture. Farmers and ranchers who grow and raise an assortment of foods through various methods, on differing scale and across all regions of the country, are encouraged to apply. Entries will be accepted beginning on Thursday, July 10 until Sunday, August 10, 2014 at midnight CT. To find out more about the program and what farmers and ranchers need to do to apply click here.

CASE

CASE is excited to announce the development of an introductory agricultural mechanics course entitled Agricultural Power and Technology. Over thirty participants actively involved in the agricultural mechanics field took part in the three day course development meeting, which was hosted in Johnston, Iowa by John Deere Financial.Carl Aakre, Agricultural Power and Technology Pathway Coordinator, will now take the concepts developed at that meeting to write a year-long curriculum. The goal of the meeting was to begin the planning for an agricultural mechanics course that will be piloted in secondary classrooms during the 2015-2016 school year.

NAAE


NAAE Convention
Planning on coming to convention? The schedule for the 2014 NAAE Convention is now available. To see what we have planned, follow this link.
National Teach Ag Day
Teach Ag Day is quickly approaching. Go to this link to see how you can participate!


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA Alumni

The National FFA Alumni Association is thrilled to announce theYamaha Viking Giveaway! Yamaha has donated a brand newViking ATV to be given away to a lucky FFA alumni member. Members and?or new members just need to make sure they are entered by Oct. 1. It is simple to enter: Make sure your FFA Alumni membership is current and then complete your AgCN profile. To be eligible for this drawing you must fill out the complete AgCN profile, which is name, mailing address, email address, date of birth and year graduated from high school. Good luck!

FFA

National Officer Nominating Committee
Know someone who would make a good Nominating Committee representative? Submit them to FFA by August 1 for consideration.Simply fill out this Nominating Committee Potential Representative form.

* The following states are not accepting nominations to prevent consecutive years of representation: FL, NV, MA, CO, NE, TX, SD, DE, and AR.

Last chance to apply: National FFA Convention & Expo Newsroom Crew
The National FFA Organization is seeking college students or recent college graduates pursuing degrees in journalism, public relations, telecommunications or a closely related field to share with the world the news and feature stories coming out of the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 29 ? Nov. 1, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. Apply here.

CAST

Friday, July 11, 2014: With terms like ?natural,? ?healthy,? and ?fat free? being thrown around on food advertising, consumers are often confused?this plus the usual news 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).

ACTE

July 9, 2014
Alexandria, VA - The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education consortium (NASDCTEc) today applauded the House of Representatives' passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), H.R. 803, which reauthorizes the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Click here to read more.

 

 

 

 

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July 7, 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 

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


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


September 25
National Teach Ag Day
Inver Grove Heights, MN


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

Past Issues


June 30
June 23
June 16
June 9
June 2

Quote for the Week


"Agriculture is the most healthful, most useful and most noble employment of man."
-George Washington


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


News from SAE Renewal Taskforce
Assist the SAE Renewal Task Force in gathering information to help redefine SAE in agricultural education by providing your input on the following question: In what types of exploratory SAE experiences are your students engaged?  How do you package exploratory type SAE and manage them within your classes?


Post your comments at this link so that we can work together as a profession to strengthen SAEs at the local level.  Check back each Monday for a new question.


**Update- The SAE Renewal Taskforce will be meeting in early October and will be using the responses from each of these questions to continue the process of "renewing" SAEs.  Thanks in advance for your responses.  Each and every one will be useful for the Taskforce.


The Actuarial Foundation makes Grants Available to Enhance Practical Learning in Math
ASA grants support math programs that open your students’ minds to the practical power of math! The purpose of an ASA grant is to support math enhancement programs that bridge the gap between classroom and real world mathematics. You are eligible to submit an application for a math enhancement program through practical learning in agriculture that you would like to see funded at your school! – To see more click here.


July 2014 Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) Newsletter Available
Increasing agricultural safety awareness is a critical issue for agricultural youth, which is often overlooked.  Safety awareness, knowledge, reducing hazardous situations and risk exposure needs to be in the forefront of AFNR instructional programs. To view the July 2014 Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) Newsletter and see an update of the progress being made with the SAY project click here.


USDA Launches New Website to Help Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Navigate USDA Programs
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Krysta Harden describes the new website as a one-stop shop for folks who are entering agriculture for the first time and may not be familiar with USDA and the many tools that they have to assist farmers and ranchers. Click here to view the website in order to help your students and/or beginning farmers and ranchers in your community better understand the services of USDA.

NAAE


NAAE Convention Early Bird Registration Ends TODAY!
The 2014 NAAE Convention schedule and the ACTE CareerTech VISION 2014 schedule are being planned so NAAE members may attend sessions at both meetings. NAAE members will pay one registration fee and have full access to both conferences. Also, if you register by today, your name will be entered into a raffle to win one free Music City Backstage Attraction Pass ($1000 value)! Click here for more information and to register.


Community of Practice Highlights

CASE

CASE would like to welcome Pathway Coordinators to the CASE Team. Carl Aarke will serve as the Agricultural Power and Technology Pathway Coordinator, Melanie Bloom will serve as the Plant Pathway Coordinator, and John McGinity will serve as the Natural Resources Pathway Coordinator! Check out the CASE website for their contact information and biography. CASE is looking forward to their contributions to new and existing CASE courses.

CASE Curriculum Institutes
CASE Curriculum Institutes are well underway for the summer. So far, seventeen different Curriculum Institutes have been held across the nation. CASE institutes have certified over 130 participants in Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (about 30 of whom were preservice teachers), 45 participants in Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant, 90 participants in Principles of Agricultural Science - Animal, and 10 in our newest course, Food Science and Safety. This makes a total of about 275 new CASE certifications so far. There are still thirteen more institutes in July and August that include all of the above courses as well as Natural Resources and Ecology and Animal and Plant Biotechnology.  The total expected number of new CASE certifications this summer is around 500. Without the hard work and dedication of our CASE Lead Teachers and Host Site Coordinators, these professional development opportunities would not be possible. CASE would like to congratulate the participants who successfully complete Curriculum Institutes this summer, and wish them all a great school year implementing CASE in their programs!

FFA Alumni

The National FFA Alumni Association is thrilled to announce theYamaha Viking Giveaway! Yamaha has donated a brand newViking ATV to be given away to a lucky FFA alumni member. Members and⁄or new members just need to make sure they are entered by Oct. 1. It is simple to enter: Make sure your FFA Alumni membership is current and then complete your AgCN profile. To be eligible for this drawing you must fill out the complete AgCN profile, which is name, mailing address, email address, date of birth and year graduated from high school. Good luck!

FFA

FFA.org down for maintenance July 1 – 7
From the morning of Tuesday, July 1, until Monday, July 7, FFA.org will be unavailable in order to move the website’s servers from Virginia to Indianapolis. To learn more, visit here.

National Officer Nominating Committee
Know someone who would make a good Nominating Committee representative? Submit them to FFA by August 1 for consideration.Simply fill out this Nominating Committee Potential Representative form.

* The following states are not accepting nominations to prevent consecutive years of representation: FL, NV, MA, CO, NE, TX, SD, DE, and AR.

National FFA Talent Competition – It’s Back!
In 2014, National FFA Talent will again host the National FFA Talent Competition! Can you sing, dance, play an instrument or throw around a mean yo-yo? We want your talent! Not only will talent members provide entertainment and musical skills on the talent stage during sessions and at banquets and events, they will also compete to be named the 2014 National FFA Talent Competition Winner. Apply today! More details about National FFA Talent can be found here.

Be a part of the 2014 National FFA Band and Chorus!
National FFA Band and Chorus members have claimed some of the best seats in sessions 1- 9 at the National FFA Convention & Expo for more than 60 years. Submit your application to audition and perhaps claim your seat on stage! Applications are now available for members interested in sharing their musical gifts along with 150+ other FFA members from across the country. More details about National FFA Band  and Chorus are available in the following links: BAND orCHORUS.

US Department of Education

Building on Progress:  Closing the Gender Gap and Expanding Women's Access to Non-Traditional Occupations
ED’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) is commissioning a study that will examine gender equity in secondary career and technical education. Specifically, it will look at whether girls and young women in high school have access to high-quality programs that prepare them for careers in non-traditional occupations. Click here to read more.