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September 29, 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


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


October 29- November 1
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY


November 18-22
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues


September 22
September 15
September 8
August 25
August 18

Quote for the Week


"We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone."
-Ronald Reagan

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


My American Farm App Available for iPads, Android Tablets and Kindle Fire
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has released a new version of its popular My American Farm app for iPads, Android tablets and Kindle Fire. The app is available for download on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.


The new version of the app, My American Farm 2.0, contains six My American Farm games, including the newly added Power Up game. This game allows young learners to dive into the world of energy and agriculture and embark on problem-solving missions for the virtual community of Energyville. The new app also builds on the math-focused game, In My Barn, with a Pre-K level to draw in new users. New badges also will be incorporated into the latest version of the app for everything from completing a game to engaging in virtual tasks like meeting a farmer or planting seeds.


The My American Farm educational resource is a special project of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. The site and resources are made possible through the generous support of title sponsor, DuPont Pioneer. To take advantage of the free My American Farm resources, games and activities, visitwww.myamericanfarm.org.


New Program Gives Students Two-Year Head Start in College(from theadvocate.com)
Nia Comery, 14, has begun her freshman year of high school at River Parishes Community College in a new program that has some advantages, particularly one that will allow her to earn two years of college credits while in high school. The program, a partnership of the Ascension Parish school district and River Parishes Community College, lets high school students attend the community college for all four years of high school while still considered enrolled in their ?home? high schools. To read the full article click here.


5 Things College Applicants Can Do to Stand Out ? In a Good Way(from US News and World Report)
An academic passion, initiative and a proven interest in a college are key to getting your foot in the door ? and they?re only some of the attributes admissions officers are looking for in their ever more competitive applicant pools. To read the full article click here.
The Creating Quality Technical Educators Act of 2014  (from techedmagazine.com)
The Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, introduced the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act that would create a CTE teacher-training grant partnership to recruit and train high-quality CTE teachers. The Creating Quality Technical Educators Act grant would foster partnerships between high-needs secondary schools and post-secondary institutions to create one-year teacher residencies for CTE teachers. Through grants in the Higher Education and Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), many teacher residency partnerships already exist between post-secondary institutions and local schools to train prospective educators, but none are CTE focused. To see the full article click here.

NAAE


Interactive Workshops in Teacher's World at National FFA Convention
Teachers? World at National FFA Convention includes interactive teacher classrooms where agriculture teachers can learn new strategies to increase student engagement, discover new ideas and activities and receive free instructional materials. The workshop schedule is now available. To see which workshops are being offered, and learn about all Teachers? World events,  click here.


Safety in Agriculture for Youth September Newsletter
SAY is a project to develop a sustainable and accessible national clearinghouse for agricultural safety and health curriculum for youth. Check out their latest newsletter, with information about the recently developed OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Agriculture) Training, the National Farm & Ranch Safety Symposium and the Curriculum Alignment of Safety Resources. Click here to view the September newsletter.


NAAE Convention
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. Click herefor more information and to reserve your spot today!


Apply for a NAAE Internship
We are offering summer internships in communications, professional development and advocacy. Applications are due December 19. Click here to apply.


Community of Practice Highlights

CAST


Friday, September 26, 2014: Food waste, virtual reality farming, and global breakfast menus (haggis or guinea pig, anyone?)?these stories plus the usual news links, opinions, student happenings, and oddities.


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


Register for Convention
Registration is now open for National FFA Alumni. All FFA Alumni need to register for the National FFA Convention and Expo to access FFA Alumni events. No additional tickets are required for FFA Alumni events.


Alumni Auction
The great items that are up for grabs are now posted online. Check out all the items that will be up for auction at the 2014 Alumni Benefit Auction at the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo. Click here for full list. The auction will take place Thursday, October 30 at 8:00 p.m.  in KEC, South Wing C, C203-204


Yamaha Viking Sign Up
Yamaha has donated a new Viking ATV to be given to a lucky FFA Alumni member. It is simple to enter: By Oct. 1 make sure your FFA Alumni membership is current then complete your AgCN profile(name, mailing address, email address, date of birth and year graduated from high school.

FFA


Promoting Horticulture Initiative
Longwood Gardens, the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), FleishmanHillard, and Scholastic have teamed up to launch a groundbreaking effort  - a national Promoting Horticulture Initiative,endorsed by AmericanHort, American Horticultural Society, American Public Gardens Association, National Junior Horticultural Association, and over 150 additional partners. The campaign is designed to raise awareness around the critical importance, relevance and impact of horticulture.


The team is currently conducting research to determine awareness levels of horticulture, to understand the motivations and barriers to pursuing a career in horticulture, and to determine career motivations. Your help is needed to accomplish the initiative?s important goals. Please, take this survey to join the movement and to give your ideas and suggestions.


The Latest FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide Now Available
FFA advisors: Want to use articles from the Fall 2014 issue of FFA New Horizons in your classroom? Visithttp://ffanewhorizons.org/teaching-guides/ to access the latest FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide now.


Are you able to give service with a smile? Courtesy Corps needs you in Louisville!
Hosting a convention and expo for 62,500+ people is not a walk?in?the?park event to plan and execute ? our national FFA staff needs your help! Sign up for a courtesy corps shift today. The National FFA Convention & Expo Courtesy Corps is a great way for FFA members to get involved and help ensure our annual convention and expo is a success. Members will assist convention and expo program staff in fulfilling responsibilities in many areas including career development events, proficiency awards, the rodeo and more. Click here to see what shifts are available and to sign up.


Validate Educational Relevancy for the 87th National FFA Convention and Expo
How, you ask? By checking out our newly created Convention Standards Alignment documents. Advisors can use these while planning and implementing post?trip work. Standards for each session, workshop and Career Success Tour are suggested based on central themes and projected activities. Visit here to learn more. Or access the documents below:


2015 FFA: Food For All Grant application opens Oct. 1
What would your FFA chapter do with $2,500 to help fight hunger? Through the FFA: Food For All Grant program, middle and high school chapters may apply for up to $2,500 to support year?long service?learning projects that address local hunger needs. Visit the Food For All website for additional information.

K-12 STEM Projects Supported
Westinghouse N-Vision a Brighter Future Grant Program
The Westinghouse N-Vision a Brighter Future Grant Program provides support to U.S. K-12 teachers and schools who want their students to learn more about STEM through creative hands-on projects. Projects that involve students directly, and that incorporate community resources and utilize interdisciplinary or team-teaching strategies are given priority. Three schools will be awarded $1,000 to complete their projects, and another $2,000 will be granted to each of these school?s science departments for their needs. The application deadline is November 14, 2014. Visit the Westinghouse website to download the application guidelines.

Judges needed for the convention and expo
If you or someone you know will be in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 29 - Nov. 1 and are interested in volunteering on Wednesday Oct. 29 and/or Thursday, Oct. 30 during the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo, please contact Jenna Genson or Dan Chabot. We will need each individual?s first and last name as well  as an email address to send the appropriate invitation based on the preferred award area. Please know that we cannot reimburse for any travel or parking accommodations. Additionally, in an effort to maintain the integrity of the process, we try to avoid placing judges in areas where their state/school is represented.  Additional details are available upon request.

Agriscience Fair Judges
Wednesday, Oct. 29 Noon - 6 p.m.
Jenna Genson, jgenson@ffa.org

National Chapter Judges
Wednesday, Oct. 29 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Jenna Genson, jgenson@ffa.org

Proficiency Judges
Thursday, Oct. 30 Noon - 5 p.m.
Dan Chabot, dchabot@ffa.org

Proficiency Room Hosts
Thursday, Oct. 30 10:30a.m. - 5 p.m.
Dan Chabot, dchabot@ffa.org

Star Judges
Thursday, Oct. 30 Noon - 5 p.m.
Dan Chabot, dchabot@ffa.org

 

 

 

 

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September 22, 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 EventsSeptember 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 IssuesSeptember 15
September 8
August 25
August 18
August 11
Quote for the Week"Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending."
-Carl Bard
MMM SubmissionsTo 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 do you need to be more successful with SAE's in your ag program?  How can the  national SAE Renewal Taskforce assist your program to increase the number of SAE's and the rigor of your SAE program?" Please share resources if you have any.  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.

National Council for Agricultural Education Fall Board of Directors Meeting

The Council Board of Directors met in Indianapolis on Sep. 15-17. The board received progress reports from various strategic committees such as SAE Renewal working group and the committee working on revision of the National AFNR Content Standards. Also included in the agenda was a detailed report from Ellen Thompson regarding the actions and progress of the National Teach Ag Campaign. The Board also began discussion for their next strategic planning process which will begin in 2015. Part of this discussion included a look back at past national strategic planning efforts for agricultural education and a look at what several other groups are currently doing to determine the future needs that should be met by agricultural education organizations. Another major milestone of last week’s meeting was a facilitated conversation focused on identifying the key priorities for data collection and research needed to support the relevance or improvement of school based agricultural education. More details about these priorities will be shared with the profession in the near future.


If you have further questions please do not hesitate to contact your professional representative on the Council Board or contact the Council office directly.


Study shows differences in understanding sustainable agriculture(from agprofessional.com)
Across the globe, consumers (81%) and farmers (78%) say they care a lot about sustainability in agriculture. However, the two groups have a very different understanding of what sustainability means. While farmers see it as a detailed, multi-dimensional issue, consumers tend to define it mainly in the context of environmental aspects. This is one of the main findings revealed in the latest BASF Farm Perspectives Study. Carried out for the second time since 2011, the study analyzed answers from 2,100 farmers and 7,000 consumers in seven different countries regarding their perceptions on a range of topics related to food production. Compared to results from previous years, the study revealed how attitudes regarding agriculture differ greatly not only between farmers and consumers, but also from country to country. To read the full article click here.


CTE sheds its stigma (from eSchoolNews.com)
Career and technical education (CTE) or vocational education: either term used to stir up negative images of students without ambition. But those misplaced reputations are disappearing. CTE has established itself as a path that many high-achieving students choose in pursuit of industry certifications and hands-on skills they can use right out of high school, in training programs, or in college. In fact, 94 percent of high school students are part of CTE—and this doesn’t include the millions of postsecondary students who also are enrolled in CTE programs, according to the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). To read the full article click here.


Working in High School Doesn't Pay Off the Way It Used To (from Bloomberg Business Week)
The high school job is almost as dated as the mix tape. In 2010 just 16 percent of teenagers worked during their senior year of high school, down from over 30 percent throughout the 1990s. Even the once ubiquitous summer job is out of fashion. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the summer of 2000 almost 52 percent of teenagers worked; in 2009 just 33 percent did.


The fall in teenage employment has inspired the obvious handwringing. At the same time, a new study suggests that the benefits to teenage work have fallen with teen employment rates. Kids who decline to work aren’t suffering ill effects—yet. To see the full article click here.

NAAE


National Teach Ag Day is Thursday!!
Teach Ag Day is quickly approaching. There are many ways that you can get involved from the classroom, to the university level! Check out how you can be involved:

For more general information about National Teach Ag Day, follow this link.


XLR8 — Applications for the 2014 Cohort Due Friday!
Retaining quality experienced teachers is important to the future of agricultural education. In 2013, NAAE developed XLR8 — the eXcellence in Leadership for Retention professional development program — to meet the needs of mid-career agriculture teachers.


The XLR8 program includes participation in an intensive professional development experience (multiple sessions) during the NAAE convention, recurring virtual learning experiences, and online collaboration using the NAAE professional learning community, Communities of Practice, as well as other social media tools. Follow this link for more information about XLR8 and to apply!


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA Alumni


Register for Convention
Registration is now open for National FFA Alumni. All FFA Alumni need to register for the National FFA Convention and Expo to access FFA Alumni events. No additional tickets are required for FFA Alumni events.


Alumni Auction
The great items that are up for grabs are now posted online. Check out all the items that will be up for auction at the 2014 Alumni Benefit Auction at the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo. Click here for full list. The auction will take place Thursday, October 30 at 8:00 p.m.  in KEC, South Wing C, C203-204


Yamaha Viking Sign Up
Yamaha has donated a new Viking ATV to be given to a lucky FFA Alumni member. It is simple to enter: By Oct. 1 make sure your FFA Alumni membership is current then complete your AgCN profile(name, mailing address, email address, date of birth and year graduated from high school.)

FFA


Promoting Horticulture Initiative
Longwood Gardens, the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), FleishmanHillard, and Scholastic have teamed up to launch a groundbreaking effort  - a national Promoting Horticulture Initiative,endorsed by AmericanHort, American Horticultural Society, American Public Gardens Association, National Junior Horticultural Association, and over 150 additional partners. The campaign is designed to raise awareness around the critical importance, relevance and impact of horticulture.


The team is currently conducting research to determine awareness levels of horticulture, to understand the motivations and barriers to pursuing a career in horticulture, and to determine career motivations. Your help is needed to accomplish the initiative’s important goals. Please, take this survey to join the movement and to give your ideas and suggestions.


The Latest FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide Now Available
FFA advisors: Want to use articles from the Fall 2014 issue of FFA New Horizons in your classroom? Visit http://ffanewhorizons.org/teaching-guides/ to access the latest FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide now.


Are you able to give service with a smile? Courtesy Corps needs you in Louisville!
Hosting a convention and expo for 62,500+ people is not a walk–in–the–park event to plan and execute – our national FFA staff needs your help! Sign up for a courtesy corps shift today. The National FFA Convention & Expo Courtesy Corps is a great way for FFA members to get involved and help ensure our annual convention and expo is a success. Members will assist convention and expo program staff in fulfilling responsibilities in many areas including career development events, proficiency awards, the rodeo and more. Click here to see what shifts are available and to sign up.


Validate Educational Relevancy for the 87th National FFA Convention and Expo
How, you ask? By checking out our newly created Convention Standards Alignment documents. Advisors can use these while planning and implementing post–trip work. Standards for each session, workshop and Career Success Tour are suggested based on central themes and projected activities. Visit here to learn more. Or access the documents below:


2015 FFA: Food For All Grant Application Opens Oct. 1
What would your FFA chapter do with $2,500 to help fight hunger? Through the FFA: Food For All Grant program, middle and high school chapters may apply for up to $2,500 to support year–long service–learning projects that address local hunger needs. Visit the Food For All website for additional information.


Get the Official FFA Manual for Free
The newly revised Official FFA Manual is now available on FFA.org.Learn everything you need to know about FFA – its history, bylaws, constitution and more – now online for free. The printed manual is also available for purchase on Shop FFA.

Educational Resources on Crop Protection
CropLife America’s Tell Me More website offers a wealth of resources for teachers and students who are looking for information about crop protection products and modern agriculture. Downloadable resources like posters, infographics and newsletters are perfect to share in the classroom and on social media. The Masters in Modern Agriculture (MMA) honorary degree encourages students to share their personal connection to agriculture while they learn about different aspects of modern crop production.

Judges needed for the convention and expo
If you or someone you know will be in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 29 - Nov. 1 and are interested in volunteering on Wednesday Oct. 29 and/or Thursday, Oct. 30 during the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo, please contact Jenna Genson or Dan Chabot. We will need each individual’s first and last name as well  as an email address to send the appropriate invitation based on the preferred award area. Please know that we cannot reimburse for any travel or parking accommodations. Additionally, in an effort to maintain the integrity of the process, we try to avoid placing judges in areas where their state/school is represented.  Additional details are available upon request.

Agriscience Fair Judges
Wednesday, Oct. 29 Noon - 6 p.m.
Jenna Genson, jgenson@ffa.org

National Chapter Judges
Wednesday, Oct. 29 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Jenna Genson, jgenson@ffa.org

Proficiency Judges
Thursday, Oct. 30 Noon - 5 p.m.
Dan Chabot, dchabot@ffa.org

Proficiency Room Hosts
Thursday, Oct. 30 10:30a.m. - 5 p.m.
Dan Chabot, dchabot@ffa.org

Star Judges
Thursday, Oct. 30 Noon - 5 p.m.
Dan Chabot, dchabot@ffa.org

CAST

Friday, September 19, 2014: Ag issues in Congress, water issues worldwide, and a skydiving dog—these stories plus the usual news links, opinions, student happenings, and oddities.

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).

 

 

 

 

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September 15, 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


September 8
August 25
August 18
August 11
August 4

Quote for the Week


"Keep your face always toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you."
-Walt Whitman

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


Returning veterans turn swords into plowshares (from The Poughkeepsie Journal)
U.S. Department of Agriculture data shows that though rural America makes up 17 percent of the country's population, it accounts for 44 percent of those who served in the military. Many veterans are returning from combat and looking for a place in agriculture. To see the full article and learn more click here.


Global Spotlight: Agricultural revolution in Africa could increase global carbon emissions
Historically, improvements in agricultural technology have conserved land and decreased carbon emissions at the global level: Gaining better yields in one area lessens the need to clear other areas for crops, sidestepping a land conversion process that can significantly raise the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. Agricultural advances in Africa, however, could have the reverse effect, increasing globally the amount of undeveloped land converted to cropland and raising greenhouse gas emissions according to a study from Purdue University.  To learn more click here.


Agricultural Educator Honored as 2014 ACTE Teacher of the Year
As an agricultural educator and FFA advisor at Tri-Valley School District for the past 13 years, Tara Berescik remains a source of inspiration and support for her students, even after they have left her classroom. For this reason and many others Tara has been honored by ACTE as their 2014 Teacher of the Year. To learn more about Tara and her agricultural education program click here.

NAAE


National Teach Ag Day is Next Thursday!!
Teach Ag Day is quickly approaching. There are many ways that you can get involved from the classroom, to the university level! Check out how you can be involved:

For more general information about National Teach Ag Day, follow this link.


Apply for the 2014 National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program -- Deadline Friday
The National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program is committed to promoting inquiry-based teaching methods and the enhancement of science in agriculture to preservice teachers in agricultural education across the nation.
Preservice teachers can apply to attend an interactive, hands-on agriscience training program at the 2014 National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Selected participants will be challenged to develop inquiry-based lessons to use during their student teaching experience as well as when they enter the teaching profession.The program will take place during the National FFA Convention, on Wednesday, October 29 from 10:00am-4:00pm at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. Click here for more information and to apply.


XLR8 — Applications for the 2014 Cohort Due September 26th!
Retaining quality experienced teachers is important to the future of agricultural education. In 2013, NAAE developed XLR8 — the eXcellence in Leadership for Retention professional development program — to meet the needs of mid-career agriculture teachers.
The XLR8 program includes participation in an intensive professional development experience (multiple sessions) during the NAAE convention, recurring virtual learning experiences, and online collaboration using the NAAE professional learning community, Communities of Practice, as well as other social media tools. Follow this link for more information about XLR8 and to apply!


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA Alumni

Register for Convention
Registration is now open for National FFA Alumni. All FFA Alumni need to register for the National FFA Convention and Expo to access FFA Alumni events. No additional tickets are required for FFA Alumni events.

Volunteer for Convention
There will be plenty of ways for FFA Alumni members to volunteer and serve during convention. National FFA Alumni holds various activities throughout the week to interact and engage with students, teachers, FFA Alumni and other supporters and we need volunteers to assist! If you have some free time while in Louisville, please review and sign up for volunteer opportunities.

Yamaha Viking Sign Up
Yamaha has donated a new Viking ATV to be given to a lucky FFA Alumni member. It is simple to enter: By Oct. 1 make sure your FFA Alumni membership is current then complete your AgCN profile(name, mailing address, email address, date of birth and year graduated from high school.)

2014 Regional Development Conferences
These events are meant to engage individual members, local FFA Alumni leaders, State FFA Alumni leaders, agricultural educators and others involved with agricultural education. Event format allows for networking and socializing with fellow FFA Alumni, idea sharing and collecting feedback to address obstacles, learning and training in areas of advocacy, leadership, affiliate business operations and more! Check out the website for all registration information, schedules, hotels andmuch more.

FFA

Train your FFA members in safety with CareerSafe
CareerSafe and the National FFA Organization have formed an alliance to encourage and promote safety in agriculture.  As part of this partnership, for every OSHA 10-Hour course purchased using the FFA referral code at checkout, CareerSafe has pledged to donate $1 to the National FFA Organization. State FFA associations that implement the program will receive a portion of all donations for each FFA member in their state who enrolls in the OSHA 10-Hour training. To learn more,click here.

CAST

Friday, September 12, 2014: Harvest time brings farming dangers, water legislation debated in the House, and an elephant flies in the cockpit—these stories plus the usual news links, opinions, student happenings, and oddities.

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).

U.S. Department of Education

AmeriCorps – An Incredible Gift to Our Schools
Today marks the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, the national service program that has helped 900,000 Americans give a year of their lives in service to this country. Hundreds of thousands have served in our schools as teachers, tutors, and classroom assistants. Click here to read more.

 

 

 

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September 8, 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


August 25
August 18
August 11
August 4
July 28

Quote for the Week


"You don't always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens."
-Mandy Hale

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 do you need to be more successful with SAE's in your ag program?  How can the  national SAE Renewal Taskforce assist your program to increase the number of SAE's and the rigor of your SAE program?" Please share resources if you have any.  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.


Md. student breaks Guinness agricultural record (from The Washington Times)
Earlier this year, one Salisbury, Md. junior set out to break one unorthodox world record in the field of agriculture, an industry that typically promotes patience and a steady hand. But for 51 minutes and 20 seconds, Dayquan Williams was only worried about bedding as many plants as he could with the help of his fellow Parkside High School Horticulture Club members.. To see the full article and learn more about Dayquan’s achievement click here.


OP-ED By Monsanto’s Rob Fraley: Feed The World With Organic AND GMO (from AgriMarketing.com)
Many educators are trying to help their students understand the debate about organic, natural and genetically modified foods and the science and/or emotions around the issue. What can be even more complicated is understanding these issues in the context of concerns about global food insecurity and famine which still exist in many parts of the world. Recently Dr. Rob Fraley of Monsanto, who happens to be a leading thinker on global food security and one of the scientists who helped develop and bring GMO crops to the market place, spoke out in a short editorial about his thoughts on the subject. To read his editorialclick here.


Women With Chainsaws: Confessions of a Lumberjane (from Modern Farmer)
Everywhere in agriculture women are entering fields that were once dominated by or were solely the domain of males. One of these areas in particular has been forestry and logging. In a recent article K.T. Sheer of New Mexico shared her experiences as a female working in this challenging and rewarding career field.  To learn more about her experiences click here.


CME Group smartphone game lets students "beef up" on agriculture economics (from thestar.com)
The CME Group futures exchange has launched an app called Risk Ranch for tablets and smartphones as an electronic version of a board game called Commodity Carnival — first bought to state fairs in 2013 by CME and the 4-H youth organization.  This year, as fair season winds down, the app offers a way for children, and parents and teachers, to take the single-player game with them and play all year.


The goal of the game is to bring a cartoon steer to market at the best price, with a maximum score of US $2,200— roughly in line with current cash prices, which are near historic highs.  To learn more click here.

NAAE


National Teach Ag Day is September 25th
Teach Ag Day is quickly approaching. There are many ways that you can get involved from the classroom, to the university level! Check out how you can be involved:


For more general information about National Teach Ag Day, follow this link.


Apply for the 2014 National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program -- Deadline September 19th
The National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program is committed to promoting inquiry-based teaching methods and the enhancement of science in agriculture to preservice teachers in agricultural education across the nation.
Preservice teachers can apply to attend an interactive, hands-on agriscience training program at the 2014 National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Selected participants will be challenged to develop inquiry-based lessons to use during their student teaching experience as well as when they enter the teaching profession.The program will take place during the National FFA Convention, on Wednesday, October 29 from 10:00am-4:00pm at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. Click here for more information and to apply.


XLR8 — Applications for the 2014 Cohort Due September 26th!
Retaining quality experienced teachers is important to the future of agricultural education. In 2013, NAAE developed XLR8 — the eXcellence in Leadership for Retention professional development program — to meet the needs of mid-career agriculture teachers.
The XLR8 program includes participation in an intensive professional development experience (multiple sessions) during the NAAE convention, recurring virtual learning experiences, and online collaboration using the NAAE professional learning community, Communities of Practice, as well as other social media tools. Follow this link for more information about XLR8 and to apply!


Join the OAR Northwest Mississippi River Adventure
OAR Northwest, a team of scientists, adventurers, and educators, is currently rolling down the Mississippi River, from its beginnings in Minnesota to the mouth in the Louisiana delta. They are documenting their journey through the largest watershed in our country as they work with students and teachers to deliver real time data and information through social media and webcasts. To follow their expedition or to make a donation, follow this link.


Community of Practice Highlights

ACTE


ACTE Receives a Grant to Support CTE Teachers with Common Core Implementation
Many states have adopted the Common Core Standards as their state standards for education.  Because of this, Career and Technical Educators, including Agricultural Educators, have put a lot of effort into helping  CTE teachers incorporate Common Core Standards into their programs.  The Association for Career and Technical Education has received a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to assist CTE teachers with this effort.  More about this effort can be found at the ACTE web site.

Look for more about this project as information becomes available from ACTE.

FFA Alumni


Register for Convention
Registration is now open for National FFA Alumni. All FFA Alumni need to register for the National FFA Convention and Expo to access FFA Alumni events. No additional tickets are required for FFA Alumni events.


Volunteer for Convention
There will be plenty of ways for FFA Alumni members to volunteer and serve during convention. National FFA Alumni holds various activities throughout the week to interact and engage with students, teachers, FFA Alumni and other supporters and we need volunteers to assist! If you have some free time while in Louisville, please review and sign up for volunteer opportunities.


Yamaha Viking Sign Up
Yamaha has donated a new Viking ATV to be given to a lucky FFA Alumni member. It is simple to enter: By Oct. 1 make sure your FFA Alumni membership is current then complete your AgCN profile(name, mailing address, email address, date of birth and year graduated from high school.)


2014 Regional Development Conferences
These events are meant to engage individual members, local FFA Alumni leaders, State FFA Alumni leaders, agricultural educators and others involved with agricultural education. Event format allows for networking and socializing with fellow FFA Alumni, idea sharing and collecting feedback to address obstacles, learning and training in areas of advocacy, leadership, affiliate business operations and more! Check out the website for all registration information, schedules, hotels andmuch more.

FFA


Convention Standards Alignment documents now available
The National FFA Organization has created Convention Standards Alignment documents to help advisors with their post-convention and expo wrap-ups and work.  Suggested standards for each session, workshop and/or Career Success Tour are based on the central theme, objectives and projected content and activities of each event.  While every standard listed may not be covered during the actual event, these lists should serve as a guideline to validate and actualize educational relevancy for the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo.


Standards can be found on the National FFA Convention & Expo website:


Judges needed for the convention and expo
If you or someone you know will be in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 29 - Nov. 1 and are interested in volunteering on Wednesday Oct. 29 and/or Thursday, Oct. 30 during the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo, please contact Jenna Genson or Dan Chabot. We will need each individual’s first and last name as well  as an email address to send the appropriate invitation based on the preferred award area. Please know that we cannot reimburse for any travel or parking accommodations. Additionally, in an effort to maintain the integrity of the process, we try to avoid placing judges in areas where their state/school is represented.  Additional details are available upon request.

Agriscience Fair Judges
Wednesday, Oct. 29 Noon - 6 p.m.
Jenna Genson, jgenson@ffa.org

National Chapter Judges
Wednesday, Oct. 29 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Jenna Genson, jgenson@ffa.org

Proficiency Judges
Thursday, Oct. 30 Noon - 5 p.m.
Dan Chabot, dchabot@ffa.org

Proficiency Room Hosts
Thursday, Oct. 30 10:30a.m. - 5 p.m.
Dan Chabot, dchabot@ffa.org

Star Judges
Thursday, Oct. 30 Noon - 5 p.m.
Dan Chabot, dchabot@ffa.org

The National FFA Organization is pleased to announce that the 2014 SAE grant round is now open! The SAE grants use sponsor and foundation funding to provide direct grants to students that allow them to facilitate inventive supervised agricultural experience programs and meet the need of quality based SAE program and learning experience throughout the nation.

There are 141 grant opportunities available; which equates to $141,000 dollars available to students.   Returning grants include Chore Time Brock, Keystone Steel & Wire-Red Brand, Monsanto Company, Novartis Animal Health US, Inc., Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative, Rabo AgriFinance and Trouw Nutrition USA, LLC.  New sponsors to the SAE grant program this year are: American Beekeeping Federation, Bush Brothers & Company, Caterpillar, CCOF Foundation, CF Industries, Country Meats, The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc., Fur Takers of America, Krone and The AET.  We are also pleased to offer grant opportunities to students through the funding of the National FFA Foundation.

For the 2014 grant year, we are very interested in receiving innovative, well-written, needs-based grant applications for student SAE development that could serve as models for future statewide programs.

To start the grant process, applicants should log on to AgCN.  Locate “FFA Application Center”.  From there you will find a link that states “SAE Application Center”.  This link will redirect you to AET. From this page you will be able to access and complete the grant applications.  If you are currently an AET user; you will be able to access the grant from the system as well under Reports.  Applications are due Nov. 15, 2014 by 5:00 PM EST. Awards made for this round will be announced in Dec. 2014.  If you have any questions, or concerns please feel free to contact Dan Chabot at dchabot@ffa.org.

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Friday, September 5, 2014: Ag communication relies on new digital trends as well as good old face-to-face methods—this plus the usual news links, opinions, student happenings, and oddities (animal photobombs are fun).

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