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October 27, 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


2014
October 29- November 1
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY


November 18-22
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN


2015
January 31-February 3
Southern Region AAAE Conference
Atlanta, GA


May 19-22
AAAE National Conference
San Antonio, TX


September 14-16
Western Region AAAE Conference
Corvallis, OR


October 1-3
North Central AAAE Conference
St. Paul, MN

Past Issues


October 20
October 13
October 6
September 29
September 22

Quote for the Week


"Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future."
-Steve Jobs


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


Women are the Past, Present and Future of American Agriculture
Click here to read a message and see a short video from Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden about the vital role women have played in our nation’s agriculture and how their engagement and involvement will be key to the future of American Agriculture.


Ebola destroying agriculture in West Africa (from cnbcafrica.com)
The news about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the fight to contain its spread has dominated world headlines. At a recent UN International Fund for Agricultural Development press conference it was stated that the Ebola epidemic is ruining the agricultural industry across West Africa and could cause a major food crisis across the region. To learn more and help your students understand how this health crisis has the potential to turn in to a greater humanitarian crisis for even those who are not infected click here.


Winners of 2014 Google International Science Fair concentrated Research on Fighting Hunger and Agriculture (from modernfarmer.com)
Did a trio of Irish teenagers just solve the global hunger crisis? Not exactly, but they just might have introduced a game-changer. Last month three high school friends won the Google Science Fair for a project on rhizobia, a soil bacteria that fixes nitrogen while hanging out inside the nodules of legume roots. Their finding was that rhizobia could be the silver bullet that increases the output of staple crops around the world. To learn more about their research and for inspiration on how encouraging and fostering young people’s passion for research could have a great impact on our future click here.

Learning STEM Through Agriculture on a Nebraska Farm (from Edutopia)
Members of the Loseke family use STEM skills each day to run their ranching business. See how Elisabeth, Erika, and Cort apply these skills in everything from veterinary science and nutrition, to agriculture and meteorology in a video from edutopia.org. To view the video click here.

FFA


Download the 2014 Convention and Expo Guidebook App
Keep the convention and expo at your fingertips with the guidebook app, which features up–to–date information on what’s happening every minute. Click here to learn more.


See Gavel-to-Gavel Coverage of the Convention and Expo on RFD-TV and iHigh
Not going to the convention and expo this year? Catch all the action from your home or classroom on RFD-TV and iHigh.com. The event will broadcast live on RFD-TV, FamilyNet and simulcast RURAL RADIO 80. All RFD-TV broadcasts will also be streamed online oniHigh.com. Visit FFA.org to learn more.


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


National FFA Marketing Plan CDE Workshop
The National FFA Marketing Plan CDE committee will host a workshop at the National  FFA Convention and Expo this year. The workshop will take place  at 1 p.m., on  Friday, Oct. 31 pm at the Kentucky Exposition Center in West Hall W3. This one hour seminar covers ways to develop, prep and direct a marketing plan team in your school.
Subjects include:

A) Recruiting team members
B) Big schools versus small ... do either have an edge?
C) Keeping your team members engaged and excited
D) What's in it for the team and the school?
E) Selecting a client for the marketing plan
F) Marketing plan basics
G) Tips on writing a plan
H) Tips on presenting the plan
I) What judges are looking for

FFA Alumni


Alumni Auction at Convention
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

Alumni Schedule of Events at Convention
You will not want to miss any of the official FFA Alumni events taking place at Convention. From the booth hours in the expo to the General Business Session, there is something for everyone. Check out the tentative schedule today by clicking here.

CAST


Friday, October 24, 2014: World Food Prize follow-up, student ag programs at universities, and a spider big enough to play with your puppy—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).

NAAE


Visit NAAE at National FFA Convention

  • Discover new ideas and activities, receive free instructional materials, and learn strategies to increase student engagement atTeacher's World.
  • Bring your students to the Teach Ag booth to help us develop a cohort of current and future agriculture teachers who are Tagged to Teach Ag!
  • Stop by the NAAE booth to find out what opportunities we have for our members and write a note of encouragement to a current or future ag teacher.
  • Join us at noon on Friday for General Session 5, to hear from three very special agricultural educators as they share their stories and inspire students to pursue careers as agriculture teachers.

For more information about NAAE at National FFA Convention, click here!


NAAE Convention
Nashville is just around the corner! We have many professional learning sessions to make your convention experience great. Follow this link to view this year's workshops.
Still need to register? Click here for all the information regarding convention registration.


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

ACTE

US Labor Secretary Perez to Speak at ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2014's Awards Banquet
Wednesday, November 19, 7:00pm-9:00pm
The Gaylord Convention Center, Nashville

To honor award-winning career and technical eduation leaders across the country, US Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez will deliver keynote remarks at ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2014's Awards Banquet to discuss the importance of CTE providing students with the spectrum of skills essential to be work-ready in today's global economy. The Awards Banquet features recipients of the ACTE Excellence Awards and an elegant three-course dinner.
Click here to purchase tickets.

 

 

 

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October 20, 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 29- November 1
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY


November 18-22
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues


October 13
October 6
September 29
September 22
September 15

Quote for the Week


"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'."
-Audrey Hepburn

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


Opinion: The Planet Needs More Plant Scientists (from thescientist.com)
According to Alan M. Jones, a Kenan Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, academia is not producing sufficient PhDs in the plant sciences to solve the crop production challenges facing a rapidly growing population. To read more detail about how he feels the troubling statistics regarding the stagnant number of PhD degrees being awarded in agriculture have potential negative impact for society click here.


McDonald’s is Reaching Out to Consumers to Educate Them about the Quality of Their Products (from USA Today)
McDonald's (MCD) is suddenly talking about what's in its burgers. And what's in its nuggets. And, yes, even about the icky topic of pink slime. In an unusual, perhaps risky, social media campaign that's clearly targeting Millennials, the fast-food chain has rolled out the first stage of a promotional effort dotted with "behind-the-scenes" webisodes that it's dubbed: "Our Food. Your Questions." To learn more and see one of the first videos click here.


California School Districts have Developed a Program to Reduce Teacher Turnover in CTE (from districtadministration.com)
Faced with overwhelming turnover among their CTE instructors, especially among those coming to the classroom from industry and not traditional teacher preparation programs, three California school districts developed a joint professional development program that has significantly reduced CTE teacher turnover. The program focuses on increasing their understanding and acumen in areas like pedagogy and classroom management while fostering an atmosphere of mentoring and mutual support that helps these teachers increase their level of engagement with their profession. To learn more click here.

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.


Download the 2014 Convention and Expo Guidebook App
Keep the convention and expo at your fingertips with the guidebook app, which features up–to–date information on what’s happening every minute. Click here to learn more.


See Gavel-to-Gavel Coverage of the Convention and Expo on iHigh
Not going to the convention and expo this year? Catch all the action from your home or classroom on iHigh.com. More than 50 hours of convention coverage will be streamed live, including the RFD–TV broadcast of the general sessions. Visit iHigh.com to learn more.


2014 National FFA Convention & Expo: Courtesy Corp
Do you want to help make the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo a success? 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. Sign up today! New this year: Members who register and volunteer for a Courtesy Corp shift will be entered to win a $50 Shop FFA gift card for providing stellar service.


Get ready, set…2015 National FFA Scholarship Program nears
It’s almost here! The 2015 application goes live in just over a month. Same as last year, the application will be available beginning Nov. 15. Online submissions are due prior to 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 1. Students will have 10 weeks to submit an application. The Signature Page required to complete eligibility must be postmarked no later than Feb. 8. Be sure to mark these dates on your calendar. Questions, comments or concerns? Email Scholarships@ffa.org.


2015 FFA: Food for All Application Now Open
Lanier FFA in Texas put the “culture” back in agriculture by partnering with the Multicultural Refugee Coalition to create a community garden. What would your chapter do with $2,500 to fight hunger? Apply today at www.FFA.org/foodforall. Applications due Nov. 26.


Tax Notice: Don’t Delay
Remember to file the annual Form 990-N to maintain your federal tax exempt status. Failure to do so could result in automatic revocation of your Federal tax exemption by the IRS, and a lengthy reinstatement process. Questions? Contact Colleen Rosene, crosene@ffa.org or 317-802-4311.


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


National FFA Marketing Plan CDE Workshop
The National FFA Marketing Plan CDE committee will host a workshop at the National  FFA Convention and Expo this year. The workshop will take place  at 1 p.m., on  Friday, Oct. 31 pm at the Kentucky Exposition Center in West Hall W3. This one hour seminar covers ways to develop, prep and direct a marketing plan team in your school.
Subjects include:


A) Recruiting team members
B) Big schools versus small ... do either have an edge?
C) Keeping your team members engaged and excited
D) What's in it for the team and the school?
E) Selecting a client for the marketing plan
F) Marketing plan basics
G) Tips on writing a plan
H) Tips on presenting the plan
I) What judges are looking for

FFA Alumni


Alumni Auction at Convention
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

Alumni Schedule of Events at Convention
You will not want to miss any of the official FFA Alumni events taking place at Convention. From the booth hours in the expo to the General Business Session, there is something for everyone. Check out the tentative schedule today by clicking here.

NAAE


Visit NAAE at National FFA Convention

  • Discover new ideas and activities, receive free instructional materials, and learn strategies to increase student engagement atTeacher's World.
  • Bring your students to the Teach Ag booth to help us develop a cohort of current and future agriculture teachers who are Tagged to Teach Ag!
  • Stop by the NAAE booth to find out what opportunities we have for our members and write a note of encouragement to a current or future ag teacher.
  • Join us at noon on Friday for General Session 5, to hear from three very special agricultural educators as they share their stories and inspire students to pursue careers as agriculture teachers.

For more information about NAAE at National FFA Convention, click here!


NAAE Convention
Nashville is just around the corner! We have many professional learning sessions to make your convention experience great. Follow this link to view this year's workshops.
Also, make sure to register for the 2014 NAAE Convention by Friday, October 17th, to reserve your spot and take advantage of the Early Bird pricing.


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

CASE

Apply for a CASE Grant from DuPont Pioneer
DuPont Pioneer is offering grants to high schools to assist with the implementation of CASE in the 2014-2015 school year.  Teachers can apply for grants from $2,500 to $5,000 for implementing the CASE program in their schools including teacher training, equipment and materials, and end-of-course assessments through CASE Online. Applications must include a brief description of the agriscience program at the school, other CASE certified teachers and how this grant will impact agriscience education.  A letter of support from the district superintendent is also required.

To apply for a DuPont Pioneer Grant, complete the application here.

The deadline to apply for the DuPont Pioneer Grant is October 30, 2014.  To request more information or if you have questions, please contact Community.GrantsProgram@pioneer.com.

CAST

Friday, October 17, 2014:  The World Food Prize (agriculture’s Nobel Prize) takes center stage, an honored scientist uses parody and a Ylvis fox song to communicate, and some students are moving from speed dating to weed dating—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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October 13, 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 29- November 1
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY


November 18-22
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues


October 6
September 29
September 22
September 15
September 8

Quote for the Week


"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."
-Robert Louis Stevenson

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


Can Project-Based Learning Close Gaps in Science Education?(from Mind/Shift)
Putting kids to work on meaningful projects can transform classrooms into beehives of inquiry and discovery, but relatively few rigorous studies have examined how well this teaching method actually works. An encouraging new report describes preliminary, first-year outcomes from a study of 3,000 middle school students that shows kids can, in fact, learn more in science classrooms that adopt a well-designed, project-focused curriculum.
To see the full blog and access more information click here.


New Study Shows How Volunteerism and Service Impact Future Prospects for Youth
Many school based agricultural educators use volunteerism and service based learning as tools within their program to affect personal growth and even help bolster experiential learning opportunities. A new study supports that young people who engage in volunteer activities can cut their chances of being out of school and out of work by 50%. To see the full article and access more information on the study click here.


Here's Why We Haven't Quite Figured Out How to Feed Billions More People (from National Geographic)
Solving the world's looming food crisis will require big investments in agricultural research, yet public support for that is lagging. A recent article from National Geographic explores this issue in great detail. To read the full article and share with your students for a deeper understanding of the future challenges in global food security click here.


The Movie Farmland Makes its Streaming Debut (from Morning Ag Clips)
For those who have not yet seen it or been able to share it with your students Academy Award®-winning filmmaker James Moll’s feature length documentary, Farmland, is now available to stream on the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service. Farmland will be available exclusively on the platform for four weeks – providing viewers with the opportunity to stream Farmland from their connected TVs, Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, laptops, tablets and mobile devices. Earlier this year, Farmland was shown in over 170 theaters across the country. To see the full press release click here.

NAAE


October News & Views Now Available
National FFA Convention, NAAE Convention, President-Elect Candidates -- find out everything you need to know about these topics and so much more in October's edition of News & Views.


Visit NAAE at National FFA Convention

  • Discover new ideas and activities, receive free instructional materials, and learn strategies to increase student engagement at Teacher's World.
  • Bring your students to the Teach Ag booth to help us develop a cohort of current and future agriculture teachers who are Tagged to Teach Ag!
  • Stop by the NAAE booth to find out what opportunities we have for our members and write a note of encouragement to a current or future ag teacher.
  • Join us at noon on Friday for General Session 5, to hear from three very special agricultural educators as they share their stories and inspire students to pursue careers as agriculture teachers.

For more information about NAAE at National FFA Convention, click here!


The 2015-2016 Secure Optimal Yield Scholarship
A $5,000 one-time scholarship award will be presented to an eligible High School Senior who is going to pursue Agriculture as a degree area of study at any accredited College or University.
Candidates may apply on-line September 20 through November 20, 2014. Final selection will be made the first week of December during the ASA Board meeting. For more information and to apply visit this link.


NAAE Convention
Nashville is just around the corner! We have many professional learning sessions to make your convention experience great. Follow this link to view this year's workshops.


Also, make sure to register for the 2014 NAAE Convention by Friday, October 17th, to reserve your spot and take advantage of the Early Bird pricing.


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

CASE

Apply for a CASE Grant from DuPont Pioneer
DuPont Pioneer is offering grants to high schools to assist with the implementation of CASE in the 2014-2015 school year.  Teachers can apply for grants from $2,500 to $5,000 for implementing the CASE program in their schools including teacher training, equipment and materials, and end-of-course assessments through CASE Online. Applications must include a brief description of the agriscience program at the school, other CASE certified teachers and how this grant will impact agriscience education.  A letter of support from the district superintendent is also required.

To apply for a DuPont Pioneer Grant, complete the application here.

The deadline to apply for the DuPont Pioneer Grant is October 30, 2014.  To request more information or if you have questions, please contact Community.GrantsProgram@pioneer.com.

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.

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

FFA Alumni

Alumni Auction at Convention
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

Alumni Schedule of Events at Convention
You will not want to miss any of the official FFA Alumni events taking place at Convention. From the booth hours in the expo to the General Business Session, there is something for everyone. Check out the tentative schedule today by clicking here.

CAST

Friday, October 10, 2014: A “State of Ag” address from Sec. Vilsack, a look at how school lunchrooms became a political football, and a kangaroo punch-up with some bounce—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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October 6, 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 29
September 22
September 15
September 8
August 25

Quote for the Week


"Believe you can and you're halfway there."
-Theodore Roosevelt

MMM Submissions


To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

NAAE


Visit NAAE at National FFA Convention

  • Discover new ideas and activities, receive free instructional materials, and learn strategies to increase student engagement at Teacher's World.
  • Bring your students to the Teach Ag booth to help us develop a cohort of current and future agriculture teachers who are Tagged to Teach Ag!
  • Stop by the NAAE booth to find out what opportunities we have for our members and write a note of encouragement to a current or future ag teacher.
  • Join us at noon on Friday for General Session 5, to hear from three very special agricultural educators as they share their stories and inspire students to pursue careers as agriculture teachers.

For more information about NAAE at National FFA Convention, click here!


The 2015-2016 Secure Optimal Yield Scholarship
A $5,000 one-time scholarship award will be presented to an eligible High School Senior who is going to pursue Agriculture as a degree area of study at any accredited College or University.
Candidates may apply on-line September 20 through November 20, 2014. Final selection will be made the first week of December during the ASA Board meeting. For more information and to apply visit this link.


NAAE Convention
Nashville is just around the corner! Make sure to register for the 2014 NAAE Convention by October 17th, to reserve your spot and take advantage of the Early Bird pricing. We are also excited to provide many professional development workshops and will be announcing them very soon.


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

CASE


Apply for a CASE Grant from DuPont Pioneer
DuPont Pioneer is offering grants to high schools to assist with the implementation of CASE in the 2014-2015 school year.  Teachers can apply for grants from $2,500 to $5,000 for implementing the CASE program in their schools including teacher training, equipment and materials, and end-of-course assessments through CASE Online. Applications must include a brief description of the agriscience program at the school, other CASE certified teachers and how this grant will impact agriscience education.  A letter of support from the district superintendent is also required.


To apply for a DuPont Pioneer Grant, complete the application here.


The deadline to apply for the DuPont Pioneer Grant is October 30, 2014.  To request more information or if you have questions, please contact Community.GrantsProgram@pioneer.com.

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.


Are you able to give service with a smile? Courtesy Corps needs you in Louisville!
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 Open October 8th
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.

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

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.

CAST

Friday, October 3, 2014: Science, tech, and Goldilocks?what is too much or too little caution? Ag communication in the Beltway, buffalo roundup in Dakota, and odd burgers in Asia?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).

USDA

Healthy Habits Take Root
Check out how school districts across the country are bringing the farm to school in this video published by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.