Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 10/6/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Oct 6, 2014


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October 6, 2014

The National Council for Agricultural Education


To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.


The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America?s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events

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.


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


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


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,

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

Proficiency Judges
Thursday, Oct. 30 Noon - 5 p.m.
Dan Chabot,

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

Star Judges
Thursday, Oct. 30 Noon - 5 p.m.
Dan Chabot,

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.


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).


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.