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December 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 Events


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


December 15
December 8
December 1
November 24
November 17

Quote for the Week


"Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground."
-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.

The Council


National Ag Day Essay Contest Deadline is January 30, 2015
The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) calls on ninth- to 12th-grade students to submit an original, 450-word essay or a two-minute video essay about the importance of agriculture. This year’s theme is “Agriculture: Sustaining Future Generations” and the deadline is January 30, 2015. The ACA asks teachers and parents to encourage student participation. The national written essay winner receives a $1,000 prize and round-trip ticket to Washington, D.C., for recognition during the Celebration of Ag Dinner held March 18 at Whitten Patio at the USDA. The video essay winner wins a $1,000 prize, and the winning video will play during the Celebration of Ag Dinner.


All written entries should be sent to: 2015 Ag Day Essay Contest, Agriculture Council of America, 11020 King Street, Suite 205, Overland Park, KS 66210, or submitted by e-mail to essay@agday.org. Students may upload video essays at http://agday.leapfile.net and follow the directions on the page, or students may choose to mail video entries on a compact disc to the address above. Visit www.agday.org  to read official contest rules and for more details regarding entry applications.

FFA


The 2015 National FFA Scholarship Application is Now Live!
Application deadlines for 2015:

  • The online application must be submitted prior to 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 1, 2015.
  • The required Signature Pages must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2015.
Same as last year:
  • Membership must be submitted by state to national by March 1.


Visit FFA.org/scholarships for instructions, details and helpful tools.  Be sure to review additional eligibility requirements for America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarships (presented by the Monsanto Fund) and the Built Ford Tough dealer scholarship program.


Questions, comments or concerns?  Email Scholarships@FFA.org.


Watch Our Sneak Peek on the New FFA.org
At FFA, we’re proud to say that when you talk, we listen. So thanks to you, we have made some exciting new changes to FFA.org, which  launches Feb. 9. Until then, here’s a video sneak peek on some of the website’s new features.


2015 Youth Ag Summit
By 2050, it is estimated that our planet will be inhabited by more than 9 billion people. How can we feed this hungry planet? Sustainable solutions will depend on visionary thinking, courage and creativity from our youth.


On August 24 – 28, 2015, some 100 young leaders ages 18 – 25 will gather in Canberra, Australia at the 2015 Youth Ag Summit where they will have the opportunity to network, collaborate and act on solutions for a sustainable agriculture industry that will help feed a growing global population. Bayer CropScience will send four young people from the U.S. to the summit in Australia all expenses paid. The four individuals will be chosen via an essay contest. The deadline to submit an essay for judging is January 31, 2015. To be eligible, the individual must turn 18 prior to the summit in August. Complete contest details including guidelines for writing the essay and directions for submitting an entry can be found online atwww.YouthAgSummit.com.


The 2015 Clean Tech Competition, a global research and design challenge for 15-18 year old students. This year’s challenge is to “Feed the World.”


This educational opportunity challenges students to develop an innovative, clean technology solution to real-world issues. Solutions may take on aspects of growing, harvesting, distributing, or any other aspect of food availability. Student participants will gain experience with focused research, critical thinking, and the scientific process – making it a great project based learning opportunity.


There is no entry fee, and students can participate through school, extracurricular programs, or on their own. Students will first submit a 5-10 page paper about what their solution is and the problem it is going to solve. These papers will be graded by judges with degrees in S.T.E.M and agricultural fields. The top 10 teams will be given the opportunity to attend the finalist event. They will be given a $200 stipend to create a prototype of their solution. The 1st Place Team will win $10,000 and Finalist Teams can win $1,000 for their school/organization. The Finalist Event will be held in Philadelphia, PA in May 2015, when Finalist Teams will meet to explore fun and educational activities, present to a live panel of judges, and network with industry professionals.


There is no limit to the number of Teams per organization – so spread the word! Each stage of the competition is designed to be a rewarding process, and more student participation means    inspiring more young scientists to help build a better future for our planet.


For more information visit our website at www.cleantechcompetition.org. Registration is open!


Contact Clean Tech administrators at CleanTech@cstl.org with any questions. Thank You.

CASE


Happy Holidays from CASE
CASE Staff appreciate all of the help and support given to the project this past year. The contributions and dedication from many have been important in the success of CASE. CASE Staff look forward to continuing the efforts of promoting the values of Agricultural Education and helping our teachers meet the challenges of the daily classroom.


Happy Holidays!
The CASE Team

NAAE


News & Views -- December 2014
Take a look back at the 2014 NAAE Convention, get familiar with the new committee structure, and meet the new NAAE Board of Directors. All this & more in December's News & Views.


Deadlines Approaching -- Apply TODAY!
National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academies. NATAA is a multifaceted program that includes a week-long academy designed to help participants develop inquiry-based teaching strategies and enhance existing science content in agricultural education. Two academies will be held in 2015. The deadline for applications is December 22, 2014.Follow this link for complete details.


Get Your Students Involved in the DuPont Challenge!
The DuPont Challenge is the nation's premier science writing competition. Students are invited to write a 700-1000 word essay that addresses one of the four categories of challenges as outlined by DuPont.


Top students and their sponsoring teachers win a wealth of awards, including an expenses-paid trip to the Walt Disney World Resort and Kennedy Space Center!


Also, DuPont has opened a K-5 division for this year's DuPont Challenge. This could be a great way activity to do with elementary school students in your area.


Entries are being accepted through January 31, 2015. Learn more.


Community of Practice Highlights

ACTE

National Policy Seminar 2015
Registration is now open! Cultivate your advocacy skills and make a direct impact on Capitol Hill at the National Policy Seminar 2015! March 2-5 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. Click here for more information.

CAST

Friday, December 19, 2014: Ag innovations, ag and the Cuba thaw, and plenty of announcements and news links—and a great video about dogs (with hands) at the dinner table.

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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December 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


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

December 8
December 1
November 24
November 17
November 10

Quote for the Week

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."
-C.S. Lewis


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


Report from OECD: What’s wrong with vocational education?(from ecampus.com)
A new OECD report suggests that while post-secondary vocational programs are growing worldwide, changes need to be made to bring out their fullest potential. Vocational education programs need better qualifications, need to include work place experience and need a better overall definition. This is just one of many interesting findings presented in OECD’s recently released Skills Beyond Schools: Synthesis Report, which analyzes international post-secondary vocational education trends. To read the full article click here. To download a full copy of the report click here.


National Ag Day Essay Contest Deadline is January 30, 2015
The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) calls on ninth- to 12th-grade students to submit an original, 450-word essay or a two-minute video essay about the importance of agriculture. This year’s theme is “Agriculture: Sustaining Future Generations” and the deadline is January 30, 2015. The ACA asks teachers and parents to encourage student participation. The national written essay winner receives a $1,000 prize and round-trip ticket to Washington, D.C., for recognition during the Celebration of Ag Dinner held March 18 at Whitten Patio at the USDA. The video essay winner wins a $1,000 prize, and the winning video will play during the Celebration of Ag Dinner.


All written entries should be sent to: 2015 Ag Day Essay Contest, Agriculture Council of America, 11020 King Street, Suite 205, Overland Park, KS 66210, or submitted by e-mail toessay@agday.org. Students may upload video essays athttp://agday.leapfile.net and follow the directions on the page, or students may choose to mail video entries on a compact disc to the address above. Visit www.agday.org  to read official contest rules and for more details regarding entry applications.

FFA


Watch Our Sneak Peek on the New FFA.org
At FFA, we’re proud to say that when you talk, we listen. So thanks to you, we have made some exciting new changes to FFA.org, which  launches Feb. 9. Until then, here’s a video sneak peek on some of the website’s new features.

CASE


2015 CASE Institues Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the thirty CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a $250 cancelation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, atshari.smith@case4learning.org with any questions regarding the 2015 CASE Institutes.

NAAE


Deadlines Approaching -- Apply 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.


Apply for the Teach Ag Internship
The National Teach Ag Campaign is now accepting applications for a 2015-2016 Teach Ag intern. Selected applicants will be based out of Lexington, Ky for the summer and based upon their performance, may be offered the position from their degree institution for the remainder of the position.  Therefore, all interested individuals are encouraged to apply not just those in the Kentucky area. Applications are due December 19th.  Click here for more information and to apply.


National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academies. NATAA is a multifaceted program that includes a week-long academy designed to help participants develop inquiry-based teaching strategies and enhance existing science content in agricultural education. Two academies will be held in 2015. The deadline for applications is December 22, 2014.Follow this link for complete details.


Get Your Students Involved in the DuPont Challenge!
The DuPont Challenge is the nation's premier science writing competition. Students are invited to write a 700-1000 word essay that addresses one of the four categories of challenges as outlined by DuPont.


Top students and their sponsoring teachers win a wealth of awards, including an expenses-paid trip to the Walt Disney World Resort and Kennedy Space Center!


Also, DuPont has opened a K-5 division for this year's DuPont Challenge. This could be a great way activity to do with elementary school students in your area.Entries are being accepted through January 31, 2015. Learn more.


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA Alumni

FFA Alumni Affiliation Program
Have you heard about the FFA Alumni Affiliation Program? Get your FFA Alumni Affiliate signed up by sending your Affiliation Agreement Form signed and submitted to your state alumni membership contact. For $100, plus state dues, your FFA Alumni can have as many FFA Alumni members as they want for the year. Click here for more information on the program. Click here for the Local Affiliation Agreement Form.  Click here for the 100% State Affiliation Agreement Form.

Alumni Development Conference 2015
Save the dates! The 2015 Alumni Development Conference will take place July 8-11, 2015. The conference will take place in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina. Click here for more information. Registration will open this spring. #FFAadc15

ACTE

ACTE Board of Directors 2015 Elections
Don't forget to vote in this year's ACTE Board of Directors election. Voting ends this Sunday, December 21st at 11:59 p.m. ET. Click herefor more information about the elections and to vote.

National Policy Seminar 2015
Registration is now open! Cultivate your advocacy skills and make a direct impact on Capitol Hill at the National Policy Seminar 2015! March 2-5 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. Click here for more information.

CAST

Friday, December 12, 2014: Are you smarter than your phone? Some of the many new ag digital options, plus news from D.C., including the Congressional GMO hearing. Many news links and a few ag oddities—Little Pig Man, slurping dog videos, and a sheep on the lam.

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

Exploration and Agriculture: Connecting the Next Generation with Science to Grow the Future
As NASA contemplates sending human missions to Mars, one question we must answer is: what will the astronauts eat and what foods will assist future missions? NASA and USDA are working together to develop plants that can grow, thrive, and produce in new environments – signaling opportunities for fresh, nutrition-rich food for astronauts on long duration space flights. Click here to read more.

 

 

 


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December 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


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

December 1
November 24
November 17
November 10
November 3

Quote for the Week

"Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory."
-George S. Patton


MMM Submissions

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

NAAE


Get Your Students Involved in the DuPont Challenge!
The DuPont Challenge is the nation's premier science writing competition. Students are invited to write a 700-1000 word essay that addresses one of the four categories of challenges as outlined by DuPont.


Top students and their sponsoring teachers win a wealth of awards, including an expenses-paid trip to the Walt Disney World Resort and Kennedy Space Center!


Also, DuPont has opened a K-5 division for this year's DuPont Challenge. This could be a great way activity to do with elementary school students in your area.


Entries are being accepted through January 31, 2015. Learn more.


National Corn Growers Association -- William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship
Five, $1,000 scholarships are available to students entering at least their second undergraduate year (or any year of graduate school) pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an agricultural, agribusiness, or an ag vocation field.


Applicants or a parent/guardian must be a member of the NCGA.  Funds are for the 2014-2015 school year.  Past scholarship winners and employees and the families of employees of any division of BASF or their subsidiaries or the NCGA are not eligible for the scholarship.


Applications must be postmarked on or before December 12, 2014. The application is available here.


For more information and to view a list of past winners, click here.


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.


Apply for the Teach Ag Internship
The National Teach Ag Campaign is now accepting applications for a 2015-2016 Teach Ag intern. Selected applicants will be based out of Lexington, Ky for the summer and based upon their performance, may be offered the position from their degree institution for the remainder of the position.  Therefore, all interested individuals are encouraged to apply not just those in the Kentucky area. Applications are due December 19th. Click here for more information and to apply.


National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academies. NATAA is a multifaceted program that includes a week-long academy designed to help participants develop inquiry-based teaching strategies and enhance existing science content in agricultural education. Two academies will be held in 2015. The deadline for applications is December 21, 2014. Follow this link for complete details.


Community of Practice Highlights

CASE

2015 CASE Institues Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the thirty CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

 

Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a $250 cancelation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, atshari.smith@case4learning.org with any questions regarding the 2015 CASE Institutes.

FFA

Coming Soon: Your New FFA Online Experience
Simple is better, and thanks to your feedback, the National FFA Organization’s official website will launch in February! These exciting changes to FFA.org will help deliver the mission of premier leadership, personal growth and career success online to every student in every classroom every day.

We can’t wait to show you some of the features and benefits that will help improve your online experience. The good news: These exciting new changes will help make your life easier in the classroom. The even better news: Although the site will have a new look and feel, how you access your important documents has not changed. The functionality of tools such as the roster and registrations will remain the same. In February, you can simply sign in to FFA.org using your current username and password and then click on Manage My FFA, which will lead you to a toolbox that gives you easy access to reports, special data, rosters, customer invoices and more.

Look for more exciting FFA.org news each week before the site goes live on Feb. 9, 2015.

FFA Alumni

FFA Alumni Affiliation Program
Have you heard about the FFA Alumni Affiliation Program? Get your FFA Alumni Affiliate signed up by sending your Affiliation Agreement Form signed and submitted to your state alumni membership contact. For $100, plus state dues, your FFA Alumni can have as many FFA Alumni members as they want for the year. Click here for more information on the program. Click here for the Local Affiliation Agreement Form.  Click here for the 100% State Affiliation Agreement Form.

Alumni Development Conference 2015
Save the dates! The 2015 Alumni Development Conference will take place July 8-11, 2015. The conference will take place in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina. Click here for more information. Registration will open this spring. #FFAadc15

CAST

Friday, December 5, 2014: Online webinars featuring a GMO debate and a focus on Ag Research top the many ag headlines this week. Also many issues from Washington, D.C., and varied hot topics from the Food Babe to non-flying pigs.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST)weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).

ACTE

National Policy Seminar 2015
Registration is now open! Cultivate your advocacy skills and make a direct impact on Capitol Hill at the National Policy Seminar 2015! March 2-5 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. Click here for more information.

NAAE Member Talks About the Power of Professional Development
Sometimes professional development opportunities aren’t immediately available to CTE teachers. Nevertheless, 2013 ACTE Region I Outstanding New CTE Teacher Tiffany Morey, agriculture teacher at South Hunterdon Regional High School, in New Jersey, discusses why they are undeniably worth attending! Read more.

 

 

 

 

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December 1, 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


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


November 24
November 17
November 10
November 3
October 27

Quote for the Week


"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."
-C.S. Lewis


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


Farm2050 Launched to Help Provide Incentive for Tech StartUps to Focus on the Problems of Agriculture (from techcrunch.com)
We’ll need to produce 70% more food by 2050 to sustain a world population expected to grow to 10 billion. Yet agriculture startups struggle to get the funding, manufacturing, and test facilities needed to build tech that could boost food production. To fix that disconnect, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt has launched Farm2050, a collective that will support AgTech startups with capital, design, manufacturing, and test farms to try out their inventions. This will provide an avenue to entice those looking to start up technological businesses to consider focusing their efforts on the problems of agriculture. To read the full article on Farm2050 click here. To access the direct site for the program to see how it works click here.


Meet A Data Scientist Who's Helped Revolutionize Agriculture (from forbes.com)
Prof. David Lobell says a lot of his students are puzzled when they get to his Stanford University classroom and hear him advocate for the food industrial complex. “The basic challenge of the next 30 years is how do you make the most of current land and labor, and maximize yield with those resources,” says Lobell, a 2013 MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient who uses data to investigate the impact of climate change on crop production. Lobell, who grew up just outside of New York City, joked that he was the least likely person to study agriculture. He says the largest fields he ever saw as a child were those at baseball games he attended with his family. But during a 2001 visit to a grad school advisor in Mexico he saw how data could impact food production. To learn more about Prof. Lobell’s work and how agriculture is drawing on people from different backgrounds and fields of study to solve it challenges click here.


Schools Across the Nation Find Unique Ways to Incorporate Agricultural Science into Non-Traditional Settings (from The Denver Post and philly.com)
There are lots of examples across the country of schools incorporating food and ornamental agriculture in to their schools and communities even though they are not in areas that you would traditionally think offer such programs. One example is the rise in a use of agriculture content at the Elementary school level. Cherry Valley Elementary School in Colorado has developed an entire integrated agriculture curriculum that starts as early as Kindergarten utilizing chicken coops and gardens. Older students actually learn business planning and get project based learning opportunities as part of the program. To read more about their program click here.


Another example of Agriculture in a unique setting is the Horticulture Academy at Abraham Lincoln High School in Philadelphia. It is a double rarity by not only being located in an urban area but also by concentrating on ornamental agriculture instead of gardening or food production. The program is aimed to teach plant science, build community pride and foster the continuation of a long history of ornamental horticulture in the region. To learn more click here.

CASE


2015 CASE Institues Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the thirty CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a $250 cancelation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, atshari.smith@case4learning.org with any questions regarding the 2015 CASE Institutes.

FFA


Clean Tech Student Competition
Registration is now open for the 2015 Clean Tech Competition, a global research and design challenge for 15-18 year old students. This year’s challenge is to “Feed the World”. To learn more and register,click here.


Coming Soon: Your New FFA Online Experience
Simple is better, and thanks to your feedback, the new fresh FFA.org will launch in February. These exciting changes to FFA.org will help deliver the mission of premier leadership, personal growth and career success online to every student in every classroom every day.


We can’t wait to show you some of the features and benefits that will help improve your online experience. The good news: These exciting new changes will help make your life easier in the classroom. The even better news: Although the site will have a new look and feel, how you access your important documents has not changed. The functionality of tools such as the roster and registrations will remain the same. Sign in to FFA.org using your current username and password and then click on Manage My FFA, which will lead to a toolbox giving you easy access to reports, special data, rosters, customer invoices and more.


Look for more exciting FFA.org news each week before the site goes live on Feb. 9, 2015.

NAAE


Congratulations to the 2014 Ford Grant Challenge Recipients
The Ford Grant Challenge awards one FFA chapter in each of NAAE's six regions with a $3,000 grant to buy needed materials, offset travel expenses, and supplement resources that will support and enhance their leadership development activities. Congratulations to this year's winners!


Region I: Stephanie Schofield, Enterprise High School, OR
Region II: Justin Tomascik, Franklin High School, TX
Region III: Cole Blomendahl, Lakeview High School, NE
Region IV: Bruce Bennett, Miami Trace High School, OH
Region V: Brian Lewis, Eagleville High School, TN
Region VI: Ken Skidmore, Braxton County High School, WV


For more information about the Ford Grant Challenge, click here.


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.


Apply for the Teach Ag Internship
The National Teach Ag Campaign is now accepting applications for a 2015-2016 Teach Ag intern. Selected applicants will be based out of Lexington, Ky for the summer and based upon their performance, may be offered the position from their degree institution for the remainder of the position.  Therefore, all interested individuals are encouraged to apply not just those in the Kentucky area. Applications are due December 19th. Click here for more information and to apply.


National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academies. NATAA is a multifaceted program that includes a week-long academy designed to help participants develop inquiry-based teaching strategies and enhance existing science content in agricultural education. Two academies will be held in 2015. The deadline for applications is December 21, 2014. Follow this link for complete details.


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA Alumni

FFA Alumni Affiliation Program
Have you heard about the FFA Alumni Affiliation Program? Get your FFA Alumni Affiliate signed up by sending your Affiliation Agreement Form signed and submitted to your state alumni membership contact. For $100, plus state dues, your FFA Alumni can have as many FFA Alumni members as they want for the year. Click here for more information on the program. Then click here to go straight to the form to sign up.

Alumni Development Conference 2015
Save the dates! The 2015 Alumni Development Conference will take place July 8-11, 2015. The conference will take place in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina. Click here for more information. Registration will open this spring. #FFAadc15

ACTE

Vote for ACTE President-Elect
Make sure to cast your vote for the new ACTE President-Elect. Voting is now open until December 21. For more information and to vote,click here.

Agriculture Teachers and NAAE Members Recognized at ACTE CareerTech Vision
This year, many agriculture teachers were recipients of various awards at the 2014 ACTE CareerTech Vision. Congratulations to the following award winners:

ACTE Teacher of the Year -- Clyde McBride, Kayenta, AZ
Carl Perkins Community Service Award
       Region II -- Robert Bollier, Lexington, SC
       Region III -- Eric Weuve, Maryville, MO
       Region V -- Matt Mounts, Yelm, WA
ACTE New Teacher of the Year -- Lisa Oellerich, Scales Mound, IL