Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 12/8/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Dec 8, 2014

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December 8, 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

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.


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


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, with any questions regarding the 2015 CASE Institutes.


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 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 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 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


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).


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.