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January 26, 2015

 

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


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


January 12
January 5
December 22
December 15
December 8

Quote for the Week


"If you can dream it, you can do it."
-Walt Disney

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

The Council


Grading Teacher Preparation Programs: A Look At A Controversial New Proposal on Federal Evaluation of Teacher Prep (from Inside Higher Ed)
The Obama administration in November unveiled preliminary rules that would require states to develop rating systems for teacher preparation programs that take into account, among other things, the job placement rates of graduates as well as the academic performance of the students they teach. Programs that are rated poorly would eventually lose access to federal TEACH Grants, which the government awards to students who are training to be teachers and commit to working in high-need school districts after graduation.
To learn more about the Administration’s viewpoint on the need for the proposal click here. To learn more about the American Council on Education and other groups reaction to the proposal click here.


My American Farm Reaches 1.5 Million Students
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture announced that the Foundation has reached more than 1.5 million school-age youths through its educational My American Farm program. In 2015, the web-based resource will have a new look to improve the user experience thanks to continued support from DuPont Pioneer. To take advantage of the free My American Farm resources, games and activities, visitwww.myamericanfarm.org.


What Students Can Learn From Taking Financial Risks in Class (from www.kqed.com)
It’s not unusual for school programs to be cut — even successful and popular ones. Often the program disappears into memory. But sometimes school supporters can rally to keep it going. At Willard Middle School in Berkeley, California, parents and the community mobilized to raise money to keep alive a cooking and gardening program at the school after its budget was cut. But the school didn’t stop there — its teachers have tasked students with turning the program into a successful small business, generating revenues to support the program. Students are learning by doing, even when that means making mistakes that cost the program money, all for the purposes of learning. To see the full article click here.


National Agricultural Safety and Health Course Coming to Illinois
The International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health will be holding a certificate course June 24-27, 2015 in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. The conference is targeted to both beginning and experienced agricultural safety and health extension specialists, researchers, rural health care providers, administrators, educators, etc.. Agricultural Educators have a strong interest in increasing their knowledge of agricultural health and safety to help better prepare youth are encouraged to consider attending this conference. Registration will be pen soon and will be limited. If interested please click here for more information.

NAAE


2015 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Strand
Join us March 2-5 for the 2015 ACTE National Policy Seminar and Ag Ed Strand. Improve your advocacy skills, meet with important members of Congress, and hear from national leaders in career and technical education.
To emphasize the importance of the NPS and to encourage more participation from NAAE members, NAAE will be paying the registration fee of one NAAE member per state to attend and participate in the NPS. The registration deadline is Monday, February 2. If you are interested in attending, or to learn more, please visit this page on the NAAE website.


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.


America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders
America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, a new scholarship program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is designed to build the future of ag! This new program is working to keep young adults in agriculture by giving them the opportunity to earn a $1,500 scholarship to further their education. In rural communities across the nation, high school seniors and college students can apply for this scholarship through the National FFA Scholarship Program. Students must seek endorsements from at least three local farmers. Now through February 1, students can apply online at www.FFA.org/scholarships. Farmers can endorse applicants through February 8. Recipients will be notified in the spring of 2015.


Equipment & Engine Training Council's Paul H. Scholten Memorial Scholarship
The 2015 Paul H. Sholten Memorial Scholarship Program is for individuals pursuing a certificate or degree in power equipment technology at an EETC accredited school. Applicants can apply online through the EETC website through March 22nd. Click here for more information and to apply.


Teach Ag Informational Webinars
Starting in February the National Teach Ag Campaign will be hosting informational webinars on various recruitment and retention promising practices.  Please join these quick sessions to learn more about the featured topic.


Tuesday, February 10th
4:00-4:45pm EST
Topic: Offering a Teach Ag workshop as a recruiting tool.
Presenters: Kathy Novotney, Illinois and Pam Rowland, Missouri
Do you currently offer a Teach Ag workshop in your state? Do you want to? Either way you will walk away from this session with new ideas to make your state Teach Ag workshop a success.  You’ll hear how two states are using different Teach Ag workshop formats to recruit future agriculture teachers.  There will be time for questions and resources will be shared! Click here to register today.


Community of Practice Highlights

CASE


CASE Institutes are filling fast!
Several CASE Institutes are already full, and others are very close. Please don’t wait to get registered for your CASE Institute of choice. Secure your funding for registration as soon as possible. Follow this CASE registration link to reserve your spot for career changing professional development!

FFA


Middle School Career Development Event
National FFA will begin the three year process of implementing a new middle school Career Development Event that focuses on properly conducting a meeting. We are seeking applicants for a superintendent and committee members for this event. Committee members will work with the committee superintendent and national FFA staff members to coordinate the direction and implementation of the national event. Committee membership requires moderate travel to FFA convention and other planning activities. Interested applicants should see the attached position description for more information. We are looking for representatives including industry professionals, past and current agriculture teachers, university staff and teacher educators. Applicants must submit a resume and letter of intent to Jenna Hovermale atjhovermale@ffa.org by Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. Please also indicate if you would like to be considered for the superintendent position.


It’s Coming Soon…Your New FFA Online Experience
Instructors: We are making some exciting changes to FFA.org to improve your online experience. One feature that we can’t wait to show you is My Journey, your one-stop resource to the FFA mission online. With My Journey, instructors can find:

  • Templates to incorporate core classes into any lesson.
  • Turn-key resources similar to the FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide.
  • Current event activities.
  • Templates and activities to promote character education.
  • Lesson plans and activities to use with Career Cruising.
  • Lesson plans and activities to use with the new Resume Generator.
  • Lesson plans and activities designed to go with the student portion of My Journey.
  • Quick access to timely, regularly updated FFA resources.
  • Activities to assist with the instruction of agricultural careers.
  • Resources to help students strengthen career readiness.

Development work of My Journey has been funded in part by the following Cornerstone sponsors as a special project of the National FFA Foundation: Cargill, Elanco, RFD-TV, TransCanada, Tyson and AgCareers.com.  To learn more about My Journey and the new FFA.org, visit FFA.org/achievemore.

Apply Now: New Century Farmer
Applications are now being accepted for the New Century Farmer conference. This week-long conference will equip students to be a cutting-edge farmer or rancher after they graduate from college. To apply and learn more, visit the  New Century Farmer website. The deadline is Sunday, Feb. 15.

FFA Alumni

Modified Hours Business Hours
Beginning Feb. 2, national alumni staff will be available from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST on the first and third Mondays of every month (holidays and the weeks of the National FFA Alumni Development Conference and the National FFA Convention & Expo excluded).

Call 317-802-4204 with your questions on membership, rosters, chartering, reactivating, conferences, tax exempt status, awards applications and more and someone will be happy to assist you. We look forward to hearing from you, FFA alumni!

CAST

Friday, Jan. 23, 2015:  A new report looks at how to avoid unintended consequences in food production changes; pigs are the focus on page two; and readers get the usual mix of ag policy, ag information, and ag oddity stories.

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.

US Department of Education

Help Us Get the Word Out About the FAFSA
For us at the U.S. Department of Education, the start of a new year provides a fresh opportunity to remind parents, students, educators and others about the importance of submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA ®).The Department’s office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) provides more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to help students pay for college or career school. Visit this page for more information.

 

 

 


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January 12, 2015

 

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


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


January 5
December 22
December 15
December 8
December 1

Quote for the Week


"Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow."
-Anthony J. D'Angelo


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


Michigan college creates lab school with Ag-STEM focus ( from The Lansing State Journal)
St. Johns Public Schools and Central Michigan University have signed an agreement to create a university lab school with an agricultural focus. Known as an Ag-STEM school, it will be the first of its kind in Michigan.  Gateway Elementary School will be the Ag-STEM school in St. Johns – a school where science, technology, engineering and math concepts will be introduced with a decidedly agricultural focus. But more than that, Gateway will also be a professional development school for Central Michigan’s teacher preparation program. To read the full article click here.


USDA Observes Kick Off of the International Year of Soils
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today begins its celebration of the International Year of Soils to highlight the importance of healthy soils for food security, ecosystem functions and resilient farms and ranches.


With an increasing global population, a shrinking agricultural land base, climate change and extreme weather events, the nations of the world are focusing their collective attention to the primary resource essential to food production-the soil. To learn more about the plans for the year click here.


Ultimate Middle School Science Competition Opens for the New Year
The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge has opened for this year's entries. The competition invites students in grades 5-8 to come up with a new innovation or solution to an ordinary problem and explain their idea in a short video. The winner will receive $25,000 and the title of "America's Top Young Scientist." Ten finalists have the opportunity to be mentored by a 3M scientist and receive a trip to the company's world headquarters in St. Paul. For more information click here.


8 Reasons Why Ag Careers are Needed More than Ever (by Alyssa Schwarck, AgCareers.com)
While agriculture is a multi-billion dollar industry that directly affects everyone in the world each day, employers still struggle to find qualified candidates that are enthusiastic about the industry and need. According to the USDA, “between 2010 and 2015 there will be more jobs available in ag and food systems, renewable energy, and the environment than qualified graduates to fill them.” With the industry booming but college students being left uninformed about the importance of agricultural careers, the numbers need to increase. To see the 8 reasons your students should choose an ag career click here.

FFA


FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge
Start your year off right with a service activity and help us reach 2.5 Million meals by the 2015 convention! Submit your chapter’s hunger fighting activities to the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge and your meals will be added to the count as well as your chapter being put in that month’s drawing for $250. Think about how you can incorporate this into upcoming FFA Week activities!


National FFA Constitution Revisions Now in Effect
The revised National FFA Constitution took effect on Jan. 1. “Article VI. Degrees and Privileges of Active Membership” was amended at the 84th National FFA Convention in October 2011 and ratified by the National FFA Board of Directors on Feb. 23, 2012.


Effective now, the following sections will change:
Chapter FFA Degree - Section D Item 4
State FFA Degree - Section E Item 4
American FFA Degree - Section F Item 5h


To view the revised constitution, click here.


New FFA.org Launches Feb. 9
We’ve made some exciting new changes to FFA.org that will help improve your experience, including:


• A personalized experience: Log in to FFA.org for a personalized experience each time you return. FFA.org will know who you are and what news and information you may be looking for.


• My FFA Dashboard: Once you log in to FFA.org, a new personalized dashboard will pop up, allowing you quick access to tools specific to your FFA role. Personalized links make it easy to edit your profile, manage your FFA applications and accomplishments and more.


• A website designed for any device: Access FFA.org  on desktop, mobile or tablet to experience the great things our members, advisors, alumni, sponsors and community members are doing.


• Refreshed FFA emblem: With the new website also comes the new look and feel of the FFA brand that includes a refreshed FFA emblem.


To learn more, visit FFA.org/achievemore.


Apply Now: New Century Farmer
Do you know any college students interested in pursuing a career in production agriculture? Want to know more about the latest trends and technology in agriculture? Applications are now being accepted for the New Century Farmer conference. This week-long conference will equip students to be a cutting-edge farmer or rancher after they graduate from college. The 50 selected participants will do industry tours, commodity-specific sessions, learn about business planning, create a vision statement and network with industry professionals and peers alike.


Applications can be found on the New Century Farmer website and will remain open until Sunday, Feb. 15. If you have any questions about the application or program, email ncfarmer@ffa.org.

FFA Alumni


FFA Alumni Apparel
Exciting news from Barefoot Athletics! They now have several FFA Alumni apparel options! Barefoot has put together several different options to fit the taste and style of FFA Alumni members. Check out all the different designs today by viewing their website. Check out the link below to see all the great designs. Click here.

CAST


Friday, Jan. 9, 2015: Ag communication continues to be the theme for 2015. Links include items from Capitol Hill, lists of key stories from the past year, and a piece about a cantankerous kangaroo. 


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).

CASE


CASE Institutes are filling fast!
Several CASE Institutes are already full, and others are very close. Please don’t wait to get registered for your CASE Institute of choice. Secure your funding for registration as soon as possible. Follow this CASE registration link to reserve your spot for career changing professional development!

NAAE


Serve on a NAAE Committee!
The newly adopted committee process gives even more NAAE members the opportunity to participate in driving the direction of our organization. If you are interested in becoming involved in a NAAE Committee, submit your credentials by Friday, January 16th. Click here for more information.


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.


America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders
America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, a new scholarship program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is designed to build the future of ag! This new program is working to keep young adults in agriculture by giving them the opportunity to earn a $1,500 scholarship to further their education. In rural communities across the nation, high school seniors and college students can apply for this scholarship through the National FFA Scholarship Program. Students must seek endorsements from at least three local farmers. Now through February 1, students can apply online at www.FFA.org/scholarships. Farmers can endorse applicants through February 8. Recipients will be notified in the spring of 2015.


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.

National Agriculture in the Classroom

2015 National AITC Conference
Register for the "Unbridled Possibilities" at the 2015 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference to take advantage of the early registration pricing and secure your spot. The conference will be held June 16-20 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY. Click herefor more information.

 

 

 

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January 5, 2015

 

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


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 22
December 15
December 8
December 1
November 24

Quote for the Week


"Quality is not an act, it is a habit."
-Aristotle

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


Mahindra USA Thanks Teachers with $200 Rebate
Mahindra USA, the number one selling tractor brand in the world based on volume, is offering special pricing to current and retired teachers as a thank you for serving and inspiring our youth, families and communities. Through the Mahindra Pride Teacher Appreciation Program, teachers and administrators from elementary school to university-level will qualify for a rebate of $200 when purchasing a new Mahindra tractor and two qualifying Mahindra implements between January 1 – March 31, 2015. For complete details about the Mahindra Pride Teacher Appreciation Program, please visit Mahindra USA.


Fund for Teachers Provides Grants for Teacher Growth and Development (from Triple Pundit)
Sustainability widely refers to the endurance of products or processes. But for one nonprofit, the term applies to the profession of teaching. Fund for Teachers awards grants for pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade educators to keep them inspired, innovative and in the classroom. Since 2001, 6,000+ teachers leveraged $22 million in Fund for Teachers grants into self-designed summer fellowships.  Teachers are not eligible for the $5,000 individual or $10,000 team grants until their third year in the classroom for a reason: An estimated one-third of all new teachers leave after three years, and 46 percent are gone within five. Furthermore, the most frequently cited reasons new teachers leave are lack of professional development and not feeling valued. Fund for Teachers grants bridge this volatile gap, giving the respect and financial means to pursue knowledge outside classroom to motivate teachers to stay in the classroom.
Teachers interested in designing their own professional development for summer 2015 have until January 29 to submit their application. For more information about Fund for Teachers, visit the nonprofit’sFacebook and blog.


The 2014 Agricultural Year In Review (from Agricultural Economic Insights)
Agricultural Economic Insights is a website featuring the perspectives of two noted agricultural economists, Brent Gloy and David Widmar. Recently they published their 2014 Agricultural Year in Review. 2014 was a very eventful year for agriculture but they have used their experience to determine what they think are the top 20 highlights for the year. To see their list and share it with your students click here.

FFAThe 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.

FFA Alumni


FFA Alumni Affiliation Tax Filing Information
The 2014 National FFA Tax Year ends on December 31, 2014 which means that unless your affiliate requested a different tax year when applying for your EIN number that you need to begin thinking about submitting your 990 tax form. The form is due every year by the 15th of the 5th month after the close of your tax year. So if you follow National FFA’s tax year your form will be due by May 15, 2015. For more information click here.


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.

CASE


CASE Institutes are filling fast!
Several CASE Institutes are already full, and others are very close. Please don’t wait to get registered for your CASE Institute of choice. Secure your funding for registration as soon as possible. Follow this CASE registration link to reserve your spot for career changing professional development!

NAAE


NAAE Convention Recap
The 2014 NAAE Convention was a great success! Click here for a quick recap of convention and check out News & Views to take a look at award winners, our newly elected board of directors, and so much more!


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.


America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders
America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, a new scholarship program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is designed to build the future of ag! This new program is working to keep young adults in agriculture by giving them the opportunity to earn a $1,500 scholarship to further their education. In rural communities across the nation, high school seniors and college students can apply for this scholarship through the National FFA Scholarship Program. Students must seek endorsements from at least three local farmers. Now through February 1, students can apply online at www.FFA.org/scholarships. Farmers can endorse applicants through February 8. Recipients will be notified in the spring of 2015.


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.

Recap the 2014 CareerTech Vision
Watch this video for highlights of the 2014 CareerTech Vision!

US Department of Education

Improving Teacher Preparation: Building on Innovation
The Department has proposed a new plan to create transparency and a much-needed feedback loop among aspiring teachers, preparation programs, principals, schools and states. Submit comments online by February 2, 2015. Read more.