Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 1/5/15

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January 5, 2015


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 22
December 15
December 8
December 1
November 24

Quote for the Week

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

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 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

Watch Our Sneak Peek on the New
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, 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 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 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 Farmers can endorse applicants through February 8. Recipients will be notified in the spring of 2015.

Community of Practice Highlights


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.