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April 27, 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


May 19-22
AAAE National Conference
San Antonio, TX


June 21-24
NAAE Region II Leadership Conference
Rogers, AR


June 22-26
NAAE REgion VI Leadership Conference
Rehoboth Beach, DE


June 22-24
NAAE Region V Leadership Conference
Orlando, FL


June 23-25
NAAE Region IV Leadership Conference
Moline, IL


June 29-July 2
NAAE Region III Leadership Conference
Scottsbluff, NE


September 14-16
Western Region AAAE Conference
Corvallis, OR


September 24
National Teach Ag Day


October 1-3
North Central AAAE Conference
St. Paul, MN

Past Issues


April 20
April 13
April 6
March 30
March 23

Quote for the Week


"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly."
-Robert F. Kennedy


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


Perspectives on Why and Why Not to Quit Teaching (from Education Week)
Recently two blog posts by educators on Education Week dealt with the challenges of working in the education profession. The first came from the perspective of a six year teacher who because of feelings of depression and burn out had come to the conclusion that it was best for them and their students if they left the profession. The second blog was an answer to that post citing reasons educators feeling that way should reconsider their decision and offered tips to remain engaged. The truth is this is an annual fight inside of many of our educators. Especially at this time of year as one more school year draws to a close and you are being asked to declare your intentions for the next. Whether you are feeling like the teacher that feels they have had enough or you are the teacher who is finding new and exciting ways to keep yourself encouraged and engaged year after year both of these perspectives can be of help to you and your colleagues.


To read the article “Why I'm Calling It Quits After Six Years as a Teacher” click here.
To read the article “Before You Quit Teaching, Please Reconsider”click here.


Real-World Math: A Bit Of Trig And Hay For The Horses (from National Public Radio)
National Public Radio recently aired a story about how agriculture teacher Jay Whaley and math teacher Maggie Bruski of Soroco High School in Colorado have teamed up to bring high level math and real world application together for students through the building of octagonal feeders. This serves as a great example of the integration between academic learning and the development of hard technical skill. To read more detail about the project and listen to the news storyclick here.


Gallup-Purdue Index finds ‘Big Six’ Experiences Linked to On-Time Graduation from College
Gallup-Purdue has released findings showing that six factors directly correlate with graduating on time – and, more likely, on budget. Calling them the “Big Six,” these experiences significantly increase the odds of college students graduating in four years and feeling that their alma mater prepared them well for life after college. However, only 3 percent of students report having all of these six experiences. The inaugural Gallup-Purdue Index found that it is not where you go to college but how you experience it that matters most. This new analysis also shows that these “Big Six” experiences directly correlate to a student’s ability to graduate in four years, which can significantly reduce the cost of college:

  • Having at least one professor who made them excited about learning
  • Feeling professors cared about them as a person
  • Having a mentor who encouraged them to pursue goals and dreams
  • Working on a project that took a semester or more to complete
  • Having an internship or job that allowed them to apply what they were learning in the classroom
  • Being extremely active in extracurricular activities and organizations during college
To learn more click here.

CASE


CASE Institute Registration
It’s not too late to register for a CASE Institute! While several CASE Institutes are already full, many still have seats available. Secure your funding and register today for career changing professional development! For the complete schedule and to register for a CASE Institute, click here.

NAAE


NAAE Marketing Assistant Position
NAAE is seeking a full-time Marketing Assistant to help the National Teach Ag Campaign and CASE Programs. This position will be located at the NAAE Offices on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington, KY.  Click here for additional details about the position and to apply.


NAAE Virtual Book Club
The NAAE Virtual Book Club is a fun new way for agricultural educators to personalize their professional development. NAAE members can participate in the Virtual Book Club and earn up to 5 hours of professional development credit or CEU's. This summer, the NAAE Virtual Book Club will read Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess. Click here for more information and to register.


Are you interested in serving on the 2015 NAAE Awards Judging Committee?
Once again this year, NAAE will judge a majority of their awards virtually through these national judging committees.  Sign up to serve our ag ed profession by May 10th.  Click HERE to sign up!


NAAE Award Applications -- Apply by May 15th!
Applications for the 2015 NAAE Awards are now available online. To apply for an award, you will need to log in to the NAAE website. You must be a current, dues-paying NAAE member to apply. Click here for more information and to begin your application TODAY! Applications are due by May 15, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.


2015-2016 National Teach Ag Ambassadors Selected
Twelve future agriculture teachers will spend the next year promoting agricultural education as part of the National Teach Ag Campaign Ambassador  program. Click here to see who was selected.


Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar -- New Teacher Onboarding Models
Monday, May 11th
4:00-4:45pm EDT
Presenters: Dr. Ann De Lay, Charity Keffaber, Beth Theobald
An important part of keeping agriculture teachers in the profession is starting them off on the right foot. Mentoring and new teacher programs are vital to early career success. Join this webinar to hear what two states are doing to address early career transition and mentoring.
Click here to register.


National Teach Ag Day Collegiate Opportunities -- Start NOW so YOU can be Featured on Teach Ag Day!
The sixth annual National Teach Ag Day celebration will take place on Thursday, September 24. There are several opportunities for preservice teachers to participate and celebrate, including a Collegiate Video Contest. Follow this link for more information and get started planning your celebration today!


DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
DEKALB is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award.  For 68 years, this award has been presented to FFA students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic.  To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, Ag Educators should visitDEKALB.com/awards from now until May 1, 2015.
Any questions should be sent toDEKALB.AgAccomplishment@monsanto.com.


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA

Visit My Journey on FFA.org
My Journey content has been updated!  Check out all the tools, tips and lesson plans that are ready to use. Need a quick natural resources activity that guides students through online research or acareer activity for use with Career Cruising?  Then look for these lessons and more on the Explore page. What about a literacy strategy that can be used with any lesson or a video and worksheet to help students stand out in an interview? Take a look at these activities on the Build page. Need a quick activity on texting etiquette in a professional setting? Check out this lesson and more on the Connect page. Did you miss the resources made available in March?  Don’t worry, they are available on our Archive pages. All of these resources are available for free within My Journey, so log in toFFA.org today to make your planning just a little easier.

Apply Now: National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent
Do you have an FFA member who excels in career development events and also has time to march in the school band? Or perhaps you know of a member who performs each year at your annual banquet? Encourage them to share their talents with other FFA members from across the country! National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent applications are now available on FFA.org. Band, chorus and talent are three groups that offer a unique opportunity for members to exhibit their musical talents in addition to their love for agriculture! Applications are due by Friday, July 10. Click here for more details.

FFA Alumni

2015 National FFA Alumni Development Conference
Registration is now open for the 2015 National FFA Alumni Development Conference! The conference will take place July 8-11th in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel. This year’s conference will feature unique tours and more than 20 workshops to choose from. This is one conference you do not want to miss! Register by May 15th to take advantage of the Early Bird discounted rate! Click here to register. #FFAadc15

CAST

Friday, April 24, 2015: Avian influenza sends chills through the poultry industry, GMO labeling law stalls, and some rats show their heroic side. Check in for more than 70 links that provide insights, opinions, and oddities in the world of agriculture.

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

Serving Rural America's Kids and Families
President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met with members of the National 4-H Community in the Oval Office to discuss projects addressing rural child poverty. Click here to read more.

 

 

 

 

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April 20, 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


May 19-22
AAAE National Conference
San Antonio, TX


June 21-24
NAAE Region II Leadership Conference
Rogers, AR


June 22-26
NAAE REgion VI Leadership Conference
Rehoboth Beach, DE


June 22-24
NAAE Region V Leadership Conference
Orlando, FL


June 23-25
NAAE Region IV Leadership Conference
Moline, IL


June 29-July 2
NAAE Region III Leadership Conference
Scottsbluff, NE


September 14-16
Western Region AAAE Conference
Corvallis, OR


September 24
National Teach Ag Day


October 1-3
North Central AAAE Conference
St. Paul, MN

Past Issues


April 13
April 6
March 30
March 23
March 16


Quote for the Week


"Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did."
-Newt Gingrich


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


Shortage of Ag Ed Teachers a Growing Concern (from Brownfield Today)
Across the U.S., there?s growing concern over the shortage of agricultural education teachers. Nebraska is one of the states facing that challenge.  Matt Kreifels, director of ag education for the Nebraska Department of Education, says more and more Nebraska schools want to add ag education and FFA programs. But he says there aren?t enough teachers to fill the need. ?Currently there are 15 schools that would love to add agricultural education to their program starting this next fall semester, if they can find teachers.  And that?s the constraint that we?re at,? says Kreifels. ?We?re seriously concerned that we will not have enough teachers to start those programs.  Or that we?ll lose teachers in other programs and not be able to fill those positions.?
To read the full article click here.


Purdue Creates Online 4-H Curricula on Timely Environmental Topics (from Purdue Newsroom)
The curricula - Soil and Water Science and Weather and Climate Science - will help students in grades 3-12 nationwide learn about the topics that are increasing in interest among the public, said Natalie Carroll, a Purdue Extension specialist and youth development and agricultural education professor who developed the programs. They also will serve as a resource for parents, educators and 4-H volunteers interested in teaching them. The curricula are presented in three education levels - Level 1, for grades 3-5; Level 2, for grades 6-8; and Level 3, for grades 9-12, with the material increasing in complexity according to education level. The Level 3 material in both curricula helps prepare high school students for topics they will study at a college level. Because the curricula are online, they offer more learning activities than what otherwise would be available in a printed manual. And instead of following a printed manual from the beginning to the end, participants can click on a topic of interest in the table of contents and go directly to it.
To learn more click here.


American Volunteer to be Named ?Sub-Chief? of West African Village (from AgriCorps)
On June 5, 2015, the community of Adarkwa, Ghana, will hold a traditional ceremony to honor John Romo as Nkosuohene, a sub-chief title part of the customary Akan chieftaincy. The Nkosuohene is the leader for progress and development of a community, and it is rare for a foreigner to be given the designation. The ceremony will be a colorful display of Akan heritage with flowing robes and centuries-old traditions. John Romo, of Weslaco, Texas, has been teaching agriculture and advising a 4-H Club at a junior high school in a small Ghanaian village since August. Romo, a 2012 graduate of Texas A&M University, is a member of the AgriCorps?a Peace-Corps type organization that connects American agriculture volunteers to agricultural education opportunities in developing countries.


?We understand that Sir John cannot stay with us forever,? explained an elder of Adarkwa, ?but we have felt his impact over the past few months, and we want to continue to feel his impact even if he is in America. As Nkosouhene, he will forever be part of our community.?


Romo is working in Adarkwa to establish a 4-H Club and enhance existing agricultural programs .To learn more click here.

CASE


CASE Institute Registration
It?s not too late to register for a CASE Institute! While several CASE Institutes are already full, many still have seats available. Secure your funding and register today for career changing professional development! For the complete schedule and to register for a CASE Institute, click here.

NAAE


NAAE Marketing Assistant Position
NAAE is seeking a full-time Marketing Assistant to help the National Teach Ag Campaign and CASE Programs. This position will be located at the NAAE Offices on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington, KY.  Click here for additional details about the position and to apply.


NAAE Virtual Book Club
The NAAE Virtual Book Club is a fun new way for agricultural educators to personalize their professional development. NAAE members can participate in the Virtual Book Club and earn up to 5 hours of professional development credit or CEU's. This summer, the NAAE Virtual Book Club will read Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess. Click here for more information and to register.


Are you interested in serving on the 2015 NAAE Awards Judging Committee?
Once again this year, NAAE will judge a majority of their awards virtually through these national judging committees.  Sign up to serve our ag ed profession by May 10th.  Click HERE to sign up!


NAAE Award Applications -- Apply by May 15th!
Applications for the 2015 NAAE Awards are now available online. To apply for an award, you will need to log in to the NAAE website. You must be a current, dues-paying NAAE member to apply. Click here for more information and to begin your application TODAY! Applications are due by May 15, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.


Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar -- New Teacher Onboarding Models
Monday, May 11th
4:00-4:45pm EDT
Presenters: Dr. Ann De Lay, Charity Keefaber, Beth Theobold
An important part of keeping agriculture teachers in the profession is starting them off on the right foot. Mentoring and new teacher programs are vital to early career success. Join this webinar to hear what two states are doing to address early career transition and mentoring.
Click here to register.


Hummert International Greenhouse Operations & Management Short Course
Hummert International is hosting its 20th Annual Greenhouse Operations & Management Short Course and is inviting YOU to attend. The short course will be held June 23-25, at their St. Louis, MO headquarters. Follow this link for more information and to register.


DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
DEKALB is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award.  For 68 years, this award has been presented to FFA students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic.  To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, Ag Educators should visitDEKALB.com/awards from now until May 1, 2015.


Any questions should be sent toDEKALB.AgAccomplishment@monsanto.com.


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA

Apply for a Living To Serve: Environmental Grant Today!
Chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support year-long projects that address local environmental needs.
Potential projects include: wildlife conservation, land preservation, bee health, recycling and composting. Go to www.FFA.org/envirograntsto apply today. Applications are due May 29, 2015. You may contact Kayla Lumpford-Mitchell at LTS@FFA.org with any questions.

 

FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge- Truckload of Protein Contest
Tyson, a proud sponsor of the Feeding Our World?Starting at Home hunger platform, will donate a truckload of protein to the state FFA association that has the highest percentage of chapters participate in the 2015 FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge. Chapters must submit their impacts at www.FFA.org/HEROES.


Apply Now: National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent
Do you have an FFA member who excels in career development events and also has time to march in the school band? Or perhaps you know of a member who performs each year at your annual banquet? Encourage them to share their talents with other FFA members from across the country! National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent applications are now available on www.FFA.org. Band, chorus and talent are three groups that offer a unique opportunity for members to exhibit their musical talents in addition to their love for agriculture! Applications are due by Friday, July 10. Click here for more details.

News to Use: Important Customer Invoice Change Coming Soon
Effective Aug. 1, Shop FFA customer invoices will be sent as merchandise is shipped as opposed to a single invoice being sent once all shipments for an order have been shipped.  If an order is shipped from multiple locations, an invoice will be sent for each shipment once that portion of the order has shipped and a shipment confirmation has been sent. In addition, if an order includes a backordered item, an invoice will also be sent once the backordered item is shipped. We do understand that some schools may not be able to issue payment until all invoices for the order have been received.  If you have any questions, contact billquestion@ffa.org.

National FFA Convention Workshop Applications Now Open
FFA is now seeking workshop presenters for the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo. Interested applicants can fill out the application here. Each workshop should fit into one of the following categories: premier leadership, personal growth, career success, hunger, service or advocacy. A three-to-five-minute video of the applicant presenting a workshop is required. Send electronic applications  toworkshop@ffa.org by  June 15.

FFA Alumni

2015 National FFA Alumni Development Conference
Registration is now open for the 2015 National FFA Alumni Development Conference! The conference will take place July 8-11th in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel. This year?s conference will feature unique tours and more than 20 workshops to choose from. This is one conference you do not want to miss! Register by May 15th to take advantage of the Early Bird discounted rate! Click here to register. #FFAadc15

CAST

Friday, April 17, 2015: The Borlaug CAST Communication Award winner is announced; Congress looks at trade, the Internet, estate taxes, and the RFS; and stinkbugs live up to their name. Check in for more than 70 links that provide insights, opinions, and oddities in the world of agriculture.

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

ACTE Image Awards
The ACTE Image Awards recognize groups and individuals from the education, business and industry communities that enhance career and technical education by contributing to the improvement, promotion, development and progress of CTE.

All nominations are due May 1 and are reviewed directly by the national ACTE Awards Committee. The Board of Directors approves of the selections in July. Click here for more information.

 

 

 

 

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April 13, 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


May 19-22
AAAE National Conference
San Antonio, TX


September 14-16
Western Region AAAE Conference
Corvallis, OR


September 24
National Teach Ag Day


October 1-3
North Central AAAE Conference
St. Paul, MN

Past Issues


April 6
March 30
March 23
March 16
March 9

Quote for the Week


"Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work."
-Booker T. Washington


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


Telling the Story of Agricultural Education
Agricultural Education has longed suffered from a public relations issue related to people having a strong concept of what the program is based on their past experiences and what the program used to be during their experience. If you have been in the profession very long you have no doubt held many conversations with students, parents, administrators and maybe even your own friends and family defending what agricultural education is today. It is important to continue telling your story and finding many avenues to inform the community about what agricultural education represents and how it is tied to the economic future of your community, state and nation. This week take a look at these three examples of colleagues telling today’s story of agricultural education through media coverage.


To see how Louisiana agricultural education is promoting their focus on STEM, Career Readiness and preparing students to be productive members of the state’s economy click here.


To see how programs in Texas are promoting that there is more to their program than livestock showing and judging click here


To see how students of agricultural education attending national Ag Day activities in Washington, DC  related what the program means to them and how it is preparing them for an exciting future working on one of the world’s greatest problems click here.


Fewer Teen Workers causing Great Concern Over Their Preparedness for the Future Workforce (from The Wall Street Journal Online)
Teenagers who work enjoy numerous benefits. As Ron Lieber argues in his new book, “The Opposite of Spoiled,” they learn how to appropriately handle bosses, co-workers, and money, and they might learn something about what they’re good at. Mr. Lieber’s message is timely, because working teenagers are rapidly disappearing. Data from the Current Population Survey show that the share of 16- to 19-year-olds who were neither working nor looking for work each March has risen around 15% since the late 1990s. Part of that is due to lower demand for their labor, but the trend was strong even before the 2008 economic crash. For teens and twentysomethings, skipping the labor market often results in permanently lower earnings.  To learn moreclick here.


How to Energize a Weak STEM Lesson (from middleweb.com)
It is important to remember that teaching STEM is more than just having science or math content embedded in to your lesson plan. When choosing lesson plans, remember that STEM lessons focus on the designed world. For example, we design solutions to lessen threats to life. We design solutions to minimize damage to the environment. We design things to ease the amount of work necessary to accomplish something. The world we live in has been shaped in many important ways by people who have engineered solutions, largely through technology, to meet needs. In a sense, then, STEM curriculum will focus on designing and creating. If the aspects of design and active problem solving it may explain why you are not seeing the student energy and achievement you had hoped to gain. To learn more click here.

CASE


CASE Institute Registration
It’s not too late to register for a CASE Institute! While several CASE Institutes are already full, many still have seats available. Secure your funding and register today for career changing professional development! For the complete schedule and to register for a CASE Institute, click here.

NAAE


NAAE Marketing Assistant Position
NAAE is seeking a full-time Marketing Assistant to help the National Teach Ag Campaign and CASE Programs. This position will be located at the NAAE Offices on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington, KY.  Click here for additional details about the position and to apply.


April News & Views
Get ready for NAAE awards season, meet some outstanding agriculture teachers, and find out what professional development opportunities are available to you this summer with this month's edition of News & Views!


NAAE Virtual Book Club
The NAAE Virtual Book Club is a fun new way for agricultural educators to personalize their professional development. NAAE members can participate in the Virtual Book Club and earn up to 5 hours of professional development credit or CEU's. This summer, the NAAE Virtual Book Club will read Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess. Click here for more information and to register.


Are you interested in serving on the 2015 NAAE Awards Judging Committee?
Once again this year, NAAE will judge a majority of their awards virtually through these national judging committees.  Sign up to serve our ag ed profession by May 10th.  Click HERE to sign up!


NAAE Award Applications -- Apply by May 15th!
Applications for the 2015 NAAE Awards are now available online. To apply for an award, you will need to log in to the NAAE website. You must be a current, dues-paying NAAE member to apply. Click here for more information and to begin your application TODAY! Applications are due by May 15, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.


Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar -- TODAY
Monday, April 13th
4:00-4:45pm EST
Topic:  Work/Life Balance
Presenters: Shari Lighthall, NY and Alissa Smith, NAAE
In this fast paced world we live in it's hard to balance it all. Agriculture teachers have an especially hard time balancing work and life. This webinar will focus on work/life balance professional development ideas for agriculture teachers. Please send questions ahead of time toethompson.naae@uky.edu.
Click here to register for the webinar.


Hummert International Greenhouse Operations & Management Short Course
Hummert International is hosting its 20th Annual Greenhouse Operations & Management Short Course and is inviting YOU to attend. The short course will be held June 23-25, at their St. Louis, MO headquarters. Follow this link for more information and to register.


DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
DEKALB is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award.  For 68 years, this award has been presented to FFA students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic.  To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, Ag Educators should visitDEKALB.com/awards from now until May 1, 2015.
Any questions should be sent toDEKALB.AgAccomplishment@monsanto.com.


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA

News to Use: Important Customer Invoice Change Coming Soon
Effective Aug. 1, Shop FFA customer invoices will be sent as merchandise is shipped as opposed to a single invoice being sent once all shipments for an order have been shipped.  If an order is shipped from multiple locations, an invoice will be sent for each shipment once that portion of the order has shipped and a shipment confirmation has been sent. In addition, if an order includes a backordered item, an invoice will also be sent once the backordered item is shipped. We do understand that some schools may not be able to issue payment until all invoices for the order have been received.  If you have any questions, contact billquestion@ffa.org.

National FFA Convention Workshop Applications Now Open
FFA is now seeking workshop presenters for the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo. Interested applicants can fill out the application here. Each workshop should fit into one of the following categories: premier leadership, personal growth, career success, hunger, service or advocacy. A three-to-five-minute video of the applicant presenting a workshop is required. Send electronic applications  toworkshop@ffa.org by  June 15.

FFA Alumni

2015 National FFA Alumni Development Conference
Registration is now open for the 2015 National FFA Alumni Development Conference! The conference will take place July 8-11th in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel. This year’s conference will feature unique tours and more than 20 workshops to choose from. This is one conference you do not want to miss! Register by May 15th to take advantage of the Early Bird discounted rate! Click here to register. #FFAadc15

CAST

Friday, April 10, 2015: Farmers learn a new “tech language” as they digitalize, a student reacts to two diverse GMO presentations, and a goat gets arrested for disorderly conduct. Check in for more than 70 links that provide insights, opinions, and oddities in the world of agriculture.

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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April 6, 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


May 19-22
AAAE National Conference
San Antonio, TX


September 14-16
Western Region AAAE Conference
Corvallis, OR


September 24
National Teach Ag Day


October 1-3
North Central AAAE Conference
St. Paul, MN


Past Issues


March 30
March 23
March 16
March 9
March 2

Quote for the Week


"A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work."
-Colin Powell


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 Council for Agricultural Education Holds Spring Board Meeting
The National Council for Agricultural Education held its Spring face to face meeting in Raleigh, NC March 30th through April 1st. Major outcomes and highlights of the meeting included the following:

  • Final approval of a definitive philosophy for SAE  in context of today’s SBAE environment, this document will be published publically and promoted very soon
  • Approval of the final draft of the revised AFNR Content Standards, this document will be published publically and promoted over the coming weeks.
  • Approval of the Council’s 2015-2016 Annual Budget and 2015 priorities for fundraising in SBAE
  • This was the final face to face meeting for Dr. Jim Flowers who has been serving on the Council Board of Directors since 2012, we are very grateful for Dr. Flowers service and contribution to our work as he represented ACTE
  • More details will be coming soon on all actions taken by the Board at this meeting. If you have questions or suggestion please contact The Council or one of your organization’s representatives directly. A full listing of current Board members can be found here.


Upcoming Webinars Available on “Safety In Agriculture for Youth” (SAY) Project
There will be two webinars scheduled in April and one webinar in May to help Agricultural Educators better understand the SAY Project. This project has been ongoing under a USDA NIFA grant involving many organizations and institutions with the purpose of increasing access and knowledge related to educational resources for youth agricultural safety. All educators are encouraged to participate in these webinars as time allows. The webinars will be recorded and available online if you cannot participate on the live date. More information on the webinars is available below:


What is the SAY National Clearinghouse?
Presenters: Dennis Murphy and Dave Hill
Thursday, April 9th at 11:00 AM (eastern)
Click here for more information


Safety Policies for School-based Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs
Presenter: Michael Pate
Friday, April 17th at 2:30 PM (eastern)
Click here for more information


Virtual Reality, A New Kind of Experiential Learning for Ag Safety
Presenters: LuAnn Phillips and Mark Purschwitz
Tuesday, May 19th at 2:00 PM (eastern)
Click here for more information

CASE


CASE Institute Registration
It’s not too late to register for a CASE Institute! While several CASE Institutes are already full, many still have seats available. Secure your funding and register today for career changing professional development! For the complete schedule and to register for a CASE Institute, click here.

NAAE


Are you interested in serving on the 2015 NAAE Awards Judging Committee?
Once again this year, NAAE will judge a majority of their awards virtually through these national judging committees.  Sign up to serve our ag ed profession by May 10th.  Click HERE to sign up!


NAAE Award Applications -- Apply by May 15th!
Applications for the 2015 NAAE Awards are now available online. To apply for an award, you will need to log in to the NAAE website. You must be a current, dues-paying NAAE member to apply. Click herefor more information and to begin your application TODAY! Applications are due by May 15, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.


Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar
Monday, April 13th
4:00-4:45pm EST
Topic:  Work/Life Balance
Presenters: Shari Lighthall, NY and Alissa Smith, NAAE
In this fast paced world we live in it's hard to balance it all. Agriculture teachers have an especially hard time balancing work and life. This webinar will focus on work/life balance professional development ideas for agriculture teachers. Please send questions ahead of time toethompson.naae@uky.edu.
Click here to register for the webinar.


Hummert International Greenhouse Operations & Management Short Course
Hummert International is hosting its 20th Annual Greenhouse Operations & Management Short Course and is inviting YOU to attend. The short course will be held June 23-25, at their St. Louis, MO headquarters. Follow this link for more information and to register.


DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
DEKALB is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award.  For 68 years, this award has been presented to FFA students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic.  To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, Ag Educators should visit DEKALB.com/awards from now until May 1, 2015.
Any questions should be sent toDEKALB.AgAccomplishment@monsanto.com.


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA

FFA Wants Your Feedback
The National FFA Organization is preparing a 2016-2020 strategic plan that will help us achieve the FFA vision of growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. During the planning phase, we are seeking input from all of our stakeholders to ensure we consider all of the critical facets of our organization. We have created a brief video explaining the strategic plan and a follow-up survey to collect your feedback. Please click here to see the video and take the survey. The survey will close at midnight on Thursday, April 9. Your responses are anonymous, and it will take you less than five minutes. Thank you for sharing your voice and helping us achieve our vision.

News to Use: Important Customer Invoice Change Coming Soon
Effective Aug. 1, Shop FFA customer invoices will be sent as merchandise is shipped as opposed to a single invoice being sent once all shipments for an order have been shipped.  If an order is shipped from multiple locations, an invoice will be sent for each shipment once that portion of the order has shipped and a shipment confirmation has been sent. In addition, if an order includes a backordered item, an invoice will also be sent once the backordered item is shipped. We do understand that some schools may not be able to issue payment until all invoices for the order have been received.  If you have any questions, contact billquestion@ffa.org.

Register Now: FFA.org Webinar
You’ve visited the new FFA.org, even signed up for an account…now what? Let national FFA staff walk you through the new website so you can get the most out of your online experience and access ready-to-use classroom and educator resources, including the new tool My Journey, that will take some of the stress off of lesson planning. Two webinars will be offered on April 8. Register for the 3-4 p.m. (EDT) webinar here and the 6-7 p.m. (EDT) here. Can’t make it? Each webinar will be recorded and archived for easy access. And be sure to stick around for the informative Q and A session at the end of each webinar.

Applications Open for National  Collegiate Agriculture Ambassadors
College students interested in being advocates for agriculture should apply for the National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador program. Ambassadors will serve from June through December with the first training in North Carolina in June. Applications are due April 10 and can be found on the ambassador page on FFA.org. Questions about the program or application can be sent to Ryan Amaral,ramaral@ffa.org, or Lindsey Calhoun, lcalhoun@ffa.org.

National FFA Convention Workshop Applications Now Open
FFA is now seeking workshop presenters for the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo. Interested applicants can fill out the application here. Each workshop should fit into one of the following categories: premier leadership, personal growth, career success, hunger, service or advocacy. A three-to-five-minute video of the applicant presenting a workshop is required. Send electronic applications  toworkshop@ffa.org by  June 15.

FFA Alumni

2015 National FFA Alumni Development Conference
Registration is now open for the 2015 National FFA Alumni Development Conference! The conference will take place July 8-11th in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel. This year’s conference will feature unique tours and more than 20 workshops to choose from. This is one conference you do not want to miss! Register by May 15th to take advantage of the Early Bird discounted rate! Click here to register. #FFAadc15

CAST

Friday, April 3, 2015: The California drought leads to historic water restrictions, and April Fools Day leads to odd food suggestions. Check in for more than 70 links that provide insights, opinions, and oddities in the world of agriculture.

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

2015 ACTE Excellence Award Winners
Meet the 2015 ACTE Excellence Award Winners, including Arizona agriculture teacher, Clyde McBride, the 2015 ACTE Teacher of the Year. Click here to see all the interviews.