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August 31, 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


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


February 5 - 9, 2016
Southern Region AAAE Conference
San Antonio, TX


May 17-20, 2016
National AAAE Conference
Kansas City, MO

Past Issues


August 24
August 17
August 10
August 3
July 27

Quote for the Week


"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning."
-Brad Henry


MMM Submissions


To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Andrea Fristoe , NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

The Council


National Council for Agricultural Education Releases New Philosophies and Guiding Principles for Supervised Agricultural Experiences
Beginning in 2011, the National Council for Agricultural Education held a national summit and began work on determining what the driving forces were behind high quality experiential, work-based and project-based learning in agricultural education. This was a need brought on by what appeared to be a lower number of students being exposed to the SAE component of agricultural education through the local classroom. Over the course of four years, a national committee met and held discussions with the intent of renewing the profession’s commitment to SAE as an essential component of student learning that should be used with every student in school-based agricultural education. The committee proposed a set of philosophies and guiding principles to the NCAE Board of Directors, which was approved in March 2015. To learn more about the process, access the full report and a four-page infographic on the report click here.


Washington Ag Ed Teachers and Students Need Support Following Devastating Wildfires
Washington FFA's current theme is "Come Together." Now more than ever, they need the collaborative efforts of those that truly Live To Serve, as they work to provide relief for those who have been affected by the unimaginable devastation of the North Central Washington fires. Washington agriculture students have lost SAE projects -- both animals and crop production -- and at least one teacher has lost his home. In the Ag Family we value our people, our communities, and our land -- and while we do not know all of the needs at this time, Washington FFA has dedicated fundraising efforts to support their family and community needs as they arise. All proceeds will go to supporting those in agricultural education affected by the North Central Washington Fires. To support this effort click here.


Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators to Host SAE Symposium October 9-10; Event Open to All States Who Can Attend
The Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators and The Penn State University Center for Professional Personnel Development will host a symposium on SAE record keeping & FFA award applications entitled, Growing SAE Participation Through Education, October 9-10, 2015 in Harrisburg, PA. The event is open to educators from outside Pennsylvania who would like to make the trip. The symposium will be led by Dr. Roger D. Hanagriff, Agricultural Experience Tracker and Continuing Education Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University. Participants completing all case studies, successful reporting and who pass an assessment score will become certified AET records professionals. Each participant will be provided with class lessons for students, educational curriculum and SAE grading rubrics. Registration is due by September 15th. For more information, email PSU/PAAE SAE Specialist Carole Fay at cfay1212@gmail.com.


California Certified Organic Farmers to Offer SAE Grants
CCOF, a coalition of organic companies, is excited to favor 20 SAE grants that focus on organic agriculture.There are over 3,000 members of the coalition and they would be interested in working with local agricultural education programs as well. More information can be foundhere. If you have any questions, you can also reach out to Kelly Kaiser at the National FFA Foundation or Jessy Beckett Parr, CCOF Foundation Program Manager at jbeckett@ccof.org.
These grants are being offered as part of the National FFA SAE grant process. Applications go live on September 1st.

NAAE


Apply for 2015 XLR8 Program - Applications DUE TOMORROW!
The XLR8 program includes participation in an intensive professional development experience during the NAAE convention, recurring virtual learning experiences, and online collaboration using the NAAE professional learning community, Communities of Practice, as well as other social media tools.


All active NAAE members who are currently in their 7th to 15th year of teaching are eligible to apply. Each applicant must have been a NAAE member the three previous years while teaching agriculture. Click here for more information and to apply.


2015 Professional State Association Award Applicatons -- DUE TOMORROW!
NAAE will recognize state associations who have aggressively engaged in certain well-planned activities designed to serve the best interest of the members and the profession. Click here for more information and to apply.


National FFA Officer Candidate Webinar
Thursday, October 1
7:00pm-7:45pm EDT
College students running for National FFA Office are encouraged to attend this webinar, which will focus on the agriculture teacher shortage. Find out what the National Teach Ag Campaign is doing to address the shortage.
Click here to join the meeting on October 1st.


National Teach Ag Day Media Kit -- Now Available
Are you getting ready for your National Teach Ag Day celebration? Visit the Teach Ag website for information and media releases to use in your program to promote National Teach Ag Day.Click here to read the newly released press release about our host site, the American Farm Bureau Federation and the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.


Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar
Using Social Media to Promote Teaching Agriculture
September 9, 2015
4:00-4:45pm EDT
Presenters: Brandie Disberger, Kansas State University and Alan Green/Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign
Click here to register for the webinar.


Syngenta Grant Offers Free Vegetable Seed to All Eligible Applicants - Due Sept 15!
Syngenta's Grow More Vegetables Seed Grant Program is intended to encourage the establishment of gardens by schools and organizations across the United States. All eligible grant applicants will receive vegetable seed, while grant recipients receive seed plus supplies and a monetary award. Follow this link for more information.


Fulbright Distinguised Awards in Teaching Program
The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program provides funding for highly accomplished U.S. primary and secondary level educators to take part in an intensive professional development program for three to six months abroad. The application deadline is November 4, 2015. For more information, please follow this link.


TODAY Show Looking for Creative Teachers
The TODAY Show is looking to highlight the most creative teachers in America. Submit your applicaton today for a chance to be featured on the show.


Community of Practice Highlights

And don't forget to check out the Vets on Call antibiotics playlist, where veterinarians explain the importance of anitbiotics, on the front page of Communities of Practice! Stay updated on current antibiotic issues in animal science.

FFA

Updated Official FFA Manual Now Available
The latest edition of the English Official FFA Manual is now available on FFA.org. Visit here to access it. The print edition of the English version is available for purchase on Shop FFA. The Spanish version of the manual will be updated soon.

Judges Needed for National FFA Convention & Expo
If you or someone you know will be in Louisville, Ky., Oct 29-31 and are interested in volunteering on Wednesday, Oct. 28 and/or Thursday, Oct. 29, during the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo, see the opportunities and links below. Please know that we cannot reimburse for any travel or parking accommodations. Additionally, in an effort to maintain the integrity of the process, we try to avoid placing judges in areas where their state/school is represented. Additional details are available upon request.

Agriscience Fair Judges
Wednesday, Oct. 28, Noon - 6 p.m.
Link to register: https://register.FFA.org/event/43435
Contact: Jenna Genson, jgenson@ffa.org

National Chapter Judges
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Link to register: https://register.FFA.org/event/43435
Contact: Jenna Genson, jgenson@ffa.org

Proficiency Judges
Thursday, Oct. 29, Noon - 5 p.m.
Link to register: https://register.FFA.org/event/43435
Contact: Rebecca Carter, rcarter@ffa.org

Proficiency Room Hosts
Thursday, October 29, Noon - 5 p.m.
To volunteer, please contact Rebecca Carter, rcarter@ffa.org

Welcome to FFA Pulse!
We know you love FFA and now we've made it even easier to catch up on the latest and greatest with our new news site, FFA Pulse, a one-stop resource dedicated to FFA stories and more. Check it out!

CASE

Apply for a CASE Grant from DuPont Pioneer
For the third year in a row, DuPont Pioneer is offering grants to public and private schools and universities to assist with the implementation of CASE in the 2015-2016 school year. Teachers can apply for grants up to $5,000 for implementing the CASE program in their schools, including teacher training and classroom resources. Applications must include a brief description of the agriscience program at the school, other CASE certified teachers, and how this grant will impact agriscience education.  A letter of support from the district superintendent is also required.

To apply for a DuPont Pioneer Grant, complete the application here.

The deadline to apply for the DuPont Pioneer Grant is October 30, 2015. To request more information or if you have questions, please contact Community.GrantsProgram@pioneer.com.

CAST

Friday, August 28, 2015: Water issues and GMOs dominate the headlines, but tomato fights, mutton bustin’, and sunflower selfies also work into the news. 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

Best Practices and Innovations Conference 2015
Join ACTE for the premier event for CTE leaders at the Best Practices Conference September 23-25, in Glendale, Arizona. Click here for more information and to register.

 

 

 

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August 24, 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


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


February 5 - 9, 2016
Southern Region AAAE Conference
San Antonio, TX


May 17-20, 2016
National AAAE Conference
Kansas City, MO

Past Issues


August 17
August 10
August 3
July 27
July 20

Quote for the Week


"Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges."
-Joyce Meyer


MMM Submissions


To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Andrea Fristoe , NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

The Council


California Certified Organic Farmers to Offer SAE Grants
CCOF, a coalition of organic companies, is excited to favor 20 SAE grants that focus on organic agriculture. There are over 3,000 members of the coalition and they would be interested in working with local agricultural education programs as well. More information can be found here. If you have any questions you can also reach out to Kelly Kaiser at the National FFA Foundation or Jessy Beckett Parr, CCOF Foundation Program Manager.


These grants are being offered as part of the National FFA SAE grant process. Applications go live on September 1st.


Students Start Small and Grow Ag Careers (from The Batesville Herald Tribune)
Seventeen Batesville High School students enrolled in a FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience this summer, according to educator Cassie Wallpe. The summer SAE program gives students an opportunity to explore specific areas of the agriculture career field. Each summer, students who have at least one year of agricultural education get to apply what they’ve learned to real-life situations. Normally, participants set up their own business, work for an employer, or do a combination of both. They can also be involved in research and experimentation. To learn more click here.


Projects Emphasize Open-Source Technology and Data for Agriculture (from about.com)
Around the world, young people are turning to farming and the food sector as viable career options. However, the next generation of food system leaders often lack access to the latest data and technologies that are vital to the success of farm businesses. Projects such as Open Ag Toolkit (OpenATK), a new platform for managing agricultural tasks, and FarmBot, an open-source community for small-scale precision farming, are working to democratize innovations in agriculture by improving data transfer and small-scale technologies through open-source models. To learn more click here.


CTE and Competency Education: A Natural Fit (from CTE Policy Watch)
CTE and competency-based education, while a natural fit, are in danger of being siloed if states and districts do not take care to integrate them in approaches to college and career readiness. A new paper from Achieve and National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium identifies several strategies that can help states and districts better integrate CTE and competency-based pathways (CBP), which the publication defines as incorporating demonstrated mastery; explicit, measurable and transferable learning objectives; meaningful assessment; and rapid and individualized student support. Building a Strong Relationship Between Competency-based Pathways and Career Technical Education outlines several “leverage points” where CTE and CBP meet. To learn more click here.

FFA


Convention and Expo Registration Now Open
It's live! FFA advisors, don't delay...visit the registration page onFFA.org/convention to get your seats for opening session, concerts, hypnotist shows and more.


Welcome to FFA Pulse!
We know you love FFA and now we've made it even easier to catch up on the latest and greatest with our new news site, FFA Pulse, a one-stop resource dedicated to FFA stories and more. Check it out!


Start Off the School Year with My Journey
It’s a new school year, and we have what you need to make it successful! My Journey content has been recently updated with great tips, lesson plans and open resources available for free.  Need a lesson to help students discover their core values and personal brand or activities to make your students aware of current issues in agriculture, like the use of drones?  Then look for these lessons and more on the Explore page! What about a math strategy that can be used with any lesson or activities to help recruit students into FFA? Take a look at these activities on the Build page! Need a lesson to help your students understand the agriculture pathways or an activity to increase their skills as agriculture advocates? Check out these lessons and more on the Connect page! And don’t worry about missing anything; content is saved on our Archive pages! What are you waiting for?  Log in today to make your planning just a little easier.


Achieve More on FFa.org – Resume Generator
Introducing the FFA Resume Generator on FFA.org. While there are numerous resume generators and builders available, there is not another tool quite like the FFA Resume Generator. Students no longer have to guess what should be on their resumes or how to arrange the information in an attractive, efficient way. It guides users through the process of creating a resume, step-by-step. The Resume Generator helps users focus on their strengths and describe their experiences and skills, and it then turns this information into polished resumes. Information is saved so that students can return to the generator to add new experiences as needed. It can be accessed through the Build webpage of My Journey or directly here,https://resumegenerator.ffa.org.

NAAE


Apply for 2015 XLR8 Program - Applications Due September 1
The XLR8 program includes participation in an intensive professional development experience during the NAAE convention, recurring virtual learning experiences, and online collaboration using the NAAE professional learning community, Communities of Practice, as well as other social media tools.


All active NAAE members who are currently in their 7th to 15th year of teaching are eligible to apply. Each applicant must have been a NAAE member the three previous years while teaching agriculture. Click here for more information and to apply.


2015 Professional State Association Award Applicatons -- Due September 1st
NAAE will recognize state associations who have aggressively engaged in certain well-planned activities designed to serve the best interest of the members and the profession. Click here for more information and to apply.


National Teach Ag Day Media Kit -- Now Available
Are you getting ready for your National Teach Ag Day celebration? Visit the Teach Ag website for information and media releases to use in your program to promote National Teach Ag Day.


Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar
Using Social Media to Promote Teaching Agriculture
September 9, 2015
4:00-4:45pm EDT
Presenters: Brandie Disberger, Kansas State University and Alan Green/Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign
Click here to register for the webinar.


Syngenta Grant Offers Free Vegetable Seed to All Eligible Applicants - Due Sept 15!
Syngenta's Grow More Vegetables Seed Grant Program is intended to encourage the establishment of gardens by schools and organizations across the United States. All eligible grant applicants will receive vegetable seed, while grant recipients receive seed plus supplies and a monetary award. Follow this link for more information.

Fulbright Distinguised Awards in Teaching Program

The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program provides funding for highly accomplished U.S. primary and secondary level educators to take part in an intensive professional development program for three to six months abroad. The application deadline is November 4, 2015. For more information, please follow this link.


Community of Practice Highlights


And don't forget to check out the Vets on Call antibiotics playlist, where veterinarians explain the importance of anitbiotics, on the front page of Communities of Practice! Stay updated on current antibiotic issues in animal science.

CASE

CASE Agricultural Power and Technology Institutes
CASE hosted three Agricultural Power and Technology (APT) Institutes during June and July. Over 40 participants attended the two-week trainings held across the Midwest at Tennessee State University, University of Missouri, and Kansas State University. All attending teachers completed the institute and received APT certification. Certified teachers will field test the curriculum during this coming school year. CASE staff will use the teachers’ feedback to revise the course for full publication next spring.

APT is a new CASE course generously sponsored by John Deere,Firestone, and TransCanada, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. This foundation course provides high school students with basic technical skills and scientific applications in agricultural mechanics. Topics in the course include tool operation, shop safety, material science, project planning, energy, agricultural machines and structures. Physical science principles, mathematical applications, and the engineering design process are interwoven throughout the course. Students are actively involved during the course with hands-on activities, projects, and problems introducing them to all aspects of agricultural mechanics from surveying to machine calibration.

A special thanks to the all APT Lead Teachers, host sites, and university personnel that made the Agricultural Power and Technology field-test a success. CASE will be announcing APT Institute locations for summer of 2016 later this fall. Check the website atwww.case4learning.org for the most recent information.

CAST

Friday, August 21, 2015: A Drinkable Book? Fires, legislation, and education resources—plus a video of the luckiest seal in the world as it escapes the jaws of death. 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 CareerTech VISION 2015 Career Pavilion
ACTE invites you to visit the Career Pavilion, which will be held November 19 and 20 in New Orleans during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2015. Career Pavilion is about ideas and resources to help you inspire your students about their future career path. It’s also a venue designed to spur discussion and action to address the gaps that exist between education and the workplace. Click here for more information about the Career Pavilion.

 

 

 


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August 10, 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


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


February 5 - 9, 2016
Southern Region AAAE Conference
San Antonio, TX


May 17-20, 2016
National AAAE Conference
Kansas City, MO

Past Issues


August 10
August 3
July 27
July 20
July 13

Quote for the Week


"The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts."
-C. S. Lewis


MMM Submissions


To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Andrea Fristoe , NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

The Council


AgEdNet.com Matches Materials to Revised National AFNR Career Cluster Standards
AgEdNet.com, a Stewart-Peterson company, is an online agriculture curriculum featuring almost 1,300 lessons, lesson extras and daily news for the agricultural education classroom. Each subscription is a site license, good for all teachers and students at the subscribing school. Since the release of newly revised National AFNR Standards, they have gone through the painstaking work of matching and aligning all their offerings with new standards. This will allow subscribers to demonstrate how their curriculums are developing students in the AFNR standards, as well as other national standards such as the Common Career Technical Core, Common Core ELA, Common Core Math, and the Next Generation Science Standards. To learn more about AgEdNet.com and their offerings click here.


New Approach to Farm Transition Planning (from Morning Ag Clips)
Ag Transition Partners, a group of educators and agricultural consultants, is launching a new, no-cost farm transition planning project that includes webinars, on-site or virtual coaching and action plan templates. American Agri-Women, the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agri-business women, is supporting the project. According to some studies, an estimated 70% of farms and farmland will transition ownership in the next 20 years and fewer than 50% of farmers have estate plans; less than 70% have named successors; and less than 11% have farm business transition plans in place. Those interested can learn more about the process by signing up for this webinar, which will be held at noon central time on August 18: “Farm Transition: Planning for Success I – Getting Started.” To learn more click here.


Data Driven: CTE Students Pursue Postsecondary Education(from ACTE)
National-level data on U.S. students’ secondary-to-postsecondary transitions shows that the majority of students who have completed a CTE concentration in high school (by earning 2-3 or more credits in the same CTE program area) moved on to postsecondary education shortly after high school. This illustrates that CTE is not a pathway into the workforce only, but prepares students for both college and career. This data point can be particularly useful when communicating with a policymaker or industry leader who has outdated notions about CTE discouraging students from pursuing higher education. To find more fact sheets that are useful in helping policy makers better understand the importance of CTE click here.

NAAE


August News & Views
National Teach Ag Day is quickly approaching! Get ideas on how you can participate in this year's celebration. Also, check out the recently-released NAAE award recipients and updated NAAE Convention information. Click here to read this month's edition of News & Views!


Zoetis Named 2016 ACTE Business of the Year
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and its Board of Directors have announced global animal health company Zoetis as the 2016 ACTE Business of the Year. The ACTE Business of the Year award celebrates businesses and organizations that have demonstrated their commitment to career and technical education (CTE) through their partnership and continuous support of CTE professionals. Congratulations Zoetis! Click here for the full press release.


Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar -- Join Us Wednesday!
Teach Ag VIP Campus Day
August 19, 2015
3:45-4:45pm EDT
Presenters: Dr. Amy Smith, University of Minnesota and Dr. Allen Talbert, Purdue University
Click here to register by August 18th.


Apply for 2015 XLR8 Program - Applications Due September 1
The XLR8 program includes participation in an intensive professional development experience during the NAAE convention, recurring virtual learning experiences, and online collaboration using the NAAE professional learning community, Communities of Practice, as well as other social media tools.
All active NAAE members who are currently in their 7th to 15th year of teaching are eligible to apply. Each applicant must have been a NAAE member the three previous years while teaching agriculture. Click here for more information and to apply.


2015 Professional State Association Award Applicatons -- Due September 1st
NAAE will recognize state associations who have aggressively engaged in certain well-planned activities designed to serve the best interest of the members and the profession. Click here for more information and to apply.


Syngenta Grant Offers Free Vegetable Seed to All Eligible Applicants - Due Sept 15!
Syngenta's Grow More Vegetables Seed Grant Program is intended to encourage the establishment of gardens by schools and organizations across the United States. All eligible grant applicants will receive vegetable seed, while grant recipients receive seed plus supplies and a monetary award. Follow this link for more information.


Fulbright Distinguised Awards in Teaching Program
The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program provides funding for highly accomplished U.S. primary and secondary level educators to take part in an intensive professional development program for three to six months abroad. The application deadline is November 4, 2015. For more information, please follow this link.


Community of Practice Highlights

And don't forget to check out the Vets on Call antibiotics playlist, where veterinarians explain the importance of anitbiotics, on the front page of Communities of Practice! Stay updated on current antibiotic issues in animal science.

FFA

Start Off the School Year with My Journey
It’s a new school year, and we have what you need to make it successful! My Journey content has been recently updated with great tips, lesson plans and open resources available for free.  Need a lesson to help students discover their core values and personal brand or activities to make your students aware of current issues in agriculture, like the use of drones?  Then look for these lessons and more on the Explore page! What about a math strategy that can be used with any lesson or activities to help recruit students into FFA? Take a look at these activities on the Build page! Need a lesson to help your students understand the agriculture pathways or an activity to increase their skills as agriculture advocates? Check out these lessons and more on the Connect page! And don’t worry about missing anything; content is saved on our Archive pages! What are you waiting for? Log in today to make your planning just a little easier.

Achieve More on FFa.org – Resume Generator
Introducing the FFA Resume Generator on FFA.org. While there are numerous resume generators and builders available, there is not another tool quite like the FFA Resume Generator. Students no longer have to guess what should be on their resumes or how to arrange the information in an attractive, efficient way. It guides users through the process of creating a resume, step-by-step. The Resume Generator helps users focus on their strengths and describe their experiences and skills, and it then turns this information into polished resumes. Information is saved so that students can return to the generator to add new experiences as needed. It can be accessed through the Build webpage of My Journey or directly here,https://resumegenerator.ffa.org.

“FFA Today” on RURAL RADIO Is Moving to a New Channel
Note to all “FFA Today” listeners: RURAL RADIO is moving to Channel 147 on the SiriusXM channel lineup starting Thursday, Aug. 13. “FFA Today” airs Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. ET and Sundays at 6:30 p.m. ET, featuring stories about FFA members, advisors and supporters from across the country.

Here’s how to change your preset channel on SiriusXM:
Step 1: Set your radio source to "satellite" and tune to our current channel – RURAL RADIO Channel 80.
Step 2: Press and hold the "memory" button to save the location.
Step 3: Wait to receive a confirmation message on the radio display and via audio.
Step 4: When the RURAL RADIO channel migrates to Channel 147, your preset will automatically be updated.

If you are not able to catch “FFA Today” when it airs on RURAL RADIO SiriusXM Channel 147, click here to listen to previous interviews.

CASE

CASE Agricultural Research and Development Field Test
Eighteen teachers from across the U.S. gathered in New Jersey to begin the process of field testing the CASE Agricultural Research and Development (ARD) curriculum, also known as the capstone course.

Although the course looks shorter than the typical CASE course (less than 50 Activities, Projects, and Problems), the rigor and relevance is strong for students. The five-day institute included a tour of FMC Agricultural Solutions and hands-on, minds-on experiential learning for teachers planning to implement the course in their classrooms this fall. Students will complete an extensive agricultural research and development process which culminates their previous CASE experiences. Students will explore and develop personal strengths, develop and practice research skills used in the problem-solving process, and communicate their results in various formats, including a social activism component.

Participants had many ideas about directions their students may take these research projects, but all felt sure that their students will be empowered to effect incremental improvements in producing more quality food, fiber, and fuel for the world. A few participants will also be implementing the course as a self-paced, independent study curriculum to allow students more options in their programs.

For more information regarding the Agricultural Research and Development (ARD) curriculum please see this link. This ARD capstone course was graciously sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

CAST

Friday, August 14, 2015: An orange river runs through it, as environmental disaster hits the southwest. GMO news continues to proliferate, and an eagle takes down a drone. 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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August 10, 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


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


August 3
July 27
July 20
July 13
July 6

Quote for the Week


"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning."
Brad Henry


MMM Submissions


To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Andrea Fristoe , NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

The Council


ACTE Kicks Off Research Project on High-quality CTE (from ACTE Online)
ACTE today released Defining High-quality CTE: Contemporary Perspectives on CTE Quality, the first publication in a multi-phase research project that seeks to identify and share best practices in high-quality CTE. “High-quality career and technical education” has become a national catchphrase — in use by policymakers, practitioners and a wide variety of influential education and workforce development stakeholders. But what is high-quality CTE? To help synthesize the myriad voices that are a part of the dialogue on high-quality CTE, ACTE is embarking on a multi-step project to identify a comprehensive, research-based quality CTE program of study framework, test the framework and integrate it into our efforts to recognize and disseminate information on best practices within CTE. To learn more click here.


Before You Lead That STEM Lesson… (from middleweb.com)
The new school year is on the horizon, and you’re going to be caught up in the whirlwind of preparation that precedes this year’s classroom adventures. As you get ready to engage students in exciting STEM lessons, be sure to keep these five STEM lesson principles upfront and personal. To learn more click here.


How will Technology Change Farming? (from Grist)
Farmers are looking for information to help them grow more with fewer resources and less environmental impact. The “Internet of Things” — in the form of cheap sensors to measure water and soil composition — could help them do that. You’d have to work hard to make a breakthrough improvement on the smartphone at this point. But it’s a lot easier to improve farms, since farmers are still using distinctly analog methods to understand what’s going on in their fields — like burying blocks of gypsum in the ground to measure their soil moisture. To learn more click here.


9 Mistakes New Teachers Make (from Education Week)
Cristie Watson (@CristieWatson) is a National Board Certified teacher and member of the CTQ Collaboratory. She teaches 6th grade English language arts and social studies at Gravelly Hill Middle School in Efland, N.C. After 15 years of teaching she is sharing nine common mistakes she thinks that new teachers make. As we begin a new school year all new teachers should take a look at her list. To learn more click here.

NAAE


2015 Ford Grant Challenge Recipients Announced
Each year, Ford awards one agricultural education program in each of NAAE's six regions with a $3,000 grant they can use to buy materials, offset travel expenses, and supplement resources that will enhance their leadership development activities. Recipients are selected based on participation in the FFA Ford scholarship application. Click here to see this year's recipients.


Apply for 2015 XLR8 Program - Applications Due September 1
The XLR8 program includes participation in an intensive professional development experience during the NAAE convention, recurring virtual learning experiences, and online collaboration using the NAAE professional learning community, Communities of Practice, as well as other social media tools.


All active NAAE members who are currently in their 7th to 15th year of teaching are eligible to apply. Each applicant must have been a NAAE member the three previous years while teaching agriculture. Click here for more information and to apply.


Young Workers in Agriculture – Free Safety Webinars!
The Grain Handling Safety Coalition is about more than just grain safety. The coalition has filled an educational need by developing “Stand T.A.L.L.” – instructional materials to empower youth working in agriculture.


Two free webinars will introduce Stand T.A.L.L. and explain how the curriculum can be used to empower young workers. The webinars will also explain how the materials can be used to educate parents, employers and community members.


At the end of the second webinar, participants will be given a link providing access to Stand T.A.L.L. instructional materials at no cost. To register for the webinars, go to http://www.agrisafe.org/calendar  and click “Current & Upcoming Events.”


These webinars are sponsored by AgriSafe Network, Carle Hospital, and the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety.


Fulbright Distinguised Awards in Teaching Program
The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program provides funding for highly accomplished U.S. primary and secondary level educators to take part in an intensive professional development program for three to six months abroad. The application deadline is November 4, 2015. For more information, please follow this link.


2015 Professional State Association Award Applicatons -- Due September 1st
NAAE will recognize state associations who have aggressively engaged in certain well-planned activities designed to serve the best interest of the members and the profession. Click here for more information and to apply.


Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar
Teach Ag VIP Campus Day
August 19, 2015
3:45-4:45pm EDT
Presenters: Dr. Amy Smith, University of Minnesota and Dr. Allen Talbert, Purdue University
Click here to register by August 18th.


Community of Practice Highlights


And don't forget to check out the Vets on Call antibiotics playlist, where veterinarians explain the importance of anitbiotics, on the front page of Communities of Practice! Stay updated on current antibiotic issues in animal science.

FFA


Achieve More on FFa.org – Resume Generator
Introducing the FFA Resume Generator on FFA.org. While there are numerous resume generators and builders available, there is not another tool quite like the FFA Resume Generator. Students no longer have to guess what should be on their resumes or how to arrange the information in an attractive, efficient way. It guides users through the process of creating a resume, step by step. The Resume Generator helps users focus on their strengths and describe their experiences and skills, and it then turns this information into polished resumes. Information is saved so that students can return to the generator to add new experiences as needed. It can be accessed through the Build webpage of My Journey or directly here,https://resumegenerator.ffa.org.


“FFA Today” on RURAL RADIO Is Moving to a New Channel
Note to all “FFA Today” listeners: RURAL RADIO is moving to Channel 147 on the SiriusXM channel lineup starting Thursday, Aug. 13. “FFA Today” airs Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. ET and Sundays at 6:30 p.m. ET, featuring stories about FFA members, advisors and supporters from across the country.


Here’s how to change your preset channel on SiriusXM:
Step 1: Set your radio source to "satellite" and tune to our current channel – RURAL RADIO Channel 80.
Step 2: Press and hold the "memory" button to save the location.
Step 3: Wait to receive a confirmation message on the radio display and via audio.
Step 4: When the RURAL RADIO channel migrates to Channel 147, your preset will automatically be updated.


If you are not able to catch “FFA Today” when it airs on RURAL RADIO SiriusXM Channel 147, click here to listen to previous interviews.


Apply Now: Grants for Growing
Agriculture advisors in Indiana, South Carolina and Utah: Win a @TractorSupply grant worth $500 or more.  Apply here, www.ffa.org/tscgrantsforgrowing.  Grants are competitive so be sure to sign up today. The deadline is Aug. 21.


DEADLINE EXTENDED! Living to Serve: Natural Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Grant
Middle school, high school and collegiate FFA chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to develop a year long service-learning project to respond to environmental needs resulting from a natural disaster or to explore the needs of their school/community to be prepared for natural disasters. Applications are due Thursday, August 13, 2015.


Potential project ideas include, but are not limited to:

  • Testing water and soil quality after flooding and report impacts
  • Documenting erosion and plant vegetation to stop or slow down its progression
  • Reestablishing wildlife habitats ruined by a natural disaster
  • Wetland restoration
  • Holding mock drills (ex. Tornado)
  • Creating emergency preparedness kits for community members
  • Working with community members to create emergency plans


Visit www.FFA.org/envirogrants to apply today or register for an informational webinar. Contact Kayla Lumpford-Mitchell atLTS@ffa.org with any questions.

Enjoy a Scoop of Fresh Frozen Custard for a $1 Donation on Aug. 11, 2015; Proceeds Benefit FFA and Local Agriculture Organizations
Custard lovers looking to satisfy their sweet tooth for a good cause can stop by participating Culver’s restaurants on Aug. 11, 2015, also known as Scoops of Thanks Day. In exchange for a $1 donation, they’ll enjoy a single scoop of Fresh Frozen Custard, while supplies last.  Proceeds raised from the event will benefit local or state FFA chapters or other agricultural organizations selected by each restaurant.

Scoops of Thanks Day is part of the Culver’s Thank You Farmers program, an initiative that recognizes all farmers for their hard work and dedication in growing and producing the wholesome food that feeds our nation. To date, the program has raised over a half million dollars in support of the National FFA Organization and Foundation, local FFA chapters and a variety of local agricultural organizations. To learn more about the Thank You Farmers program and how to get involved, click here.

FFA Alumni

Convention State Baskets
Once again state baskets will be coming to convention. Make plans now to have the most popular and interesting basket to represent your state and all it has to offer. The baskets will be sold in a silent auction. Final results will be announced at the Alumni Benefit Auction Thursday, October 29, 2015 of convention. Make sure your state is well represented as the competition is always at a high level. Please contact the Alumni association before September 1 to insure your spot in the contest. Email Jada Buchanan at jbuchanan@ffa.org. Click here to download the entry form.

ACTE

ACTE Microdocs
The Association for Career and Technical Education is pleased to announce an exciting new venture to tell the story of how career and technical education is changing the lives of educators and students. Microdocs is a series of microdocumentaries that focus on CTE. So far, four microdocumentaries have been released and can be found here.

ACTE has also released fact sheets about the different areas in CTE, to go along with this project, including agriculture, food and natural resources. Follow this link to view all of the fact sheets.

Interested in making a contribution to help with the funding of more microdocs? Follow this link for more information and make a donation today!

 

 

 

 

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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


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


July 27
July 20
July 13
July 6
June 29

Quote for the Week


"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
-Maya Angelou


MMM Submissions


To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Andrea Fristoe , NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

The Council


Survey: Most Profs Find HS Grads Unready for College or Work(from Campus Technology)
Neither university faculty nor employers believe that American public high schools are preparing students for the expectations they'll face in college and career. In fact, compared to 2004, the assessment is even more dismal. More than a decade ago, for example, only 28 percent of college instructors stated that schools were doing an adequate job of readying students for what came next after high school. That count is down to 14 percent in 2015. Among employers, 49 percent in 2004 said that schools were adequately preparing students for what they would need for work; in 2015, the count was 29 percent. Those findings came out of a recent set of surveys sponsored by Achieve, a national not-for-profit focused on education reform and consisting of state governors and business leaders that led the push for such developments as the PARCC consortium and the Next Generation Science Standards. To learn more click here.


Study: Few Science Museums Use Word 'Agriculture' to Teach(from USAgNet)
Walk into a science museum and you're not likely to find the word "agriculture," even though many exhibits relate to agricultural content or practices. Katie Stofer found this gap when she surveyed 29 science museums in cities of all sizes across the U.S., and her findings are published in a new study in the journal Science Education and Civic Engagement. The study showed none of the facilities included the word "agriculture" in an exhibit title or description. Stofer categorized 45 percent of the 316 exhibits as at least "probably" agriculture-related, based on exhibit titles and descriptions. To learn more click here.


How a Former Marketing Manager Ended Up Farming for Those in Need (from takepart.com)
Chip Paillex makes running nearly 300 acres of farmland sound easy. He’s the head of America’s Grow-a-Row, an organization with a simple mission: Grow food for those in need. But a simple mission doesn’t mean Paillex relaxes in a hammock all day watching the crops grow. The secret to his success as a benevolent entrepreneur is hard work. To learn more about the farm’s mission and how it got started click here.


Pork Education Center Opens to Public in Indiana (from AgriNews)
Fair Oaks farms in northwest Indiana has opened a new educational center to educate the public about modern pork production in a transparent way, much the same as it has done for Dairy production since opening its visitor center years ago. To learn more about the facility and its mission click here.

NAAE


2015 Award Winners Announced!
Congratulations to all of the 2015 NAAE award winners. All award winners will be recognized at the 2015 NAAE Convention in New Orleans, LA. Click here to see who was selected.


Apply for 2015 XLR8 Program - Applications Due September 1
The XLR8 program includes participation in an intensive professional development experience during the NAAE convention, recurring virtual learning experiences, and online collaboration using the NAAE professional learning community, Communities of Practice, as well as other social media tools.
All active NAAE members who are currently in their 7th to 15th year of teaching are eligible to apply. Each applicant must have been a NAAE member the three previous years while teaching agriculture. Click here for more information and to apply.


Fulbright Distinguised Awards in Teaching Program
The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program provides funding for highly accomplished U.S. primary and secondary level educators to take part in an intensive professional development program for three to six months abroad. The application deadline is November 4, 2015. For more information, please follow this link.


2015 Professional State Association Award Applicatons -- Due September 1st
NAAE will recognize state associations who have aggressively engaged in certain well-planned activities designed to serve the best interest of the members and the profession. Click here for more information and to apply.


Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar
Teach Ag VIP Campus Day
August 19, 2015
3:45-4:45pm EDT
Presenters: Dr. Amy Smith, University of Minnesota and Dr. Allen Talbert, Purdue University
Click here to register by August 18th.


Community of Practice Highlights

And don't forget to check out the Vets on Call antibiotics playlist, where veterinarians explain the importance of anitbiotics, on the front page of Communities of Practice! Stay updated on current antibiotic issues in animal science.

FFA

Enjoy a Scoop of Fresh Frozen Custard for a $1 Donation on Aug. 11, 2015 -- Proceeds Benefit FFA and Local Agriculture Organizations
Custard lovers looking to satisfy their sweet tooth for a good cause can stop by participating Culver’s restaurants on Aug. 11, 2015, also known as Scoops of Thanks Day. In exchange for a $1 donation, they’ll enjoy a single scoop of Fresh Frozen Custard, while supplies last.  Proceeds raised from the event will benefit local or state FFA chapters or other agricultural organizations selected by each restaurant.

Scoops of Thanks Day is part of the Culver’s Thank You Farmers program, an initiative that recognizes all farmers for their hard work and dedication in growing and producing the wholesome food that feeds our nation. To date, the program has raised over a half million dollars in support of the National FFA Organization and Foundation, local FFA chapters and a variety of local agricultural organizations. To learn more about the Thank You Farmers program and how to get involved, click here.

Meet the 2015 American Star Awards Finalists
The American Star Awards represent the best of the best among thousands of American FFA Degree recipients. Click here to see the 16 finalists who will compete for the organization’s highest honors.

Apply Now: Grants for Growing
Agriculture advisors in Indiana, South Carolina and Utah: Win an @TractorSupply grant worth $500 or more.  Apply here, www.ffa.org/tscgrantsforgrowing.  Grants are competitive so be sure to sign up today. The deadline is Aug. 21.

CAST

Friday, July 31, 2015: The latest scoop on bees, some “Far Side” news, and a brief recap of previous Borlaug CAST Communication Award winners. 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

Best Practices and Innovations Conference 2015
Attend the premiere event for CTE leaders, September 23-25, 2015 in Phoenix, AZ. Click here for more information and to register.

College and Career Ready Infographic
ACTE has just released a new infographic detailing how CTE programs prepare students for college and careers. Click here to view the infographic.