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Monday Morning Monitor -- 8/10/15

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August 10, 2015


The National Council for Agricultural Education


To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.


The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

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National Teach Ag Day

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St. Paul, MN

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

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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
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.


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  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.


Achieve More on – Resume Generator
Introducing the FFA Resume Generator on 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,

“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,  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 to apply today or register for an informational webinar. Contact Kayla Lumpford-Mitchell 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 Click here to download the entry form.


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!