Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 10/12/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Oct 12, 2015
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October 12, 2015


The National Council for Agricultural Education


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


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

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

Upcoming Events

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

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

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Quote for the Week

"If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride - and never quit, you'll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards."
-Paul Bryant

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The Council

Local New Jersey Agriculture Program Expands Through Grant from Monsanto (from
Salem County Vocational School has received a $10,000 grant from America's Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.The district will use the money to create hands-on learning opportunities with new laptops, laboratory equipment and new supplies for agricultural science courses. To read more click here.

Visit to see the full list of winners for this year. A sister program, America's Farmers Grow Communities, is currently enrolling farmers for 2016. To sign up, visit before Nov. 30.

Chief State School Officers Announces State Action to Advance Career Pathways
Seventeen states are committing to reset career education by adding rigor and value to programs preparing high school graduates for high-skilled, high-demand jobs. Using economic development data and partnerships with community employers, these states will design more rigorous career pathways that span secondary and postsecondary levels, culminating in credentials for students. The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is facilitating this work, which pursues recommendations made in Opportunities and Options, a report of CCSSO's Career Readiness Task Force. The 17 states are California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Wyoming. To learn more click here.

High School Agriculture Program Returns to Idaho County After 40 years (from The Capital Press)
Prior to the start of his senior year, Ty Barnard figured it was time to do something about the lack of agricultural curriculum and an FFA chapter within Bonneville County. Barnard approached the principal of Technical Careers High School, who shared his sentiments, and together, they made an appeal to the school board and the school district’s superintendent. It appears they were onto something. In the school’s first semester of offering agricultural classes, several students have enrolled from nearby Bonneville and Hillcrest high schools, and there’s talk of adding a second instructor. To read moreclick here.


#SpeakAg Challenge Teacher Incentive
Agriculture teachers/FFA advisors play an integral role in empowering students to advocate for agriculture and FFA. The #SpeakAg Challenge is often promoted in the classroom, and we want to provide incentive for agriculture teachers/FFA advisors to use #SpeakAg as a catalyst to teach skills in agricultural advocacy.

One teacher and FFA advisor from each national FFA region will be awarded a $1,000 unrestricted grant upon completion of the #SpeakAg Challenge in October. To find out more about how you can enter, click here.

Habitudes: Telling Our Story to be Released at 2015 National FFA Convention & Expo
The National FFA Organization has partnered with Dr. Tim Elmore and the Growing Leaders Organization to develop a custom resource for agricultural education and FFA focusing on agricultural advocacy.Habitudes: Telling Our Story will focus on building skills in advocacy including communication, relationship building and credibility.

This resource will make its debut at the 2015 National FFA Convention & Expo in the FFA Educational Resources Expo Booth #1913 in Teachers' World. Advisors will be able to interact with some of the online content and learn more about the future availability of this resource. Five hundred teachers will go home with a FREE copy of the student workbook and an opportunity to be a part of the pilot project administered by the National FFA Organization.

Amplify Your Classroom Instruction with My Journey
National FFA Convention & Expo preparations are really amplified right now! Whether traveling to the convention and expo or staying home, you have access to many great tips, tools and lesson plans available within My Journey. Need a lesson to help address misconceptions in agriculture or an interactive activity to discuss career opportunities in power, structural and technical systems? Take a look at theExplore page. What about a core class integration strategy that will help students with agricultural math problems? Or a lesson that will aid students in job interview prep or an activity to accompany theFFA Resume Generator? Check out the Build page. Want a lesson that sends your students on a convention and expo scavenger huntor an activity to improve ag storytelling abilities? Go to the Connectpage. Miss content from past months?  Visit our Archive pages. Also, new this month is the Implementation Guide that will help integrate My Journey into classroom activities through differentiated instruction.

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, click here.

CSX/FFA Growing Tomorrow Campaign
CSX is running a campaign from Oct. 5-31, 2015, called Growing Tomorrow. The theme is on the future of agriculture with a specific focus on youth and highlighting the CSX/FFA relationship. It will have a website dedicated to the campaign, feature video and shorter vignettes about a FFA member in North Carolina, include various facts and info and also ask people to submit their own stories. As part of this, CSX is making a donation to FFA in support of the agricultural literacy/advocacy platform.Visit and CSX on social media for more information and to participate.


NAAE at National FFA Convention!
Teachers' World & NAAE Teachers' Internet Lounge- Choose from three days of professional development workshops to hone your ag teaching skills. Recharge your technology and yourself in the NAAE Teachers' Internet Lounge - a great place to sit down and network or catch your breath.

Workshops will be in East Hall - watch for a schedule.

Teachers' Internet Lounge - East Hall Room 1

Ag Teachers Featured During General Session 5 - Thinking about which general session to attend? Consider General Session 5 at noon on Friday. Three special agricultural educators will be sharing why they teach agriculture, and why they think your students should, and later in the session, this year's NAAE Outstanding Teachers will be honored.NAAE Booth - Visit the NAAE booth (#2009) to talk with association leaders about current programs and initiatives, learn how to maximize your membership, and pick up some bling for your advisor’s name badge (get your name badge in the NAAE Teachers’ Internet Café).

Teach Ag Booth
Discover all the places you can go with Teach Ag! This year, students will meet with a Teach Ag Ambassador and receive a passport to travel around the career fair and meet our partners and stakeholders.

2015 National FFA Swap, Sell, Buy Site

Looking to buy or sell tickets, parking passes, etc. for National FFA Convention? Visit the 2015 National FFA Convention Google Document for all your needs. Convention is only a few weeks away! Make sure to remove or strike out your post when the item is no longer available or needed.

#TeachAgGenius Hour
You are invited to “geek out” with us about awesome innovations or ideas in education with our #TeachAg Genius Hour on Wednesday, December 9th. You will be able to engage via Twitter on that day or that week! If you are a current agriscience teacher, a current agriculture teacher candidate, an agricultural teacher educator, a current FFA member, a university professor, a member of the support team for agriculture education, or just a concerned citizen, mark your calendars to “Inspire, Collaborate, and Create.

University of Kentucky Livestock Judging Contest -- October 24th
Register today for the 4-H and FFA Livestock Judging Invitational at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Click here for more information about the contest and click here to register for the event.

Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar
Teach Ag Ambassadors (Avengers)
November 16, 2015
4:00-4:45pm EST
Presenters: Dr. Daniel Foster, Penn State University and Pam Rowland, Missouri STAR Program Coordinator
Click here to register by 2pm EST on November 16th.

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.

Communities 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.


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

FFA Alumni

State Basket Contest
The National FFA Alumni Association is hosting a State Basket contest at National FFA Convention again to anyone that is willing! The contest will award two prizes this year. Prize One: Top Selling Basket, which  will receive Washington Leadership Scholarship to go to a member of their choice. Prize Two: People’s Choice Award, which will receive a free registration to the 2016 National FFA Alumni Development Conference. Each state is encouraged to enter as many baskets as they want. Check out the rules, deadlines, and information at the following link. Entry Forms for the contest must be back to National FFA staff by October 19.

Pre-Register for Convention-Closes TODAY
Pre-registration will close today at 5:00 p.m. EDT for National FFA Alumni. All FFA Alumni need to register for the National FFA Convention and Expo to access FFA Alumni events. No additional tickets are required for FFA Alumni events. Click here to register.


Friday, Oct. 9, 2015: Ag sessions on Capitol Hill; the Trans Pacific Partnership in the limelight; and a small dog takes on three large bears. 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).