Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 10/19/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Oct 19, 2015


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October 19, 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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"What you do today can improve all your tomorrows."
-Ralph Marston

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The Council

States Push Forward to Strengthen Career Readiness (from Education Week)
In recent years, "college- and career-readiness" has become the clarion call of middle and high school. You've heard the chant many times, no doubt: It's no longer enough to leave high school with just a diploma. Students must have some kind of postsecondary education in order to nab good-paying jobs. But the definition of career readiness remains stubbornly murky. Many agree that a central core of academic skills and knowledge are a common requirement for most any career that pays well. A new report from the Education Commission of the States explores what 13 states have been doing about this in the last few years. To read the report click here.

New Teacher Requirements Jeopardize Dual-Credit Classes (from Education Week)
A new rule that threatens to hobble or shutter dual-enrollment programs in 19 states has sparked widespread objections from educators who fear it could undermine students' chances of going to college. A ruling by the Higher Learning Commission, a Chicago-based group that accredits colleges and universities across a big swath of the West and the Midwest, requires high school teachers of dual-credit courses to have a master's degree. If that advanced degree isn't in the subject they're teaching, teachers must have earned 18 graduate credits in that subject. To learn more click here.

Indiana Agriculture Students Learn to Fly Drones (from The Lafayette Journal Courier)
While their classmates toil away at such courses as pre-calculus and history, a small group of Newton County high schoolers is spending the afternoons flying agricultural drones over cornfields. With the help of a $454,000 grant from the Office of Gov. Mike Pence and the Newton County Council, South and North Newton high schools have each purchased drones and tractors to train students in precision farming, which uses data to maximize crop yields. To read more click here.

Senate Bill to Create CTE Teacher Residency Programs (from the Augusta Free Press)
U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Co-Chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, along with U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), introduced the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act to expand the Higher Education Act’s teacher residency grant program to help schools recruit and train high-quality CTE teachers. The Creating Quality Technical Educators Act would foster partnerships between high-needs secondary schools and post-secondary institutions to create one-year teacher residencies for CTE teachers, applying the model used by the Richmond Teacher Residency program, a partnership between Virginia Commonwealth University and Richmond Public Schools, to CTE-focused programs. To read more click here.


What Would Your FFA Chapter do with $2,500 to Help Fight Hunger?
Kennewick FFA (WA) members salvaged 900 pounds of fresh fruit from the school lunch program to donate to the community. The chapter also raised hogs and lambs that resulted in more than 800 pounds of meat being donated.
The 2016 FFA: Food For All grant application is available Middle and high school chapters may apply for up to $2,500 to support year-long service-learning projects that address local hunger needs.  Applications are due Monday, November 23, 2015. Contact Stefonie Sebastian at with any questions.

88th National FFA Convention & Expo Broadcast Live on RFD-TV
General sessions of the upcoming National FFA Convention & Expo will be carried live, once again, on RFD-TV. They will also be streamed online at

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 the FFA 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.

#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 $1,000unrestricted grant upon completion of the #SpeakAg Challenge in October. To find out more about how you can enter, visit

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.

Looking for FFA Advisors Making a Difference Articles?
Making a Difference articles can now be found monthly on My Journey, under the Advisor Connect page. Still hungry for more? Visit the FFA Pulse blog and select the advisors tab.

Sign Up to Receive Emails from the National FFA Foundation
Are you interested in supporting FFA or maybe you already do? Learn more about the impact that your support makes possible to FFA members by subscribing to receive emails from the National FFA Foundation. The foundation typically sends monthly e-newsletters and occasional informational and fundraising messages.

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. and Shop FFA Outage Nov. 7
All FFA websites and networks will be unavailable Saturday, Nov. 7, allowing for replacement of network equipment. This will affect all National FFA website services. The network equipment being installed includes new-generation firewalls, switches and routers for increased speed and efficiency. Thank you for your patience during the outage Saturday, Nov. 7.

National CDE – Conduct of Meetings Workshop
Conduct of Meetings – New National Opportunity for seventh, eighth and ninth grade members.
Advisors workshop: Thursday, Oct. 29, 2-3:30 p.m. KEC in W1
Member workshop: Thursday, Oct. 29, 8:30- 9:30 a.m., Room B104
Initial communication on the event structure and format for a new leadership development event seventh, eighth and ninth grade FFA members.  Participants will demonstrate their abilities to conduct a local chapter meetings and properly demonstrate parliamentary procedure.


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 - schedule now available!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.”

Teach Ag Student Teacher Success Webinar
November 10, 2015
5;00-5:45pm EST
Presenters: Matt Eddy, Southeast Polk High School and Rachel Sauvola, New Richmond High School
Click here to register before November 10th.

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


Friday, Oct. 16, 2015: Dr. Prakash receives BCCA Award at World Food Prize event, new biotech ag curriculum information, and the helmeted hornbill needs a better helmet. 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).