Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 11/16/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Nov 16, 2015


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November 16, 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

"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it."
-Charles R. Swindoll

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

Registration Now Open for National Agricultural Education Summit in Indianapolis January 26-28, 2016
The National Council for Agricultural Education, National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation will host the 2016 National Agricultural Education Summit, What’s Trending in School Based Agricultural Education, January 26-28, 2016, at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing. We look forward to hosting you as state leaders of agricultural education and offering an in-service which has been organized to provide participants with opportunities to discuss key issues impacting curriculum, FFA operations and student development.  Key topics will focus around trending national and state issues that are deeply affecting school-based agricultural education. Breakouts will be offered in addition to general sessions to allow for people to further explore topics based on their role. To learn more and register click here.

Smith-Hughes Act 100th Anniversary Logo Design Contest
In preparation for the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Hughes Act, the National Council for Agricultural Education is announcing a logo design contest. This contest is open to students currently enrolled in K-12 and post-secondary agricultural education and related programs (e.g. agricultural communications, agricultural leadership) with cash prizes provided for the top three designs ($500, $300, & $200). All submissions are due by December 1st. Click here for full contest rules and guidelines.

Grain Handling Safety Coalition Releases Stand T.A.L.L. Curriculum for Youth Safety
GHSC has released curriculum that has been developed for young workers, and would be ideal for use in high school ag classes and/or any meetings where high school youth would attend (e.g. FFA meetings, conferences, etc.). The materials are also useful for parents and employers of young workers, as it addresses safety of youth working on farms. Primarily parents/employers are the ones who assign jobs, provide training and equipment and supervise young workers in these situations. The materials available include a PowerPoint presentation, instructor notes, interactive activities, pre & post tests, quizzes, promotional templates, and much more. All the materials are available for download free of charge. There is an “instructor manual” provided that explains how to use all the curriculum. Click here for more information.


NAAE Convention -- November 17-21
Planning to join us this week for NAAE Convention in New Orleans? Check out all the details about registration, view our schedule, and find committee information, to help you finalize your trip when you click here.

Our full professional development schedule is now available. Click here to plan out your professional development experience!

Have you personalized your schedule yet?

Check out our online scheduler & get ready for a great time in NOLA!

#TeachAgGenius Hour
You are invited to “geek out” about awesome innovations or ideas in education with the #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 agricultural education, or just a concerned citizen, mark your calendars to “Inspire, Collaborate, and Create.”

Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar -- TODAY!
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.

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.


Scholarship Application is Live, 2.2 Million Available
National FFA 2016 Scholarship application is now live! Encourage all students to apply; there is a member and non-member application. Students fill out one application to engage in multiple opportunities. The advisor approval process will begin Monday, Nov. 23. for more details and the application.

Relive the FFA Convention and Expo Online
Visit to catch the highlights of the 88th National FFA Convention and Expo, award-winners, stories and more. You can also visit to see videos of the FFA Creed, keynote speeches, the American Star Awards finalists, national officer retiring addresses and more.

New My Journey Teaching Resources Now Available
As the final exams, end of course assessments and holidays quickly approach, there might be even less time for planning. So, check out the FREE planning tips, tools and lesson plans available within My Journey.  Want an activity based on relevant data about milk? How about a lesson that creates awareness of an agricultural companyas a future job opportunity? Or, a lesson that helps students hone in on headlines as a means for sharpening their advocacy skills?  Take a look at the Explore page! What about an activity that allows students to design a community service project? Or a lesson that aids students in utilizing the FFA Resume Generator with turn-key instructions? Check out the Build page! Want a lesson that helps students truly understand food availability on a global scale or an activity to help students understand opportunities to fight hunger? Go to the Connect page! Miss content from past months?  Visit ourArchive pages! Also, new to My Journey is the Implementation Guide that will help integrate My Journey into classroom activities through differentiated instruction.

One Week Left to Apply for an FFA: Food For All Grant!
Southwestern FFA, in Kentucky, utilized their FFA: Food For All grants to raise laying hens that resulted in over 310 dozen eggs being donated to the community. In addition, they partnered with eight families to help them start their own flocks.

For more information on the 2016 FFA: Food For All grant Applications are due Monday, November 23, 2015. Contact Stefonie Sebastian at with any questions.

Looking for Making a Difference Articles?
FFA Advisors 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.

National FFA Seeking SAE Grant Reviewers
The 2015 SAE Grant application period is open and closes on Nov. 15.  We are anticipating a record number of submissions. Therefore, we are recruiting application reviewers for the SAE Grant Program and would like to invite you to participate. As a reviewer, we are asking that you read and score 8-12 applications online, with an estimated time commitment of eight hours over the course of three weeks. To assist you in the review process, we will be hosting an orientation meeting online for all reviewers the week of Nov. 10. If you are unable to attend the orientation meeting and would still like to participate as a reviewer, the orientation will be posted for your reference. To volunteer and sign up to review click here.


The 2016 CASE Institute Schedule is Now Available!
Click here for the 2016 CASE Institute Schedule.

Registration for 2016 CASE Institutes opens December 1st. Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registration up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes' registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding.

Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, with any questions regarding the 2016 CASE Institutes.


Friday, Nov. 13, 2015:  Big data. Precision ag. Will virtual reality also influence farming? TPP news and other government/ag issues—plus plenty of ag student 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).


Start Planning Your VISION Experience Today!
Planning to attend ACTE's CareerTech VISION this week in New Orleans? Search ACTE VISION 15 in the App Store or Google Play to download the event app. Click here to download the complete program guide.

ACTE Welcomes Newly-formed Guam ACTE Chapter
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) extends its congratulations to the CTE community in Guam, which recently moved to affiliate with the national organization as an official chapter under the leadership of Guam ACTE President, Dr. Sam Mabini. Read more.