Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 12/7/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Dec 7, 2015


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December 7, 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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"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it."
-Charles R. Swindoll

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The Council

Model Policy for Youth Employment in Agriculture
Agricultural Educators play a key role in keeping their students who are employed in agriculture or working on home farms though their SAE programs safe from harm. When supervising these students it is important to consult with employers and parents on what are appropriate activities for youth, based on laws and regulations, as well as the child’s stage of physical and cognitive development. The National Farm Medicine Center, in cooperation with the National Council of Agricultural Employers have developed a model policy document and accompanying resources that can be helpful to educators, employers and parents. To learn more and read the model policy click here.

California Districts Get Digital Help With Agriculture Courses(from
Nearly 30 high schools in 21 California districts will begin to use an online learning platform as part of their agricultural science classes. The South Coast Region Agricultural Education Consortium has signed an agreement to use CEV Multimedia's iCEV platform as part of its members' programs. The iCEV platform provides videos of professional demonstrations that can be downloaded to any electronic device. Teachers also have a dashboard available that allows them to monitor, track and engage students with the platform's interactive lessons and assessments. To see the full story click here.

Ohio Students Start a Fish Farm (from The Columbus Dispatch)
When classes at Granville schools end for the day and the flurry of after-school commotion dies down, there’s one spot in the school district that continues to flutter with quiet activity. Behind Granville High School is a different type of school: one that consists of about 130 finger-length, iridescent tilapia, swimming together in two large, black tanks within a greenhouse nestled between the school parking lots. To read the full story click here.

Elementary and Secondary Education Act Reauthorization: A Look at a Draft of the Bill (from Education Week)
Education Week has provided a late stage draft of the ESEA Reauthorization Bill and some accompanying information. To learn more about this legislation click here.


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. Visit for more details and the application.


NAAE Summer Internships -- Apply by December 18th
NAAE is offering 8-week summer internships in communications, professional development and advocacy for NAAE student members.
Professional development and communications interns will be based out of the Lexington, Ky. office, the advocacy intern will be based in Washington, D.C.

A great way for future agricultural educators to get experience and start building their networks now.

Get full details and apply by December 18 at

Teach Ag Internship
Interested in becoming a part of the Teach Ag Team? Apply for the 2016 Teach Ag Campaign Internship. Applications are due January 10th. Click here for more details and to apply.

Teach Ag Future Teacher Webinar
NAAE Student Member Benefits
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
7:00-7:45pm EST
Presenters: Mr. Scott Stone, NAAE President-Elect and Mr. Alan Green, Michigan State University
Click here to register.

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.


2016 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the thirty one CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.


Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.


Friday, Dec. 4, 2015: Gene editing is not just laboratory science or Frankenstein slurs. It could be a game changer in many ways—especially with CRISPR techniques involved. Read about this issue and check 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).


2016 ACTE Board of Directors Election
ACTE's members elect its Board of Directors from among eligible members each year, with open positions rotating on a three-year basis. Voting ends December 20 at 11:59pm. Click here for more information.