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Monday Morning Monitor -- 12/14/15

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December 14, 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

Past Issues

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November 9

Quote for the Week

"Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines."
-Robert H. Schuller

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

CareerSafe Skills Network Provides SAE Students with OSHA Training
CareerSafe®, the leading provider of OSHA 10-Hour safety training to the youth market, and the Career Skills Network, a non-profit dedicated to Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce are excited and pleased to announce a new partnership to encourage and promote safety in the agriculture industry. Through this partnership, the Career Skills Network will fully fund 4,000 Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) students the opportunity to earn an OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Agriculture) wallet card. To learn more click here.

Power to the states: Education law rewrite passes Congress (from the Associated Press)
Those federally mandated math and reading tests will continue, but a sweeping rewrite of the nation's education law will now give states - not the U.S. government - authority to decide how to use the results in evaluating teachers and schools. The Senate, on Wednesday, voted overwhelmingly, 85-12, to approve legislation rewriting the landmark No Child Left Behind education law of 2002.To see the full story click here.


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

NAAE Committees -- Apply by January 7
NAAE committees are currently seeking members to serve for the 2016-2019 term as well as candidates for chair and secretary. Click here for more information about NAAE Committees.

Teach Ag Internship -- Apply by January 10th
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.

NAAE Greenhouse Construction/Improvement Grants -- Apply by January 15th
NAAE is excited to announce that it is now accepting applications from members who are seeking to implement a greenhouse construction or enhancement project for their middle school or high school agricultural education program. In 2015-2016 school year, two $2,000 competitive grants will be awarded by NAAE and sponsored by International Greenhouse Company as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. For the application and complete details, visit our website.

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.


New Content Now on My Journey
While final exams and assessments wrap up and holidays come upon us, the planning never ends. So, check out the FREE planning tips, tools and lesson plans available within My Journey.  Want to learn more about space-grown food and have a classroom activity already created? How about a video that serves as an introduction to Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs)? Miss seeing a keynote at the National FFA Convention and Expo? Take a look at the Explore page. Want an activity to teach students how to plan an event successfully? Maybe a lesson that aids students in evaluating resumes utilizing the FFA Resume Generator? Check out the Build page. Curious about lessons that help students truly understandadvocating for agriculture or the history of the FFA Creed? Go to the Connect page. Remember that My Journey has added theImplementation Guide that will help integrate My Journey into classroom activities through differentiated instruction. Miss content from past months? As always, our Archive pages can help you out.

Winter FFA New Horizons Now Online
Flip through the pages of the Winter 2015-2016 issue of FFA New Horizons magazine. In this issue, you'll learn about how to beat stress, discover ag career opportunities, meet a member who works with exotic birds and more. Teachers and FFA advisors: Theteaching guide for this issue is also available.

Catch FFA on YouTube
Did you know that the National FFA Organization has its ownYouTube channel? It's loaded with great videos about FFA members, the organization and topics of interest to young agriculturalists. Subscribe now to receive updates when videos are added to the channel.

A Year of Success
As we begin to celebrate the holidays and wrap up another successful year at FFA, we wanted to inspire you with a few highlights from 2014 that laid the foundation for this year's achievements.


2016 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the thirty-two 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. 11, 2015: Unfolding news items like COOL and the Dow-Dupont merger dominate the headlines, while education opportunities and advice also show up this week. You might want to get a taste of Star Wars ice cream or a look at the dog show mastiff with an attitude. Check out the 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).