Julie Fritsch

Monday Morning Monitor 1/25/16

Blog Post created by Julie Fritsch on Jan 25, 2016
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education



January 25, 2016

Council Vision

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 at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

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National PAS Conference, Kansas City, MO

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Western Region AAAE Conference, Tuscon, AZ

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Quote for the Week

"An investment in education always pays the interest."
-Benjamin Franklin

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The Council

New greenhouse offers opportunity for students to design individualized projects exploring agriculture (from Topeka Capital-Journal)

This 30-by-48 foot greenhouse, adjacent to the school, is the centerpiece of a new horticulture program at Royal Valley High. The courses introduce students not only to plant science and agriculture skills, but also to careers in this field — from vegetable cultivation and sales to landscaping, natural resources management and arboriculture. To read more click here

Students showcase projects at Pennsylvania Farm Show (from Centre Daily Times)

There’s a workshop in the back of Bald Eagle Area High School that’s filled with workbenches, tools and sawdust. It smells like a garage, but there’s also the smell of a farm. After all, there is a small room in the workshop that houses rabbits raised by students. And if you walk though that workshop, it also leads to a classroom. That’s agriculture teacher Todd Biddle’s domain, where he uses personal experience to help teach students in class and those also involved in FFA. Students and advisers of the Bald Eagle Area FFA chapter are headed back to the Pennsylvania Farm Show in January in Harrisburg to showcase projects they’ve been working on all school year. To read more click here

Preparing a Globally Competent Workforce Through High-Quality Career and Technical Education (from The Asia Society)

Rapid economic, technological, and social changes are creating a world that is ever more interconnected. One in ten Americans is foreign born, and local communities—urban, suburban, and rural—are growing more diverse. To take advantage of global market opportunities, companies must hire workers with global competence—that is, the capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance. U.S. educators face a critical new imperative: to prepare all students for work and civic roles in an environment where success increasingly requires the ability to compete, connect, and cooperate on an international scale. One promising way in which students can learn about and apply global competencies is through Career and Technical Education (CTE).To learn more click here


February is CTE Month® 2016!

February is Career and Technical Education Month! This annual public awareness campaign offers ACTE members the opportunity to celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of their CTE programs in their local communities.If you are interested in getting involved in CTE Month, visit ACTE’s CTE Month page to learn more abouthosting a school visit and communicating with the mediaand policymakers, purchase our CTE Month merchandise, and promote your school’s CTE Month work on our CTE Month calendar.


Host a Location for 2016 National Teach Ag Day

The National Teach Ag Campaign is looking for up to four sites to serve as satellite locations for the 2016 National Teach Ag Day celebration (Thursday, September 22).  The satellite sites will be featured throughout the live event to showcase current and future agriculture teachers.  The satellite locations will be assigned a host facilitator (current or former Teach Ag ambassador) who will help coordinate on site discussions and technical logistics. 2016 National Teach Ag Day Satellite Location Criteria

Communities of Practice Highlights


Chapter Tee Time

National FFA is accepting entries for the Annual Chapter T-Shirt Design Contest.  Get creative and earn money for your chapter!  Fifty percent of the first year’s profits are returned to the winning chapters. Entries may be emailed to entries@FFA.org or mailed to the National FFA Organization, 6060 FFA Drive, Indianapolis, In 46268, Attention Lisa Barger.  Entries must be submitted by Feb.26 at 5 p.m. EST.  Finalists will be selected and voting will begin March 14.  See the official rules here.

Chapter Convention and Expo Housing Now Open

FFA Advisors: Don’t wait until the last minute to book your housing for the biggest FFA event of the year! Visit our new and improved convention and expo website now to register for chapter housing.

Bring in the New Year with My Journey

As the New Year brings a fresh start for classes and students, the potential for new opportunities, ideas, activities and lessons beckons. Be sure to check out the plethora of FREE planning tips, tools and lesson plans available within My Journey. Curious to see an article about what’s next for agriculture and a worksheet for students to analyze trends while they read? How about resources to develop programs for supervised agricultural experiences? Need some new, fresh ideas for National FFA Week? Take a look at the Explorepage. Want an activity with a theme based on the popular show “Shark Tank” to teach students entrepreneurial skills? Maybe a lesson that shows students how to use the FFA Resume Generator step-by-step? Check out the Build page. Curious about lessons that incorporate the new FFA Habitudes everyone is talking about? Go to the Connect page. My Journey’s Implementation Guide is available and ready to help integrate its resources into classroom activities through differentiated instruction. Our Archive pages can always help you out with content you might have missed last year!

TSC Unveils New Grants for Growing Program

The National FFA Foundation and Tractor Supply Company are excited to announce a program similar to the Growing Scholars program will launch Jan. 15. This program will raise money for a competitive grant program and will be named “Grants for Growing.” Advisors will have from Jan. 15 to Feb. 15 to apply.  The fundraising period will run Feb. 19 through Feb. 28. Paper emblems will be sold for $1 or more at the checkout of Tractor Supply Stores. All chapters are encouraged to apply. The grant value will be $500 or more.  For program details and requirements, click here.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

Friday Notes
Friday, Jan. 22, 2016

This week includes a smorgasbord of stories about school cafeteria food—and plenty of ag issues such as WOTUS, bird flu, and biotech. For better or worse, chocolate covered French fries also make an appearance. These and many more ag/science links.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 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.