Julie Fritsch

Monday Morning Monitor 2/1/16

Blog Post created by Julie Fritsch on Feb 1, 2016
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

February 1, 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.

Upcoming Events


February 5-9
Southern Region AAAE Conference, San Antonio, TX
March 16-19
National PAS Conference, Kansas City, MO Learn more
May 17-20
National AAAE Conference, Kansas City, MO
September 19-21
Western Region AAAE Conference, Tuscon, AZ

Past Issues

Quote for the Week

"It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop."

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Julie Fritsch, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Director.


Important FFA Scholarship News

Deadlines for the FFA scholarship program are being extended by one day! Scholarship applications must now be completed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Signature pages must be postmarked no later than Feb. 9. Don't forget to check eligibility for Monsanto Fund's America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders and Ford dealer scholarships. Details located at www.FFA.org/scholarships. For scholarship questions, email scholarships@ffa.org.

Free CDE Resources

National Career Development Event Questions and Answers are now online. For students who ask their teachers, "When will I ever use this in the real world?" career development events are the answer. Such events demonstrate the meaningful connections between classroom instruction and real-life scenarios.

Find these free teaching resources and event preparation materials from 2008-2014 at FFA.org/CDEresources. You will find scenarios, PowerPoints, identification tests, practicums, team activities, finalists' samples, exams, exam keys and more.

Apply Now: New Century Farmer Applications Due March 1

Planning to make a career out of production farming? Apply for New Century Farmer, an intensive five-day conference in Des Moines, Iowa, July 10 - 16. Participants will network with industry experts, presenters and each other. They will also attend a series of workshops and sessions that discuss topics ranging from the global marketplace to farm financing, consumer trends and managing risk. Apply now for 2016.


2016 Award Applications Available

Get a jump start on your NAAE awards application. The 2016 application instructions and supporting information for all NAAE awards is now available on the NAAE website. Although the online submission form is not yet open, applicants can use the materials that are available to create everything they'll need to upload once it opens. Regional award winners will be honored at the 2016 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas,  November 29-December 3.

Go to the 2016 NAAE Award Applications

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

FFA Creed Puzzle

Animal Rights vs. Animal Welfare Topics

Final SAE Projects Using AET


CASE Now has Scholarships for CASE Institutes Available

Generous contributions through the National FFA Foundation from sponsors like the CHS Foundation and DuPont Pioneer have made it possible for full and partial scholarships to cover the cost of CASE Institutes for award winners. Click here for the application link and additional information. The deadline to apply is February 28th. Questions about this scholarship opportunity can be directed to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director, at miranda.chaplin@case4learning.org.

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.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

Friday Notes
Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

Food labels, government programs, and the TPP debate land on the front page; while a teen preference poll, a Steve Harvey video, and horse skiing links also appear. In a page two profile, find out about a university student who works with cattle, writes editorials, and survived a trip to kiwi land. 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).


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 about hosting a school visit and communicating with the media and policymakers, purchase our CTE Month merchandise, and promote your school's CTE Month work on our CTE Month calendar.