Julie Fritsch

Monday Morning Monitor 2/15/16

Blog Post created by Julie Fritsch on Feb 15, 2016

February 15, 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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March 16-19

National PAS Conference, Kansas City, MO

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May 17-20

National AAAE Conference, Kansas City, MO

September 19-21

Western Region AAAE Conference, Tuscon, AZ

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NAAE Marketing Tools Webinar, TONIGHT, February 15, 7pm EST

The NAAE Marketing Committee is hosting a 1-hour webinar for state leaders tonight, February 15, beginning at 7 PM EST, to explain and highlight the marketing tools available through NAAE.  The webinar will focus on the following topics: Insurance benefits, Member Discounts,  Professional Development Opportunities, Communities of Practice, Grants, Awards, Camaraderie/Fellowship and a Question and Answer session.  Everyone is invited to attend! Click here to register.

Applications for the 2016 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy are Open

The NAAE National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA) has over 10 years of successfully cultivating agriscience and inquiry-based learning in agricultural education. The Academy serves to train agriculture teachers on how to enhance the science that is already present in agriculture, as well as develop students as problems solvers and thinkers through the inquiry-based teaching method.If selected as a National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador, you will be required to attend a national training session. The session is tentatively scheduled to be held in Ankeny, IA at the Iowa FFA Enrichment Center the week of July 18-22, 2016.Application deadline is February 29.Click here for details and to apply.

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

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education

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.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

Friday Notes
Friday, Feb 12, 2016

Various groups join forces to fight avian influenza; a university student says it is time to move beyond ag “cheerleading”; and the “elephant in the room” goes on a destructive rampage. 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.


2016 Spring Meeting, May 23-25, Washington, D.C.

Join us for NASDCTEc’s annual Spring Meeting! You can tap into the vast talent pool in attendance, engage in collaborative discussions with national resource experts, and get an in-depth look at the most important topics in the field today including the latest state-level trends and federal policy updates on Perkins and the new Every Student Succeeds Act.Learn more

State Policies Impacting CTE - 2015 Year in Review

This report, co-authored by the Association for Career and Technical Education, takes a state-by-state look at CTE-related policies passed in 2015, while drawing out major themes and trends from the year. Read the report.


FFA Week Is Feb. 20-27

Log in to FFA.org to finalize your FFA Week plans with our helpful resources. New this year: Give FFA Day on Tuesday, Feb. 23 (coming soon: FFA.org/giveFFAday) and National Wear Blue Day on Feb. 26. CheckFacebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest. And don't forget to use the hashtag #FFAweek in your tweets.

Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) online registration opens Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

Advisors and members must first log in to www.FFA.org, then navigate to this link to access registration.  This webpage also contains resources, such as, 2016 pricing and dates, FAQ, advisor and student program information, tentative schedules, and student forms.Questions should be directed to WLC@ffa.org.

FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Mini-Grants

The FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Mini-Grant is a competitive grant available throughout the year to increase hunger fighting activities at the local and state level.Who can apply: Any middle school, high school, collegiate or Alumni FFA chapter who are NOT currently funded through the FFA: Food For All program may apply for up to $500 to support a local hunger service event (project).Any state FFA association of foundation who is NOT currently operating an FFA State Hunger Grant may apply for funds up to $1,000 to support a state-level hunger service event.Applications will be accepted until funds for the year are exhausted. Chapters and state associations may recieve two mini-grants in a calendar year.2016 Application Due DatesAll applications are due electronically. No hard copies will be accepted. Access the application at ffa.org/heroes.

  • Apply by February 29, Award Notification by week of March 14-18
  • Apply by April 25, Award Notification by week of May 9-13
  • Apply by June 27, Award Notification by week of July 18-22
  • Apply by August 29, Award Notification by week of September 19-23

Officer 2 Officer: How to be a Pro

Got an FFA event coming up? Be a PRO about getting your schedule set with teachers.

New Resources Available on My Journey

With the new semester full steam ahead, discover the numerous FREE planning tips, tools and lesson plans available within My Journey. Ever heard about ourLeadership, Personal Growth and Career Success Self-Paced Modules? Take a look at the Explore page. Looking to implement a National Ag Week into your school but need an Action Guide? Maybe a lesson to help students make their resumes shine with the FFA Resume Generator? Check out the Build page. Curious about utilizing a tool called the Global Food Security Index in class? Go to the Connect page. Look through My Journey’s Implementation Guide, a tool to help integrate resources into classroom activities throughdifferentiated instruction. Remember to check out theArchive pages to find the content you’re missing.

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 atFFA.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.

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.

Horticulture News

The National Junior Horticultural Association (NJHA) invites FFA members, their advisors and teachers to participate in the national contests of NJHA. To learn more, visit www.njha.org.