Julie Fritsch

Monday Morning Monitor 2/22/16

Blog Post created by Julie Fritsch on Feb 22, 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


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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Happy FFA Week!

Log in to FFA.org to finalize your National FFA Week plans with our helpful resources. New this year: Give FFA Day on Tuesday, Feb. 23 and National Wear Blue Day on Feb. 26. FFA Week will be all over social media. Follow the #FFAweek hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and don't miss @NationalFFA Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat posts, including posts from the National FFA Officer Team while on the road!

Need help promoting SAEs and FFA?

Check out this new video collection to hear students and advisors share their experiences. Catch answers to:

FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Mini-Grants Due Monday, February 29th!

Does your chapter have an idea to fight hunger? Apply for a $500 FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Mini-Grant to make it happen. 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). The application is available at www.FFA.org/Heroes

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 our Leadership, 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 through differentiated instruction. Remember to check out the Archive 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 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.

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.


How to Create a Culture of Safety Excellence: Free Webinar from Caterpillar

Tuesday, February 23, 8:00 p.m. CST Webinar Learning Objectives:
1. The difference between compliance vs cultural improvement strategies
2. How perception precedes behavior
3. The survey approach used by Caterpillar
4. How to use safety perception survey data for improvement
» Register to Participate (or for access to archived version if you can't participate Tuesday night)

National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy Applications Close Next Monday

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

Communities of Practice Highlights

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 19, 2016

International Water Day, Cuba connections, Zika rumors, and a story about the Supreme Court vacancy and ag repercussions. Several education announcements and links, plus a chance to buy property on the moon-if you're gullible. 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.