Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 3/14/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Mar 14, 2016


March 14, 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 Learn more.

May 17-20
National AAAE Conference, Kansas City, MO

September 19-21
Western Region AAAE Conference, Tuscon, AZ

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To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

The Council

DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
The DEKALB® Agricultural Accomplishment Award nominations are being accepted. Nominations are being accepted February 1, 2016 through May 1, 2016. Nomination forms and the submission process can be found here.

SAY What? A New Source of Agriculture Safety Information for Youth
A new initiative provides one-stop shopping for agricultural educators who seek safety resources and training programs aimed toward youth.
The Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) project homepage is an umbrella compilation that includes many different curricula, programs, projects, and activities that have a common purpose of increasing safety and health knowledge and reducing hazard and risk exposure to youth on farms and ranches.

The Council Contact Information
FFA has a commitment to the Council to fulfill the responsibilities of the Managing Director of the Council with Mike's departure. Dwight Armstrong has shared with Ken Allen, current Council President, that FFA will fulfill these responsibilities by using a team of staff with Jim Armbruster being the main contact. Jim’s direct phone number is 317-802-4334, cell phone 765-230-6971 and email is If you are in need of assistance from NCAE, contact Jim and he will provide needed assistance.


#TeachAgChat with NAAE
Join us Thursday, March 24th as we discuss advancing your professional development as a teacher candidate via #TeachAgChat. The live chat begins at 8pm EDT on Twitter. Questions? Contact Andrea Fristoe for more information.

2016 Award Online Submission Form Now Available
Get started on your NAAE awards application! The 2016 online submission form is now available, along with the application instructions and supporting information for all NAAE awards. Regional award winners will be honored at the 2016 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas,  November 29-December 3. Need help filling out the online application? Click here for detailed instructions.
Go to the 2016 NAAE Award Applications

NAAE Marketing Tools: a Webinar - Archived Version Now AvailableThe NAAE Marketing Committee hosted a webinar in February to explain and highlight the marketing tools available through NAAE. The 1-hour webinar focused on insurance benefits, member discounts, professional development opportunities, Communities of Practice, advocacy tools, and more. This webinar is useful for any member, but especially for state and regional leaders who need resources to help share NAAE's mission and member benefits.View the archived webinar

My American Farm Outreach Program
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture just launched the My American Farm Grant Outreach program. They are looking for 10 schools to take part in the 2016 program. Upon completion of an agricultural outreach event, your school will receive $1,500 to further your efforts in sharing the importance of agriculture in our everyday lives. Click here for more information.

Highlight NAAE Membership Benefits with our New Videos
Under the direction of the NAAE marketing committee, NAAE has created a series of 1 to 2-minute videos, each of which highlights a different benefit of NAAE membership. These videos cover membership, advocacy, awards, NAAE Convention, professional development, liability insurance, and teacher recruitment and retention. They can be viewed directly from the NAAE Website, YouTube, or downloaded to your computer.
How does NAAE advocate for agricultural education?Click here to find out!

Teach Ag Ambassador Applications Due 3/31
Each year the National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of agricultural education majors to represent the profession and encourage others to teach agriculture. The application for the 2016-17 ambassador program is now available. Click here to apply.

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

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Heather Weir mentors vet student Willy Brock through a complex surgery at Colorado State University Teaching Hospital. Click here to watch the video.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

Friday Notes
Friday, March 11, 2016: Gene editing keeps things “crisp” in the headlines; Ag Day celebrations come on the Ides of March; and the Bacon brothers are the egg men. 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).


March Into My Journey
As classes continue, state events approach and banquets draw near, remember there are free resources, ideas and activities available on My Journey! Ever used a lesson plan about banquet planning in class to help prepare? Take a look at one on the Explorepage. Wonder how to make a cover letter shine or need a lesson to introduce resumes using the FFA Resume Generator? Check out the Build page. Curious how to teach the use of blogging effectively for advocacy? Go to the Connect page. As always, theImplementation Guide assists in integrating My Journey into the classroom, and the Archive pageshouse content you can still use.

FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Mini-Grants Available
The Living to Serve Team is piloting a new grant program developed to support service opportunities at the local level for FFA chapters, alumni and collegiate members.

Vote for Your Favorite FFA Tee
Visit March 14 - 17 to vote in the FFA Chapter Tee Design Contest. Winners will be announced March 18. Half of the proceeds will go back to the designing chapters.

Share your #FFAstyle
Post your photos in FFA gear using #FFAstyle on Instagram and Twitter through March 30 for your chance to be in the 2016-17 Blue catalog.

Share Your Story on Urban Sustainability
Sponsored by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Planet Forward Storyfest 2016 is looking for stories about innovative ideas and solutions to help manage urban growth.

Scholarships for Ag Students Available
In 2016, the CHS Foundation will award more than 300 scholarships to students with agriculture or energy-related interests throughout the U.S. and Canada. Apply now.

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education

Scholarships Available for Oklahoma Educators
The Noble Foundation's Noble Academy, Oklahoma State University, and Express Employment Professionals are pleased to announce that 12 scholarships will be awarded to Oklahoma educators to defray the cost of the Oklahoma Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant(ASP) CASE Institute.

The scholarship application deadline is March 31, 2016. Scholarship recipients will be contacted by April 15, 2016. Questions about this scholarship opportunity can be directed to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director, The scholarship application can be found at this link.

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.


USDA 1890 National Scholars Program
The National Scholars Program is a major effort of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the nineteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions, to award scholarships to students to attend one of the nineteen 1890 Institutions in any field of study in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences or other related disciplines. Click here for more information.