Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 5/9/16

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on May 9, 2016

Your weekly overview of agricultural education

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May 9, 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


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

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

September 22
National Teach Ag Day

October 6 – 8
North Central Region AAAE Conference
Lafayette, IN

Past Issues

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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.


Help us Create Meaningful Animal Science Resources
Zoetis, a major sponsor of NAAE’s Communities of Practice, has volunteered to give ag teachers access to its vast library of technical resources on a wide variety of animal science topics. These will be arranged into virtual classrooms on Communities of Practice for teachers to access any time. Please help us tailor these new spaces to best fit your needs by filling out this survey.

2016 NAAE Awards Judging
Are you interested in helping judge the 2016 NAAE award applications? The deadline to sign up is May 10th.Click here for more information and to volunteer.

2016 NAAE Award Applications -- Due May 15th!
NAAE award applications are closing soon! Make sure to submit yours ASAP to showcase your outstanding accomplishments as an ag teacher! Visit our website to apply. Application instructions and supporting information for all NAAE awards are available online. 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

2016 NAAE Convention Early Bird Registration
Get ready for the 2016 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas, NV! This year convention is November 29th through December 3rd and will be held at the Westgate Hotel. Early bird registration is now open through July 15th & we have a special early bird housing deal for you as well! Remember, NAAE members pay one price to attend both the NAAE Convention and ACTE Career Tech VISION.

NAAE Summer Virtual Book Club
Register for FREE by June 3rd & Earn up to 12 hours of Professional Development Credit!
Get ready for an exciting summer of professional development with our Virtual Book Club! We will read and engage with the book The Innovator's Mindset by George Couros. Just click here to register for the book club, then pick up a copy of the book & join the NAAE Virtual Book Club group on Communities of Practice to get started! Click here to find out more!

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. Matthew Turner examines a herd of 8,000 pigs on a livestock farm in North Carolina. Click here to watch.

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education

CASE Institute Scholarship Recipients Announced
Congratulations to the thirty-seven CASE Institute scholarship winners! Generous contributions from Farm Credit East and through the National FFA Foundation from sponsors including the CHS Foundation, DuPont Pioneer, Express Employment Professionals, and Impact FFA have provided full and partial scholarships for award winners to attend CASE Institutes. For a complete listing of the scholarship recipients, please check out the links below.


Apply for a Living To Serve: Environmental and Emergency Preparedness Grant Today!
Chapters may apply for up to $1,200 to support fall semester-long projects that address local environmental needs. Potential projects include: wildlife conservation, land preservation, bee health, recycling, composting, emergency preparedness plans, and assembling emergency first aid kits. Go to apply today. Applications are due June 8th, 2016. You may contact Jordan Henry at with any questions.

National Officer Nominating Committee Nominations Are Open!
Know someone who would make a good Nominating Committee representative?

Submit them to FFA by July 15 for consideration.  Simply fill out this Nominating Committee Potential Representative form.

2016 Scholarship Results Are In!
In 2016, 116 businesses and individuals provided scholarships designed to fit a wide variety of student experiences, career goals and higher education plans. More than 8,300 students applied. The National FFA Organization awarded 1,791 scholarships valued at more than $2.6 million!

A list of recipients is now available on Click Participate then Grants & Scholarships for a link to the current year scholarship results. Recipients are located first by their high school state then alphabetically by student last name.

Detailed instructions on how to claim scholarships will be mailed to recipients in late May.  Recipients who have not received instructions by July 1, 2016, should

Information for the 2017 scholarship program will be available on Nov. 15, 2016.

Plan Your Summer With My Journey
As the school year wraps up and prep for summer begins, be sure to check out the free, innovative and turnkey resources, ideas and activities available on My Journey. Want to remind your students about careers in agriculture before they leave for the summer? Check out our lesson plan about Cargill and Zoetis on theExplore page. Are you encouraging students to find references for resumes created on the FFA Resume Generator? Take a look at the Build page. Teach students to advocate using pizza and cheese by going to the Connect page. Search hundreds of lesson plans using our new Document Library. Incorporate our resources using the Implementation Guide, and don’t forget you can still find lots of ideas on our Archive pages.

We’ve Got Talent, Yes We Do! We’ve Got Talent, How About You?
Encourage your members to come and share their talents at the National FFA Convention & Expo! Each year the National FFA Organization hosts FFA members from across the nation and provides performance opportunities to share their skills with fellow FFA members and convention and expo attendees. Play the fiddle? Throw a mean yoyo? Sing along with your guitar? Performed at your chapter’s banquet or perhaps in your state talent event? National FFA Talent is the next performance for you. Apply today! Visit and scroll down to the Band, Chorus and Talent section to apply.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

Friday Notes
Friday, May 6, 2016: A few of the “month of” celebrations of May; an outline of the new CAST Strategic Plan; and the naked mole rat makes another 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).

FFA Alumni

National FFA Alumni Development Conference
Registration is now open for the 2016 National FFA Alumni Development Conference! The 2016 ADC will challenge you to engage your local community, administrators, business leaders and everyone you meet. ADC will take place July 14-16, 2016 at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. Checkout all the workshops, optional tours, registration, hotel information and much more Registration closes June 19. #FFAadc