Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 9/26/16

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Sep 26, 2016





September 26, 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


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


February 5- 7
Southern Region AAAE Conference
Mobile, AL

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The Council

Connecting Leaders, Fostering Collaboration and Driving Action
The Council is living out the newly adopted vision this week by connecting leaders from 17 states to come together for the SAE Summit in Omaha. Last evening The Council SAE committee kicked off the SAE Summit with more than 60 participants who will start work the next couple days identifying practical options of how the National Council’s “SAE Philosophy and Guiding Principles” can be implemented in local agricultural education programs. Click here to read more.


2016 Future Agriscience Teacher Symposium -- NAAE Track
The Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium is a professional development opportunity for preservice agricultural education majors held in conjunction with the National Association of Agricultural Educators annual convention. The FAST Symposium - NAAE Convention Track will include opportunities for attendees to engage in customized professional development, networking and mentoring with current agriculture teachers from across the country. Only 18 applicants will be selected to attend the FAST Symposium - NAAE Convention Track in Las Vegas, NV.
Click here for more information and to apply.If you have questions, contact Ellen Thompson at 605.350.3842 or by email at  All applications must be submitted online by 11:59pm Eastern on Sunday, October 2nd - no exceptions. 
Thank you for Celebrating National Teach Ag Day 2016!
In case you missed our live webcast from POET in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, you can watch the archived webcast HERE.
Also, we had an interactive learning session about biofuels before the Teach Ag Day webcast. This was a great, informative session with experts in the biofuels industry. You can watch the archived version of that HERE.
2016 NAAE Convention
Join us in Las Vegas this year for NAAE Convention, November 29th through December 3rd. Book your room by September 30th to receive the early bird housing discount at the Westgate Hotel. View our online scheduler to see professional development workshops, general sessions, and more!
Teach Ag Research Requests
Nearly every week we get requests for data and research related to agriculture teacher recruitment and retention. If you have research, poster abstracts or articles related to this topic please send the document, image or link to Tabitha will be compiling all related materials and placing them on the Teach Ag website for people to access your hard work and contributions to the profession – and citing you of course.
New Horticulture Today Text Aligns with the National AFNR Career Cluster Content Standards and Supports STEM Instruction
An all-new option for introductory horticulture or plant science courses, Horticulture Today engages students with practical information they can use and hands-on activities they perform. Written by two experienced agricultural educators and published by Goodheart-Willcox, the text provides a contemporary overview of the horticulture industry, plus thorough coverage of plant science, horticultural practices, landscape design and maintenance, and integrated pest management.Horticulture Today includes assessment material for instructors, SAE Opportunities, and STEM Connections.Click here to learn 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, meet Dr. Brittney Barton as she cares for shelter cat Skinny, an obese, 42-pound feline. Click hereto watch the video.


ACTE’s Video PSA Contest for Career and Technical Education Month® 2017 is Now Open!
Before Career and Technical Education Month each year, ACTE offers schools from all over the country the chance to submit 30-second public service announcement videos informing viewers of the value of CTE and providing a glimpse of their school’s excellent CTE students and programs. ACTE is now accepting submissions for this year’s contest!

The deadline for entry is November 4th, 2016. Winners will be selected by ACTE’s Board of Directors, announced at our VISION conference in November 2016, and have their videos posted on ACTE’s website and promoted during CTE Month in February 2017. The winning school will receive $500 and the second place school will receive $250. The full rules are here. We encourage you to visit our PSA Contest page and CTE Month page to find more information about the contest and learn about other ways to get involved during CTE Month 2017!”

FFA Alumni

Alumni Legacy Grants
Each year the six National FFA Officers brainstorm their legacy: How will they be remembered after 365 days of service? The 2015-16 National FFA Officer legacy project revolves around alumni and the misnomer that a member’s era of service ends after high school graduation. One part of the legacy project is to provide the resources to grow the number of local FFA Alumni chapters and improve the quality of existing FFA Alumni chapters through Alumni Legacy Grants. The grant application is now online and available to anyone to fill out. Apply now through September 30, 2016 for the opportunity to receive a $500 grant to create or improve an FFA Alumni Chapter.



#TeachAgChat – How Is Your Local Program Successful?
Join the FFA Local Program Success (LPS) team for another great #TeachAgChat! Thursday, Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. on Twitter. With over 200 years of collective experience working in agricultural education, the LPS team will be sharing great tips and information to use in your classrooms and FFA chapters.

Apply Now: SAE Grants
The 2016 SAE grant application process is open. Thanks to our sponsors, this year 149 supervised agricultural experience (SAE) grants of $1,000 are available to help FFA members start or expand an SAE.  Applications are due Nov. 15, 2016, by 11:59 p.m. EST. Visit  the SAE Grant webpage to learn more.

Judges and Hosts Needed for the 2016 National FFA Convention & Expo
FFA is working to acquire volunteers for a variety of events at the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo. If you or someone you know will already be in Indianapolis and are interested in volunteering on Wednesday, Oct. 19 and/or Thursday, Oct. 20, encourage them to sign up via the links below. We cannot reimburse any travel or parking accommodations. Additionally, in an effort to maintain the integrity of the process, we try to avoid placing judges in areas where their states/schools are represented. Additional details are available upon request. We appreciate your assistance in advance to help secure these volunteers who are critical to the success of the programs.

Agriscience Fair Judges
Wednesday, Oct. 19
Noon – 6 p.m.
Contact: Jenna Genson
Register here

National Chapter Judges
Wednesday, Oct. 19
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Contact: Jenna Genson
Register here

Proficiency Judges
Thursday, Oct. 20
Noon – 5 p.m.
Contact: Brett Evans
Register here

Proficiency Room Hosts
Thursday, Oct. 20
10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Contact: Brett Evans
Please email with nominations. Include first and last name and email address.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

Friday Notes
Friday, Sept. 23, 2016: The UN swats at superbugs, the Farm Aid concerts turn 31, and the first gene editing on human embryos draws reactions. Also, grab your wingsuit and take a short adrenalin pumping ride—these and many more ag/science links in this week’s edition.

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).