Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 10/10/16

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Oct 10, 2016







October 10, 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


February 5- 7
Southern Region AAAE Conference
Mobile, AL

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The Council

Council News for Upcoming NASAE and FFA Conventions
Council Managing Director, Tony Small and the National Council members will be attending the Annual National Association of Supervisors in Agricultural Education Convention in Indianapolis next week. The NASAE representative to the Council, Mike Womochil, who also chairs the SAE Committee will be providing updates to NASAE members during the program on Monday. The Council program will highlight new information on SAE renewal, as well as progress on the work for the National Quality Program Standards and related tools for local program support. The Council will also be sharing the newly revised Vision, Mission and Strategic Priorities for the Council. We look forward to sharing this and all new information from the Council with state supervisors during the session on Monday.
The National Council for Agricultural Education will also be exhibiting in the National FFA Convention Expo. Representatives will be there to share the new vision, mission and strategic priorities, as well as provide a special gift to teachers, state leaders and teacher educators. Please do not forget to stop by the Council booth to learn more about the new Council initiatives and get your special gift. See you in Indianapolis.


2017 FFA Week Living to Serve Grant
How will you transform your community? Apply for a 2017 FFA Week Living to Serve Grant from National FFA. The goal of the grant is to support middle school and high school FFA chapters across the country in hosting meaningful service projects that make a difference in their community during FFA Week. Applications are due November 16, 2016. Additional information on the FFA Week Living to Serve Grant is available on the Living to Serve website.
New My Journey Resources Now Available
Transform your lesson planning with updated resources in My Journey!  Check out My Journey for free tips, lesson plans and resources.  Need a quick video to teach your students about an agricultural company?  Then check out the Explore page to learn about Monsanto.  Heading to the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo?  Take a look at the chapter resources on the Build page.  Visit  the Connect page for a current event article on agricultural drones. Incorporate AgExplorer in your lessons and let students discover the 235 unique careers within agriculture! Don’t forget: You can find past months’ ideas and content in the document library within the Archive pages.
Download the Official Convention & Expo App
Get it for free! Features include a complete convention and expo schedule, cool photo filters, interactive maps, a full exhibitor listing, a customizable schedule, exclusive convention and expo news and updates and more. Download it now through iTunes or Google Play.


NAAE -- DuPont Agriscience Institute at the 2016 National FFA Convention
Join us this year for some outstanding workshops during your time at National FFA Convention, sponsored by DuPont. We have offerings for teachers at all stages of their career. Make sure to stop by for inquiry-based professional development, networking, and so much more. Click here for the schedule.
National Teach Ag Campaign Signing Day at National FFA Convention
Calling all seniors who plan to major in agricultural education Fall 2017. Sign up for a spot at the Teach Ag booth (#2455) to officially declare that you plan to change lives, make a difference and be a role model by teaching agriculture. Once you sign up to confirm your spot, show up at the Teach Ag booth five minutes beforehand with your team of supporters (ex. agriculture teacher, parents, friends, etc).  We take care of the rest. 
Contact Tabitha Hudspeth at with questions.  Click here to sign-up for your spot TODAY!
Looking for Stops Along the Way to National FFA Convention?
Growth Energy, a major sponsor of the National Teach Ag Campaign, has created a map of its plants, where you can take your students for a biofuels industry tour as you make your way to Indy! Click here to view the map.
2016 NAAE Convention
Join us in Las Vegas this year for NAAE Convention, November 29th through December 3rd. Get ready for this year's convention with our online scheduler! Go ahead and plan out your professional development workshops, general sessions, and 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. Pete Ostrum mentors the newest vet in his clinic Dr. Jen Nightingale as they treat a horse suffering from an eye condition. Click here to watch the video.








Vote for the 2016 Safety Educator of the Year Award
Diane Herndon, agriculture teacher at Frederick Career & Technology Center, in Maryland is representing agricultural education well in this year's Safety Educator of Year award category. Click here to read all of the finalists' biographies. Cast your vote by clicking here.

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!”


DuPont Pioneer Commits $175,000 to Food and Agricultural Education Grants
DuPont Pioneer will award $175,000 in grants to agriscience educators to fund training and classroom resources that will help them implement advanced agriculture curriculum. Grant recipients are teachers who are implementing Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) in their classrooms. Click here for a link to the application. The deadline to apply is November 11th.

Visit the CASE Booth at National FFA Convention!
CASE will be located at booth #2165 in Teacher’s World. Visit the CASE booth to learn about current and upcoming CASE courses, CASE Online, Lead Teacher opportunities for 2017, and much more. CASE will also have the most up to date listing of 2017 CASE Institute dates and locations posted at the booth.

All CASE certified teachers and CASE students who stop by the booth will receive a CASE button to wear during National FFA Convention. PLUS, CASE certified teachers will receive a CASE window cling and a CASE highlighter, while supplies last!

The CASE VIP Lounge will have seating reserved for CASE certified teachers to catch up with colleagues or rest their feet. CASE teachers can also mark their agricultural education program on the CASE map!

FFA Alumni

Former FFA Members Activated to FFA Alumni
Some 98,474 former FFA members are now active FFA alumni members as of this past weekend. As shared earlier, the process of converting FFA members to active alumni takes place every April for the current senior/12th grade FFA membership. This is exciting news that allows our alumni staff to communicate with former FFA members and keep them engaged after they graduate from high school.

National FFA Alumni Booth at Expo
We invite you to stop by the National FFA Alumni booth in the Expo to see the refreshed booth display that will be utilized for the first time. Visitors will be able to join alumni on site at one of the two available kiosks, and adults may pick up an alumni resource book if they want to start an alumni chapter. Many more resources and handouts will be available. The special giveaway items this year are stick-on temporary tattoos with the 2016-2017 theme! We hope to see you at booth #1335.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

Friday Notes
Friday, October 7, 2016: World Food Prize events, a message from President Obama about agriculture, and an essay about a family’s “blue corduroy FFA legacy.” Pizza algorithms, a list of the best diners in each state, and insights about why dogs like to sniff us. 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).