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. Deanna Fuller shows student Camille how to do a basic exam on a dog, which includes a weight check, teeth cleaning, checking for strange lumps and bumps plus fleas, ticks and more. Click here to watch the video.
FFA Alumni Association Leadership Scholarships
The 2016 National FFA Alumni Association Leadership Scholarship checks are on their way to all eligible state FFA alumni associations and local FFA alumni chapters. This year, the Alumni association was able to distribute $108,035 to send FFA members to leadership conferences. As you may recall, in 2015 the National FFA Alumni Council supported the decision of the National FFA Organization to budget a set percentage of the life member investment account strictly for these scholarships in place of holding a live auction at the National FFA Convention & Expo. This decision led to $106,700 being budgeted for 2016 in place of the $26,167 raised in 2015. On top of the budgeted amount, we also added proceeds from the state basket silent auction held in Alumni Central at the convention to bring the total allotment to $108,035.
New December/January Content for My Journey
As final exams are wrapping up and semester grading ends, the lesson planning, however, never stops. Check out the FREE planning tips, tools and lesson plans available within My Journey for this month. Want a lesson about the Christmas tree industry? How about a lesson over a unique supervised agricultural experience project that involves making pens? Take a look at the Explore page. Looking for a lesson on improving job interviewing skills? Have questions about the Agriscience Fair revisions? Check out the Build page. Need a great tool to help recruit FFA Alumni members? Gearing up for career development events (CDEs) and need a lesson to help introduce students to the variety of CDEs available? Head over to the Connect page. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer using the AgExplorer implementation guide with lesson plans on the Explorepage, and be sure to look through past months’ ideas in our Archive pages.
AgExplorer Hosts First Virtual Field Trip
Go behind-the-scenes at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Mich., to learn how the needs of agriculture customers impact the design, engineering and testing of Ford F-Series trucks. Meet Ford employees who use advanced technologies to solve the practical challenges faced daily in agricultural settings. Visit AgExplorer.comto watch now.
2017 Scholarship Application Now Available
The 2017 National FFA online scholarship application is live until 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 1, 2017. The Signature Page – required to complete eligibility – must be postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2017. Be sure to review eligibility requirements for the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarships (presented by the Monsanto Fund) and the Built Ford Tough dealer scholarship program. Questions, comments or concerns? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASA Fast Track CASE Institute
Kansas State University will host the first ever Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA) Fast Track CASE Institute June 19-24, 2017. Pre-institute homework will be required and teachers must apply to participate. Criteria for applicants include at least two prior CASE certifications, at least one year CASE teaching experience, and solid understanding of the CASE instructional model and classroom implementation. Applications are due at midnight February 1, 2017. Applicants will be notified within two weeks of the deadline of their acceptance status, and all teachers not accepted will be provided the opportunity to register for a different CASE Institute. We look forward to pioneering this fantastic new opportunity for CASE teachers to earn CASE certification. Click here to apply!
2016 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the 26 CASE Institutes, which 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.
2017 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 28, 2017 and applications will be approved on a rolling basis.
Region I 2017 Professional Development Leadership Conference
As we prepare for a phenomenal professional development experience, we're launching our Call For Proposals. If you or anyone you know might be interested in joining us in New York City on Apr. 26-28, please submit a proposal online and/or share the link with other prospective presenters. This is an excellent opportunity for you to showcase programs and to share your expertise with colleagues.
The Region I Conference Call for Proposals will close Dec. 23. Presenters will be contacted by Jan. 6. If you have any questions or should encounter difficulty in filling out this form, please contact Mike Woods.
Friday, December 9, 2016: Presentations about biotech and trade issues, cabinet picks affect ag, and kangaroos don’t always fight fair. These and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.
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