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January 30, 2017

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:
  • Identifyingopportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2017

January 31 - February 2
National Ag Ed Inservice
Indianapolis, IN
February 5- 7
Southern Region AAAE Conference
Mobile, AL
March 13-15
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Washington, D.C.

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

 

NAAE

2017 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Agricultural Education Strand
Join ACTE and NAAE March 13-15 for the 2017 ACTE National Policy Seminar and Ag Ed Track. Visit our nation's capitol, improve your advocacy skills, meet with important members of Congress, and hear from national leaders in career and technical education. The National Policy Seminar will also include agricultural education-specific activities especially for NAAE members. Click here for more information.
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Hughes Act
A newly-designed website is now available to help provide you with resources and information about the Smith-Hughes Act. Click here for historical images, lesson plans, articles, and additional information about the legislation that helped transform agricultural education.
National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Application Now Available
Each year, the National Teach Ag Campaign selects 12 outstanding preservice agriculture teachers to represent us at the National FFA Convention, and throughout the year as ambassadors, promoting the profession and encouraging others to Teach Ag! Click here to apply TODAY!
Communities of Practice HighlightsVets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Lindsey Peck of Marks Farms says she wants to make sure her son is exposed to farming because that's how she and her brother were raised. Click here to view the video.

FFA

Important Changes to Opening Ceremony and Official Dress Guidelines
Last week, the National FFA Board of Directors took action on two delegate recommendations regarding Official Dress guidelines and the National FFA Opening Ceremony. The board approved the following, effective immediately:
National FFA Opening Ceremony AmendmentThe reporter’s part of the National FFA Opening Ceremony is to read as follows:As the flag covers the United States of America, so I strive to inform the people in order that every man, woman and child may know that the FFA is a national organization that reaches from the state of Alaska to the Virgin Islands and from the state of Maine to Hawaii.Official Dress Guidelines
Official Dress for an FFA member includes:
  • An official FFA jacket zipped to the top.
  • Black slacks and black socks/nylons or black skirt and black nylons.
  • White collared blouse or white collared shirt.
  • Official FFA tie or official FFA scarf.
  • Black dress shoes with closed heel and toe.
Note: Official garb of recognized religions may be worn with Official Dress.Both changes will take effect immediately on the national level; however, we understand that these changes may happen over the coming months at the state and local levels. We encourage states to begin implementing these changes at their upcoming conventions and conferences, in time for the national convention this fall. National FFA has started reflecting these changes in materials, including:
  • FFA.org (immediately)
  • Official FFA Manual in English and Spanish (online versions immediately; hard-copy version in English once current supplies are depleted)
  • Official FFA Student Handbook in English and Spanish (spring, 2017)
  • National Career and Leadership Development Events (fall, 2017)
  • Blue Catalog (August, 2017)

Grants for Growing
Now through Feb. 13, the National FFA Foundation and Tractor Supply are accepting applications for "Grants for Growing" to serve FFA chapters who want to make a difference in their communities. In 2016, the program raised more than $700,000, funding 374 grants supporting projects involving 39,038 students. Click here for more information and to apply.

CASE

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!

2017 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.

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Friday Notes
Friday, January 27, 2017: Avoiding the “failure to communicate” syndrome for ag and science; ag groups react to new government actions; and the three little pigs decide a bacon fest is not a good holiday destination. These and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

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).

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 23, 2017

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:
  • Identifying opportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2017

January 31 - February 2
National Ag Ed Inservice
Indianapolis, IN
February 5- 7
Southern Region AAAE Conference
Mobile, AL
March 13-15
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Washington, D.C.

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

 

The Council

Integration of the “Culture of Safety” for Agricultural Education
Through the strategic planning process, the National Council for Agricultural Education has committed to promoting a comprehensive view of safety, developing a proactive campaign, and supporting all Team Ag Ed organization members to ensuring a “Culture of Safety” is embraced by all of agricultural education. The “Culture of Safety” is first and foremost in our recognized initiatives and will remain ongoing as a priority to the National Council for Agricultural Education. We honor and hold true to the following statement. “Imperative for all participants of agricultural education to foster and implement a culture of safety.” Click here to read more.
National Ag Ed and FFA Inservice Next Week
More than 250 State and National leaders in agricultural education will be in Indianapolis, Indiana the first week of February. Representatives from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands will be attending the annual event to gain knowledge and gather resources on new programs and updated resources from the National FFA Organization, National FFA Foundation and the National Council for Agricultural Education. For more information,click here.

NAAE

2017 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Agricultural Education Strand
Join ACTE and NAAE March 13-15 for the 2017 ACTE National Policy Seminar and Ag Ed Track. Visit our nation's capitol, improve your advocacy skills, meet with important members of Congress, and hear from national leaders in career and technical education. The National Policy Seminar will also include agricultural education-specific activities especially for NAAE members. Click here for more information.
NAAE Virtual Committee Meetings
Interested in becoming more involved in your professional organization? Attend one of the upcoming NAAE Virtual Committee meetings!
January News & Views
Get ready to advocate for agricultural education! Hear from our newly-elected President, learn about the 2017 ACTE National Policy Seminar with ag education track, & read about one of our outstanding award winners! All this & so much more in January's News & Views.
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. Rick Leone makes his weekly trip to a small rural town and works at discounted rates performing pet vaccines, spaying and neutering. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

Apply Now for New Century Farmer
Know an FFA member who has experience in production agriculture and plans to return to a career in production agriculture through work experience, training or other activities? Are they a former FFA member currently attending a two- or four-year college or university and between the ages of 18-24? Look into New Century Farmer! Held July 16-22, 2017, in Des Moines, Iowa, this all-expense paid conference will be packed full of interactive workshops, field tours, visioning design, networking opportunities and financial planning. Applications are live now and close Feb. 15,  2017. Head here for more information. 

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 scholarships@ffa.org.

National FFA Week Materials Online
National FFA Week is an opportunity for FFA members, alumni and sponsors to advocate for agricultural education and FFA. It's a time to share with local, state and national audiences what FFA is and the impact it has on members every day. Visit FFA.org for everything you’ll need to have a successful week.

Grow Your Chapter Funds
The Tractor Supply Company Grants for Growing application is now live through Feb. 13 at 11:59 p.m. ET. The fundraising period will take place during National FFA Week, Feb., 17-26, with $1 paper emblems for sale at the checkout of Tractor Supply stores. Every dollar raised in your state stays in your state to help fund grant projects.

CASE

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!

2017 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.

CAST

Friday Notes
Friday, January 20, 2017: A “Sonny” announcement about ag secretary, a report about the “greening” of ethanol, and coyotes trash a home owner’s abode. Catch the amazing video about the young woman who climbs wind turbines. These and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 9, 2017

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:
  • Identifyingopportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2017

January 31 - February 2
National Ag Ed Inservice
Indianapolis, IN
February 5- 7
Southern Region AAAE Conference
Mobile, AL
March 13-15
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Washington, D.C.

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

 

 

The Council

National Quality Program Standards Electronic Survey Tool Coming Soon
The National Council is looking to complete the development of the new NQPS electronic Survey tool by March of 2017. The development is complete and programing is in process for the new resource. Click here to read more.

NAAE

2017 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Agricultural Education Strand
Join ACTE and NAAE March 13-15 for the 2017 ACTE National Policy Seminar and Ag Ed Track. Visit our nation's capitol, improve your advocacy skills, meet with important members of Congress, and hear from national leaders in career and technical education. The National Policy Seminar will also include agricultural education-specific activities especially for NAAE members. Click here for more information.
NAAE Advocacy Resources
How does NAAE advocate for agricultural education? Watch this video to find out about our advocacy resources and how you can advocate for your program.
Clyde McBride Selected as Education Week Leader to Learn From
Every year, Education Week identifies some of the nation’s most exceptional school district leaders and shines a spotlight on their extraordinary impact on the success of educators and students in its Leaders To Learn From special report. Click here for a sneak peek of Clyde McBride, director of career and technical education at the Kayenta Unified School District, in Kayenta, Arizona.
December News & Views
Take a look back at yet another successful NAAE Convention. Meet our newly-elected Board of Directors, read about our award winners & so much more in December's News & Views!
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. Tom Noffsinger coaxes beef cattle to play so he can assess their health. He treats animals where medicine use is necessary to prevent animal suffering, and explains the strict safety protocols and record-keeping in place to ensure the medicine has withdrawn from an animal's system before it's sent to market. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

Apply Now for New Century Farmer
Know an FFA member who has experience in production agriculture and plans to return to a career in production agriculture through work experience, training or other activities? Are they a former FFA member currently attending a two- or four-year college or university and between the ages of 18-24? Look into New Century Farmer! Held July 16-22, 2017, in Des Moines, Iowa, this all-expense paid conference will be packed full of interactive workshops, field tours, visioning design, networking opportunities and financial planning. Applications are live now and close Feb. 15,  2017. Head here for more information.

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. 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 National FFA 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 Explore page, and be sure to look through past months’ ideas in our Archive pages.

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 scholarships@ffa.org.

CASE

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.

CAST

Friday Notes
Friday, January 6, 2017: Science wonders, agriculture apps, and the thought that a certain Alexa might get involved with farming. Hero whales, a feisty panda, and an unwelcome snake join with ag research news. These and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

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).