Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 3/13/17

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Mar 13, 2017






March 13, 2017


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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action


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


March 13-15
ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Track
Washington, D.C.
May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
September 21
National Teach Ag Day
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

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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.




Apply Now to Be a National FFA Teacher Ambassador!
Interested in serving as a National FFA Teacher Ambassador? Applications are now available for the 2017-18 term! Click here to apply. The application period closes March 24, 2017, at midnight (EDT).
Take Advantage of the Free Resources on My Journey this Month
As the spring semester continues and state events and banquets approach, remember to peruse My Journey for free resources, ideas and activities! Need award medals for your chapter banquet or lessons to go with the latest issue of FFA New Horizons? Check out the Explore page. Looking for a banquet planning guide to help with the details? What about a lesson on communication skills? Head over to the Build page. Searching for ways to improve or start an FFA Alumni chapter? Is your class ready to learn about global agriculture? Check out the Connect page for information on how to apply for a FFA Alumni Legacy Grant and for a lesson on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer using the Explore page and be sure to look through past months’ ideas on our Archive pages.


Apply for the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy by March 30th!
Each summer, specially selected teachers spend a week participating in an interactive, hands-on, application-based agriscience training program. The training includes agriculture-related labs with a high amount of science content using inquiry-based approaches to student learning. The 2017 session is tentatively scheduled to be held the week of July 17-21. Click here for more information and to apply!
NAAE Award Applications Now Available
NAAE wants to recognize you for your vast accomplishments! Apply today for a NAAE award! Applications are due May 15th. Click here for more information and to apply today!
2017 NAAE Convention Professional Development Workshops-Request for Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2017 NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, December 5-9, 2017, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal.
Serve on the 2017 National NAAE Awards Judging Committee
NAAE is looking for individuals interested in judging our awards. The awards will be judged virtually. Each committee volunteer must be a NAAE member and will judge up to 10 award applications using the required NAAE Award Judging Rubric that will be provided. Follow this link for more information and to sign up by May 12th!
Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Smith-Hughes Act
It has been 100 years since career and technical education was transformed, when President Woodrow Wilson signed the Smith-Hughes Act into law. Celebrate this profound accomplishment with us! Click here for historical images, lesson plans, articles, and additional information about the legislation that helped shape agricultural education.
Agricultural Education Supply and Demand Profiles Now Available
Our supply and demand profiles provide a snapshot of the current status of agriculture teacher supply and demand based on NAAE region. The data was collected from state agricultural education leaders in the fall of 2016 and is based on the 2016 calendar year. Click here to view the profiles.
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!
CHS Foundation Scholarships Due by March 31st!
Graduating high school seniors pursuing a degree in an agricultural-related field at any college or university throughout the United States and Canada are invited to apply for one of 100 $1,000 scholarships. Visit this link for more information.
DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
DEKALB® is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award. For 70 years, this award has been presented to agriculture students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic. To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, ag educators should visit between March 1 - May 1, 2017.
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. Lora Wittenberg encounters her first diagnosis of “blocked tom,” a potentially fatal disease of male cats. Click here to watch the video.


Updated Criteria for Fast Track ASA CASE Institute Participation
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 was recently updated including at least one prior CASE certification, at least two years CASE teaching experience, and solid understanding of the CASE instructional model and classroom implementation. Applications are due at midnight March 31, 2017. Applicants will be notified within two weeks of the deadline of their acceptance status. 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.


Early Career Program for NFRBMEA Conference Overview 2017
CHS donates up to $10,000 as scholarships for ag education students/instructors or possible career change individuals who may have an interest in becoming Farm/Ranch Management instructors in the future.

The 2017 conference is in Des Moines, Iowa June 11-15 2017. Applicants participate in a pre-conference group meeting/educational program and then network throughout the ongoing conference with other conference attendees to learn about the profession(s) and professional organizations that make up NFRBMEA.

We will have a scholarship application available soon and would ask that you share with any and all proper contacts that could get this in potential recipient’s hand.

Further information or questions can be directed to Tina LeBrun:

FFA Alumni

Alumni Regional Development Conferences Underway for 2017
The first Alumni Regional Development Conference of 2017 was held Feb. 3-4 at Orem High School in Orem, Utah. For this conference, staff had an opportunity to speak also with the Utah Association of Agricultural Educators about how Alumni can help teachers achieve a better work/life balance. Representatives from Colorado, Idaho and Utah worked together to develop annual and strategic plans for their state Alumni associations and joined local Alumni members to learn more about how to start Alumni chapters. One participant joined as a life member before the conference was over. These conferences are designed to engage individual members, local FFA alumni leaders, state FFA alumni leaders, agricultural educators and others involved with agricultural education. The event format allows for networking and socializing with fellow FFA alumni, idea sharing and collecting feedback to address obstacles, learning and training in areas of advocacy, leadership, affiliate business operations and more. To learn about the other ten 2017 RDCs, visit











Friday Notes
Friday, March 10, 2017:  Water issues; pesticides, fruits, and veggies; and a biotech tidal wave. Comments from the new EPA head, and tragedy strikes during Texas wildfires. Hannah’s new blog is a slam dunk as it compares farming to March Madness. 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).