Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 4/10/17

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Apr 10, 2017









April 10, 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


May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
June 25-28
New England Ag Teachers (NEAT) Conference
Portsmouth, NH
September 21
National Teach Ag Day
September 21-23
North Central AAAE Meeting
Ames, IA
September 25-27
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Ft. Collins, CO
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

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National Teach Ag Ambassador Program Applications DUE TODAY, APRIL 10TH
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!
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 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!
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.
Bayer Offers Awards for Those Seeking to Help Protect & Promote Bee Pollinators
Bayer's Bee Care program recently announced three great opportunities for anyone who has been involved in protecting and promoting bee pollinators as well as for those interested in establishing pollinator forage. Any one of these could fit one of your students or your program. Click here to see how you can apply & be involved!
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. Kiehne explains the design of the farrowing barn where mom sows live for about three weeks while delivering and nursing their piglets, protected from the elements and from territorial barn-mates. Click here to watch the video.


2017 CASE Institute Registration – Register Now
Register soon to attend a CASE Institute before time runs out! CASE Institute registration for the upcoming summer will close in the coming months! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.


Each site is 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 – Deadline Approaching
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.

Join CASE for the #TeachAgChat
Join CASE for the #TeachAgChat on Thursday, April 20th from 8-9pm EDT/5-6pm PDT. Discussion will focus on questioning in the agriscience classroom. Questions for the chat include but are not limited to: What question strategies have you found useful in your classroom? How will you encourage more and better questions from your students? What indicators illustrate you have achieved high-level #inquiry in your classroom? CASE looks forward to thoughtful discussion during the #TeachAgChat as teachers, CASE staff, and special guests discuss inquiry-based learning and questioning techniques!

Follow us on Twitter @case4learning and join the conversation by using #TeachAgChat!


New Official FFA Student Handbook Ready
The 16th edition of the Official FFA Student Handbook is now available. The handbook features updated opening ceremonies, Official Dress guidelines, supervised agricultural experience descriptions, career development event/leadership development event information, tips, resource connections, and stimulating thoughts designed to engage readers. In addition to the handbook, printed poster sets are available for purchase on Additional free resources are available at

Visit My Journey for Free Resources
As banquet season and the end of the semester nears, be sure to check out My Journey for free resources, ideas and activities! Explore the latest lesson plan on the retiring address of national vice president Abrah Meyer and peruse various resources from Lincoln Electric on the Explore page. Need a resource for planning your banquet menu? In search of a job interview lesson on body language mistakes? Check out the Build page for these resources and more. Looking for information on how to engage young professionals with volunteerism? Head over to the Connect page for this and a new Day in the Life video! Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer into your classroom using the Explore page and be sure to look through past months’ ideas in our Archive pages.

Register Now for 212◦ and 360
Registration for the 2017-18 212◦ and 360◦ conference season is now available. Please read our newconference planning guide. This will help ensure an easy registration and conference experience. The deadline for 2017-18 conference registration is Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017. We have changed several items related to hosting a 212◦ and/or 360◦ conference. Our aim is to improve efficiencies in shipping and invoicing and to bring more clarity to the hosting process. These changes may result in some increased costs for hosts; however, these changes make the processes more straightforward and timely. Find more information on the 212◦/360◦ leadership conference webpages. Click here to begin registration.

2017 National FFA Convention & Expo Housing
We have made improvements to the housing process for the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo. Based on feedback received from the post-convention survey and FFA In Service, we are implementing an online reservation process for all convention attendees who want to reserve a room within the National FFA Housing block. For detailed information, log in to and select the housing document in the “What’s New” section of the Toolbox. If you have questions, email us,


Virtual CTE Discussions
Brought to you by ACTE's Educators in Action, this online discussion series is designed to empower educators and reinforce their professional skills. Led by career and technical educators, these regular discussions provide a platform for peer-sharing with professionals across the country. Discussions explore hot topics in CTE and tools and tips for strengthening CTE programs. Join fellow ACTE members for these informative and engaging discussions and lend your voice, expertise and ideas to your peers on these important topics. Click here for the Virtual CTE Discussion Calendar.


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.

The scholarship application is now available and we ask that you share with any and all proper contacts that could get this in potential recipient’s hand. Applications are due April 21st.

Further information or questions can be directed to Tina LeBrun:











Friday Notes
Friday, April 7, 2017: Crop protection is key to food security, and CAST’s new publication covers the innovation and technology involved with fighting pests, weeds, and disease. Ag news from Capitol Hill, university ag programs honored, and a look at the fake news that used to be called “April Fools.” Sharks lurking off St. Louis, anyone? 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 Land O’Lakes.