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May 22, 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

June 25-28
NAAE REGION VI Conference/ 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

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

Podcast Series about Women Agribusiness Leaders
Sara Steever, the president of Paulsen, an ag marketing firm in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has an ongoing podcast series called Spark: Women in Agribusiness, where she interviews top females in a variety of agriculture-related positions. The interviews are short and interesting, and the women talk about how they got to where they are today, what drew them to agriculture and their careers, and more. Click here for more information and to watch the videos.
Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium Application Now Available
The Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium is a professional development experience for preservice agricultural education majors. There are two FAST symposium opportunities to choose from.  While not identical in nature, both include customized professional development, networking, and mentoring with current and future agriculture teachers from across the country. You are only eligible to attend one of the experiences annually. Between 15-25 participants will be selected for each session. Applications are due May 29th. Click here for more information and to apply.
National Teach Ag Day
Go ahead and start making your plans to celebrate National Teach Ag Day on Thursday, September 21st! Check out the Teach Ag website for more information, celebration ideas & so much more!
Register for the NAAE Virtual Book Club
This summer we will be immersing ourselves in a culture of excellence with Start. Right. Now., by Todd Whitaker, Jeffrey Zoul, and Jimmy Casas. Click here to register by June 9th!
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Farruggio vaccinates calves against brucellosis which can cause a serious disease in humans called undulant fever. Click here to watch the video.

CASE

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.

FFA

$3,000 Yearlong Living to Serve Grant
Grants up to $3,000 will be awarded to middle and high school chapters to help meet needs in the focus areas of: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement.
Community engagement projects may include, but are not limited to:
  • Identifying historical buildings in need of repair and partnering with an organization to refurbish them for community use.
  • Hosting “Mix it up at Lunch” days to have students move outside of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. This could be part of a yearlong anti-bullying/teaching tolerance campaign.
  • Collecting the histories of local people and/or organizations to share with the community. This may include, but is not limited to, veterans, farmers, business men and women or FFA alumni.
To access the application, in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants. Grants are due June 15th, 2017. Please contact the Living to Serve Team at LTS@FFA.org with any questions.
Help Us Tell Our Story at the National Convention and Expo
The National FFA Organization is seeking college students or recent college graduates pursuing degrees in journalism, public relations, telecommunications, or a closely related field to share with the world the news and feature stories coming out of the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 25-28, 2017, in Indianapolis. To learn more and apply, access the application now.
Need Help Promoting Advocacy in Your Classrooms?
The Habitudes student books and resources reinforce advocacy concepts through readings, videos, discussions and self-reflections. After participating in Habitudes activities, students will be better prepared to advocate for important causes and enter the workforce through improved skills in collaboration, communication and leadership.
What is included?
  • 25 student books
  • 1 teacher’s guide
  • PowerPoint slides and worksheets
  • 13 posters
  • 25 Paper Bookmarks
Learn more about habitudes via our website. Order yours today by visiting Shop FFA!
Apply Now: National FFA Convention & Expo Student and Teacher Workshops
Interested in presenting a 60-minute workshop to either students or teachers at the National FFA Convention and Expo? Applications are live now at FFA.org/events/convention/planning#workshops and are due July 1. Presenters will be notified within two weeks of the application deadline whether or not their workshops have been accepted.
Need ideas? Survey results show that students are interested in topics on leadership styles, teamwork, careers (animal science, agricultural business and engineering for specific careers), building an FFA chapter, parliamentary procedure, social media, advocacy, public speaking and bringing our FFA communities together. The more interactive, the better. Teachers would like to see topics on classroom resources, hydroponics, agricultural mechanics, judging workshops, STEM, small animal care, animal science, food science, food security, new teacher survival tips/tricks, and classroom lab activities.Questions? Contact Casey Zufelt (czufelt@ffa.org) about student workshops and Sarah Dickinson (sdickinson@ffa.org) about teacher workshops.
Cargill's Virtual Field Trip on Demand!
Watch past national officer Abrah Meyer and Cargill employees discuss exciting careers in agriculture during Cargill's live virtual field trip that took place earlier this month. See the full video by visiting the AgExplorer Virtual Field trip website, https://www.agexplorer.com/virtual-field-trip. #AgExplorerVFT.
Award-winning FFA Chapters Share Stories of Success 
The 2016 Chapter Success Guide is now available! Each chapter that was selected as a national finalist in the National Chapter Award Program is highlighted in this publication. This document can be accessed in PDF on the national chapter award program webpage.
Apply Now: National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent
Do you have an FFA member who excels in career development events and also has time to march in the school band? Or perhaps you know of a member who performs each year at your annual banquet? Encourage them to share their talents with other FFA members from across the country! National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent applications are now available atFFA.org/events/convention/planning#bct. Band, chorus and talent are three groups that offer a unique opportunity for members to exhibit their musical talents, in addition to their love for agriculture! Applications are due by Friday, July 7.
Sail Into Summer Using My Journey
As the school year ends, are you searching for engaging lesson plans or other resources? Check out the new content on My Journey! There are several FREE lesson plans, tips and open resources within My Journey. Discover a lesson about Land O’Lakes and their brands and resources from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association on the Explore page. Head over to the Build page for an employability skills lesson on networking and a service-learning focus area and measurable outcomes document. On the Connect page, you will find a current event article from The Progressive Farmer, “Ag Merger Mania,” and alumni promotional resources. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer into your classroom using the Explore page as you discuss careers in agriculture, and be sure to look through past months’ resources in our Archive.
National Officer Nominating Committee: Nomination Form Now Open
Do you know someone who would make a good nominating committee representative? Then follow the below steps:

ACTE

Have You Seen ACTE’s Industry Connect Blog?
ACTE’s new Industry Connect Blog offers visitors the chance to learn about current connections between educators and employers within the CTE community. Blog topics to date have included accounts of specific education-industry partnerships, as well as the skills gaps and career opportunities in fields like advanced manufacturing, health care and information technology, and we welcome Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources topics from the Ag Ed Division. We are currently looking for blog writers for the summer and fall. If you are interested, please contact Kevin Oshinskie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Notes
Friday, May 19, 2017: Food surveys reflect consumer confusion, the USDA reorganization raises questions, and gene editing deals with the “code of life.” Also check out a cyclopean goat, mini pigs, and plants with “ears.” 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 15, 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

May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
June 25-28
NAAE REGION VI Conference/ 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

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

NAAE Award Applications DUE TODAY!!
Your accomplishments deserve to be recognized! Apply today for a NAAE award! Applications are due today, May 15th, so make sure to begin your application soon. Click here for more information and to apply today!
NAAE Position Announcement
NAAE is currently seeking qualified applicants for a Membership Coordinator/Program Assistant. For more details on the job description and to apply, please click here.
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!
Podcast Series about Women Agribusiness Leaders
Sara Steever, the president of Paulsen, an ag marketing firm in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has an ongoing podcast series called Spark: Women in Agribusiness, where she interviews top females in a variety of agriculture-related positions. The interviews are short and interesting, and the women talk about how they got to where they are today, what drew them to agriculture and their careers, and more. Click here for more information and to watch the videos.
May News & Views
Gear up for summer professional development! Check out what is happening at the upcoming regional meetings, register for the NAAE Virtual Book Club, and meet the newest flagship sponsor for Communities of Practice! All this & more in the May edition of News & Views!
Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium Application Now Available
The Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium is a professional development experience for preservice agricultural education majors. There are two FAST symposium opportunities to choose from.  While not identical in nature, both include customized professional development, networking, and mentoring with current and future agriculture teachers from across the country. You are only eligible to attend one of the experiences annually. Between 15-25 participants will be selected for each session. Applications are due May 29th. Click here for more information and to apply.
National Teach Ag Day
Go ahead and start making your plans to celebrate National Teach Ag Day on Thursday, September 21st! Check out the Teach Ag website for more information, celebration ideas & so much more!
2017-18 National Teach Ag Ambassadors Selected
Each year, the National Teach Ag Campaign selects 12 preservice agriculture teachers to serve as ambassadors at National FFA Convention, and throughout the year at their respective universities and states. Click here to see who was selected and to read the full press release.
BASF Newest Sponsor of the National Teach Ag Campaign
BASF recently made the commitment to sponsor the National Teach Ag Campaign for 2017. Click here to watch our video announcement.
Register for the NAAE Virtual Book Club
This summer we will be immersing ourselves in a culture of excellence with Start. Right. Now., by Todd Whitaker, Jeffrey Zoul, and Jimmy Casas. Click here to register by June 9th!
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Travis Henry and Dr. Molly Rice transport their ambulatory equine dental trailer from their clinic in Wisconsin to CJ's ranch in Illinois. Legacy is an elderly mare due for a six-month checkup. Click here to view the video.

CASE

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.

FFA

$3,000 Yearlong Living to Serve Grant
How will your chapter serve your community? Clifton Ridge Middle School FFA (GA) created a school-wide composting program to help reduce the amount of waste headed to landfills.
Middle and high school chapters may submit a Yearlong Living to Serve application with a plan to tackle a community need during the 2017-2018 school year. Grants up to $3,000 will be awarded in the focus areas of: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. To access the application, in English or Spanish, visitwww.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.  Grants are due June 15th, 2017. Please contact the Living to Serve Team at LTS@FFA.org with any questions.
Award-winning FFA Chapters Share Stories of Success 
The 2016 Chapter Success Guide is now available! Each chapter that was selected as a national finalist in the National Chapter Award Program is highlighted in this publication. This document can be accessed in PDF on the national chapter award program webpage.
Apply Now: National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent
Do you have an FFA member who excels in career development events and also has time to march in the school band? Or perhaps you know of a member who performs each year at your annual banquet? Encourage them to share their talents with other FFA members from across the country! National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent applications are now available atFFA.org/events/convention/planning#bct. Band, chorus and talent are three groups that offer a unique opportunity for members to exhibit their musical talents, in addition to their love for agriculture! Applications are due by Friday, July 7.
Sail Into Summer Using My Journey
As the school year ends, are you searching for engaging lesson plans or other resources? Check out the new content on My Journey! There are several FREE lesson plans, tips and open resources within My Journey. Discover a lesson about Land O’Lakes and their brands and resources from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association on the Explore page. Head over to the Build page for an employability skills lesson on networking and a service-learning focus area and measurable outcomes document. On the Connect page, you will find a current event article from The Progressive Farmer, “Ag Merger Mania,” and alumni promotional resources. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer into your classroom using the Explore page as you discuss careers in agriculture, and be sure to look through past months’ resources in our Archive.
National Officer Nominating Committee: Nomination Form Now Open
Do you know someone who would make a good nominating committee representative? Then follow the below steps:

New Official FFA Student Handbook Available
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 ShopFFA.org. Additional, free resources are available atFFA.org/student-handbook-advisors-guide.

ACTE

Have You Seen ACTE’s Industry Connect Blog?
ACTE’s new Industry Connect Blog offers visitors the chance to learn about current connections between educators and employers within the CTE community. Blog topics to date have included accounts of specific education-industry partnerships, as well as the skills gaps and career opportunities in fields like advanced manufacturing, health care and information technology, and we welcome Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources topics from the Ag Ed Division. We are currently looking for blog writers for the summer and fall. If you are interested, please contact Kevin Oshinskie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAST

 

 

 

Friday Notes
Friday, May 12, 2017: The importance of ag innovation and research; changes at the UDSA; and musicians like Ed Sheeran focus on childhood diseases. Also check out sheep on bikes, goats at work, and dogs on the farm. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 8, 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

May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
June 25-28
NAAE REGION VI Conference/ 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

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

NAAE Award Applications DUE NEXT MONDAY!!
Your accomplishments deserve to be recognized! Apply today for a NAAE award! Applications are due May 15th, so make sure to begin your application soon. Click here for more information and to apply today!
2017 NAAE Convention Professional Development Workshops-Request for Proposals -- DUE FRIDAY!!
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 -- APPLY BY FRIDAY, MAY 12TH!!
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!
NAAE Position Announcement
NAAE is currently seeking qualified applicants for a Membership Coordinator/Program Assistant. For more details on the job description and to apply, please click here.
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!
Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium Application Now Available
The Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium is a professional development experience for preservice agricultural education majors. There are two FAST symposium opportunities to choose from.  While not identical in nature, both include customized professional development, networking and mentoring with current and future agriculture teachers from across the country. You are only eligible to attend one of the experiences annually. Between 15-25 participants will be selected for each session. Applications are due May 29th. Click here for more information and to apply.
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 teaches horse care to 4-H student Camille who wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up. First Dr. Fuller shows how to perform a physical exam on a horse, then her associate Dr. Lindsey Peck demonstrates dental care to their local 4-H youth group in Northwestern New York State. Click hereto watch the video.

CASE

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.

FFA

Apply Now! Yearlong Living to Serve Grant
FFA is excited to announce that the 2017-2018 Yearlong Living to Serve grant application is now open and available in both English and Spanish! Middle and high school chapters may apply for up to $3,000 to support yearlong service-learning projects that address community needs in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement.
To access the application visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants. Grants are due June 15th, 2017. Please contact the Living to Serve Team atLTS@FFA.org with any questions.
Register Now: AgExplorer Virtual Field Trip at Cargill
During May’s virtual field trip at Cargill, AgExplorer will take students inside the world of agriculture to learn how careers in science and technology play a key role in getting food to your table in a safe and affordable way. Students will hear from numerous Cargill employees who represent a variety of interesting careers, from a food marketer to a food scientist and more. Registration for the event is free, and classrooms around the globe can participate by asking a question via AgExplorer.com or on social media with #AgExplorerVFT.
Apply Now: National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent
Do you have an FFA member who excels in career development events and also has time to march in the school band? Or perhaps you know of a member who performs each year at your annual banquet? Encourage them to share their talents with other FFA members from across the country! National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent applications are now available atFFA.org/events/convention/planning#bct. Band, chorus and talent are three groups that offer a unique opportunity for members to exhibit their musical talents, in addition to their love for agriculture! Applications are due by Friday, July 7.
Sail Into Summer Using My Journey
As the school year ends, are you searching for engaging lesson plans or other resources? Check out the new content on My Journey! There are several FREE lesson plans, tips and open resources within My Journey. Discover a lesson about Land O’Lakes and their brands and resources from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association on the Explore page. Head over to the Build page for an employability skills lesson on networking and a service-learning focus area and measurable outcomes document. On the Connect page, you will find a current event article from The Progressive Farmer, “Ag Merger Mania,” and alumni promotional resources. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer into your classroom using the Explore page as you discuss careers in agriculture, and be sure to look through past months’ resources in our Archive.
National Officer Nominating Committee: Nomination Form Now Open
Do you know someone who would make a good nominating committee representative? Then follow the below steps:

90th National FFA Convention & Expo Website Now Live
Information for this year’s convention and expo is now live on FFA.org/convention. Find out the annual convention theme, concert performers, opening session speaker, planning information and more to help with planning.

2017 Scholarship Results Are In!
In 2017, 115 businesses and individuals provided scholarships designed to fit a wide variety of student experiences, career goals and higher education plans. More than 8,300 students applied. The National FFA Organization awarded 1,883 scholarships valued at more than $2.7 million!

A list of recipients is now available on FFA.org.  Click Participate/Grants & Scholarships/Scholarships for a link to the scholarship results. Recipients are located first by their high school state then alphabetically by student last name. Detailed instructions on how to claim scholarships will be mailed to recipients in late May. (Recipients who have not received instructions by July 1, 2017, should email scholarships@ffa.org.)

Information about the 2018 scholarship program will be available on FFA.org Nov. 15, 2017.

New Official FFA Student Handbook Available
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 ShopFFA.org. Additional free resources are available atFFA.org/student-handbook-advisors-guide.

ACTE

Have You Seen ACTE’s Industry Connect Blog?
ACTE’s new Industry Connect Blog offers visitors the chance to learn about current connections between educators and employers within the CTE community. Blog topics to date have included accounts of specific education-industry partnerships, as well as the skills gaps and career opportunities in fields like advanced manufacturing, health care and information technology, and we welcome Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources topics from the Ag Ed Division. We are currently looking for blog writers for the summer and fall. If you are interested, please contact Kevin Oshinskie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAST

 

 

 

Friday Notes
Friday, May 5, 2017: Temple Grandin will be honored, Ag Secretary Perdue announces directives, and late blizzards turn deadly for cattle in the Great Plains. Also, go to the horse races, enter a deadly English garden, and get bugged by a new snack at the ballpark. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

May 1, 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

May 16-19
AAAE National Conference
San Luis Obispo, CA
June 25-28
NAAE REGION VI Conference/ 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

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 Program Quality Standards Update
Work is being finalized by FFA IT staff on the online component of the National Quality Program Standards. Once this system becomes live in early summer, teachers will be able to record their NQPS data into their FFA.org accounts. This will then enable the teacher to build a growth plan that targets specific quality indicators which were identified by the NQPS survey process. Having this on the chapter account in FFA.org provides the ability for teachers to update the status of the growth plan as it progresses. It also attaches to the chapter account so if a teacher changes programs, the NQPS work is available to the next teacher and would not have to be repeated. This also allows multiple teacher programs to work with the same growth plan and survey data. The system will provide state level access to review average scores on each of the NQPS quality indicators in addition to reviewing the data submitted from individual programs. The greatest value to the program from NQPS is the engagement of the advisory committee, administration and instructors in the process of taking a serious look at the current program structure and status compared to the standards and quality indicators provided in the NQPS survey. It provides a purpose for the advisory committee, greatly enhances the administrator’s understanding of the total program concept and allows for focused effort in program improvement for the instructor.
The LPS and state staff will be providing additional training on the online system at teacher conferences summer.Follow this link for more information on the NPQS.SAE Renewal
Resources and teaching materials on the SAE revisions and expansion are in development. The SAE Guide for All will provide a student version and a teacher version for classroom instruction on all aspects of the SAE program. This guide is built on the Council’s SAE Philosophy and Guiding Principles and will assist the teacher in getting every student started in the Foundational SAE components in the classroom and support those students moving into an immersion SAE for greater learning and career opportunities. Completion of the SAE for All Guides will be late summer to enable states the opportunity to roll out the materials early fall.

NAAE

NAAE Award Applications DUE MAY 15TH!!
Your accomplishments deserve to be recognized! Apply today for a NAAE award! Applications are due May 15th, so make sure to begin your application soon. 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 -- DUE TODAY!
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 DEKALB.com/awards 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!
Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium Application Now Available
The Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium is a professional development experience for preservice agricultural education majors. There are two FAST symposium opportunities to choose from.  While not identical in nature, both include customized professional development, networking and mentoring with current and future agriculture teachers from across the country. You are only eligible to attend one of the experiences annually. Between 15-25 participants will be selected for each session. Applications are due May 29th. Click here for more information and to apply.
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.

CASE

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.

FFA

2017 Scholarship Results Are In!
In 2017, 115 businesses and individuals provided scholarships designed to fit a wide variety of student experiences, career goals and higher education plans. More than 8,300 students applied. The National FFA Organization awarded 1,883 scholarships valued at more than $2.7 million!
A list of recipients is now available on FFA.org. Click Participate/Grants & Scholarships/Scholarships for a link to the scholarship results. Recipients are located first by their high school state then alphabetically by student last name.Detailed instructions on how to claim scholarships will be mailed to recipients in late May. (Recipients who have not received instructions by July 1, 2017, should emailscholarships@ffa.org.)Information about the 2018 scholarship program will be available on FFA.org Nov. 15, 2017.Apply Now for a $3,000 Yearlong Living to Serve Grant!
Middle and high school chapters may apply for up to $3,000 to support yearlong service-learning projects that address community needs in one of the below focus areas:
  • Community Safety
  • Hunger, Health and Nutrition
  • Environmental Responsibility
  • Community Engagement

To access the application, visit the Learning to Serve Grants webpage. Applications are due Thursday, June 15, 2017. If you have questions, contact the Living to Serve Team, LTS@FFA.org.

Mark Your Calendars: #TeachAgChat
Calling all agricultural educators! You are invited to join the National FFA Organization’s Educational Development and Assessment Team for the #TeachAgChat Thursday, May 4 from 8 – 9 p.m. EDT/5 – 6 p.m. PDT. We’ll dive into supervised agricultural experience (SAE) educational resources, where to find great resources, SAE grant/funding opportunities and the latest SAE resources provided by National FFA.  Be sure to join us for a great discussion!

90th National FFA Convention & Expo Website to Go Live Wednesday
Information for this year’s convention and expo will be live on FFA.org/convention as of Wednesday, May 3. Announcements of the annual convention theme, concert performers, opening session speakers, planning information and more will be available to help attendees with their planning.

ACTE

Have You Seen ACTE’s Industry Connect Blog?
ACTE’s new Industry Connect Blog offers visitors the chance to learn about current connections between educators and employers within the CTE community. Blog topics to date have included accounts of specific education-industry partnerships, as well as the skills gaps and career opportunities in fields like advanced manufacturing, health care and information technology, and we welcome Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources topics from the Ag Ed Division. We are currently looking for blog writers for the summer and fall. If you are interested, please contact Kevin Oshinskie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Notes
Friday, April 28, 2017: Jayson Lusk is announced as the Borlaug CAST Communication Award winner, Sonny Perdue gets confirmed as Secretary of Agriculture, and presidential executive orders include agriculture issues. Also a look at the fascinating naked mole rat and the plastic-eating “very hungry caterpillar.” These and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

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