Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 5/1/17

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on May 1, 2017





May 1, 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
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

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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.



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 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 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 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 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.


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 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 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 about the 2018 scholarship program will be available on 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,

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 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.


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.











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.

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.