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June 26, 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

Teach Ag Current Teacher Spotlights
The National Teach Ag Campaign is looking for current agriculture teachers to answer the following questions as part of a new spotlight social media campaign. Contact Elisa Russ with your responses.
  • What advice would you give to someone who is on the fence about becoming an agriculture teacher?
  • What's the most rewarding part of being an agriculture teacher?
  • What makes being an agriculture teacher such a unique job?
  • Why should someone teach ag?
  • What is your favorite part about teaching ag?
New Assignment Position Open in Farmer to Farmer Program
The Farmer to Farmer Program in East Africa, a special initiative supported by NAAE, is seeking an individual who would like to help review and develop agricultural curriculum in Uganda. Click here for more information about the program.
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 NAAE Convention
Get ready for another fantastic convention in Nashville! Early Bird registration is now open until July 14. The housing block at the Gaylord Opryland Resort is also open for you to book your stay. Follow this link for all NAAE Convention details.
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. Randall examines pet cat Mickey for chronic pneumonia, which if not treated promptly can be fatal. Click here to watch the video.

CASE

CASE Awards
Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is pleased to accept applications for the 2017 CASE Awards. The CASE Awards program is supported by Vernier Software & Technology. Two award winners will be selected, one in each of the following categories.
CASE Model School Award:
The CASE Model School award is designed to recognize schools whose CASE certified teachers are teaching CASE courses to the highest fidelity. Ideal award candidates are facilitating CASE instruction in a model learning environment with proper classroom, laboratory, and/or shop space and prescribed equipment, supplies, and materials. Model Schools offer a structured sequence of CASE courses and scaffold student learning. Schools with one or multiple CASE certified teachers are encouraged to apply. CASE Model Schools may also leverage support not only through the school district, but also through the local community, agricultural industry, and/or state, regional, or national grants. 
CASE Innovation Award:
The CASE Innovation Award highlights creative classroom and teaching approaches as CASE certified teachers implement and promote CASE. Ideal innovations include but are not limited to classroom instruction, CASE Online, assessment strategies, social media, technology integration, industry partnerships, university partnerships, and state or regional collaboration.
Eligibility:
All CASE certified teachers, except current CASE Advisory Committee Members, who are teaching CASE course(s) are eligible to apply for these awards. NAAE membership is required for award applicants. To join the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), click this link.
Selected award winners are invited to receive their award and co-present a CASE workshop highlighting their achievements at the 2017 NAAE Convention hosted in Nashville, Tennessee.
Prizes:
  • NAAE Convention registration
  • $500 travel stipend to attend NAAE Convention
  • $1,000 in products from Vernier Software & Technology
To apply for a CASE Award, please click this link. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 30, 2017.

FFA

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grants
Does your FFA chapter have a service event planned to kick-off the coming school year? Maybe you are hosting a school supply drive or want to put a LTS Plan created at WLC into action. FFA Day of Service Mini-Grants are available to middle school, high school and collegiate/alumni chapters to serve your community in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement.
Applications submitted by the last day of each month are reviewed and awarded by the 15th of the following month. Thus, applications submitted by June 30th will be awarded by July 15th. To access the application in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants. Please contact the Living to Serve Team at LTS@FFA.org with questions.
2017-18 212?/360? Conference Host Registration Reminder
As summer is in full swing, we’d like to remind you about the registration process for the 2017-18 212? and 360? conference season. Make sure to read our new Conference Planning Guide completely. 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 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 processes more straightforward and timely.  Below are highlights of major changes or areas of greater clarification for the upcoming conference year:
  • Conference hosts must provide projectors. Facilitators having to travel with the projectors has been an issue in the past and has resulted in broken projectors. To help mitigate this issue, we are asking the conference hosts to provide this item. 
  • Final participant numbers are due three weeks prior to the conference. If numbers are submitted less than three weeks prior to a conference, there may be additional costs incurred to expedite shipping and add additional facilitators to your conference location. See page 6 of the conference guide for a detailed explanation.
  • Invoicing will be based on the final participant numbers submitted three weeks prior to the conference. This ensures conference material inventory is more accurate, dissolves the need for shipping as many items back and forth, and also provides for a more timely invoice.
  • State sponsorship will be deducted from invoices (when applicable); however, national FFA staff (facilitators) lodging and conference-provided meals will no longer be deducted from conference invoices. It will now be the responsibility of the host to cover these costs. This will allow us to align this process with other national FFA conference guidelines to create consistency within our leadership development programs. 

Find more information on the 212?/360? conference webpages. Click here to begin registration.

Contact Casey Zufelt, czufelt@ffa.org or 317-802-4309, for more information.

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 is in a talent show at your local county fair? 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. Many students wait until the last minute to apply – cheer them on to get a jump on the deadline! 

New Official FFA Student Handbook Now Available in Spanish
The 16th edition of the Official FFA Student Handbook in Spanish is now available at FFA.org/student-handbook-advisors-guide. Like the English version, the Spanish version of 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.

Summer’s Here … and so Is My Journey
The school year may be winding down, but summer and planning for the new year are just beginning. Check out the free, innovative and turn-key resources on My Journey! Head over to the Explore page to learn about BASF careers and for the latest Chapter Success Guide. On the Build page, find a lesson on mentors and information on Living to Serve Yearlong Grants and Day of Service Mini-Grants. On the Connect page, check out a lesson featuring Domino’s and their global presence, along with details on how to promote alumni life membership. This content and more will be available through June and July, but remember you can search through lesson plans using the Document Library.

ACTE

CareerTech VISION 2017 Early Bird Registration
Did you know that when you register for the 2017 NAAE Convention, you also get to attend ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2017? Check out this video to learn more about what is available to you & make sure to register by July 14th for the Early Bird Discount!

ACTE Online Seminars
ACTE's online seminars are available to members as a professional development resource. These free seminars cover a variety of topics of interest to you. Click here to learn more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday Notes
Friday, June 23, 2017: Lots buzzing around Capitol Hill, including bee health issues, trade negotiations, and ag research. The Peterson brothers’ new video, an eagle shows how to really do take out, and two elephants become life savers--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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 19, 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

June News & Views
Summer is a great time to take part in professional development! Find out what opportunities are available to you and why you should take advantage of them. All this & more in the June edition of News & Views!
Teach Ag Current Teacher Spotlights
The National Teach Ag Campaign is looking for current agriculture teachers to answer the following questions as part of a new spotlight social media campaign. Contact Elisa Russ with your responses.
  • What advice would you give to someone who is on the fence about becoming an agriculture teacher?
  • What's the most rewarding part of being an agriculture teacher?
  • What makes being an agriculture teacher such a unique job?
  • Why should someone teach ag?
  • What is your favorite part about teaching ag?
New Assignment Position Open in Farmer to Farmer Program
The Farmer to Farmer Program in East Africa, a special initiative supported by NAAE, is seeking an individual who would like to help review and develop agricultural curriculum in Uganda. Click here for more information about the program.
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 NAAE Convention
Get ready for another fantastic convention in Nashville! Early Bird registration is now open until July 14. The housing block at the Gaylord Opryland Resort is also open for you to book your stay. Follow this link for all NAAE Convention details.
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Groves works with family farmers in central Missouri to vaccinate their calves and cows, demonstrating how they herd their animals gently with low stress. Click here to watch the video.

CASE

CASE Awards
Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is pleased to accept applications for the 2017 CASE Awards. The CASE Awards program is supported by Vernier Software & Technology. Two award winners will be selected, one in each of the following categories.
CASE Model School Award:
The CASE Model School award is designed to recognize schools whose CASE certified teachers are teaching CASE courses to the highest fidelity. Ideal award candidates are facilitating CASE instruction in a model learning environment with proper classroom, laboratory, and/or shop space and prescribed equipment, supplies, and materials. Model Schools offer a structured sequence of CASE courses and scaffold student learning. Schools with one or multiple CASE certified teachers are encouraged to apply. CASE Model Schools may also leverage support not only through the school district, but also through the local community, agricultural industry, and/or state, regional, or national grants. 
CASE Innovation Award:
The CASE Innovation Award highlights creative classroom and teaching approaches as CASE certified teachers implement and promote CASE. Ideal innovations include but are not limited to classroom instruction, CASE Online, assessment strategies, social media, technology integration, industry partnerships, university partnerships, and state or regional collaboration.
Eligibility:
All CASE certified teachers, except current CASE Advisory Committee Members, who are teaching CASE course(s) are eligible to apply for these awards. NAAE membership is required for award applicants. To join the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), click this link.
Selected award winners are invited to receive their award and co-present a CASE workshop highlighting their achievements at the 2017 NAAE Convention hosted in Nashville, Tennessee.
Prizes:
  • NAAE Convention registration
  • $500 travel stipend to attend NAAE Convention
  • $1,000 in products from Vernier Software & Technology

To apply for a CASE Award, please click this link. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 30, 2017.

FFA

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grants
Is your chapter planning a service event for the summer or fall? FFA is now offering Day of Service Mini-Grants to middle school, high school, collegiate and alumni chapters. Applications submitted by the last day of each month will be reviewed and awarded by the 15th of the following month. Therefore, applications submitted by June 30th will be awarded by July 15th. The service event must impact the community in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. To access the application in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants

Please contact the Living to Serve Team at LTS@FFA.org with questions.

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 is in a talent show at your local county fair? 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. Many students wait until the last minute to apply – cheer them on to get a jump on the deadline! 

New Official FFA Student Handbook Now Available in Spanish
The 16th edition of the Official FFA Student Handbook in Spanish is now available at FFA.org/student-handbook-advisors-guide. Like the English version, the Spanish version of 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.

Summer’s Here … and so is My Journey
The school year may be winding down, but summer and planning for the new year are just beginning. Check out the free, innovative and turn-key resources on My Journey! Head over to the Explore page to learn about BASF careers and for the latest Chapter Success Guide. On the Build page, find a lesson on mentors and information on Living to Serve Yearlong Grants and Day of Service Mini-Grants. On the Connect page, check out a lesson featuring Domino’s and their global presence, along with details on how to promote alumni life membership. This content and more will be available through June and July, but remember you can search through lesson plans using the Document Library.

ACTE

CareerTech VISION 2017 Early Bird Registration
Did you know that when you register for the 2017 NAAE Convention, you also get to attend ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2017? Check out this video to learn more about what is available to you & make sure to register by July 14th for the Early Bird Discount!

ACTE Online Seminars
ACTE's online seminars are available to members as a professional development resource. These free seminars cover a variety of topics of interest to you. Click here to learn more.

CAST

 

 

 

Friday Notes
Friday, June 16, 2017: New genetic techniques are “editing the fabric of life,” Congress debates the 2018 Farm Bill, and ag trade negotiations are active. Tree-climbing goats, pigs in show rings, and gassy cows--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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 12, 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

New Assignment Position Open in Farmer to Farmer Program
The Farmer to Farmer Program in East Africa, a special initiative supported by NAAE, is seeking an individual who would like to help review and develop agricultural curriculum in Uganda. Click here for more information about the program.
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 NAAE Convention
Get ready for another fantastic convention in Nashville! Early Bird registration is now open until July 14. The housing block at the Gaylord Opryland Resort is also open for you to book your stay. Follow this link for all NAAE Convention details.
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Matthew Turner of North Carolina prepares a herd of three-week-old piglets to be weaned from their mothers and transitioned to dry feed and water. Click here to watch the video.

CASE

CASE Awards
Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is pleased to accept applications for the 2017 CASE Awards. The CASE Awards program is supported by Vernier Software & Technology. Two award winners will be selected, one in each of the following categories.
CASE Model School Award:
The CASE Model School award is designed to recognize schools whose CASE certified teachers are teaching CASE courses to the highest fidelity. Ideal award candidates are facilitating CASE instruction in a model learning environment with proper classroom, laboratory, and/or shop space and prescribed equipment, supplies, and materials. Model Schools offer a structured sequence of CASE courses and scaffold student learning. Schools with one or multiple CASE certified teachers are encouraged to apply. CASE Model Schools may also leverage support not only through the school district, but also through the local community, agricultural industry, and/or state, regional, or national grants. 
CASE Innovation Award:
The CASE Innovation Award highlights creative classroom and teaching approaches as CASE certified teachers implement and promote CASE. Ideal innovations include but are not limited to classroom instruction, CASE Online, assessment strategies, social media, technology integration, industry partnerships, university partnerships, and state or regional collaboration.
Eligibility:
All CASE certified teachers, except current CASE Advisory Committee Members, who are teaching CASE course(s) are eligible to apply for these awards. NAAE membership is required for award applicants. To join the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), click this link.
Selected award winners are invited to receive their award and co-present a CASE workshop highlighting their achievements at the 2017 NAAE Convention hosted in Nashville, Tennessee.
Prizes:
  • NAAE Convention registration
  • $500 travel stipend to attend NAAE Convention
  • $1,000 in products from Vernier Software & Technology
To apply for a CASE Award, please click this link. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 30, 2017.

FFA

DUE THURSDAY! $3,000 Yearlong Living to Serve Grant
There is still time to apply for a Yearlong Living to Serve Grant. Projects should address community needs in one of the following focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. To access the application in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants.  Grants are due June 15, 2017.
Now Open! $400 Day of Service Mini-Grants
Is your chapter planning a service event for the summer or fall? FFA is now offering Day of Service Mini-Grants to middle school, high school, collegiate and alumni chapters. Applications submitted by the last day of each month will be reviewed and awarded by the 15th of the following month. Therefore, applications submitted by June 30th will be awarded by July 15th. The service event must impact the community in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. To access the application in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants
Please contact the Living to Serve Team at LTS@FFA.org with questions about either grant.
Summer’s Here … and so Is My Journey
The school year may be winding down, but summer and planning for the new year are just beginning. Check out the free, innovative and turn-key resources on My Journey! Head over to the Explore page to learn about BASF careers and for the latest Chapter Success Guide. On the Build page, find a lesson on mentors and information on Living to Serve Yearlong Grants and Day of Service Mini-Grants. On the Connect page, check out a lesson featuring Domino’s and their global presence, along with details on how to promote alumni life membership. This content and more will be available through June and July, but remember you can search through lesson plans using the Document Library.
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.
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.

ACTE

Horatio Alger Scholarship is Open!
If you have current students, under the age of 30 who will be continuing their education in the Fall of 2017, please have apply for the Horatio Alger Scholarship. Students must meet the following requirements:  
  • Attending a not-for-profit post-secondary institution
  • Enrolled in a career or technical degree/certificate granting program in Fall 2017 that will lead to employment
  • Demonstrate financial need; applicants must be Pell eligible
  • Be under the age of 30
  • Be a citizen of the United States

For more information about the Horatio Alger Scholarship and to apply, please visit this link.

ACTE Online Seminars
ACTE's online seminars are available to members as a professional development resource. These free seminars cover a variety of topics of interest to you. Click here to learn more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAST

 

 

 

Friday Notes
Friday, June 9, 2017: A finely textured court case about meat; sour trade negotiations about sugar; and plenty about bees, pollinators, and prairies. Also, vampire bats, laser-chasing spiders, and raccoons in a restaurant. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 5, 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.

 

 

The Council

 

National Quality Program Standards Electronic Survey Tool Now Available
The National Council for Agricultural Education is pleased to release a new electronic survey tool to help local agricultural education programs analyze their program and identify specific growth targets. The new tool is based upon the contents of the latest version of the National Quality Program Standards for Secondary Agricultural Education released in 2016.
Click here for more information about the survey tool.

NAAE

 

Register for the NAAE Virtual Book Club by Friday!
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!
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 NAAE Convention
Get ready for another fantastic convention in Nashville! Early Bird registration is now open until July 14. The housing block at the Gaylord Opryland Resort is also open for you to book your stay. Follow this link for all NAAE Convention details.
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.

CASE

 

CASE Awards
Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is pleased to accept applications for the 2017 CASE Awards. The CASE Awards program is supported by Vernier Software & Technology. Two award winners will be selected, one in each of the following categories.
CASE Model School Award:
The CASE Model School award is designed to recognize schools whose CASE certified teachers are teaching CASE courses to the highest fidelity. Ideal award candidates are facilitating CASE instruction in a model learning environment with proper classroom, laboratory, and/or shop space and prescribed equipment, supplies, and materials. Model Schools offer a structured sequence of CASE courses and scaffold student learning. Schools with one or multiple CASE certified teachers are encouraged to apply. CASE Model Schools may also leverage support not only through the school district, but also through the local community, agricultural industry, and/or state, regional, or national grants. 
CASE Innovation Award:
The CASE Innovation Award highlights creative classroom and teaching approaches as CASE certified teachers implement and promote CASE. Ideal innovations include but are not limited to classroom instruction, CASE Online, assessment strategies, social media, technology integration, industry partnerships, university partnerships, and state or regional collaboration.
Eligibility:
All CASE certified teachers, except current CASE Advisory Committee Members, who are teaching CASE course(s) are eligible to apply for these awards. NAAE membership is required for award applicants. To join the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), click this link.
Selected award winners are invited to receive their award and co-present a CASE workshop highlighting their achievements at the 2017 NAAE Convention hosted in Nashville, Tennessee.
Prizes:
  • NAAE Convention registration
  • $500 travel stipend to attend NAAE Convention
  • $1,000 in products from Vernier Software & Technology
To apply for a CASE Award, please click this link. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 30, 2017.

FFA Alumni

 

Impact of Alumni Life Membership
The National FFA Alumni is rolling out a new promotional public service announcement to explain the impact of Alumni Life Membership dues. The video provides a breakdown of the $160 fee and helps Alumni understand what their impact could be this year and a century from now. Check out the video at https://vimeo.com/210783882/2dfd6e2e63.

FFA

 

FFA Living to Serve Grants Now Open!
$400 Day of Service Mini-Grants

Is your chapter planning a service event for the summer or fall? FFA is now offering $400 Day of Service Mini-Grants to middle school, high school, collegiate and alumni chapters. Applications submitted by the last day of each month will be reviewed and awarded by the 15th of the following month. The service event must impact the community in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. To access the application in English or Spanish, visitwww.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants
$3,000 Yearlong Living to Serve Grant – Due June 15th
Want to focus learning and service around a yearlong theme next school year? Before summer vacation starts, complete the Yearlong Living to Serve Grant application to help meet community needs in the focus areas of: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. Grants, up to $3,000, will be awarded to middle and high school chapters. 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 atLTS@FFA.org with any questions about either grant.
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 as a 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.
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:

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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, June 2, 2017: Word choice affects biotech debate; the U.S. is out of the Climate Accord; and food labels are still an issue. Also, snakes, tarantulas, and a man flying a drone. These and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

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