Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 6/5/17

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jun 5, 2017








June 5, 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


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

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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 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.



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 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.
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.
  • 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



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,
$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  Grants are due June 15th, 2017.
Please contact the Living to Serve Team 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 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 ( about student workshops and Sarah Dickinson ( 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, #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 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:


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, 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.

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.