Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 6/12/17

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jun 12, 2017








June 12, 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

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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.




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 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.


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  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
Please contact the Living to Serve Team at 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 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.


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.











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.