Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 10/2/2017

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Oct 2, 2017








October 2, 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


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.



NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator Position Available
We are looking for qualified applicants for the position of Communications/Marketing Coordinator. For more information and to apply, please follow this link.
National Officer Candidate Webinar TODAY!
Monday, October 2nd
4:00-4:45pm EDT
Please mark your calendars for the annual agriculture teacher recruitment and retention update for FFA National Officer candidates and stakeholders. Questions are encouraged and may be sent ahead of time to The session will not be recorded. Click here to register for the webinar.
Future Agriscience Teachers Selected for FAST Symposium at National Association of Agricultural Educators' Annual Convention
The National Teach Ag Campaign has selected 20 agricultural education majors from across the country to attend the Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) symposium as a part of the National Association of Agricultural Educators’ (NAAE) annual convention in December. This group of future agriscience educators will spend five days receiving professional development that will help them in their future careers as classroom agriculture teachers. Click here for the full press release and to see who was selected.
2017 NAAE Convention
The NAAE room block at the Gaylord Opryland is full for Monday, Tuesday and Friday nights, December 4,5 and 8. You can check the ACTE housing block here to see if they have availability for those nights. Make sure to follow this link for all other NAAE Convention details. See you in Nashville!!
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Wilson, veterinarian at Rose Acre Farms in Indiana, examines the flocks in his care by handling some of the birds. Click here to watch the video.


Early Bird Convention and Expo Registration Ends Tonight!
Registration for the 90th National FFA Convention & Expois underway. The early bird deadline is tonight at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Advisors: While you're registering, make sure you add the names of those attending. This step will save you time when you arrive in Indianapolis!
FFA New Horizons Fall Issue Now Online
The jobs issue of FFA New Horizons is online with exclusive video and additional digital content! Learn more about:
Women in Welding
Predictions for the Top 5 Ag Careers in 2020
How Alternative Energy is Powering Ag Ed
...and much more!
Ag Teachers and FFA Advisors - Free Resources for Your Classroom!
We have developed dozens of free resources to help make your teaching experience a little easier, but many teachers don't know about them! For instance:
FREE Habitudes Classroom Set from Shop FFA
FFA Resume Generator © (recently upgraded with new features!) SAE Videos from FFA chapters around the country
Browse through your free resources, bookmark the webpage and share with fellow agriculture educators!
Technology in Agriculture
If you missed the live stream, the AgExplorer virtual field trip to Syngenta’s Research and Development Center is now available on-demand! Learn how analytics, chemistry, agronomy and biology are revolutionizing the way food is grown.
Coming in November: Our next virtual field trip will focus on animal systems at FFA sponsor Zoetis. More details coming soon. 
Attend a Workshop During National Convention
If you are coming to convention this year, set aside some time to attend a leadership workshop or two. Workshop schedules are now posted online; both advisor and student workshop schedules and descriptions can be found on (scroll to the bottom of the page). Thirty-seven teacher workshops are being offered, in addition to those provided through the DuPont Agriscience Institute. Thirty-eight unique student workshops will be delivered—several offered multiple times—for a total of 93 student workshop opportunities.
$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
Does your FFA chapter have a service event that they want to host over the winter months or during FFA Week? This is a reminder that National FFA now has Day of Service Mini-Grants available to middle school, high school, and collegiate/alumni chapters to impact 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 October 30th will be awarded by November 15th. To learn more about the grant and access the application in English or Spanish, visit
New Tools Help Instructors Embed Global Content into CTE Coursework
Today’s students will be graduating into a world that is ever more interconnected. One in ten Americans is foreign born, and local communities—urban, suburban, and rural—are growing more diverse. To take advantage of global market opportunities, companies want employees with the knowledge and skills to work across cultures. Therefore, career and technical education (CTE) instructors must prepare their students to compete, connect, and cooperate on an international scale. A new, free professional development course and toolkit, “Global Competence Through Career and Technical Education,” is available to help. This customizable, 10–12 hour, online course and toolkit for middle and secondary school CTE instructors was created by Asia Society’s Center for Global Education in partnership with ACTE and Advance CTE, through funding from PMI Educational Foundation. Educators can earn two Continuing Education Units upon completion of the course. For more information, visit or contact Heather Singmaster, Associate Director, Asia Society:


Fall Line-Up for #TeachAgChat
#TeachAgChats this Fall are on Thursday nights from 8pm EST to 9pm EST. They move quick! All are welcome, including: agriscience teachers, agriscience pre-service teachers, agriculture students, faculty concerned with advancing agricultural education, extension, leadership and communication strategies and ANYONE who believes in agricultural education!!
  • October 5 -- Building Community Support for Ag Ed Programs
  • October 19 -- Seeking the Novel & Unique: #AgEdu Programs Meeting Local Needs Nationwide
  • November 2 -- Planning for Program Success in #AgEdu
  • November 16 -- Informal Science Education, Communication, and Extension for Increasing Public Science Literacy
  • December 14 -- Cultivating Digital Citizenship Through Agricultural Youth Organizations


2017 CareerSafe Safety Educator of the Year Award
Voting is now open for the 2017 CareerSafe Safety Educator of the Year! This award recognizes exceptional educators from across the country who have not only dedicated their time to prepare students for the future, but to also help students recognize and mitigate workplace hazards in their chosen careers. The winning educator will be announced at the CareerTech VISION ACTE Awards Banquet in Nashville,TN on Dec. 6th, 2017.





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Friday Notes
Friday, Sept. 29, 2017:  Agriculture groups try to manage misinformation, food security is threatened in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, and why you should never turn your back on a praying mantis. Check out these and many more ag/science stories.

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