Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 10/16/2017

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Oct 16, 2017








October 16, 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.
October News & Views
National FFA Convention is just around the corner! Find out about the Teach Ag Signing Events, what is happening at the NAAE and CASE booths, and which DuPont Agriscience professional development workshops will be offered at this year's convention and expo. All this and so much more in the October edition of News & Views!
National FFA Convention Letter of Intent Signing
The Letter of Intent Signing event is an opportunity for students at the National FFA Convention and Expo to declare their future as an agriculture teacher! The signing event is open to high school seniors planning to major in agricultural education and teach agriculture as a career, or current college students transferring to study agricultural education. Follow this link for more information and to sign up today!  Please direct any questions to Elisa Russ, the National Teach Ag Campaign Intern, at
Apply for the 2018 Teach Ag Intern Position!
The intern position will start in May 2018 and the end date will depend on performance, but may last until April 2019. The intern will be stationed out of the NAAE office, located on the University of Kentucky campus, in Lexington, KY for eight weeks during the summer. The remainder of the internship will completed remotely. Applications are due by Sunday, January 7th, 2018. Click here for more information and to apply.
2017 XLR8 Program Participants Announced
Congratulations to this year's selected XLR8 participants. Follow this link for more information about this professional development program and to see who was chosen this year!
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 and to register. See you in Nashville!!
Nebraska Department of Education and Vivayic Food & Nutrition Sciences Institute
The Nebraska Department of Education, in partnership with Vivayic, is pleased to provide a Food & Nutrition Science curriculum training opportunity. The Food & Nutrition Science Institute will provide a four-day curriculum training in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Participants will have full access to revised and refreshed curriculum upon completion of the training. For more information follow this link.
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Rob Farruggio of Wisconsin ultrasounds cows and through his binoculars sees the fetus of a baby cow. Click here to watch the video.


Don’t Miss Out: Download the 2017 Convention App
If you haven’t already, download our free mobile app to help you plan your experience at the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo. Filled with interactive maps, an extensive schedule, exhibitors and – new this year – a complete guide to downtown Indianapolis restaurants and attractions, the app is a must-have for all attendees! If you downloaded the convention mobile app last year and did not delete it, your phone should automatically update. Otherwise, search for it on the Apple App Store or Google Play – “FFA Convention” or “FFA app” should find it. Apple users: Be sure to install the sticker pack for a cool assortment of FFA images and emojis that you can send via text message.
New My Journey Content Now Available! 
Check out free planning tips, tools and lesson plans available this month. Visit the Explore webpage to find a new supervised agricultural experience lesson about biomedical research, a lesson on careers at ADM, and step-by-step guides for various FFA educational resources. Head over to the Build webpage for a great educational resource from Journey 2050 and important safety information to know during the National FFA Convention & Expo. On the Connect webpage, you will find a current event worksheet and article about AgCo Innovations in Manufacturing With Glass; information about the Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grants; and career opportunities. Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer using the implementation guide with lesson plans on the Explore webpage and be sure to look through past months’ ideas in our Archive.
Apply Now: SAE Grants
The 2017 SAE Grant application is now open. Supervised agricultural experiences (SAE) are a core part of agricultural education. Thanks to our sponsors, 152 SAE Grants worth $1,000 each are available this year to help FFA members start or expand an SAE.
To apply, members must log in to their account. The application can be accessed through the Application Center; click Open Your FFA Dashboard on the top right of the website and select SAE Grant in the Apply Now toolbox. This link will take you to the Application Center, where you can access and complete the grant application. You can also access the application from the SAE Grants webpage (or from the homepage, select Participate then Grants & Scholarships, then SAE Grants). If you are an AET user, you can access the application from the AET website by clicking on Reports then Degree/Application Manager, then selecting SAE Grants from the drop-down menu.Applications are due online by Nov. 15, 2017, at 5 p.m. PT. SAE Grant recipients will be announced in late December this year. Contact Brett Evans, SAE education specialist, at or 317-803-4233 for questions.

FFA Alumni

Read the Latest Issue of Alumni’s Leader 2 Leader
It’s no secret that the heart of FFA is at the local level. Joshua Rusk, executive director of the National FFA Alumni Association, focuses on the purpose, function and structure of the local level—where we truly grow leaders, build communities, and strengthen agriculture—in the October issue of FFA Alumni Leader 2 Leader. Be sure to share this important newsletter, packed with alumni news you can use, with your advisors and alumni.


DuPont Pioneer Commits $175,000 to Food and Agricultural Education Grants
DuPont Pioneer will award $175,000 in grants to agriscience educators to fund training and classroom resources that will help them implement advanced agricultural curriculum. Grant recipients are teachers who are implementing Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) in their classrooms. Click here for a link to the application. The deadline to apply is November 13th.
Visit the CASE Booth at National FFA Convention!
CASE will be located at booth #4727 in Teacher’s World. Visit the CASE booth to learn about current and upcoming CASE courses, CASE Online, Lead Teacher opportunities for 2018, and much more. CASE will also have the most up-to-date listing of 2018 CASE Institute dates and locations posted at the booth.
CASE certified teachers who visit the booth will receive a CASE window cling and 2018 CASE Institute pocket schedule, while supplies last! The CASE VIP Lounge will have seating reserved for CASE certified teachers to catch up with colleagues or rest their feet. Be sure to connect with CASE affiliate institutions, sponsors, and partners who will be recognized across the FFA Expo with special banners.


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 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.

Advance CTE

Excellence in Action Award
Applications to the 2018 Excellence in Action award are open! Advance CTE's annual Excellence in Action award recognizes and honors superior Career Technical Education (CTE) programs of study from across the nation. Applications are due November 15th. Click herefor more information and to apply.


U.S. Forest Service Hiring Event
The U.S. Forest Service will be hosting an on-site hiring event in conjunction with the Society of American Foresters (SAF) Convention. The agency will be hiring student interns and recent graduates through the Pathways programs.
There are two ways to apply:
  1. Online on USAJOBS, dates for this hiring event are tentatively scheduled for October 16-20, 2017; or
  2. On-site, applications will be accepted as part of the Society of American Foresters (SAF) Convention at the DoubleTree Hotel, 201 Marquette Ave NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico. The application time-frame is from noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 16, 2017. Convention registration is not required to apply.

More information about the event can be found here:

Tips for Job Seekers Webinar
Join us for a Tips for Job Seekers webinar where we will discuss the USAJOBS application process. You will gain helpful hints and get your questions answered by Forest Service employees.

Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Time: 11 a.m. PDT
Webinar Link: Tips for Job Seekers Webinar
Dial-in Number: 1-888-844-9904; Access Code: 5128368#






Raging California fires are affecting people, neighborhoods, and agriculture.




Friday Notes
Friday, October 13, 2017:  Wildfires ravage California wine country; the World Food Prize laureate talks about ag, tech, and youth; and a dragonfly becomes a drone. Check out these and many more ag/science stories.

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