Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 11/6/2017

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Nov 6, 2017








November 6, 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


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.
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.
Apply to be a NAAE Intern!
We are currently seeking qualified applicants for our summer internships. Our available internships are in the areas of advocacy, communications, and professional development. Check out our website for more information and to apply by December 15th!
2018 State Teach Ag Results (STAR) Program Enrollment
The 2018 STAR program enrollment is open to all states who desire to create a recruitment and retention leadership team to address agriculture teacher supply and demand challenges in a meaningful and results-driven manner. Grant funds are available to all states who enroll and agree to the requirements of the program. Intent to participate forms are due by December 1 to be eligible for 2018 grant funds. Contact Ellen Thompson at for more information.
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!!
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. Donovan checks the health of a herd of pigs in a barn in Iowa. Click here to watch the video.


$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available For National FFA Week Service Events
Is your FFA chapter planning to host a service event during National FFA Week in February? Apply for a Day of Service Mini-Grant by December 31st to help with logistical costs. To learn more about the grant and access the application in English or Spanish, visit
FFA State Day of Service Grant
A reminder that the application for the FFA State Day of Service Grant is now available at This is a competitive funding opportunity for all FFA state associations or foundations to help infuse service activities at the state level. If you have any questions, please email
Relive the National Convention and Expo
Catch up on the action from the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo on, FFA New Horizons and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #ICanWeWillFFA. If you weren’t able to join us, we captured all of the highlights in this quick video.
Apply Now: SAE Grants
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. Some grants also offer a matching $1,000 grant to FFA chapters.
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 11:59 p.m. ET (phone and email assistance will not be available after 6 p.m. so don’t wait until the last minute). SAE Grant recipients will be announced in late December. Contact Brett Evans, SAE education specialist, at bevans@ffa.orgor 317-803-4233 for questions.
Virtual Field Trip: STEM Careers Improving Animal Health - Zoetis
Take a sneak peek into the next AgExplorer Virtual Field Trip, where we will look into careers found at Zoetis, a global animal health company. This company provides medicines, vaccines, and a wide-range of services to veterinarians, livestock producers, and others who care for farm and companion animals. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to expose your students to a variety of STEM careers that are crucial to solving real-world challenges to improve animal health. We hope you will tune in live on Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. ET. You can register for the event here.


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.
The 2018 CASE Institute Schedule is Now Available!
Click here for the 2018 CASE Institute Schedule.
Registration for 2018 CASE Institutes opens December 1st. Each site can accommodate approximately 20 participants. This year’s offering includes several fast track institutes. Fast track institutes are for teachers with at least one prior CASE certification or the Pedagogical Theory and Implementation (PTI) training. Pre-Institute homework is required. PTI training must be completed prior to the kickoff of the fast track institute and will have online coursework and an additional fee. The hours to complete PTI training and a fast track institute will be similar to hours at a standard institute.Many CASE Institutes' registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they secure the appropriate funding.


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!!
  • November 16 -- Informal Science Education, Communication, and Extension for Increasing Public Science Literacy
  • December 14 -- Cultivating Digital Citizenship Through Agricultural Youth Organizations

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.


Your Vote, Your Voice
2018 is an ACTE Ag Ed Division election year -- make sure you vote! From December 8, 2017 through January 8, 2018, current ACTE members will have the opportunity to vote for the following Board of Directors positions:
  • ACTE President-Elect
  • Region V Vice President
  • Health Science Education Division Vice President
  • Agricultural Education Division Vice President
  • Region III Vice President-Elect

Click here for more information about the election process and to see who this year's candidates are.





Let’s see—where’s the natural, fiber-fortified, cage-free mango juice?




Friday Notes
Friday, November 3, 2017:  Maybe food labels should be ranked by their ability to confuse consumers. USDA positions, hurricane damage assessment, pet-friendly motels that welcome horses, and the hit song “Despacito” performed with a science makeover. Check out these and many more ag/science stories.

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