Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 1/8/18

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jan 8, 2018








January 8, 2018


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


February 4
Southern Region AAAE Conference
Jacksonville, FL
March 5-7
ACTE National Policy Seminar
Washington, D.C.
April 25-28
NAAE Region I Leadership Conference
Cedar City, UT
May 15
AAAE National Conference
Charleston, SC

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.



December News & Views
What a fantastic time we had in Nashville! Take a look at all of our award winners, meet our newly-elected board of directors & so much more in the December edition of News & Views!
Agricultural Education Inclusion Feedback Requested
The National Association of Agricultural Educators, the National FFA Organization and the National Teach Ag Campaign are seeking input from agricultural educators, agricultural education state staff, teacher educators, and stakeholders who are willing to contribute to a meaningful and solutions-based conversation taking place regarding diversity and inclusion in agricultural education. Information provided through the survey and from focus group sessions held during National FFA Convention will be used to develop meaningful and purposeful diversity and inclusion strategies aimed at achieving the goal of ensuring agriculture classrooms reflect the school and community in which they reside. Responses may also be used in the area of academic research. Click here to access the survey.
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.
2018-19 National Teach Ag Ambassador Application Now Available -- Due April 13th!
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2018 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 21 to 26 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level.
Click here for more information and to apply today!
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. Lora Wittenberg encounters her first diagnosis of “blocked tom,” a potentially fatal disease of male cats. Click here to watch the video.


New Century Farmer Application Now Open
Know an FFA member who has experience in the field of production agriculture and plans to return to a career in production agriculture through work experience, training or other activities? Are they a former FFA member who’s currently attending a two- or four-year college or university and between the ages of 18-24? Look into New Century Farmer! To be held July 8-14, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa, this all-expense paid conference will be packed with interactive workshops, field tours, visioning design, networking opportunities and financial planning. The application is now live and closes Feb. 15, 2018. Head here for more information.

Apply Now! Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant
Does your FFA chapter want to start or expand a community garden? Middle and high school chapters may apply for up to $1,200 to support semester-long service-learning projects that address community needs 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  Applications are due February 1, 2018. Please contact the Living to Serve Team at with any questions.

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
This is a reminder that National FFA now has Day of Service Mini-Grants available to middle school, high school and alumni chapters to make a difference in your community in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. Please note: for Day of Service Mini-Grants, when you should apply is determined by the date of your service event. Requirements for event dates have been updated. To learn more and see a full list of the Day of Service Mini-Grant dates, visit the Living to Serve Grants website at


2018 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the twenty-five CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.


Many CASE Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Operations and Outreach Director, Miranda Chaplin, regarding any additional questions.


Global Learning in Agriculture! Opportunity January 22nd –26th
Interested in learning more about how to advance global learning in agriculture in your program? Engage with innovative professional development available both live and on-demand with the Global Learning in Agriculture (#GLAG18) Conference: Cultivating Global Learners, the week of January 22nd. There will be more than 12 on-demand presentations from educators for educators, three live presentations, a dynamic keynote on “Transforming Global Agriculture through Youth Engagement,” and an interactive workshop! Digital access is available for $25. Follow these links to see the Program or register now! Questions? Email


Your Vote, Your Voice
Voting for ACTE elections ends on January 8th. ACTE members who have not voted or have not received the link to vote can access their voting info at:

If you experience problems voting, please contact:

Lauren Lessels
Governance and Leadership Administrator
Leadership Department
Association for Career and Technical Education®
Phone: 703-683-9315

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





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