Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 2/5/2018

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Feb 5, 2018








February 5, 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


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

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.


The Council

National Quality Program Standards Online System
The NQPS online system is fully operational again. Minor issues occurred at the beginning of the calendar year that restricted access to the system. These have been resolved and the site is available for both local program use and state staff access.
The online tool allows programs to input their NQPS survey scores into the site. which enables them to build a growth plan around the high-priority areas they select. By submitting the completed form, the state then has access to accumulate scores across all programs to have a view of the current status for each quality indicator in the standards tool.
Working though the survey tool with advisory committees, administrators and stakeholders is the critical first step to program improvement and growth though NQPS. It is not the final step though. Evaluating the overall scores and building a growth plan takes the survey results and puts it into action to truly drive improvement. Submitting the data to the state level allows state ag ed teams to determine areas where professional development, additional resources, or attention needs to be delivered.
The NQPS tool is found on the teacher's or state staff’s toolbox page in The link is titled NQPS Survey Tool.


National Policy Seminar
March 5-7
Crystal Gateway Marriott
Arlington, VA
Learn how to craft your CTE message, engage with members of Congress, hear the lastest on Perkins reauthorization & more!Click here for more information and to register.
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!
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Deb Spike-Pierce travels to an appointment to modify the cast of a thoroughbred racehorse recovering from surgery after a bone fracture. Click here to watch the video.


Scholarship News
The deadline to submit the 2018 National FFA Scholarship Application has already passed, but don’t forget that the required Signature Pages must be postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2018. Direct questions, comments or concerns via email to
WLC Registration Opens March 1 at 1 p.m. E
Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) is the pinnacle leadership conference National FFA offers to any and all members able to attend. The WLC curriculum uses the tenants of ME, WE, DO, SERVE to get students to achieve the overall objective of the conference, which is becoming engaged citizens who can make a measurable and positive difference in their communities. This five-day conference offers the unique balance of providing FFA members with a premier leadership experience while exposing them to the rich history D.C. has to offer. WLC has a participation maximum of 340 students per week and has such a high demand that several weeks will sell out within a few days of registration opening. WLC dates, pricing, FAQs, and registration information can be found on the WLC webpage,
WLC registration opens at 1 p.m. ET on March 1. Advisors and students must register using their FFA logins. It is recommended that students and advisors review the registration guidelines and information available at before March 1 to prepare as some weeks sell out quickly. Contact or 317-802-6060 for questions about WLC.
Apply Now: Grants for Growing
The successful Grants for Growing Chapter Grant Program is back, thanks to Tractor Supply Company (TSC). Advisors can complete a grant application on now until Feb. 14. Eligibility is based on how the grant money will be used plus volunteer hours and promotional activities during the fundraising period. This is a competitive grant process; any volunteer hours or promotional activities during the fundraising period do not guarantee an award. The fundraising period in 2018 will be Feb. 16-25, incorporating National FFA Week, and includes paper emblems sold at TSC checkouts. Every dollar raised in a state stays in that state, and 10 percent of all funds raised go to the state FFA foundation. Last year, TSC and its customers raised $731,345 to award more than 300 FFA chapter and 48 state FFA foundation grants. Visit for more information.


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.
2018 CASE Institute Scholarships Through Farm Credit East
Through the generous support from Farm Credit East, partial CASE Institutes scholarships are available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire. For more information or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Application, please click this link. The deadline to apply is April 2, 2018.


CTE Month
Career and Technical Education Month®, or CTE Month®, is a public awareness campaign that takes place each February to celebrate the value of CTE and the achievements and accomplishments of CTE programs across the country. Follow this link for more information and to celebrate!



Fiona the famous hippo turns one.

Friday, February 2, 2018: Biotech foods generate debates and science-based information. Dairy Month news, soil science articles, Super Bowl food safety tips, and Fiona the hippo. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. 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.


Owl Pellets – Tips for Ag Teachers

AAAE Southern Region Conference
Tune in to Owl Pellets for great tips straight from the researchers’ mouths! This week, we will be bringing you the best of the best from the American Association of Agricultural Education’s Southern Region Conference. Check out our live videos and interviews with researchers to get tips you can put to use in your classroom today!
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