Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 3/12/2018

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Mar 12, 2018








March 12, 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


April 4-7
MANRRS Conference
Greensboro, NC
April 25-28
NAAE Region I Leadership Conference
Cedar City, UT
May 15
AAAE National Conference
Charleston, SC

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2018 NAAE Award Application Changes
The 2018 NAAE award applications have been revised. Please make note of the new award application requirements by clicking here. The new scoring rubrics and online applications will be available soon.
Special Teach Ag Session at MANRRS
Join us for a special session at this year's MANRRS conference in Greensboro, North Carolina.The session will take place Thursday, April 5th from 3-5pm EST and will include a teacher panel, post-secondary tips, preservice teacher opportunities, teaching resources, and a Q&A session throughout. 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!
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, veterinarian Lynn Locatelli shows how to handle large cattle with comfort and low stress, a model of animal husbandry. Click here to watch the video.





DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
Monsanto has been a long-time supporter of the National FFA Organization and we are proud to continue sponsorship of the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award in 2018. The DEKALB Ag Accomplishment Award showcases the abilities of outstanding agriculture students and is presented annually to one FFA student per chapter, who exemplifies scholarship, commitment and work ethic.

DEKALB is pleased to recognize these select students for their hard work, dedication and passion for pursuing a fulfilling career in agriculture. These students demonstrate promising young talent and are the rising stars of agriculture. Students can be nominated to receive this award by their FFA advisors beginning March 1st at DEKALB AgAccomplishment Award.

Let’s Hear It for the Ag Educators
In the latest issue of FFA New Horizons, we celebrate agriculture teachers new to the classroom. Cole Ramsey is in his second year as an agriculture teacher at Nelson County High School in Virginia. While pressures surely face him, he has found ways to rise to the challenge.

“My first day of school was really nerve-racking,” Ramsey says. “I was fortunate to student-teach where I now work, but there was a whole new group of kids I didn’t know. We were able to connect over our similar FFA experiences and time spent on the farm since I work in a rural area.”

Read about the tips that have made Ramsey’s classroom time a success in the article “First Class.” Then, meet the Miller County FFA Alumni Chapter in Georgia, which was named the 2017 Outstanding Alumni Chapter; learn which national officer is a twin; find out where you can study milling science and aquaculture; and more.

Join the National FFA Delegate Process
The National FFA Organization is looking to fill two open positions for adult consultants to the National FFA Delegate Process. These two positions are a three-year appointment beginning July 2018 and ending October 2020. While nominations will be accepted from all interested parties, at least one vacancy must be filled by someone from the western region. As established by Article III, Section B of the bylaws to the National FFA Constitution, no state may be represented more than once, so we are not able to accept nominees from Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon or South Dakota. Those who are interested in serving the organization in this capacity may nominate themselves by forwarding their resume/CV and cover letter to Nominations and accompanying materials should be received by the close of business on Monday, April 2, 2018.

Help Us Make FFA New Horizons Better for You
We’d love to get your feedback on how we can make the FFA New Horizons experience better for you. Visit to take our brief reader survey. If you take the survey by April 1, you could win a $100 Amazon gift card for your time. Please spread the word; we want to hear from everyone.


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.


Upcoming ACTE Regional Conferences 
Network and learn at one of this year's ACTE regional conferences. The Early Bird Registration deadlines are approaching, so make sure to register soon! Click here for more information about all of the regional conferences.








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