Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 3/19/2018

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Mar 19, 2018





March 19, 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
June 24-27
NEAT Conference
Bar Harbor, ME

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



2018 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy
Each summer, specially selected teachers spend a week participating in an interactive, hands-on application-based science training program. The training will include agriculture-related labs with a high amount of science content using the "inquiry-based" approach to student learning of agriscience. Click here for more information and to apply! Applications are due April 15th!
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, Dr. Larry Bramlage, examines a racehorse suffering from lameness and finds bone fragments in a joint. 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.

212° and 360° Conference Season Now Open
Registration for the 2018-19 212° and 360° conference season is now open!

212° — the temperature at which water boils — focuses on Virtues this year and takes students to the boiling point of leadership. At 211°, water is extremely hot, but just one more degree gets us to the next level. The two-day 212° Leadership Conference is focused on student development and helps FFA members become aware of their passions and virtues. FFA members attend sessions on discovering their passions, making positive decisions, setting SMART goals, and taking steps toward self-improvement.

360° Vision takes students full circle regarding chapter leadership. The two-day 360° Leadership Conference is focused on the importance of vision and how to become a visionary leader. Students spend their time in sessions understanding the importance of vision, conducting a chapter needs assessment, crafting a vision plan for their local FFA chapters, and developing a strategy to implement their visions.

FFA chapters and associations are welcome to register to host a conference. Please read our updated 212° and 360° Planning Guide. This will help ensure an easy registration and conference experience. For those who hosted 212° and 360° conferences during the 2017-18 school year, the pricing and process have not changed. Find more information on the 212◦/360◦ conference webpages. Click here to begin registration. The deadline for conference registration is Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018.

Contact Casey Zufelt, or 317-802-4309, for more information.

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.

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
How will your FFA chapter make a difference in your community? Johnson County Central FFA (NE) hosted a community-wide electronics recycling event. The chapter collected 2,500 pounds of electronics that are non-degradable, so they did not end up in a landfill.

Day of Service Mini-Grants are available to middle school, high school, and alumni chapters to make a difference in their communities in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis at the end of each month. To learn more about the Day of Service Mini-Grants, 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.

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.








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Friday, March 16, 2018: Planting season brings new methods and traditional optimism. March Madness has an agricultural flavor, an FFA member sings his way onto American Idol, and a robot in wolf’s clothing protects farms. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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