Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 4/9/2018

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Apr 9, 2018








April 9, 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.

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2018 NAAE Convention Workshop Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2018 NAAE Convention in San Antonio, Texas, November 27 - December 1, 2018, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Proposals are due by Friday, May 18th. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal.
2018 NAAE Convention
Registration and the NAAE Housing Block are now open. Follow this link for more information and to start making plans for San Antonio!
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 Applications Now Live
Applications and updated scoring rubrics are now available online. Click here to start your application today! Applications are due by May 15th.
Please note that the 2018 NAAE award applications have been revised. You can view the new award application requirements by clicking here.
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 HighlightsVets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Wilson, veterinarian at Rose Acre Farms in Indiana, examines the flocks in his care. 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.
$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
How will your FFA chapter make a difference in your community this summer? Siegel FFA hosted a Community Clean-Up at a local historical hydroelectric station known as the Walter Hill Dam. They worked with a local Boy Scout Troop and parents to remove 20 pounds of trash and 60 pounds of recycling during the day of service event.
Day of Service Mini-Grants are 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. To learn more about the Day of Service Mini-Grant, visit the Living to Serve Grants website at
All New AgExplorer Virtual Field Trip Featuring John Deere
Take your students on a high-tech tour of a John Deere facility in Waterloo, Iowa, to see a breadth of exciting careers involved in the product lifecycle of John Deere tractors, from ideation to delivery. Students will meet a variety of John Deere employees who are critical before, during and after the manufacturing process. Additionally, students will see how an emphasis on quality and customer insight cultivates success in manufacturing John Deere 8400 Tractors today. The virtual field trip takes place on Thursday, May 3 at 1 p.m. EDT. For more details, visit Submit your student questions ahead of time for the chance to have them answered live! Follow us on Twitter @DiscoveryEd and @NationalFFA and join the conversation using #AgExplorerVFT.


Natural Resources and Ecology Institute Seats Still Available
Looking to add diversity to the courses offered in your agriculture program? Check out the Natural Resources and Ecology (NRE) course offered by CASE. Seats are still available at CASE Institutes in Missouri and Minnesota. Check out the complete CASE Institute schedule or register for a CASE Institute today!
2018 CASE Pathway Adoption Grant Program
Pending funding support provided by a USDA Professional Development Opportunity for Secondary School Teachers (PD-STEP) grant, NAAE, on behalf of the CASE Initiative, is seeking 22 teachers to participate as a cohort in a multi-year grant program. The grant will provide awardees the following benefits:
  • Full registration fee to complete specialization course certification in either the Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB) or Food Science and Safety(FSS) CASE Institute during summer 2018. Please note: travel is not provided and is the responsibility of the school or teacher.
  • Full registration fee to complete capstone course certification in Agricultural Research and Development (ARD) through an online professional development during either the fall 2018 or the summer 2019.
  • Up to 55 CASE Online accounts provided over two years for students enrolled in specialization and capstone courses to complete End-of-Course Assessments.
  • $500 in Ward's Scientific products plus a 25% Ward's Scientific discount to assist in the implementation of the specialization and capstone CASE courses.
  • The total value of the grant is estimated to be approximately $6,125.00 per awardee.

The deadline to apply is April 15, 2018, however grant applications will be granted after review of qualifications until all available grants have been awarded. For more information or to complete the application, please see this link.


Preparing Students for Ag Careers in the Global Economy
Today’s students will be graduating into a world that is ever more interconnected. One in 10 Americans is foreign born, and local communities—urban, suburban and rural—are growing more diverse. To take advantage of global market opportunities, companies want employees with the knowledge and skills to work across cultures. The growing, cultivating, manufacturing, and transport of food is a global process. This reality requires a deep understanding of the global nature of agriculture for those who choose specialize in it. A new, free professional development course and toolkit, Global Competence Through Career and Technical Education, is available to help. This customizable, 10–12 hour online course and toolkit for middle and secondary school CTE instructors was created by Asia Society’s Center for Global Education in partnership with ACTE and Advance CTE, through funding from PMI Educational Foundation. Educators can earn two Continuing Education Units upon completion of the course. For more information, visit or contact Heather Singmaster, associate director.








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