Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 4/16/2018

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Apr 16, 2018








April 16, 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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Volunteers Needed to Judge NAAE Awards
Judging assignments will be made by NAAE staff. Volunteers cannot judge an award application from a member of their own NAAE region. The established regional rotation of judging NAAE awards will be used to determine which applications will be judged by the committee members. Click here to sign up by May 12th!
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 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.
April News & Views
It's NAAE Awards Season! Find out about the new changes to our awards programs, hear the latest from our President-Elect & so much more in the April edition of News & Views!
Creating or Expanding Your Ag Program? Consider this Free Webinar
There is a lot to consider when developing an ag program that engages today's students, while addressing key topic areas. At 12pm CDT on Thursday, May 3, Realityworks, Inc. is hosting a free webinar that will walk attendees through the fundamentals of building a new agriculture pathway. Attendees will review the core concepts needed to include Animal Science, Plant Science and Veterinary Science components, get resource ideas, and learn how Realityworks’ learning aids and curriculum can help jump-start course development. Register here:
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, the surgeon who operated on both Animal Kingdom and Havre de Grace, Dr. Larry Bramlage, examines a racehorse suffering from lameness, and finds bone fragments in a joint. He admits the horse and performs arthroscopic surgery. Click here to view 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.
New Content Now Available on My Journey
Check out the free, turn-key lessons and resources on My Journey (located on that can help your pre-service teachers.  Featured this month:

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.

FFA Alumni

New Grants to Grow Alumni and Supporters
Give Back to Your Roots Grants, sponsored by Crop Production Services, and Legacy Grants, sponsored by Tractor Supply Company, can be used to create an FFA Alumni and Supporters Chapter, to improve the quality of existing chapters or to provide more opportunities for partnership between FFA chapters and alumni and supporters chapters. 2018 grants will be awarded after the last two grant deadlines: June 1 and Sept. 4. Grant applications are located at

In addition, the March 2018 legacy grant recipients have been selected. See the list of recipients at The alumni and supporters division handed out 16 grants in 15 states this period.


Seats Still Available for Principles of Agricultural Science -- Plant Course!
Whether you are passionate about plant science or looking to learn more as you teach content to your students, be sure to check out the CASE Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant (ASP) course. Seats are still available at CASE Institutes in Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Illinois. Check out the complete CASE Institute scheduleor register for a CASE Institute today!








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