Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 4/30/2018

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Apr 30, 2018








April 30, 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.
2018 FAST Symposiums
There are three FAST symposium opportunities to choose from which will provide customized professional development, networking and mentoring for preservice agriculture teachers. Those not selected to receive the stipend may still participate in Session I and III at their own expense. Click here to select your session and apply by May 20th.
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Pete Ostrum mentors the newest vet in his clinic Dr. Jen Nightingale as they treat a horse suffering from an eye condition. Click here to watch the video.


Get Ready! National FFA Convention & Expo Housing Opens Tuesday
It’s nearly here! Housing for the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo opens Tuesday, May 1 at 1 p.m. EDT. Get ready now by downloading helpful housing information. Simply log in to and check out the housing FAQ, hotel listing and housing map in the What’s New section of your toolbox. Need another reason to check us out on Tuesday? We will unveil this year’s convention and expo theme along with a new, easier to use convention website! Look for a reminder email on May 1 and follow us on social media, so you don’t miss out on the action this Tuesday.
Show Us Your Talent!
The 2018 National FFA Band, Chorus and Talentapplications are now online. Each applicant should submit:
  1. An online application
  2. A $25 nonrefundable application fee
  3. A recorded audition
  4. Advisor approval
All items much be submitted/postmarked by Monday, July 16. Applicants will be notified via email of their application status by Friday, Aug. 10. If you have questions, contact Visit the convention and expo website for more.
Present a Student/Teacher Workshop
Interested in presenting workshops to FFA members and advisors? We are looking for presenters to deliver student and/or teacher workshops at the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Presenters will deliver at least one workshop but can present the same workshop up to three times. The presenter must create the workshop’s curriculum, and content must align with at least one component of the FFA mission or be relevant to agriculture. Workshops are available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during the convention and expo.
Submitted workshop applications are selected based on the quality of content. We are open to unique workshop topics. Need ideas for topics? At the 90th National FFA Convention and Expo, students said they’d like to see workshops about motivating chapter members; plants; animals; new technology; how to obtain and engage sponsors; diversity; money and time management; benefits of FFA membership; leadership training; and self-empowerment. Teachers said they would like to see classroom resources; STEM; classroom management; animal science/animal care; utilizing technology in the classroom; aquaculture/natural resources; lesson plan ideas; connecting with different learning levels; agricultural mechanics; career and leadership development events; tips on recruiting alumni and supporters; agribusiness; and grant writing. Apply today before the application closes July 1. Questions? Email
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.

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 award showcases the abilities of outstanding agriculture students and is presented annually to one FFA member per chapter who exemplifies scholarship, commitment and work ethic. Students can be nominated to receive this award by their FFA advisors beginning March 1 at DEKALB AgAccomplishment Award.

Now Open! Yearlong Living to Serve grants
The 2018-2019 Yearlong Living to Serve grant application is available now for FFA chapters to apply for up to $3,000 to support yearlong service-learning projects that address community needs in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. Need ideas for yearlong service-learning projects? Check out the interactive map at to review projects funded during the 2017-18 school year. Additional information on the grant can also be found on the website. Applications are due June 15th, 2018.

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
How is your FFA chapter making a difference in your community? 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. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis on the first of each month. To learn more about the Day of Service Mini-Grant, visit the Living to Serve Grants website at


2018 CASE Institute Registration – Register Now
Register soon to attend a CASE Institute before time runs out! CASE Institute registration for the upcoming summer will close in the coming months! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.








Student discovers that golf hazards include an irate goose.



Friday, April 27, 2018: Animal welfare publication released, 2018 Borlaug CAST Communication Award winner announced, and lots of ag news from the nation’s capital. University ag/science news, a lifesaving dog, and a goose goes bonkers on the golf course. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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