Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 5/7/2018

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on May 7, 2018





May 7, 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


May 15
AAAE National Conference
Charleston, SC
June 24-27
NEAT Conference
Bar Harbor, ME
September 17-19
AAAE Western Regional Meeting
Boise, ID
October 4-6
AAAE North Central Regional Meeting
Fargo, ND

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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, 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.


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

FFA Alumni

Free Mentor Program for Students
FFA Alumni and Supporters working at John Deere and Monsanto are participating in a virtual pilot mentor program to help guide current FFA members in their future agricultural endeavors. Email for more on this free program.
Items for National FFA Life Members
With the recent name and logo changes for alumni and supporters, all of the items that are mailed to new National FFA Life Members have been updated. The certificate, letter and membership card now reflect the FFA emblem. The official life member shirt pin has also been updated. Current life members can order a new pin for $5. Email to order your pin today.


CASE Awards
Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is pleased to accept applications for the 2018 CASE Awards. The CASE Awards program is supported by Vernier Software & Technology. Two award winners will be selected, one in each of the following categories.
CASE Model School Award:
The CASE Model School award is designed to recognize schools whose CASE certified teachers are teaching CASE courses to the highest fidelity. Ideal award candidates are facilitating CASE instruction in a model learning environment with proper classroom, laboratory, and/or shop space and prescribed equipment, supplies, and materials. Model Schools offer a structured sequence of CASE courses and scaffold student learning. Schools with one or multiple CASE certified teachers are encouraged to apply. CASE Model Schools may also leverage support not only through the school district, but also through the local community, agricultural industry, and/or state, regional, or national grants.
CASE Innovation Award:
The CASE Innovation Award highlights creative classroom and teaching approaches as CASE certified teachers implement and promote CASE. Ideal innovations include but are not limited to classroom instruction, CASE Online, assessment strategies, social media, technology integration, industry partnerships, university partnerships, and state or regional collaboration.
All CASE certified teachers, except current CASE Advisory Committee Members, who are teaching CASE course(s) are eligible to apply for these awards. NAAE membership is required for award applicants. To join the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), click this link.
Selected award winners are invited to receive their award and co-present a CASE workshop highlighting their achievements at the 2018 NAAE Convention hosted in San Antonio, Texas.
  • NAAE Convention registration
  • $500 travel stipend to attend NAAE Convention
  • $1,000 in products from Vernier Software & Technology

To apply for a CASE Award, please click this link. The deadline to apply is Thursday, May 31, 2018.








Not a cereal and not a vegetable drawer in the fridge—CRISPR is a scientific earthquake.



Friday, May 4, 2018: The gene-editing tool known as CRISPR is affecting medicine, agriculture, and seemingly everything else. Proposed label laws, ag infrastructure, and an upcoming rollout about the health and dietary effects of omega-3 fatty acids. Feisty kangaroos, a hungry alligator, and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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