Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 5/21/2018

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on May 21, 2018








May 21, 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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May News & Views
Summer is upon us! Check out some great summer professional development opportunities, see who was awarded a multi-year CASE grant & so much more in the May edition of News & Views!
Region VI FAST Symposium
In conjunction with the Region VI Conference, there will be a FAST (Future Agriscience Teacher) Symposium available for pre-service students in agricultural education. Spaces are limited so please spread the word to your postsecondary representatives as soon as you can!
Details can be found at:
NAAE Virtual Book Club
This summer the NAAE Virtual Book Club will be engaging with The Wild Card by Hope & Wade King. A guide for educators to experience a creative breakthrough in their classrooms, The Wild Card helps teachers learn to operate with a "full deck" and always have an "ace" up their sleeve.
NEW this year! The first 25 people to register for the book club will receive a special gift in the mail.Click here to learn more & register by June 11th!
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!
Ag Ed Magazine
Dr. Courtney Meyers and Dr. Gaea Hock are excited to serve as the theme editors for the November/December 2018 edition of The Agricultural Education Magazine. They look forward to bringing you high-quality, relevant articles related to the theme “Advocating for Agriculture.”
They are seeking proposals for the issue and welcome anyone who represents the agricultural education profession to submit a 100 word abstract by June 1st (5pm CDT). If selected, you will be asked to provide a full manuscript (approximately 1,500 words) by August 15th at 5:00pm (CDT).
The Agricultural Education Magazine is a great way to share ideas, innovation, and interests! Consider this as an opportunity to engage with peers and stakeholders by sharing your expertise!Specific areas of focus include:
  1. Engaging in difficult conversations
  2. Advocating for yourself (extended contracts, FFA, pay)
  3. Advocating for your FFA chapter
  4. Teaching an “Advocacy” course at the high school level
Additional related topics are also welcome to be submitted. (A few key people have been asked to submit articles in additional focus areas not listed above.)
Please consider submitting an abstract for review with the theme, “Advocating for Agriculture” for print in the November/December 2018 issue. Send your abstract to Dr. Hock by June 7th.
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Bents finds sick pigs who "absolutely need to be treated with an antibiotic or the prognosis would not be good." He explains that per FDA regulations, pigs treated with medicine are not sent to market until the medicine has left their bodies. Click here to watch the video.


2018 Scholarship Results Are In!
The National FFA Organization just awarded 1,842 scholarships valued at more than $2.5 million. More than 110 businesses and individuals provided scholarships designed to fit a wide variety of student experiences, career goals, and higher education plans. More than 8,800 students applied. A list of recipients is available on Instructions on how to claim scholarships will be mailed to recipients in late May. Recipients who have not received instructions by July 1 should email
Information for the 2019 scholarship program will be available on by Nov. 15, 2018.
Apply Now: Convention and Expo Newsroom Crew
Help us tell our story to the world! The National FFA Organization is seeking college students or recent college graduates pursuing degrees in journalism, public relations, telecommunications, or a closely related field to share with the world the news and feature stories coming out of the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 24-27, 2018, in Indianapolis.
Newsroom crew members are expected to arrive on Monday, Oct. 22 and work through Saturday, Oct. 27. Your reward? A small stipend, inside access to an amazing event, coaching on how to become a better communicator, and some awesome clips and experience that will help you in the future. This may be eligible for college credit, so ask your school's advisor.To learn more and apply, access the application now.
See Success in Action
The 2017 Chapter Success Guide is now available onlineand features more than 40 chapters that exemplify building communities, strengthening agriculture, and growing leaders. Each chapter was recognized at the 2017 national convention and expo. Read these unique stories of community engagement and chapter accomplishments to inspire your members and advisors to better their schools and communities.
$3,000 Yearlong Living to Serve Grant Available
The 2018-2019 Yearlong Living to Serve grant application is available 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


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.








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