Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 8/20/2018

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Aug 20, 2018


Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

August 20, 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


September 17-19
AAAE Western Regional Meeting
Boise, ID

September 20
National Teach Ag Day

October 4-6
AAAE North Central Regional Meeting
Fargo, ND

October 24-27
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN

November 27
National Agricultural Education Summit
San Antonio, TX

November 27-
December 1
NAAE Convention
San Antonio, TX

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program Manager.

The Council

2018 National Agricultural Education Summit
The 2018 National Agricultural Education Summit will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Antonio, Texas on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 just prior to the 2018 NAAE Convention and ACTE CareerTech VISION 2018. Click here for more information.

The Junior Disease Detectives: Operation Outbreak
CDC has partnered with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and 4-H to develop "The Junior Disease Detectives: Operation Outbreak," a graphic novel intended to educate youth audiences about variant flu and the real disease detective work conducted by public and animal health experts when outbreaks of infectious diseases occur. 

This graphic novel follows a group of teenage 4-H members who participate in a state agricultural fair and later attend CDC’s Disease Detective Camp in Atlanta. When one of the boys becomes sick following the fair, the rest of the group use their newly-acquired disease detective knowledge to help a team of public and animal health experts solve the mystery of how their friend became ill.

The graphic novel is available for free download in web, home print and professional print versions at

In addition, there are CDC resources available about Swine Influenza/Variant Influenza Virus that include fact sheets and more at


Fellowship Program Accepting Applications for an Agricultural Education Division Fellow!
The ACTE Fellowship program is accepting applications for the 2019 class of fellows. Please consider taking part in this opportunity for professional development, increased policy knowledge, and leadership development. The Fellowship Program requires a one-year commitment from January–December 2019. Applications are dueSeptember 15. Read more


XLR8 Applications Due TODAY!
We are pleased to accept applications for the 2018 NAAE XLR8 professional development program. The program is sponsored by CSX Transportation as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. XLR8 is a year-long professional development program that targets agriculture teachers in their 7th-15th year of teaching. Click here for more information and to apply by TODAY, August 20th.

August News & Views
National Teach Ag Day is just around the corner! Find out how you can participate and celebrate the Best. Career. Ever! All this and more in the August edition of News & Views!

National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program Application Now Available
NAPTP is committed to promoting inquiry-based teaching methods and the enhancement of science in agriculture to preservice teachers in agricultural education across the nation. This fall, preservice teachers can apply to attend an interactive hands-on agriscience training program at the 2018 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Selected participants will be challenged to develop inquiry-based lessons to use during their student teaching experience, as well as when they enter the teaching profession. Click here for more information and to apply by September 24th!   

Celebrate National Teach Ag Day
National Teach Ag Day is just around the corner! Join us for our LIVE celebration on Thursday, September 20th. There are numerous ways to engage and celebrate with us: 

National Officer Informational Webinar
September 11, 2018
5:15-6:00pm EDT

An informational session on the background of the National Teach Ag Campaign, causes of the agriculture teacher demand, current supply status, and what has been successful in addressing the talent needs of agricultural education, while identifying future strategies. Designed for those preparing for National FFA Office in October. Click here for more information and to register.

Future Agriscience Teacher Symposium at NAAE Convention
The FAST Symposium is a professional development, networking and mentoring experience for preservice agricultural education majors. The sessions will focus on creating an inclusive classroom environment, inquiry-based learning, classroom management, professional development, and collegiality. Click here to register by November 2nd.

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! 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. José García-López of Tufts University Hospital for Large Animals outside Boston examines Matador, an injured show horse, who is showing lameness in one leg. Click here to watch the video.


Volunteer to Help at the Convention and Expo
The Educational Development and Evaluation Team at National FFA is seeking collegiate and teacher (who are not bringing students) volunteers to assist with various expo booths and teacher workshops during the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo. Volunteers will help with setup, facilitation/discussion with students and teardown. Each volunteer will be assigned to one of the following areas: FFA educational resources booth, We Are FFA booth, AgExplorer booth or teacher workshops. Click here to access the application and to find out more information on the responsibilities and duties of a volunteer. The deadline to apply is midnight EDT on Sept. 1, 2018.



Great DEALS on a Variety of Tech Packages through CASE Online!
Looking to amp up technology in your classroom as you implement CASE courses? CASE Online features five major components for implementing CASE curriculum in your classroom, including an online student version of the curriculum, flipped classroom videos, student assignment submission portal, national End-of-Course assessments, and an internal test generator for the teacher to create exams. CASE Online is a fee-based learning management system (LMS) based on student accounts.

Don't need the entire LMS? CASE is offering fantastic DEALS on additional technology packages for your CASE classroom. Flipped video packages and teacher test bank packages are available for $75 per course. End-of-Course Assessment only packages range from $8-$10 per account. Have questions? Contact the CASE Online Learning Coordinator, Sara Cobb.

Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™ Grant Application Available
Corteva Agriscience (TM), Agriculture Division of DowDuPont (TM), is generously sponsoring CASE Implementation Grants for agriculture teachers and university programs offering pre-service CASE certifications. The application is available at this link and the deadline to apply is October 31, 2018.

This is the sixth year in a row this program, formally known as the DuPont Pioneer CASE Implementation Grant Program, has offered grants to public and private schools and universities to assist with the implementation of CASE. Teachers may apply for grants up to $5,000 for implementing the CASE program in their schools, including teacher professional development at a CASE Institute, and purchasing classroom equipment and resources. Pre-service programs may apply for up to $7,500 for hosting a CASE Institute for pre-service teachers. Grant awardees will be announced in December. For questions regarding this opportunity contact CASE Operations/Outreach Director, Miranda Chaplin.


A bouncing sheep finds its inner lamb-like self.

Friday, August 17, 2018: Genome editing spurs ag innovations, a glyphosate lawsuit raises issues, and a bouncing sheep finds its inner lamb-like self. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. 

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.