Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 9/17/2018

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Sep 17, 2018

September 17, 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.


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 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!   

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. Make sure to book your room soon, as the housing block is filling quickly. 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. Heather Weir mentors vet student Willy Brock through a complex surgery at Colorado State University Teaching Hospital. Their patient today is Cheyenne, a domestic long-haired rescue cat being readied for adoption. Click here to view the video. 

Friday Footnotes
The First FFA Manual
Do you remember your first FFA Manual? I was excited when Jack Lacy, the agriculture teacher, passed out the FFA manuals to my Vo Ag I class (yes, it was Vo Ag back then). I took mine home that night and read it from cover to cover. Click here for more.


2019 WLC Positions Now Open
Looking for ways to interact with students, work with dynamic teammates, give back to a great organization, and learn lifelong career skills — all while working in Washington D.C.? Consider working as a National FFA Conference Facilitator! Applications for positions on the 2019 Washington Leadership Conference staff are open now and close Nov. 16, 2018. We are hiring conference facilitators, a conference director, and an adult program coordinator. If you're interested, apply at Please note that if hired for this position, staff would be ineligible to run for National FFA Office. Check out this link for more about the conference. Should you have questions, contact

AgExplorer’s Newest Virtual Field Trip
Mark your calendars now for the next AgExplorer Virtual Field Trip! The National FFA Organization and Discovery Education will broadcast live from Tractor Supply Company’s Merchandising Innovation Center in Nashville, Tenn. Join us Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. EDT and give your students an inside look into the world of agriculture and the careers that develop, market, distribute and provide the products you use every day. Students will see a variety of highly-skilled careers involved in consumer product marketing and sales and also learn about key economic concepts—such as supply and demand and prices and profits—and observe how these function in a market economy. To register, visit Teachers can download the free, standards-aligned companion educator guide to help engage students in the virtual field trip. Be sure to join our Twitter Chat during the virtual field trip by following @NationalFFA and @DiscoveryEd and using #AgExplorerVFT.

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
Hosting a service event around the holidays? Now is the time to apply for a Day of Service Mini-Grant! Applications are reviewed 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

FFA Alumni

Don’t Forget to Submit Your Leadership Scholarship Report
National FFA Alumni and Supporters distributed $78,800 in leadership scholarships to the local and state levels last year. If your chapter or state received funds, be sure to get your 2017 leadership scholarship report submitted by Oct. 1 to be eligible for 2018 funds. The report form can be found in the Alumni Resources folder in your toolbox.



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.


The beauty is the beast—orchid mantis hides and attacks.

Friday, Sept. 14, 2018: Sustainability comes in many forms, Hurricane Florence affects agriculture, and Mizzou joins the CAST Education Program. USDA news, trade updates, and the deadly beauty of the orchid mantis--these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. 

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