Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 10/15/2018

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Oct 15, 2018


Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

October 15, 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


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

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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.


Position Announcement: Program Coordinator
The Program Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating, organizing, and delivering initiatives primarily related to cooperative education content and agricultural educators. The position is funded as part of a three-year commitment by the CHS Foundation, to increase youth and teacher awareness of cooperatives. Click here for more information and to apply. 

Tagged to Teach Ag! Declaration Signing Event at National FFA Convention
Calling all seniors and transfer agricultural education majors. Are you committed to becoming an agriculture teacher? Sign-up for our Tagged to Teach Ag declaration event at National FFA Convention. Click here for more information and to reserve your spot!

2019 National Teach Ag Campaign Intern Position Announcement
The intern position will start in May 2019 and the end date will depend on performance, but may last until May 2020. The intern will be stationed out of the NAAE office, located on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY for eight weeks during the 2019 summer.  The remainder of the internship will be done remotely at a site mutually agreed upon by the intern and the NTAC. Click here for more information and to apply by December 2nd. 

October News & Views
Get ready for National FFA Convention! Find out all the ways you can join us in Indy & check out some great resources and giveaways while you are there. All this & more in the October edition of News & Views.

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! 

Special Ag Mechanics Professional Development as part of NAAE Convention
Sponsored by Lincoln Electric
Welding Education with Lincoln Electric 
Tuesday, November 27th
This course is geared for instructors who want to take welding education to the next level. The program is a day seminar focused on instructional delivery methods for Safety, SMAW, GMAW, GTAW and FCAW welding processes. This event will be offsite, however, transportation and lunch are provided. 

Please register by November 15th at

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. Lora attempts a procedure she has never practiced before, to clear a urinary tract, as the pet’s anxious owners count the hours in the clinic waiting room. Click here to watch the video. 

Friday Footnotes
What is a Saddle Stone?
I returned to the States (as we are known in England) yesterday, after spending eight days there. My trip to England was both personal and business related.  I visited my daughter and her family, but also spent time with faculty and students at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU), so I could learn more about English agriculture and education, and perhaps they might possibly learn something from me.  Read more.


Blue Room Update
We’re only nine days from the beginning of the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo and our inaugural Blue Room experience! Today, we will share presentation topics and booth descriptions for each Blue Room session. Take a look at the Blue Room webpage that evening to check out the latest updates. Top technology and agriculture companies have announced their partnerships with the National FFA to bring The Blue Room to life. Read more about the experience on

Get Your Learn on at National Convention
Are you attending National FFA Convention & Expo? Be sure to check out the teacher professional development workshops in rooms 140-142 at the Indiana Convention Center!  Click here to access the schedule. Attend a teacher workshop and be entered into a drawing for a ShopFFA gift card, and receive professional development documentation.

Tour the National FFA Center 
While visiting our city during the National FFA Convention & Expo, be sure to stop by the National FFA Center—located at 6060 FFA Drive, Indianapolis, IN, 46278—for a self-guided tour. Items of interest include the FFA Gardens, the Past National Officer Gallery and FFA memorabilia in the Hall of Achievement. Visit for driving directions and additional tour information, or pick up a map at registration. No vehicle to get to the center? Take the IndyGo bus line Route 37 to the Traders Point Shopping Mall and walk over to the National FFA Center.

The center will be open for tours:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 23, Noon - 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24 and Thursday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Convention Judges Still Needed
The National FFA Awards and Recognition team is searching for judges at the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo in the following areas:

  • National FFA Agriscience Fair – Indiana Convention Center, Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • National Chapter – Indiana Convention Center, Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Agricultural Proficiency Awards – Indiana Convention Center, Thursday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

If you have already registered to judge, email with your area(s) of interest, and we will add the info to your existing registration. If you have not registered, click here. Registration closes on Monday, Oct. 15, at 9 p.m. EDT.

SAE Video of the Week: Agricultural Communications
Do you have students interested in a career in agricultural communications? Watch this SAE video that features Corvallis FFA member Emily Seifert from Montana, whowrites posts for the ag-based blog, Raised in a Barn. Her blog posts are also hosted on her chapter’s website. Remember, you can watch more SAE videos in our SAE Video Library.

Forever Blue Member Benefits
As a clarification from last week, our Forever Blue Benefits program is for FFA Alumni members. You can access your discounts via the My Deals mobile app or go to and begin saving today. To set up your account, enter 201057 - your FFA ID. You can also use the code NFFA1928 in the travel section to receive a $50 travel credit. Contact if you have questions.

2019-20 State Officer Programs Facilitator Posting Now Open
Do you enjoy facilitating and training new state officer teams? Consider applying to be a part of our facilitation staff for 2019-20 state FFA officers. Staff members will travel the country and facilitate Base Camp and Checkpoint experiences, helping to educate and prepare state officers throughout their year. To access information— including frequently asked questions, compensation and job requirements—or to apply, visit our job post. You must be 21 by March 15, 2019, to be eligible. Applications are due by Nov. 5, 2018. Email if you have questions.

National FFA Convention & Expo Educators’ Guide
Teachers: Are you looking for an educational resource related to the national convention and expo? Our education team has just what you need. Check out the new National FFA Convention & Expo Educators' Guide. This free classroom resource is for advisors who bring students to the national convention and expo, or have students remain at school during the event. The guide also includes a follow-up component for use after convention.

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

2018-19 SAE Grants
Thanks to great sponsors, the National FFA Organization is pleased to announce that 148 SAE Grants of $1,000 each are available this year to help current FFA members in grades 7-12 start or expand an SAE. Some grants provide an additional $1,000 to the FFA chapter of the recipient. The online application is available through the SAE Grants webpage or anywhere you can access the online Application Center. CLICK HERE for a complete step-by-step guide to accessing the SAE Grant application. CLICK HERE for the SAE Grants flyer. All applications must be submitted online before 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Nov 15, 2018.

FFA Alumni

Join Nutrien Ag Solutions at Convention to Learn About the Giveback Program
People thought it would be crazy to give $100,000 away in grant money, but Nutrien Ag Solutions thought it’d be crazy not to. Through two grant cycles, they’ve awarded 14 FFA chapters, and they’re just getting started. See all of the good the Give Back to Your Roots program is doing while you’re at the National FFA Convention & Expo by visiting booth 2242 in the expo,  joining us Thursday morning starting at 7:30 a.m. in Alumni Central for coffee and rolls, and talking with us over snacks before the annual Alumni and Supporters meeting on Friday! Visit for more information.



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.

Visit the CASE Booth at National FFA Convention!
CASE will be located at booth #4627 in Teacher’s World. You can check out the most up-to-date listing of 2019 CASE Institute dates and locations while at the booth. Visit the CASE booth to learn about current and upcoming courses, CASE Online, Lead Teacher opportunities for 2019, and much more! 

CASE certified teachers who visit the booth will receive a CASE window cling and 2019 CASE Institute pocket schedule, while supplies last! Teachers can participate in a soil exchange by trading gallon size bags of soil with other teachers across the country. Be sure to connect with CASE affiliate institutions, sponsors, and partners who will be recognized across the FFA Expo with special banners.

Advance CTE

2019 Excellence in Action Awards
Do you think you have one of the best Career Technical Education (CTE) programs of study in the nation? Apply for the 2019 Excellence in Action award to showcase the amazing work of your learners, instructors, and faculty at the national level.

In its sixth year, this award honors programs of study across the 16 Career Clusters® that exemplify excellence in the implementation of the Career Clusters, show a true progression from secondary to postsecondary education, provide meaningful work-based learning opportunities, and have a substantial and evidence-based impact on student achievement and success. Apply Today.


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