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November 26, 2018

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2018

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.

NAAE 

Position Announcement: CASE Project Director
The CASE Project Director will partner with all NAAE staff toward the success of CASE and other NAAE initiatives. Qualified applicants should have experience in the delivery of high-quality agricultural education programming and demonstrated experience with CASE. Click here for more information and to apply. 

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. 

NAAE Internships
We are now accepting applications for the 2019 NAAE interns. We have positions available in advocacy, communications, and professional development. Follow this link for more information and to apply by December 21st. 

2018 NAAE Convention App
Personalize your schedule, stay up-to-date on workshop changes while at convention, meet other attendees, and create your own profile with our online convention app. Search “NAAE Conv” and download it in the App Store or Google Play for your convenience. Thanks Merck for sponsoring our convention app!

Online Professional Development: Global Learning (#GLAG19)
The Global Teach Ag! Initiative is conducting the 5th annual global learning in agriculture conference! #GLAG19: Cultivating Empathy in a Global World will provide “on-demand” and “live” opportunities to advance your capacity as a global agricultural educator, helping to prepare your students for the interconnected world of food, fiber, and natural resources. During the week of January 26th, with only a digital pass ($25), you have access to resources and best practices to help advance global learning in your program. While supplies last, there are also 100 “All-Access” Passes ($50) that include the Conference-in-A-Box. Fun fact: In 2018, we had an impression on 1,121,917 twitter accounts with the conversation about #GLAG18 – over 1 million accounts seeing school-based agricultural education talk about global issues. Here is a link to check out the conference program from last year. The keynote is Mr. Roger Thurow, Pulitzer Prize Finalist who is the author of Enough; The Last Hunger Season; and The First 1,000 days. GLAG can only occur with the support of our Global Learning Partners including: Penn State Extension; Penn State Center for Professional Personal Learning; Hawkeye Global Agriculture Learning Center; Hunger Solutions Institute at Auburn University; Iowa State University, Michigan State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Purdue, CELA-Belize, Explorations by Thor, Murphy-Carpenter Design, The National FFA Organization, Nutrients for Life Foundation and The World Food Prize.

PEDIGREE -- The Animal Breeding Board Game
PEDIGREE blends management decisions with the luck of genetic selection. The opportunity for backers to pledge expires November 30th with the end of the Kickstarter campaign. Click here for more information. 

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, Susan thinks her dog Mabel may be injured. Mabel has been weary lately, less "crazy and hyper" than normal. So Susan brings her seven-year-old dog to see vet Dr. Brittney Barton, whose exam reveals injuries to both hind legs. Click here to watch the video. 

Friday Footnotes
When an Old Man Gets to Thinking
Research shows agriculture teachers work 55+ hours a week. We really do need to spend more time with our loved ones. Children only grow up once. We never know how much time we have with our loved ones. Click hereto read more.

FFA

Apply Now for a National FFA Scholarship 
Do you have students who could use some money for college? Tell them about the National FFA Scholarship online application, which opened on Thursday, Nov. 15. 

Students can:

  • Create, edit and submit an application using any web platform, including a smartphone.
  • Check the status of their application from their personalized homepage.
  • Save/edit an in-progress application at any time before the application deadline.
  • Upload any required materials directly to their application.
  • Opt-in for text notifications, in addition to email notifications and reminders. 
  • Take advantage of a longer application period, Nov. 15 - Feb. 6.
  • Use the easy one-click advisor validation.
  • Learn of your scholarship acceptance online—NO MORE MAIL.

Check out the extensive FAQ and other resources found at FFA.org/scholarships.

Join in the Blue 365 Challenge
Blue 365 is the latest catalyst to the National FFA Organization’s commitment to the future of agriculture. Bringing innovative technology, science, research and entrepreneurship to the classrooms of nearly 670,000 FFA members nationwide, Blue 365 provides videos, podcasts, lesson plans, and countless resources to FFA advisors and student members.

To help launch Blue 365 and highlight the innovations and technologies that are transforming agriculture, we are excited to announce the Blue 365 Challenge! In partnership with Microsoft, the National FFA Organization will award 50 FFA chapters with two Microsoft FarmBeats Student Kits designed to help students learn about precision agriculture and Internet of Things technologies. Each kit includes preconfigured Microsoft Azure cloud services and a Raspberry Pi with soil moisture, light, ambient temperature, and humidity sensors to collect data, which can help students understand how to help improve productivity, increase yield, and save resources. Microsoft will provide additional resources to showcase how FFA advisors can put these kits to use in the classroom. Submit your application before the Jan. 2 deadline!

Grow Ag Leaders Scholarships
Every year, Grow Ag Leaders awards more than $500,000 in scholarships to students studying in ag-related fields. Grow Ag Leaders asks farmers to endorse high school seniors or college students for a chance to win a $1,500 scholarship to support their higher education studies in ag-related fields.

Applications for 2019 Grow Ag Leaders are open now. To apply for this scholarship, students must meet the below criteria:

  • Must be a high school senior to college junior enrolled full time.
  • Must be planning to attend a vocational, two-year or four-year qualifying agriculture-related study program after high school.
  • Must meet a minimum 2.5 GPA requirement.
  • Must obtain two electronic endorsements from qualifying farmers.

For more information, visit FFA.org/scholarships.

FFA Alumni

Alumni Educational Enrichment Program
Do you or your students want a way to earn online college credits at a discounted price? Check out the Alumni Educational Enrichment program at Pearson.com/FFAwhich includes a FREE personalized college plan valued at $300.  

Raise Money for Your Chapter 
Looking for a simple and effective chapter fundraiser? We Fund Them is a quick and easy online donation platform that provides a thank-you gift to supporters of the largest discount network in the nation. This gift encourages donations and the sharing of your fundraiser with other possible donors. You simply customize the site with your picture, video and messaging and share it through email, text and social media. We Fund Them will support FFA and provide detailed tracking of participant and group participation and fundraising results. Click here to see an example of an active donation site for a college baseball team. Click here to get your We Fund Them page started.

 

CASE

The 2019 CASE Institute Schedule is Now Available!
Click here for the 2019 CASE Institute Schedule.

Registration for 2019 CASE Institutes opens December 1st. Each site can accommodate approximately 20 participants. This year’s offerings once again include several fast track institutes. Fast track institutes are for teachers with at least one prior CASE certification. Pre-Institute homework is required for fast track participation.

Many CASE Institutes' registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they secure the appropriate funding.

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

November 19, 2018

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2018

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.

NAAE 

Position Announcement: CASE Project Director
The CASE Project Director will partner with all NAAE staff toward the success of CASE and other NAAE initiatives. Qualified applicants should have experience in the delivery of high-quality agricultural education programming and demonstrated experience with CASE. Click here for more information and to apply. 

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. 

NAAE Internships
We are now accepting applications for the 2019 NAAE interns. We have positions available in advocacy, communications, and professional development. Follow this link for more information and to apply by December 21st. 

2018 NAAE Convention App
Personalize your schedule, stay up-to-date on workshop changes while at convention, meet other attendees, and create your own profile with our online convention app. Search “NAAE Conv” and download it in the App Store or Google Play for your convenience. Thanks Merck for sponsoring our convention app!

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. Krantz examines piglets at Petrie Farm suffering from a case of diarrhea, which can be life threatening. Click here to watch the video. 

Friday Footnotes
The FFA Sweetheart
Prior to 1969, about the only way a female could be involved with the FFA was to be a chapter sweetheart. In the early days of the FFA, it was common for a chapter to have an FFA Sweetheart. The Sweetheart was typically voted on by the members and the selection of the sweetheart more often than not was a popularity/beauty contest. Follow this link to read more. 

FFA

Apply Now for a National FFA Scholarship 
Do you have students who could use some money for college? Tell them about the National FFA Scholarship online application, which opened on Thursday, Nov. 15. 

Students can:

  • Create, edit and submit an application using any web platform, including a smartphone.
  • Check the status of their application from their personalized homepage.
  • Save/edit an in-progress application at any time before the application deadline.
  • Upload any required materials directly to their application.
  • Opt-in for text notifications, in addition to email notifications and reminders. 
  • Take advantage of a longer application period, Nov. 15 - Feb. 6.
  • Use the easy one-click advisor validation.
  • Learn of your scholarship acceptance online—NO MORE MAIL.

Check out the extensive FAQ and other resources found at FFA.org/scholarships.

Join in the Blue 365 Challenge
Blue 365 is the latest catalyst to the National FFA Organization’s commitment to the future of agriculture. Bringing innovative technology, science, research and entrepreneurship to the classrooms of nearly 670,000 FFA members nationwide, Blue 365 provides videos, podcasts, lesson plans, and countless resources to FFA advisors and student members.

To help launch Blue 365 and highlight the innovations and technologies that are transforming agriculture, we are excited to announce the Blue 365 Challenge! In partnership with Microsoft, the National FFA Organization will award 50 FFA chapters with two Microsoft FarmBeats Student Kits designed to help students learn about precision agriculture and Internet of Things technologies. Each kit includes preconfigured Microsoft Azure cloud services and a Raspberry Pi with soil moisture, light, ambient temperature, and humidity sensors to collect data, which can help students understand how to help improve productivity, increase yield, and save resources. Microsoft will provide additional resources to showcase how FFA advisors can put these kits to use in the classroom. Submit your application before the Jan. 2 deadline!

SAE Video of the Week: Hydroponics
Go behind the scenes at Connecticut’s Sound School with Giovanni Roman, who uses a variety of hydroponics systems to grow plants in the school’s greenhouse. Watch more videos in our SAE Video Library, which now includes links to related lesson plans and student activity sheets.

Grow Ag Leaders Scholarships
Every year, Grow Ag Leaders awards more than $500,000 in scholarships to students studying in ag-related fields. Grow Ag Leaders asks farmers to endorse high school seniors or college students for a chance to win a $1,500 scholarship to support their higher education studies in ag-related fields.

Applications for 2019 Grow Ag Leaders are open now. To apply for this scholarship, students must meet the below criteria:

  • Must be a high school senior to college junior enrolled full time.
  • Must be planning to attend a vocational, two-year or four-year qualifying agriculture-related study program after high school.
  • Must meet a minimum 2.5 GPA requirement.
  • Must obtain two electronic endorsements from qualifying farmers.

For more information, visit FFA.org/scholarships.

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
Planning a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event in January? Or is your chapter hosting a service event during National FFA Week in February? Now is the time to apply for a $400 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 www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants. Want to see what other chapters have done? Check out the interactive map at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve to review funded projects.

FFA State Day of Service Grant
A reminder that the application for the FFA State Day of Service Grant is now available at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants. This is a competitive funding opportunity for all FFA state associations or foundations to help infuse service activities at the state level. A state association or foundation may apply for up to $8,000. Want to know what states did in 2018 with the grant? Check out the interactive map at www.ffa.org/livingtoserve. If you have any questions, please email LTS@ffa.org.

FFA Alumni

Alumni Educational Enrichment Program
Do you or your students want a way to earn online college credits at a discounted price? Check out the Alumni Educational Enrichment program at Pearson.com/FFAwhich includes a FREE personalized college plan valued at $300.  

Raise Money for Your Chapter 
Looking for a simple and effective chapter fundraiser? We Fund Them is a quick and easy online donation platform that provides a thank-you gift to supporters of the largest discount network in the nation. This gift encourages donations and the sharing of your fundraiser with other possible donors. You simply customize the site with your picture, video and messaging and share it through email, text and social media. We Fund Them will support FFA and provide detailed tracking of participant and group participation and fundraising results. Click here to see an example of an active donation site for a college baseball team. Click here to get your We Fund Them page started.

 

CASE

The 2019 CASE Institute Schedule is Now Available!
Click here for the 2019 CASE Institute Schedule.

Registration for 2019 CASE Institutes opens December 1st. Each site can accommodate approximately 20 participants. This year’s offerings once again include several fast track institutes. Fast track institutes are for teachers with at least one prior CASE certification. Pre-Institute homework is required for fast track participation.

Many CASE Institutes' registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they secure the appropriate funding.

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? Advance CTE is on the search for programs of study 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 for the 2019 Excellence in Action award to showcase the amazing work of your learners, instructors and faculty at the national level.

Not only will your program be featured in the media and an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. in the spring, you’ll also be contributing to a positive image of CTE programs. In its sixth year, this award showcases innovative programs of study to policymakers, employers, and education leaders and lets them know that CTE is for all learners and prepares them for a lifetime of college and career success. Applications are open to secondary and postsecondary schools/institutions. Apply today!

CAST

Move over Luke Skywalker—hoverbikes are lifting off.

Friday, Nov. 16, 2018:  The cost of a basic Thanksgiving meal is down, the tragic toll from wildfires is up, and hoverbikes are trying to lift off safely. University research programs, student videos, and rodents eating ghost peppers—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.

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

November 12, 2018

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2018

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.

NAAE 

Position Announcement: CASE Project Director
The CASE Project Director will partner with all NAAE staff toward the success of CASE and other NAAE initiatives. Qualified applicants should have experience in the delivery of high-quality agricultural education programming and demonstrated experience with CASE. Click here for more information and to apply. 

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. 

NAAE Internships
We are now accepting applications for the 2019 NAAE interns. We have positions available in advocacy, communications, and professional development. Follow this link for more information and to apply by December 21st. 

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
8:00am-5:00pm
San Antonio, TX
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 https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4584026/Lincoln-Electric-Professional-Development-Registration.

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. Tara Donovan inspects a barn of pigs in Iowa, observing that pigs are raised in better conditions today than when she grew up in her Midwest farm community. Click here to watch the video. 

Friday Footnotes
The Yellow Dogs
Last week’s Friday Footnote mentioned two organizations, the Masons and the Grange, who have “secret” ceremonies. Are you aware of the existence of a “secret” agricultural education society? Read more.

FFA

National FFA Scholarships: Application Opens Nov. 15
The National FFA Scholarship application will open on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. This year’s application will be online, eliminating the current paper process and facilitating a more timely and effective delivery and acceptance process. Be sure to promote this opportunity to your high school seniors, collegiate members, and all students interested in pursuing a postsecondary education. There are many scholarship opportunities, and only one application needs to be completed per student. To find out more about scholarships, visit FFA.org/scholarships.

WLC Positions Close Soon
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 and will close Nov. 16, 2018. We are hiring conference facilitators, a conference director, and an adult program coordinator. If you're interested, apply at FFA.org/careers-at-ffa. Please note that if hired for this position, staff will be ineligible to run for National FFA Office. Check out this link for more about the conference. Should you have questions, contact wlc@ffa.org.

SAE Video of the Week: Agritourism
Watch how Peyton Moore from Bullard FFA in Texas combines her love of agriculture with her passion for teaching others about ag and pumpkins on her family’s 100-year farm. Peyton’s video and more can be seen in our SAE Video Library.

Teacher Town Hall Recording
Thank you to those who called in for the National FFA Teacher Town Hall last week. If you missed it and would like to learn more about Blue 365, the newly redesigned FFA.org, online classroom and teacher resources, and more, listen to the recording here.

FFA Alumni

Alumni Educational Enrichment Program
Do you or your students want a way to earn online college credits at a discounted price? Check out the Alumni Educational Enrichment program at Pearson.com/FFAwhich includes a FREE personalized college plan valued at $300.  

 

CASE

The 2019 CASE Institute Schedule is Now Available!
Click here for the 2019 CASE Institute Schedule.

Registration for 2019 CASE Institutes opens December 1st. Each site can accommodate approximately 20 participants. This year’s offerings once again include several fast track institutes. Fast track institutes are for teachers with at least one prior CASE certification. Pre-Institute homework is required for fast track participation.

Many CASE Institutes' registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they secure the appropriate funding.

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? Advance CTE is on the search for programs of study 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 for the 2019 Excellence in Action award to showcase the amazing work of your learners, instructors and faculty at the national level.

Not only will your program be featured in the media and an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. in the spring, you’ll also be contributing to a positive image of CTE programs.  In its sixth year, this award showcases innovative programs of study to policymakers, employers and education leaders and lets them know that CTE is for all learners and prepares them for a lifetime of college and career success. Applications are open to secondary and postsecondary schools/institutions. Apply today!

CAST

This dating game involves food, labels, and consumer decisions.

Friday, Nov. 9, 2018: Animal genome editing raises questions, California votes for cage-free poultry, and the “dating game” involves food waste and labels. A lucky duck wins acting award, and farmers use underwear to test soil quality. 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.

 

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

November 5, 2018

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2018

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.

NAAE 

Position Announcement: CASE Project Director
The CASE Project Director will partner with all NAAE staff toward the success of CASE and other NAAE initiatives. Qualified applicants should have experience in the delivery of high-quality agricultural education programming and demonstrated experience with CASE. Click here for more information and to apply. 

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. 

NAAE Internships
We are now accepting applications for the 2019 NAAE interns. We have positions available in advocacy, communications, and professional development. Follow this link for more information and to apply by December 21st. 

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
8:00am-5:00pm
San Antonio, TX
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 https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4584026/Lincoln-Electric-Professional-Development-Registration.

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. Wilson, veterinarian at Rose Acre Farms in Indiana, examines the flocks in his care by handling some of the birds. Click here to watch the video. 

Friday Footnotes
The Poor Scholar's Soliloquy
When I was in graduate school, I discovered a short essay titled "The Poor Scholar's Soliloquy." As I read the essay, I thought this could be describing an agriculture student. The essay caused me to do some thinking about the teaching-learning process. Read more. 

FFA

That’s a Wrap: 91st National FFA Convention & Expo
Need to catch up on last week’s convention and expo action? We’ve got you covered on FFA.org. Read stories; watch videos, including national officer retiring addresses; listen to podcasts; see award results; and more. Mark your calendars now: The 2019 National FFA Convention & Expo is Oct. 30 - Nov. 2.

For those who participated in award programs or competitive events, information—including participant photos and feedback reports—will be posted within the next two weeks. All participating advisors and state staff will be notified via email of these postings and their locations. All convention results are posted on FFA.org/event-results/.

Join Us This Wednesday for Another Teacher Town Hall
Our second Teacher Town Hall is set for Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. EST.

These town hall meetings are designed to keep teachers and advisors up-to-date on important issues at National FFA, and to provide a forum to ask questions of and provide feedback to national staff.  

November Agenda

  • Opening Remarks — Mark Poeschl
  • Blue 365 Information and Timing — Blaze Currie
  • Quick Tips on the New FFA.org — Larry Downes
  • Online Classroom/Teacher Resources — Ambra Tennery

Q&A available after each topic is presented.

 

Web Conference Information 
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, 6- 7 p.m. EST. 

Webex Link: https://ffaorg.webex.com/ffaorg/j.php?MTID=m2b943f41697d7e5e3ae2a39895043e05

Join by Phone: 240-454-0879
Meeting Number (access code): 735 574 994
Meeting Password: ZmBPkN2*

 

We hope you can attend!

SAE Video of the Week: Dairy Heifers
Watch how Jonathan Jones from Los Lunas FFA in New Mexico uses his SAE in the area of dairy heifers to move outside of his comfort zone and into a life-changing career with animals. You can see more videos in our SAE Video Library.

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.

 

CASE

The 2019 CASE Institute Schedule is Now Available!
Click here for the 2019 CASE Institute Schedule.

Registration for 2019 CASE Institutes opens December 1st. Each site can accommodate approximately 20 participants. This year’s offerings once again include several fast track institutes. Fast track institutes are for teachers with at least one prior CASE certification. Pre-Institute homework is required for fast track participation.

Many CASE Institutes' registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they secure the appropriate funding.

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? Advance CTE is on the search for programs of study 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 for the 2019 Excellence in Action award to showcase the amazing work of your learners, instructors and faculty at the national level.

Not only will your program be featured in the media and an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. in the spring, you’ll also be contributing to a positive image of CTE programs.  In its sixth year, this award showcases innovative programs of study to policymakers, employers and education leaders and lets them know that CTE is for all learners and prepares them for a lifetime of college and career success. Applications are open to secondary and postsecondary schools/institutions. Apply today!

CAST

We’d say that this Halloween costume is udderly too cute, but we’ve milked that cliché too often.

Friday, Nov. 2, 2018: Various stories cover opportunities, awards, and special programs for ag/science students. Government rulings, market trends, and biotech affect food production. And we made it through another Halloween frenzy. 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.