Sabrina Shaver

Monday Morning Monitor-- 9/23/2019

Blog Post created by Sabrina Shaver on Sep 23, 2019

September 23, 2019


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 10-12
North Central AAAE Conference
East Lansing, MI

October 30- Nov. 2
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN

December 3-7
NAAE Convention
Anaheim, CA

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Last Day for NAPTP Applications! 
The National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program (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 2019 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN.  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.Applications can be found online and are due Monday, September 23rd.

Corteva Agriscience™Grant Application Available
Corteva Agriscience (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, 2019.

This is the seventh 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.

Register for the Agricultural Business Foundations BriefCASE during NAAE Convention
Agricultural Business Foundations (ABF) BriefCASE will be offered at NAAE Convention on Tuesday, December 3rd as a pre-conference professional development opportunity. Agricultural Business Foundations is a semester long course that introduces students to business management in agriculture. Throughout the course are practical and engaging activities, projects, and problems to develop and improve business and employability skills. Additionally, students investigate and develop viable business plans in order to solve local problems. Completing the professional development allows teachers to implement this CASE course. The registration fee is $250 and limited seats are available. Register now at this link.

Instructional Materials Now Available from Growth Energy
Growth Energy, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, is providing teachers with 15 days of instruction focused on ethanol and renewable fuels. To access these free instructional materials, including the lesson plan, six activities, PowerPoint, and assessment visit NAAE’s Communities of Practice website at this link. 


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. In this episode of Vets On Call, follow veterinarian Dr. Lynn Loccatelli as she helps re-design a ranch facility where calves are herded to be vaccinated and cows are checked for pregnancy and other health procedures. Watch more here

Friday Footnotes
The Henry Groseclose FFA Museum
Last week we looked at Henry C. Groseclose, the man. This week we will learn about the museum dedicated to him and the FFA. The Groseclose FFA Museum is located in Ceres, Virginia. This small community had an elementary and high school until 1962 at which time the high school was moved to the town of Bland. In 1991 the elementary school was closed…Read more here

Golden Owl Award Ag Educator of the Year Nominations Now Open
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, sponsor of the Golden Owl Award honoring agriculture educators in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Iowa and Ohio, is pleased to announce that nominations for the award are now open. Only educators in those four states can be nominated, 26 finalists will be selected to receive $500 in support of their programs. An Ag Educator of the Year will be selected from each of those states, receiving the Golden Owl Award trophy and $3000 to help fund future educational efforts. For more information, check out the Golden Owl Award website.


Concert and Rodeo Ticket Sales Update
The new date and time for National FFA Convention & Expo concert and rodeo ticket sales is Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m. EDT. You’ll still need to use Ticketmaster-approved payment methods, and quantity limits will remain at 50 tickets per transaction. Refunds from the original canceled sales are processing now and should be complete in the next week. We’re posting all information about these ticket sales at the top of the Entertainment page.

SAE Video of the Week
Watch how FFA member Ethan Shelden from Clarke Central FFA in Georgia uses his creepy, crawly SAE to vermicompost rich soil for growing plants.

2019 IAC Youth Essay Contest
The Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) is accepting submissions for its 2019 High School Essay Contest. The contest is open to Native American youth (either enrolled in a federally recognized tribe or tribal descendants living on Indian-owned land) in grades 9-12 during the 2019-20 school year. The finalists will be keynote speakers at the IAC Annual Meeting in Las Vegas and awarded travel scholarships to attend the 2019 IAC Youth Conference in Las Vegas Dec. 9-12, 2019. The deadline to submit essays is Oct. 14 at 11:59 p.m. PST. To learn more and to enter, visit here. Looking for ways to interact with students, work with dynamic teammates, give back to FFA and learn life-long career skills — while working in D.C.? Consider being a National FFA conference facilitator, director or education coordinator. The applications for these 2020 Washington Leadership Conference positions close Nov. 15. If hired, you will be ineligible to run for national office. Email questions to

FFA Alumni

Leadership Scholarship Reports
$72,622 in 2018 leadership scholarships from the National FFA Alumni Life Member investment account were distributed to chapters and states across the country. Any chapter or state that received leadership scholarship funding is required to complete the Leadership Scholarship Report Form by Oct. 1 to be eligible for future scholarships. Email with any questions. Don't miss a free, hands-on training opportunity for FFA Alumni members, state leaders, advisors or anyone interested in starting or developing an alumni and supporters chapter! The next Regional Development Conference will be held in Martin, Tennessee on September 27-28. Registration is open at through Sept. 15! 


Campus food coming by robot—this and many more university stories this week.

Friday, Sept. 20, 2019:  Trade issues, a look at ag video games, food label issues, and a warning to stop kissing your chickens--these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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