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21 Posts authored by: Christi Chadwell

February 17, 2014

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events


April 16-18
NAAE Region I Conference
Waikiki Beach, HI


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT


July 9-12
National FFA Alumni Development Conference
Grand Rapids, MA

Past Issues

February 10
February 3
January 27
January 13
January 6

Quote for the Week

"We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them."
-Khalil Gibran


MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email

Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

The Council


STEM SmartBrief Newsletter Available from ACTE for Career and Technical Educators
The Council is happy to help ACTE promote a service that will help agricultural educators stay current on the latest thought and discussion in the area of STEM education. ACTE has made a major effort to restructure, re-launch and greatly expand their daily free alert on STEM education issues. As a part of the re-launch, they have simplified the name to STEM SmartBrief. Although ACTE already offers an online newsletter through Career Tech Update to its members, the addition of the STEM SmartBrief has been greeted enthusiastically by ACTE members and has the potential to greatly expand the reach of STEM news and information to a much wider audience of STEM interested stakeholders.


As you may know, ACTE began offering a free, daily STEM SmartBrief newsletter service about a year ago. To-date there are over 2,500 subscribers. If you haven’t seen the existing service please take a peek at a recent issue to get a sense of what the service delivers to subscribers.


The STEM SmartBrief is designed specifically for educators and advocates of STEM teaching and learning with a unique focus of building a movement to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics by supporting and highlighting the work of educator success. Through this lens, the STEM SmartBrief looks at best practices and classroom resources in STEM education, gender & equity in STEM education, research and funding for STEM and other timely and relevant topics.   With the STEM SmartBrief, ACTE is not only able to aggregate the relevant news on STEM teaching and learning, but also highlight the work of our partners in a sustained and meaningful way. We hope agricultural educators at all levels will check out this resource and subscribe.

USDA


USDA Challenge Grants Program
The USDA has released the application and information for the Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program (SPECA). Click here for more details and the application.

CASE


Looking to fund your CASE experience this summer? The search is over!
CASE now has scholarships for CASE Institutes available. Generous contributions through the National FFA Foundation from sponsors like Mosaic have made it possible for scholarships to cover the cost of CASE Institutes for award winners. Click here for the application link and additional information. The deadline to apply is February 28th. Questions about these scholarship opportunities can be directed to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations Coordinator. 


CASE Institute Registration
CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 30 CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! To register for a CASE Institute please follow this link.


Each site will be capped at 18 participants, with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an institute will be subject to a $250 cancelation fee. Please contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, at shari.smith@case4learning.org with any questions regarding the 2014 CASE Institutes.

NAAE


2014 NAAE Ag Ed Advocacy Video Challenge
Thanks to a great response to last year's contest, we've decided to once again challenge high school and middle school agriculture teachers to create videos showcasing the great things their agricultural education programs do.


This year's advocacy video challenge theme is "How is your agricultural education program preparing you (students) for a bright future?"


Enlist your students, community and supporters to tell your program's story in 2 minutes or less. You could win recognition for your program and a registration to attend next year's ACTE National Policy Seminar.


Entry deadline - February 24, 2014 Follow this link for complete challenge details


Career Academies of Nashville & Agricultural Education Study Visit
Career Academies are gaining in popularity across the country as schools work to increase student engagement and achievement by focusing on college and career readiness.  Consider attending the Career Academies of Nashville & Agriculture Education Study. Visit this page for registration and to learn how Nashville is offering personalized learning communities that offer rigor, relevance, relationships, and readiness for students interested in studying agriculture.


CHS Foundation Scholarship Opportunity
Applications for high school seniors and two-year college students are now available through the CHS Foundation. Click here to read more.


Teach Ag Campaign Seeks Partners for New Initiative.
Is your state facing a shortage of agriculture teachers?  Are you ready to pull back the curtain and develop sustainable and effective strategies to recruit and retain agriculture teachers in your state?


The National Teach Ag Campaign is looking for up to 10 states who are willing to work collaboratively to address your specific needs and create a plan that works.  Join one of the four webinars being offered at the end of the month to find out more about the program and what you can do to ensure a quality supply of agriculture teachers in your state. For more information click here.


Click on the following dates to sign-up:
Wednesday, February 26th 11:00-11:45 am EST
Wednesday, February 26th 4:00-4:45 pm EST
Thursday, February 27th 12:00-12:45 pm EST
Thursday, February 27th 5:00-5:45 pm EST


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA

Happy National FFA Week
Are you ready to shine in the name of FFA and agricultural education? National FFA Week is Feb. 15 - 22, which is the perfect time to let the world know about FFA. Visit the National FFA Week webpage for a host of resources you can use to make your FFA Week celebrations a success. Also, be sure to follow the action on Facebook and Twitter.

Celebrate CTE Superheroes during 2014 CTE Month
Happy 2014 CTE Month!
Spearheaded by the Association for Career & Technical Education, 2014 CTE Month encourages everyone to explore and learn the amazing accomplishments, achievements and contributions of those in career and technical education, which includes agricultural education and FFA. To read more, click here.

Apply now: Youth Scholarships for Building a GradNation Summit
Do you know a young leader in your community who is working hard with his or her peers to end the dropout crisis? Do you know a young person who has struggled on the road to graduation who can speak his or her mind? Encourage them to apply for a scholarship to attend the 2014 Building a GradNation Summit in Washington, D.C. (includes meals, transportation and lodging). Click here for the details. Applications are due March 1.

CAST

Friday, Feb. 14, 2014: Cage fight over egg-laying hens, reaction to CAST’s new video, and chilled-out links for a stubborn winter. Lots of other links, opinions, student happenings, oddities, and ag news

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

 

 

 

February 10, 2014

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events


April 16-18
NAAE Region I Conference
Waikiki Beach, HI


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues

February 3
January 27
January 13
January 6
December 23

Quote for the Week

"No man was ever wise by chance."
-Lucius Annaeus Seneca


MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

The Council


AgriCorps now accepting application for International Volunteers
Do you want to help start 4-H clubs and future farmer programs in Africa? AgriCorps is a Peace Corps like organization that places American agriculture volunteers in the developing world for 1 year to teach agricultural education and partner with youth organizations. See what these recent volunteers and past National FFA Officers had to say.


We will have 12 volunteers in Liberia starting in August. Each volunteer will be there for one year. All expenses are paid by AgriCorps.Applications are due March 1st!  Apply on our website.


You may also request more information and sign up to receive updates on our website as well.


High School Internships Seen as Valuable Stepping Stone (fromEducation Week, edweek.org)
If you are looking for information to help administrators and policy makers understand the importance of experiential and work based learning to the high school audience, then please check out a recent article regarding a recent study done regarding the value of internships to secondary students. The article can be found here.


Wyoming Swine breeding project creates learning beyond the classroom…..and beyond the program.
Joe Allen and his students at Cheyenne East High School in Wyoming added a little extra effort to a recent swine breeding project. By using a blog site and ustream.com to communicate about swine breeding and what they were doing in their program with a national audience. Thousands of people have visited the site to learn about the swine reproduction process and actually had the opportunity to watch farrowing live. This project certainly created an opportunity for learning by students at Cheyenne East but extended that opportunity to other students and curious onlookers around the country interested in knowing more about agriculture. The project has also created a number of associated experiential learning opportunities for students by taking a classic production based activity and adding aspects of copy writing, web design and marketing through the online portion of the project. If you would like to see their work and check on the new piglets, click here.

CASE


Looking to fund your CASE experience this summer? The search is over!
CASE now has scholarships for CASE Institutes available. Generous contributions through the National FFA Foundation from sponsors like Mosaic have made it possible for scholarships to cover the cost of CASE Institutes for award winners. Click here for the application link and additional information. The deadline to apply is February 28th. Questions about these scholarship opportunities can be directed to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations Coordinator. 


Also, DuPont Pioneer still has funding available for CASE grants up to $5,000. The deadline is February 15th, so apply soon! Click here to apply. Questions about the DuPont grant? Send them to this address.


CASE Institute Registration
CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 30 CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! To register for a CASE Institute please follow this link.
Each site will be capped at 18 participants, with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an institute will be subject to a $250 cancelation fee.


Please contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, at shari.smith@case4learning.org with any questions regarding the 2014 CASE Institutes.

NAAE


NAAE News & Views – February edition
Read about some outstanding members, our upcoming Advocate to Educate initiative, how Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is supporting STEM in agricultural education programs, and lots of upcoming NAAE events. Read News & Views.


2014 NAAE Ag Ed Advocacy Video Challenge
Thanks to a great response to last year's contest, we've decided to once again challenge high school and middle school agriculture teachers to create videos showcasing the great things their agricultural education programs do.
This year's advocacy video challenge theme is "How is your agricultural education program preparing you (students) for a bright future?"Enlist your students, community and supporters to tell your program's story in 2 minutes or less. You could win recognition for your program and a registration to attend next year's ACTE National Policy Seminar.Entry deadline - February 24, 2014 Follow this link for complete challenge details


CHS Foundation Scholarship Opportunity
Applications for high school seniors and two-year college students are now available through the CHS Foundation. Click here to read more.


Teach Ag Campaign Seeks Partners for New Initiative.
Is your state facing a shortage of agriculture teachers?  Are you ready to pull back the curtain and develop sustainable and effective strategies to recruit and retain agriculture teachers in your state?
The National Teach Ag Campaign is looking for up to 10 states who are willing to work collaboratively to address your specific needs and create a plan that works.  Join one of the four webinars being offered at the end of the month to find out more about the program and what you can do to ensure a quality supply of agriculture teachers in your state. For more information click here.


Click on the following dates to sign-up:
Wednesday, February 26th 11:00-11:45 am EST
Wednesday, February 26th 4:00-4:45 pm EST
Thursday, February 27th 12:00-12:45 pm EST
Thursday, February 27th 5:00-5:45 pm EST


Award Winner Highlight: Amy Holder
With over 10 years of teaching experience, Amy Holder has been a constant mentor for her students and new teachers. Holder, instructor at Tri-County R-VIII in Jamesport, Mo., has been a positive influence for her students and strives to make positive impacts on her community. To read more about Holder and other 2013 NAAE award winners, visit the NAAE Awards Page. 


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA

National FFA Organization, National FFA Foundation consolidate leadership
The National FFA Organization Board of Directors and National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees have approved a new consolidated management structure that unifies both organizations’ executive management through a joint governance committee of the two boards, a common chief executive officer and a common chief financial officer.To learn more, click here.

2014 National FFA Convention & Expo housing now open
Log in to your MyAgCN account for more information.

Pay It Forward. Give Blue.
As we celebrate 80 years of the official jacket, we know that symbolic blue corduroy is far more than Official Dress but an icon of an American tradition—instilling pride and responsibility in those who wear it. But not everyone can wear the jacket. Not because they don’t deserve to…but because they cannot afford to. To meet this need, we need generous gifts from supporters like you. When you give the gift of blue, you give a member the chance to wear a piece of history and a chance to experience the pride of wearing their own blue jacket. For more, visit FFA.org/GIVEBLUE.

2014 Chapter Tee Design Contest—Enter today!
Design it. Submit it. Win and earn! If your design is a top-six winner, your chapter will receive 50 percent of the first year’s profits! Entries are due by Feb. 28. For details, go towww.FFA.org/chaptertshirtcontest.

Apply now: Youth Scholarships for Building a GradNation Summit
Do you know a young leader in your community who is working hard with his or her peers to end the dropout crisis? Do you know a young person who has struggled on the road to graduation who can speak his or her mind? Encourage them to apply for a scholarship to attend the 2014 Building a GradNation Summit in Washington, D.C. (includes meals, transportation and lodging). Click here for the details. Applications are due March 1.

Growing Scholars returns for second year
From Feb. 15 - 22, Tractor Supply customers can give $1 or more at checkout with all proceeds benefitting FFA.

The Summer Leadership Summit: Native Youth in Agriculture
The Summer Leadership Summit: Native Youth in Agriculture will welcome at least 50 high school and college students to campus for a week of classes on risk management, finance and business, legal issues and marketing.

University of Arkansas professors, professionals in the food and agriculture sector and tribal leaders will teach the courses. Students from each of the Bureau of Indian Affairs regions will attend. Application materials and program descriptions will be available soon on the program’s website. For more information, visit this page.

CAST

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014: The Farm Bill passes, CAST launches a new video, and ag opportunities for young people keep growing. Lots of other links, opinions, student happenings, oddities, and ag news.

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

 

 

 

February 3, 2014

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events


2014


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


April 16-18
NAAE Region I Conference
Waikiki Beach, HI


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues

January 27

January 13
January 6
December 23
December 16

Quote for the Week

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."
–Robert Frost


MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

The Council


2014 National Agricultural Education Summit and FFA In-service a Success
Last week in Indianapolis 180 professionals from across agricultural education gathered to look at the issue of renewing our focus on experiential learning as well as receive program updates on key national FFA activities. Through the online streaming of the event another few hundred were able to take part in the event remotely as well. If you would like to review the material shared or watch any of the keynote addresses that were given at the event you can visit this page.


The Council and the National FFA Organization would like to extend special thanks to sponsors John Deere and CEV Multimedia for making both the live event and the online streaming possible.

CASE


Looking to fund your CASE experience this summer? The search is over!
CASE now has scholarships for CASE Institutes available. Generous contributions through the National FFA Foundation from sponsors like Mosaic have made it possible for scholarships to cover the cost of CASE Institutes for award winners. Click here for the application link and additional information. The deadline to apply is February 28th. Questions about these scholarship opportunities can be directed to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations Coordinator. 


Also, DuPont Pioneer still has funding available for CASE grants up to $5,000. The deadline is February 15th, so apply soon! Click here to apply. Questions about the DuPont grant? Send them to this address.


CASE Institute Registration
CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 30 CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! To register for a CASE Institute please follow this link.
Each site will be capped at 18 participants, with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an institute will be subject to a $250 cancelation fee.


Please contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, at shari.smith@case4learning.org with any questions regarding the 2014 CASE Institutes.

NAAE


2014 National Policy Seminar in Washington D.C. Registration is Due Today!
Join us March 3-5 in Washington, D.C. for the 2014 ACTE National Policy Seminar and Ag Ed Strand. Improve your advocacy skills, meet with important members of Congress and hear from national leaders in career and technical education.
The ACTE NPS provides an excellent opportunity to learn the basics of influencing federal decision makers, specifically on legislation related to career and technical education, including agricultural education.At this year's ACTE NPS, we are including a dinner session and other agriculture-specific activities especially for the NAAE members who attend the NPS. To emphasize the importance of the NPS and to encourage more participation from NAAE members, NAAE will be paying the registration fee of one NAAE member per state to attend and participate in the NPS. Each participant will be responsible for his/her own travel, lodging, most meals, and incidental costs. We encourage state agricultural education associations to assist with the travel, lodging, and per diem costs.You can review the program for the ACTE NPS here.


Registration for NAAE members is due by Monday, February 3rd. Visit the NAAE website for complete details and registration materials.Please note that NAAE members should register through NAAE, not through ACTE.Questions? Contact Savannah Robin, NAAE Meeting Planner and Advocacy Coordinator.


2014 NAAE Ag Ed Advocacy Video Challenge
Thanks to a great response to last year's contest, we've decided to once again challenge high school and middle school agriculture teachers to create videos showcasing the great things their agricultural education programs do.
This year's advocacy video challenge theme is "How is your agricultural education program preparing you (students) for a bright future?"Enlist your students, community and supporters to tell your program's story in 2 minutes or less. You could win recognition for your program and a registration to attend next year's ACTE National Policy Seminar.Entry deadline - February 24, 2014 Follow this link for complete challenge details


CHS Foundation Scholarship Opportunity
Applications for high school seniors and two-year college students are now available through the CHS Foundation. Click here to read more.


NAAE Membership Benefit
NAAE distributes a national e-newsletter bi-monthly to keep membesr updated on news and trends in agricultural education, activitites and events. Make sure you are subscribed to News & Views and read more about other member benefits on the NAAE website.


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA

2014 National FFA Convention & Expo housing now open
Please log in to your MyAgCN account for more information.

Join FFA in feeding our world
Visit www.FFA.org/HEROES to submit your service results to participate in the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge and help us donate one million meals to communities by the 2014 national convention and expo.

Officer 2 Officer: FFA chapter role models
Watch Officer 2 Officer and learn how role models played a difference in the life of the 2013-14 National FFA Central Region Vice President.

Growing Scholars returning for second year
From Feb. 15 - 22, Tractor Supply customers can give $1 or more at checkout with all proceeds benefitting FFA.

CAST

Friday, Jan. 31, 2014: The Farm Bill rises from the ashes and Super Bowl ads with farm connections are in the spotlight. Lots of other links, opinions, student happenings, oddities, and ag news. Lots of other links, opinions, student happenings, oddities, and ag news.

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

 

 

 

January 27, 2014

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events


2014


January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


April 16-18
NAAE Region I Conference
Waikiki Beach, HI


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues

January 13
January 6
December 23
December 16
December 9

Quote for the Week

"It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action."
-Honore de Balzac


MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

The Council


Participate in the 2014 National Agricultural Education Summit and FFA In-service Online!
For those agricultural educators who wish to participate in the 2014 Ag-Ed Summit and National FFA In-service  but are not able to attend in person we are offering an option to participate through an online video feed. The conference will be held January 28-30, 2014. To decide what parts of the agenda you may want to view you can access the most up to date conference agenda by visiting the NCAE homepageand then click on the Read More button below the description of the 2014 Summit to visit the conference homepage. Please note that only the main sessions will be streamed live. Any breakout or meal speaker will not be available online.


Once the conference begins on Jan. 28 you can access the live feed at the NCAE homepage or simply click here for direct access to the virtual launch page. Virtual participants will be able to communicate or share their thoughts with the group attending in person through two means of communication. You may send an email tosummit@ffa.org or you can share your thought on Twitter using#AgEdSummit.  LPS specialists will be monitoring these two communications channels during the conference and will help share your thoughts or questions with the presenters.  All questions submitted by Twitter or by email will be captured and responded to in a timely manner.


We encourage all agricultural educators to take part in this conference and where possible join together and watch the sessions as a group. If your schedule does not permit you to watch the portions of the conference that interest you live the recorded sessions will remain available on the Council website to view at a later date and time.

CASE


Looking to fund your CASE experience this summer? The search is over!
CASE now has scholarships for CASE Institutes available. Generous contributions through the National FFA Foundation from sponsors like Mosaic have made it possible for scholarships to cover the cost of CASE Institutes for award winners. Click here for the application link and additional information. The deadline to apply is February 28th. Questions about these scholarship opportunities can be directed to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations Coordinator. 


Also, DuPont Pioneer still has funding available for CASE grants up to $5,000. The deadline is February 15th, so apply soon! Click here to apply. Questions about the DuPont grant? Send them to this address.


CASE Institute Registration
CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 30 CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! To register for a CASE Institute please follow this link.


Each site will be capped at 18 participants, with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an institute will be subject to a $250 cancelation fee. Please contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, at shari.smith@case4learning.org with any questions regarding the 2014 CASE Institutes.

NAAE


2014 National Policy Seminar in Washington D.C.
Join us March 3-5 in Washington, D.C. for the 2014 ACTE National Policy Seminar and Ag Ed Strand. Improve your advocacy skills, meet with important members of Congress and hear from national leaders in career and technical education.


The ACTE NPS provides an excellent opportunity to learn the basics of influencing federal decision makers, specifically on legislation related to career and technical education, including agricultural education.


At this year's ACTE NPS, we are including a dinner session and other agriculture-specific activities especially for the NAAE members who attend the NPS. To emphasize the importance of the NPS and to encourage more participation from NAAE members, NAAE will be paying the registration fee of one NAAE member per state to attend and participate in the NPS. Each participant will be responsible for his/her own travel, lodging, most meals, and incidental costs. We encourage state agricultural education associations to assist with the travel, lodging, and per diem costs.


You can review the program for the ACTE NPS here. Registration for NAAE members is due by Monday, February 3rd. Visit the NAAE website for complete details and registration materials.Please note that NAAE members should register through NAAE, not through ACTE.


Questions? Contact Savannah Robin, NAAE Meeting Planner and Advocacy Coordinator.2014


NAAE Ag Ed Advocacy Video Challenge
Thanks to a great response to last year's contest, we've decided to once again challenge high school and middle school agriculture teachers to create videos showcasing the great things their agricultural education programs do.


This year's advocacy video challenge theme is "How is your agricultural education program preparing you (students) for a bright future?"


Enlist your students, community and supporters to tell your program's story in 2 minutes or less. You could win recognition for your program and a registration to attend next year's ACTE National Policy Seminar.


Entry deadline - February 24, 2014 Follow this link for complete challenge details


CHS Foundation Scholarship Opportunity
Applications for high school seniors and two-year college students are now available through the CHS Foundation. Click here to read more.


Award Winner Highlight: Mike Wallace
Mike Wallace, agricultural educator in Quincy, Washington, was awarded the Region 1 Outstanding Service Citation in December 2013. Wallace has been teaching for over 20 years and is heavily involved with professional organizations and curriculum development. Wallace was instrumental in creating the National Agriculture Relief Fund to aid NAAE members in times of hardship. To read more about Wallace and the other 2013 award winners, please visit this page.


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA

2014 FFA scholarship application due Feb. 1
The deadline to submit a 2014 FFA Collegiate Scholarship application will be here in less than a week!

Applications must be submitted online prior to 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 1.  Signature Pages required to complete eligibility must be postmarked no later than Feb. 8.

Visit this page for information and instructions on how to apply.  Don’t forget to check eligibility requirements for the new America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarships.  Click the AFGAL logo or visit this page for details.

Don’t miss this opportunity!  Have questions, comments or concerns?  Email Scholarships@ffa.org.

CAST

Friday, Jan. 24, 2014: California drought, HSUS controversy, PED pig virus, and a “smartphone on your face.” Lots of other links, opinions, student happenings, oddities, and ag news.

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

 

 

 

January 13, 2014

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events


2014


January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


April 16-18
NAAE Region I Conference
Waikiki Beach, HI


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues

January 6
December 23
December 16
December 9
December 2

Quote for the Week

"Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny."
-C.S. Lewis


MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

NAAE


Position Announcement: Program/Communications Assistant
NAAE is seeking to hire a program/communications assistant. The person in this position will be responsible for helping NAAE and the National Teach Ag Campaign (an initiative of the National Council for Agricultural Education, led by NAAE) with programmatic tasks and message distribution. Applications are due by January 31, 2014.


Please follow this link for complete details.


Please forward this announcement to anyone you think might be interested.


Ford Offers Grants for Chapters That Participate in Scholarship Program
For the past 17 years, Ford has awarded $1,000 college scholarships to FFA members across the United States on behalf of participating Ford dealers. For the past four years, Ford has also given a $3,000 grant to one FFA chapter in each of NAAE’s six regions. The grants are related to chapter participation in the Ford scholarship program, so to have a chance to receive the grant, your local Ford dealer must offer a scholarship and you need to have students apply for the scholarship. The grants are to be used to allow FFA chapters to buy needed materials, offset travel expenses, and supplement resources in whatever way will best support the chapter’s leadership development activities.
Ford is the largest corporate provider of scholarships through the National FFA program and looks forward to awarding the grants to FFA chapters. Ford is also the proud sponsor of NAAE’s Lifetime Achievement award. Both the grant program and the Lifetime Achievement award are special projects of the National FFA Foundation.The deadline for students to apply for FFA scholarships is February 1.

Follow this link for more information and to see if there is a participating Ford dealer in your area.


NAAE Advocacy Video Challenge – How is Your Agricultural Education Program Preparing You for a Bright Future?
Due to great success in 2013, NAAE is excited to launch the second annual Ag Ed Advocacy Video Challenge. This challenge is designed to give high school and middle school agriculture teachers a fun way to teach their students about advocacy by creating a video that showcases how their agriculture program is preparing students for bright futures!
The 2014 theme is “How is your agricultural education program preparing you for a bright future?” The end result should be something you can show your school board, state representative, or a complete stranger to help them understand how your program prepares students for their future in any capacity. We're looking for an entertaining, accurate and compelling story, in 2 minutes or less.The entry deadline is Monday, February 24. Visit this post on Communities of Practice for complete details.


Award Winner Highlight
A long time FFA and agriculture supporter, Clifford Vrieze was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 for Region 3. Vrieze has dedicated over 40 years to a career in agriculture and was instrumental in creating the Nebraska Farm Management Education Program, serving on the Minnesota Agriculture Education Leadership Council, and the University of Minnesota Agricultural Education Centennial Fund Drive. To read more about Vrieze and other 2013 award winners, please visit this link.


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA

Collegiate FFA application news
Do you know any college students interested in pursuing a career in production agriculture? Want to know more about the latest trends and technology in agriculture? Apply today for the National Collegiate FFA New Century Farmer Conference. This week-long conference will equip students to be a cutting-edge farmer or rancher after they graduate from college. The 50 selected participants will do industry tours, commodity-specific sessions, learn about business planning, create a vision for their farm and more. The application can be found by clicking here.

For more information, visit the NCF homepage. Applications close Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. Eastern.

 

Also, the deadline for the I-CAL application has been extended to Jan. 15 due to application server issues. All interested students should have their competed application for the Japan program by next Wednesday Jan. 15 at 5 p.m. Eastern. The application is live on the Collegiate FFA website or by clicking here.

Any questions on either application can be sent to the collegiate team.

CAST

Friday, Jan. 10, 2014: A new year and some new, upbeat outlooks for ag in 2014—but plenty of the same challenges as well. Companies moved on GMOs, beef sustainability, and hog stalls, while we’re not sure who moved on the Farm Bill. Lots of other links, opinions, student happenings, oddities, and ag news.

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

NYFEA

National Young Farmer Educational Association announces the NYFEA Institute in Louisville, KY, in December 2014. Visit this website to read about the schedule and to register for the institute!

 

 

January 6, 2014

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events


2014


January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


April 16-18
NAAE Region I Conference
Waikiki Beach, HI


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues

December 23
December 16
December 9
December 2
November 25

Quote for the Week

"Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value."
-Albert Einstein


MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

The Council


NOCTI Seeking Subject Matter Experts (SME)
NOCTI is actively seeking representatives from business/industry and education to participate in the 2014 assessment revision/development projects. SMEs are an essential part of any successful assessment development project. With titles ranging from agriculture and child care to construction and web design, there may be an opportunity for you to share your knowledge. To view the full list of titles scheduled for revision in 2014, SME responsibilities, honorarium information, and to access the easy-to-use online application, please click here.
Check out the list below to see if you or someone you know has experience in any of the following areas. Candidates must have a minimum of 3 years of recent experience in their field of expertise.Agriculture Topics include:

  • Forest Products & Processing January 20-24
  • Horticulture-Landscaping March 3-7
  • Production Agriculture April 28-May 2
  • Small Animal Science & Technology June 23-27
  • Small Engine Technology May 12-16

Questions can be directed to julie.vanhala@nocti.org

http://nationalassociationofagriculturaleducators.createsend1.com/t/y-u-tklrult-yuydthltld-b/

 

 

NAAE

Stay Connected in 2014!
Make it a resolution to take full advantage of everything NAAE has to offer its members this year. The best way to stay on top of professional development, grants, awards, and all other NAAE opportunities is by being tuned in. Here are the top 3 ways to make sure you don’t miss anything from NAAE:

  1. Make sure you’re getting emails from us: News & Views, special alerts and more come via email from NAAE. If you haven’t seen an email from us to you in a while, double-check that we have your correct address by emailing naae@uky.edu or calling 859-257-2224.
  2. Become an active member of Communities of Practice. With well over 3,000 members, CoP is the place to find ideas, discussions and anything and everything related to teaching agriculture. If it’s been a while, dust off your keyboard and start participating! Trouble logging in? Contact Julie Fritsch at jfritsch.naae@uky.edu.
  3. Consider attending a Regional Conference or National Convention. There’s no better way to get connected than to attend a regional or national event. Follow this link and click on your region for conference dates, and mark your calendar for the 2014 NAAE convention, November 18-22 in Nashville, Tennessee.

NAAE Membership Benefit
Becoming a member of NAAE offers opportunities and benefits to help you, even outside the classroom. All NAAE members are entitled to a $40,000 term life insurance policy at no cost for two full years from their initial join date. Read more about this specific benefit and others available to NAAE members here.


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA


The 2014 scholarship application is now live! Instructions, details and helpful tools are available atFFA.org/scholarships. Remember – the application deadlines have changed for 2014:The online application must be submitted prior to 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 1, 2014.
The required Signature Pages must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2014.
Same as last year but equally important:

  • Membership must be submitted by state to national by March 1, 2014.

Please help spread the word about the application deadline changes.  Direct questions, comments or concerns via email toScholarships@FFA.org.

CASE

DuPont Pioneer Offers CASE Grants
Dupont Pioneer is proud to offer grants to high schools to assist with the implementation of CASE in the 2014/2015 school year.  Schools may apply for grants up to $5,000 for teacher certification institute registration and travel; purchase of equipment; and/or acquisition of software to implement a CASE course.  An interested teacher should work with school administration to ensure the necessary level of commitment to the CASE program and to complete the application form. For more information and to access the application form, follow this link.

USDA

Fact Sheet of Agricultural Productivity
A push has been seen for an expedited passage of a new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill that continues to support agricultural trade and increase market relations. Read a fact sheet of this new farm bill and other agricultural related notes in this USDA News Release.

December 23, 2013

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events


2014

January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues

December 16
December 9
December 2
November 25
November 18

Quote for the Week

"Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward."
-Victor Kiam

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

The Council


New Speakers added to Lineup at 2014 National Agricultural Education Summit
The theme of the 2014 National Agricultural Education Summit,“Renewal of Experiential Learning and Supervised Agricultural Experience within Agricultural Education,” will be the focus of sessions designed for local, state and national Team Ag Ed participants. We have already put together a great lineup of speaker to provide context on this issue from many different angles. Here are two new additions to the lineup we have secured in the past few weeks:

  • Mr. Marc Howze, Vice President of Global Human Resources, John Deere: Mr. Howze will address the growing skills and employability gaps that exist in the agricultural industry today and how companies like John Deere need agricultural education to help close those gaps through our emphasis on experiential learning.
  • Dr. Michael Pate, Assistant Professor of Agricultural Systems Technology, Utah State University: Dr. Pate will share the role that Utah State will play as a part of the Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) project being funded through a federal grant and administered through several universities and organizations. Part of their focus will be how SAE and experiential learning in school based agricultural education can be a better tool for teaching youth about agricultural safety.
As previously reported, participants can also look forward to the following featured speakers and presentations:
  • Dr. James Stone, Professor and Director, National Research Center for Career & Technical Education
  • Mr. Scott Stump, Dean of Career and Technical Education, Colorado Community College System
  • Mr. Matt Lohr, Commissioner, Former Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Updates from national agricultural education organizations including AAAE on their plans to support local implementation of SAE for all students
  • Highlights of how educators have creatively engaged all students in experiential learning regardless of backgrounds
  • Planning for how state level Team AgEd can implement plans to increase participation in experiential learning and SAE
  • Discussions of resources available and resources needed to help educators overcome barriers to engaging all students
Registration for this conference is still open at this link. For those who cannot attend in person stay tuned for information about how to view these presentations live online after the holidays.

NAAE


NAAE Convention Wrap-up
News & Views Special Edition features an overview of convention, announcement of new board members, and the 2013 NAAE award winners. Read the newsletter here.


Correction in Ford Grant Announcement from last week
In the message sent last week(below), it says, “The application for students to apply for FFA scholarships is February 1. Follow this link for more information and to see if there is a participating Ford dealer in your area.

It should say, “The deadline for students to apply for FFA scholarships is February 1. Follow this link for more information and to see if there is a participating Ford dealer in your area.”


Here is the announcement in its entirety:


For the past 17 years, Ford has awarded $1,000 college scholarships to FFA members across the United States on behalf of participating Ford dealers. For the past four years, Ford has also given a $3,000 grant to one FFA chapter in each of NAAE’s six regions. The grants are related to chapter participation in the Ford scholarship program, so to have a chance to receive the grant, your local Ford dealer must offer a scholarship and you need to have students apply for the scholarship. The grants are to be used to allow FFA chapters to buy needed materials, offset travel expenses, and supplement resources in whatever way will best support the chapter’s leadership development activities.Ford is the largest corporate provider of scholarships through the National FFA program and looks forward to awarding the grants to FFA chapters. Ford is also the proud sponsor of NAAE’s Lifetime Achievement award. Both the grant program and the Lifetime Achievement award are special projects of the National FFA Foundation.The application deadline for students to apply for FFA scholarships is February 1. Follow this link for more information and to see if there is a participating Ford dealer in your area.


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA

The 2014 scholarship application is now live! Instructions, details and helpful tools are available atFFA.org/scholarships. Remember – the application deadlines have changed for 2014:The online application must be submitted prior to 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 1, 2014.
The required Signature Pages must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2014.
Same as last year but equally important:

  • Membership must be submitted by state to national by March 1, 2014.

Please help spread the word about the application deadline changes.  Direct questions, comments or concerns via email toScholarships@FFA.org.

See the world with the International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership Program
Interested in international agriculture or learning more about U.S. agriculture on a global scale? Apply today for the I-CAL program. Applications are now open. Twelve students will be selected to participate in this engaging learning opportunity to Japan with national FFA and U.S. Grains Council staff. Applications are due by Jan. 3, 2014, so do not wait…Apply now!

FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge – Fight hunger, report impacts, win $500
The National FFA Organization knows that chapters are busy hosting canned food drives, packing fruit baskets and more to help fight hunger this holiday season. Be sure to visit the FFA website to submit your service results to participate in the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge and help us donate one million meals to communities by the 2014 national convention and expo. Your chapter will be entered to win a $500 cash prize that will be announced monthly. Become a Hunger Hero and let’s see how many meals we can donate before the end of the year!

Pay It Forward. Give Blue.
As we celebrate 80 years of the official jacket, we know that symbolic blue corduroy is far more than Official Dress but an icon of an American tradition—instilling pride and responsibility in those who wear it. But not everyone can wear the jacket. Not because they don’t deserve to…but because they cannot afford to. To meet this need, we need generous gifts from supporters like you. When you give the gift of blue, you give a member the chance to wear a piece of history and a chance to experience the pride of wearing their own blue jacket. For more, visit this website.

2014 Chapter Tee Design Contest—enter today!
Design it. Submit it. Win and earn! If your design is a top-six winner, your chapter will receive 50 percent of the first year’s profits! Entries due by Feb. 28, 2014. For complete details, go to this website.

CASE

CASE Institute Registration
CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 30 CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! To register for a CASE Institute please follow this link.

Each site will be capped at 18 participants, with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an institute will be subject to a $250 cancelation fee. Please contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, at shari.smith@case4learning.org with any questions regarding the 2014 CASE Institutes.


DuPont Pioneer Grants
DuPont Pioneer is proud to offer grants to high schools to assist with the implementation of CASE in the 2014-15 school year. The application deadline is February 15, 2014. Follow this link to learn more

CAST

Friday, Dec. 20, 2013: We finish the year with links to key ag stories, a few of those ubiquitous top ten lists, and some pro-ag videos. Best wishes from CAST for the New Year.
The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST)weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).

 

 

December 16, 2013

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events

2014

January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues

December 9
December 2
November 25
November 18
November 11

Quote for the Week

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson


MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

The Council


This month is my last as chair of the National Council for Agricultural Education. As is the case of most positions of leadership, it has been the people with which I’ve been able to serve that have made a difference, and will continue to do so as Ira Beckman, National Farm & Ranch Business Management Education Assn. representative, assumes the chair in January.


The year began with the National Ag Ed Summit and the focus of our attention placed on planning for the supply high quality instructors of agricultural education. Remember the goals you set during the second day of the Summit? Have you made progress on them? I’m very appreciative of the sustained attention Ellen Thompson has maintained throughout the year through the “After the Summit” messages. This MUST be a continuing priority of the Council’s attention.


It was my good fortune this year to have worked closely with both Tony Small and Mike Honeycutt as Managing Directors of The Council. A major accomplishment of The Council this past year was defining the position of a fulltime managing director and ultimately hiring Mike Honeycutt for the position. The experience, energy, and vision that Mike brings to the Council are a great complement to the continuity he also provides to the work of the Council.


Good progress has been made on the identified strategic initiatives of the Council. In the area of Strengthening the Voice and Impact of the Council, I hope that you have noticed an enhanced NCAE presence within each MMM. It is also our intent to provide direct communication to the profession via quarterly, as well as annual reports, enhanced presence at major professional meetings, and to conduct a biannual survey of the profession to identify challenges/issues/trends in NCAE member organizations as well as school based agricultural education.  


Karen Hutchison has enlisted a broad segment of the profession to review and revise the National Content and Program Standards. An initial meeting is planned just prior to the beginning of the Summit in January.  This is a meeting to clarify and establish the committee’s agenda. If you’re interested in serving, contact Karen.Steady progress continues in the area of SAE Renewal under the joint leadership of Ken Couture, NAAE Council representative, Mike Honeycutt and Dr. Kirby Barrick, University of Florida. Action and follow through has been accomplished and is being planned by AAAE, NASAE and NAAE in response to the challenge issued to each by the SAE Coordinating Team, chaired by Dr. Barrick. These responses will be a major focus of the 2014 National Ag Ed Summit. Please plan to attend and make your voice heard on SAE Renewal!


I wish all of you a very safe and joyous holiday season, and look forward to seeing many of you at The National Ag Ed Summit in January.      


-Lloyd Bell

NAAE


NAAE Recognizes Award Winners, Elects New Board of Directors
The 2013 NAAE Convention is in the books. To learn more about our award winners, visit this page to download their news releases.You can also visit our Flickr collection of convention photos to see what happened first-hand, or see the front page of the NAAE website to learn who is on the 2013-14 NAAE board of directors.


Wednesday is Internship Application Deadline
We have a variety of positions available. Visit this link to learn more.


Ford Offers Grants for Chapters That Participate in Scholarship Program
For the past 17 years, Ford has awarded $1,000 college scholarships to FFA members across the United States on behalf of participating Ford dealers. For the past four years, Ford has also given a $3,000 grant to one FFA chapter in each of NAAE’s six regions. The grants are related to chapter participation in the Ford scholarship program, so to have a chance to receive the grant, your local Ford dealer must offer a scholarship and you need to have students apply for the scholarship. The grants are to be used to allow FFA chapters to buy needed materials, offset travel expenses, and supplement resources in whatever way will best support the chapter’s leadership development activities.
Ford is the largest corporate provider of scholarships through the National FFA program and looks forward to awarding the grants to FFA chapters. Ford is also the proud sponsor of NAAE’s Lifetime Achievement award. Both the grant program and the Lifetime Achievement award are special projects of the National FFA Foundation.The application for students to apply for FFA scholarships is February 1. Follow this link for more information and to see if there is a participating Ford dealer in your area.


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA


Winter 2013 FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide now available
FFA Advisors and teachers: Let us help you while you’re finalizing grades and wrapping up for the holidays. Check out the Winter 2013 FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide for non-prep, standards-based activities related to the latest issue of the magazine.


The 2014 scholarship application is now live! Instructions, details and helpful tools are available atFFA.org/scholarships. Remember – the application deadlines have changed for 2014:The online application must be submitted prior to 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 1, 2014.
The required Signature Pages must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2014.
Same as last year but equally important:

  • Membership must be submitted by state to national by March 1, 2014.

Please help spread the word about the application deadline changes.  Direct questions, comments or concerns via email toScholarships@FFA.org.

See the world with the International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership Program
Interested in international agriculture or learning more about U.S. agriculture on a global scale? Apply today for the I-CAL program. Applications are now open. Twelve students will be selected to participate in this engaging learning opportunity to Japan with national FFA and U.S. Grains Council staff. Applications are due by Jan. 3, 2014, so do not wait…Apply now!

FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge – Fight hunger, report impacts, win $500
The National FFA Organization knows that chapters are busy hosting canned food drives, packing fruit baskets and more to help fight hunger this holiday season. Be sure to visit the FFA website to submit your service results to participate in the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge and help us donate one million meals to communities by the 2014 national convention and expo. Your chapter will be entered to win a $500 cash prize that will be announced monthly. Become a Hunger Hero and let’s see how many meals we can donate before the end of the year!

Don't miss out: All the action from the convention and expo
You can still catch all the convention and expo action on the National FFA Blog, Facebook, Twitter , and the 2013 Highlights webpage. Visit our National FFA YouTube webpage to see more, including the 2012-13 National FFA Officers retiring addresses. Also, get to know your new 2013-2014 national officer team here.

Pay It Forward. Give Blue.
As we celebrate 80 years of the official jacket, we know that symbolic blue corduroy is far more than Official Dress but an icon of an American tradition—instilling pride and responsibility in those who wear it. But not everyone can wear the jacket. Not because they don’t deserve to…but because they cannot afford to. To meet this need, we need generous gifts from supporters like you. When you give the gift of blue, you give a member the chance to wear a piece of history and a chance to experience the pride of wearing their own blue jacket. For more, visit this website.

2014 Chapter Tee Design Contest—enter today!
Design it. Submit it. Win and earn! If your design is a top-six winner, your chapter will receive 50 percent of the first year’s profits! Entries due by Feb. 28, 2014. For complete details, go to this website.

Now available: “The Farmer in All of Us: An American Portrait”
Knock out a few gifts on your holiday shopping list and support FFA by buying “The Farmer in All of Us: An American Portrait.”

CASE

CASE Institute Registration
CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 30 CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! To register for a CASE Institute please follow this link.

 

Each site will be capped at 18 participants, with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an institute will be subject to a $250 cancelation fee. Please contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, at shari.smith@case4learning.org with any questions regarding the 2014 CASE Institutes.


DuPont Pioneer Grants
DuPont Pioneer is proud to offer grants to high schools to assist with the implementation of CASE in the 2014-15 school year. The application deadline is February 15, 2014. Follow this link to learn more

CAST

Friday, Dec. 13, 2013: Plenty of headliners from antibiotics to the Farm Bill. The Peterson Brothers have a new “Perry-dy” as they call it. They use a Katy Perry song to explain farm work. Lots of other links, opinions, student happenings, and ag news.

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

ACTE

Congratulations to the agricultural educators who received awards at the 2013 ACTE CareerTech Vision in Las Vegas on December 4!  Agricultural educators were well represented in the ACTE awards program.  Once again, the quality of the work that you do was evident for all of Career and Technical Education to see at the Awards Banquet.

 

Outstanding Career and Technical Educator:   This award is given in recognition of an individual who has provided outstanding leadership in career and technical education and has made significant contributions toward innovative and unique career and technical education programs.

 

National Winner: Dr. Tony Brannon, Dean of the Hutson School of Agriculture, Murray State University.

 

Outstanding New Career and Technical Teacher:  This award is given in recognition of a teacher who has made significant contributions toward innovative career and technical education programs and has shown professional commitment early in an educationa career.

 

Region I Winner:  Tiffany Morey, Agricultural Science Teacher, South Hunterdon Regional High School, Lambertville, New Jersey.

 

Outstanding Teacher in Community Service:  This award is given in recognition of a career and technical teacher who has made significant accomplishments and demonstrated leadership in programs and activities that promote community service.

 

Region V Winner:  Robert H. Gowans, Agricultural Education Instructor, Tooele County School District, Tooele, Utah.

 

ACTE TEACHER OF THE YEAR:  This award is given in recognition of a teacher providing outstanding career and technial education programs for youth and/or adults in their respective fields and communities.

 

National Winner (and Region I Winner):  Tara L. Berescik, Agricultural Educator, Tri-County Central School District, Grahamsville, New York.

 

Region II Winner:  Sally Shomo, Agricultural Education Instructor, Augusta County School System, Beverley Manor Middle School, Staunton, Virginia.

 

Region III Winner:  Michael F. Miron, Agricultural Education Teacher, Forest Lake Area Schools, Forest Lake, Minnesota.

 

Region IV Winner:  Fiona McAlister, Biotechnology Academy Instructor, Southern Oklahoma Technology Center, Ardmore, Oklahoma.

 

As the ACTE Agricultural Education Division Vice President, I am so proud of the work that you do in Agricultural Education.  Once again, it was good to see so many agricultural educators from our Division of ACTE recognized for the excellence that exists in agricultural education programs nationwide.

 

-Jim Flowers

 

 

December 9, 2013

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events


2014


January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues

December 2
November 25
November 18
November 11
November 4

Quote for the Week

"Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort."
-John Ruskin

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

The Council


Reminder of 2014 National Agricultural Education Summit and National FFA In-service Registration
Please remember the early registration deadline for the 2014 Agricultural Education Summit and National FFA In-service is this Friday, December 13th. The event is scheduled January 28 -30, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can register for the Summit here. More information regarding the agenda can be found at teamged.org. Also, please feel free to direct any questions to Mike Honeycutt atmhoneycutt@ffa.org.

Mapping the Nation Tool for Global Education
Longview Foundation launches today, with their partners Asia Society and SAS, a free new online resource to show how global the United States is at the state and county level. From language study at the k-12 and post-secondary level, to AP assessments that have global elements, from import and exports of goods and services, to students studying abroad, we are providing almost 1 million data points in 12,000 national and state maps. You can view this new resource here.
                           
This resource can be very helpful to agricultural educators in aiding their students understanding of how they play a role in an increasingly global world.

NAAE


2014 NATAA Applications Due Next Monday
The DuPoint National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy provides agriscience teachers the opportunity to learn how to incorporate more science into their curriculum to make learning fun and challenging for students. The ambassadors will also conduct workshops at National FFA Convention and NAAE Convention to help other teachers learn how to be more effective in the classroom. Clickhere for more information and to download the application. Deadline to apply is December 16, 2013.


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA

See the world with the International Collegiate Agricultural Leadership Program
Interested in international agriculture or learning more about U.S. agriculture on a global scale? Apply today for the I-CAL program. Applications are now open. Twelve students will be selected to participate in this engaging learning opportunity to Japan with national FFA and U.S. Grains Council staff. Applications are due by Jan. 3, 2014, so do not wait…Apply now!

Still time to apply for an FFA: Food For All grant! Due Friday, December 13, 2013
The 2014 FFA: Food For All grant application is available on thewebsite. Middle and high school chapters may apply for up to $2,500 to support year-long service-learning projects that address local hunger needs. Informational webinars will be held on Tuesday, December 10 to walk through the application.

FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge – Fight Hunger, Report Impacts. Win $500
National FFA knows many chapters are busy hosting canned food drives, packing fruit baskets and MORE to help fight hunger this holiday season.

 

Be sure to visit www.FFA.org/HEROES to submit your service results to participate in the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge and help us donate ONE MILLION meals to communities by the 2014 convention.

 

Your chapter will be entered to win a $500 cash prize that will be announced monthly! Become a Hunger Hero and let’s see how many meals we can donate before the end of the year!

CASE

CASE Institute Registration
CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 30 CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! To register for a CASE Institute please follow this link.

 

Each site will be capped at 18 participants, with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an institute will be subject to a $250 cancelation fee. Please contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, at shari.smith@case4learning.org with any questions regarding the 2014 CASE Institutes.


DuPont Pioneer Grants
DuPont Pioneer is proud to offer grants to high schools to assist with the implementation of CASE in the 2014-15 school year. The application deadline is February 15, 2014. Follow this link to learn more

CAST

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013: News, views, and information including looks at drones, the Farm Bill, and our word of the year. Spoiler alert--it’s not “selfie.” Also worked in a farm animal parody of “Blurred Lines” and a reaction to new research about fast food.

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

US Department of Education

Educating Every Student for College and Career Success
This blog post from the US Department of Education, discusses the challenges educators face in preparing students for their next step after high school, college or career. Read the entire blog post here.

 

 

 

December 2, 2013

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events


December 3-7
NAAE Convention
Las Vegas, NV


2014


January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues

November 25
November 18
November 11
November 4
October 28

Quote for the Week


"Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort."
-John Ruskin

MMM Submissions


To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

The Council


Reminder of 2014 National Agricultural Education Summit and National FFA In-service Registration
The National Council for Agricultural Education and the National FFA Organization will host the 2014 Agricultural Education Summit and National FFA In-service, January 28 -30, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. A new state staff In-service will also be conducted on January 27, prior to the start of the Ag-Ed Summit and FFA In-service; it is open to all state supervisors and executive secretaries that have been hired since January 1, 2013.
The theme of the 2014 National Agricultural Education Summit, “Renewal of Experiential Learning and Supervised Agricultural Experience within Agricultural Education,” will be the focus of sessions designed for local, state and national Team Ag Ed participants.The event will be held at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing. Registration for the event is $199, if you register before December 13th. After December 13th, registration will be $299. You can register and arrange housing through our online registration system here.If you have any questions please contact Mike Honeycutt atmhoneycutt@ffa.org or 317-802-4248. Additional information can also be found on the website.

NAAE


National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Selects Committee to Strengthen Career and Technical Education Standards
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has named a select committee of 15 outstanding educators charged with revising standards for accomplished teaching in the critical field of Career and Technical Education (CTE). The standards are being revised to reflect latest advances in research and practice in the field and the increasing focus on preparing all students for competitive, 21st century careers. Follow this link to learn more and read committee member bios.
NAAE Membership Benefit- Legislative Action Center
The Legislative Action Center is a powerful tool for members to use when trying to build relationships or advocate for ag education, whether on the state or national level. Follow this link to learn more.


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA


The 2014 Scholarship Application is now live!
Instructions, details and Helpful Tools are available atFFA.org/scholarships. Remember – the application deadlines have changed for 2014:

  • The online application must be submitted prior to 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 1, 2014
  • The required Signature Pages must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2014
Same as last year but equally important:
  • Membership must be submitted by state to national by March 1

Please help spread the word about the application deadline changes.  Direct questions, comments or concerns via email toScholarships@FFA.org.


What would your FFA chapter do with $2,500 to help fight hunger?
The 2014 FFA: Food For All grant application is available in thewebsite. Middle and high school chapters may apply for up to $2,500to support year-long service-learning projects that address local hunger needs.  Applications are due December 13, 2013.

Project topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing a community garden to supplement fresh fruits and/or vegetables to the school or local food pantry;
  • Raising broilers and/or laying hens to provide fresh meat and eggs to local families;
  • Growing tilapia and other protein sources to be donated to the community; or
  • Hosting community workshops on container and backyard gardening and other sustainable food practices.


FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge – Fight Hunger, Report Impacts. Win $500
National FFA knows many chapters are busy hosting canned food drives, packing fruit baskets and MORE to help fight hunger this holiday season.

Be sure to visit the website to submit your service results to participate in the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge and help us donateONE MILLION meals to communities by the 2014 convention.

 

Your chapter will be entered to win a $500 cash prize that will be announced monthly! Become a Hunger Hero and let’s see how many meals we can donate before the end of the year!

CASE

CASE Institute Registration
CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 30 CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! To register for a CASE Institute please follow this link.

Each site will be capped at 18 participants, with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an institute will be subject to a $250 cancelation fee. Please contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, at shari.smith@case4learning.org with any questions regarding the 2014 CASE Institutes.

 

 

 

November 25, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America?s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events


December 3-7
NAAE Convention
Las Vegas, NV


2014
January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT


Past Issues

November 18
November 11
November 4
October 28
October 21

Quote for the Week

"The only way to do great work is to love what you do."
-Steve Jobs


MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

NAAE


Attending NAAE Convention? Get Your Schedule in Order
Use our custom scheduler tool to select the professional development workshops and sessions you plan to attend, then save reminders to your mobile device and print a copy for your administrators. Go to the scheduler tool. For all other things NAAE convention, visit the NAAE website.

NAAE Internships Applications Due December 18
NAAE offers summer internship opportunities for upperclassmen majoring in agricultural education. This summer we will have positions available in Advocacy, Professional Development and Communications. Follow this link for details. Application deadline for all internships is December 18, 2013


Lifetime FFA Supporter named 2012 NAAE Outstanding Cooperation Award Winner
Robert Johnson, from Monticello, Iowa, received the NAAE Outstanding Cooperation Award in 2012. Johnson owns MinnTex Citrus, Inc., a family-owned and operated business specializing in fruit, cheese, and sausage fundraising. MinnTex Citrus has been a long-time supporter of FFA and assisted with many chapter fundraising projects. Read more on Johnson and other past award winners here.


Community of Practice Highlights

FFA


The 2014 Scholarship Application is now live!
Instructions, details and Helpful Tools are available at FFA.org/scholarships. Remember ? the application deadlines have changed for 2014:

  • The online application must be submitted prior to 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 1, 2014
  • The required Signature Pages must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2014


Same as last year but equally important:

  • Membership must be submitted by state to national by March 1


Please help spread the word about the application deadline changes.  Direct questions, comments or concerns via email to
Scholarships@FFA.org.

CASE

DuPont Pioneer is proud to offer grants to high schools to assist with the implementation of CASE in the 2014-15 school year. The application deadline is February 15, 2014. Follow this link to learn more.

CAST

Friday, Nov. 22, 2013: A look at ag digital communication, current headlines, and plenty of links to noteworthy articles. Lots of turkey talk too.

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

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Education Releases School Improvement Grant (SIG) Data Analysis
The U.S. Department of Education announced today the release of 2011-12 school and district-level state assessment data and a brief analysis of School Improvement Grant (SIG) schools. The Department?s analysis compares the average proficiency rates of SIG schools in the 2011-12 school year to rates in the year prior to receiving grants. Visit this blog to read more on the report.

 

 

 

November 18, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events


December 3-7
NAAE Convention
Las Vegas, NV


2014


January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues

November 11
November 4
October 28
October 21
October 14

Quote for the Week

"Happiness is not something ready made.  It comes from your own actions."
-Dalai Lama


MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

The Council


Shaping the Future of Agricultural Education

Through the National Council for Agricultural Education strategic initiatives and the refinement of the Three Component Model for School-Based Agricultural Education, we will continue to evolve. Clearly building upon contextual inquiry-based instruction and learning through an interactive classroom and laboratory, actively supporting career and employability skill development through premier leadership, personal growth and career success through engagement in FFA, PAS and NYFEA programs and activities: and the resurgence of experiential, service and work-based learning through implementation of a supervised agricultural experience program are all key to shaping the future of agricultural education.

Current trends in Career and Technical Education (CTE) will continue to shape our future.  Connecting to business and industry through the Common Career Technical Core Standards will support students becoming more career ready. Refining and full implementation of a Program of Study for all students through guidance and counseling will continue to prepare students for college and careers by helping students map a plan to develop the skills, technical knowledge, academic rigor and real-world experiences for high-skilled, high demand, and highly successful careers.  Creating commonality with School Codes for Exchange of Data (SCED) will continue to emerge and assist in having more relevant data.  The national coalition of the Career and Technical Student Organizations will help demonstrate the need for collaboration, advocacy and the effectiveness of career and technical education.  Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) will provide a sustainable and accessible national clearinghouse for agricultural safety and health curriculum for youth, connecting and enhancing existing resources and developing a national strategy that enhances awareness of agricultural safety. Future legislation and policy will continue to shape the future of career and technical education and the development of CTE state profiles will help identify the immediate challenges of economic development, student achievement and global competitiveness.  Check out the embedded links above to help shape the future of agricultural education in your state and local program.



Interested in Supporting Agricultural Education in Developing Countries?
Check out AgriCorps! AgriCorps Now Accepting Names for Interested Volunteers.


AgriCorps will bring agricultural education to developing countries. The organization operates by sending American college graduates into primary and secondary schools in developing countries. There, the volunteers teach agriculture for a year, training students on best practices for production agriculture in the region and expanding students’ leadership capabilities. Based on a different model than similar nonprofits, the volunteers must have practical farm skills and have completed an undergraduate degree in agriculture from an accredited United States university. Dwight Armstrong, CEO of The National FFA Organization, will serve as a founding director of the AgriCorps board.“AgriCorps is bringing together the best of agricultural education, FFA and 4-H to meet the needs in developing countries across the globe for the next generation of agriculturalists,” Armstrong said.Joining Armstrong on the board is Don Floyd, President and CEO of the National 4-H Council.“Seventy percent of people living in extreme poverty are rural and agrarian. This is a challenge,” said Floyd. “In 4-H, we know that the youth solution is the best way to resolve these challenges. AgriCorps will take talented young leaders to the places where the challenges are the greatest, and the solutions will come quickly.”From the middle of November to mid-December of 2013, three members of the 2012-2013 National FFA Officer Team will join Trent McKnight, founder of AgriCorps, and Blaze Currie, Executive Director of AgriCorps. The immediate past national FFA officers will spend one month working with two schools in Liberia, Africa, partnering with Liberia 4-H. The three plan to start school gardens and help train the Liberian instructors using the 3-component agricultural education model.The organization has begun to accept names for interested volunteers who will begin in August of 2014. To learn more visitwww.agricorps.org or contact Trent McKnight attrent.mcknight@agricorps.org or Blaze Currie atblaze.currie@agricorps.org . To learn more about the volunteer positions, sign up to receive more information on the AgriCorps website. Follow AgriCorps on Facebook.

NAAE


2013 President-Elect Candidates
With NAAE Convention right around the corner, read up on the two president-elect candidates we will be voting on at convention. Find information on the candidates and the election process in the News & Views NAAE Convention Special Edition.


NAAE Convention
Professional Development workshops released – The lineup of professional development workshops that will be offered at this year’s NAAE convention has just been announced. Take a look at the offerings and plan your schedule with our online custom scheduler tool that allows you to choose the events you want to attend, create a calendar for your mobile device, and print a copy to leave with your administrators.


Community of Practice Highlights

CASE


Invitation from DuPont Pioneer to apply for a CASE grant by February 15, 2014
DuPont Pioneer is proud to offer grants to high schools to assist with the implementation of CASE in the 2014-15 school year.  DuPont Pioneer believes that CASE places proven tools in the hands of those who are strategically positioned to help end world hunger – agricultural science teachers. Their important work in and out of the classroom inspires future scientists, who will discover innovative and sustainable ways to improve agricultural productivity.
The Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) empowers teachers for student success by providing inquiry-based educational experiences, which enhance the rigor and relevance of agriculture, food, and natural resources subject matter.  Concepts are taught using activity, project, and problem based instructional strategies and build skills in the areas of science, mathematics, and English.  As an added bonus, this effort ensures quality teaching by providing extensive professional development for teachers that leads to certification.Schools may apply for grants up to $5,000 for CASE Institute registration and travel, purchase of equipment to be used in CASE courses, and/or acquisition of software to implement a CASE course.  An interested teacher should work with school administration to ensure the necessary level of commitment to the CASE program and to complete the application form available via this link. The deadline to apply for the DuPont Pioneer Grant is February 15, 2014. Information on the 2014 CASE Institute dates and locations is available on the CASE website.

FFA


What would your FFA chapter do with $2,500 to help fight hunger?
The 2014 FFA Food For All grant application is available now at www.FFA.org/foodforall. Middle and high school chapters may apply for up to $2,500 to support year-long service-learning projects that address local hunger needs.  Applications are due December 13, 2013.

Project topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing a community garden to supplement fresh fruits and/or vegetables to the school or local food pantry;
  • Raising broilers and/or laying hens to provide fresh meat and eggs to local families;
  • Growing tilapia and other protein sources to be donated to the community; or
  • Hosting community workshops on container and backyard gardening and other sustainable food practices.


Informational webinars start this week! Register for one or view additional resources here.

 

FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge
Is your chapter holding a Thanksgiving food drive? If your chapter has a service event related to hunger in the coming weeks, be sure to report your results on the Hunger Heroes Challenge website to help FFA donate  one million meals by the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo! Chapters who report impacts will be eligible to win monthly prizes. Visit the website for additional information.


Get your FFA chapter on TV!
This Week in Agribusiness is again looking to feature FFA chapters from around the country. Click here to submit your chapter's info.

CAST

Friday, Nov. 15, 2013: News, views, and information including looks at the typhoon, trans fats, ethanol, and antibiotics—plus some satire and oddities.

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

NASDCTEc

Legislative update: Budget Conference Committee
Read about the changes that will be discussed and implemented from the meetings last week over budget in this blog post.http://nationalassociationofagriculturaleducators.createsend1.com/t/y-l-tdhktjy-yuydthltld-iu/

 

 

 

November 11, 2013

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events


December 3-7
NAAE Convention
Las Vegas, NV


2014


January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues


November 4
October 28
October 21
October 14
October 7

Quote for the Week

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step."
-Lao Tzu


MMM Submissions


To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

The Council


2014 National Agricultural Education Summit and National FFA In-service


The National Council for Agricultural Education and the National FFA Organization will host the 2014 Agricultural Education Summit and National FFA In-service, January 28 -30, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. A new state staff In-service will also be conducted on January 27, prior to the start of the Ag-Ed Summit and FFA In-service; it is open to all state supervisors and executive secretaries that have been hired since January 1, 2013.The theme of the 2014 National Agricultural Education Summit, “Renewal of Experiential Learning and Supervised Agricultural Experience within Agricultural Education,” will be the focus of sessions designed for local, state and national Team Ag Ed participants. We sincerely hope that all professionals in agricultural education will consider attending this event and contributing to a crucial conversation on the future of experiential learning and SAE in school based agricultural education. For those who cannot attend in person, there will be many sessions available live online.The event will be held at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing.


Registration for the event is $199 if you register before December 13th. After December 13th registration will be $299. You can register and arrange housing through our online registration system here. If you have any questions please contact Mike Honeycutt atmhoneycutt@ffa.org or 317-802-4248.

NAAE Partnership with The Council

NAAE values its membership on The Council, and makes it a priority to dedicate time and energy to helping advance numerous Council initiatives. For instance, NAAE has managed the National Teach Ag Campaign since its inception, which is beginning to make strides in raising the awareness of the national shortage of agricultural educators. Through its various facets, such as National Teach Ag Day, Teach Ag grants, and the Teach Ag Ambassador program, the Teach Ag campaign provides the tools to allow agricultural education advocates to spread the word that a career in agricultural education holds many opportunities, and encourage our best and brightest to consider joining the ranks of agriculture teachers.

Another Council initiative which is managed by NAAE is the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education, which is helping drive agricultural education in the direction it needs to go, and has seen exponential growth in just the past year. CASE teachers are being recognized as innovators who are leading not just their agricultural education programs, but their schools and states in inquiry-based, rigorous STEM education that naturally incorporates core content and prepares students for high achievement.

Those two examples just scrape the surface of the multitude of ways NAAE is continually working as a member of team ag ed, because it is our goal to advance all of agricultural education, and it is only by working as a team that we can accomplish that mission.

CASE


Invitation from DuPont Pioneer to apply for a CASE grant

DuPont Pioneer is proud to offer grants to high schools to assist with the implementation of CASE in the 2014-15 school year.  DuPont Pioneer believes that CASE places proven tools in the hands of those who are strategically positioned to help end world hunger – agricultural science teachers. Their important work in and out of the classroom inspires future scientists, who will discover innovative and sustainable ways to improve agricultural productivity.The Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) empowers teachers for student success by providing inquiry-based educational experiences, which enhance the rigor and relevance of agriculture, food, and natural resources subject matter.  Concepts are taught using activity, project, and problem based instructional strategies and build skills in the areas of science, mathematics, and English.  As an added bonus, this effort ensures quality teaching by providing extensive professional development for teachers that leads to certification.Schools may apply for grants up to $5,000 for CASE Institute registration and travel, purchase of equipment to be used in CASE courses, and/or acquisition of software to implement a CASE course.


An interested teacher should work with school administration to ensure the necessary level of commitment to the CASE program and to complete the application form available via this link.Information on the 2014 CASE Institute dates and locations is available on the CASE website at www.case4learning.org.

NAAE


NAAE Convention
Only 3 more days to pre-register for the premiere ag ed professional development event of the year! Follow this link to complete your registration. As you already know, we’ve revamped our professional development, we’re offering a pre-conference workshop, and ourschedule is aligned with ACTE CareerTech Vision 2013 so you can get the maximum benefit from both events.


Award Winner Highlight: 2012 Lifetime Acheivement Region 1 Recipient
James Cooney, former agricultural educator at Elko High School in Elko, Nevada, received the 2012 Lifetime Acheivement Award for Region 1. During his stint as an educator, Cooney advised 50 state officers from his chapter, received 29 chapter awards, and 11 national Gold Emblem Awards. Cooney stays active in the agricultural world by serving on various committees and boards in NAAE, FFA, and as the Nevada State Agricultural Mechanics Contest Chairman. To read more on Cooney and other award recipients, visit this page.


Communities of Practice Highlights

FFA

Video: FFA members join Easton Corbin on ‘Good Morning America’
In case you missed it, country music star Easton Corbin, four state FFA officers from the Tennessee FFA Association and executives from Ram Trucks appeared live on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Wednesday in Nashville.

Read all about it: the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo
Get the latest news and feature stories that came out of the convention and expo on the National FFA Blog. Also check us out onFacebook, Twitter , the 2013 Highlights webpage and more.


Giving the Gift of Blue
As we celebrate 80 years of the FFA jacket, we know that symbolic blue corduroy is far more than Official Dress, but an icon of American tradition—instilling pride and responsibility in those who wear it.  But not everyone can wear the jacket.  Not because they don’t deserve to…but because they can’t afford to.  That’s why we need generous gifts from supporters like you!  When you give the gift of blue, you give a member the chance to wear a piece of history and a chance to experience the pride of wearing their own blue jacket.  Donate now,www.FFA.org/GIVEBLUE.

2014 FFA: Food For All Grant Application Open
What would your FFA chapter do with $2,500 to help fight hunger? Through the FFA: Food For All grant program, middle and high school chapters may apply for up to $2,500 to support year-long service-learning projects that address local hunger needs. Applications are due Friday, December 13. Visit the FFA: Food For All website for the application and additional information.

FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge
Accept the challenge to help FFA donate one million meals by the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo! Chapters can carry out a plan to fight hunger and share their impacts at www.FFA.org/heroes to be eligible to win monthly prizes. Visit the website for additional resources.

CAST

Friday, Nov. 8, 2013: Surf through the key agriculture news stories of the week—serious issues, a Katy Perry ag story, and a session with the goat cam.

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

 

 

 

November 4, 2013

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America’s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events


December 3-7
NAAE Convention
Las Vegas, NV


2014
January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues

October 28
October 21
October 14
October 7
September 30

Quote for the Week

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."
-John Wooden


MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

NAAE


NAAE Convention
Only 10 more days to pre-register for the premiere ag ed professional development event of the year! Follow this link to complete your registration. As you already know, we’ve revamped our professional development, we’re offering a pre-conference workshop, and our schedule is aligned with ACTE CareerTech Vision 2013 so you can get the maximum benefit from both events.

2014 NATAA Applications Now Available
The DuPoint National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy provides agriculture teachers the opportunity to learn how to incorporate more science into their curriculum to make learning fun and challenging for students. The ambassadors will also conduct workshops at National FFA Convention and NAAE Convention to help other teachers learn how to be more effective in the classroom. Click here for more information and to download the application. Deadline to apply is December 16, 2013.

Summer Internships with NAAE
We have opportunities for agricultural education majors to intern with NAAE next summer in communications, professional development and advocacy. Applications are due December 18. Follow this link for details.


NAAE Membership Benefit
Becoming a NAAE member automatically enrolls you for $100,000 in liabilty insurance. New members are entitled to $40,000 term life insurance, just for joining. Read more on these NAAE membership benefits here.


Communities of Practice Highlights

FFA

Read all about it: the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo
Get the latest news and feature stories that came out of the convention and expo on the National FFA Blog. Also check us out on Facebook, Twitter , the 2013 Highlights webpage and more.

Giving the Gift of Blue
As we celebrate 80 years of the FFA jacket, we know that symbolic blue corduroy is far more than Official Dress, but an icon of American tradition—instilling pride and responsibility in those who wear it.  But not everyone can wear the jacket.  Not because they don’t deserve to…but because they can’t afford to.  That’s why we need generous gifts from supporters like you!  When you give the gift of blue, you give a member the chance to wear a piece of history and a chance to experience the pride of wearing their own blue jacket.  Donate now,www.FFA.org/GIVEBLUE.

CAST

Friday, Nov. 1, 2013: Careers in agriculture; technology questions; and enough from the fox—a parody gives us a look at “what does a farmer say?”.

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

ACTE

New Tricks of the Trade
Read the ACTE blog on educator training for tips on how to build your personal learning network.

US Department of Education

Narrative of Rural Education Forum
U.S. Secretary of Education addresses the Rural Education National Forum, as well as discusses changes in rural education. Read the full script here.

 

 

 

October 28, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America?s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events


October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY


December 3-7
NAAE Convention
Las Vegas, NV


2014
January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues

October 21

October 14
October 7
September 30
September 23

Quote for the Week


?Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.?
- Joshua J. Marine


MMM Submissions


To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

FFA


Convention Judges Needed
Any advisor, volunteer or state staff already attending Convention, please consider volunteering to judge a Proficiency area.  We have 27 award areas that do not have enough judges right now!  Proficiencies will be judged Thursday, October 31, 12 - 5pm. Email judges@ffa.org to receive an invitation to register to judge.


Convention Proficiency Room Hosts Needed
Proficiency room hosts are needed on Thursday, October 31 from 10:30am -5pm in Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC). Room hosts are voluntary. FFA does not cover any expenses. Submit nominations to rcarter@ffa.org  please include name and email address of each nominee.


Sign up now for the FFA virtual convention and expo
There?s still time to sign up for the inaugural National FFA Virtual Convention & Expo, the perfect way to bring the national convention and expo straight to your classroom.

  • Visit exhibitors within the virtual expo.
  • Participate in student workshops.
  • Watch general sessions.
  • Purchase memorabilia in the virtual shopping mall.
  • Download resources through Teacher's Corner.
  • And more!
Prices:
  • $50 per FFA chapter (with members attending on site)*
  • $100 per FFA chapter (without members attending on site)*
* = Registration only available to FFA chapters

Visit the virtual convention and expo webpage to learn more.

NAAE


Last Reminder ? NAAE activities at National FFA convention
As you?re packing those last important items for National FFA convention, be sure to mark your schedule to attend Teachers? World professional development, visit the internet café, send your students to our Teach Ag booth, visit us in the collegiate career fair, or take in General Session 5, where our teachers will be sharing why agricultural education is a great career. There are lots of opportunities to grow as a professional and get your students thinking about a career as an ag teacher ? don?t leave Louisville without taking advantage of them!


Region 2- Teacher Turn the Key Award Winner
Clayton Sallee, agricultural educator at Field Kindley Memorial High School in Coffeyville, Kan., received the 2012 Teacher Turn the Key Award. Sallee has been at Field Kindley since 2010, and has been instrumental in securing new funding and starting new courses. Read more about the award program and Sallee here.


Communities of Practice Highlights

FFA Alumni

FFA Alumni Opportunities at National FFA Convention

FFA Link Insights         
Wednesday, October 30. 4:30-7 p.m.
Kentucky Exposition Center, KEC, C205


Sponsored by the National FFA Alumni and Collegiate FFA, this event is specifically for Juniors in high school to young adults who have been out of high school for less than five years. FFA Link Insight will feature a panel of high-level industry executives talking about career opportunities in the implementation, sales and agricultural engineering fields. Following the panel discussion, Charlie O?Brien, Sr. VP for the Association of Equipment Manufactures (AEM), will share words of wisdom on achieving success in the industry of agriculture. Please encourage students you know attending convention to participate in both the FFA Link Insights and Meet-up.



 

FFA LINK MEETUP WEDNESDAY                    
Wednesday, OCTOBER 30, 6:00 P.M. ? 7:00 P.M.

Kentucky Exposition Center, KEC, outside C205


Following the FFA Link Insights we invite attendees to stay for the Link Meet-up and encourage FFA Alumni, exhibitors and other professionals to attend. FFA Link Meet-ups are an opportunity for young adults to interact with professionals across the agricultural industry to network, possibly identify a mentor, learn about opportunities, or just gain feedback from those who have gone before them. FFA Alumni, please mark your calendars to participate in the first ever FFA Link networking event!

NASDCTEc

Analysis of State CTE Standards
In October, NASDCTE released a report featuring An Analysis of State CTE Standards. This report provides national views on states adopting, organizing, and implementing CTE standards at secondary and postsecondary levels. Read more and download the report.

CAST

Friday, Oct. 25, 2013: Biotech crops fill the headlines, and school food programs are important in the U.S. and abroad. And what does a fox really say?

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

ACTE

STEM in high demand
The STEM shortage is real and profound, according to recent findings published by Bayer, and is particularly relevant for occupations requiring two- and four-year degrees. Read more on the study and the blog post here.