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May 16, 2016

Council 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 at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events

2016

May 17-20
National AAAE Conference, Kansas City, MO
September 19-21
Western Region AAAE Conference, Tuscon, AZ
September 22
National Teach Ag Day
October 6 – 8
North Central Region AAAE Conference
Lafayette, IN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

The Council


Lincoln Electric Awards Through the James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation
The James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation awards program supports arc welding education, design and innovation at every educational level. They also recognize welding excellence of welding instructors and professional welders who work hard to further the scientific interest and advancement of arc welding.
Division 1 is for high school students 18 and younger that are enrolled in any school or training program.  Students may submit written reports about the welding projects they have completed. The welding project may be a structure, a repair, or item made for home, farm, shop or recreational use. The project may be by an individual or a team of fellow students (five students maximum).Details on the awards program can be found here. The national recipients benefit both the student and the instructors. The link provides the rules, guidelines and tips, as well as how to submit the project.Divisions I and II postmark and submission deadline- June 30, 2016.


Fence 101 -- The New Curriculum is Now Available
Red Brand Fence, manufactured by Keystone Steel & Wire in Peoria, Illinois has been a long-time supporter of FFA. As the leading manufacturer of agricultural fencing in the country, the relationship is a natural fit. When Red Brand joined forces with the National FFA in 1947, they saw an opportunity to support the country's future ag leaders in a variety of ways. Almost 70 years later, the enduring relationship has fostered many unique programs that encourage and support FFA at all levels. One of the most exciting new programs introduced recently is intended for the classroom. Red Brand has developed a curriculum called Fence 101. This 'Curriculum in a Box' was created to give advisors a simple, unique way to educate students on the importance of correct selection, calculation and installation of agricultural fencing for the wide variety of needs they may encounter as future farmers, property owners and ag business leaders.
This exclusive program has been carefully and thoughtfully developed to engage a high school audience. Each of the five lessons is approximately 50 minutes in length, making the program manageable for most classroom situations. And, no matter the background or level of expertise in the area of fencing, advisors and chapter leaders find this program easy and fun to teach. The Fence 101 Curriculum Kit includes everything needed to present the program, including a comprehensive instructor's manual, PowerPoint presentations with videos, actual fence samples and files for printable student notes and quizzes. For students, the kit contains Quick Reference Guides, Fence Wrapping Tools, Fence 101 Stickers and Completion Certificates.Fence 101 can be in your classroom today! To learn more or to order your kit, go to:RedBrand.com/Fence101 or contact:Dain Rakestraw                                       
Red Brand Marketing Department
c/o Keystone Steel & Wire
7000 S.W. Adams St., Peoria, IL 61641
800.441.0308 | general@keystonesteel.com
Click here for a video about Red Brand and Fence 101.


Ohio Students Study High-tech Agriculture
Agriculture students at an Ohio high school explore precision agriculture, mechanics, and business agriculture as part of their preparation for in-demand jobs. They have access to equipment, such as GPS units and drones, to learn how to tackle modern agricultural challenges, such as monitoring crop health across multiple acres. Click here to read the article.

NAAE


2016 NAAE Convention Early Bird Registration
Get ready for the 2016 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas, NV! This year convention is November 29th through December 3rd and will be held at the Westgate Hotel. Early bird registration is now open through July 15th & we have a special early bird housing deal for you as well! Remember, NAAE members pay one price to attend both the NAAE Convention and ACTE Career Tech VISION.

NAAE Summer Virtual Book Club
Register for FREE by June 3rd & Earn up to 12 hours of Professional Development Credit!
Get ready for an exciting summer of professional development with our Virtual Book Club! We will read and engage with the book The Innovator's Mindset by George Couros. Just click here to register for the book club, then pick up a copy of the book & join the NAAE Virtual Book Club group on Communities of Practice to get started! Click here to find out more!

NAAE Convention Workshop Proposals
NAAE is now accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2016 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, November 29-December 3, 2016, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education.

 

Purpose: To present, in workshop format, information appropriate for agricultural educators. Workshops should relate directly to enhancing classroom/laboratory instruction, student work-based learning and/or leadership development, teacher professional development, program marketing/communications and partnership/collaborations.

 

Suggested Topics: Workshops may be presented on, but are not limited to, the following areas: Classroom instruction techniques, agriscience, technology in the classroom, technical agricultural information, integration of academics, exceptional instructional materials, research pertinent and applicable to the classroom, specific topical areas, etc.

 

Proposals can be submitted online athttp://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2774543/2016-NAAE-Convention-PDWorkshopRFP by Friday, June 10, 2016.

Communities of Practice Highlights
New Space - Urban Agriculture!

The Urban Agriculture Space in NAAE's Communities of Practice is public and ready for use. The space currently has lesson plans and related materials with an urban focus. These are in categories of Careers, Ag Business, Natural Resources, and Plant/Soil Science. Although the lessons are written on an introductory level, they can be adapted for other courses. The Space will grow with links to Urban Agriculture in the News, hints for Adapting Lesson Plans, and additional lesson plans. Please add your links, upload lessons and resources, and participate in discussions.

These materials were created as part of a National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) grant through the SPECA Challenge Grant Program. Dr. B. Allen Talbert, Professor, and Alli Lee, Graduate Assistant, of Purdue University developed the materials for the urban agriculture program at Arsenal Tech High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. They can be modified for use as needed, but should retain a citation giving NIFA, Purdue University, and Arsenal Tech High School credit for the original creation. Go to the Urban Agriculture space on Communities of Practice

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, meet Dr. Linda Randall, an African-American veterinarian who, despite naysayers, successfully established her own veterinary practice to care for pets in northern Ohio. Click here to watch the video.

FFA

Apply for a Living To Serve: Environmental and Emergency Preparedness Grant Today!
Chapters may apply for up to $1,200 to support fall semester-long projects that address local environmental needs. Potential projects include: wildlife conservation, land preservation, bee health, recycling, composting, emergency preparedness plans, and assembling emergency first aid kits. Go to www.ffa.org/envirograntsto apply today. Applications are due June 8th, 2016. You may contact Jordan Henry at LTS@FFA.org with any questions.

National Officer Nominating Committee Nominations Are Open!
Know someone who would make a good Nominating Committee representative?

Submit them to FFA by July 15 for consideration.  Simply fill out this Nominating Committee Potential Representative form.

National FFA Seeking Nominations for Hall of States Cultural Stage
This program is non-competitive and focused on sharing unique cultural aspects of all 52 of our state associations. Past participants have included Native American dance/drumming from Montana, a string band from Alabama, hula dancing from Hawaii, and Cajun performances from Louisiana. All ideas (music, dance, education, speaking, etc.) are welcome and states can submit multiple nominees. To nominate a group/chapter, send an email with a simple description of the cultural performance to lps@ffa.org.

Culver’s Essay Contest
The Culver’s essay contest is open. This year Culver’s is going to help three chapters attend convention. First place will receive $7,500. Second and third place will receive $2,500.

To enter, submit an essay of 1,000 words or less answering – How do you see modern technology impacting the agriculture industry and your ag career?

Only students may submit essays. Rules and guidelines are available at Culvers.com/essaycontest.

Plan Your Summer With My Journey
As the school year wraps up and prep for summer begins, be sure to check out the free, innovative and turnkey resources, ideas and activities available on My Journey. Want to remind your students about careers in agriculture before they leave for the summer? Check out our lesson plan about Cargill and Zoetis on theExplore page. Are you encouraging students to find references for resumes created on the FFA Resume Generator? Take a look at the Build page. Teach students to advocate using pizza and cheese by going to the Connect page. Search hundreds of lesson plans using our new Document Library. Incorporate our resources using the Implementation Guide, and don’t forget you can still find lots of ideas on our Archive pages.

We’ve Got Talent, Yes We Do! We’ve Got Talent, How About You?
Encourage your members to come and share their talents at the National FFA Convention & Expo! Each year, the National FFA Organization hosts FFA members from across the nation and provides performance opportunities to share their skills with fellow FFA members and convention and expo attendees. Play the fiddle? Throw a mean yoyo? Sing along with your guitar? National FFA Talent is the next performance for you. Apply today. Visit the FFA.org/convention and scroll down to the Band, Chorus and Talent section to apply.

2015 FFA Annual Report Now Available
Relive the milestones of 2015 with stories, infographics, photos and more.

Officer 2 Officer: How to Better Engage with Your Audience
National FFA President Taylor McNeel explains how to craft a winning chapter speech. Watch now.

Honor a Special Friend of FFA
Nominate an exceptional teacher, individual or company for one of the organization’s highest honorary awards.

We Are FFA: 2016 Annual FFA Tee Is Here
Count down to our 100-year anniversary of FFA in 2028 with this year’s FFA tee.

We’re Sirius About FFA Today
Good news for FFA Today listeners. If you have a SiriusXM radio, you can listen to Rural Radio channel 147 on SiriusXM free May 18 - 31. Until then, catch up on the latest FFA Today episodes now on Podbean.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

Friday Notes
Friday, May 13, 2016: Food “science headlines” might be factual, informative, or false. Various insights from experts and a John Oliver video look at the issues. These and many more ag/science links, including label laws, university news, and even a grub-pub solution for garden pests.

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).

FFA Alumni

National FFA Alumni Development Conference
Registration is now open for the 2016 National FFA Alumni Development Conference! The 2016 ADC will challenge you to engage your local community, administrators, business leaders and everyone you meet. ADC will take place July 14-16, 2016 at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. Checkout all the workshops, optional tours, registration, hotel information and much more atwww.ffa.org/GoToADC. Registration closes June 19. #FFAadc

FREE! Alumni Regional Development ConferencesThere will be six Alumni Regional Development Conferences in 2016. The two day conference is broken up into two different sections. Friday evening will be state-level training focusing on state-level administration and activity building. Saturday will be a full day conference focusing on local level training targeting individual members, agriculture educators and other members of Team Ag Ed. Check out all the locations, dates, agendas, hotel information and much more atffa.org/GoToRDC. The Region One RDC registration is now open and will close on June 12. All RDCs are free to attend but please make sure to register to guarantee you have a seat. Anyone is welcome to attend and is welcome to attend any RDC. Check outffa.org/GoToRDC.

NFRBMEA

2016 NFRBMEA Conference Early Bird Registration
The 2016 NFRBMEA conference will be held June 12-16th, 2016 in Sioux Falls, SD in cooperation with the NAFBAS and North Central Farm Management Extension! Early bird registration is now open through May 20th for a cheaper conference rate. Any individual interested in farm management education is welcome to attend, as well as bring your families for the conference to enjoy the family outing and events.  Information can be found at: http://www.nfbm-conference.org/2016/index.html

 

 

 

 

April 18, 2016

Council 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 at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events

2016

May 17-20
National AAAE Conference, Kansas City, MO
September 19-21
Western Region AAAE Conference, Tuscon, AZ
September 22
National Teach Ag Day
October 6 – 8
North Central Region AAAE Conference
Lafayette, IN

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

The Council

DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
The DEKALB® Agricultural Accomplishment Award nominations are being accepted through May 1, 2016. Nomination forms and the submission process can be found here.


Legislation Intended to Encourage New Generation of Agriculture Producers
U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) this week introduced theAgriculture Students Encourage, Acknowledge, Reward, Nurture (EARN) Act (S. 2774). The legislation amends the tax code to exclude from gross income the first $5,000 earned by students who are 18 years old or younger on agricultural projects completed under the supervision of 4-H or FFA. Read more


FFA CEO Dwight Armstrong Name NAMA's Agribusiness Leader of the YearThe National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) has named W. Dwight Armstrong, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of the National FFA Organization, the 2016 Agribusiness Leader of the Year. Read more

NAAE

2016 NAAE Awards Judging
Are you interested in helping judge the 2016 NAAE award applications? The deadline to sign up is May 10th.Click here for more information and to volunteer.


2016 NAAE Award Applications -- Due May 15th!
Have you started your NAAE award application yet? Visit our website to apply. Application instructions and supporting information for all NAAE awards are available online, as well. Regional award winners will be honored at the 2016 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas, November 29-December 3. Go to the 2016 NAAE Award Applications
2016 NAAE Convention Early Bird Registration
Get ready for the 2016 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas, NV! This year convention is November 29th through December 3rd and will be held at the Westgate Hotel. Early bird registration is now open through July 15th & we have a special early bird housing deal for you as well! Remember, NAAE members pay one price to attend both the NAAE Convention and ACTE Career Tech VISION.


My American Farm Outreach Program
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture just launched the My American Farm Grant Outreach program. They are looking for 10 schools to take part in the 2016 program. Upon completion of an agricultural outreach event, your school will receive $1,500 to further your efforts in sharing the importance of agriculture in our everyday lives. Click here for more information.


Highlight NAAE Membership Benefits with our New Videos

Under the direction of the NAAE marketing committee, NAAE has created a series of 1 to 2-minute videos, each of which highlights a different benefit of NAAE membership. These videos cover membership, advocacy, awards, NAAE Convention, professional development, liability insurance, and teacher recruitment and retention. They can be viewed directly from the NAAE Website, YouTube, or downloaded to your computer.Did you know your NAAE membership includes professional liability insurance? Click here to watch the video and find out more!NAAE Summer Virtual Book Club
Register for FREE by June 3rd & Earn up to 12 hours of Professional Development Credit!
Get ready for an exciting summer of professional development with our Virtual Book Club! We will read and engage with the book The Innovator's Mindset by George Couros.  Just click here to register for the book club, then pick up a copy of the book & join the NAAE Virtual Book Club group on Communities of Practice to get started! Click here to find out more!
Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Lora Wittenberg encounters her first diagnosis of “blocked tom,” a potentially fatal disease of male cats. Click here to view the video.

FFA Alumni

National FFA Alumni Development Conference
Registration is now open for the 2016 National FFA Alumni Development Conference! The 2016 ADC will challenge you to engage your local community, administrators, business leaders and everyone you meet. ADC will take place July 14-16, 2016 at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. Checkout all the workshops, optional tours, registration, hotel information and much more atwww.ffa.org/GoToADC. Registration closes June 19. #FFAadc

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

Friday Notes
Friday, April 15, 2016: Does this nutrition debate make me look fat? Dietary recommendations and the sugar war. University ag programs are featured, and Inky the octopus makes a Shawshank escape from a New Zealand aquarium. These and many more ag/science links.

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).

FFA

One Week Left to Apply for an FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Mini-Grant!
Does your chapter have an idea to fight hunger? There is still time to apply for the second quarter FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Mini-Grant due April 25. Any middle school, high school, collegiate or Alumni FFA chapter who are NOT currently funded through the FFA: Food For All program may apply for up to $500 to support a local hunger service project. In addition, states may apply for funds up to $1,000 to support a state-level hunger service event. Additional information and the application can be found at www.FFA.org/Heroes.  

Free Resources on My Journey Just a Click Away
In the midst of state events, banquet planning and the ever-looming classroom preparations, remember the free, innovative and turnkey resources, ideas, and activities available on My Journey! Have you seen theCDE Question and Answer document that will help with contest prep? Check it out on the Explore page. Want a lesson to teach students best practices for submitting a resume created on the FFA Resume Generator or information on applying for an environmental grant? Take a look at the Build page. Teach students the global effect of an FFA jacket by going to the Connect page. Want an easy search tool for all of the past lessons? Check out our new Document Library. Don’t forget theArchive pages house content from the past year, and theImplementation Guide can help integrate My Journey resources.

Announcing the 2016 Chapter Tee Winning DesignsWe broke the record for chapter tee votes! Now let’s break the sales record and support the winners. Buy the tee you voted for on ShopFFA.org.

Officer 2 Officer: How to Manage Team Conflicts
2015-16 National FFA Secretary Nick Baker lets you in on a few tips to jumpstart crucial conversations between state officers.

FFA Featured in USA Today/USDA Special Edition
Catch the latest on farming’s new environment. Informative infographics, stories on the latest news in agriculture and more make this a great classroom resource.

Find Grant Money Now
USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is providing over $26 million in competitive grants.

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education

Join CASE for the #TeachAgChat!
Join CASE for the #TeachAgChat on Thursday, April 21st from 8-9pm EDT/5-6pm PDT. Discussion will be focused on using inquiry-based learning to elevate learning in your classroom. Questions for the chat include but are not limited to: How does inquiry-based learning specifically engage students and promote learning? What challenges are faced in an inquiry-based classroom? What one goal do you have for yourself to elevate inquiry in your classroom next year? CASE looks forward to thoughtful discussion during the #TeachAgChat as teachers, CASE staff, and special guests discuss these and other important questions regarding inquiry-based learning!

Follow us on Twitter @case4learning and join the conversation by using #TeachAgChat!

2016 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE Institute registration is wrapping up, get your seat reserved soon to guarantee your attendance in one of the thirty-two CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

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 are filling quickly so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement 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 minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

NFRBMEA

National Farm Business Management Conference Scholarships
A contribution from CHS Inc. allows the NFRBMEA and NAFBAS to offer scholarships to several individuals who are considering a career in Farm Business Management to attend our National Farm Business Management Conference Sunday, June 12th through Thursday, June 16th in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. We are offering a limited number of scholarships which will cover expenses for travel, rooms, and conference registration (includes most of the meals).

College students or recent graduates who may consider a career in Farm Business Management, as well as people already working in an agricultural field who might consider a career move to teaching Farm Business Management are encouraged to apply for the scholarship. For more information, contactmailto:mark.holkup@bismarckstate.edu, or call Mark at 701-224-5417.

Attending the conference gives the participant an opportunity to learn about working with farmers in Farm Business Management and network with those already in the field. It is a great opportunity to gain understanding, learn about an exciting field and build a resumé all at the same time.

CHS and our members recognize there will continue to be a strong need for new professionals pursuing careers in Farm Business Management in the years to come. To apply, fill out the attached 2016 CHS Conference Scholarship Application. This application will also be available soon on our conference website at www.nfbm-conference.org/2016/16chs-scholarship.html.

The application due date is April 22, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Council 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 at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events

2016

March 16-19

National PAS Conference, Kansas City, MO
Learn more


May 17-20

National AAAE Conference, Kansas City, MO


September 19-21

Western Region AAAE Conference, Tuscon, AZ


Past Issues

MMM Submissions


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

FFA

Happy FFA Week!


Log in to FFA.org to finalize your National FFA Week plans with our helpful resources. New this year: Give FFA Day on Tuesday, Feb. 23 and National Wear Blue Day on Feb. 26. FFA Week will be all over social media. Follow the #FFAweek hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and don't miss @NationalFFA Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat posts, including posts from the National FFA Officer Team while on the road!

Need help promoting SAEs and FFA?


Check out this new video collection to hear students and advisors share their experiences. Catch answers to:

FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Mini-Grants Due Monday, February 29th!


Does your chapter have an idea to fight hunger? Apply for a $500 FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Mini-Grant to make it happen. Any middle school, high school, collegiate or Alumni FFA chapter who are NOT currently funded through the FFA: Food For All program may apply for up to $500 to support a local hunger service event (project). The application is available at www.FFA.org/Heroes

Officer 2 Officer: How to be a Pro

Got an FFA event coming up? Be a pro about getting your schedule set with teachers.

New Resources Available on My Journey


With the new semester full steam ahead, discover the numerous FREE planning tips, tools and lesson plans available within My Journey. Ever heard about our Leadership, Personal Growth and Career Success Self-Paced Modules? Take a look at the Explore page. Looking to implement a National Ag Week into your school but need an Action Guide? Maybe a lesson to help students make their resumes shine with the FFA Resume Generator? Check out the Build page. Curious about utilizing a tool called the Global Food Security Index in class? Go to the Connect page. Look through My Journey?s Implementation Guide, a tool to help integrate resources into classroom activities through differentiated instruction. Remember to check out the Archive pages to find the content you?re missing.

Free CDE Resources


National Career Development Event Questions and Answers are now online. For students who ask their teachers, "When will I ever use this in the real world?" career development events are the answer. Such events demonstrate the meaningful connections between classroom instruction and real-life scenarios.Find these free teaching resources and event preparation materials from 2008-2014 at FFA.org/CDEresources. You will find scenarios, PowerPoints, identification tests, practicums, team activities, finalists' samples, exams, exam keys and more.

Apply Now: New Century Farmer Applications Due March 1


Planning to make a career out of production farming? Apply for New Century Farmer, an intensive five-day conference in Des Moines, Iowa, July 10 - 16. Participants will network with industry experts, presenters and each other. They will also attend a series of workshops and sessions that discuss topics ranging from the global marketplace to farm financing, consumer trends and managing risk. Apply now for 2016.

Chapter Tee Time


National FFA is accepting entries for the Annual Chapter T-Shirt Design Contest.  Get creative and earn money for your chapter!  Fifty percent of the first year's profits are returned to the winning chapters. Entries may be emailed to entries@ffa.org or mailed to the National FFA Organization, 6060 FFA Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46268, Attention Lisa Barger.  Entries must be submitted by Feb.26 at 5 p.m. EST.  Finalists will be selected and voting will begin March 14.  See the official rules here.

NAAE

How to Create a Culture of Safety Excellence: Free Webinar from Caterpillar


Tuesday, February 23, 8:00 p.m. CST Webinar Learning Objectives:
1. The difference between compliance vs cultural improvement strategies
2. How perception precedes behavior
3. The survey approach used by Caterpillar
4. How to use safety perception survey data for improvement
» Register to Participate (or for access to archived version if you can't participate Tuesday night)

National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy Applications Close Next Monday


The NAAE National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA) has over 10 years of successfully cultivating agriscience and inquiry-based learning in agricultural education. The Academy serves to train agriculture teachers on how to enhance the science that is already present in agriculture, as well as develop students as problems solvers and thinkers through the inquiry-based teaching method.If selected as a National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador, you will be required to attend a national training session. The session is tentatively scheduled to be held in Ankeny, IA at the Iowa FFA Enrichment Center the week of July 18-22, 2016.Application deadline is February 29.Click here for details and to apply.

2016 Award Applications Available


Get a jump start on your NAAE awards application. The 2016 application instructions and supporting information for all NAAE awards is now available on the NAAE website. Although the online submission form is not yet open, applicants can use the materials that are available to create everything they'll need to upload once it opens. Regional award winners will be honored at the 2016 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas,  November 29-December 3.Go to the 2016 NAAE Award Applications

Host a Location for 2016 National Teach Ag Day


The National Teach Ag Campaign is looking for up to four sites to serve as satellite locations for the 2016 National Teach Ag Day celebration (Thursday, September 22).  The satellite sites will be featured throughout the live event to showcase current and future agriculture teachers.  The satellite locations will be assigned a host facilitator (current or former Teach Ag ambassador) who will help coordinate on site discussions and technical logistics. 2016 National Teach Ag Day Satellite Location Criteria

Communities of Practice Highlights

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education

CASE Now has Scholarships for CASE Institutes Available

Generous contributions through the National FFA Foundation from sponsors like the CHS Foundation and DuPont Pioneer have made it possible for full and partial 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 this scholarship opportunity can be directed to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director, at miranda.chaplin@case4learning.org.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

Friday Notes
Friday, Feb 19, 2016

International Water Day, Cuba connections, Zika rumors, and a story about the Supreme Court vacancy and ag repercussions. Several education announcements and links, plus a chance to buy property on the moon-if you're gullible. These and many more ag/science links. 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

February is CTE Month® 2016!

February is Career and Technical Education Month! This annual public awareness campaign offers ACTE members the opportunity to celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of their CTE programs in their local communities.

If you are interested in getting involved in CTE Month, visit ACTE's CTE Month page to learn more about hosting a school visit and communicating with the media and policymakers, purchase our CTE Month merchandise, and promote your school's CTE Month work on our CTE Month calendar.

 

 

February 15, 2016

Council 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 at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events

2016


March 16-19

National PAS Conference, Kansas City, MO

Learn more


May 17-20

National AAAE Conference, Kansas City, MO


September 19-21

Western Region AAAE Conference, Tuscon, AZ


Past Issues

MMM Submissions


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

NAAE

NAAE Marketing Tools Webinar, TONIGHT, February 15, 7pm EST


The NAAE Marketing Committee is hosting a 1-hour webinar for state leaders tonight, February 15, beginning at 7 PM EST, to explain and highlight the marketing tools available through NAAE.  The webinar will focus on the following topics: Insurance benefits, Member Discounts,  Professional Development Opportunities, Communities of Practice, Grants, Awards, Camaraderie/Fellowship and a Question and Answer session.  Everyone is invited to attend! Click here to register.

Applications for the 2016 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy are Open


The NAAE National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA) has over 10 years of successfully cultivating agriscience and inquiry-based learning in agricultural education. The Academy serves to train agriculture teachers on how to enhance the science that is already present in agriculture, as well as develop students as problems solvers and thinkers through the inquiry-based teaching method.If selected as a National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador, you will be required to attend a national training session. The session is tentatively scheduled to be held in Ankeny, IA at the Iowa FFA Enrichment Center the week of July 18-22, 2016.Application deadline is February 29.Click here for details and to apply.

2016 Award Applications Available


Get a jump start on your NAAE awards application. The 2016 application instructions and supporting information for all NAAE awards is now available on the NAAE website. Although the online submission form is not yet open, applicants can use the materials that are available to create everything they'll need to upload once it opens. Regional award winners will be honored at the 2016 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas,  November 29-December 3.Go to the 2016 NAAE Award Applications

Host a Location for 2016 National Teach Ag Day


The National Teach Ag Campaign is looking for up to four sites to serve as satellite locations for the 2016 National Teach Ag Day celebration (Thursday, September 22).  The satellite sites will be featured throughout the live event to showcase current and future agriculture teachers.  The satellite locations will be assigned a host facilitator (current or former Teach Ag ambassador) who will help coordinate on site discussions and technical logistics. 2016 National Teach Ag Day Satellite Location Criteria

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education

CASE Now has Scholarships for CASE Institutes Available


Generous contributions through the National FFA Foundation from sponsors like the CHS Foundation and DuPont Pioneer have made it possible for full and partial 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 this scholarship opportunity can be directed to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director, at miranda.chaplin@case4learning.org.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)


Friday Notes
Friday, Feb 12, 2016

Various groups join forces to fight avian influenza; a university student says it is time to move beyond ag “cheerleading”; and the “elephant in the room” goes on a destructive rampage. These and many more ag/science links. 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

February is CTE Month® 2016!

February is Career and Technical Education Month! This annual public awareness campaign offers ACTE members the opportunity to celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of their CTE programs in their local communities.If you are interested in getting involved in CTE Month, visit ACTE’s CTE Month page to learn more about hosting a school visit and communicating with the media and policymakers, purchase our CTE Month merchandise, and promote your school’s CTE Month work on our CTE Month calendar.

NASDCTEc

2016 Spring Meeting, May 23-25, Washington, D.C.


Join us for NASDCTEc’s annual Spring Meeting! You can tap into the vast talent pool in attendance, engage in collaborative discussions with national resource experts, and get an in-depth look at the most important topics in the field today including the latest state-level trends and federal policy updates on Perkins and the new Every Student Succeeds Act.Learn more

State Policies Impacting CTE - 2015 Year in Review


This report, co-authored by the Association for Career and Technical Education, takes a state-by-state look at CTE-related policies passed in 2015, while drawing out major themes and trends from the year. Read the report.

FFA

FFA Week Is Feb. 20-27


Log in to FFA.org to finalize your FFA Week plans with our helpful resources. New this year: Give FFA Day on Tuesday, Feb. 23 (coming soon: FFA.org/giveFFAday) and National Wear Blue Day on Feb. 26. CheckFacebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest. And don't forget to use the hashtag #FFAweek in your tweets.

Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) online registration opens Tuesday, March 1, 2016.


Advisors and members must first log in to www.FFA.org, then navigate to this link to access registration.  This webpage also contains resources, such as, 2016 pricing and dates, FAQ, advisor and student program information, tentative schedules, and student forms.Questions should be directed to WLC@ffa.org.

FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Mini-Grants


The FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Mini-Grant is a competitive grant available throughout the year to increase hunger fighting activities at the local and state level.Who can apply: Any middle school, high school, collegiate or Alumni FFA chapter who are NOT currently funded through the FFA: Food For All program may apply for up to $500 to support a local hunger service event (project).Any state FFA association of foundation who is NOT currently operating an FFA State Hunger Grant may apply for funds up to $1,000 to support a state-level hunger service event.Applications will be accepted until funds for the year are exhausted. Chapters and state associations may recieve two mini-grants in a calendar year.2016 Application Due DatesAll applications are due electronically. No hard copies will be accepted. Access the application at ffa.org/heroes.

  • Apply by February 29, Award Notification by week of March 14-18
  • Apply by April 25, Award Notification by week of May 9-13
  • Apply by June 27, Award Notification by week of July 18-22
  • Apply by August 29, Award Notification by week of September 19-23

Officer 2 Officer: How to be a Pro

Got an FFA event coming up? Be a PRO about getting your schedule set with teachers.

New Resources Available on My Journey

With the new semester full steam ahead, discover the numerous FREE planning tips, tools and lesson plans available within My Journey. Ever heard about ourLeadership, Personal Growth and Career Success Self-Paced Modules? Take a look at the Explore page. Looking to implement a National Ag Week into your school but need an Action Guide? Maybe a lesson to help students make their resumes shine with the FFA Resume Generator? Check out the Build page. Curious about utilizing a tool called the Global Food Security Index in class? Go to the Connect page. Look through My Journey’s Implementation Guide, a tool to help integrate resources into classroom activities throughdifferentiated instruction. Remember to check out theArchive pages to find the content you’re missing.

Free CDE Resources

National Career Development Event Questions and Answers are now online. For students who ask their teachers, "When will I ever use this in the real world?" career development events are the answer. Such events demonstrate the meaningful connections between classroom instruction and real-life scenarios.

Find these free teaching resources and event preparation materials from 2008-2014 atFFA.org/CDEresources. You will find scenarios, PowerPoints, identification tests, practicums, team activities, finalists’ samples, exams, exam keys and more.

Apply Now: New Century Farmer Applications Due March 1

Planning to make a career out of production farming? Apply for New Century Farmer, an intensive five-day conference in Des Moines, Iowa, July 10 - 16. Participants will network with industry experts, presenters and each other. They will also attend a series of workshops and sessions that discuss topics ranging from the global marketplace to farm financing, consumer trends and managing risk. Apply now for 2016.

Chapter Tee Time

National FFA is accepting entries for the Annual Chapter T-Shirt Design Contest.  Get creative and earn money for your chapter!  Fifty percent of the first year’s profits are returned to the winning chapters. Entries may be emailed to entries@ffa.org or mailed to the National FFA Organization, 6060 FFA Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46268, Attention Lisa Barger.  Entries must be submitted by Feb.26 at 5 p.m. EST.  Finalists will be selected and voting will begin March 14.  See the official rules here.

Horticulture News

The National Junior Horticultural Association (NJHA) invites FFA members, their advisors and teachers to participate in the national contests of NJHA. To learn more, visit www.njha.org.

 

 

 

 

February 8, 2016

Council 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 at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events

2016

March 16-19

National PAS Conference, Kansas City, MO Learn more


May 17-20

National AAAE Conference, Kansas City, MO


September 19-21Western Region AAAE Conference, Tuscon, AZ


Past Issues


MMM Submissions


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

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education

CASE Now has Scholarships for CASE Institutes Available

Generous contributions through the National FFA Foundation from sponsors like the CHS Foundation and DuPont Pioneer have made it possible for full and partial 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 this scholarship opportunity can be directed to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director, at miranda.chaplin@case4learning.org.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)


Friday Notes
Friday, Feb 5, 2016

Those were the days? Or are we much better off with modern tech-based farms? Check out a university student's essay about world hunger - and click onto items about Super Bowl ads and carnivorous plants. These and many more ag/science links. 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).

FFA

New Resources Available on My Journey

With the new semester full steam ahead, discover the numerous FREE planning tips, tools and lesson plans available within My Journey. Ever heard about ourLeadership, Personal Growth and Career Success Self-Paced Modules? Take a look at the Explore page. Looking to implement a National Ag Week into your school but need an Action Guide? Maybe a lesson to help students make their resumes shine with the FFA Resume Generator? Check out the Build page. Curious about utilizing a tool called the Global Food Security Index in class? Go to the Connect page. Look through My Journey's Implementation Guide, a tool to help integrate resources into classroom activities throughdifferentiated instruction. Remember to check out theArchive pages to find the content you're missing.

Free CDE Resources

National Career Development Event Questions and Answers are now online. For students who ask their teachers, "When will I ever use this in the real world?" career development events are the answer. Such events demonstrate the meaningful connections between classroom instruction and real-life scenarios.Find these free teaching resources and event preparation materials from 2008-2014 atFFA.org/CDEresources. You will find scenarios, PowerPoints, identification tests, practicums, team activities, finalists' samples, exams, exam keys and more.

Apply Now: New Century Farmer Applications Due March 1

Planning to make a career out of production farming? Apply for New Century Farmer, an intensive five-day conference in Des Moines, Iowa, July 10 - 16. Participants will network with industry experts, presenters and each other. They will also attend a series of workshops and sessions that discuss topics ranging from the global marketplace to farm financing, consumer trends and managing risk. Apply now for 2016.

Chapter Tee Time

National FFA is accepting entries for the Annual Chapter T-Shirt Design Contest.  Get creative and earn money for your chapter!  Fifty percent of the first year's profits are returned to the winning chapters. Entries may be emailed to entries@ffa.org or mailed to the National FFA Organization, 6060 FFA Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46268, Attention Lisa Barger.  Entries must be submitted by Feb.26 at 5 p.m. EST.  Finalists will be selected and voting will begin March 14.  See the official rules here.

NAAE

Attention State Leaders: NAAE Marketing Tools Webinar, February 15, 7pm EST

The NAAE Marketing Committee is hosting a webinar on February 15, beginning at 7 PM EST for state leaders to explain and highlight the marketing tools available through NAAE.  The 1-hour webinar will focus on the following topics: Insurance benefits, Member Discounts,  Professional Development Opportunities, Communities of Practice, Grants, Awards, Camaraderie/Fellowship and a Question and Answer session.  Everyone is invited to attend! Click here to register.

Support Two NAAE Sponsors - Vote For Their Videos!

CSX's Santa Train video is in the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship's 2016 Film Festival. Public voting will determine the top three videos for each company. Voting is available here.  Public voting is open now until February 15. The Santa Train is categorized as a medium company, second row. While you're voting, also be sure to vote for Tyson Foods' video (under the large companies category). Both Tyson and CSX are direct sponsors of NAAE and National FFA, so please help support them!

2016 Award Applications Available

Get a jump start on your NAAE awards application. The 2016 application instructions and supporting information for all NAAE awards is now available on the NAAE website. Although the online submission form is not yet open, applicants can use the materials that are available to create everything they'll need to upload once it opens. Regional award winners will be honored at the 2016 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas,  November 29-December 3.Go to the 2016 NAAE Award Applications

Host a Location for 2016 National Teach Ag Day

The National Teach Ag Campaign is looking for up to four sites to serve as satellite locations for the 2016 National Teach Ag Day celebration (Thursday, September 22).  The satellite sites will be featured throughout the live event to showcase current and future agriculture teachers.  The satellite locations will be assigned a host facilitator (current or former Teach Ag ambassador) who will help coordinate on site discussions and technical logistics. 2016 National Teach Ag Day Satellite Location Criteria

Communities of Practice Highlights

ACTE

February is CTE Month® 2016!

February is Career and Technical Education Month! This annual public awareness campaign offers ACTE members the opportunity to celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of their CTE programs in their local communities.

If you are interested in getting involved in CTE Month, visit ACTE's CTE Month page to learn more about hosting a school visit and communicating with the media and policymakers, purchase our CTE Month merchandise, and promote your school's CTE Month work on our CTE Month calendar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

February 1, 2016

Council 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 at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events

2016

February 5-9
Southern Region AAAE Conference, San Antonio, TX
March 16-19
National PAS Conference, Kansas City, MO Learn more
May 17-20
National AAAE Conference, Kansas City, MO
September 19-21
Western Region AAAE Conference, Tuscon, AZ

Past Issues

Quote for the Week

"It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop."
-Confucius

MMM Submissions

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

FFA

Important FFA Scholarship News

Deadlines for the FFA scholarship program are being extended by one day! Scholarship applications must now be completed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Signature pages must be postmarked no later than Feb. 9. Don't forget to check eligibility for Monsanto Fund's America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders and Ford dealer scholarships. Details located at www.FFA.org/scholarships. For scholarship questions, email scholarships@ffa.org.

Free CDE Resources

National Career Development Event Questions and Answers are now online. For students who ask their teachers, "When will I ever use this in the real world?" career development events are the answer. Such events demonstrate the meaningful connections between classroom instruction and real-life scenarios.

Find these free teaching resources and event preparation materials from 2008-2014 at FFA.org/CDEresources. You will find scenarios, PowerPoints, identification tests, practicums, team activities, finalists' samples, exams, exam keys and more.

Apply Now: New Century Farmer Applications Due March 1

Planning to make a career out of production farming? Apply for New Century Farmer, an intensive five-day conference in Des Moines, Iowa, July 10 - 16. Participants will network with industry experts, presenters and each other. They will also attend a series of workshops and sessions that discuss topics ranging from the global marketplace to farm financing, consumer trends and managing risk. Apply now for 2016.

NAAE

2016 Award Applications Available

Get a jump start on your NAAE awards application. The 2016 application instructions and supporting information for all NAAE awards is now available on the NAAE website. Although the online submission form is not yet open, applicants can use the materials that are available to create everything they'll need to upload once it opens. Regional award winners will be honored at the 2016 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas,  November 29-December 3.

Go to the 2016 NAAE Award Applications

Host a Location for 2016 National Teach Ag Day

The National Teach Ag Campaign is looking for up to four sites to serve as satellite locations for the 2016 National Teach Ag Day celebration (Thursday, September 22).  The satellite sites will be featured throughout the live event to showcase current and future agriculture teachers.  The satellite locations will be assigned a host facilitator (current or former Teach Ag ambassador) who will help coordinate on site discussions and technical logistics.

2016 National Teach Ag Day Satellite Location Criteria

Communities of Practice Highlights

FFA Creed Puzzle

Animal Rights vs. Animal Welfare Topics

Final SAE Projects Using AET

CASE

CASE Now has Scholarships for CASE Institutes Available

Generous contributions through the National FFA Foundation from sponsors like the CHS Foundation and DuPont Pioneer have made it possible for full and partial 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 this scholarship opportunity can be directed to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director, at miranda.chaplin@case4learning.org.

2016 CASE Institute Registration Now Open

CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the thirty-two CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

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 and submit a School District Agreement 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 minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

Friday Notes
Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

Food labels, government programs, and the TPP debate land on the front page; while a teen preference poll, a Steve Harvey video, and horse skiing links also appear. In a page two profile, find out about a university student who works with cattle, writes editorials, and survived a trip to kiwi land. These and many more ag/science links. 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

February is CTE Month® 2016!

February is Career and Technical Education Month! This annual public awareness campaign offers ACTE members the opportunity to celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of their CTE programs in their local communities.

If you are interested in getting involved in CTE Month, visit ACTE's CTE Month page to learn more about hosting a school visit and communicating with the media and policymakers, purchase our CTE Month merchandise, and promote your school's CTE Month work on our CTE Month calendar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

 

 

January 25, 2016

Council 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 at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events

2016

February 5-9

Southern Region AAAE Conference, San Antonio, TX


March 16-19

National PAS Conference, Kansas City, MO

Learn more


May 17-20

National AAAE Conference, Kansas City, MO


September 19-21

Western Region AAAE Conference, Tuscon, AZ


Past Issues

Quote for the Week

"An investment in education always pays the interest."
-Benjamin Franklin

MMM Submissions


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

The Council

New greenhouse offers opportunity for students to design individualized projects exploring agriculture (from Topeka Capital-Journal)

This 30-by-48 foot greenhouse, adjacent to the school, is the centerpiece of a new horticulture program at Royal Valley High. The courses introduce students not only to plant science and agriculture skills, but also to careers in this field — from vegetable cultivation and sales to landscaping, natural resources management and arboriculture. To read more click here

Students showcase projects at Pennsylvania Farm Show (from Centre Daily Times)

There’s a workshop in the back of Bald Eagle Area High School that’s filled with workbenches, tools and sawdust. It smells like a garage, but there’s also the smell of a farm. After all, there is a small room in the workshop that houses rabbits raised by students. And if you walk though that workshop, it also leads to a classroom. That’s agriculture teacher Todd Biddle’s domain, where he uses personal experience to help teach students in class and those also involved in FFA. Students and advisers of the Bald Eagle Area FFA chapter are headed back to the Pennsylvania Farm Show in January in Harrisburg to showcase projects they’ve been working on all school year. To read more click here

Preparing a Globally Competent Workforce Through High-Quality Career and Technical Education (from The Asia Society)

Rapid economic, technological, and social changes are creating a world that is ever more interconnected. One in ten Americans is foreign born, and local communities—urban, suburban, and rural—are growing more diverse. To take advantage of global market opportunities, companies must hire workers with global competence—that is, the capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance. U.S. educators face a critical new imperative: to prepare all students for work and civic roles in an environment where success increasingly requires the ability to compete, connect, and cooperate on an international scale. One promising way in which students can learn about and apply global competencies is through Career and Technical Education (CTE).To learn more click here

ACTE

February is CTE Month® 2016!

February is Career and Technical Education Month! This annual public awareness campaign offers ACTE members the opportunity to celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of their CTE programs in their local communities.If you are interested in getting involved in CTE Month, visit ACTE’s CTE Month page to learn more abouthosting a school visit and communicating with the mediaand policymakers, purchase our CTE Month merchandise, and promote your school’s CTE Month work on our CTE Month calendar.

NAAE

Host a Location for 2016 National Teach Ag Day

The National Teach Ag Campaign is looking for up to four sites to serve as satellite locations for the 2016 National Teach Ag Day celebration (Thursday, September 22).  The satellite sites will be featured throughout the live event to showcase current and future agriculture teachers.  The satellite locations will be assigned a host facilitator (current or former Teach Ag ambassador) who will help coordinate on site discussions and technical logistics. 2016 National Teach Ag Day Satellite Location Criteria

Communities of Practice Highlights

FFA

Chapter Tee Time

National FFA is accepting entries for the Annual Chapter T-Shirt Design Contest.  Get creative and earn money for your chapter!  Fifty percent of the first year’s profits are returned to the winning chapters. Entries may be emailed to entries@FFA.org or mailed to the National FFA Organization, 6060 FFA Drive, Indianapolis, In 46268, Attention Lisa Barger.  Entries must be submitted by Feb.26 at 5 p.m. EST.  Finalists will be selected and voting will begin March 14.  See the official rules here.

Chapter Convention and Expo Housing Now Open

FFA Advisors: Don’t wait until the last minute to book your housing for the biggest FFA event of the year! Visit our new and improved convention and expo website now to register for chapter housing.

Bring in the New Year with My Journey

As the New Year brings a fresh start for classes and students, the potential for new opportunities, ideas, activities and lessons beckons. Be sure to check out the plethora of FREE planning tips, tools and lesson plans available within My Journey. Curious to see an article about what’s next for agriculture and a worksheet for students to analyze trends while they read? How about resources to develop programs for supervised agricultural experiences? Need some new, fresh ideas for National FFA Week? Take a look at the Explorepage. Want an activity with a theme based on the popular show “Shark Tank” to teach students entrepreneurial skills? Maybe a lesson that shows students how to use the FFA Resume Generator step-by-step? Check out the Build page. Curious about lessons that incorporate the new FFA Habitudes everyone is talking about? Go to the Connect page. My Journey’s Implementation Guide is available and ready to help integrate its resources into classroom activities through differentiated instruction. Our Archive pages can always help you out with content you might have missed last year!

TSC Unveils New Grants for Growing Program

The National FFA Foundation and Tractor Supply Company are excited to announce a program similar to the Growing Scholars program will launch Jan. 15. This program will raise money for a competitive grant program and will be named “Grants for Growing.” Advisors will have from Jan. 15 to Feb. 15 to apply.  The fundraising period will run Feb. 19 through Feb. 28. Paper emblems will be sold for $1 or more at the checkout of Tractor Supply Stores. All chapters are encouraged to apply. The grant value will be $500 or more.  For program details and requirements, click here.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

Friday Notes
Friday, Jan. 22, 2016

This week includes a smorgasbord of stories about school cafeteria food—and plenty of ag issues such as WOTUS, bird flu, and biotech. For better or worse, chocolate covered French fries also make an appearance. These and many more ag/science links.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).

CASE

2016 CASE Institute Registration Now Open

CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the thirty-two CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

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 and submit a School District Agreement 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 minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

January 11, 2016

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


February 5 - 9, 2016
Southern Region AAAE Conference
San Antonio, TX


March 16-19, 2016
National PAS Conference
Kansas City, MO
Learn more


May 17-20, 2016
National AAAE Conference
Kansas City, MO


September 19-21, 2016
Western Region AAAE Conference
Tucson, Arizona

Past Issues

January 4

December 21
December 14
December 7
November 30

Quote for the Week

"The time is always right to do what is right."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Andrea Fristoe , NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

The Council


The Benefits of Youth Apprenticeship (from ACTE)
A report from The Century Foundation puts forth the benefits of apprenticeship abroad and in the United States and proposes apprenticeship as a solution to youth unemployment. According to the publication, evidence-based benefits to apprenticeship include:

  • lower youth unemployment rates for European nations with strong apprenticeship systems;
  • benefits to businesses in the United Kingdom; and
  • here at home, an average earnings gain of almost $250,000 over an apprenticeship participant?s entire career.

To learn more, click here.


The Teaching Profession in 2015; in Statistical Charts (from Education Week)
At the end of every year Education Week digs through all the white papers and research findings and think tank reports sent to the publication, as well as a few in-house originals, to find some useful nuggets of visual information that may have escaped people's notice and that help capture the state of teaching. If not all groundbreaking, the data and graphs and statistics below serve as a reminder about some of the struggles educators face on a frequent basis that may not garner as much attention as perhaps deserved. To see the full story and all the charts click here


USDA Lists its 2015 Highlights (from Agrimarketing)
This year, millions of rural businesses and families were positively impacted by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) investments in their communities. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has released a list of USDA's top achievements in 2015, demonstrating USDA's efforts to help farmers and ranchers bring their products to tables domestically and abroad, build critical infrastructure in America's rural areas, conserve our nation's natural resources through long-lasting partnerships, and continuously work toward improving the lives of all Americans. To see the full story and list of accomplishments click here


Preparing a Globally Competent Workforce Through High-Quality Career and Technical Education (from The Asia Society)
Rapid economic, technological, and social changes are creating a world that is ever more interconnected. One in ten Americans is foreign born, and local communities?urban, suburban, and rural?are growing more diverse. To take advantage of global market opportunities, companies must hire workers with global competence?that is, the capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance. U.S. educators face a critical new imperative: to prepare all students for work and civic roles in an environment where success increasingly requires the ability to compete, connect, and cooperate on an international scale. One promising way in which students can learn about and apply global competencies is through Career and Technical Education (CTE). To learn more click here

FFA


Chapter Tee Time
National FFA is accepting entries for the Annual Chapter T-Shirt Design Contest.  Get creative and earn money for your chapter!  Fifty percent of the first year?s profits are returned to the winning chapters. Entries may be emailed to entries@FFA.org or mailed to the National FFA Organization, 6060 FFA Drive, Indianapolis, In 46268, Attention Lisa Barger.  Entries must be submitted by Feb.26 at 5 p.m. EST.  Finalists will be selected and voting will begin March 14.  See the official rules here.


Convention and Expo Housing Opens Jan. 15
Less than 285 days to go before a sea of blue takes over Indianapolis for the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo. Don?t wait until the last minute to book your stay. Visit our new and improved convention and expo website Jan. 15 to register for housing.


Bring in the New Year with My Journey
As the New Year brings a fresh start for classes and students, the potential for new opportunities, ideas, activities and lessons beckons. Be sure to check out the plethora of FREE planning tips, tools and lesson plans available within My Journey. Curious to see an article about what?s next for agriculture, and a worksheet for students to analyze trends while they read? How about resources to develop programs for Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs)? Need some new, fresh ideas for National FFA week? Take a look at the Explorepage. Want an activity with a theme based on the popular show ?Shark Tank? to teach students entrepreneurial skills? Maybe a lesson that shows students how to use the FFA Resume Generator step-by-step? Check out the Build page. Curious about lessons that incorporate the new FFA Habitudes everyone is talking about? Go to the Connectpage. My Journey?s Implementation Guide is available, and ready to help integrate its resources into classroom activities through differentiated instruction. Our Archive pages can always help you out with content you might have missed last year!


TSC Unveils New Grants for Growing Program
The National FFA Foundation and Tractor Supply Company are excited to announce a program similar to the Growing Scholars program will launch Jan. 15. This program will raise money for a competitive grant program and will be named ?Grants for Growing.? Advisors will have from Jan. 15 to Feb. 15 to apply.  The fundraising period will run Feb. 19 through Feb. 28. Paper emblems will be sold for $1 or more at the checkout of Tractor Supply Stores. All chapters are encouraged to apply. The grant value will be $500 or more.  For program details and requirements, click here.


Serve Rural On MLK Day
On MLK Day this year, hundreds of organizations across rural America will be looking for volunteers like you. Click here to learn more and find an opportunity in a rural community near you.

NAAE


NAAE Greenhouse Construction/Improvement Grant
Sponsored by International Greenhouse Company

Apply by Friday!!
Details


ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Strand
February 29-March 2
Crystal Gateway Mariott, Arlington, Virginia

WHY SHOULD NAAE MEMBERS ATTEND NPS?

  • Hear updates on legislative and regulatory issues impacting CTE from congressional leaders, Administration officials and Washington insiders.
  • Join Members of Congress and congressional staff for a special NPS offsite event.
  • Influence CTE-related legislation and funding through visits with policymakers, including dedicated time for Capitol Hill meetings.
  • Educate your congressional leaders about your local CTE programming needs, using event resources to help you make your case.
  • Participate in engaging discussions on Perkins reauthorization and all the issues likely to impact your program in 2016.
  • Take part in special agricultural-education-specific programming


NAAE will pay the registration fee for one member from each state. Registration is due to the NAAE office by January 25. For details, follow this link.


NAAE Winter Committee Meetings
Mark the date and attend an upcoming NAAE committee meeting. Any NAAE member is welcome to participate in any committee meeting, even though only official committee members can vote. Click each link for information about how to join by phone or online.


Committee Winter Meeting Dates and Times (all times are Eastern)
Strategic Planning - January 19, 6:30 p.m.
Member Services - January 20, 6:30 p.m.
Professional Growth - February 2, 6:30 p.m.
Finance - January 20, 7:00 p.m.
Marketing - January 19, 7:00 p.m.
Policy & Bylaws - January 12, 7:00 p.m.
Public Policy - January 20, 6:30 p.m.


Teach Ag Future Teacher Webinar
NAAE Student Member Benefits
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
7:00-7:45pm EST
Presenters: Mr. Scott Stone, NAAE President-Elect and Mr. Alan Green, Michigan State University
Click here to register.


Communities of Practice Highlights

Council for Agricultural Science & Technology (CAST)


CAST Friday Notes
Friday, Jan. 8, 2016

Dietary guidelines indicate you can enjoy some meat but avoid the filled donuts with sprinkles on top. News about gene editing, GMO labeling, and why Jules Verne was right about giant squids. These and many more ag/science links.


Read moreThe 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).

CASE


2016 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the thirty-two CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

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 and submit a School District Agreement 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 minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

ACTEFebruary is CTE Month!
How will you recognize CTE in your classroom next month? Here are some links to help you plan:

 

 

 

January 4, 2016

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


February 5 - 9, 2016
Southern Region AAAE Conference
San Antonio, TX


March 16-19, 2016
National PAS Conference
Kansas City, MO
Learn more


May 17-20, 2016
National AAAE Conference
Kansas City, MO


September 19-21, 2016
Western Region AAAE Conference
Tucson, Arizona

Past Issues

December 21
December 14
December 7
November 30
November 23

Quote for the Week

"Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress."
-Charles Kettering


MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Andrea Fristoe , NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

The Council


CareerSafe Skills Network Provides SAE Students with OSHA Training
CareerSafe®, the leading provider of OSHA 10-Hour safety training to the youth market, and the Career Skills Network, a non-profit dedicated to Educating Tomorrow's Workforce are excited and pleased to announce a new partnership to encourage and promote safety in the agriculture industry. Through this partnership, the Career Skills Network will fully fund 4,000 Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) students the opportunity to earn an OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Agriculture) wallet card. To learn more click here.

NAAE


IT'S NOT TOO LATE!
Apply for a NAAE Committee by Thursday

NAAE committees are currently seeking members to serve for the 2016-2019 term as well as candidates for chair and secretary. Click here for more information about NAAE Committees.


NAAE Greenhouse Construction/Improvement Grants -- Apply by January 15th
NAAE is excited to announce that it is now accepting applications from members who are seeking to implement a greenhouse construction or enhancement project for their middle school or high school agricultural education program. In 2015-2016 school year, two $2,000 competitive grants will be awarded by NAAE and sponsored by International Greenhouse Company as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. For the application and complete details, visit our website.


Teach Ag Internship -- Apply by January 10th
Interested in becoming a part of the Teach Ag Team? Apply for the 2016 Teach Ag Campaign Internship. Applications are due January 10th. Click here for more details and to apply.


Teach Ag Future Teacher Webinar
NAAE Student Member Benefits
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
7:00-7:45pm EST
Presenters: Mr. Scott Stone, NAAE President-Elect and Mr. Alan Green, Michigan State University
Click here to register.


Have a Minute? Climate Change Video
Watch his 60-second video about climate change and agriculture's role. A great classroom resource from Monsanto. Watch the video


Communities of Practice Highlights

FFA

New Content Now on My Journey
While final exams and assessments wrap up and holidays come upon us, the planning never ends. So, check out the FREE planning tips, tools and lesson plans available within My Journey.  Want to learn more about space-grown food and have a classroom activity already created? How about a video that serves as an introduction toSupervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs)? Miss seeing akeynote at the National FFA Convention and Expo? Take a look at theExplore page. Want an activity to teach students how to plan an event successfully? Maybe a lesson that aids students in evaluating resumes utilizing the FFA Resume Generator? Check out the Buildpage. Curious about lessons that help students truly understandadvocating for agriculture or the history of the FFA Creed? Go to the Connect page. Remember that My Journey has added theImplementation Guide that will help integrate My Journey into classroom activities through differentiated instruction. Miss content from past months? As always, our Archive pages can help you out.

Winter FFA New Horizons Now Online
Flip through the pages of the Winter 2015-2016 issue of FFA New Horizons magazine. In this issue, you'll learn about how to beat stress, discover ag career opportunities, meet a member who works with exotic birds and more. Teachers and FFA advisors: Theteaching guide for this issue is also available.

Catch FFA on YouTube
Did you know that the National FFA Organization has its own YouTube channel? It's loaded with great videos about FFA members, the organization and topics of interest to young agriculturalists. Subscribe now to receive updates when videos are added to the channel.

CASE

2016 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the thirty-two CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

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 and submit a School District Agreement 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 minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

AAAE

Four New Awards Offered This Year
Four new awards will be offered this year at the National meeting. All award apps are due March 15. Learn more

Current Research Calls
Call for NAREC Papers due Jan. 18.
Call for Western Region papers. Due May 2, 2016

 

 

 

March 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


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


September 23-25, 2014
Western Region AAAE
Kona, Hawaii


October 9-11, 2014
Central Region AAAE
Morgantown, WV

Past Issues

March 3
February 24
February 17
February 10
February 3

Quote for the Week

"Excellence in education when we do everything that we can to make sure they become everything that they can."
-Carol Ann Tomlinson

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


After The Summit follow up: Prosser’s Promise
At the 2014 Agricultural Education Summit and FFA In-service many challenging presentations were given regarding the role experiential and work based learning should play in agricultural education programs across the nation. One of the most compelling of these presentations came from Scott Stump, Assistant Provost for Career and technical Education at the Colorado Community College System. Stump also serves as Vice President of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc).
Stump titled his presentation Reclaiming Prosser’s Promise, referring to the work of Charles Prosser and the 16 Theorems of Vocational Education, and more directly Prosser’s Theorem #1:“Vocational education will be efficient in proportion as the environment in which the learner is trained is a replica of the environment in which(s)he must subsequently work.”
Stump’s presentation put forward some challenging statistics and concerns for all agricultural educators to consider. Some of those include:

  • Work based learning is weakly integrated in to the US system of career and technical education in comparison to other nations, impacting our global competiveness
  • The US has a growing youth unemployment issue, only 32% of young people entering college and careers have prior work experience……..what will be the result of a generation where only a third of them have work based experiences prior to entering college or their first career position?
  • 85% of our nation’s persistent poverty areas are in rural counties. Economic and entrepreneurial growth in these areas is vital to rural community survival.
To learn more about how taking a modern perspective on our commitment to work based learning and Supervised Agricultural Experience can be critical to the future of agricultural education and our economy visit this link and open the Third General Session drop down to view a video of Stump’s presentation and his PowerPoint.

FFA


2013 Proceedings now available
Relive all of the highlights of the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo in the 2013 Proceedings, the official record of the event. Click here to check it out.


Sign up now for convention and expo housing
2014 National FFA Convention & Expo chapter housing is open. Advisors, log into your MyAgCN for details. Housing closes Sept. 10.


Flip through the Spring 2014 issue of FFA New Horizons
In this issue, you'll read about how Easton Corbin Gives Back to FFA, get tips on preparing for your future career, learn fun facts about peanuts and more! Want to download the new FREE tablet app on your device? Click the following links to be connected: Apple, Kindleor Google. For teachers, the Spring issue’s teaching guide is also now available. Download it now and also sign up to be notified via email when a new teaching guide is posted.


Enter the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Video Contest
Create a one- to two-minute video with your FFA chapter by April 11 and you could win $1,000. To learn more, visit here.


Media plan and practicums for Agricultural Communications CDE now available
The 2014 Media Plan and Practicums for the Agricultural Communications CDE have been posted on the Agricultural Communications CDE webpage under the Event Preparation section. If you have any questions, email cde@ffa.org


212°/360° host registration opens March 15

Registration to host a 212° Virtues Conference (seventh-10th grades) or 360° Vision Conference (11th-12th grades) will be open online from March 15 - May 15. Conferences may be held at the chapter, regional or state level and only require a 70-student minimum. Check out theNational FFA Conferences webpage for more information.

CAST


Friday, March 7, 2014: Youth movement in agriculture—on and off the farm. Egg battle among states, ag-gag laws, and a fake foodie on TV. 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).

NAAE


2014 NAAE Award Applications Available
Apply for a 2014 NAAE Award. Most applications are due to the NAAE office by May 15. Click here for award information and applications.


CHS Scholarships for Ag Students
Earn a $1,000 scholarships to help pay for college and discover vast career opportunities in the ag industry. Applications are due March 15.Click here to apply.


2014 NAAE Ag Ed Advocacy Video Challenge – Deadline Extension – Monday March 24, 2014
Due to unexpected weather conditions across the U.S. we have decided to extend the deadline for the NAAE Advocacy Video challenge to give you more time to create your advocacy video!


NEW Entry deadline – March 24, 2014 Follow this link for complete challenge details.


NAAE Region I Conference - April 16-18
There's still time to register for the Region I Conference, to be held April 16-18 in Waikki Beach, Hawaii. Follow this link for conference details and the registration form.


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.


Community of Practice Highlights

USDA

USDA Challenge Grants Program - Applications Due April 3
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

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.

ACTE

Putting Data To Work: An Online Seminar On Data-Driven Decision-Making
March 25, 12:00 PM EST.
The term "data-driven decision making" is mentioned frequently by education policymakers. What does it mean for the classroom teacher though? How can CTE educators integrate data-driven decision-making into their classroom in order to increase the success of their students? This online seminar will explore how NOCTI and ACTE's new book, PUTTING YOUR DATA TO WORK: IMPROVING INSTRUCTIONS IN CTE can help educators use data-driven and disaggregated objective technical skill data to continually improve classroom instruction. Valuable for secondary, postsecondary, and adult educators, this online seminar is a must-watch and must-listen for any CTE educator.

To register, click here.

ACTE Expresses Disappointment in Response To Obama Administration’s Budget For Fiscal Year 2015
Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) expressed concerns today regarding the Obama administration’s budget for fiscal year 2015, which provides inadequate funding for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

“The Obama Administration’s budget request does nothing to build the federal investment in CTE. Current Perkins funding levels are inadequate to prepare the nearly 12 million students enrolled in CTE programs for 21st century careers,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “It is concerning that the President continues to express his commitment to equitably providing opportunity for future generations by building a strong American workforce, but has not yet fulfilled that commitment by allocating adequate resources to CTE programs with a proven record of success, including the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.”

Read more

 

 

 

February 24, 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


September 23-25, 2014
Western Region AAAE
Kona, Hawaii


October 9-11, 2014
Central Region AAAE
Morgantown, WV

Past Issues

February 24
February 17
February 10
February 3
January 27

Quote for the Week

"Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character."
-Heraclitus


MMM Submissions

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

The Council


Spotlight on Innovation in Agricultural Education: Virginia Tech Secondary Ag Coalition
By Tinesha Woods-Wells, Virginia Tech

In Virginia, agriculture and its related industries are an important part of the state’s economic base, accounting for almost $79 billion in total industry output in 2006 (Rephann, 2008). The Commonwealth of Virginia can be in a position to lead the nation in feeding the world.  Virginia is within a one-day drive of 2/3 of the U.S. population and the Virginia Port Authority is the deepest and most active Eastern port in the United States. The Virginia Tech Secondary Ag Coalition is working with local communities in rural Virginia to develop eight innovative model programs for workforce development. Programs are designed to build capacity for increasing the trained agriculture workforce across the Commonwealth with emphasis on providing high-quality learning experiences for students. Focus points include:

  • Comprehensive academic and career planning for students beginning in middle grades
  • Comprehensive, rigorous, and relevant learning experiences
  • Infusion of critical technology skills in the program that are aligned with the requirements for the industry
  • Flexible, innovative delivery systems for Agricultural Education courses that reflect coordination between secondary and postsecondary education
  • Student access to “stackable” industry credentials for successful transition from high school to direct entry to the work force or further education
  • Continual teacher retraining and professional development
The statewide coalition-based program housed in Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural and Extension Education.  Program activity is currently funded, in part, with an integrated, grant from The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) and the VT Foundation Account for Community Viability, with participating schools matching a portion of the costs. To stay informed about program activities using social media, follow the Virginia Tech Secondary Ag Coalition on Facebook.  If you have comments or questions, please contact Donna Westfall-Rudd by email or at (540) 231-5717.

NAAE


2014 NAAE Ag Ed Advocacy Video Challenge – Deadline Extension – Monday March 24, 2014
Due to unexpected weather conditions across the U.S. we have decided to extend the deadline for the NAAE Advocacy Video challenge to give you more time to create your advocacy video!


NEW Entry deadline – March 24, 2014 Follow this link for complete challenge details


Wes Crawford Selected for George Washington Carver AgriSCIENCE Teacher Award
Congratulations to NAAE member Wes Crawford, agriscience educator at Sutherlin High School in Sutherlin, Oregon for being selected for the George Washington Carver AgriSCIENCE Teacher Award, given annually by DuPont.
The annual recognizes the member of the DuPont National AgriScience Teacher Ambassador Academy who demonstrates and advocates inquiry-based science teaching and inspires students to pursue science excellence. The award also honors George Washington Carver (1864 -1943), agricultural scientist, researcher, inventor and teacher.


NAAE Region I Conference - April 16-18
There's still time to register for the Region I Conference, to be held April 16-18 in Waikki Beach, Hawaii. Follow this link for conference details and the registration form.


Community of Practice Highlights

USDA

USDA Challenge Grants Program - Applications Due April 3

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.

CAST

Friday, Feb. 28, 2014: Got Milk Gets Life and Goes Active—with a new ad campaign. 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).

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.

FFA

Enter the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Video Contest
Create a one- to two-minute video with your FFA chapter by April 11 and you could win $1,000. To learn more, visit here.

Go “Down Under” for Ag
Apply now for the Youth for Understanding Intercultural Exchange Program. You could spend your summer in one of Australia or New Zealand’s farming communities where you’ll not only attend an agricultural-themed summer program but will also receive hands-on experience. The program takes place July 5 - Aug. 30. The deadline to apply is April 1. To learn more, visit this link.

 

 

February 24, 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


September 23-25, 2014
Western Region AAAE
Kona, Hawaii


October 9-11, 2014
Central Region AAAE
Morgantown, WV

Past Issues

February 17
February 10
February 3
January 27
January 13

Quote for the Week

"Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character."
-Heraclitus


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


National Council for Agricultural Education Appreciates Teacher Support and Thanks Missouri Ag Teachers Specifically for their Support

The Council would like to show our appreciation for educators across the country who each year make an investment in the future and The Council’s strategic mission to improve agricultural education across the country. In particular, we want to highlight the agricultural educators of the State of Missouri who through their membership in MVATA choose to make a small individual contribution each year. So far this year The Council has received close to $1000 from these educators. We are very thankful for MVATA’s belief in the work of The Council and willingness to support our strategic initiatives. This type of support is critical for The Council to move ahead with many important tasks such as growth and renewal of the SAE component, revision of AFNR and NQPS standards as well as forming a strategy for quality data collection in agricultural education.If you or your state agriculture teacher’s organization would like to make a contribution or to learn more about how you can support the work of The Council individually or collectively please contact either NAAE or The Council directly.

NAAE


2014 NAAE Ag Ed Advocacy Video Challenge – Deadline Extension – Monday March 24, 2014
Due to unexpected weather conditions across the U.S. we have decided to extend the deadline for the NAAE Advocacy Video challenge to give you more time to create your advocacy video!


NEW Entry deadline – March 24, 2014 Follow this link for complete challenge details


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: Allyson Lammiman
Allyson Lammiman, agricultural educator at Douglas High School in Minden, NV, received the 2013 National Agriscience Teacher of the Year Award in Region 1. Lammiman teaches a diverse set of agriculture topics each year. She recruits community and industry leaders to assist in coaching various FFA competition teams, provides placement for students to complete internship experiences, and is known for teaching her students how to think, instead of what to think.
Read more about Lammiman and other 2013 NAAE Award Winners here.


Community of Practice Highlights

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.

FFA

Enrollment Open for Zoetis FFA Support Program
By partnering with local veterinarians and animal health suppliers, the Zoetis FFA Support Program has provided more than $5.3 million to FFA chapters since 2008. These contributions help put equipment in the classroom and on the Chapter farm, fund leadership/career development events and projects, secure blue jackets, send members to their first National Convention and more. Encourage your veterinarian and animal health supplier to enroll in support of your chapter by following this link.

Flip through the Spring 2014 issue of FFA New Horizons magazine              
In this issue, you'll read about how Easton Corbin Gives Back to FFA, get tips on preparing for your future career, learn fun facts about peanuts and more! Want to download the new FREE tablet app on your device? Click the following links to be connected: Apple,Kindle or Google.

FFA members can win Washington D.C. trip with USFRA
FFA members are encouraged to draft and post a brief social media friendly “essay” (no more than 400 words) that starts with the writing prompt, “I am the future…”

This post should incorporate #FarmlandFilm — Farmland is an upcoming film by James Moll, which gives an up-close-and-personal look at six farmers and ranchers who are taking generational responsibility for the running of their family business — and describe the role you can play in the future of agriculture. The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance is looking for FFA members in grades 9-12, aged 13-18 to participate.

Once the post is made, entrants must fill out an application form.An entry will be selected at random on or around March 5 to receive an all-expense paid trip for the winning FFA member and two guests to Washington, D.C., for Ag Day.

During this trip, the winner and guests will also have the chance to attend an invite-only, sneak peak of Farmland. To learn more, visit the USFRA website.

FFA Website Survey
The National FFA Organization is  working to launch a new website in November. We would like to gain some perspective on naming conventions and navigation from our stakeholders; to do so we have created this survey. The survey will close at the end of the day Friday, Feb. 28.

Thank you for your help in gathering feedback!
FFA.org navigation survey


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. 21, 2014: Hogs, cannibals, and PEDV—controversies abound, but 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).

 

 

October 14, 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 7
September 30
September 23
September 16
September 9

Quote for the Week

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
-Henry Stanley Haskins


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

Member Organization Spotlight: Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU)
One of the most recent additions to The Council’s lineup of partnering organizations is the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU). The Council’s primary engagement with APLU is through the Academic Program Section (APS). APS is comprised of the associate deans responsible for academic programs at our nation’s colleges of agriculture and related disciplines.  Overall, APS represents 160+ institutions having academic programs in agriculture, natural resources, life, and related sciences.


The vision of APS is to provide academic instruction and other programs that prepare society-ready graduates with the skills and competencies necessary to sustain and enhance the food, agriculture, natural resource and life science systems needed by professionals and the general public. This involves the engagement of faculty in the development and implementation of relevant undergraduate and graduate curricula, establishing effective advisement systems for students, and the mentoring of faculty to become accomplished teachers in a learning community environment.


So why partner with The Council? There are challenges in carrying out this vision for which school based agricultural education and alliance to organizations, such as The Council, are part of the solution. Some of these issues include:

  • Declining enrollments in some undergraduate and graduate programs are occurring at a time when student demand for higher education is on an escalating track.
  • The higher education student population does not match the rapidly changing demographics of our nation’s population.  The same is true for faculty.
  • Insufficient graduates to meet the needs of the systems we populate with professionals.
  • The demographics of those currently in professional positions suggest that within five years, in excess of 50% will be eligible for retirement.
  • Our institutions are continuing to see shrinkage in state funding for all higher education programming.
  • Our curricula in our colleges of agriculture and life sciences may not adequately reflect the opportunities for students to gain the skills and competencies they will need in an increasingly high technology driven and global economy.

To learn more about APLU visit http://www.aplu.org. APLU is represented on The Council Board of Directors by Dr. Bryan Garton, associate dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and natural Resources at the University of Missouri.

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.orgto 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.


New FFA Fact Sheet now available

The new FFA membership numbers are in and wow, they are impressive! Looking for a handy resource that breaks down the numbers and provides a nice overview of the organization? Click here.


Major FFA hunger exhibit to help fight food insecurity
Experience an important, interactive exhibit on food insecurity on the expo floor (Booth #1629) during the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo.  Learn about the causes of food insecurity and how to take positive action in your community to address it. "Running on Empty: A Journey through Hunger" will kick off a year-long FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge. Don't miss it!

NAAE

Apply to be a 2014 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador
The DuPont National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy provides agriscience teachers the opportunity to learn how to incorporate more science into their curriculum and 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.

Attending National FFA Convention? Make Time for Professional Development!
While your students are participating in events at National FFA convention, take time to participate in Teacher’s World professional development. Topics range from agriscience to anatomy and more. Get the complete workshop schedule (and find out what awesome prizes you could win for attending) on the NAAE website.


2013 National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program Participants Selected
The DuPont National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program promotes inquiry-based teaching methods and the enhancement of science in agriculture to preservice teachers in agricultural education across the nation. This year 16 agricultural education majors were selected to participate in the inaugural class of the National Agriscience Preservice Teacher program, which will happen during the National FFA Convention. Learn more about the program and see this year’s participants.


Wilbur Chancellor: Region V Lifetime Achievement Award
Wilbur Chancellor, former agricultural teacher at  Choctaw County Vocational Center, contributed not only his knowledge to high school agriculture programs, but stepped up to fill several positions after retirement. After 25 years of teaching at Choctaw, Chancellor served as State FFA Advisor, State FFA Coordinator, and State Supervisor. Read more on Chancellor and other awards here.


Communities of Practice Highlights

CAST

Friday, Oct. 11, 2013: The “Nobel Prize of Agriculture” comes in the form of the World Food Prize; a salmonella outbreak causes concern; and many other ag news items.

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).

 

 

July 29, 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


September 19-21
North Central Region AAAE
Platteville, WI


September 23-25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX


September 26
National Teach Ag Day


October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY


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


July 22
July 15
July 8
July 1
June 24
June 17

Quote for the Week


"Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously."
-Gilbert K. Chesterton

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


National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Accepting Applications for Career and Technical Education Standards Committee
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is accepting applications for the committee responsible for reviewing and revising Career and Technical Education Standards. It is very important that we have agricultural education professionals step up to take advantage of this opportunity and apply to be a part of the committee.


Click here to access the online application. The application will be available starting July 15 through August 9, 2013.


Please visit the National Board website for information about the duties and responsibilities of standards committee members.  For assistance or additional information please contact the National Board at nominations@nbpts.org.


SAE Renewal Initiative Update
We take great pride in our three-component model of agricultural education. We tell everyone that our model is the best way to educate students and that we have been doing it for almost eighty- five years.  Classroom, student leadership and experiential learning are our keys to success.


But, if we are honest with ourselves, we know that there are schools where they have an agriculture class, not an agricultural education program. There might be a FFA chapter and perhaps some of those members have an SAE, but many are not true to our model. We all recognize that there are challenges to making SAE the true one-third of the model for every student. The Council's SAE Renewal Initiative is our attempt to focus the profession on ways to move us toward that goal.


This is a periodic update on the NCAE SAE Renewal Initiative in an effort to keep everyone in the loop. Mike Honeycutt has been brought on as the Managing Director of the Council and SAE Renewal Coordinator. Mike has been in the classroom and served with the National FFA as a manager of leadership programs before moving on to the ag industry. We are fortunate to have him back in the profession and he is already doing an outstanding job in both roles.


We have begun initial planning for the Ag Education Summit in January 2014. We have scheduled a conference call of the Council SAE Renewal Committee to get feedback and ideas on potential speakers/presenters, format and goals. We anticipate a Summit similar in format to this year's, including presentations, breakouts by stakeholder group and state Team Ag Ed meeting time.  We also plan to live stream when possible. Committee members include Kirby Barrrick, chairman; Rebecca Carter, National FFA. Teacher educators: Mike Retallick, Iowa State, Ryan Foor, Univ. of Arizona, Daniel Foster, Penn State and John Ramsey, Okla. State; State Supervisors: Jeff Hicken, WI and Mike Womochil, CO. Ag Teachers: Heather Hastings, DE, Craig Kohn, WI, Jim Rose, MT and Ken Couture, CT.


Ken Couture
Goal Leader for the SAE Renewal Inititaive

CASE


Some Minn. schools to include agriculture in STEM
Ten schools in Minnesota will send educators to learn about incorporating agricultural science into their schools' science, technology, engineering and math programs. The Rochester Area Math Science Partnership is leading the effort to help expose more students to agriculture. Read more

FFA


2013 National FFA Convention & Expo Theme Announced
The long wait is finally over! The theme for the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo and the 2013-2014 membership year is Ignite. We hope it will inspire FFA members across the country to ignite their passion for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The theme was unveiled this past Thursday at the annual State Presidents' Conference in Washington, D.C. Watch the special video announcement here.


Thank a farmer
Join Culver's as they give back to today's farm families while helping ensure the future of the next generation. Write a thank-you note and they will donate $1 to the National FFA Foundation on your behalf. Click this link to go to Facebook and add your Thank You Note to the Thank a Farmer Today gallery. No worries if you're not on Facebook. You can also share a note on culvers.com.

NAAE


STEM Food and Ag Council Impressed by National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy
Ted Wells, Director of Strategic Partnerships, STEMconnector

Last week, STEMconnector® sent me on the road to the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA) in Chestertown, MD. The workshop brings together middle and high school agriculture teachers from around the country for a week of intensive professional development and exploration. The NATAA is a terrific example of how industry can make an impact on students by investing in teachers. The program also leverages the collective resources of two leading organizations in formal agriculture education, the National Association of Agricultural Educators and the National FFA Organization. Plus, teaching resources from Lab-Aids, a leading provider of inquiry-based science curriculum, serve as the foundation for teaching the science principles essential to agriculture. Read more


On Communities of Practice:

CAST

Friday, July 26, 2013: CAST YouTube videos and social media opportunities are in the spotlight. This week's links also include the usual ag news items, opinions, 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).

 

 

 

July 22, 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


September 19-21
North Central Region AAAE
Platteville, WI


September 23–25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX


September 26
National Teach Ag Day


October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY


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

July 15
July 8
July 1
June 24
June 17
June 10

Quote for the Week

"Wisdom begins with wonder."
-Socrates

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


The Value of Quality Program Standards for Agriscience Education
Globalization has and will continue to have a huge impact on the agriculture industry; an industry in which we hope our students will pursue employment.  Providing quality content and program standards, as a guide for agriscience teachers, is an important component to assuring rigorous and relevant classroom instruction that prepares our students for an exciting and productive career in agriculture.


There are many reasons for addressing changes to the agriscience curriculum through the use of such content standards.  A majority of students in agriscience programs no longer live on farms nor do they plan to be directly involved in production agriculture yet many agriscience programs continue operating as if the only opportunities available were on the farm.  The current demand from agribusiness is for more highly educated employees, either directly out of high school or after a post-secondary experience, to work in a variety of business and technical fields that are not always directly in production agriculture. These factors point to the need to have rigorous and relevant agriscience content standards and to assure implementation within our programs.  Part of this process includes timely review and revisions of such standards; which is a major goal and priority of The Council.   Visit The Council’s website to see not only what theNational Quality Program Standards and Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources standards include, but also to provide feedback as to what needs to be considered for revision.

FFA


Visit FFAnewhorizons.org
Don’t forget that FFA New Horizons, the official member magazine of the National FFA Organization, is also available online. Read the current issue plus more great stories about FFA members, chapters, alumni and supporters.


Want to see past issues of the magazine? Visit the Digital Magazine page to flip through issues back to 2010. You can also download the magazine for free on your Apple, Android or Kindle device. Quick links to each tablet version are available at FFAnewhorizons.org/digital-magazine, or you can search within the store on your device.

NAAE


Finance and Farm Management Pre-Conference Workshop at NAAE Convention
Do you teach agricultural finance and farm management? If so, this pre-conference workshop is for you. It will happen on Tuesday, December 3, from 1-5 pm. You can also get $75 of your NAAE convention registration fee reimbursed if you register and attend. Learn more


On Communities of Practice:

CAST

Friday, July 19, 2013:  Starting with an ice cream eating baby pig, this edition looks at summertime and ag—and links for young people interested in ag careers. This week’s links also include the usual ag news items, opinions, 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).

ACTE

Connecting Literacy and CTE - Building a Program for Other Teachers
The ACTE Educator-in-Residence Program provides opportunities for career and technical educators to further develop their competencies, skills and knowledge in CTE while making a contribution to the profession. Through the program, educators become part of ACTE's team during their tenure as they work on a self-guided project.

I'm joining the ACTE staff for three weeks in July 2013, where I will work on projects related to connecting literacy and CTE. However, my project will span three months as I create a "Literacy Tool Box," an easy-to-use, all-in-one online resource, full of creative yet functional ideas of merging literacy into a CTE classroom. The finished resource will be made available on ACTE's Common Core web page for teacher use.

Read more

U.S. Department of Education

Green Schools Take Root in Alabama
From Arne Duncan
Last week, I traveled with Andrea Falken, director of the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Program, to Talladega County public schools in the Appalachian Mountains of Alabama.

State Superintendent Tommy Bice, district staff, teachers, students and community leaders all turned out to show us why the green schools notion makes sense educationally and financially in rural areas during the first leg of the “Education Built to Last” tour of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools.

Read more