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July 15, 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


July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA


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 8
July 1
June 24
June 17
June 10
June 3

Quote for the Week


"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change."
-Charles Darwin


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


Looking at the Facts and Building a Game Plan.
This week and next the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication, is hosting a CASE Institute, Principles of Agricultural Science-Plant. It’s exciting to have secondary agricultural educators on campus from not only Nebraska but Washington, New Jersey and Iowa. The synergy created by their enthusiasm for the CASE curriculum is reassuring for the future of agricultural education.


Many of the institute participants represent traditional single teacher programs; however, five teachers from The Omaha Bryan Academy for Agricultural Science are also participating. The Academy is an Omaha Public School magnet program offered within Omaha Bryan High School (1700 enrollment). The Academy teachers represent core subject areas of English, history, science and special education as well as agricultural science. Their approach of investigating agricultural science for applied instruction within academic core areas creates an even more innovative atmosphere.


As I observe and experience the enthusiasm of professional development emanating from this Institute, the importance of recruiting and retaining quality teachers of agricultural education comes to the fore front. I am reminded of one of the leading topics from our January National Ag Ed Summit, “Looking at the Facts and Building a Game Plan.” Since January, this year’s supply and demand facts have materialized, and within states, we are either in situations of surplus, balance or deficit regarding the supply of teachers. Regardless of your state’s particular situation, I hope your state leadership has built or is building a game plan. An intended outcome of the Summit was that (1) each state would create a goal set addressing recruitment and retention within their state, (2) attach an action(s) intended for achieving the goal set, and (3) within the State’s Team Ag Ed, identify member responsibility toward achieving the goal set.     


Congratulations, if you’re aware of and involved with supporting your state’s goal set. If you’re not aware and would like to be actively involved, I suggest you contact a key state leader (i.e. state staff, teacher leader, teacher educator, etc.) for information on how you can support your state plan. Your energy and ideas are necessary for progress toward recruiting and retaining the best and brightest. Together, we can experience success and share those strategies as best practices for the benefit of recruiting and retaining quality teachers of agricultural education.

FFA


Play it safe at the National FFA Convention & Expo
Our friends in Louisville, Ky., highlight ways to make the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo a fun and safe event. Watch now! And be sure to stay up-to-date on convention and expo news withwww.FFA.org/convention.

NAAETeach Ag Grants Available
The National Teach Ag Campaign is pleased to offer grant stipends once again to help state and local initiatives related to the recruitment and retention of school based agriculture teachers.  Grants will be reviewed and awarded throughout the year based on impact and available grant dollars. 


There is no application deadline, however given the limited amount of funds available, the sooner you submit an application the better.  The grant activity must be completed during the 2013 calendar year.  Applicants must be current NAAE members.  Read more


On Communities of Practice:

CAST

Friday, July 12, 2013: Fireworks continue in the ag world with controversial issues like Meatless Mondays and Farm Bill banter. This week’s links include ag news, 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

Sen. Marco Rubio Encourages CTE as Part of Higher Ed Solution
Speaking on the Senate floor yesterday during a debate on fixing the student loan interest rate, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) lauded the merits of career and technical education as a key part of any "fix" to the higher education system.

Read more

 

 

July 8, 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


July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA


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 1
June 24
June 17
June 10
June 3
May 20

Quote for the Week


"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all."
-Aristotle

MMM Submissions


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

FFA

FFA Career Development Events
We have recently posted the team orientation packets for teams participating at National FFA Convention on the CDE website, so make sure to check these out to find all the latest schedules, maps and other details about the events. You can visit www.ffa.org/cde and click on your particular event on the left side of the screen to navigate to the event site. Questions can be sent to CDE@ffa.org


National Officer Nominating Committee
Know someone who would make a good Nominating Committee representative?
Submit them to FFA by August 1 for consideration.  Simply fill out this Nominating Committee Potential Representative form.

NAAE

NAAE CONVENTION - DEC 3-7, LAS VEGAS


Pre-Conference Workshop
Do you teach agricultural finance and farm management? If so, this pre-conference workshop (1-5 on Tuesday, December 3) is for you. You can also get $75 of your NAAE convention registration fee reimbursed if you register and attend. Learn more


Early Bird Registration Ends Friday
This year's NAAE convention will be December 3-7 in Las Vegas. Register before July 12 to save $50 on NAAE convention registration.More information


2013 Ford Grant Recipients
Congratulations to the six programs that were selected as this year's recipients of the $3,000 Ford Challenge Grant. See recipients


Community Partner: Marshall Judy
Agriculture programs in the northwestern corner of Washington state have a great community partner in Marshall Judy. An experienced welder, Judy often performs safety demonstrations and presentations at various high schools and colleges in the area, and also helps troubleshoot and set up new welding equipment. 
Judy recieved the 2012 Outstanding Cooperation award for Region I.Read more about his contributions to agricultural education.


On Communities of Practice:

ACTE

Agriculture-It's More Than Farming
I am thoroughly excited that our high school agricultural program made the news with the article "Northern Burlington High School agriscience program turns students into farmers" yet I cringe at the title.  I believe in production agriculture as it is the foundation of all of our food and fiber needs.  I know the vital importance of the farmer in the agriculture industry.  I am concerned that in the United States we have an ever aging population of farmers.  However, our program does so much more than "turn students into farmers" and the article even addressed that.
Read more

USDA

Oregon Dunes Teach Elementary Students about Conservation
Most people wouldn't associate sand dunes with a forest, but on the central Oregon Coast, the Siuslaw National Forest is home for the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area - 40 miles of wind-sculpted, shifting sands towering up to 500 feet above sea level.
Read more

NASDCTEc

CTE Research Review: Work Readiness in the U.S.
The Condition of Work Readiness in the United States analyzes results from 4 million WorkKeys examinees to see if individuals with a given level of education have the skills needed for jobs requiring that level of education.
The report looks at three areas of assessment -reading for information, applied mathematics, and locating information - and concluded the following:

  • A higher level of education does not always guarantee work readiness.
  • There is no significant gap between the skills needed for middle level education jobs and the skills possessed by middle level education examinees.
  • Education level is not always aligned with work readiness levels.

Read more

 

 

July 1, 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


July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA


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

June 24
June 17
June 10
June 3
May 20
May 13

Quote for the Week

"Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve."
-Roger Lewin


MMM Submissions

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

The Council


2014 National Ag Ed Summit/National FFA Inservice
Please save the date to attend the 2014 National Ag Ed Summit and FFA Inservice January 28-30, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The theme for the Ag Ed Summit portion of the event will be SAE Renewal. The Council would like to see many state Team AgEd members make the trip and be present to discuss how we reinvigorate the SAE component of our agricultural education program striving to have all students involved in experiential learning that enhances their college and career readiness. The National FFA Inservice portion of the event will focus on updates and revisions taking place to National FFA programs and services in the coming year and will be facilitated by National FFA Staff.


If you are unable to attend the conference in person we will again facilitate the conference in an online format to allow those who cannot travel to Indianapolis the ability to watch and listen to the conference live or at a later time through recorded videos. Please be on the lookout in the coming months for further information regarding the full agenda and pricing for this year’s conference.

NAAE


NAAE Convention - Early Bird Registration Ends July 12!
This year's NAAE convention will be December 3-7 in Las Vegas. Register before July 12 to save $50 on NAAE convention registration.More information


Taking a Family Vacation This Summer?
NAAE members get a 15 percent discount at Choice Hotels International. Check the back of your membership card for details and discount code.


On Communities of Practice:

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology

Friday, June 21, 2013: CAST releases the controversial Precautionary Principle publication—lots of buzz and reaction. This week’s links include ag news, 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).

FFA

Deadline extended for band, chorus and talent applications
Have an FFA member in your chapter with some musical talents? Make sure they apply to be a part of the National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent at the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville. New this year: the first National FFA Talent competition! The application deadline has been extended to July 15.

How to write a winning thank-you letter
If there’s one thing FFA members are always encouraged to do, it’s write thank you letters. National FFA Southern Region Vice President Wiley Bailey explains why notes of thanks are important and what it takes to write an awesome letter. Watch now!

ACTE

Bachelor's Degree Not Required for Many STEM Jobs
STEM is portrayed as the arena of the highly educated-bachelor's and advanced degree holders-but a recent Brookings report shares that half of STEM jobs are for workers with less than a four-year degree. CTE educates youth and adults for many of the occupations described inThe Hidden STEM Economy.

Read more

USDA

Ten Reasons Why Congress Must Act to Pass a Food, Farms and Jobs Bill - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack

Getting a Food, Farm and Jobs Bill passed this year is essential – and it can’t fall victim to politics as usual. Too much is at stake, and too many people lose out if Congress can’t act.  Here are 10 good reasons why Congress must take action as soon as possible to achieve passage of a Farm Bill this year:

USDE

Ask Arne: Talking Teacher Prep
Is teacher prep a major headline issue for Secretary Duncan? (Spoiler alert: Yes.) What does he see as exemplars in the traditional and alternative models? How can we attract, support, and retain people who will become excellent teachers? Check it out.

 

 

 

June 24, 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


June 24-26
NAAE Region V Conference
Sevierville, TN


June 25-27
NAAE Region IV Conference
Battle Creek, MI


June 25-28
National Ag in the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN


July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA


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


June 17
June 10
June 3
May 20
May 13
May 6

Quote for the Week


"Education is like rowing upstream - not to advance is to drop back."

MMM Submissions


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

NAAE

NAAE Convention - Early Bird Registration Ends in Two Weeks!
This year's NAAE convention will be December 3-7 in Las Vegas. Register before July 12 to save $50 on NAAE convention registration.More information


Regional Conference Groups on Communities of Practice
Attending Regional Conference? Be sure to join your Regional Conference group on Communities of Practice. From the group you'll be able to access conference materials before, during and after the meeting, and you'll also be able to connect with others attending the conference. Visit here for links to each conference's group page.


On Communities of Practice:

FFA

Moore help on the way
The Moore FFA Chapter from Moore, Okla., one of the cities hardest hit by recent tornados, is organizing FFA Work Days June 25 - 26 for chapters that would like to assist with clean up.  Any FFA chapter interested in traveling to the Moore area to help can register here(registering will give the clean-up coordinators an estimate on the number of volunteers scheduled to attend). Chapters can choose to sign up for both days, one day or stay longer if they wish to help out in several locations around Oklahoma.

If you are not able to volunteer but still want to help, please make donations to the American Red Cross with the designation of Oklahoma tornado relief. During the FFA Work Days, Moore FFA will provide lunch for volunteers (note any special dietary needs/food allergies in the comments box).  Moore FFA will also hold a cookout/dance at their school farm on the night of Tuesday, June 25.

The local La Quinta Inn in Moore (2140 Riverwalk Drive, 405-759-7700) is providing chapters with an FFA rate of $82.50/night.  Chapters will need to bring a copy of their tax exemption status.  If you need further assistance finding hotel rooms or lodging, contact Carrie Jacobs, FFA advisor, Moore High School, 405-735-4758.

What does the FFA jacket mean to you?
The official FFA jacket was introduced and accepted by the delegates at the 1933 National FFA Convention. So if you do the math, this fall, we will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the blue corduroy jacket we all love so much!

We're planning a big story in FFA New Horizons about the jacket, and we want your help! Tell us your feelings about the FFA jacket - in words, photos or video. The best responses will be featured in the print magazine, in our mobile app, and on the New Horizons website.

Visit FFA New Horizons to learn more.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology

Friday, June 21, 2013: The World Food Prize goes biotech, the Farm Bill goes belly-up, and the Peterson Brothers go for another parody. This week's links include ag news, 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

CTE Policy Watch
Get all the latest news on CTE policy and legislative activity on our blog! ACTE public policy staff are constantly updating our educators on the funding and regulator issues that matter to them. Read the blog

Being a Connected Educator-Skyping With Future Ag Educators
Robin McLean, 2013 ACTE Teacher of the Year
Tuesday, I had the opportunity to meet with future agriculture teachers who are nearing the end of their college experiences at Virginia Tech, Penn State and the University of Delaware. Since we are in state mandated testing week in NJ, this was a virtual meeting where I skyped into their meeting. Earlier in the week, they had written some questions about involvement in professional organizations as well as using technology in the classroom. Those questions gave me the inspiration for a topic of being a connected educator. Read more

NASDCTEc

Career Clusters® Institute Series: Resources Now Available
The 2013 National Career Clusters® Institute was held June 10-12 in Fort Worth Texas, and resources are now available on our Web site Institute resources page. These are primarily Power Points, provided by our presenters. More

Legislative Update: House Ed Committee Passes ESEA Reauthorization Bill
House Education Committee Passes ESEA Reauthorization Bill
The House Education and the Workforce Committee passed this week the Student Success Act, or H.R. 5, as amended by a substitute from Representative Todd Rokita (R-IN). More

 

 

June 17, 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

June 16-19
NAAE Region II Conference
Raton, NM


June 18-20
NAAE Region III Conference
Yankton, SD


June 24-26
NAAE Region V Conference
Sevierville, TN


June 25-27
NAAE Region IV Conference
Battle Creek, MI


June 25-28
National Ag in the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN


July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA


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

June 10
June 3
May 20
May 13
May 6
April 29

Quote for the Week
"He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it."
-Clarence Budington Kelland
MMM Submissions
To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

FFA


Work behind-the-scenes at the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo
We’re looking for talented individuals to help us backstage in Louisville, Ky.! Deadline: Monday, July 1. Apply here.


ADC registration deadline extended
There’s still time to sign up for the Alumni Development Conference in Green Bay, Wisconsin July 17-20! Visit the ADC homepage before June 28 to register. All FFA Alumni members are encouraged to attend.


Sign up for your connection to success
Just graduated from high school and looking for a way to stay connected to FFA? Try FFA Link, an exclusive group of college students and young professionals connecting their love of agriculture with real-world career skills. To learn more, click here.

NAAE


Regional Conference Groups on Communities of Practice
Attending Regional Conference? Be sure to join your Regional Conference group on Communities of Practice. From the group you’ll be able to access conference materials before, during and after the meeting, and you’ll also be able to connect with others attending the conference. Visit here for links to each conference’s group page.


On Communities of Practice:

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology

Friday, June 14, 2013: The Farm Bill gets sparkin’, GMO debates keep growin’, and Big Data hits agriculture. This week’s links include ag news, 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

Department of Education Eyes CTE for High School Redesign
In blog posts this week on the Department of Education’s Homeroom blog, career and technical education took a front and center role as a great example of initiatives by high schools to improve student performance. Read more

 

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

April 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


May 21-24, 2013
National AAAE Meeting
Columbus, OH


June 16-19
NAAE Region II Conference
Raton, NM


June 18-20
NAAE Region III Conference
Yankton, SD


June 24-26
NAAE Region V Conference
Sevierville, TN


June 25-27
NAAE Region IV Conference
Battle Creek, MI


June 25-28, 2013
National Ag. In the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN


July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA


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, IN

Past Issues


April 22
April 15
April 8
April 1
March 25
March 18

Quote for the Week

"Instruction does much, but encouragement does everything."
-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

MMM Submissions

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

CASE


CASE Institute Registration Drawing to a Close

Teachers, time is running out to register for CASE Institute professional development sessions this summer. Institutes are held at over 20 different locations throughout the country, offering nearly 500 seats for this career changing opportunity. Please plan to register by April 30 to ensure open seats are available at the site you desire. Several sites are already full and several more are very close to capacity.Take advantage of this chance to enhance your teaching and elevate experiences for your students. For registration information and site availability, go to the CASE website at www.case4learning.org


.DuPont Pioneer Grant and Scholarship Recipients Announced

CASE is pleased to announce the recipients of DuPont Pioneer implementation grants and CASE Institute scholarships for 2013. Recipients will use these grants and scholarships to purchase equipment, end-of-course assessment accounts for students, or to attend a CASE Institute. For a complete list of recipients and awards,visit this link.CASE wants to thank all the sponsors who have helped teachers offset the costs of implementing CASE through scholarships and grants. All of these partnerships are special projects of the National FFA Foundation.

Council for Agricultural Science & Technology (CAST)

Friday, April 26, 2013: The new Ag quickCAST publications should benefit teachers and students who need concise research coverage of ag issues.  These are available free, and this week’s edition includes many ag-related links on various topics. Read Friday Notes.Check out these and many ag-related links on The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) website.CAST's weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available due to a grant from WinField (a Land O'Lakes company).

NAAE


NAAE Award Applications Due May 15!

You've only got about a month left to apply for a NAAE award. Categories from scholarships for students who are student teaching to Lifetime Achievement and supporter recognition. See awards applicationsState Leaders: Use this powerpoint to help promote and explain NAAE awards to your state association members


Apply to be a Teach Ag Ambassador

The National Teach Ag Campaign is now accepting Teach Ag Ambassador applications from current agricultural education majors.  For more details and application requirements visit this link.  Applications are due electronically by 11:59pm EST on April 30th.  Contact Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator if you have questions.


Recently on Communities of Practice

ACTE


Legislative Alert: Ask Senators to Sign FY 2014 Perkins Funding Letter

This week, senators who support CTE have the opportunity to sign on to a letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee urging a strong federal investment in Perkins for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. This effort is being led by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) who is asking his Senate colleagues to join him in requesting a restoration of federal funding for Perkins. Read more

NASDCTEc


April CTE Monthly Newsletter: Bipartisan Support for CTE, Senate Perkins Sign-On Letter

CTE Monthly, a collaborative publication from the Association for Career and Technical Education and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium, features the latest news on Career Technical Education (CTE) from across the nation for CTE stakeholders and Members of Congress.
In the April edition, read more about:

  • Senate Perkins Appropriations Letter Sign-on
  • Bipartisan Support for CTE in the House
  • Research Depicts the Convergence of CTE and Academics
  • Exemplary CTE Programs, Business-Education Partnerships and Students in New Jersey, Florida and California

View archived CTE Monthly newsletters and other advocacy resources on our Advocacy Tools Web page.

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Education Releases Blueprint to Elevate and Transform the Teaching Profession, Calls Educators to Action

Today the U.S. Department of Education (ED) will release the Obama Administration's blueprint for elevating and transforming the teaching profession, also known as the Blueprint for RESPECT (Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence, and Collaborative Teaching).

RESPECT was first launched in February of 2012 as a national conversation on the teaching profession, shortly after the President committed to support the development of a new, comprehensive teacher policy in his state of the union address. Read more

 

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

April 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


May 21-24, 2013
National AAAE Meeting
Columbus, OH


June 16-19
NAAE Region II Conference
Raton, NM


June 18-20
NAAE Region III Conference
Yankton, SD


June 24-26
NAAE Region V Conference
Sevierville, TN


June 25-27
NAAE Region IV Conference
Battle Creek, M
I


June 25-28, 2013

National Ag. In the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN


July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA


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, IN

Past Issues


April 15
April 8
April 1
March 25
March 18

Quote for the Week


"The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see."
-Alexandra K. Trenfor

MMM Submissions


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

CASE


Continued Funding from The Mosaic Company provides CASE Institute Scholarships


In recognition of National Environmental Education week April 14-20, The Curriculum for Agricultural Science EducationTM (CASETM) and National FFA Organization today announced new environmental and natural resource leadership opportunities for teachers and students, through continuing grant support from The Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS).The Mosaic grant provides scholarships for 40 teachers from 15 states to attend CASE Institutes this summer, where they will receive intense professional development in preparation for implementing CASE curriculums in schools. Students studying the Natural Resources and Ecology Curriculum will learn conservation history, energy and waste, forestry, wildlife, sustainable agriculture and management. Read more

NAAE


NAAE Award Applications Due May 15!

You've only got about a month left to apply for a NAAE award. Categories from scholarships for students who are student teaching to Lifetime Achievement and supporter recognition. See awards applications


State Leaders: Use this powerpoint to help promote and explain NAAE awards to your state association members


Apply to be a Teach Ag Ambassador


The National Teach Ag Campaign is now accepting Teach Ag Ambassador applications from current agricultural education majors.  For more details and application requirements visit this link.  Applications are due electronically by 11:59pm EST on April 30th.  Contact Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator if you have questions.


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FFA

Now accepting applications for Band, Chorus and Talent
All applications and audition videos are due Monday, July 1, 2013.More

ACTE

Session Speakers Announced for VISION 2013

ACTE keeps improving the agenda for this year's CareerTech VISION, to be held in Las Vegas, December 4-7. This year's general session speakers will be Adam Saenz and Diane Revitch. Learn more

NASDCTEc

Spring Meeting Recap: Federal Career Pathways Initiatives

Earlier this week, the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) held its annual Spring Meeting where during one  session, participants heard updates on three national programs that are aiming to better coordinate and strengthen career pathways systems across states. Importantly, all of the presenters expressed an appreciation for each other’s efforts and noted that there was a lot of coordination across the projects. Read more

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Departments of Education and Labor Announce Availability of $474.5 Million to Strengthen Training Partnerships Between Community Colleges and Employers

The U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, today announced the availability of $474.5 million to create and expand innovative partnerships between community colleges and businesses to educate and train workers with the skills employers need. This is the third round of funding since 2009 under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant program, for a total of nearly $1.5 billion. Read more

Council for Agricultural Science & Technology (CAST)

Friday, April 19, 2013: This special Earth Day edition features a free publication offer and stories about the environment, ag controversies, some humor sites, and piece about a 105 year old bacon fanatic. ReadFriday Notes.

Check out these and many ag-related links on The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) website.

CAST's weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available due to a grant from WinField (a Land O'Lakes company).

 

 

 

Julie Fritsch

CAST Friday Notes

Posted by Julie Fritsch Apr 16, 2013

If you haven?t already discovered CAST Friday Notes through the Monday Morning Monitor, take a minute to read last week?s edition below. It focuses on students as some prepare to graduate and all benefit from learning more about agriculture and communication. There is one particularly interesting story about two teenage daughters who lifted a tractor off their trapped father.

 

Friday Notes is a weekly e-newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology that is a fantastic clearinghouse of agricultural stories from all over. It usually includes several stories that would make great conversation starters or illustrations to use with students.  The previous Friday?s edition is linked in each Monday Morning Monitor for free, thanks to a grant from WinField (a Land O?Lakes company.)

 

 

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The objective of Friday Notes is to enhance communication among various agricultural sectors, educators, students, and the public who are interested in a variety of plant, animal, food, and environmental issues. Friday Notes advocates the pursuit of credible, unbiased, science-based information. Material contained in linked articles is from the original authors and does not necessarily reflect the views of the CAST organization.

In This Issue...... Click to Read
CAST and Education--on p.2
Animal Agriculture News
Food Science and Safety News
Plant and Environmental News
International News
General Interest News
Meyers & Associates Report
Events and Opportunities

 

 

bonner award apr 2013

 

Ag Award for Bonner 

John Bonner received the Distinguished Achievement in Agriculture Award from the Iowa State University Gamma Sigma Delta Organization on April 11. Dr. Bonner was CAST's EVP/CEO from 2005 until January of 2013. He is pictured above with, left to right, Linda Chimenti (CAST EVP), Don Beitz (ISU professor and CAST Past President), Bonner, Wendy Wintersteen (ISU Dean of CALS and CAST Trustee), and Sandee Bonner.

 

Honor for Young Researchers

world food prizeNominate an individual under 40 years old for the Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application organized by the World Food Prize Foundation--nominations due June 30.Information HERE.

 

 

Biotech Food, Feed, and Safety Webinar 

This webinar will review the scientific literature regarding the composition and safety of food and feed from genetically engineered plants and animals. It features two experts who have been Task Force chairs for CAST publications--Dr. Bruce Chassy of the University of Illinois and Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam of the University of California-Davis.


    Animal Ag Summit   

 

The Animal Agriculture Alliance's 12th annual Stakeholders Summit will gather leaders from the food and farm sectors May 1-2 in Virginia to discuss ways to protect and grow the animal agriculture industry. Topics center around this theme:

 

Activists at the Door--Protecting Animals, Farms, Food & Consumer Confidence.
 
Ag in the H.S. Classroom

  This site offers a curriculum for high school students--Toward a Sustainable Agriculture.

 

4-H Video Contest

four H symbol, ces.ca.uky.eduThis site provides information about a 4-Hvideo challenge--with $1,000 for the winner.

 

Ag Journalism Award

 

The Golden ARC de Excellence Award--recognizing the best all-around entry in the campaign division--went to the American Farm Bureau Federation for the public affairs entry "Estate Tax Campaign."

 

April 12, 2013

 

For Graduates, Maybe the Key Word is "Agriculture" Not "Plastics"

 

  

graduation caps, 123rf.comAs the school year closes, many students will be entering the job market for the long haul. When receiving advice about the future, a young person nowadays might hear the word "agriculture" in place of the iconic "plastics" statement made famous in the classic movieThe Graduate. As has been reported repeatedly in Friday Notes, the outlook for ag-related employment is positive, but that still does not make it easy.

 

Knowledge and communication skills are key factors in getting jobs, and CAST has been working to link up more efficiently with students. As explained on page two below, CAST offers resources and information through various outlets. These are a few of the many "youth-oriented" stories running across the digital wires this week:

 

** What will ag look like in 2043? This writer gives us an overview.

 

** Calling All Young Farmers: The 2007 Census of Agriculture shows a 21% drop in the number of farmers younger than 45, while the over-65 group grew by 18%.

 

** For those of you still working on research papers, check this out. A Ph.D. candidate in entomology at the University of California-Davis shows us how to turn stick bug research into a lively, animated video.

 

** Although agriculture has traditionally been defined by the production of plants and animals, today science and technology have added new areas of research and investigation to the agriculture field. The 4-H AgriScience curriculum demonstrates that shift. tractor accident, abcnews.com

 

** And in a realdemonstration of Youth Power, a farmer was saved by his two teenage daughters after they somehow lifted a 3,000-pound tractor off of him--video included.

 

 

Surfin' the News and Opinions

 

 

Food Aid: Respected experts Catherine Bertini and Dan Glickman write about the opportunities the United States has to provide even more food to the hungry while spending fewer taxpayer dollars in the years ahead.

Meaty Issues:
  A report from the Cleveland Clinic suggests a link between the consumption of red meat and heart disease due to a nutrient call carnitine--video included. However, the American Meat Institute says an attempt to link cardiovascular disease to a single compound that is found at safe levels in red meat oversimplifies this complex disease, and consumers who enjoy red meatshould continue to do so with confidence.

 

GMO Follow-up:  In Canada, a group is organizing opposition to genetically modified alfalfa--video included. However, many are promoting pro-GMO anglesalso, as this blog demonstrates.

 


News from the Far Side of the Barn

 

 

pig pet apphotoPigs in a High-rise Poke:  New York City's health code forbids keeping pigs as pets, forcing owners to operate in secret, hoping that unhappy neighbors won't squeal.

 

Going Baaaack to the Eiffel Tower:  The Paris City Council launches a pilot project toreplace lawnmowers with sheepin the French capital's public spaces.

 

Ten Terrifying Plants:  Previous lists have addressed some rather potent plant poisons, but this list looks at killer plantson an entirely new level of lethality.     
   

 

 

Class of 2013 Nears Finale
But CAST's Involvement with Education Doesn't Take a Holiday 

 

 

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We have not been able to confirm that Ferris Bueller is now a grain commodities trader at the Chicago Board of Trade--but you never know.

For more than four decades, CAST has been gathering and distributing credible, science-based agricultural information. In the past few years, the organization has made thousands of students a part of the audience, and with the future of agriculture in their digitally savvy hands, young people need to know all they can about food production. The following segments provide a brief look at some of the participants and opportunities:

 

*** Through the National Association of Agricultural Educators and the excellent Monday Morning Monitor e-publication, CAST reaches high school educators, students, FFA officials, and others involved with education. Check their site for information, videos, and resources.

 

***  CAST goes collegiate through its Education Program, a membership option that makes it easy for universities to benefit from CAST material. Eight respected universities--all with agricultural roots and expertise--belong to the program: Arkansas, California-Davis, Florida, Iowa State, Kansas State, Nebraska, Ohio State, and Texas A&M. Ag-related information and research from these schools regularly appears inFriday Notes links.

 

Digital Sources--for the young, and maybe even the not-quite-so-young:

 

CAST's Pinterest page offers a variety of agriculturally based categories such as food and food safety, animals, plants and gardens, flowers, ag humor, agriculture for kids, all of our CAST blogs, and a miscellaneous category where you can find all kinds of ag-related facts. Since joining Pinterest during the summer of 2012, CAST's page has more than 550 pins and a little more than 300 followers.

 

CAST's Facebook page features the popular "CAST Catch of the Day," with articles ranging from young farmer programs to biotech crops to adorable animal pictures. The site offers free downloads of CAST research publications as well as entertaining stories and links.

 

CAST's website provides many resources, and its nearly 40,000 hits include visitors from around the world. Two of CAST's recent publications have been translated into Spanish, and they are available on the website, along with four earlier Spanish translations.

 

CAST's Twitter account has recently been listed as one of the Twenty Must Follow Twitter Accounts of Agriculture. It's a good way to keep up with ag if your life is just too busy to handle 141 characters at a time.

 

CAST's blog site offers a different look at agriculture "now, then, and maybe never." The current entry looks at "Guns, Farms, and Bugs Bunny," and it mentions the Keanu Reeves Matrix System for Bullet Avoidance.

 

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Friday Notes News Categories

Photos courtesy of the Agricultural Research Service (top masthead); TopLatest News (globe at right); newyorknewsgiro.com (Animal Agriculture News); northrup.org (General Interest News).

P.1 Graduation caps pic from 123rf.com, tractor pic from abcnews.com, pet pig pic from apphotos. P.2 Bueller pic from sgclark.com. Child pic in Food Sec. from businessinsider.com. Capitol photo in Meyers Section from J. Bonner. Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of the USDA Agricultural Research Service.

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  Animal Agriculture and Environmental News 


Dairy Power (video):  This site provides many items about dairy farming. Scroll down on their page to watch how one Indiana dairy farmer saves money and helps the farm be more sustainable and eco-friendly.

 

Genetic Links and Cattle Diseases:  Detecting the costly, contagious Johne's diseasein cattle is now easier, thanks to USDA scientists.

 

Cameras, Livestock, and Laws:  A legal twist has developed in the effort to ban camerasfrom livestock operations.

 

The Other White Meat--Filet Mignon? The National Pork Board and Beef Checkoff Program propose the new names to make it easier for consumers to identify meat cuts.

 

Specialized Beef--Challenges and Opportunities: The majority of U.S. beef comes from conventional systems, but some consumers prefer beefwith claims of organic, grass-finished, or local production.

 

Brazil Beef Bump:  Brazil's beef exports jumped25% in the first quarter of 2013 compared with the same period a year earlier.

 

Sheep (ARS)Hello Dolly: At least a dozen different species have been clonedsince Dolly the sheep--everything from the common cow to the endangered guar, a type of wild ox. This article examines the science behind cloning.

 

Long-lived Animals:  This photo collection includes animals with incredibly long life spans--from a 200-year-old whale to an even older tortoise.

 

Road Kill:  The Montana state senate has passed a bill that would allow residents to help clear carnage from roads by salvaging the meatof deer, elk, and moose killed by vehicles.

 

Buckeye Sheep Expertise:  A series of educational workshops held online by Ohio State University Extension experts geared toward sheep and goat farmers draws a wide audience. 

Salmonella (FSIS)

   Food Science and Safety News

 

Rotted Tea Leaves and Prison (video):  Only an off-beat travel writer could interview an ex-convict in Myanmar and explain why a salad of fermented tea leavesis delicious.

 

happy meal businessinsider.jpgHealthy Fast Food (video):  This Massachusetts food outlet claims to be able to serve six to ten customers a minute and make a healthy meal in three-and-a-half minutesflat.

 

Obesity on the Menu (opinion):  According to this report, 97% of nearly 3,500 kids' meals analyzeddon't meet basic nutritional standards.

 

Heat Kills--Freezing Slows:  As evidenced by a recent E. coli outbreak, freezing fooddoesn't necessarily kill nasty microbes--it just slows them down.

 

Baby Food in Court:  The country's largest baby food makers face a California lawsuit by an environmental group aimed at forcing them to alert consumers about low amounts of lead in some products.

 

Ranger Danger:  A new food concession at the Texas Rangers' ballpark serves only food that is 2 feet longor weighs 24 ounces.

 

Hunger Pangs: These students will live for a week on the daily allotment given to food stamp recipients.

 

Waste Control:  According to this Kansas State University expert, in many developing countries up to half of the food harvested from farmers' fields is lost before reaching consumers.                                   

 

 

  Plant Agriculture and Environmental News


Natural Planting: Replanting northwest Nebraska after last year's wildfires just got a little easier, as the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission plans to feed seeds to animals.

 

Nitrogen Sources: Scientists in Brazil find that nitrous-oxide emissions from sugarcane fields vary depending on the nitrogen source employed as a fertilizer.

 

Nutrient Producing Corn? (also see above):  Researchers at Aarhus University are involved in the efforts to develop maize that can create its own fertilizer.

 

Related Publication (above):  The recently released CAST Issue Paper, Food, Fuel, and Plant Nutrient Use in the Future, has been retweeted and downloaded often.

 

Plants on the March:  The face of the Arctic is changing as plant growth flourishes further north than before.

 

Bean-Boosting Ideas:  While the U.S. soybean yield averages 45 bushels per acre, research shows results could be much higher. This seed company encourages row spacing to reach greater yields.

 

Weed Whacking:  An Iowa State University expert recommends seven steps for managing resistant weeds in corn and soybeans. 
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Related CAST Publication (above):  Herbicide-resistant Weeds Threaten Soil Conservation Gains: Finding a Balance for Soil and Farm Sustainability.

 

Plant Water Use:  A new study indicates the immense amount of freshwater used by plants and its movement during their life cycle has significant implications for predictions about climate change.

 

Micromanaged Planting:  This farmer recommends strip-till practices--preparing narrow seedbeds and applying seed and fertilizer precisely usingsatellite-based technology accurate to less than an inch.

 

Safety Planning for Planting: This expert provides safety tips for plantingseason.                

  World and Plug (SFGate)

  International News  


Infrastructure Challenges (video):  Brazil's prospects of surpassing the United States as the world's top soybean exporter are being frustrated by congestion at the country's ports.

 

Lucky Charms: In India, fraudsters are conning people by selling them animals or charms, promising that the animals will bring them luck and money.

cherry blossoms, usda
Spring may be late in parts of the United States, but blossoms are out in much of the Northern Hemisphere.

Food Labels:  The New Zealand Minister for Food Safety has signed off on abill requiring new food labelingregulations in New Zealand and Australia.

 

Ag in the Land of the Springboks: This South African agriculture expert provides his top ten challenges of agriculture in South Africa.

 

Angolan Ag: Agriculture in Angola, once the world's fourth-biggest coffee producer, is being held back by limited competition, poor facilities, and a lack of cooperation among small-scale farmers.

 

Bird Flu Transparency:  Some see a new openness in Chinaafter a novel and lethal strain of bird flu emerged several weeks ago--the reporting is different from a decade ago, when Chinese officials dealt with SARS.

 

Grain Export Boom?  A Ukraine ag expert thinks the country could possibly export grainto the amount of 100 million tons.

 

Climate-resilient Wheat: India and the United States will launch a multimillion dollar joint research collaboration to develop wheat varietiesthat can tolerate high temperatures.

 

Cruel Paradox:  While more than 870 million people around the world  suffer from hunger, more than a half-billion others are obese, according to the United Nations. 


  General Interest News


Invasion of the Cicadas (two videos):  This entomologist says cicadas move nutrients about and cause little long-term harm. He also points out that the males make all the noise.

 

All Aboard:  The United Soybean Board says investment in the U.S. rail system is necessary to meetTrain Tracks S. Ohlsenagriculture's needs.

 

Related Article (above):  The Train Has Left the Station--a blog commentary about rural train systems.

 

Bed Bug Remedy:  Researchers say that bed bugs could one day be captured using artificial surfaces that mimic bean leaves.

 

Play Ball (short video):  Baseball wouldn't be the same without the contributions of America's farmers and ranchers. A cow will be happy to know it produces enough leather to make 12 baseball gloves!

 

Ag in the Nation's Capital (opinion):  This site provides its summary of farm policy news, including the Farm Bill and immigration.

 

Ag Budget Analysis (opinion):  AgProfessional.com provides a look at the USDA's 2014 Proposed Budget.  

 

Ag Footprint: USDA scientists and their partners provide guidance to growers in Montana and the Dakotas on how they can use agricultural practices to reduce their climate change footprint.

    

 

Meyers & Associates Report

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April 12, 2013

 

No report this week.

 

 

Fran Boyd

Meyers & Associates

Washington, D.C.

CAST Information

 

Check out CAST videos at the SchoolTube site. Click HERESchool tube logo to view highly regarded ag-science videos about probiotics, food safety, and water issues--or the latest video, The Direct Relationship between Animal Health and Food Safety Outcomes.

 

fishing ideas kgtohbuIf you have a good idea for a CAST publication, contact us by clicking HERE for the "Proposal Format and Background Information Form."

 

 

CAST provides Friday Notes as a benefit to its members.  Please do not forward, edit, copy, or distribute the Notes in any form to nonmembers without the express permission of the CAST Executive Vice President Linda Chimenti (lchimenti@cast-science.org). Instead, please encourage your colleagues to join CAST and thereby become eligible for all membership benefits. Contact Colleen Hamilton at 515-292-2125, ext. 224 or chamilton@cast-science.org, or CLICK HERE for CAST membership information.

 

Societies, Companies, and Nonprofit Organizations

Serving on the CAST Board of Representatives

        

 

* American Association of Avian Pathologists

* American Association of Bovine Practitioners

* American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, & Resources-Agricultural Management   

* American Dairy Science Association

* American Farm Bureau Federation

* American Meat Science Association

* American Meteorological Society, Committee on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology

* American Society for Nutrition 

* American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

* American Society of Animal Science 

* American Society of Plant Biologists                                      world supported by plants and animals

* American Veterinary Medical Association

* Aquatic Plant Management Society                                      

* Council of Entomology Department Administrators 

* Croplife America                                                                      

* DuPont Pioneer

* Elanco Animal Health                                                              

* Iowa Soybean Association

* Monsanto                                                                                   

* National Pork Board

* North Central Weed Science Society    

* Northeastern Weed Science Society                                   

* Novus International, Inc.                           

* Poultry Science Association                                                  

* Society for In Vitro Biology                       

* Syngenta Crop Protection

* The Fertilizer Institute

* United Soybean Board

* Weed Science Society of America

* Western Society of Weed Science

* WinField, a Land O'Lakes Company

 

 

CAST assembles, interprets, and communicates credible, science-based information regionally, nationally, and internationally to legislators, regulators, policymakers, the media, the private sector, and the public.  

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The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology

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Fax: 515-292-4512; E-mail: dgogerty@cast-science.org

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Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

April 15, 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


2013


April 17-20
NAAE Region I Conference
Pendleton, Oregon


May 21-24, 2013
National AAAE Meeting
Columbus, OH


June 16-19
NAAE Region II Conference
Raton, NM


June 18-20
NAAE Region III Conference
Yankton, SD


June 24-26
NAAE Region V Conference
Sevierville, TN


June 25-27
NAAE Region IV Conference
Battle Creek, MI


June 25-28, 2013
National Ag. In the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN


July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA


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, IN

Past Issues

April 8
April 1
March 25
March 18
March 11

Quote for the Week

"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin."
-Mother Teresa

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE

Read April News & Views

  • An Ag Teacher in Washington: A First Timer's Perspective on National Policy Seminar
  • Standout Program: Blue Mountain Community College
  • Ideas Unlimited: FFA Big/Little program
  • ...and more

Read News & Views


CSX Supports Nationwide Initiative to Recruit and Retain Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resouce Sciences Teachers

CSX is supporting the recruitment and retention of agriculture, food and natural resource sciences teachers by sponsoring the National Teach Ag Campaign. This sponsorship is part of their more than $1,000,000 commitment to a variety of agricultural education and FFA programs through the National FFA Foundation. Read more


Apply to be a Teach Ag Ambassador

The National Teach Ag Campaign is now accepting Teach Ag Ambassador applications from current agricultural education majors.  For more details and application requirements visit this link.  Applications are due electronically by 11:59pm EST on April 30th.  Contact Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator if you have questions.


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FFA

Apply now for FFA:GO Africa
Junior-level and above collegiate FFA members (as of fall 2013) are eligible to apply for this once-in-a-lifetime experience in Burkina Faso.Follow this link

Ag Ambassador - One Month Left To Apply
If you're a college student studying agriculture who has a passion for spreading the good word about the industry apply to be an ag ambassador! More

 

WLC Registration
Don't miss it! WLC only has one available week left. Go

ACTE

Cliff Weiss Memorial Essay Contest

The Association for Career and Technical Education sponsors an essay contest in the memory of former ACTE Senior Director of Communications Cliff Weiss (1951-2004). Cliff Weiss had a passion for career and technical education. He believed very strongly in the value of CTE and always felt privileged to be involved in bringing the message of this value to the public. Cliff shared his gift for communicating and with it enhanced everything that was done at ACTE. The purpose of this contest is to recognize CTE students who share the same passion and talents. One entry in each category, video essay and open multimedia essay, will be selected to receive an award of $150. Entries will also be used to advance and promote CTE in the United States. We anticipate that the winning entries will be distributed widely to media, policymakers and other important audiences. Learn more

President’s Proposed Budget Restores CTE Funding But Still Falls Short of Need

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) are encouraged that the Administration's proposed $1.1 billion level of funding of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act (Perkins) restores cuts made in FY 2013 as a result of sequestration. However, we are concerned that Washington has not prioritized investments in career and technical education (CTE) to meet the growing demand for education and skills in today's economy. Read more

NASDCTEc

Legislative Update: Obama FY14 Budget Proposal: More Details Regarding CTE – New Updates

As we shared earlier last week, President Obama released his budget for FY14. As we have had more time to analyze the budget documents, we wanted to share with you a few more details: Read more

U.S. Department of Education

2014 Education Budget: What’s the Bottom Line?

As Education Secretary Arne Duncan often says, budgets aren’t just numbers in a ledger – they are a reflection of our values. President Obama’s 2014 budget proposal, released today, demonstrates his belief in education as the engine that will keep America competitive in a global innovation economy and grow a thriving middle class. Read more

 

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

April 8, 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


2013


April 17-20
NAAE Region I Conference
Pendleton, Oregon


May 21-24, 2013
National AAAE Meeting
Columbus, OH


June 16-19
NAAE Region II Conference
Raton, NM


June 18-20
NAAE Region III Conference
Yankton, SD


June 24-26
NAAE Region V Conference
Sevierville, TN


June 25-27
NAAE Region IV Conference
Battle Creek, MI


June 25-28, 2013
National Ag. In the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN


July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA


September 23 – 25, 2013
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, IN

Past Issues

April 1
March 25
March 18
March 11
March 4

Quote for the Week"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
-Nelson Mandela


MMM Submissions

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

CASE

More CASE Institute Scholarships Awarded

Congratulations to the 2013 recipients of CASE Institute scholarships, and thank you to the fantastic sponsors who made it possbile for so many teachers to receive CASE training for free or at little cost. All these scholarships were made possible through special projects with the National FFA Foundation.Follow this link for the list of recipients of the Dow AgroSciences, Mosaic, Impact FFA and Red Brand sponsored scholarships. We will announce the DuPont scholarship and grant recipients soon.

NAAE

2013 NAAE Ag Ed Advocacy Video Contest:
And the Winner is...


Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village Connecticut!


Way to go, guys! Housatonic's video was chosen because our judges thought it did the best job of showcasing what agricultural education is all about - college and career readiness - in a creative and succinct way.


There were so many amazing entries that the judges couldn't stop at one. We also had two honorable mention winners, from Lake Gibson Middle School in Lake Gibson, Florida and Williamstown Independent Schools in Wiliamstown, Kentucky.Follow this link to view all three videos.Thanks to everyone who participated and sent in so many amazing entries!


Apply to be a Teach Ag Ambassador

The National Teach Ag Campaign is now accepting Teach Ag Ambassador applications from current agricultural education majors.  For more details and application requirements visit this link.  Applications are due electronically by 11:59pm EST on April 30th.  Contact Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator if you have questions.


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CAST

From Friday, April 5 - Genetically modified news, or so it seems with all the GMO buzz. Also a look at the H7N9 bird flu and several good videos of young people and agriculture..Check out these and many ag-related links on Friday Notes.

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

Apply now for FFA:GO Africa
Junior-level and above collegiate FFA members (as of fall 2013) are eligible to apply for this once-in-a-lifetime experience in Burkina Faso.Follow this link

USDA

Mobile Apps Help Dairy Farmers Compute Costs and be Environmentally Friendly
It’s a digital world – and agriculture is no exception. More and more, farmers and ranchers are moving away from traditional methods of getting their news and information. Mobile devices are convenient, budget-friendly ways for farmers and ranchers to stay up-to-date on a variety of agricultural issues. Read more

 

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

April 1, 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

2013

April 17-20
NAAE Region I Conference
Pendleton, Oregon


May 21-24, 2013
National AAAE Meeting
Columbus, OH


June 16-19
NAAE Region II Conference
Raton, NM


June 18-20
NAAE Region III Conference
Yankton, SD


June 24-26
NAAE Region V Conference
Sevierville, TN


June 25-27
NAAE Region IV Conference
Battle Creek, MI


June 25-28, 2013
National Ag. In the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN


July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA


September 23 – 25, 2013
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX


October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY


2014

January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice
Indianapolis, IN

Past Issues

March 25

March 18
March 11
March 4
February 25

Quote for the Week

"By learning you will teach; by teaching you will learn."
-Latin proverb

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


Save the Date! 2014 National Ag Ed Summit

The 2014 National Ag Ed Summit/National FFA Inservice will be January 28-30 in Indianapolis. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28 and end at 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 30.

CASE


Food Science and Safety Writer Applications Due TODAY

Today is the last day to submit an application to be the writer for the new CASE Food Science and Safety course. This is a one-year contract with annual renewal based on performance.For a complete list of requirements and job specifics, please review the application at this link. The anticipated starting date for the contract is June 1, 2013 (variable based on the availability of the successful applicant).


CASE Scholarships Awarded

Congratulations to Darla Romberger of The Pennsylvania State University and Chelsea Arensdorf of Northwest Missouri State University. Darla and Chelsea were selected for the NAAE Student Member CASE Scholarship provided by “Impact FFA,” a group of women who support school-based agricultural education. The Impact FFA sponsorship is a special project of the National FFA Foundation. Stay tuned for more scholarship announcements in the coming week!

FFA Alumni


Green Bay goes Blue for the FFA Alumni Development Conference, July 17-20!

Registration is LIVE but remember, the early bird gets the worm… Early bird registration is available now through May 15.
The 2013 FFA Alumni Development Conference (ADC) will challenge you to “engage” your local community, administrators, businesses leaders and everyone you meet. At the 2013 ADC, workshops will lead you through the growth and leadership continuum and help you to find, develop, and use your voice in advocating for agricultural education and FFA. Register

CAST


From Friday, March 29 - A new farm parody gives good vibrations from the milking crew, and a pig farmer goes hog wild on the Colbert Report.  Antibiotics, GMOs, and horse slaughterhouses are also in the news.Check out these and many ag-related links on Friday Notes.


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


Apply to be a Teach Ag Ambassador

The National Teach Ag Campaign is now accepting Teach Ag Ambassador applications from current agricultural education majors.  For more details and application requirements visit this link.  Applications are due electronically by 11:59pm EST on April 30th.  Contact Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator if you have questions.


What Does Agricultural Education Look Like in Your State?
NAAE is in the process of creating profiles of agricultural education for each of the 50 states. They're a great tool to show people the value of agricultural education programs.
We currently have profiles for Georgia, Montana, New Mexico and Oklahoma, and are working on more.We also have a national agricultural education profile, as well as templates for you to take and make a profile for your own ag program.To download profiles and learn more, visit this link.


Discounted NASTA Membership

Did you know that NAAE members can get discounted membership in the National Science Teachers' Association? Get $10 off the regular membership fee of $75 when you join NSTA as a NAAE member.Follow this link for details on how to join.Right now, NSTA is offering Professional Development Fellowships to second through fifth-year teachers, so join and take advantage of this unique opportunity! Details about fellowships.


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ACTE

Your Vote, Your Voice
ACTE is now accepting nominations for the 2014 ACTE Board of Directors Election. If you're interested in serving your Association in the next generation of its leadership, or you know of a great candidate, follow this link. Applications are due June 15.

National Ag In the Classroom

Growing a Nation - The History of American Agriculture
Check out this multimedia resource that encompasses the history of American agriculture. Aligned with National History standards, Growing a Nation has lessons and narratives that could be easily incorporated into agriculture curriculum. Go to website

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

March 25, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

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

Mission

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

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

Upcoming Events


2013


April 17-20
NAAE Region I Conference
Pendleton, Oregon


May 21-24, 2013
National AAAE Meeting
Columbus, OH


June 16-19
NAAE Region II Conference
Raton, NM


June 18-20
NAAE Region III Conference
Yankton, SD


June 24-26
NAAE Region V Conference
Sevierville, TN


June 25-27
NAAE Region IV Conference
Battle Creek, MI


June 25-28, 2013
National Ag. In the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN


July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA


September 23 -25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX


October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY

Past Issues

March 18
March 11
March 4
February 25
February 18

Quote for the Week

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."
-William James

MMM Submissions

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

A Message from The Council


Council Strategic Goal: SAE Renewal

In an effort to update the profession about the status of The Council for Agricultural Education's SAE Renewal Strategic Goal, I want to share information on a regular basis. The Council held its March face-to-face meeting in Indianapolis last week. The focus of that meeting was on the Council's activities as identified by the New SAE Coordinating Team chaired by Dr. Kirby Barrick. We also provided feedback for actions in progress by other NASAE AND NAAE identified by the Coordinating Team. We reviewed the Coordinating Team report and will provide some guidance on the Council's view on prioritizing the stakeholder activities.


As most of you know, Supervised Agricultural Experience has long been acknowledged as a critical component of our School-based Agricultural Education Model. It is also the weakest link and the most challenging component for a host of reasons. The goal of The Council is to address these issues based on the March 2012

recommendations of the Coordinating Team. Each stakeholder group has a responsibility to the overall success of SAE Renewal by addressing their set of activities. As the Council's Goal Leader, I will endeavor to report, monitor and provide assistance to those groups.


A brief overview of where we are:

  • The New SAE Coordinating Team Report was distributed to each stakeholder group last spring to initiate discussion by each group around their activities as identified by the team. Each stakeholder group needs to develop action steps, target dates and an estimated budget for their activities.
  • The Teacher Educators, through AAAE, have produced a philosophy on SAE Instruction in Agricultural Teacher Education and a list of seven competencies for Ag teacher preparation. The Council has provided feedback on these excellent documents and they will be acted on by AAAE in June 2013.
  • The Council has agreed that we need a person who will work on SAE Renewal every day much like Ellen Thompson does for the Teach Ag Campaign. Discussions are ongoing to develop a position description and funding sources.
  • The Council will form a SAE Renewal Committee to help manage the initiative. Dr. Barrick and I will be identifying individuals for this committee.
  • The 2014 Agricultural Education Summit will be a focused on SAE Renewal.
  • The Council website will be developed to house links to SAE resources.
  • While not solely a SAE Renewal Goal, revision of the National AFNR Content Standards and the National Quality Program Standards are also in the works under another strategic goal lead by Karen Hutchison.  Following standards revision, the process of reviewing and revising SAE resources including the SAE Handbook. LPS Guide and the Agriculture Teachers Manual will begin. National FFA staff will be important partners in completing this task.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Ken Couture
SAE Renewal Goal Leader
The Council

CASE


Red Brand Funds 16 Additional CASE Institute Scholarships for 2013

Red Brand, the most recognized brand of farm fence in the United States, has provided funding for 16 teachers to attend a CASE Institute this summer. Recipients of these additional scholarships will be selected from the large pool of teachers who completed the CASE scholarship applications that were due March 15.CASE would like to thank Red Brand for their support, and for making it possible for additional teachers to receive professional development through a CASE Institute.


Food Science and Safety Writer Position Available

NAAE and CASE are pleased to announce the opening for a full time contractor position to write the new CASE Food Science and Safety course. This is a one-year contract with annual renewal based on performance.For a complete list of requirements and job specifics, please review the application at this link. Completed applications are due April 1, 2013. The anticipated starting date for the contract is June 1, 2013 (variable based on the availability of the successful applicant).

CAST

From Friday, March 22 - Nutrients hit the headlines as CAST releases a new research paper in Washington, D.C. Opinions about drones, gmo labels, and pesticides light things up, and the Bovine Diva talks about beef. Check out these and many ag-related links on Friday Notes.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


Ag Jobs Outlook Guide Available from AgCareers.com

Each year AgCareers.com puts together a review of employment trends in agriculture. The report covers top demand career types, industry types by geographic region, educational requirements, etc.Follow this link for the 2012 report, a quiz, and a link to previous years' reports.


Also from AgCareers.com and Illinois FCAE (Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education), are ag career profiles on 58 high-demand careers in agriculture. Each profile is a PDF fact sheet with current information. You can download the profiles here.FCAE has also developed an app to help students explore careers and figure out which career might be right for them. Search for it under Ag Careers in the Apps store.


America's Farmers Grow Rural Education


For the second year in a row, the Monsanto Fund is gearing-up to invest $2.3 million to strengthen math and science education in rural communities through America's Farmers Grow Rural Education. Now until April 15, 2013, farmers can nominate their favorite, local public school district. Administrators of nominated school districts can then submit grant applications through April 30, 2013 to enhance their math and/or science programs.  Farmers in 1,271 counties across 39 states have the opportunity to grow the next generation by nominating a rural, public school district to apply for a grant of up to $25,000. Grants will be awarded based on merit, need and community support. The more farmers who nominate a school district, the more it demonstrates community support and strengthens the school district's application.  To learn more, please follow this link.


America's Farmers Mom of the Year Contest


Through April 23, 2013, Monsanto is offering farm moms across the nation the opportunity to win up to $10,000 through its annual America's Farmers Mom of the Year Contest.   Nominate your favorite farm mom by sharing a brief essay explaining how she contributes to her family, farm, community and the agricultural industry.  To nominate, please follow this link.


Outstanding Young Member Carmelita Goossen

Since she started teaching agriculture, Carmelita Goossen has turned around a declining program and discovered the power of inquiry-based learning. She's single-handedly created curriculum that draws on both her students' cultural backgrounds and connections with the omnipresent meat industry in her corner of southwest Kansas. She's a certified ESL instructor, a DuPont National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador, and was this year a national candidate for Outstanding New Career and Technical Educator of the Year. That was the first five years. Imagine what she'll do in the next 25. Read more about Carmelita and see pictures of her program.


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FFA

Ag Ambassador Applications are now available

Seeking college students studying agriculture with a passion for spreading the good word about the industry. Learn more

ACTE

LeAnn Wilson Named ACTE Executive Director

ACTE is pleased to announce that LeAnn Wilson has been named the executive director for the Association. Wilson will lead ACTE in striving for the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers. Learn more

 

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

March 18, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

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

Mission

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

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

Upcoming Events

2013

May 21-24
National AAAE Meeting
Columbus, OH


June 25-28
National Ag. In the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN


September 23 – 25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX

Past Issues

March 11
March 4
February 25
February 18
February 11

Quote for the Week

"Be curious always! For knowledge will not aquire you; you must aquire it."
-Sudie Back

MMM Submissions

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

CASE

Food Science and Safety Writer Position Available

NAAE and CASE are pleased to announce the opening for a full time contractor position to write the new CASE Food Science and Safety course. This is a one-year contract with annual renewal based on performance.CASE Food Science and Safety is co-sponsored by the generous contributions of Cargill, Inc. and General Mills, Inc. as part of a special funding project of the National FFA Foundation. Food Science and Safety is a yearlong specialization course preparing students for career and college endeavors in the food science industry. This new course will be part of the Animal Science and Plant Science pathways included in the CASE program of study framework.CASE will be seeking qualified applicants who have teaching experience and excel at writing meaningful lessons for high school aged students. For a complete list of requirements and job specifics, please review the application at this link. Completed applications are due April 1, 2013. The anticipated starting date for the contract is June 1, 2013 (variable based on the availability of the successful applicant).For more information and other inquiries, please refer to the CASE website.


Mosaic Increases CASE Scholarship Funding

The Mosaic Company, the world’s largest supplier of phosphate and potash, recently strengthened their commitment to CASE by increasing the number of scholarships they will provide to teachers who want to attend CASE Institutes. Their total committment of $100,000 in scholarships will pay for about 35 teachers to attend CASE institutes.


CASE wants to say thanks to Mosaic for removing the barrier of funding that might cause some teachers to not be able to participate in CASE.

CAST

From Friday, March 15 - Ag Day news including the essay winners; controversies including Big Gulps in court; and a “Ranching Awesome” video you might enjoy. Check out these and many ag-related links on Friday Notes.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

Entries Due Monday in NAAE's Ag Ed Advocacy Video Challenge

We want you to create a video that showcases how your agricultural education program helps make your students college and career ready.The end result should be a 2-minute or less video that you can show your school board, state representative, or a complete stranger to help them understand how your program makes students college and career ready. We're looking for an entertaining, accurate and compelling story. Are you up to the challenge? Entries are due March 25. Learn more


NAAE Member Barbara Lemmer Receives DuPont AgriSCIENCE Award

Barbara Lemmer, agriscience teacher at Linn-Mar High School, Marion, Iowa, will receive the George Washington Carver AgriSCIENCE Teacher’s Award in recognition of her teaching excellence at the DuPont dinner held annually during  the National Science Teachers Association’s (NSTA) national conference, April 11-14 in San Antonio, Texas. Read more


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FFA

World Food Prize ceremony highlights global learning opportunities for ag students

FFA members from the Des Moines Central Campus Agriculture Academy – an outstanding agricultural education program and FFA chapter encompassing all 18 high schools in the greater Des Moines metro area  -- recently attended an event with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack celebrating the Wallace-Carver Internship Program. Secretary Vilsack gave an address celebrating agricultural and STEM education, two programs that the World Food Prize and the Wallace-Carver Internship Program hope to assist. Click here for photos and more information!

ACTE

ACTE Online Educator Resource Center

The Educator Resource Center houses career and technical education resources to help teachers and administrators pursue continuing education, improve classroom instruction and develop new and innovative programs. Search the Lesson Plan Library for ideas to enliven your classroom and submit your own tried-and-true lesson plan, and learn about professional development online and in person. Learn more

 

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

March 11, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

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

Mission

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

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

Upcoming Events

2013

May 21-24, 2013
National AAAE Meeting
Columbus, OH


June 25-28, 2013
National Ag. In the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN


September 23 – 25, 2013
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX

Past Issues

March 4
February 25
February 18
February 11
February 4

Quote for the Week

"Imagination is the highest form of research."
-Albert Einstein

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE


Ad Ed Advocacy Video Challenge

Participate in NAAE's Ag Ed Advocacy Video Challenge! We want you to create a video that showcases how your agricultural education program helps make your students college and career ready.The end result should be a 2-minute or less video that you can show your school board, state representative, or a complete stranger to help them understand how your program makes students college and career ready. We're looking for an entertaining, accurate and compelling story. Are you up to the challenge? Entries are due March 25. Learn more


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FFA

New Century Farmer Deadline is Friday

The application deadline for New Century Farmer participants closes March 15th! Collegiate students can start their application here to be considered as one of the 50 conference attendees who are pursuing a career in production agriculture. Students will be able to discover how producers can profit from value-added products and the use of technology producers, explore new farm business opportunities, discuss topics including: farm succession, sustainable agriculture, new and emerging farm machinery, international trade, and ag marketing, establish a network with a select group of business professionals excited about pursuing a career in production agriculture, grow personally and professionally and create a vision statement for your operation. For more information visit the collegiate / New Century Farmer websites or email Ryan Amaral.

CASE

Deadline for CASE Grants and Scholarships is Friday

There are several opportunities available right now to help fund your CASE program and training. The deadline for all these opportunities is March 15. Details on all opportunities can be found atwww.case4learning.org, and any questions can be directed toMiranda Chaplin.

CASE Implementation Grants from DuPont Pioneer
Program implementation grants are now available through a generous sponsorship from DuPont® Pioneer® as a special project of the National FFA Foundation™. These grants will allow NAAE members to participate in a CASE Institute (or Field Test Institute), purchase equipment and/or software from the CASE Store to implement a CASE course, and purchase CASE End-of-Course student assessments through the CASE Store.

Download Grant Application

Case Institute Scholarships for Female Ag Ed Majors from Impact FFA
Two scholarships are available for female agricultural education majors to attend a CASE Institute this summer and become certified to teach the CASE curriculum. Please share this opportunity with eligible students.

Download Impact Scholarship application

CASE Institute Scholarships from Mosaic
These scholarships will allow NAAE members to participate in a CASE Institute (or Field Test Institute). Scholarship funding priorities (but not limited to) for this program are for Florida or Louisiana teachers, teachers to attend a CASE Institute if scholarship commitment was matched by school system or community entity to provide funds for travel, or for teachers to attend either the CASE Institute for Animal and Plant Biotechnology hosted by the University of Florida, June 16-27, 2013 or Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant hosted by McNeese State University, June 9-20, 2013.

Download Mosaic scholarship application

CASE Institute Scholarships from DowAgroSciences
These scholarships will allow NAAE members to participate in a CASE Institute (or Field Test Institute). Scholarship funding priorities (but not limited to) for this program are for Indiana teachers, enrollment for any Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant CASE Institute, or enrollment for the Principles of Agricultural Science - Animal CASE Institute at Beech Grove City Schools in Indiana.

Download DowAgrosciences Scholarship application

CAST

From Friday, March 8 - Surf through the waves of ag news ranging from the antibiotic controversy to an actual surfing pig. Check out these and many ag-related links on Friday Notes.

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

NASDCTEc

Politico Opinion Article Touts Benefits of CTE, Encourages Perkins Reauthorization
A recent opinion article in Politico points to a revamped Career Technical Education (CTE) system as one possible solution to some of our nation’s toughest problems including the skills gap and high school dropout epidemic. Read more

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

March 4, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

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

Mission

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

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

Upcoming Events

2013

May 21-24, 2013
National AAAE Meeting
Columbus, OH


June 25-28, 2013
National Ag. In the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN


September 23- 25, 2013

Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX

Past Issues

February 25
February 18
February 11
February 4
January 28

Quote for the Week

"If you go to your grave without painting your masterpiece, it will not get painted. No one else can paint it. Only you."
-Gordon MacKenzie

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE


Professional Development Fellowships for New Teachers from the National Science Teachers Association

NSTA is offering second- through fifth-year middle and high school science teachers the opportunity to participate in the New Science Teacher Academy, a year long professional development and mentoring program co-founded with a grant from the Amgen Foundation. Emphasizing quality science teaching, enhanced teacher confidence, classroom excellence, and solid content knowledge, participants (Academy Fellows) enjoy top-notch face-to-face and online support and access to comprehensive educational resources.

Academy Fellow Benefits:

  • All-expense-paid (accommodations, airfare, meals, and registration fees) trip to the NSTA National Conference on Science Education
  • Full membership in the National Science Teachers Association
  • Access to facilitated, web-based curriculum devoted to content and classroom pedagogy
  • Professional development web seminars conducted by leaders in science education
  • E-mentoring from experts in the Fellow's science discipline and grade level
  • Attendance at a Professional Development Institute or a Research Dissemination Conference

Visit www.nsta.org/academy to learn more or to apply by August 1, 2013.


Eligibility:

  • Applicants must reside in the United States.
  • Applicants must be entering their second through fifth year of teaching.
  • Applicants must be working a schedule with 51% of their classes in middle or high school science.


NAAE Membership Benefit

Did you know that NAAE members are elligible for discounted membership in the National Science Teachers' Association? You can join NSTA for just $65, which is a 13% savings off regular membership. Details

 

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FFA Alumni

The National FFA Alumni Association and Dr. Jeff Magee are offering a great series of webinars. Dr. Magee is an acclaimed leadership coach who has numerous prestigious clients and success in motivating companies and individuals to grow their potential. We are thrilled to offer an evening with Dr. Magee once a month on the first Tuesday of every month. Get Registered TODAY!

Don't miss our kick off webinar Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. EST. Do you want to learn more about creating and marketing a Successful Recruitment Program?

Topic: Understanding and Implementing a Recruitment Program/Marketing
Reasons: March is when some state convention start, the start of spring, it's a great time to Spring your FFA Alumni Affiliate into action with the proper tools to market themselves. This is also a great time to help your FFA members prepare for contests, again making FFA Alumni relevant and present to current FFA members.
Click here to register

CAST

From Friday, March 1 - The sequester and agriculture; horsemeat info from the horse's mouth; and goats singing with Beiber, Bon Jovi, and Swift. Check out these and many ag-related links on Friday Notes.

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

WLC Registration Opens Today

Go

SAE Grants

Need money to get your Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) off the ground? We have $1000 grants available! Apply by November 15.Go

CASE

Grants and Scholarships to Help Offset the Cost of CASE

There are several opportunities available right now to help fund your CASE program and training. The deadline for all these opportunities is March 15. Details on all opportunities can be found at www.case4learning.org, and any questions can be directed to Miranda Chaplin.

CASE Implementation Grants from DuPont Pioneer
Program implementation grants are now available through a generous sponsorship from DuPont® Pioneer® as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. These grants will allow NAAE members to participate in a CASE Institute (or Field Test Institute), purchase equipment and/or software from the CASE Store to implement a CASE course, and purchase CASE End-of-Course student assessments through the CASE Store.

Download Grant Application

Case Institute Scholarships for Female Ag Ed Majors from Impact FFA
Two scholarships are available for female agricultural education majors to attend a CASE Institute this summer and become certified to teach the CASE curriculum. Please share this opportunity with eligible students.

Download Impact Scholarship application

CASE Institute Scholarships from Mosaic
These scholarships will allow NAAE members to participate in a CASE Institute (or Field Test Institute). Scholarship funding priorities (but not limited to) for this program are for Florida or Louisiana teachers, teachers to attend a CASE Institute if scholarship commitment was matched by school system or community entity to provide funds for travel, or for teachers to attend either the CASE Institute for Animal and Plant Biotechnology hosted by the University of Florida, June 16-27, 2013 or Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant hosted by McNeese State University, June 9-20, 2013.

Download Mosaic scholarship application

CASE Institute Scholarships from DowAgroSciences
These scholarships will allow NAAE members to participate in a CASE Institute (or Field Test Institute). Scholarship funding priorities (but not limited to) for this program are for Indiana teachers, enrollment for any Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant CASE Institute, or enrollment for the Principles of Agricultural Science - Animal CASE Institute at Beech Grove City Schools in Indiana.

Download DowAgrosciences Scholarship application

US Department of Education

CTE Can Fill the Gap, Open Doors to Students' Future

Brian Will was inspired to investigate careers in family and consumer sciences in seventh grade. Today the Deep Run High School student is a consultant to the FCCLA Virginia state association and on track to pursue college and the career path of his choice. Read more