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Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

February 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

March 4-6, 2013
ACTE National Policy Seminar
Washington, D.C.


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 18
February 11
February 4
January 28
January 14

Quote for the Week


"The day you're willing to veer off a lesson plan, follow a kid's lead, and learn with your students is the day you really become a teacher."

MMM Submissions


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

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

FFA


Scholarship Deadline Extended Due to Bad Weather

Due to power outages, school closings and dangerous travel conditions, FFA is extending the postmark deadline for the 2013 Scholarship Signature Page to Monday, February 25, 2013.Advisors and applicants will have access to the application until 11:55 p.m. EST Monday, February 25, 2013.

  • Advisors – Go to www.ffa.org, log into AGCN and follow the “Click HERE to begin the scholarship approval process” link (located under National News) to complete the Advisor Certification section.
  • Students – Go to www.ffa.org and sign into AGCN.  Click the APPLY link (located under National News).  Scroll down to the bottom of the interface page to the ”Click to Access Application” link.  Print Signature Page.
Direct scholarship questions to the FFA Center by phone at 317-802-6060 or via email to scholarships@ffa.org.

NAAE


2013 Teach Ag Grants Available

The National Teach Ag Campaign is pleased to offer grant stipends once again to support 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.  Click here for details.


Read News & Views

A DIY cow skeleton for your classroom, amazing teacher Carmelita Goossen, opportunities for NAAE members, and more in this News & Views. Go to the newsletter.


NAAE Awards Applications are Available

It's time to apply for a NAAE award! It's a great way to reflect on your accomplishments, recognize important partners, and show your value to your administration. Go to NAAE award applications


Communities of Practice Check out some recent posts:

CAST

From Friday, February 22 - Agriculture and the 3-D printer craze; FFA Week; and links to eight universities that are gung ho for 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).

ACTE

CareerTech VISION 2013 Call for Presentations

The CareerTech VISION 2013 call for presentations is now open! Take advantage of this exclusive opportunity to submit to present at the premier annual event for career and technical educators. Please read these instructions, check out the walkthrough ... and submit today!

National ACTE Excellence Awards

The National ACTE Excellence Awards seek to promote excellence in career and technical education by recognizing individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the field, programs that exemplify the highest standards, and organizations that have conducted activities to promote and expand career and technical education programs. Member Awards materials are due March 1! Learn more

US Department of Education

Education Department Releases College Scorecard to Help Students Choose Best College

Following President Obama’s State of the Union address, today the U.S. Department of Education released an interactive College Scorecard, which provides students and families the critical information they need to make smart decisions about where to enroll for higher education. The College Scorecard – as part of President Obama’s continued efforts to hold colleges accountable for cost, value and quality – highlights key indicators about the cost and value of institutions across the country to help students choose a school that is well-suited to meet their needs, priced affordably, and is consistent with their educational and career goals.

Learn more

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

February 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

March 4-6, 2013
ACTE National Policy Seminar
Washington, D.C.


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 11
February 4
January 28
January 14
January 7

Quote for the Week

"I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day."

-Abraham Lincoln

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE


2013 Teach Ag Grants Available

The National Teach Ag Campaign is pleased to offer grant stipends once again to support 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.  Click here for details.


CHS Commits $300,000 to National Teach Ag Campaign

The CHS Foundation recently made a 2 year $300,000 commitment to the National Teach Ag Campaign.  This sponsorship will ensure that recruitment and retention efforts on the national level are maintained and implemented. Read more


NAAE Awards Applications are Available

It's time to apply for a NAAE award! It's a great way to reflect on your accomplishments, recognize important partners, and show your value to your administration. Go to NAAE award applications


Communities of Practice

Check out some recent posts:

CASE

Register NOW for a 2013 CASE Institute!

Both Iowa AFNR CASE Institutes and the Iowa ASP CASE Institutes are already full. The Pennsylvania AFNR, Tennessee AFNR, Iowa ASA, Ohio ASA, Nebraska ASP, and Maryland APB Institutes are also approaching full capacity.

Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many sites are filling quickly so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding.

To register for a CASE Institute for Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR), Principles of Agricultural Science ? Animal (ASA), Principles of Agricultural Science ? Plant (ASP), or Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB), please click here.

To register for the Field Test CASE Institute for Natural Resources and Ecology (NRE), please click here.

CAST

From Friday, February 15 - This week we look at trends in agriculture, antibiotic debates, and why a strawberry might be an apple when it comes to dubious grocery store labels.Check 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

2013 Convention Housing is Open

Click here to go

The Year of the Farmer

Watch the video, share a badge and Ram Trucks makes a donation. Help us raise $1 million to support FFA and assist in local hunger and educational programs. Go

ACTE

ACTE Responds to State of the Union

ACTE applauds Pres. Barack Obama?s emphasis on the importance of education that prepares individuals for successful careers in the growing U.S. economy during the State of the Union Address delivered last night. ?A growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs?that must be the North Star that guides our efforts,? the president stated in his address. Strong career and technical education (CTE) programs are an essential part of an education system that equips citizens with the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill the jobs of today and tomorrow.

Read the full response here!

US Department of Agriculture

Secretary?s Column: A Magnet for Jobs

This week, in his State of the Union Address, President Obama laid out his plan to make America a magnet for jobs in the generations to come, and further strengthen the middle class.   He stressed that in the wealthiest nation on earth, we must build up ladders of opportunity ? to ensure that folks who work hard and play by the rules have a chance to get ahead.

The values the President spoke of in his address are shared by many across rural America. Our farmers, ranchers, rural businesses and families are committed to the value of hard work.  They agree that we owe today?s young people the opportunity to get ahead. They know that we must continue working to alleviate rural poverty to build up the middle class across our nation.

The President?s first priority is to make America a magnet for jobs ? and when it comes to job creation, there?s no place like rural America.

Read more

 

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

February 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

March 4-6, 2013
ACTE National Policy Seminar
Washington, D.C.


May 21-24, 2013

National AAAE Meeting
Columbus, OH


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


September 23 - 25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX

Past Issues

February 4

January 28
January 14
January 7
December 17

Quote for the Week

"In an effective classroom, children should not only know what they are doing, they should also know why and how."
-Harry Wong

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


"Teaching IS rocket science, not everyone can do it!"


The preceding quote was taken from the remarks of USDE Deputy Secretary for Rural Outreach, John White during his presentation at the recent 2013 National Agricultural Education Summit. He further challenged those in attendance and on-line to join in raising the national perception of the teaching profession.


Deputy Secretary White's complete presentation, including his reading of a letter from USDA Secretary Vilsack to Summit participants (direct link to actual letter below), and a videotaped presentation by USDE Secretary Arne Duncan can be accessed at the National Council website. All six sessions of the Summit can be accessed at this site.


This opportunity to make use of content specific information from Summit presentations to develop or compliment your local and/or state recruitment and retention activities is awesome! Specifically, I call your attention to: the second general session containing a Panel Discussion of Team AgEd Stakeholders; valuable retention insight is shared from a variety of people including a secondary school administrator; The fourth general session, Utilizing Resources and Planning, during which a variety of Teach Ag supported recruitment and retention perspectives are shared; The Thursday luncheon session containing an Update of the SAE Renewal Project ; and the fifth general session highlighting a variety of Support and Advocacy Toolsfor local programs.


As you visit the website you will notice there are many more options of content rich selections from which to choose information to enhance and compliment not only your recruitment and retention efforts, but general programming efforts as well. Please take time to check out the possibilities! Click here to be taken to the recorded breakout sessions.


This year's Summit was extended to a much larger potential audience. As a first time endeavor, it was very successful. It is estimated that over 450 people were included in our audience. The Council would like to extend its gratitude to iCEV in supporting our efforts to do so, and a special note of gratitude to National FFA for supporting the telecasting efforts. Should you have suggestions for enhancing the effectiveness of the distance delivery, please direct those suggestions to either myself or Council Managing Director, Tony Small.


Lloyd Bell, President
National Council for Agricultural Education


Link to Secretary Vilsack's letter

FFA


FFA Chapter Challenge


The 2013 FFA Chapter Challenge has begun! FFA chapters in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, Tennessee, and Wisconsin are invited to participate in the 2013 FFA Chapter Challenge running now through March 6th, 2013. There are two ways to participate: the Voting Challenge or the Chapter Advocacy Portfolio Challenge. Signing up is easy! Simply choose one of the two ways to participate and register online. Follow this link for more information about the program.


2013 Scholarship Application Deadline is This Week!


The 2013 Scholarship Application deadline is rapidly approaching (5:00 p.m. EST Feb 15). Click here for helpful advisor tips.

NAAE


Agriscience Awards Deadline is TOMORROW
$5,000 award for agriscience teacher, $1,000 for agriscience student


This wonderful opportunity was created just to recognize and encourage agriscience educators, researchers and students.


IF YOU ARE AN AGRISCIENCE TEACHER, YOU SHOULD BE APPLYING FOR THIS AWARD AND SO SHOULD YOUR STUDENTS!


NAAE members have won the $5,000 Agriscience Educator award every year since this award was created, so get your applications in!


The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, a Federal government agency, is now accepting Nominations for the 2013 Agriscience Awards. The awards are presented by the Foundation in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation.


$5,000 Agriscience Educator Award
One $5,000 Agriscience Educator Award will be presented to a current high school educator, with at least five years of teaching experience, and who emphasizes concepts, principles and applications in their curriculum to promote the study of agriscience to students.

$1,000 Agriscience Student Awards
Two $1,000 Agriscience Student Awards will be presented to current high school students who are making or have recently made significant and positive contributions related to the study of agriscience.

All Nominations are accepted online only at:www.agriscienceawards.com.


Please visit this website for information on the Competition Rules and Regulations. The deadline for 2013 Nominations has been extended to February 12.  Any questions related to the competition may be directed to Judi Shellenberger, Executive Director of the Foundation at: judithmscolumbus@cs.com or (315) 258-0090.


NAAE Awards Applications are Available


It's time to apply for a NAAE award! It's a great way to reflect on your accomplishments, recognize important partners, and show your value to your administration. Go to NAAE award applications


Outstanding Teacher: Dennis Riethman


Dennis Riethman has been teaching agriculture for 33 years at Coldwater High School in Coldwater, Ohio. When he first took the job in this rural agricultural community, it was a one teacher program focused on production agriculture. With the addition of shop and greenhouse facilities and three more agriculture teachers, class offerings have grown to include Plant and Animal Sciences, Mechanical Technology, and a Veterinary Technician program. Read more


Communities of Practice


Check out some recent posts:

CASE

Register NOW for a 2013 CASE Institute!

Both Iowa AFNR CASE Institutes and the Iowa ASP CASE Institute are already full. The Nebraska ASP, Maryland APB, and Iowa ASA Institutes are also approaching full capacity.

Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many sites are filling quickly so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding.

To register for a CASE Institute for Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR), Principles of Agricultural Science - Animal (ASA), Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant (ASP), or Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB), please click here.

To register for the Field Test CASE Institute for Natural Resources and Ecology (NRE), please click here.

CAST

From Friday, February 8 - With Paul Harvey and God helping out, agriculture-and the FFA--had a good past week. Of course, many topics such as school lunches and biotech crops are still controversial-even the Super Bowl Chicken wings shortage is a matter of debate.Check 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).

ACTE

Happy CTE Month!

This year, CTE Month will be better than ever! Take this opportunity to SHOW the CTE works, TELL that CTE works and CELEBRATE that CTE works! Learn more about what you can do by clicking the calendar to the left. While you're at it, check out the winning PSAs from our student contest and look through our list or resources to see what you can do in your school and community to help everyone see that CTE works!

US Department of Education

National CTE Month Marks Pivotal Moment

This month, students, educators, stakeholder groups, and even regulators will highlight what works in career and technical education (CTE).

The U.S. Department of Education has joined the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) to celebrate February as National CTE Month. Each organization has assembled a month-long schedule of activities that focus on outstanding programs. ED also will draw attention to the need to transform secondary and postsecondary programs that are no longer relevant in today's marketplace.

The 2013 celebration marks a pivotal moment for CTE. This year, we all have a chance to work together to promote an increase in rigor and relevance and to support replication of programs that work. As a nation, we cannot continue to allow some youth and adults to be stuck in outdated vocational courses that do not prepare students for in-demand careers. Read more

 

 

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

February 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

February 2-5, 2013
Southern Region AAAE Meeting (SAAS)
Orlando, FL

March 4-6, 2013
ACTE National Policy Seminar
Washington, D.C.

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

January 28
January 14
January 7
December 17
December 10

Quote for the Week

“There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.”
― James Truslow Adams

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

Couldn't Make it to The Summit?

The 2013 National Agricultural Education Summit has wrapped, but you can watch all the action via video archive. Visit this link for a complete roster of videos.

 

FFA

Watch RAM's God Made a Farmer Superbowl Ad and Support FFA
RAM Trucks will donate for views up to $1 mil.

As many of you may have seen, the National FFA Foundation and National FFA Organization cooperated with RAM Trucks on a two-minute Super Bowl commercial honoring the American Farmer that aired during the fourth quarter of the telecast.  The ad, which features a popular poem by the late broadcaster Paul Harvey, is being supported with a cover wrap of USA Today and a significant web presence across other electronic media.

The ad serves as a call to action for the public to celebrate 2013 as the Year of the Farmer. Individuals may do so by visiting a special web page, viewing the positive messaging of the video and inviting others to do the same.

RAM will contribute up to $1,000,000 to the National FFA Foundation based on the views of the video and activity on the website. The bulk of the new funding will be dedicated to supporting the FFA hunger initiative "Feeding the World-Starting at Home."

The ad web page is not a sales site. Individuals will only be asked to view the video and recommend it to others.  There is a link on the website for those interested in learning more about RAM products as well as a link for individuals wishing to learn more about FFA and agricultural education.

Please spread the word to view the commercial online here.

Supporting this positive messaging about the American Farmer will raise awareness of the National FFA Organization within the general public while providing significant support to a major FFA initiative. We ask that you share news about the opportunity among members and supporters as appropriate.

Teach Leadership and Fight Hunger

Lead2Feed encourages middle and high school students to learn and develop their leadership skills through a service-learning project that focuses on hunger. Created by the Lift a Life Foundation, YUM! Foundation and the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation, the 10-lesson standards-based curriculum uses the book, Taking People With You, by David Novak. Lessons are easy to implement and require minimal teacher preparation.  Students work in teams to study leadership qualities, identify a hunger-related problem, develop a solution and execute their plan.  The electronic edition of USA TODAY is included as a resource. The top 436 teams will split $500,000 in prize money for their favorite hunger charity.

To learn more, see a video testimony of the program’s value from Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and register, please go to www.lead2feed.com. No financial obligation is required.

 

NAAE

2013 CCFF Agriscience Awards -Deadline Has Been Extended!
$5,000 award for agriscience teacher, $1,000 for agriscience student

This wonderful opportunity was created just to recognize and encourage agriscience educators, researchers and students.
IF YOU ARE AN AGRISCIENCE TEACHER, YOU SHOULD BE APPLYING FOR THIS AWARD AND SO SHOULD YOUR STUDENTS!

NAAE members have won the $5,000 Agriscience Educator award every year since this award was created, so get your applications in!

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, a Federal government agency, is now accepting Nominations for the 2013 Agriscience Awards. The awards are presented by the Foundation in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation.

$5,000 Agriscience Educator Award
One $5,000 Agriscience Educator Award will be presented to a current high school educator, with at least five years of teaching experience, and who emphasizes concepts, principles and applications in their curriculum to promote the study of agriscience to students.

 

$1,000 Agriscience Student Awards
Two $1,000 Agriscience Student Awards will be presented to current high school students who are making or have recently made significant and positive contributions related to the study of agriscience.

 

All Nominations are accepted online only at: www.agriscienceawards.com. Please visit this website for information on the Competition Rules and Regulations. The deadline for 2013 Nominations has been extended to February 12.  Any questions related to the competition may be directed to Judi Shellenberger, Executive Director of the Foundation at: judithmscolumbus@cs.com or (315) 258-0090.

Communities of Practice

Check out some recent posts:

 

CASE

Register NOW for a 2013 CASE Institute!

Both Iowa AFNR CASE Institutes and the Iowa ASP CASE Institute are already full. The Nebraska ASP, Maryland APB, and Iowa ASA Institutes are also approaching full capacity.

Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many sites are filling quickly so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding.

To register for a CASE Institute for Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR), Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA), Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant (ASP), or Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB), please click here.

To register for the Field Test CASE Institute for Natural Resources and Ecology (NRE), please click here.

 

CAST

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).

From Friday, February 1 - We look at how young people are diving into the world of agriculture. Also, find out about Super Bowl ads and recipes, and the big story of the week apparently was the murderous nature of cats!. Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes.

You can also find many ag-related links on CAST's website

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

January 28, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

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

Mission

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

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

 

Upcoming Events

2013

January 30-31, 2013
National Ag Ed Summit
Indianapolis, IN

February 2-5, 2013
Southern Region AAAE Meeting (SAAS)
Orlando, FL

March 4-6, 2013
ACTE National Policy Seminar
Washington, D.C.

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

January 14
January 7
December 17
December 10
December 3

Quote for the Week

"Learning should be an active process. Too often students come to school to watch their teachers work."
-Will Daggett

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

2013 National Agricultural Education Summit

Registration is open and costs $269.

The National Council for Agricultural Education will host the 2013 Agricultural Education Summit, January 30 -31, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The theme of the 2013 National Agricultural Education Summit,“Recruitment and Retention of Teachers for School Based Agriculture Education” will be the focus of the summit for local, state and national Team Ag Ed participants.

Summit Delivery Formats: (New options utilizing available technology)

The 2013 National Agricultural Education Summit will be offered both live in Indianapolis and provided virtually utilizing a live Internet feed. The new alternative provides the opportunity for states to organize state or regional meetings and participate in the summit main sessions with the opportunity to engage all key members of their Team Ag Ed community to receive the information from the Summit live and in person. Main sessions will be streamed live and off site participants will be provided the opportunity to submit questions to presenters. All general sessions and Breakout sessions will be recorded and posted providing access to a wide variety of agricultural education program topics and resources. The recorded sessions will be available throughout the year as references by those needing access to consistent accurate information on a wide variety of programs.

The agenda is now available online here.For more information please visit the National Council for Agricultural Education website.

CASE

Register NOW for a 2013 CASE Institute!

Both Iowa AFNR CASE Institutes and the Iowa ASP CASE Institute are already full. The Nebraska ASP, Maryland APB, and Iowa ASA Institutes are also approaching full capacity.

Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many sites are filling quickly so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding.

To register for a CASE Institute for Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR), Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA), Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant (ASP), or Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB), please click here.

To register for the Field Test CASE Institute for Natural Resources and Ecology (NRE), please click here.

NAAE

2013 CCFF Agriscience Awards - Call for Nominations - Deadline TOMORROW!

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, a federal government agency, is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Agriscience Awards. The awards are presented by the Foundation in partnership with the American Farm Bureau Federation.

The mission of this partnership is to recognize, through four monetary awards, one scientist; one current high school educator; and two current high school students who are judged to exemplify excellence in the field of agriscience and to highlight the importance of agriculture in the 21st century.

Learn more

The DuPont Challenge Essay Contest - Deadline Thursday!

The DuPont challenge calls on students to research, think critically, and write a science essay that provides innovative ideas on our most pressing global challenges, or demonstrates the application of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to our daily lives.

Encourage your students to enter, and share this wonderful opportunity. Forward the e-blast to your list-serv, post on your website and Facebook page and anything else you can do promote the DuPont Challenge.

Please visit the DuPont website for additional information. The deadline for essay submissions is January 31, 2013.

2013 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Strand - Registration Due Friday!

Visit Washington D.C. and advocate for agricultural education in March. NAAE pays the registration for one representative from each state to attend. Registration is due to NAAE by February 1. Click here for more information.

2013 NAAE Award Applications Now Available

Apply for a NAAE award! Categories from scholarships for students who are student teaching to Lifetime Achievement and supporter recognition. See awards applications

NAAE Ford Grant Challenge

During the 2012 - 2013 school year, Ford Trucks will continue to offer its Built Ford Tough - FFA Scholarship Program. Each scholarship is worth $1,000 toward collegiate education.

The scholarships are co-funded by local Ford dealers, who designate support for a chapter in their marketing area. Students complete the scholarship application on ffa.org, and bring it to the dealer for their signature to be eligible for the $1,000 scholarship.

The program has been operating since 1997, and in 2012 Ford reached $7,117,000 in awarded scholarships.

In addition to the Scholarship Program, Ford Trucks will provide $3,000 grants to a FFA Chapter in each of the six NAAE Regions.

To qualify for the grant, the chapter must have a local Ford dealer participating in the Scholarship Program, and a minimum of three (3) applicants for the Built Ford Tough FFA Scholarship.

Final selection of the grants will be made by National FFA Foundation and NAAE

Communities of Practice

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CAST

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).

From Friday, January, 25 - Research in the digital age adds some challenges. Fake food in grocery stores and other controversies in the news. Find out where you have to go to get a McCurry or a McMango Pie.

You can also find many ag-related links on CAST's website

Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes.

FFA

Teach Leadership and Fight Hunger

Lead2Feed encourages middle and high school students to learn and develop their leadership skills through a service-learning project that focuses on hunger. Created by the Lift a Life Foundation, YUM! Foundation and the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation, the 10-lesson standards-based curriculum uses the book, Taking People With You, by David Novak. Lessons are easy to implement and require minimal teacher preparation.  Students work in teams to study leadership qualities, identify a hunger-related problem, develop a solution and execute their plan.  The electronic edition of USA TODAY is included as a resource. The top 436 teams will split $500,000 in prize money for their favorite hunger charity.

To learn more, see a video testimony of the program’s value from Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and register, please go to www.lead2feed.com. No financial obligation is required.

FFA Scholarships - Deadline Feb 15

The deadline for students to submit a 2013 Scholarship Application is 5:00 p.m. EST February 15, 2013.  As mentioned in previous correspondence, National FFA instituted important changes in connection to member eligibility and how students access the application.

The Agricultural Career Network (AgCN) serves as the new registration platform through which students will apply for scholarships.  Students must create an account in AgCN using the information contained in their personalized invitations in order to access to the 2013 Scholarship Application link.  (High school seniors and collegiate members who created AgCN accounts last year can login at www.ffa.org and access the application.)

Advisors must have their rosters in AgCN and select a renewal type for members prior to generating invitations.  Students must have an active one, three or four year, locally approved membership record in the AgCN prior to their advisor generating an invitation (Print/Reprint Invitation button located under “Active Member” field on the Roster Add/Renew page).  Please remind your Advisors to submit their rosters to state also.

Membership status will be checked before judging begins.  National FFA will no longer contact states during judging to confirm status.  Only students with a current, active one, three or four year nationally approved membership record in the AgCN will be eligible to compete for scholarships.  The deadline to ensure active nationally approved membership is March 1, 2013.

Under no circumstances should an FFA member EVER create an account in the Community portal.  This portal is for non-member use only.  Also, FFA members should not be given invitations generated for AgEd Only students. AgEd Only students are not members and can only access the “Non-member” application.

The online application must be submitted prior to 5:00 p.m. EST Feb.  15, 2013.  Signature Pages must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 22, 2013.

Advisors who are new to AgCN should contact their state FFA staff for login information.  Otherwise, please direct AgCN and/or membership questions to either state FFA staff or 317-802-6060.  Email scholarship questions toscholarships@ffa.org.

Artistic Guidelines to Floral Design - Complimentary Lecture & Demonstration

Mr. Tom Simmons, of the American Institute of Floral Designers has extended an invitation for agricultural educators and their students to attend the 2013 AIFD Symposium inservice program  on Artistic Guidelines to Floral Design June 27, 2013.  For more information on the inservice opportunity or the AIFD Symposium please visit the AIFD website.

Additional questions on participation can be directed to Mr. Tom Simmons attomassimmons@gmail.comtomassimmons@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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NAAE

FFA Convention RecapTeach Ag
Congratulations to the Anderson Bean boot unveiling winners, Lynsey F. from Sparta, KY and Lucas J. from Saratoga, WY! A big Congratulations as well to Emilie T. from Jonesboro, AR for winning the custom pair of Anderson Bean Teach Ag boots!
Read more about the Teach Ag booth during FFA Convention...


Teachers' World & NAAE activities
Thanks to everyone who participated in all the Teachers' World professional development workshops and stopped by the NAAE member services booth to pick up their FFA Convention survival kits. We had record attendance, and are already making plans to do it bigger and better next year.


General Session 5 Address
Did you miss the inspiring message from three agricultural educators during general session 5? It was great - watch it online here. The teachers' address starts around the 42 min, 30 sec mark.


Ford Grant ChallengeDuring the 2012 - 2013 school year, Ford Trucks will continue to offer its Built Ford Tough - FFA Scholarship Program. Each scholarship is worth $1,000 toward collegiate education.The scholarships are co-funded by local Ford dealers, who designate support for a chapter in their marketing area. Students complete the scholarship application on ffa.org, and bring it to the dealer for their signature to be eligible for the $1,000 scholarship.The program has been operating since 1997, and in 2012 Ford reached $7,117,000 in awarded scholarships.


In addition to the Scholarship Program, Ford Trucks will provide $3,000 grants to a FFA Chapter in each of the six NAAE Regions.


To qualify for the grant, the chapter must have a local Ford dealer participating in the Scholarship Program, and a minimum of three (3) applicants for the Built Ford Tough FFA Scholarship.Final selection of the grants will be made by National FFA Foundation and NAAE.Click here to see a list of past winners.


Communities of Practice - communities.naae.org. Check out some recent posts:

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Scholarship Opportunities from NAAE Partners

American Soybean Association
The 2013-2014 Secure Optimal Yield Scholarship is a $5,000 one-time scholarship award presented to a High School Senior who is plans to pursue Agriculture as a degree area of study at any accredited College or University next school year.  The scholarship is managed by the American Soybean Association and is made possible through a grant by BASF Corporation.  There are specific academic, agriculture leadership, and ASA membership requirements to apply.  An essay submission is also required.

Deadline to apply is November 15, 2012.  Final Selection will be made the first week of December.  The winner will be notified prior to an official announcement made in March 2013, during the annual Commodity Classic convention and trade show in Kissimmee, FL.    BASF sponsors the winner and one parent to attend Commodity Classic for two days to participate and receive special recognition at the ASA Awards Banquet.  See the attached link  for specific scholarship requirements.

Click here for more information and to apply.

National Corn Growers' Association
The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) is again offering its Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship thanks to the sponsorship of BASF Corporation.

Five (5) one thousand dollar ($1,000) scholarships are available to students entering at least their second undergraduate year (or any year of graduate school) pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an agricultural, agribusiness, or an ag vocation field.

Applicants or a parent/guardian must be a member of the NCGA.  Funds are for the 2013-2014 school year.  Past scholarship winners and employees and the families of employees of any division of BASF or their subsidiaries or the NCGA are not eligible for the scholarship.

Applications must be postmarked on or before December 7, 2012.

Click here for rules, requirements and more information along with a downloadable application.

FFA


State supervisors and state FFA executive secretaries please remember that December 1 is the deadline for submitting state nominations for the 2013 National Ag Day in Washington, D.C. program on March 17-19.

The FFA members should be State FFA Officers and have strong career plans in Agriculture and related areas. They must be willing and able to communicate with their congressional Representatives and/or Senators. Once the students have been identified and confirmed we will provide them tools to schedule their visits along with key message and training opportunities to practice those messages before they make their visit to Washington, DC.

If you have any questions please contact Kent Schesckekschescke@ffa.org.

CASE

Wondering when the 2013 CASE Institutes will be announced?

The 2013 CASE Institutes will be announced on the CASE website on November 15, 2012. Registration for the 2013 CASE Institutes is set to open December 1, 2012. Contact a CASE Affiliate University or CASE State Leader to make a suggestion of what courses and dates you would like to see offered as Institutes.

For additional information about CASE and the courses currently available, please visit the CASE website at www.case4learning.org.

CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, November, 2 - Find articles on an award winning name, Hurricane Sandy, food and politics, and a call for nominations in this week’s newsletter.

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).

http://www.cast-science.org/Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes

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From NAAE

Get TAGGED to Teach Ag and be Featured at National FFA Convention
The National Teach Ag Campaign wants to know "Where will you be Tagged to Teach Ag?"  To participate download and print the Tagged to Teach Ag sign.  Then take the sign with you wherever you go.  Take pictures of yourself with the sign and submit one or two of your favorite photos to our Teach Ag Tumblr.

Printable TAGGED to Teach Ag Sign

We will choose some of the best photos submitted by September 15 to use in our display at the 2012 National FFA Convention Career Show Teach Ag Booth.  Plus, we’re planning other fun ways to get TAGGED while you’re at the National FFA Convention.  Stay tuned for details in coming weeks.

More details about the Get TAGGED photo contest

News & Views Advocacy Edition is Now Available
Read the latest news related to agricultural education advocacy, about programs that are doing a great job advocating, and all other NAAE news and events.
Go to News & Views

NAAE Award Winner Highlight
Agricultural education runs in Steve Pritchard’s blood. He is a second-generation agriculture teacher, and in addition to inspiring his students to choose teaching agriculture as a career, he has brought his daughter, Lindsey, into the profession. Maybe he is just genetically predisposed to agricultural education, but his colleagues cite his unwavering commitment to his students and community as inspirational. Pritchard has been teaching at McLoud Public Schools for thirty-three years. He won a NAAE Teacher Mentor award in 2011. Read more...

Communities of Practice - communities.naae.org. Check out some recent posts:

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CAST Friday Notes

From Friday, August 10 - No surprise that ag careers are hot items. Ag ed news, plus killer cats and zen cows.  More than fifty other ag/science items in this week’s newsletter.

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).

http://www.cast-science.org/Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes

National FFA

The National FFA Organization needs your help, as we prepare to package one million meals at the 85th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. The FFA Rally to Fight Hunger will involve 10,000 FFA members, advisors, alumni, volunteers and stakeholders from October 24-26 at Lucas Oil Stadium. Participants from across the nation will assemble meals to provide relief from hunger and malnutrition during hour-long shifts to in an unprecedented three-day effort against hunger. Shift scheduling will be part of Online Convention Registration, which will open in mid-August. Click here for more information or contact us at Rally@ffa.org.

ACTE

Free High School Leadership Program and Prize Money

The Lead2Feed high school leadership program was created by the Lift a Life Foundation and the USA TODAY Charitable Foundation with assistance from the Yum! Foundation to encourage high school students to hone leadership skills through launching a service-learning project that solves hunger issues.

The program includes a10–lesson, standards-based curriculum on the topic of leadership — based on the book, Taking People With You, by David Novak — provided to participating teachers. The lessons are easy to implement and require minimal teacher preparation.  Students will work in teams to study leadership qualities, identify a hunger-related problem, develop a solution and execute their plan.  The electronic edition of USA TODAY will also accompany the curriculum as a resource.

$500,000 in prizes will be awarded to winning teams for their hunger charity as well as teacher incentives and tablets for the top team winner and runner-up.

For teacher registration, please go to lead2feed.com.  A toolkit will be sent to your school address in September.

NASDCTEc

Mark your calendars for an upcoming webinar on Green and Sustainability Knowledge and Skills Statements: Connecting to the Curriculum

Date: August 16, 2012 Time: 3 p.m. EDT

Register NOW

This co-sponsored webinar will present an overview of the process and resources associated with the development of Green and Sustainability Knowledge and Skills statements in six Career Clusters™ that are now available for use by states and local schools districts. Read More...

USDA

The world we live in is very connected, especially when it comes to our food supply. Incorporate international markets and trade into your teaching this year by using this wonderful international countries and regions resource from the USDA.

Check out the just-published Advocacy edition of our newsletter - News & Views : NAAE News & Views

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education


From NAAE

The National Teach Ag Campaign is looking for an intern during the 2012-2013 academic school year.  This will be a paid position. The Intern will work directly with the National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator on Teach Ag programs and initiatives. Application materials and a position description can be found here. Application materials must be postmarked by Monday, August 6th. Contact Ellen Thompson with questions.  

 

Communities of Practice - communities.naae.org. Check out some recent posts:

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CAST Friday Notes

This week’s newsletter includes news headlines such as the Nationwide Heat Stroke, Another Angle on Ag Communication, CAST Overstock Giveaway, and article about rainbow lobsters.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available due to a grant from Winfield Solutions (a Land O’Lakes company).  Instructors of agriculture have access to the wide range of material from CAST, and they may forward the information to students for educational use with no strings attached.

Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes.


National FFA

Champions of Change
The White House Champions of Change program highlights the stories and examples of citizens across the country who are “Winning the Future” with projects and initiatives that move their communities forward.  Each week, the Office of Public Engagement (OPE) hosts an event to honor those who are working to empower and inspire other members of their communities.


This September, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Office of Public Engagement will welcome 4-H and FFA members and their mentors to the White House to recognize the exceptional ways they are impacting their communities. 

Nominate an outstanding FFA member or adult leader to be one of The White House's Champions of Change.


National FFA American Star Award Finalists Selected
The National FFA Organization has selected 16 finalists (four per award) for the organization’s top awards: American Star Farmer, American Star in Agribusiness, American Star in Agricultural Placement and American Star in Agriscience. These star awards recognize students who have developed outstanding agricultural skill and competency through their career development programs, demonstrated outstanding management skills, earned the American FFA Degree—the organization’s highest level of accomplishment—and met other agricultural education, scholarship and leadership requirements. See the list of recipients


Agriculture in the Classroom

The Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC)National Resource Directory offers 194 lessons plans for students aged Pre-K through 12th grade.


How much do you know about agriculture? How much do your students know? See where your knowledge and students' knowledge stands with these quizzes from AITC.

Almost every state in America has its own AITC program and directory for agricultural educators. Click here to find your state.


USDA

Agricultural Thesaurus
The Thesaurus and Glossary are online vocabulary tools of agricultural terms in English and Spanish. Over 87,000 terms, a glossary of definitions for technical terms, and 17 browsable subject categories. A great resource for teachers.


From ACTE

2012 ACTE/NCLA Best Practices and Innovations Conference
October 10, 2012 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Skirvin Hilton, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Registration (print form) is now open for the 2012 ACTE/NCLA Best Practices and Innovations in Career and Technical Education Conference! Early-bird registration ends Sept. 7, so register soon to take advantage of the reduced rate!

View the tentative agenda.

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Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education.

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

From The Council

The 2013 National Agricultural Education Summit will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 30-31 in Indianapolis. Hosted by the National Council for Agricultural Education, the Summit is designed to highlight a major issue of vital importance to agricultural education.

The focus of the 2013 Summit will be on the recruitment, retention and supply of agriculture teachers. Several factors continue to challenge the profession in having an ample supply of well-trained, highly-qualified agriculture teachers vital to sustain and grow agricultural education across the country. The most recent research has identified the following factors as suggesting a need for national, state and local Team Ag Ed groups to develop plans that address the situation.
Additional program information on the 2013 National Agricultural Education Summit will be available soon.


From FFA Alumni

Watch the 2012 FFA Alumni Development Conference Workshops LIVE!

Can't make it to the FFA Alumni Development Conference? Don't feel left out. Watch and listen to the live broadcast July 12-14. Workshops, keynotes and more will be broadcast and archived for your continued learning pleasure. For details, visit the FFA alumni website. We are using the same technology that's broadcasting FFA conventions live from coast-to-coast; check it out here.

Be sure to check out photos from the FFA Alumni Development Conference in Bozeman, Montana and follow the action via our Facebook, Twitter and Blog!

New You Can Use - FFA Alumni e-newsletter
Are you receiving the monthly National FFA Alumni e-newsletter?  Keep up to date on stories and resources by subscribing. Click here to provide your email address.  Be sure to select "Alumni" from the publication options!

National FFA Alumni Webinar Series
Over the past year the National FFA Alumni has been offering webinars on a variety of topics to inform and educate local and state FFA Alumni.  Each session is approximately one hour long and features guest speakers on the specified topics and resources to be downloaded.  You can view recordings of past webinars, download resources, and register for future webinars by visiting our website here and clicking on the "webinars" from the navigation menu.

Register NOW for the next Webinar
August 9, 2012
7:30 pm Eastern
Topic: Program Evaluation Methods
How do we know the programs, activities and events we conduct as local and state FFA Alumni groups are effective? Conducting annual evaluations of your various programs ensures that your work is impactful and efficient. Too often we continue to do projects because "we've always done that!" Ensure your affiliate doesn't fall into a rut of less effective programs/events/activities by implementing some simple evaluation methods.


From NAAE


NAAE Convention Early Bird Registration Closes Friday
November 27-December 1, 2012 – Atlanta, GA
Visit our website for details, to print a registration form, or to register online.


Convention Housing & Travel Discounts
The Hilton Atlanta will serve as the 2012 NAAE Convention Hotel.  This is where all the NAAE meetings will be held.  Room rates are $159 per night for single or double occupancy, plus applicable taxes.  The room block will be open until November 2, 2012.  Visit here to make reservations.
NAAE has worked with Delta Airlines to receive a 5 percent discount on flights. Click here for more information.


2012 Professional State Award Application
NAAE will recognize state associations who have aggressively engaged in certain well-planned activities designed to serve the best interest of the members and the profession. Professional State Association award winners will be recognized at the 2012 NAAE Convention.
State applications should be sent to their respective NAAE Regional Vice President postmarked no later than September 1, 2012.
Download the application here


Communities of Practice - communities.naae.org. Check out some recent posts:


Teach Ag Survey - Agricultural Education Teacher Educators: Please participate in a brief professional survey that will be a valuable tool in providing important data on the perceived agriculture teacher shortage.  Your responses are extremely important to the profession.  Please have one person from each Ag Ed institution complete the survey by July 16th. Take the survey here Contact Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator if you have questions or need assistance. 


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From ACTE

Legislative Update—July 2, 2012

 

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From NASDCTEc

New DOL Guide to State and Local Workforce Data
The Employment and Training Administration at the U.S. Department of Labor recently released a Guide to State and Local Workforce Data. The guide includes many links to state and local employment and economic data from government and private sector sources. Tips on using workforce statistics are also available.

Click here to view the guide.

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From USDE

Students Provide Feedback on ED’s “Blueprint for Transforming CTE”
Secretary Arne Duncan and Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education Brenda Dann-Messier recently met with student members from Career and Technical Student Organizations to discuss the department’s Blueprint for Transforming Career and Technical Education (CTE).

Read the full article here

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Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education.

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

From FFA Alumni

Can’t make it to the FFA Alumni Development Conference… don’t feel left out, Watch and Listen to the Live broadcast of the FFA Alumni Development Conference Workshops. July 12-14, workshops, keynotes and much more will broadcasted and archived for your continued learning pleasure. Details can be found on the FFA Alumniwebsite. We are using the same technology that’s broadcasting FFA Conventions live from coast-to-coast, check out www.ihigh.com/ffa.
   
Congratulations to Jasper Cunningham, FFA Alumni member from Michigan who won the FFA Alumni Twitter Background Design Contest. Jasper’s design is featured on the FFA Alumni Twitter page, check it out and follow us today.
Webinar and Resources for Engaging Non-Traditional FFA Alumni Members
We have thousands of former FFA members and FFA Alumni members who are not connected at a local level. They are not engaged with local FFA Alumni affiliates or may not live in an area with any FFA chapters. How do we engage FFA Alumni who just join at a state level? How do we engage individuals who live in communities not currently home to an FFA chapter? How do we engage business and industry in FFA Alumni? Learn how a few non-traditional FFA Alumni affiliates are reaching out and finding creative ways to engage supporters of FFA and agricultural education in the FFA Alumni!
Last year, there were 53,358 people who attended the National FFA Convention…imagine that they all saw a photo of you. Because, now, they can! Visit this link to find out how you can be featured in the theme video.


From NAAE

Where Will You be TAGGED to Teach Ag? Photo Contest
The National Teach Ag Campaign wants to know Where will you be Tagged to Teach Ag?  To participate download and print our Tagged to Teach Ag sign.  Then take the sign with you wherever you go.  Take pictures of yourself with the sign and submit one or two of your favorite photos to our Teach Ag Tumblr. Details
Communities of Practice - communities.naae.org. Check out some recent posts:


NAAE Member Benefit - Professional Liability Coverage and Optional Job Protection Benefits
As a NAAE member, you probably know that your membership gives you $100,000 professional liability insurance, but did you know that for an additional fee, you can upgrade that insurance to include job protection benefits? These additional benefits provide legal support if you're ever subject to termination, reassignment, demotion or suspension. However, if you don't upgrade you aren't covered for these instances. Learn more about what your professional liability insurance does and doesn't cover, and how to upgrade at www.ftj.com/NAAE
Teach Ag Survey - Agricultural Education Teacher Educators: Please participate in a brief professional survey that will be a valuable tool in providing important data on the perceived agriculture teacher shortage.  Your responses are extremely important to the profession.  Please have one person from each Ag Ed institution complete the survey by July 16th.  http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/927010/Ag-Ed-Degree-Institution-Student-Data-May-2012 Contact Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator if you have questions or need assistance.


CAST Friday Notes

This week’s newsletter includes stories about genetically modified ag products, communicating with beltway politicians about agriculture, and a link to the popular new video from the Kansas farm boys—I’m Growin’ and I Know It.The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available due to a grant from Winfield Solutions (a Land O’Lakes company).  Instructors of agriculture have access to the wide range of material from CAST, and they may forward the information to students for educational use with no strings attached.Click here to access the most recent edition of CASTFriday Notes.


From FFA

FFA Agricultural Career Network
FFA will work in collaboration with Career Cruising and AgCareers.com to provide valuable tools and career resources to students. Learn more


From ACTE

2012 ACTE/NCLA Best Practices and Innovations Conference
Registration (print form) is now open for the 2012 ACTE/NCLA Best Practices and Innovations in Career and Technical Education Conference! Early-bird registration ends Sept. 7, so register soon to take advantage of the reduced rate!
View the tentative agenda.


From CASE

CASE Summer Institutes - Still a Few Openings Left
There are still a few open seats for some upcoming CASE institutes. If you're interested in attending, click the link for the appropriate institute, or email questions to Miranda Chaplin at mchaplin.naae@uky.edu.
Principles of Agricultural Science – AnimalAnimal and Plant Biotechnology (field test only)

 

From USDA

Strengthening American Agriculture
American agriculture is a bright spot in our nation's economy. Learn more about USDA's accomplishments in Agriculture Production from this fact sheet which documents some of our most significant accomplishments of the past three years. To read about more of our results, visit www.usda.gov/results.

Ask Karen Mobile App Recognized as Best Federal App
Mobile Ask Karen makes food safety tips available whenever and wherever you need them. Learn more

 

From CASE

CASE Summer Institute - Still a Few Openings Left
There are still a few open seats for some upcoming CASE institutes. If you're interested in attending, click the link for the appropriate institute, or email questions to Miranda Chaplin at mchaplin.naae@uky.edu.

Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal

Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant

Animal and Plant Biotechnology (field test only)


From NAAE

Try New On-Demand Learning from iCEV free for 30 days
iCEV is a subscription-based online resource for agricultural science educators (http://www.icevonline.com). iCEV provides subscribers instant access to unlimited CEV agricultural curriculum in short clips.

iCEV features experts in thousands of educational video clips in different agricultural areas, including:

 

  • Animal systems
  • Plant systems
  • Power systems
  • Natural resource and environmental systems
  • Food processing systems
  • Leadership and communication systems
  • Agribusiness systems
  • Careers
  • Judging
iCEV is currently offering customers a free 30-day trialof all agricultural content featured on the site. Individuals will be issued a unique username and password upon registration.

More information:
http://icevonline.com

 

Communities of Practice - communities.naae.org

Interested in facilitating a CoP community? We currently need facilitators for Ag. Economics, Ag Mechanics, Small Animal, and Veterinary Science.

To volunteer, contact CoP administrator Julie Fritsch, or learn more by reading this facilitator position description.


Teach Ag Survey - Agricultural Education Teacher Educators: Please participate in a brief professional survey that will be a valuable tool in providing important data on the perceived agriculture teacher shortage.  Your responses are extremely important to the profession.  Please have one person from each Ag Ed institution complete the survey by July 16th.  http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/927010/Ag-Ed-Degree-Institution-Student-Data-May-2012 Contact Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator if you have questions or need assistance.

 

From FFA


Convention Theme Video Challenge
This year, we want to see your faces on the big screen in the convention arena! Learn how you can submit your photos and videos. Learn more

 

CAST Friday Notes

This week’s newsletter includes news headlines such as the Farm Bill, and it provides an interview with a successful college viral video maker, a blog about the benefit of growing up with farm germs, and a recipe for Twinkie sushi.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available due to a grant from Winfield Solutions (a Land O’Lakes company).  Instructors of agriculture have access to the wide range of material from CAST, and they may forward the information to students for educational use with no strings attached.

Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes.

 

From ACTE


Be Inspired—Live Webcasts From Standout Schools
Apple is bringing together educators from standout schools across the country for a series of live webcasts. You’ll hear how schools are using one-to-one implementations to achieve amazing results. This is your opportunity to learn from and speak with your peers as they describe best practices in their implementations from a leadership, IT and curriculum perspective. Click here to learn more and register.


CareerTech VISION 2012
Get a glimpse of the exciting future ahead for career and technical education at CareerTech VISION 2012—the only international summit on excellence in CTE! This dynamic event features a new format that is focused on what you need to succeed in your program, your institution and your community. You can’t afford to miss the crucial networking, vital business and industry connections, and hands-on learning unprecedented in our profession! The tentative agenda is now available!

Registration (print form) is now open! The early-bird rate expires on July 13, so don't miss your chance to save big on this new vision of CTE!

Please note that the ACTE Annual Convention is now CareerTech VISION.

 

From USDA


Read Secretary Vilsack's Commencement Remarks to Chicago High School for Agricultural Scienceshttp://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2012/06/0187.xml

 

From USDE


New Online Community for Rural Schools
The White House Rural Council announced the U.S. Department of Education’s new online community of practice group for rural schools. Virtual communities of practice provide a platform for educators to connect to resources, tools, colleagues, experts, and learning activities, both within and beyond schools.

Rural school leaders and teachers can join this online community by logging-on to www.schoolturnaroundsupport.org, creating an account, and choosing the Rural Schools group. As membership grows, rural educators will be able to connect with peers in their home states and across the nation to exchange ideas and learn from one another. READ MORE.

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

From NAAE

Teach Ag Survey - Agricultural Education Teacher Educators: Please participate in a brief professional survey that will be a valuable tool in providing important data on the perceived agriculture teacher shortage.  Your responses are extremely important to the profession.  Please have one person from each Ag Ed institution complete the survey by July 16th.  http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/927010/Ag-Ed-Degree-Institution-Student-Data-May-2012 Contact Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator if you have questions or need assistance.  

Communities of Practice - communities.naae.org

Interested in facilitating a CoP community? We currently need facilitators forAg. Economics, Ag Mechanics, Small Animal, and Veterinary Science.

To volunteer, contact CoP administrator Julie Fritsch, or learn more by reading thisfacilitator position description.

Teacher Mentor Highlight: Steve Pritchard
Agricultural education runs in Steve Pritchard’s blood. He is a second-generation agriculture teacher, and in addition to inspiring his students to choose teaching agriculture as a career, he has brought his daughter, Lindsey, into the profession. Maybe he is just genetically predisposed to agricultural education, but his colleagues cite his unwavering commitment to his students and community as inspirational. Pritchard has been teaching at McLoud Public Schools for thirty-three years. He won a NAAE Teacher Mentor award in 2011. Read more

 

From FFA

Keynote Speakers Announced for FFA Convention
This year's keynote speakers will be male figure skater Scott Hamilton, NMSU's Dr. Lowell Catlett, and Marine Corporal and Indianapolis Colts' spokesperson Josh Bleill. Read more

FFA Chapter Innovators' Guide
Flip through the latest edition of the Chapter Innovators' Guide and get inspired by FFA members who are making a difference in their communities. Read more

 

CAST Friday Notes

This week’s newsletter offers news headlines, another meme of the week, and a follow-up blog about pigs—gestation stalls, open pens, and a few thoughts from the pigs.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available due to a grant from Winfield Solutions (a Land O’Lakes company).  Instructors of agriculture have access to the wide range of material from CAST, and they may forward the information to students for educational use with no strings attached.

Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes.

 

From CASE

If you are an agriculture teacher in Florida or Louisiana, and have ever considered teaching CASE, this summer is your opportunity to get the curriculum and accompanying professional development for free.  As a special project of the National FFA Foundation, Mosaic is sponsoring full scholarships for Florida and Louisiana agriculture teachers to attend a 2012 CASE institute of their choosing. The Florida scholarship even includes a $500 travel stipend.

Visit http://communities.naae.org/message/12562 for the application form, and http://www.case4learning.org  to learn more about CASE and find institutes with openings.  This opportunity will be available until all scholarships have been awarded. Questions?  Contact CASE Operations Coordinator Miranda Chaplin at  mchaplin.naae@uky.edu.

 

From ACTE

Common Core Webinar with America's Promise TOMORROW
The Common Core State Standards should be a  beautiful fit with career and technical education. After all, the mission specifically says that the standards are designed to provide “the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers.” Yet, the integration of CCSS and CTE currently varies widely across the United States. Join ACTE and America’s Promise Alliance on June 12 for a free webinar that can help you start bridging that gap.

Register today or click here to learn more!

 

From NASDCTEc

Legislative Update: House Committee Passes WIA Reauth Bill
The House Education and the Workforce Committee held a markup of H.R. 4297, the Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012 yesterday. The bill represents large scale changes to the current WIA program. The bill was approved by a party line vote of 23 to 15. There is no word on when the bill will go to the floor. Read more

 

From USDA

Food Safety Questions Answered on the Go
Consumers can ask food safety questions any time of day, instantly from their smartphones thanks to a USDA created virtual food safety representative. Read more

 

From USDE

Have student load debt? If you're teaching, you could qualify for USDE's Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Read more.


Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education

From NAAE

2012 Ford Grant Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the 2012 Ford Grant Challenge winners! Six national winners were selected from each of the NAAE regions to receive a $3000 grant to be used to better their agricultural education department or local community. The following six winners were selected because they received the highest index score from their total number of National FFA Ford student scholarship applications.


The Ford Grant Challenge award is sponsored by Ford as a special project of the National FFA Foundation

             

Region I:
Monache High School, Porterville, CA
Cynthia Brown, Agriculture Teacher
Region II:
Cherryvale High School, Cherryvale, KS
Amy Allen, Agriculture Teacher
Region III:
West Central High School, Hartford, SD
Linda Petersen, Agriculture Teacher
Region IV:
Miami Trace High School
Bruce Bennett, Agriculture Teacher
Region V:
Midway High School, Newton Grove, NC
Chris Jolly, Agriculture Teacher
Region VI:
Pioneer High School
MaryLou Genaway, Agriculture Teacher

             

Details about the Ford Grant Challenge

             

2012 National Teach Ag Ambassadors Selected
The National Teach Ag  Campaign has selected 11 outstanding agricultural education majors to serve as  2012-2013 Teach Ag Ambassadors.  The Teach Ag ambassadors will assist with  the National FFA Convention Teach Ag booth as well as other opportunities  throughout the year.  These students represent the best and the brightest of  the next generation of agriculture teachers.  Congratulations!

             

Brandon Sours, New Mexico State University
Bradley Coleman, Louisiana State University A&M
Jillian Gordon, Penn State University
Victoria Hamilton, University of Kentucky
Katie Frenzen, Universtiy of Nebraska-Lincoln
Sara Colombe, South Dakota State University
Dorreen Lentz, University of Minnesota
Bethany Markway, Missouri State University
Heather Pray, Penn State University
Aly Reynolds, Utah State University
Nyssa Thigpen, Mississippi State University

             

Teach Ag Survey - Agricultural Education Teacher Educators: Please participate in a brief professional survey that will be a  valuable tool in providing important data on the perceived agriculture teacher  shortage.  Your responses are extremely important to the profession.   Please have one person from each Ag Ed institution complete the survey by  July 16th. http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/927010/Ag-Ed-Degree-Institution-Student-Data-May-2012 Contact Ellen Thompson,  National Teach Ag Campaign Coordinator if you have questions or need  assistance.

             

Communities of Practice - communities.naae.org

                           

CoP tip of the week: Attach files to a reply by clicking "Use Advanced Editor" link at the top right of the box when typing your response.

             

2012 NAAE Convention - Rising with Rigor & Relevance
Make plans now to attend the NAAE Convention this November in Atlanta. Join NAAE as we elevate the rigor and relevance of agricultural education through professional development, recognition of outstanding agricultural educators, and innovative teacher collaboration methods.

             

Early bird registration for NAAE Convention is open until July 12. Register now for a significant savings. You can also book your room at the NAAE Convention hotel, and get a discount on your flight with Delta.

             

Did You Know NAAE member can get a discount on Membership in the National Science Teachers Association? Become a member of NSTA and expand your professional development opportunities. NSTA is offering a special discount membership rate of $60 for NAAE members. That's a 19% savings off regular NSTA dues. Take advantage of new opportunities and resources that will help enhance your career. Details.


CAST Friday Notes

This week?s newsletter offers news headlines, a meme of the week, and a link to an advice blog about pigs that mentions CAFOs, NIMBYs, and even scratch-and-sniff boards.


 

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available due to a grant from Winfield Solutions (a Land O?Lakes company). Instructors of agriculture have access to the wide range of material from CAST, and they may forward the information to students for educational use with no strings attached.

 

 

 

Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes.


From CASE

If you are an agriculture teacher in Florida or Louisiana, and have ever considered teaching CASE, this summer is your opportunity to get the curriculum and accompanying professional development for free.  As a special project of the National FFA Foundation, Mosaic is sponsoring full scholarships for Florida and Louisiana agriculture teachers to attend a 2012 CASE institute of their choosing. The Florida scholarship even includes a $500 travel stipend.

Visit http://communities.naae.org/message/12562 for the application form, and http://www.case4learning.org to learn more about CASE and find institutes with openings.  This opportunity will be available until all scholarships have been awarded. Questions?  Contact CASE Operations Coordinator Miranda Chaplin at  mchaplin.naae@uky.edu.


From ACTE

ACTE Resource Clearance
Prices on our excess inventory has been cut in half, but time is running out to get in on these great deals! This listing will be updated continuously as orders come in—enter Shop ACTE to view full product descriptions, and be sure to pick out your favorites by June 30, when this opportunity will be gone forever. Order today


Enter Shop ACTE for a full view of ACTE's products and to search for your favorites. ACTE members receive special discounts on most products and resources. Non-members can join ACTE to take advantage of the special ACTE member prices and discounts.


From FFA

Movie featuring FFA to appear in theaters across the country in June
This June, FFA members can view “Deep in the Heart” at their local theaters. The movie--which is the story about Dick Wallrath, a major contributor to agricultural education--will be screened on June 14 at more than 25 movie theaters across the nation. Tickets sales will be going back to FFA, 4-H and agricultural education in the form of college scholarships. To find out if a movie theater near you will be screening, visit http://www.deepintheheartmovie.com/showings.php.

2012 Scholarship Results
The 2012 FFA Scholarship Results are now available for each state. Click here to view

National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent
We are now accepting applications for national band, chorus and talent members. Apply by July 2, 2012.

From NASDCTEc

NASDCTEc Collects More than 1,700 Reviews of Common CTE Standards, Moving Development Forward
More  than 1,700 reviews of the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC), a shared set of rigorous, high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE) standards, were submitted during the recent public comment phase. Input on the CCTC was collected from a broad range of CTE stakeholders, including educators, administrators, and business and industry representatives. Read more

From USDE

Free.ed.gov - a clearinghouse of free resources and lesson plans from a variety of federal governmental agencies.

 

Your weekly update from the National Council for Agricultural Education


May 7, 2012

The Council

Vision

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

Mission

To transform agricultural education for a changing world.

The Council will:

  • Create a sustainable revenue stream for The National Council for Agricultural Education operations,
  • Establish an effective brand communication strategy for Agricultural Education,
  • Promote seamless educational pathways leading to current and emerging careers in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources,
  • Implement a strategy that makes Agricultural Education more relevant, and
  • Define a process for surfacing critical issues and offering ideas and solutions, generating input, setting direction, and sharing with the profession.

Website

http://www.teamaged.org/council

Upcoming Events

2012
June 17-20, 2012
NAAE Region II Conference
Opelousas, LA

June 19-21, 2012
NAAE Region III Conference
Ankeny, IA

June 26-28, 2012
NAAE Region IV Conference
Hannibal, MO

June 24-26, 2012
NAAE Region V Conference
Charleston, SC

July 9-12, 2012
NAAE Region VI Conference
Hershey, PA
July 11-15
FFA Alumni Development Conference
Bozeman, MT

October 24-26
FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
November 27-December 1, 2012
2012 NAAE Convention ? Atlanta, GA

MMM Past Issues

April 30
April 23

April 16
April 9
April 2
March 26
March 19

Quote for the Week

"If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when are you going to have time to do it again?"
?Anonymous

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Amaris Ketcham at aketcham.naae@uky.edu.

Agricultural Education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources systems.

 

From NAAE

Present a Workshop at the 2012 NAAE Convention in Atlanta. NAAE is accepting proposals for workshops to be presented at the 2012 NAAE Convention in Atlanta, Georgia November 27-December 1, 2012, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Send ahttp://www.naae.org/docs/2012-Proposal.docproposal to to Alissa Smith at asmith.naae@uky.edu by May 15th to be considered. Find out which workshop subjects are requested by NAAE members>>

Apply to be a Teach Ag Ambassador!
If you are a college student majoring in agricultural education AND you are passionate about spreading the Teach Ag message to others apply today to become a Teach Ag Ambassador during the 2012 National FFA Convention. Application deadline is May 14th! The position description and details can be found at http://communities.naae.org/message/12470.

Communities of Practice

Help Select America's Farmers Mom of the Year
Online voting is currently underway on www.AmericasFarmers.com to determine the national winner of Monsanto?s 2012 America?s Farmers Mom of the Year contest.

From a pool of nearly 1,000 worthy candidates, judges from American

Agri-Women and Monsanto have selected five amazing farm moms from across the country as regional winners. Each regional winner was awarded a $5,000 cash prize from Monsanto. The regional winner receiving the most online votes by May 12 will win an additional $5,000 and the 2012 national America?s Farmers Mom of the Year title.

To see regional winners and vote, visit www.AmericasFarmers.com

 


From CAST

Key stories this week include animal health, herbicide-resistant weeds, and dolphins that help people fish. Students will find other links to current information, controversies, and entertaining oddities about the varied aspects of agriculture.      

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available due to a grant from Winfield Solutions (a Land O?Lakes company).  Instructors of agriculture have access to the wide range of material from CAST, and they may forward the information to students for educational use with no strings attached.

Click here to access the most recent edition of CAST Friday Notes.


CASE

Registration for CASE Institutes Closing Soon
Many Institutes still have a few spots left. Visit http://case4learning.org/ to see availability and book your spot. 

Funding to Attend Institutes
DEADLINE EXTENSION - If you are interested in field testing the CASE Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB) curriculum in your program next school year, here is an opportunity to get a partial scholarship to the APB institute that will be happening in Ankeny, Iowa, June 11-22, 2012. Read More>>

In addition, Mosaic is sponsoring CASE Institute Scholarships for beginning and experienced teachers in Florida and Louisiana.


From FFA

Upcoming Webinars:
FFA Alumni’s Role in Maintaining a High Quality Ag Ed Program
What is the FFA Alumni’s role in local agricultural education programs? How can you help your teacher(s) to provide a high caliber, rigorous curriculum that prepares your students to enter the workforce and become life-long advocates for agriculture and agricultural education?
Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 7:30 pm Eastern
Register Now!

View past webinars
General Webinar Information

The National Collegiate Ag Ambassador program is designed for college students to be advocates for our industry.  We look for college students who have a desire to promote agriculture and help others better understand the value and importance of the industry to a variety of audiences. Twenty ambassadors from across the US are chosen each year, and given the challenge to help as many people as possible better understand how the agriculture industry directly affects their life.  Applicants must meet the following requirements to apply for the program:

  • must have completed, or be completing their freshman year of college when applying
  • must be pursuing an agriculture related degree
  • must be a full time student the entire year they are serving as an ambassador (2012-13 school year)
  • must have a genuine desire to promote agriculture

Scholarship money ($1,000) and a digital camera are provided to all selected ambassadors, as well as the use of an iPad and LCD projector. Ambassadors go through two intense trainings in August and December to learn about the issues currently facing the industry, as well as proper presentation skills.

Below are four important links regarding the application process; I highly recommend students review the FAQ and screen shots link before beginning the application so they fully understand the program and what will be asked of them during the application process.  

All applications must be submitted by 5 PM EST on June 1, 2012.  If you have any questions at all regarding the program and/or application, please do not hesitate to contact me.  If you have any questions, please contact Lindsey Calhoun at lcalhoun@ffa.org.

Read More>>

From ACTE

Administration Proposes Major Change to Perkins
On April 19, at an event at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and OVAE Assistant Secretary Brenda Dann-Messier released the Administration's Blueprint for the next Perkins reauthorization. The Blueprint is titled "Investing in America's Future: A Blueprint for Transforming Career and Technical Education." A summary of the document and a press release can also be found on the Department's Web site.

The Blueprint includes four key principles:

  • effective ALIGNMENT between CTE and labor market needs to equip students with 21st-century skills and prepare them for in-demand occupations in high-growth industry sectors
  • strong COLLABORATION among secondary and postsecondary institutions, employers, and industry partners to improve the quality of CTE programs
  • meaningful ACCOUNTABILITY for improving academic outcomes and building technical and employability skills in CTE programs, based upon common definitions and clear metrics for performance
  • increased emphasis on INNOVATION supported by systemic reform of state polices and practices to support CTE implementation of effective practices at the local level

Read more

From NASDCTEc

Seeking Public Input on Common Standards for CTE Programs
The opportunity for the public to comment on the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC), a shared set of rigorous, high-quality Career Technical Education (CTE) standards developed and validated by business, industry and education experts, will run April 30 ? May 11, 2012 and all CTE stakeholders, including business and industry, educators, parents, and students are urged to participate in this process.

The public comment period is an opportunity for CTE stakeholders to participate in the development process of the CCTC, which is intended to help ensure all CTE students have access to high-quality, rigorous career-focused learning opportunities in every state, and every community across the nation.

The final standards are slated for public release at the National Career Clusters ? Institute  on June 19, 2012. Provide public comment on the CCTC today.

For more information, contact Dean Folkers, Deputy Executive Director, dfolkers@careertech.org.


From NFRBMEA

Registration Now Open for 2012 National Farm Business Management Conference
June 10-14, 2012, Bloomington, MN
More information