Julie Fritsch

Monday Morning Monitor 3/25/13

Blog Post created by Julie Fritsch on Mar 25, 2013

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

March 25, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education


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


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

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

Upcoming Events


April 17-20
NAAE Region I Conference
Pendleton, Oregon

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

June 16-19
NAAE Region II Conference
Raton, NM

June 18-20
NAAE Region III Conference
Yankton, SD

June 24-26
NAAE Region V Conference
Sevierville, TN

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

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

July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA

September 23 -25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX

October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY

Past Issues

March 18
March 11
March 4
February 25
February 18

Quote for the Week

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

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Julie Fritsch, NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

A Message from The Council

Council Strategic Goal: SAE Renewal

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

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

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

A brief overview of where we are:

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

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

Ken Couture
SAE Renewal Goal Leader
The Council


Red Brand Funds 16 Additional CASE Institute Scholarships for 2013

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

Food Science and Safety Writer Position Available

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


From Friday, March 22 - Nutrients hit the headlines as CAST releases a new research paper in Washington, D.C. Opinions about drones, gmo labels, and pesticides light things up, and the Bovine Diva talks about beef. Check out these and many ag-related links on Friday Notes.The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O'Lakes company).


Ag Jobs Outlook Guide Available from AgCareers.com

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

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

America's Farmers Grow Rural Education

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

America's Farmers Mom of the Year Contest

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

Outstanding Young Member Carmelita Goossen

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

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Ag Ambassador Applications are now available

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


LeAnn Wilson Named ACTE Executive Director

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