Hilary Parker

Monday Morning Monitor 5/20/13

Blog Post created by Hilary Parker on May 20, 2013


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May 20, 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

May 21-24
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
National Ag In the Classroom Conference
Minneapolis, MN

July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA

September 23–25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX

September 26
National Teach Ag Day

October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY

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

Indianapolis, IN

Past Issues

May 13
May 6
April 29
April 22
April 15
April 8

Quote for the Week

The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.- Herbert Spencer

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Hilary Parker, NAAE Communications/Marketing Assistant.


CASE hires food science and safety course writer
Leslie Fairchild from Columbus, Ind., has been selected as the writer for the CASE Food Science and Safety course. Leslie has taught agriculture for eight years and is certified in the Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and Principles of Agricultural Science - Animal CASE courses. She will also be gaining certification in the Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant and Animal and Plant Biotechnology CASE courses this summer.
Development for CASE's Food Science and Safety course will begin this summer, and the curriculum's anticipated field test release is summer 2014.


Friday, May 17, 2013: After looking like a zombie for months, the Farm Bill appears to have life. We also look at key farm issues, some controversies and where you can get a $325,000 burger. Click here to read Friday Notes, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, which is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O’Lakes company).


Apply now: 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo Newsroom
Calling all college students or recent college graduates pursuing degrees in journalism, public relations, telecommunications or a closely related field! We are now accepting applications to work in the 2013 National FFA Convention & Expo Newsroom in Louisville, Ky.Apply here.

Watch now: New episode of Officer to Officer
National FFA Central Region Vice-President Brennan Costello is back with another round of the #FFAo2o series! He has some BRO tips for FFA chapter officers and members across the nation. Check out the newest video and more here.

FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide now available
FFA advisors and teachers: Now you can use FFA New Horizons in your classroom with this easy-to-use resource. Click here to access the Spring guide. The next guide will be available in August for the Fall issue.


NAAE Convention early bird registration open now through July 12
Get a head start on next year's professional development by registering for the NAAE Convention at the reduced early bird rate. As always, the NAAE convention will feature lots of professional development workshops and networking opportunities for agricultural educators from all across the United States. Register now.

NAAE Convention workshop proposals due June 3
NAAE is accepting proposals through June 3 for workshops to be presented at the 2013 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 3-7, 2013, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Workshops may be presented on, but are not limited to, the following areas: Classroom instruction techniques, technology in the classroom, technical agricultural information, integration of academics, exceptional instructional materials, research pertinent and applicable to the classroom, specific topical areas, etc.
For more information or to download the proposal form, click here.


Printable Profile of Agricultural Education in Your State
NAAE is currently compiling printable profiles of agricultural education in each of the 50 states. Print your state's profile and share it with administrators, legislators and other decision makers to help them understand why it's so important that they support your agricultural education program.
Don't see a profile for your state? Contact Savannah Robin to find out how you can help get one posted.This page also has a national profile of agricultural education as well as a template you can use to create a profile for your program — all great tools!

Communities of Practice


Taking 2+ CTE Classes Reduces Dropout, Arizona Study Finds
Taking two or more CTE courses is related to lower dropout rates in two Arizona districts, according to a report from the Arizona State University Morrison Institute for Public Policy.

The National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education launches website
The National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education (NCICTE), the new Perkins-funded CTE research center, has launched its website at ctecenter.ed.gov. The website outlines the center's research priorities, includes a list of CTE resources and will house online training modules to provide guidance for translating the center's studies into practice at the college, district or school level.

ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2013 set for December
Registration is now open for ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2013, scheduled for Dec. 4-7 in Las Vegas. Click here for details about the event or to register.

FFA Alumni

FFA Alumni Development Conference set for July
Attention Teachers: Looking for summer continuing education credits? Attend the 2013 FFA Alumni Development Conference in Green Bay, Wis., July 17-21 to gain training on volunteer management, advocacy, personal growth and leadership! The conference will challenge you to engage your local community, administrators, businesses leaders and everyone you meet. At the 2013 ADC, workshops will lead you through the growth and leadership continuum and help you to find, develop and use your voice in advocating for agricultural education and FFA. At the conclusion of the conference, FFA Alumni will provide participating teachers a certificate of the number hours of workshops completed. This certificate can be provided with the conference agenda and workshop materials to your school district with request for continuing education credit.

Are your graduating seniors connected through FFA Link?
FFA Link is a new exclusive group of college students and young professionals ready to connect their love of agriculture with real world career skills. FFA Link will continue developing the leadership skills learned as FFA members and prepare members to apply them to their future career.

FFA Link Membership grants members five years of free membership to the National FFA Alumni Association, electronic communication, access to the Agriculture Career Network, FFA Alumni discounts, and opportunities to attend the National FFA Alumni Convention and annual FFA Alumni Development Conference.

Keep your graduating seniors connected, keep them engaged and keep them Forever Blue. Click here for more information.

FFA Alumni advocacy webinar to be held June 4
FFA Alumni FREE Advocacy webinar featuring Dr. Jeff Magee, Tuesday, June 4 @ 7:30 p.m. Register today while space is available!