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July 29, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

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

Mission

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

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

Upcoming Events


September 19-21
North Central Region AAAE
Platteville, WI


September 23-25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX


September 26
National Teach Ag Day


October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY


2014


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

Indianapolis


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues


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

Quote for the Week


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

MMM Submissions


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

The Council


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Ken Couture
Goal Leader for the SAE Renewal Inititaive

CASE


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

FFA


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


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

NAAE


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

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


On Communities of Practice:

CAST

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

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

 

 

 

July 22, 2013

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

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

Mission

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

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

Upcoming Events


September 19-21
North Central Region AAAE
Platteville, WI


September 23–25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX


September 26
National Teach Ag Day


October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY


2014
January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues

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

Quote for the Week

"Wisdom begins with wonder."
-Socrates

MMM Submissions

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

The Council


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


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

FFA


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


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

NAAE


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


On Communities of Practice:

CAST

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

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

ACTE

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

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

Read more

U.S. Department of Education

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

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

Read more

 

 

 

July 15, 2013

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

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

Mission

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

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

Upcoming Events


July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA


September 19-21
North Central Region AAAE
Platteville, WI


September 23–25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX


September 26
National Teach Ag Day


October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY


2014
January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues


July 8
July 1
June 24
June 17
June 10
June 3

Quote for the Week


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


MMM Submissions


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

The Council


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


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


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


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

FFA


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

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


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


On Communities of Practice:

CAST

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

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

ACTE

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

Read more

 

 

July 8, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

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

Mission

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

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

Upcoming Events


July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA


September 19-21
North Central Region AAAE
Platteville, WI


September 23-25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX


September 26
National Teach Ag Day


October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY


2014


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

Indianapolis


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues


July 1
June 24
June 17
June 10
June 3
May 20

Quote for the Week


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

MMM Submissions


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

FFA

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


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

NAAE

NAAE CONVENTION - DEC 3-7, LAS VEGAS


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


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


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


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


On Communities of Practice:

ACTE

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

USDA

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

NASDCTEc

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

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

Read more

 

 

July 1, 2013

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

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

Mission

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

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

Upcoming Events


July 15-18
NAAE Region VI Conference
Bristol, VA


September 19-21
North Central Region AAAE
Platteville, WI


September 23–25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX


September 26
National Teach Ag Day


October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY


2014


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

Indianapolis


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues

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

Quote for the Week

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


MMM Submissions

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

The Council


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


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

NAAE


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


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


On Communities of Practice:

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology

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

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

FFA

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

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

ACTE

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

Read more

USDA

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

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

USDE

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