Julie Fritsch

Monday Morning Monitor - 7/8/13

Blog Post created by Julie Fritsch on Jul 8, 2013

July 8, 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

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


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


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE

May 20-23
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."

MMM Submissions

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


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.



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:


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


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.
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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