Julie Fritsch

Monday Morning Monitor 7/22/13

Blog Post created by Julie Fritsch on Jul 22, 2013

July 22, 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

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

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Quote for the Week

"Wisdom begins with wonder."

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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.


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.


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:


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).


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.

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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.

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