Julie Fritsch

Monday Morning Monitor 7/29/13

Blog Post created by Julie Fritsch on Jul 29, 2013

July 29, 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

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


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


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.


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:


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).