Rheba Howard

Monday Morning Monitor 8/5/2013

Blog Post created by Rheba Howard on Aug 8, 2013

August 5, 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 29
July 22
July 15
July 8
July 1
June 24

Quote for the Week

"Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

2013 North American Agricultural Safety Summit

The National Council for Agricultural Education recently partnered with the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA) to promote the North American Agricultural Safety Summit. The event will be held in Minneapolis, MN on September 25-27. Recognizing the important part agricultural educators play in teaching students of all ages about how to work in agricultural environments safely, it is encouraged that professionals attend this conference to stay in contact with the most current information in the field and help develop the role educators can serve to enhance the health and safety of agricultural enterprises and communities.

This innovative conference will use non-traditional sessions to match safety interventions with production practices and emerging safety issues. The Summit will build upon sessions that bundle global thinking with hands on learning and networking. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with industry leaders and safety experts through learning lounges, situation rooms and genius bars (like the ones made famous by Apple stores).

For more information about ASHCA, the conference or how to register click here.


FFA announces top 16 finalists for Star awards
The National FFA Organization has selected 16 students from throughout the United States as finalists for its top student achievement awards for 2013.

Breaking news: FFA secures new hotel for WLC
FFA has secured a new Washington Leadership Conference hotel in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area beginning in 2014. FFA looks forward to a quality relationship with The Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., for a seven-week conference season. At this time, we are unable to provide a pricing matrix or conference schedule but hope to provide a tentative student and advisor schedule prior to the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo. To keep tabs on new WLC developments, check here.

Watch now: the Alumni Development Conference
Nearly 200 people from across the country met in Green Bay, Wis., for the 2013 Alumni Development Conference in July. The conference is over, but you can still watch videos featuring sessions on advocating for agricultural education, recruiting teachers and more.


Congratulations to the 2013 NAAE award winners!
Your colleagues have spoken! This year?s winners represent the best of the best in agricultural education. See the winners here.

Running for a NAAE Office or Committee Leadership? Submit your MOU.
If you want to run for NAAE Regional Vice President or Secretary, you must submit a completed Memorandum of Understanding to NAAE bySeptember 15.
NAAE Regional Secretary elections occur in all six NAAE regions each year, and this year Region VI and I will be electing Regional Vice Presidents. Click here to download a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding for a regional office.

Likewise, anyone considering becoming a committee chair or vice chair must also sign and submit a MOU to NAAE by September 15 to be eligible for that position. Click here to download a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding for a committee chair or vice chair.

NAAE Membership Benefit
Going on a last minute summer adventure? Need a place to stay? NAAE members receive 15% off select hotels. Look here for more information.

On Communities of Practice:


Friday, August 2, 2013: With so many channels for information, CAST YouTube videos and social media provide unbiased information for topics in today's agirculture.

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).

U.S. Department of Education

Department of Education Invites Districts to Apply for $120 Million in Race to the Top Funds to Support Classroom-Level Reform Efforts
The application for the 2013 Race to the Top-District competition is open for all school districts. The campaign provides nearly $120 million to support bold, locally directed improvements in learning and teaching that will directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness.

This year, the Race to the Top-District competition seeks to build on the innovative strategies already employed in classrooms across the country. The competition will encourage transformative change within schools, providing school leaders and teachers with key tools and support in order to best meet their students' needs. Read more.

See here for the application for the Race to the Top-District competition. The Department is requesting interested districts to submit their intent to apply by August 23, 2013. Applications are due Oct. 3, 2013 with awards being announced no later than Dec. 31, 2013.


CTE and Advanced Placement: A Powerful Duo
CTE and Advanced Placement are relevant to one another, finds an analysis by the College Board and NASDCTEc. They concluded that AP English Language and Composition and AP Statistics courses and exams were relevant across the clusters, and almost every other AP exam was relevant for at least one cluster. NASDCTEc and the College Board have produced a companion document that matches up AP courses and exams to the clusters and pathways. Read more.