Rheba Howard

Monday Morning Monitor 8/12/2013

Blog Post created by Rheba Howard on Aug 12, 2013

August 12, 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

"Play is the highest form of research."
-Albert Einstein

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

Greetings All,
With the start of the new school year now upon us it is very clear that we face large challenges with teacher Recruitment and Retention, or R&R.  Since the Agricultural Education Summit 6 months ago, great strides have been made to help all of our agricultural education stakeholders understand the Role, Relationship and Responsibility for themselves and each other with regard to this task.  Many of our states have submitted plans for R&R to the FFA LPS staff? thank you for that!  It will help us better outline both short term and long range planning.

The National FFA Alumni recently held their Alumni Development Conference in Green Bay, Wis. Wisconsin did not disappoint, as they were magnificent hosts for our conference!  I mention this, as R&R was an important component of the conference this year.  Ellen Thompson facilitated an important workshop for us, we were fortunate to have valuable input from attendees of NAAE, NASAE, AAAE and FFA so we can understand our Role, Relationship and Responsibility to develop a plan to help state and local alumni understand their important and crucial role.

As we continue to move forward I believe it is critical that we work together as Team Ag Ed to promote and retain the profession of being an agriculture teacher.  Thanks to each of you for doing your part in this monumental task.  Feel free to contact me if you have comments, concerns or direction in which you think The Council should be addressing this issue.

Bob Barton
National FFA Alumni Past President
National Council for Agriculture Education:
Teacher Recruitment and Retention Goal Leader


Guess who?s coming to the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo?
Announcing our lineup of keynote speakers. Click here to learn more.

Be on the lookout for the new 2013-2014 FFA Catalogs: Blue, Gold and Core
The 2013-2014 Blue catalog features the National FFA Officer Team in our latest collection of sweatshirts, T-shirts and hats. The Gold and Core catalogs will also be delivered in August and feature new products and awards. Included with the August catalog shipment will be the FFA Week flyer, featuring FFA Week-themed merchandise. All products are available at Shop FFA.


XLR8 Institute ? For Agriculture Teachers in Their 7-15th Year
XLR8 is a year-long sequence of professional development for 7-15 year agricultural educators that revolves around 8 areas with which mid-career teachers commonly struggle.  The cohort will kick-off at the NAAE convention and will continue throughout the next year with virtual professional development experiences and online collaboration.  XLR8 participants will also develop state-level workshops to help colleagues address burnout.

Applications are due September 1. Follow this link for details and application.

National Teach Ag Day is September 26th!

  • We?ll be broadcasting live from the campus of North Carolina A&T from 1-3 eastern. Details.
  • Got a future teacher in your class? Submit their photo ? win a prize for the whole class. Details.
  • Need celebration ideas? We?ve got ideas and resources to help you celebrate National Teach Ag Day wherever you are. Details.

NSTA Professional Development Fellowships for New Teachers
NSTA offers second through fifth-year middle and high school science teachers the opportunity to participate in the New Science Teacher Academy, a yearlong professional development and mentoring program co-founded with a grant from the Amgen Foundation. Emphasizing quality science teaching, enhanced teacher confidence, classroom excellence, and solid content knowledge, participants (Academy Fellows) enjoy top-notch face-to-face and online support and access to comprehensive educational resources. See here for more information.
Applications are due by August 26.

Determination in Motion
Tina Miner-James is last year's Region VI NAAE Teacher Mentor Award winner due to her gracious, supportive and sharp teaching. Besides encouraging students to go above and beyond, she mentors other ag teachers, having answered countless "S.O.S." calls from her peers, particularly those who are new to ag education. Miner-James has traveled all over New York saving ag teachers from the chopping block. She makes a clear, concise argument for keeping ag education in schools' curriculum. Read more of her story here.

On Communities of Practice:


Friday, August 9, 2013: ?Where?s the beef?? takes on new meaning now that the laboratory becomes one answer to that question. News headlines, state fair food, and quirky ag stories join with the usual weekly information.

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

Bioterroism/Disaster Education and Awareness Month
Though the worst of thunderstorm season is behind us, snow is just around the corner. Find resources for preparing students for disasters and emergencies on FEMA's Ready.gov and other sites featured inFREE (Federal Registry for Educational Excellence).


New NGA Chair Mary Fallin Proposes Education Initiative
Gov. Fallin introduced her 2013-14 NGA Chair?s Initiative calledAmerica Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow?s Jobs.

The initiative notes that the percentage of jobs which only require a high school diploma have dropped from 79% in 1964 to 41% in 2008. The plan aims to promote the importance of postsecondary education with a national event in Washington D.C. along with several regional roundtable discussions which are supposed to identify priorities for state action. Read more here.


Why Agricultural Educators Remain in the Classroom
This recent ariticle from the Journal of Agriculture Education goes in depth to see what it is that keeps an agriculture educator in the classroom. Read the article here.