Rheba Howard

Monday Morning Monitor 8/26/2013

Blog Post created by Rheba Howard on Aug 26, 2013

August 26, 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 Da

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
August 19
August 12
August 5
July 29
July 22
July 15

Quote for the Week

"Education: n.- That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding. "
-Ambrose Bierce

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

Game Changer
For Christmas last year, my brother gave me a book by his pastor in Wilmington, North Carolina.  "My One Word" by Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen embraces the concept of selecting one word to be your focus and do just one thing this year instead of nothing about everything.  The one word that you choose represents what you most hope the Almighty will do in you and be the focus of your entire year to provide clarity and concentrate your efforts.

The National Council has chosen 2013-2014 as the year of SAE.  The Council sees that SAE needs an increased focus.  The NASAE, as part of The Council, has used your input and committee oversight to provide minimum guidelines for SAE and areas in which state supervisors can aid and assist teachers to provide the best SAE experience to our students.   I see it as an opportunity to also incorporate my word for this year, "game changer."

We are all familiar with the three-circle model of agricultural education.  The real magic of this model is where SAE applies the instruction based in the classroom to a real world setting.  The issue is that sometimes we focus and define SAE so narrowly that we lose the ultimate potential of the "magic" of our model. This is where we all need to be "game changers." I encourage all of us to think outside the box, challenge the system and status quo of SAE, push into new and unclaimed territory and change the game!

Jason Davis
NASAE representative to the National Council Board


The fall issue of FFA New Horizons is here. And yes, there is an app for that!
Snaps on the FFA jacket? An annual string band competition during the Alabama state convention? A virtual convention and expo? Learn about these and more in the latest issue of FFA New Horizons, now available in an exclusive app for iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire and Android devices. Visit the magazine's website to learn more. There's even a cool surprise waiting for you when you download the fall issue.

NAAEXLR8 Institute- Appilcations Due September 1
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 Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program
NAAE is pleased to announce the opportunity for preservice teachers in agricultural education to apply for the National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program.

This program is committed to promoting inquiry-based teaching methods and the enhancement of science in agriculture to preservice teachers in agricultural education across the nation.  This fall, preservice teachers can apply to attend an interactive hands-on Agriscience training program at the 2013 National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Selected participants will be challenged to develop inquiry-based lessons to use during their student teaching experience as well as when they enter the teaching profession.

If you have students who will complete their student teaching in fall 2013 or spring 2014, please encourage them to apply to be a part of this exciting professional development program.  For program eligibility requirements and to download the application, visit here. Applications are due September 18, 2013.

National Teach Ag Day is September 26! Celebration Ideas:
We have ideas and guides for every level, middle school through state leaders. Visit the Teach Ag webpage for the complete list.
Here are some we really like:

  • Write a letter to students you think would make good ag teachers. Example.
  • Work with your school district to do an ag teacher exchange for the day. During the exchange describe your path to becoming an ag teacher and why you love it.
  • Play "Are You Smarter than your Ag Teacher?, Teach Ag Feud, Think Like Your Ag Teacher, or Teach Ag Cash Bus." Download games.
  • Have the students be the teacher for the day. Lesson plan.
  • Have your students contact a nearby high school ag program and shadow the teacher for a day or talk with the students about how their ag classes influenced them.
  • Have your students write a thank-you letter to their former ag teacher. Example.
  • Arrange an event on campus about agricultural education or set up a booth or display in a high-traffic area.

NAAE Outstanding Cooperation Parnter: Marshall Judy
Marshall Judy performs safety demonstrations and presentations and travels to various high schools and colleges in the area to troubleshoot and help set up new welding equipment.  He also trains teachers on how to properly use welding equipment and troubleshoot any issues themselves.  In addition, he has served as the chairman of the Advisory Committee at Bellingham Technical College since 1994. Read more about Marshall here.
NAAE presents many awards to outstanding agricultural educators and those who support agricultural education. To learn more about all the benefits of NAAE membership, visit our website.

On Communities of Practice:


Friday, August 23, 2013: Lots of upbeat ag news and a some links to university ag school news as the school year kicks in. News headlines 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).


USDA Seeks Applicants for Funds to Assist Rural Microentrepreneurs
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the availability of loan and grant funds to support rural microentrepreneurs and microenterprises.

"By supporting very small business enterprises through the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program, USDA has been able to direct assistance to small firms that otherwise might not be able to obtain credit," said Vilsack. "This program has shown that even a modest investment of federal dollars can have a huge impact for the local economy in small towns across rural America."

RMAP applications are due by September 13, 2013. More information about how to apply is available in the August 14, 2013 Federal Register. Read more here.


President Lays Plan for Higher Education
President Barack Obama announced his plan to improve postsecondary education access and affordability. Over the past few years, the President has continually professed his support for community colleges and ensuring access to higher education for low-income students, and this new proposal looks to build on those efforts through the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Read more about his plan.