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September 30, 2013

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

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


October 30-November 2

National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY


December 3-7
NAAE Convention
Las Vegas, NV


2014
January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues

September 23
September 16
September 9
August 26
August 19

Quote for the Week

"We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities."
-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


Teacher Recruitment and Retention Takes Center Stage
This past week I saw the celebration of Teach Ag Day with a live streaming event from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. The Council is very grateful for the work being done by Ellen Thompson and NAAE to make this event possible and to bring focus to such a critical strategic issue. In the past year, The Council along with partners such as the Teach Ag Campaign and Local Program Success have been working to keep alive the powerful conversations that took place at the 2013 Ag Ed Summit and help states develop plans to tackle the teacher shortage issues that exist in their states.
While we are excited that so many people and university campuses took part in the celebration this past week, we must remember that Teach Ag Day is only one part of a larger Teach Ag movement that will most likely never have an end where we can declare victory and forget the commitments we have made to this profession. Too often in agricultural education we have been guilty of addressing large issues of the day and then allowing our attention to shift to the next shiny issue or threat that comes along our path. So, as you hear more from The Council and the entire agricultural education family on issues of growing importance such as experiential learning, standards based education, and the need for better data collection we must remain diligent to reserve some of our focus for recruiting and retaining the talent we need in agricultural education and promise that we never close a program or deny a new community access to agricultural education because we have not been able to produce a high quality, high character individual to fill that role.


Mike Honeycutt
Managing Director, National Council for Agricultural Education

NAAE


Award Winner Highlight
Jessica Grundy, 2012 Region 1 Outstanding Young Member, focuses her teaching efforts on making sure students build confidence, community service, and leadership skills. Through partnerships with local groups, elementary schools, and area businesses, students are able to gain better experience and education. Read more on Grundy and her programs here.


Communities of Practice Highlights

FFA

Sign up now for the FFA virtual convention and expo
Just can't make it to Louisville to experience all that is the National FFA Convention & Expo? We've got you covered. For the first time, the National FFA Organization is offering a way to bring the National FFA Convention & Expo straight to your classroom, wherever you are, with the National FFA Virtual Convention & Expo. The virtual convention is a great way for FFA members to experience the convention and expo even when they can't attend. It's also great for chapters without the resources to send an entire chapter. Visit exhibitors within the virtual expo; participate in student workshops; watch general sessions; and purchase memorabilia in the virtual shopping mall. Teacher and advisors will be able to download resources through Teacher’s Corner. Visit the FFA Virtual Convention and Expo webpage to learn more.

Convention Judges Needed
Agriscience Fair and National Chapter will be judged on Wednesday, October 30. Proficiencies and Stars will be judged Thursday, October 31. Convention judging is voluntary. FFA does not cover any judging expenses. Submit nominations to judges@ffa.org, please include name and email address of each nominee.

Convention Proficiency Room Hosts Needed
Proficiency room hosts are needed on Thursday, October 31 from 10:30am -5pm in Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC). Room hosts are voluntary. FFA does not cover any expenses. Submit nominations to rcarter@ffa.org  please include name and email address of each nominee.

CAST

Friday, Sept 27, 2013: Is a Cow Eating My Lunch? The animal livestock industry is in the spotlight with the rollout of a new publication. An FFA member writes a commentary that shows how ag messages should be communicated--and many other ag news items in this week’s edition—including menu changes at fastfood restaurants.

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).

PAS

National PAS Conference 2014
Make plans to attend the 2014 PAS Conference in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Visit this page for more information.

 

 

 

September 23, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

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


December 3-7
NAAE Convention
Las Vegas, NV


2014


January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues

September 16
September 9
August 26
August 19
August 12

Quote for the Week

"I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
–Maya Angelou


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


Preparing for a changing industry.

If you give a quick glance at any agricultural magazine, you won’t have to search for long before you start to see articles about the newest innovation in crop production. The next article will likely be about the many ways a young producer can gain a competitive edge or more likely an article talking about the newest emerging technologies in agriculture. Agricultural education programs across the country are given the task of preparing our students to enter all of these ever changing careers. At the post secondary level, our programs must stay at the leading edge of change to remain relevant. We must build upon the educational foundation that our students gain at the secondary level and develop the technical skills that are required to succeed in the industry, often as the skills needed continue to change with the technology.  At times, this can be very challenging, yet exciting.  One of the fastest growing areas of change is in the precision agriculture industry.Part of the mission of The Council is providing guidance and support for program innovation and to assist all ag educators in adapting our programs to prepare students for these changing industries. The Council's work with reinventing the SAE is an integral part of meeting this challenge.  One of the best environments for students to obtain the skills is through an active SAE or internship.  Often times, students will gain the most current and cutting edge skills right along with the industry professionals.  This certainly is true in the rapidly changing precision agriculture industry and at post-secondary programs across the country.


Eric Weuve

Associate Professor
Agribusiness Technology
Iowa Western Community College
NCAE Post Secondary Instructor Representativ

Fully Expressing the Total Agricultural Education Program in a Modern Way

For many years professionals in school based agricultural education have strongly promoted a three component approach to building a complete educational program that utilizes classroom/laboratory instruction, experiential learning through SAE as well as personal growth and development through FFA. The visual representation of three circles intertwined has become a permanent part of our gospel in educating students, parents, supporters and administrators on how we intend to develop young people for careers and service to the community. As another school year has begun this process has started once again in thousands of communities across the country. Whether in a slide show or a published material such as a handbook or course catalog many will be guilty of presenting this diagram to audiences unfamiliar with agricultural education without the necessary context behind the visual to truly understand its meaning and what the intended outcomes will be for the young people who engage.Have you ever thought what our historical representation looks like to these audiences without context? Have you ever thought about how a visual representation that has been in service for decades compares with the terminology of professional education in the 21st Century? The National Council for Agricultural Education has considered these questions, and while we support that the visual representation of the program component intertwined in circles is still one of the most succinct and powerful ways to communicate our program design, it may be necessary to provide the potential viewer greater context and a fresher graphic to capture their attention. The Council worked hard to create a design that could be used with many types of audiences. It is our desire that as professionals in agricultural education update presentations and documents they will consider using the design that was created as a result of this effort.

NAAE


National Teach Ag Day is THURSDAY! #taglive13
We’ll be webcasting LIVE from the campus of North Carolina A&T with special guest speakers, interactive panels, and shoutouts to all the future teachers and agricultural education majors who have submitted photos. Go to www.naae.org/teachag/live2013.php to watch and comment using Facebook or Twitter.

It’s not too late to plan your own celebration. Do something as simple as sharing the story of why you became an ag teacher with your students, or use one of our fun games or other resources  to celebrate the profession of agricultural education and encourage others to Teach Ag!


Communities of Practice Highlights

FFA

Convention Judges Needed
Agriscience Fair and National Chapter will be judged on Wednesday, October 30. Proficiencies and Stars will be judged Thursday, October 31. Convention judging is voluntary. FFA does not cover any judging expenses. Submit nominations to judges@ffa.org, please include name and email address of each nominee.

Convention Proficiency Room Hosts Needed
Proficiency room hosts are needed on Thursday, October 31 from 10:30am -5pm in Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC). Room hosts are voluntary. FFA does not cover any expenses. Submit nominations to rcarter@ffa.org  please include name and email address of each nominee.

ACTE

Grant Opportunities for Employment and Training Reasearch
Researchers in CTE, workforce development and related fields, take note: the U.S. Department of Labor, through its contractor IMPAQ International, has announced 10 awards, comprising $80,000 total, to be granted on a competitive basis. Click here for more information.

CAST

Friday, Sept 20, 2013: The Farm Bill, flying pigs, a Chipotle kerfuffle, and many other ag news items in this week’s edition.

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).

September 16, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

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, W

ISeptember 23-25


Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX

September 26


National Teach Ag Day

October 30-November 2


National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY

December 3-7


NAAE Convention
Las Vegas, NV


2014
January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues


September 9
August 26
August 19
August 12
August 5

Quote for the Week


"If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten."
-Tony Robbins


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


As the member on The Council representing the interests of middle / high school student organizations, I have the great fortune to witness the commitment and dedication of so many professionals from across the country. The collective voice of these groups helps surface issues important to our profession and then stimulates action. It is great to see how the goals put forth by The Council can have a profound impact on the students we serve. For example,  one of the strategic focus goals you will be hearing more about in the coming year is the implementation of quality Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE) for all students in the ag ed program. As noted in a preview during the last Summit on agricultural education, the Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) component of the ag ed model for instruction looks much different today than it did 25 or 30 years ago. In the peach state of Georgia, for example, we could visit the FFA president in Madison County in the northeastern part of the state. Olivia?s SAE consists of raising and showing market goats. In the west-central part of the state we could find Austin, the FFA president at Troup County working on a dairy farm. So SAE?s in Georgia are nothing out of the ordinary ? right? The one thing we could learn from Olivia and Austin about the opportunities available with a quality SAE is that the range, scope, and diversification possibilities are limitless. Olivia might tell you that an intern experience with a local cattle producer is also a big part of her SAE. Austin is very involved in conducting agriculture science projects that he considers to be an equally successful SAE aside from the chores at the dairy barn.The strategic focus that the Council has issued on SAE can make positive improvements for future students. If nothing else, it provides an opportunity to evaluate what is working and promotes the sharing of ideas so that we may learn new ways to support student learning. I look forward to the work of the Council and all stakeholders in agricultural education on this particular goal. As we all know, this component of the agricultural education model is equal to FFA and the classroom instruction components.

-John "Chip" Bridges
Program Manager of Agricultural Education, Georgia Department of Education

NAAE


National Teach Ag Day is next Thursday!
Help us Spread the Word! 

Tweet #taglive13
It's almost here! National Teach Ag Day is next Thursday, and we'll be webcasting live from the campus of North Carolina A&T with special guest speakers, interactive panels, and shoutouts to all the future teachers and agricultural education majors who have submitted photos. Visit this page for the video and social media feeds.

Let's get the Twitterverse chirping with stories about the great career of agricultural education. Tweet about why you want to #teachag, what's great about #agedu, or why your ag teacher is the best. Tag all your posts with #taglive13 so we?ll be sure to see them.

We've also got lots of ideas to help you celebrate on your own. See you next Thursday!


Wes Crawford: Region I Agriscience Teacher of the Year
Wes Crawford, ag teacher at Sutherlin High School, lends his expertise to students in his classroom, but also to individuals  outside the classroom walls.  He is involved with the DuPoint Agriscience Ambassador Program and gives workshops to science and math teachers all over the country. Read more on Crawford here.
The National Agriscience Teacher of the Year awards are sponsored by PotashCorp.


Communities of Practice Highlights

FFA

Top 8 reasons to register for the virtual convention and expo.
The inaugural year of the virtual FFA convention and expo is here! Check out the top eight reasons you should be in on the action.

Convention Judges Needed
Agriscience Fair and National Chapter will be judged on Wednesday, October 30. Proficiencies and Stars will be judged Thursday, October 31. Convention judging is voluntary. FFA does not cover any judging expenses. Submit nominations to judges@ffa.org, please include name and email address of each nominee.

Volunteer for Alumni Nation
Register now to volunteer at Alumni Nation during the National FFA Convention & Expo. This interactive area is where alumni, friends and supporters gather to share stories and to encourage others to become Forever Blue with the alumni. Sign up to volunteer here.

Official Convention and Expo Tee Now Available
The 86th National FFA Convention & Expo is approaching, so get ready to celebrate with this year's official convention and expo tee. Shop FFA is now taking pre-orders for the tee featuring the "Ignite" theme logo on FFA.org/Shop. Now members can travel to Louisville in comfort and style all while showing their FFA spirit. The tee is great looking and comes in six vibrant colors. Limited quantities are available, so get yours today for only $12.50! To receive tees before the convention and expo, orders must be placed by Oct. 8.

Convention Proficiency Room Hosts Needed
Proficiency room hosts are needed on Thursday, October 31 from 10:30am -5pm in Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC). Room hosts are voluntary. FFA does not cover any expenses. Submit nominations to rcarter@ffa.org  please include name and email address of each nominee.

NASDCTEc

2013 NASDCTEc Fall Meeting
Make plans to attend the NASDCTEc Fall Meeting in Washington D.C. October 21-23. Click here for more information and to register.

CAST

Friday, Sept 13, 2013: Food Safety Month, some ag-ed websites, and Aporkalypse Now. Many serious ag stories?and a couple of clever YouTube parodies.

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).

 

 

 

September 9, 2013

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

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 EventsSeptember 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
2014
January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis
February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas
May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT
Past IssuesAugust 26
August 19
August 12
August 5
July 29
Quote for the Week"Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own."
-Samuel Johnson
MMM SubmissionsTo have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

The Council


ACTE and the National Council for Agricultural Education:  A Natural Partnership

As a board member serving as vice president for the Agricultural Education division of the Association for Career and Technical Education, I have found that the Agricultural Education Division is unique among ACTE divisions.  All divisions of ACTE have a policy committee, but the Agricultural Education division is somewhat unique in that the National Council for Agricultural Education, according to our bylaws, serves as our policy committee.  The role of the policy committee is to provide direction to ACTE on policy matters related to issues and concerns affecting the division.  So, the National Council is a natural body to serve in this important role.  Because of the role of the National Council in providing direction for one of the largest divisions in the organization, ACTE supports the work of the Council financially through an annual contribution.ACTE recognizes the uniqueness of the Agricultural Education division in many ways.  While most divisions schedule their programs within the ACTE Conference, now known as CareerTech Vision 2013, ACTE recognizes the value of the programs provided by NAAE to the division and provides opportunities for professional development within the NAAE program, as well as the CareerTech Vision Program. Your professionalism and support of ACTE through your membership and active participation in ACTE activities is evident to everyone on the ACTE board of directors.One of the primary roles of ACTE is to serve as an advocate for Career and Technical Education programs on a national level.  Agricultural education certainly benefits from these advocacy efforts. Professional organizations serve a vital role as a collective voice for the profession – something that individual members are not able to do.  This year, with reauthorization of Perkins funding and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (No Child Left Behind) coming before Congress, your involvement and membership is even more important.  Agricultural educators love their profession.  ACTE works with the National Council to keep that profession that we all love strong.  I encourage you to join ACTE and join our efforts to ensure federal support for Agricultural Education in the coming years.Dr. Jim Flowers
Vice President, ACTE Ag Ed Division

FFA


Teachers: Use the FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide in your classroom
The FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide is a comprehensive resource that provides "ready to print" activities, projects, rubrics and other assessments for you to use in your classroom. Get the guide for the fall 2013 issue of the magazine here.


Convention and expo judges needed
The proficiencies and Star awards will be judged Thursday, Oct. 31. Agriscience Fair and National Chapter awards will be judged on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Convention judging is voluntary. FFA does not cover any judging expenses. Submit nominations to judges@ffa.org; be sure to include the name and email address of each nominee.


We Are FFA
Visit the "We Are FFA" room, sponsored by Farm Credit Services, during the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky. Let your voice be heard at photo and video booths and win awesome prizes. Discover how the National FFA Organization strives to foster and sustain inclusiveness that empowers us all to achieve our highest potential. #WeAreFFA


Agriscience Fair News
Advisors: If you have a student competing in the 2013 National FFA Agriscience Fair, please review the orientation packet and be aware that electricity requests, waiver forms and ADA special needs requests are due Sept. 16. Instructions on each of these items are available in the orientation packet located on the program website.


National Chapter News
Advisors: If your chapter was selected as a 3- , 2- , or 1-star chapter, please review the orientation packet and be aware that banquet ticket requests, shuttle requests, plaque or spur requests and ADA special needs requests are due Sept. 16. Additional banquet tickets can be purchased beginning Sept. 17 through the online convention and expo registration system.


An Online Course Available to Agricultural Educators from the American Society of Agronomy
This class could be purchased by an individual educator and can be utilized as recorded sessions for an entire classroom of students.  The classes would not be able to attend the live sessions because they are taught outside of school hours, but they are all recorded for later viewing. A detailed description of the class and registration information can be found here.

NAAE


Teach Ag Day Collegiate Contest – Deadline is Next Monday
We’re encouraging agricultural education departments at colleges and universities to send us their group photos so we can recognize them during our webcast on National Teach Ag Day, Thursday, September 26
As an added bonus, a panel of judges will be selecting one winner, who will receive $200 and recognition. Visit the Teach Ag Day Collegiate Contest Page for complete details.

For full details about National Teach Ag Day, visit the Teach Ag Day website.

NAAE Convention pre-conference workshop – Ag Finance & Farm Management
Do you teach agricultural finance and farm management? If so, this pre-conference workshop is for you. You can also get $75 of your NAAE convention registration fee reimbursed if you register and attend. The registration deadline is this Sunday, 9/15. Learn more.

NAAE Office and Committee Leader MOU’s Due Sunday
Memorandums of Understanding for NAAE Regional VP, Secretary,Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs are due Sunday, 9/15. You must submit a completed MOU by 9/15 to be eligible to run for any of these positions.


NAAE Membership Benefit
Members can become a member of the National Science Teacher Association and expand your professional development opportunties. NSTA is offering a special discount membership rate of $60 for NAAE members. Click here for more details.


Communities of Practice Highlights

ACTE

Common Education Data Standards Feedback Needed
The draft of the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) version 4 has been released for public comment. CEDS 4.0 includes over 40 new and revised elements related to CTE teachers, students and programs, including  professional/technical credentials, teacher certification, and work-based learning. Read the version and more information here.

CAST

Friday, Sept 6, 2013: A look at water woes, hunger problems, and some people with solutions. Many serious ag stories—but also a scientific explanation for the art of cow tipping. 

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

USDA Grant Funding Application for Agriculture in the Classroom.
The Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants (SPECA) program seeks to: (a) promote and strengthen secondary education and two-year postsecondary education in agriscience and agribusiness in order to help ensure the existence in the United States of a qualified workforce to serve the food and agricultural sciences system; and (b) promote complementary and synergistic linkages among secondary, two-year postsecondary, and higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences in order to advance excellence in education and encourage more young Americans to pursue and complete a baccalaureate or higher degree in the food and agricultural sciences. Click here for a link to more information and application guidelines.