Christi Chadwell

Monday Morning Monitor 9/9/2013

Blog Post created by Christi Chadwell on Sep 9, 2013

September 9, 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 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
January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
May 20-23
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


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; 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.


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


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.


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 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.