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.
Quote for the Week
"If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten."
To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.
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
National Teach Ag Day is next Thursday!
Help us Spread the Word!
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
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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org please include name and email address of each nominee.
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.