Christi Chadwell

Monday Morning Monitor 9/30/2013

Blog Post created by Christi Chadwell on Sep 30, 2013

September 30, 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

October 30-November 2

National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY

December 3-7
NAAE Convention
Las Vegas, NV

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

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


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


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, 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  please include name and email address of each nominee.


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).


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