Christi Chadwell

Monday Morning Monitor 10/7/2013

Blog Post created by Christi Chadwell on Oct 7, 2013

October 7, 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 30
September 23
September 16
September 9
August 26

Quote for the Week

"We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough."
-Helen Keller

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

Member Organization Spotlight: National PAS Organization

The success of the agricultural industry is dependent on an educated workforce trained to meet the ever-changing landscape of a rural America where addressing world population food and fiber needs will have the greatest impact.  These changes will require providing educational training that is not only appropriate but timely to address the geographically diverse of the industry.The National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization (PAS) is an organization associated with approved postsecondary institutions offering degrees, diplomas and/or certificates in agriculture, agribusiness, natural resources and related curriculum areas.  These institutions provide students with the necessary training and skills to seek immediate employment within the industry and to become valuable employees that will help revitalize rural America.As a member of The Council, the National PAS Organization role in agricultural education has been to provide a continuation of leadership training through industry focused activities within the educational institutions serving those students who will become the leaders of our rural communities.  We offer an opportunity for those students enrolled in postsecondary program to strengthen their connections through our motto of "Uniting Education and Industry in Agriculture." Our rural communities have continued to experience a shortage of workers for many of the industries served by them.  The National PAS Organization will continue to provide opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills as they become leaders in the revitalization of rural America.
As a member of The Council, the National PAS Organization has the opportunity to provide a stronger connection between our current agricultural education systems and the demands of a diverse industry.

Craig A. McEnany
Executive Director, National PAS Organization
Board Member, National Council for Agricultural Education


XLR8 Participants Named
Congratulations to the teachers selected to participate in the inaugural class of the XLR8 Institute. This professional development opportunity for agriculture teachers who have been teaching between 7 and 15 years is sponsored by CSX as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

Rock National FFA Convention 2013 with NAAE!
Walk The Red Carpet at the Teach Ag Booth
Visit the Teach Ag booth (#619) and give the paparazzi what they've been dying for - shots of rock star future ag teachers! Students can sign up for the campaign, put their name on our Walk to Fame (as an ag teacher) and leave with a brand new Teach Ag t-shirt, Owly (like an Oscar, but better), and a Polaroid shot to commemorate their rise to stardom as an agriculture teacher!

Groom Your Rock Star Skills with Teachers' World Professional Development
Rock out your classroom with the ideas and skills you gather at Teachers' World professional development sessions. While your students get their picture on the Teach Ag red carpet, visit Teachers' World exhibits and take a breather in the Internet Cafe, sponsored by Monsanto. Get details about Teachers' World interactive workshops here.

Grab some Swag at the NAAE booth
Stop by the NAAE booth (1200) and pick up your swag bag, filled with goodies to help you survive the week. While you're there, find out about NAAE convention and other opportunities for NAAE members.
Ag Ed majors - Are you headed to the classroom? Fill out a card for our Classroom Bound display and get a free shirt.

Get Inspired at General Session 5
Don't miss General Session 5, at noon on Friday, when three very special agricultural educators will share their stories and inspire students to become agriculture teachers themselves.

National Teach Ag Day
The fourth annual National Teach Ag Day celebration was a huge success, thanks to the staff at North Carolina A&T and everyone else who contributed. 464 different sites joined the 2-hour livestream with a rough-estimate of more than 2,000 total viewers. There were 1200 #taglive13 tweets from 615 contributors reaching 229,000 accounts. 47 states tuned in at some point during the livestream. 73 people attended the live celebration in Greensboro. 16 people representing 10 states and 11 affiliate organizations directly participated in the event. Countless college campuses, high school classrooms and stakeholder groups joined the livestream remotely or celebrated in their own way. The archived version of the Teach Ag Day webcast is available here.

Scholarship Opportunity for High School Seniors
The American Soybean Association is excited to offer a scholarship to high school seniors. Visit this page for more information.

NAAE Membership Benefit
As a NAAE member, you can receive discounts at Choice Hotels International chains. Visit this page to read more about the discount and plan your next vacation today!

Communities of Practice Highlights


Coming soon- the 2014 National FFA Collegiate Scholarship Program!
Although "go live" isn't until Nov. 15, 2013, we are sending a reminder about important changes to the scholarship application deadlines.
New for 2014:
  • Online applications must be submitted prior to 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 1, 2014
  • Signature Pages must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2014
  • Membership must be submitted by state to national by March 1

Please help spread the word about the application deadline changes.  Direct questions, comments or concerns via email to

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.

Teach Ag!
Another successful National Teach Ag Day has passed but celebrating agricultural education as a profession is a year-round occasion at FFA.Watch now as National FFA President Clay Sapp talks about why agriculture educators are so important and learn the top five reasons to teach ag.

FFA Alumni Ignite!
All FFA Alumni members and guests are invited to attend several great events during the 2013 National FFA Alumni Convention in Louisville, Ky. New this year: the National FFA Alumni Awards Reception and FFA Link Insights, featuring leaders in the implement industry.  All members are also invited to attend the live auction and the awards and business sessions.  Click here to learn more.

Live benefit auction to help FFA members
Several items are up for sale at the National FFA Alumni Live Benefit Auction to raise money for FFA member scholarships. This year our featured item is a 2014 Ford F-150 XLT SuperCrew, along with many other items from sponsors such as New Holland and Claas. Mark your calendars for Thursday, Oct. 31 at 6 p.m. for this fun event.


Still needed: Volunteers for Alumni Nation
Register now to volunteer to work at Alumni Nation during the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo.  This interactive area is where alumni, friends and supporters can gather to share stories and to encourage others to become Forever Blue with the alumni. Important note: Everyone must register to attend the convention and expo. Volunteering with the FFA Alumni does not include convention passes, parking passes or hotel accommodations. Sign up here.


Friday, Oct. 4, 2013: The cold political freeze in D.C. affects agriculture and the Farm Bill; the Peterson Brothers have a new parody; and many other ag news items light up this harvest-time 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).


Government Shutdown and what that means for CTE?
To learn more about how your program and CTE is affected by the shut down, please visit this page.