Julie Fritsch

Monday Morning Monitor 10/14/13

Blog Post created by Julie Fritsch on Oct 14, 2013

October 14, 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

October 7
September 30
September 23
September 16
September 9

Quote for the Week

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
-Henry Stanley Haskins

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The Council

Member Organization Spotlight: Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU)
One of the most recent additions to The Council’s lineup of partnering organizations is the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU). The Council’s primary engagement with APLU is through the Academic Program Section (APS). APS is comprised of the associate deans responsible for academic programs at our nation’s colleges of agriculture and related disciplines.  Overall, APS represents 160+ institutions having academic programs in agriculture, natural resources, life, and related sciences.

The vision of APS is to provide academic instruction and other programs that prepare society-ready graduates with the skills and competencies necessary to sustain and enhance the food, agriculture, natural resource and life science systems needed by professionals and the general public. This involves the engagement of faculty in the development and implementation of relevant undergraduate and graduate curricula, establishing effective advisement systems for students, and the mentoring of faculty to become accomplished teachers in a learning community environment.

So why partner with The Council? There are challenges in carrying out this vision for which school based agricultural education and alliance to organizations, such as The Council, are part of the solution. Some of these issues include:

  • Declining enrollments in some undergraduate and graduate programs are occurring at a time when student demand for higher education is on an escalating track.
  • The higher education student population does not match the rapidly changing demographics of our nation’s population.  The same is true for faculty.
  • Insufficient graduates to meet the needs of the systems we populate with professionals.
  • The demographics of those currently in professional positions suggest that within five years, in excess of 50% will be eligible for retirement.
  • Our institutions are continuing to see shrinkage in state funding for all higher education programming.
  • Our curricula in our colleges of agriculture and life sciences may not adequately reflect the opportunities for students to gain the skills and competencies they will need in an increasingly high technology driven and global economy.

To learn more about APLU visit http://www.aplu.org. APLU is represented on The Council Board of Directors by Dr. Bryan Garton, associate dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and natural Resources at the University of Missouri.

Convention Judges Needed
Any advisor, volunteer or state staff already attending Convention, please consider volunteering to judge a Proficiency area.  We have 27 award areas that do not have enough judges right now!  Proficiencies will be judged Thursday, October 31, 12 - 5pm. Email judges@ffa.orgto receive an invitation to register to judge.

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.

New FFA Fact Sheet now available

The new FFA membership numbers are in and wow, they are impressive! Looking for a handy resource that breaks down the numbers and provides a nice overview of the organization? Click here.

Major FFA hunger exhibit to help fight food insecurity
Experience an important, interactive exhibit on food insecurity on the expo floor (Booth #1629) during the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo.  Learn about the causes of food insecurity and how to take positive action in your community to address it. "Running on Empty: A Journey through Hunger" will kick off a year-long FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge. Don't miss it!


Apply to be a 2014 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador
The DuPont National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy provides agriscience teachers the opportunity to learn how to incorporate more science into their curriculum and make learning fun and challenging for students. The ambassadors will also conduct workshops at National FFA Convention and NAAE Convention to help other teachers learn how to be more effective in the classroom. Click here for more information and to download the application.

Attending National FFA Convention? Make Time for Professional Development!
While your students are participating in events at National FFA convention, take time to participate in Teacher’s World professional development. Topics range from agriscience to anatomy and more. Get the complete workshop schedule (and find out what awesome prizes you could win for attending) on the NAAE website.

2013 National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program Participants Selected
The DuPont National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program promotes inquiry-based teaching methods and the enhancement of science in agriculture to preservice teachers in agricultural education across the nation. This year 16 agricultural education majors were selected to participate in the inaugural class of the National Agriscience Preservice Teacher program, which will happen during the National FFA Convention. Learn more about the program and see this year’s participants.

Wilbur Chancellor: Region V Lifetime Achievement Award
Wilbur Chancellor, former agricultural teacher at  Choctaw County Vocational Center, contributed not only his knowledge to high school agriculture programs, but stepped up to fill several positions after retirement. After 25 years of teaching at Choctaw, Chancellor served as State FFA Advisor, State FFA Coordinator, and State Supervisor. Read more on Chancellor and other awards here.

Communities of Practice Highlights


Friday, Oct. 11, 2013: The “Nobel Prize of Agriculture” comes in the form of the World Food Prize; a salmonella outbreak causes concern; and many other ag news items.

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