Christi Chadwell

Monday Morning Monitor 10/28/2013

Blog Post created by Christi Chadwell on Oct 28, 2013

October 28, 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 21

October 14
October 7
September 30
September 23

Quote for the Week

?Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.?
- Joshua J. Marine

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.


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 to 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  please include name and email address of each nominee.

Sign up now for the FFA virtual convention and expo
There?s still time to sign up for the inaugural National FFA Virtual Convention & Expo, the perfect way to bring the national convention and expo straight to your classroom.

  • Visit exhibitors within the virtual expo.
  • Participate in student workshops.
  • Watch general sessions.
  • Purchase memorabilia in the virtual shopping mall.
  • Download resources through Teacher's Corner.
  • And more!
  • $50 per FFA chapter (with members attending on site)*
  • $100 per FFA chapter (without members attending on site)*
* = Registration only available to FFA chapters

Visit the virtual convention and expo webpage to learn more.


Last Reminder ? NAAE activities at National FFA convention
As you?re packing those last important items for National FFA convention, be sure to mark your schedule to attend Teachers? World professional development, visit the internet café, send your students to our Teach Ag booth, visit us in the collegiate career fair, or take in General Session 5, where our teachers will be sharing why agricultural education is a great career. There are lots of opportunities to grow as a professional and get your students thinking about a career as an ag teacher ? don?t leave Louisville without taking advantage of them!

Region 2- Teacher Turn the Key Award Winner
Clayton Sallee, agricultural educator at Field Kindley Memorial High School in Coffeyville, Kan., received the 2012 Teacher Turn the Key Award. Sallee has been at Field Kindley since 2010, and has been instrumental in securing new funding and starting new courses. Read more about the award program and Sallee here.

Communities of Practice Highlights

FFA Alumni

FFA Alumni Opportunities at National FFA Convention

FFA Link Insights         
Wednesday, October 30. 4:30-7 p.m.
Kentucky Exposition Center, KEC, C205

Sponsored by the National FFA Alumni and Collegiate FFA, this event is specifically for Juniors in high school to young adults who have been out of high school for less than five years. FFA Link Insight will feature a panel of high-level industry executives talking about career opportunities in the implementation, sales and agricultural engineering fields. Following the panel discussion, Charlie O?Brien, Sr. VP for the Association of Equipment Manufactures (AEM), will share words of wisdom on achieving success in the industry of agriculture. Please encourage students you know attending convention to participate in both the FFA Link Insights and Meet-up.


FFA LINK MEETUP WEDNESDAY                    
Wednesday, OCTOBER 30, 6:00 P.M. ? 7:00 P.M.

Kentucky Exposition Center, KEC, outside C205

Following the FFA Link Insights we invite attendees to stay for the Link Meet-up and encourage FFA Alumni, exhibitors and other professionals to attend. FFA Link Meet-ups are an opportunity for young adults to interact with professionals across the agricultural industry to network, possibly identify a mentor, learn about opportunities, or just gain feedback from those who have gone before them. FFA Alumni, please mark your calendars to participate in the first ever FFA Link networking event!


Analysis of State CTE Standards
In October, NASDCTE released a report featuring An Analysis of State CTE Standards. This report provides national views on states adopting, organizing, and implementing CTE standards at secondary and postsecondary levels. Read more and download the report.


Friday, Oct. 25, 2013: Biotech crops fill the headlines, and school food programs are important in the U.S. and abroad. And what does a fox really say?

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).


STEM in high demand
The STEM shortage is real and profound, according to recent findings published by Bayer, and is particularly relevant for occupations requiring two- and four-year degrees. Read more on the study and the blog post here.