Julie Fritsch

Monday Morning Monitor 3/10/14

Blog Post created by Julie Fritsch on Mar 10, 2014

March 10, 2014


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

April 16-18
NAAE Region I Conference
Waikiki Beach, HI

May 20-23
Salt Lake City, UT

July 9-12
National FFA Alumni Development Conference
Grand Rapids, MI

September 23-25, 2014
Western Region AAAE
Kona, Hawaii

October 9-11, 2014
Central Region AAAE
Morgantown, WV

Past Issues

March 3
February 24
February 17
February 10
February 3

Quote for the Week

"Excellence in education when we do everything that we can to make sure they become everything that they can."
-Carol Ann Tomlinson

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

After The Summit follow up: Prosser’s Promise
At the 2014 Agricultural Education Summit and FFA In-service many challenging presentations were given regarding the role experiential and work based learning should play in agricultural education programs across the nation. One of the most compelling of these presentations came from Scott Stump, Assistant Provost for Career and technical Education at the Colorado Community College System. Stump also serves as Vice President of the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc).
Stump titled his presentation Reclaiming Prosser’s Promise, referring to the work of Charles Prosser and the 16 Theorems of Vocational Education, and more directly Prosser’s Theorem #1:“Vocational education will be efficient in proportion as the environment in which the learner is trained is a replica of the environment in which(s)he must subsequently work.”
Stump’s presentation put forward some challenging statistics and concerns for all agricultural educators to consider. Some of those include:

  • Work based learning is weakly integrated in to the US system of career and technical education in comparison to other nations, impacting our global competiveness
  • The US has a growing youth unemployment issue, only 32% of young people entering college and careers have prior work experience……..what will be the result of a generation where only a third of them have work based experiences prior to entering college or their first career position?
  • 85% of our nation’s persistent poverty areas are in rural counties. Economic and entrepreneurial growth in these areas is vital to rural community survival.
To learn more about how taking a modern perspective on our commitment to work based learning and Supervised Agricultural Experience can be critical to the future of agricultural education and our economy visit this link and open the Third General Session drop down to view a video of Stump’s presentation and his PowerPoint.


2013 Proceedings now available
Relive all of the highlights of the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo in the 2013 Proceedings, the official record of the event. Click here to check it out.

Sign up now for convention and expo housing
2014 National FFA Convention & Expo chapter housing is open. Advisors, log into your MyAgCN for details. Housing closes Sept. 10.

Flip through the Spring 2014 issue of FFA New Horizons
In this issue, you'll read about how Easton Corbin Gives Back to FFA, get tips on preparing for your future career, learn fun facts about peanuts and more! Want to download the new FREE tablet app on your device? Click the following links to be connected: Apple, Kindleor Google. For teachers, the Spring issue’s teaching guide is also now available. Download it now and also sign up to be notified via email when a new teaching guide is posted.

Enter the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Video Contest
Create a one- to two-minute video with your FFA chapter by April 11 and you could win $1,000. To learn more, visit here.

Media plan and practicums for Agricultural Communications CDE now available
The 2014 Media Plan and Practicums for the Agricultural Communications CDE have been posted on the Agricultural Communications CDE webpage under the Event Preparation section. If you have any questions, email cde@ffa.org

212°/360° host registration opens March 15

Registration to host a 212° Virtues Conference (seventh-10th grades) or 360° Vision Conference (11th-12th grades) will be open online from March 15 - May 15. Conferences may be held at the chapter, regional or state level and only require a 70-student minimum. Check out theNational FFA Conferences webpage for more information.


Friday, March 7, 2014: Youth movement in agriculture—on and off the farm. Egg battle among states, ag-gag laws, and a fake foodie on TV. Links, opinions, student happenings, oddities, and ag news.

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).


2014 NAAE Award Applications Available
Apply for a 2014 NAAE Award. Most applications are due to the NAAE office by May 15. Click here for award information and applications.

CHS Scholarships for Ag Students
Earn a $1,000 scholarships to help pay for college and discover vast career opportunities in the ag industry. Applications are due March 15.Click here to apply.

2014 NAAE Ag Ed Advocacy Video Challenge – Deadline Extension – Monday March 24, 2014
Due to unexpected weather conditions across the U.S. we have decided to extend the deadline for the NAAE Advocacy Video challenge to give you more time to create your advocacy video!

NEW Entry deadline – March 24, 2014 Follow this link for complete challenge details.

NAAE Region I Conference - April 16-18
There's still time to register for the Region I Conference, to be held April 16-18 in Waikki Beach, Hawaii. Follow this link for conference details and the registration form.

Career Academies of Nashville & Agricultural Education Study
Career Academies are gaining in popularity across the country as schools work to increase student engagement and achievement by focusing on college and career readiness.  Consider attending the Career Academies of Nashville & Agriculture Education Study. Visit this page for registration and to learn how Nashville is offering personalized learning communities that offer rigor, relevance, relationships, and readiness for students interested in studying agriculture.

Community of Practice Highlights


USDA Challenge Grants Program - Applications Due April 3
The USDA has released the application and information for the Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program (SPECA). Click here for more details and the application.


CASE Institute Registration
CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the 30 CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! To register for a CASE Institute please follow this link.

Each site will be capped at 18 participants, with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an institute will be subject to a $250 cancelation fee. Please contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, at shari.smith@case4learning.org with any questions regarding the 2014 CASE Institutes.


Putting Data To Work: An Online Seminar On Data-Driven Decision-Making
March 25, 12:00 PM EST.
The term "data-driven decision making" is mentioned frequently by education policymakers. What does it mean for the classroom teacher though? How can CTE educators integrate data-driven decision-making into their classroom in order to increase the success of their students? This online seminar will explore how NOCTI and ACTE's new book, PUTTING YOUR DATA TO WORK: IMPROVING INSTRUCTIONS IN CTE can help educators use data-driven and disaggregated objective technical skill data to continually improve classroom instruction. Valuable for secondary, postsecondary, and adult educators, this online seminar is a must-watch and must-listen for any CTE educator.

To register, click here.

ACTE Expresses Disappointment in Response To Obama Administration’s Budget For Fiscal Year 2015
Alexandria, VA – The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) expressed concerns today regarding the Obama administration’s budget for fiscal year 2015, which provides inadequate funding for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

“The Obama Administration’s budget request does nothing to build the federal investment in CTE. Current Perkins funding levels are inadequate to prepare the nearly 12 million students enrolled in CTE programs for 21st century careers,” said ACTE Executive Director LeAnn Wilson. “It is concerning that the President continues to express his commitment to equitably providing opportunity for future generations by building a strong American workforce, but has not yet fulfilled that commitment by allocating adequate resources to CTE programs with a proven record of success, including the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.”

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