Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor 3/17/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Mar 17, 2014


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March 17, 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, UTJuly 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

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February 17
February 10
February 3

Quote for the Week

"Education is the most powerful weapon for changing the world."
-Nelson Mandela

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

Students learn importance of agriculture industry in Salem County and how they can take part
Post from STEM Daily Newsletter by STEMconnector.

Future Woodstown (NJ) High School students recently learned about the importance of the agriculture industry in their area and how they can become a part of it. An event at Holly Acres Farm hosted by the owners, the Ackerman family, and the Woodstown-Pilesgrove Educational Advisory Committee gave future Woodstown High School freshmen a glimpse of what the school’s revamped agriculture education curriculum could offer them. About 200 eighth-graders from the Woodstown-Pilesgrove district and its sending districts attended the event. “We tried to think about how we could revamp our agriculture program and how we could get more students involved and enrollment to increase. And we wanted to gain an interest,” said local farmer Mike Brooks who chairs the Woodstown-Pilesgrove Agricultural Education Advisory Committee.

This event highlights the power of strong partnerships between school based agriculture education programs and their communities to expose students to real and relevant opportunities for them in the agriculture industry. Such partnerships ensure that programs are current and have the support to sustain themselves in a time of declining budgets and increased emphasis on academic priorities and progress.  To learn more about the event in Woodstown click here.


Job Announcement – CASE Agricultural Mechanics Curriculum Writer
Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is pleased to announce the development of the fourth CASE Program of Study pathway. The first course in this pathway is Agriculture Power and Technology (APT). CASE is currently seeking a talented applicant to fill a full time CASE Curriculum Writer position. APT is a CASE foundational level course intended to provide instruction in agricultural mechanics with emphasis on STEM enhancement.

The application packet is available on the CASE website. All applications are due APRIL 1, 2014. The review process and hiring timeline is extremely compact with the intent on hiring by mid-May. All inquiries about the position should be made to Dan Jansen, CASE Project Director.


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.

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.

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.

212°/360° host registration now open

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

FFA Alumni

2014 FFA Alumni Development Conference
Are you proud of the successful students produced by agricultural education programs and FFA? Are you the best advocate you can be?

The 2014 FFA Alumni Development Conference (ADC) will challenge those attending to “engage“ their local community, school officials, business leaders and everyone they meet. ADC workshops will lead participants through the growth and leadership continuum and help find, develop and use their voice in advocating for agricultural education and FFA. The workshops will include hands on training, Alumni and FFA updates, educational tracks and top notch motivational speakers. There are also educational tours and activities that feature regional agriculture at its best and visits to local FFA chapters to see what is happening in agricultural education and the support received by local alumni. You won’t want to miss this educational, informational, entertaining and fun event. Identifying promising practices and developing ideas on how to support your local or state programs for alumni is huge and there is not a better place to make that happen than Alumni Development Conference. Watch the FFA Alumni website for details. Registration is open April 1- June 15. For additional information call 317-802-4332

New Alumni Staff member named
National FFA Alumni has a new program promotions manager. Jada Buchanan has joined the National FFA Alumni and will the new manager promoting all alumni programs, awards and resources. Before coming to the Alumni Buchanan was the Manager of Marketing for the American Quarter Horse Association. With the focus FFA is moving to increasing participation and engagement on the post-secondary and beyond FFA membership lifecycle her role is essential. You will soon see increased building of relationships with new and existing partners, increased value for alumni members and increased communication through social media as well as all new print materials. Ms Buchanan will also be focusing on the role out of new membership options National FFA Alumni will soon be promoting. All this and more will be done to grow membership and support  programs and chapters across the country. Look for more coming soon from National FFA Alumni and as you have an opportunity please introduce yourself to the new alumni program promotions manager Jada Buchanan.


Friday, March 14, 2014: Maybe we’ll all have our own drones someday. For now, the tech is certainly affecting agriculture. A meat map, a 500-pound wild boar--and the usual 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).


Teach Ag State Teach Ag Results (STAR) Program
If your state is interested in partnering with the National Teach Ag Campaign to develop a sustainable and effective recruitment and retention plan you need to submit your intent to participate application electronically by 5pm EST on Friday, March 21.  More details can be found here.

2014 NAAE Ag Ed Advocacy Video Challenge – Submission Deadline is NEXT MONDAY!
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.

Gothic Arch announces Greenhouse Construction/Enhancement Grant for NAAE Members
Gothic Arch is now accepting applications from NAAE members who would like to construct a new greenhouse or enhance an existing greenhouse for their middle school or high school agricultural education program.
This opportunity is open to all active and active life NAAE members who are currently teaching agriculture in a middle school or high school. Four $2,500 grants will be awarded in 2014.NAAE is excited to partner once again with Gothic Arch Greenhouses, a long time supporter of agricultural education in public schools.Applications are due May 1. Follow this link to learn more and apply for the grant.

Career Academies of Nashville & Agricultural Education Study Visit 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.

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.

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.


ACTE invites you to submit a program session proposal for ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2014, November 19-22, 2014 at Gaylord Opryland, Nashville, TN.
We are seeking high-quality proposals that address a full range of issues facing CTE educators. Proposals should include “how to” strategies and/or evidence-based research. All proposals are due by 5pm (EST), on Friday, March 28th. Click here for more information.