Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor 3/24/14

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March 24, 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 17
March 10        
March 3
February 24
February 17

Quote for the Week

"Education is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness."
-Thomas Jefferson

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

The Council's 2013 Annual Report Now Available

The National Council for Agricultural Education would like to announce the release of their 2013 Annual Report. The report contains information on the accomplishments of the past year in regard to The Council's strategic plan for agricultural education and other projects associated with the organization. To view and read the report pleasevisit/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.


Apply now: National Collegiate FFA Agriculture Ambassadors
Do you know a college student studying agriculture? Do they have a passion for spreading the good word about the industry? Applications are now available for the 2014-2015 National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador team. Selected students are trained to give presentations and facilitate workshops to audiences of all ages who are interested in learning more about agriculture. Be sure to review the FAQ prior to beginning the application process. When prepared, complete the application. To learn more about the program, visit the ambassadors webpage. Applications are due Tuesday, April 15 at 5 p.m. EST. Don't delay, get started today!

Kick-start your ag career
Agriculture is in constant need of talented sales and service professionals. Are you ready for a career that truly impacts the world? If so, join us to "Kick-Start Your Career in Agriculture" on April 9 at 3:30 p.m. in the Hollingsworth Auditorium/Ellington Plant Sciences at the University of Tennessee--Knoxville. Education and Marketing Manager Ashley Collins will discuss the skills and experience required for a fulfilling career in agriculture. You can also watch the event livestream online.  For details and to register,

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.

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


Friday, March 21, 2014: Temple Grandin philosophy, a need for young ag scientists, and animals raining from the sky--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).


2014 NAAE Ag Ed Advocacy Video Challenge ? Submission Deadline is TODAY!
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.

Hummert International Short Course
Hummert International is now accepting applications for their Greenhouse Management and Operations Short Course. Applications are due May 30th. Click here for more information.

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.