Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor-3/31/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Mar 31, 2014

March 31, 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 programsin agriculture.

Upcoming Events

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

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 24
March 17
March 10        
March 3
February 24

Quote for the Week

"Intelligence plus character--that is the goal of true education."
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

USA Science and Engineering Festival April 25-27
The National Council for Agricultural Education and the National FFA organization will be participating in the 2014 USA Science and Engineering Festival April 25-27, 2014 in Washington, D.C.. The mission of this event is to re-invigorate the interest of our nation's youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational and entertaining science festival in the United States. Representatives from many different companies and educational organizations will take part in this event as sponsors, exhibitors and presenters. The event is designed to showcase STEM education and STEM careers to students, parents, administrators and businesses. The event is expected to draw thousands of visitors from around the country.
The Council and FFA will have an exhibit highlighting agricultural education?s connection to STEM and the many different career paths in agriculture. For more information on this event please visit this link!


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.


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. Registration deadline is Tuesday, April 1st!

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 agriculturaleducation 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.

2014 DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
The DEKALB® Agricultural Accomplishment Award is annually presented to one FFA student per chapter because they exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic.   In 2014, DEKALB is celebrating our 67th year of sponsorship of this award.

Teachers must nominate a student.  All nominations should be directed to the award email
All nominations should include:
a. Recipient (Nominee) Name
b. Banquet or Presentation Date
c. FFA Chapter / Name of School
d. Name/Address for Shipping
-assumes awards will not be shipped directly to recipients
-please allow lead time of 15 business days

Winners receive a commemorative award certificate, a lapel pin, and a congratulatory letter from the DEKALB Brand Lead.

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.


Common Core State Standards Meeting
The Association of Career & Technical Educators, The College Board, Student Achievement Partners and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium invite you to attend a FREE two-day Institute on implementing the common core in Career & Technical Education.  SPACE IS LIMITED and will be allocated to the first educator teams who sign up and indicate a commitment to implement and disseminate their learning locally.  The two-day Institute is designed to be a practical, interactive and collaborative learning opportunity for Career and Technical Educators at any level, and across all career clusters.  Participants will be provided with resources that they can freely use to provide local training and/or access to tools to continue their own implementation of the common core literacy standards in their own work.

For more information and to register by the April 4th deadline, click here.


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, visit

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 28, 2014: Borlaug-fest, Ag Day follow-up, and base jumping videos sure to awaken your acrophobia--plus 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).