Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor-4/28/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Apr 28, 2014

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April 28, 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 EventsMay 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
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Quote for the Week"The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance."
-Benjamin Franklin
MMM SubmissionsTo have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

The Council

College Course Offers Students Opportunity to Learn about Agricultural Issues and Grow Leadership Skill
The Purdue University College of Agriculture offers an Issues in Agriculture class that helps students understand all sides of complicated and controversial issue. Courses like these are outstanding ways to help students in agriculture learn about why people feel the way they do about certain issues, apply technical knowledge in real world contexts and develop important leadership skills such as negotiation, performing well in difficult conversations and resolving conflict in a healthy manner. As agricultural educators deal with the challenge of helping students learn about the many political and controversial issues in agriculture using techniques such as role playing and mock debate from several points of view can be powerful tools to engage students in the learning process and come away with a deeper understanding of the issues. To learn more about how Purdue University is helping students in agriculture learn how to deal with controversial issues and be prepared to resolve future conflict click here.


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 THIS THURSDAY, MAY 1. Follow this link to learn more and apply for the grant.

Farmer to Farmer Program in East Africa
NAAE is partnering with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), which is the lead organization, on a Farmer to Farmer (F2F) Program supporting East Africa. Click here for more information and to register today!

NAAE Virtual Book Club
Personalize your professional development this summer by participating in NAAE’s first virtual ag ed book club.  Register by June 1st to earn up to 5 hours of professional development credit or CEUs for participating.  To learn more and register, go to NAAE Virtual Book Club.

Are you interested in serving on the 2014 NAAE Awards Judging Committee?
This year, NAAE will judge a majority of their awards virtually through these national judging committees.  Sign up to serve our ag ed profession by May 10th.  Sign Up Here

2014 NAAE Convention Professional Development Workshop Request for Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2014 NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, November 18-22, 2014, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education.Follow this link to submit your proposal TODAY!

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


2013 Chapter Innovators’ Guide now available
Read how 45 FFA chapters developed a well-planned and well-executed Program of Activities in the 2013 Chapter Innovators’ Guide, which profiles the Model of Excellence, Model of Innovation and Outstanding Middle School winning chapters. The guide is available in PDF and on ISSUU, which now features a new app for Android.


Listen to FFA Today
Haven’t been able to catch our new radio program FFA Today on RURAL RADIO? No worries…you can now access the great interviews and tributes involving current and former members, chapters, advisors and alumni on The website will be updated regularly, but you can listen to FFA Today live on RURAL RADIO SiriusXM Channel 80 every Sunday at 6:30 p.m. EST (schedule subject to change).


Apply now: Grants to meet local environmental issues
The Living to Serve: Environmental Grant online application is now open. Chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support yearlong service-learning projects focused on meeting a local environmental need. Applications are due May 30. Visit the Environmental Grants webpage for additional information.

Free personalization through May 1
Recognize your FFA members at graduation with the FFA graduation sash and make it personal with free embroidery from FFA. Graduation is special, as is the years in FFA. Commemorate both with a personalized graduation sash. Also included are our moisture management Official Casual Dress polo shirts.

FFA Alumni

Registration is now open online for the 2014 FFA Alumni Development Conference. This year the conference will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan July 9-12. Anyone is welcome to join in on this fun and informative annual conference. Special tours, workshops, taste-of-states and much more are being set up now. It is sure to be anADC for the record books. Register today to take advantage of the early bird special!


Friday, April 25, 2014: Ag trade negotiations, ethanol disputes, and a Pharrell Williams down-on-the-farm parody--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).