Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor--6/9/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jun 9, 2014

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June 9, 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

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

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

September 25
National Teach Ag Day
Inver Grove Heights, MN

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

Past Issues

June 2
May 19
May 12
May 5
April 28

Quote for the Week

"It is vital that when educating our children's brains that we do not neglect to educate their hearts."
-Dalai Lama

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

News from SAE Renewal Taskforce
Assist the SAE Renewal Taskforce in gathering information to help redefine SAE in agricultural education, by providing your input on theSAE Renewal Question for the Profession. Each Monday, we will post a question for the profession to respond to. The SAE Renewal Taskforce will use these questions as a way to gather information, so they can work to strengthen SAEs.  This week’s question is ”How do you define “agricultural” in your local SAE programs?”  Go to this link to leave your comments.

Looking for Information to share about the fight to end global hunger, then visit Elanco’s sensible table website
Many in agricultural education are interested in the issue of both local and global hunger. There is a lot of information out there that educators can access to help their students better understand the complexities of this problem. One such resource is This website contains statistics, reports and suggested solutions regarding one of the greatest challenges facing us in the 21st century. To learn more click here.

There is also a great deal of information available to help students understand that factors other than population play a critical role in our food security issues. For more information on how rising incomes, climate change, and available technology play an important role click here.

Studies of STEM-Focused Schools Yield Mixed Results (from Education Week)
STEM focused schools are becoming a popular solution for the nation’s dearth of students choosing career paths in the STEM related fields. However, research on the effectiveness of these schools has yielded very mixed results as to their ability to show results greater than those who do not attend STEM focused schools. To see the full article and learn more click here.

Moving Beyond Dependence On Tests, the case for Performance Based Assessment Testing
Recently, a Kentucky middle school was highlighted on National Public Radio for their novel approach to student assessment. The school has moved away from the traditional testing methods involved with evaluating student performance on state and national standards in favor of performance based assessment testing. The results for this particular school, once considered a failing school based on the traditional testing methods, has been phenomenal. To learn more about their success with performance based assessments click here.


NASAE Members
We need your help.  This year, we will be electing a new Agricultural Education Division Vice President for ACTE.  The Agricultural Education Division has established a rotation for the Vice President’s office among the three professional organizations, and this year it is NASAE’s turn to provide the candidates.  We need a minimum of two candidates from NASAE.   At this point, we have only one candidate. The responsibilities include attending three ACTE Board meetings each year, typically in early March, early July, and immediately prior to the ACTE annual conference. 

In addition to the ACTE responsibilities, the office also includes membership to the National Council for Agricultural Education.  This is an important responsibility for our profession, and I hope that we will have at least two outstanding candidates.  NASAE members should consider serving the profession in this way.  The term of office is three years, beginning July 1, 2015.In addition to being a member of NASAE and ACTE, candidates should have been active in their professional organizations.  Candidates must submit an application by June 15.  You can complete the nomination by going to: and click on the submit an application link.

If you have questions, please contact Jim Flowers


2014-2015 National Teach Ag Ambassadors Announced
Twelve future agriculture teachers will spend the next year promoting the agricultural education profession as part of the National Teach Ag Campaign ambassador program. The students were selected from a nationwide pool of agricultural education college students, through an application and interview process.  Click here to see who was selected!

June News & Views
Are you looking for inspiration this summer as you begin to plan for the upcoming school year? Check out June's Edition of News & Viewsfor stories about what your awesome colleagues are accomplishing in their ag ed programs!

Join the OAR Northwest Mississippi River Adventure
OAR Northwest, a team of scientists, adventurers, and educators, will row down the Mississippi River, from its beginnings in Minnesota to the mouth in the Louisiana delta. Along the way, they'll document their journey through the largest watershed in our country. The crew will work with students and teachers to deliver real time data and information through social media and webcasts.

OAR Northwest would like to invite your school to join the adventure.  Their online program is free to anyone with an internet connection, and will include access to the rowers via emails and twice monthly webinars, for the duration of the expedition. For 30 schools (3 in each state close to the Mississippi River) OAR Northwest would like to supplement the journey with an in-person visit to your school, at no added cost. Lessons will be provided for teachers by their staff of educators.  Students from elementary to high school are invited to be part of the journey. What a great opportunity for our students to interact with the adventurers/scientists! Click here to learn how you can participate!

Community of Practice Highlights


Friday, June 6, 2014: Ag “asteroids” and the need for research, the World Pork Expo, and ag students visiting hog facilities in Denmark--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).


National Officer Nominating Committee
Know someone who would make a good Nominating Committee representative? Submit them to FFA by August 1 for consideration.Simply fill out this Nominating Committee Potential Representative form.

* The following states are not accepting nominations to prevent consecutive years of representation: FL, NV, MA, CO, NE, TX, SD, DE, and AR. down for maintenance July 1 - 7
From the morning of Tuesday, July 1, until Monday, July 7, FFA.orgwill be unavailable in order to move the website’s servers from Virginia to Indianapolis. Access to the Agricultural Career Network (AgCN) as well as award applications, rosters and other state and advisor membership tools will also be unavailable during this time. All online applications submitted and data updates made in AgCN before the maintenance window begins will still be there on July 7. The National FFA Foundation donation site and Shop FFA will be available during the outage. If you need to reach a member of our web team during this time, please email Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Apply now: National FFA Convention & Expo Newsroom Crew
The National FFA Organization is seeking college students or recent college graduates pursuing degrees in journalism, public relations, telecommunications or a closely related field to share with the world the news and feature stories coming out of the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 29 - Nov. 1, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. Apply here.

Shop FFA to close for week in July
In an effort to bring you a new and improved Shop FFA experience, the Shop FFA website will be closed from July 7 - 13. For any questions, contact or call 888-332-2668.

Now it’s easier and faster to get what you want on Shop FFA
Start enjoying the new Shop FFA this summer!  Spend less time shopping, searching and waiting for delivery! Features include:

Single sign-on
Throughout, you will be recognized anywhere on the site, and your contact information will be available while you shop, fill out an application, or register for an event.

Reduced shipping time
All shipments are now heading your way one to two days sooner!


Improved order tracking
Track every shipment associated with your order.


Search for exactly what you want
Search by style, size and color to find the perfect match.

Smithsonian: Tell us your story of agricultural education
If you were a member of FFA, 4-H, or other agricultural education program as a kid, you know just how powerful these experiences can be. Now you can share it with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History! The museum is embarking on a project to fill its Agricultural Innovation and Heritage Archive. The online repository is geared to collect and preserve the history of modern agriculture.

Thank you, farmers
June is Dairy Month, which brings the efforts of America’s farm families front and center. And now, FFA sponsor Culver’s is strengthening that spotlight through the second year of its “Thank You Farmers” campaign. In partnership with participating restaurants, great guests, the National FFA Foundation, local FFA chapters and other agricultural groups, Culver’s turns gratitude into full-fledged support of today’s farm families.

New this year is Culver’s “Sign of Thanks” social promotion. From now until June 13, guests are invited to share a photo of themselves posing with a thank-you note to farmers on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #culverssignofthanks. For every thank-you shared, Culver’s will donate $1 to the National FFA Foundation, up to $50,000. To participate, visit

FFA Alumni

Registration for the 2014 FFA Alumni Development Conference will be closing June 15! Register today online to make sure you don’t miss anything!  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 an ADCfor the record books. Register today!