Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 6/16/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jun 16, 2014

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June 16, 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 9
June 2
May 19
May 12
May 5

Quote for the Week

"Know what sparks the light in you. Then use that light to illuminate the world."
-Oprah Winfrey

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 the SAE 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 engage students in SAE who are not in your program for a full year?"  Go to this link to leave your comments.

ACT examination to begin addressing STEM and Career Readiness
The ACT recently announced changes it plans to make in the next year to add new scores in areas such as STEM and career readiness to help students find weak areas for improvement or discover aptitudes they were unaware of to consider for potential college majors and career paths. To learn more click here.

Current College Students Expect Higher Education To Be Much More Accessible, Flexible and Career Oriented in the Future
A recent study of more than 20,000 college students has discovered some very interesting attitudes about their views and attitudes for the future of college education. To learn more about the results of the study and how that could impact current K-12 student expectations of higher education click here. A summary of the survey's findings is available at

Interesting and Timely Topic to Help Educate Agricultural Education Students About Impact of Consumers on Future Production Practices
Cargill Pork, one of the nation’s largest pork producers, announced this week that they plan to have 100% of their production moved to group housing by the end of 2015. This was a major announcement for the pork industry and the company expressed that continued demand from their customers for Pork produced using group housing for gestating sows as the reason for seeking these changes. This topic can be used as a great classroom tool to help students better understand the issue and how customer demands are shaping the production methods used across all agricultural commodities. For more information click here.

Project Based Learning (PBL) Continues to grow as a Method of Choice in All Education Disciplines
Those of us in school based agricultural education have long used PBL concepts as a cornerstone of the educational program we use to impact students. In fact, it has been embedded over a long history as one of the three components of a total agricultural education program. Within the general education community there has been a rise in the use of PBL to help meet economic and societal demands for the educational institutions to provide relevant experiential learning and career readiness skills across all disciplines. To see how one teacher is using entrepreneurship based PBL to work with their students click here.


NAAE Convention Early Bird Registration Ends July 7th!
The 2014 NAAE Convention schedule and the ACTE CareerTech VISION 2014 schedule are being planned so NAAE members may attend sessions at both meetings. NAAE members will pay one registration fee and have full access to both conferences. Click here for more information and to register.

Farmer to Farmer Program
NAAE is partnering with Catholic Relief Services (CRS), which is the lead organization, on a Farmer to Farmer (F2F) Program supporting East Africa.

This new five-year program promoting sustainable economic growth, food security and agricultural development in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Tanzania sends U.S. volunteers with agricultural expertise to share skills and help build capacity for African farmers through short-term training and technical assistance projects. Click here to learn how you can help!

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 13, 2014: Water fights, full moons on the farm, and some praise for young people--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.

US Department of Education

Making sure our high school students are college and career-ready is major focus of President Obama’s jobs-driven training agenda, and is also central his goal for the United States to lead the world in college completion by 2020.

That’s why, as we prepare for the upcoming school year, the departments of Education, Health and Human Services and Labor are working together to help local school systems around the country makes use of federal resources to help ensure our young people are the best-prepared workers in the world.Click here to read more.