Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 7/7/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jul 7, 2014


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July 7, 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 30
June 23
June 16
June 9
June 2

Quote for the Week

"Agriculture is the most healthful, most useful and most noble employment of man."
-George Washington

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 Task Force in gathering information to help redefine SAE in agricultural education by providing your input on the following question: In what types of exploratory SAE experiences are your students engaged?  How do you package exploratory type SAE and manage them within your classes?

Post your comments at this link so that we can work together as a profession to strengthen SAEs at the local level.  Check back each Monday for a new question.

**Update- The SAE Renewal Taskforce will be meeting in early October and will be using the responses from each of these questions to continue the process of "renewing" SAEs.  Thanks in advance for your responses.  Each and every one will be useful for the Taskforce.

The Actuarial Foundation makes Grants Available to Enhance Practical Learning in Math
ASA grants support math programs that open your students’ minds to the practical power of math! The purpose of an ASA grant is to support math enhancement programs that bridge the gap between classroom and real world mathematics. You are eligible to submit an application for a math enhancement program through practical learning in agriculture that you would like to see funded at your school! – To see more click here.

July 2014 Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) Newsletter Available
Increasing agricultural safety awareness is a critical issue for agricultural youth, which is often overlooked.  Safety awareness, knowledge, reducing hazardous situations and risk exposure needs to be in the forefront of AFNR instructional programs. To view the July 2014 Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) Newsletter and see an update of the progress being made with the SAY project click here.

USDA Launches New Website to Help Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Navigate USDA Programs
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Krysta Harden describes the new website as a one-stop shop for folks who are entering agriculture for the first time and may not be familiar with USDA and the many tools that they have to assist farmers and ranchers. Click here to view the website in order to help your students and/or beginning farmers and ranchers in your community better understand the services of USDA.


NAAE Convention Early Bird Registration Ends TODAY!
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. Also, if you register by today, your name will be entered into a raffle to win one free Music City Backstage Attraction Pass ($1000 value)! Click here for more information and to register.

Community of Practice Highlights


CASE would like to welcome Pathway Coordinators to the CASE Team. Carl Aarke will serve as the Agricultural Power and Technology Pathway Coordinator, Melanie Bloom will serve as the Plant Pathway Coordinator, and John McGinity will serve as the Natural Resources Pathway Coordinator! Check out the CASE website for their contact information and biography. CASE is looking forward to their contributions to new and existing CASE courses.

CASE Curriculum Institutes
CASE Curriculum Institutes are well underway for the summer. So far, seventeen different Curriculum Institutes have been held across the nation. CASE institutes have certified over 130 participants in Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (about 30 of whom were preservice teachers), 45 participants in Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant, 90 participants in Principles of Agricultural Science - Animal, and 10 in our newest course, Food Science and Safety. This makes a total of about 275 new CASE certifications so far. There are still thirteen more institutes in July and August that include all of the above courses as well as Natural Resources and Ecology and Animal and Plant Biotechnology.  The total expected number of new CASE certifications this summer is around 500. Without the hard work and dedication of our CASE Lead Teachers and Host Site Coordinators, these professional development opportunities would not be possible. CASE would like to congratulate the participants who successfully complete Curriculum Institutes this summer, and wish them all a great school year implementing CASE in their programs!

FFA Alumni

The National FFA Alumni Association is thrilled to announce theYamaha Viking Giveaway! Yamaha has donated a brand newViking ATV to be given away to a lucky FFA alumni member. Members and⁄or new members just need to make sure they are entered by Oct. 1. It is simple to enter: Make sure your FFA Alumni membership is current and then complete your AgCN profile. To be eligible for this drawing you must fill out the complete AgCN profile, which is name, mailing address, email address, date of birth and year graduated from high school. Good luck!

FFA down for maintenance July 1 – 7
From the morning of Tuesday, July 1, until Monday, July 7, will be unavailable in order to move the website’s servers from Virginia to Indianapolis. To learn more, visit here.

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.

National FFA Talent Competition – It’s Back!
In 2014, National FFA Talent will again host the National FFA Talent Competition! Can you sing, dance, play an instrument or throw around a mean yo-yo? We want your talent! Not only will talent members provide entertainment and musical skills on the talent stage during sessions and at banquets and events, they will also compete to be named the 2014 National FFA Talent Competition Winner. Apply today! More details about National FFA Talent can be found here.

Be a part of the 2014 National FFA Band and Chorus!
National FFA Band and Chorus members have claimed some of the best seats in sessions 1- 9 at the National FFA Convention & Expo for more than 60 years. Submit your application to audition and perhaps claim your seat on stage! Applications are now available for members interested in sharing their musical gifts along with 150+ other FFA members from across the country. More details about National FFA Band  and Chorus are available in the following links: BAND orCHORUS.

US Department of Education

Building on Progress:  Closing the Gender Gap and Expanding Women's Access to Non-Traditional Occupations
ED’s Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) is commissioning a study that will examine gender equity in secondary career and technical education. Specifically, it will look at whether girls and young women in high school have access to high-quality programs that prepare them for careers in non-traditional occupations. Click here to read more.