Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 7/14/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jul 14, 2014


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July 14, 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

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

July 7
June 30
June 23
June 16
June 9

Quote for the Week

"The principle goal of education is to create men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done."
-Jean Piaget

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

SAE Renewal Taskforce Weekly Question
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 to which we would like members of the ag ed profession to respond. The Taskforce will use these questions as a way to gather information so they can work to strengthen SAEs.

This week?s question is ?How are you using school-based facilities for SAE??  Go to this link to leave your comments.

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.

National Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Content Standard Revision Project

The Agriculture Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) Content Standards developed by the National Council for Agricultural Education were last revised in 2009. To maintain their relevance and utility as a guide for what students should achieve through the study of agriculture, the standards must be updated on a regular basis and The Council will be pursuing a revision update over the next nine months.

The primary goal of this update is to ensure that the current standards are aligned with and reflect current trends in industry and education. A second goal is to identify strategies for increasing adoption and use of these standards. As a key stakeholder in agriculture education, we value your input on these matters. You can complete a survey sharing your use and the challenges of the current AFNR Standards byclicking here.

Alliance for Excellent Education offers webinar to improve effectiveness for beginning teachers
Please join the Alliance for Excellent Education and the New Teacher Center for a discussion about meaningful support for the growing number of beginning teachers who are less likely to stay in teaching. Longstanding concerns remain about students? access to effective teaching as states gear up to implement rigorous college- and career-ready standards. What policies and practices can redress the unevenness in teaching quality within and among U.S. schools, particularly those serving students of color and low-income students?

Panelists will highlight current trends in the teaching workforce, the research on induction programs, and a systems approach to creating supportive teaching and learning conditions. A new Alliance report will be released in conjunction with the webinar?On the Path to Equity: Improving the Effectiveness of Beginning Teachers?that examines research on teacher turnover and performance and the implications for designing induction supports and professional learning as part of a coherent teacher development system. Panelists will also address questions submitted by viewers from across the county.

Register and submit questions for the webinar by clicking here.

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) is Looking for the New Faces of Farming & Ranching
Encourage farmers and ranchers in your community to check out this exciting opportunity to serve as a face of agriculture. Farmers and ranchers who grow and raise an assortment of foods through various methods, on differing scale and across all regions of the country, are encouraged to apply. Entries will be accepted beginning on Thursday, July 10 until Sunday, August 10, 2014 at midnight CT. To find out more about the program and what farmers and ranchers need to do to apply click here.


CASE is excited to announce the development of an introductory agricultural mechanics course entitled Agricultural Power and Technology. Over thirty participants actively involved in the agricultural mechanics field took part in the three day course development meeting, which was hosted in Johnston, Iowa by John Deere Financial.Carl Aakre, Agricultural Power and Technology Pathway Coordinator, will now take the concepts developed at that meeting to write a year-long curriculum. The goal of the meeting was to begin the planning for an agricultural mechanics course that will be piloted in secondary classrooms during the 2015-2016 school year.


NAAE Convention
Planning on coming to convention? The schedule for the 2014 NAAE Convention is now available. To see what we have planned, follow this link.
National Teach Ag Day
Teach Ag Day is quickly approaching. Go to this link to see how you can participate!

Community of Practice Highlights

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!


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.

Last chance to apply: 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.


Friday, July 11, 2014: With terms like ?natural,? ?healthy,? and ?fat free? being thrown around on food advertising, consumers are often confused?this plus the usual news 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).


July 9, 2014
Alexandria, VA - The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education consortium (NASDCTEc) today applauded the House of Representatives' passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), H.R. 803, which reauthorizes the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Click here to read more.