Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 9/15/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Sep 15, 2014


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September 15, 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

September 8
August 25
August 18
August 11
August 4

Quote for the Week

"Keep your face always toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you."
-Walt Whitman

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

Returning veterans turn swords into plowshares (from The Poughkeepsie Journal)
U.S. Department of Agriculture data shows that though rural America makes up 17 percent of the country's population, it accounts for 44 percent of those who served in the military. Many veterans are returning from combat and looking for a place in agriculture. To see the full article and learn more click here.

Global Spotlight: Agricultural revolution in Africa could increase global carbon emissions
Historically, improvements in agricultural technology have conserved land and decreased carbon emissions at the global level: Gaining better yields in one area lessens the need to clear other areas for crops, sidestepping a land conversion process that can significantly raise the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. Agricultural advances in Africa, however, could have the reverse effect, increasing globally the amount of undeveloped land converted to cropland and raising greenhouse gas emissions according to a study from Purdue University.  To learn more click here.

Agricultural Educator Honored as 2014 ACTE Teacher of the Year
As an agricultural educator and FFA advisor at Tri-Valley School District for the past 13 years, Tara Berescik remains a source of inspiration and support for her students, even after they have left her classroom. For this reason and many others Tara has been honored by ACTE as their 2014 Teacher of the Year. To learn more about Tara and her agricultural education program click here.


National Teach Ag Day is Next Thursday!!
Teach Ag Day is quickly approaching. There are many ways that you can get involved from the classroom, to the university level! Check out how you can be involved:

For more general information about National Teach Ag Day, follow this link.

Apply for the 2014 National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program -- Deadline Friday
The National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program is committed to promoting inquiry-based teaching methods and the enhancement of science in agriculture to preservice teachers in agricultural education across the nation.
Preservice teachers can apply to attend an interactive, hands-on agriscience training program at the 2014 National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Selected participants will be challenged to develop inquiry-based lessons to use during their student teaching experience as well as when they enter the teaching profession.The program will take place during the National FFA Convention, on Wednesday, October 29 from 10:00am-4:00pm at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. Click here for more information and to apply.

XLR8 — Applications for the 2014 Cohort Due September 26th!
Retaining quality experienced teachers is important to the future of agricultural education. In 2013, NAAE developed XLR8 — the eXcellence in Leadership for Retention professional development program — to meet the needs of mid-career agriculture teachers.
The XLR8 program includes participation in an intensive professional development experience (multiple sessions) during the NAAE convention, recurring virtual learning experiences, and online collaboration using the NAAE professional learning community, Communities of Practice, as well as other social media tools. Follow this link for more information about XLR8 and to apply!

Community of Practice Highlights

FFA Alumni

Register for Convention
Registration is now open for National FFA Alumni. All FFA Alumni need to register for the National FFA Convention and Expo to access FFA Alumni events. No additional tickets are required for FFA Alumni events.

Volunteer for Convention
There will be plenty of ways for FFA Alumni members to volunteer and serve during convention. National FFA Alumni holds various activities throughout the week to interact and engage with students, teachers, FFA Alumni and other supporters and we need volunteers to assist! If you have some free time while in Louisville, please review and sign up for volunteer opportunities.

Yamaha Viking Sign Up
Yamaha has donated a new Viking ATV to be given to a lucky FFA Alumni member. It is simple to enter: By Oct. 1 make sure your FFA Alumni membership is current then complete your AgCN profile(name, mailing address, email address, date of birth and year graduated from high school.)

2014 Regional Development Conferences
These events are meant to engage individual members, local FFA Alumni leaders, State FFA Alumni leaders, agricultural educators and others involved with agricultural education. Event format allows for networking and socializing with fellow FFA Alumni, idea sharing and collecting feedback to address obstacles, learning and training in areas of advocacy, leadership, affiliate business operations and more! Check out the website for all registration information, schedules, hotels andmuch more.


Train your FFA members in safety with CareerSafe
CareerSafe and the National FFA Organization have formed an alliance to encourage and promote safety in agriculture.  As part of this partnership, for every OSHA 10-Hour course purchased using the FFA referral code at checkout, CareerSafe has pledged to donate $1 to the National FFA Organization. State FFA associations that implement the program will receive a portion of all donations for each FFA member in their state who enrolls in the OSHA 10-Hour training. To learn more,click here.


Friday, September 12, 2014: Harvest time brings farming dangers, water legislation debated in the House, and an elephant flies in the cockpit—these stories plus the usual news links, opinions, student happenings, and oddities.

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).

U.S. Department of Education

AmeriCorps – An Incredible Gift to Our Schools
Today marks the 20th anniversary of AmeriCorps, the national service program that has helped 900,000 Americans give a year of their lives in service to this country. Hundreds of thousands have served in our schools as teachers, tutors, and classroom assistants. Click here to read more.