Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 9/29/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Sep 29, 2014


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September 29, 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

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

October 29- November 1
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY

November 18-22
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

September 22
September 15
September 8
August 25
August 18

Quote for the Week

"We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone."
-Ronald Reagan

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

My American Farm App Available for iPads, Android Tablets and Kindle Fire
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has released a new version of its popular My American Farm app for iPads, Android tablets and Kindle Fire. The app is available for download on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.

The new version of the app, My American Farm 2.0, contains six My American Farm games, including the newly added Power Up game. This game allows young learners to dive into the world of energy and agriculture and embark on problem-solving missions for the virtual community of Energyville. The new app also builds on the math-focused game, In My Barn, with a Pre-K level to draw in new users. New badges also will be incorporated into the latest version of the app for everything from completing a game to engaging in virtual tasks like meeting a farmer or planting seeds.

The My American Farm educational resource is a special project of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. The site and resources are made possible through the generous support of title sponsor, DuPont Pioneer. To take advantage of the free My American Farm resources, games and activities,

New Program Gives Students Two-Year Head Start in College(from
Nia Comery, 14, has begun her freshman year of high school at River Parishes Community College in a new program that has some advantages, particularly one that will allow her to earn two years of college credits while in high school. The program, a partnership of the Ascension Parish school district and River Parishes Community College, lets high school students attend the community college for all four years of high school while still considered enrolled in their ?home? high schools. To read the full article click here.

5 Things College Applicants Can Do to Stand Out ? In a Good Way(from US News and World Report)
An academic passion, initiative and a proven interest in a college are key to getting your foot in the door ? and they?re only some of the attributes admissions officers are looking for in their ever more competitive applicant pools. To read the full article click here.
The Creating Quality Technical Educators Act of 2014  (from
The Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, introduced the Creating Quality Technical Educators Act that would create a CTE teacher-training grant partnership to recruit and train high-quality CTE teachers. The Creating Quality Technical Educators Act grant would foster partnerships between high-needs secondary schools and post-secondary institutions to create one-year teacher residencies for CTE teachers. Through grants in the Higher Education and Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), many teacher residency partnerships already exist between post-secondary institutions and local schools to train prospective educators, but none are CTE focused. To see the full article click here.


Interactive Workshops in Teacher's World at National FFA Convention
Teachers? World at National FFA Convention includes interactive teacher classrooms where agriculture teachers can learn new strategies to increase student engagement, discover new ideas and activities and receive free instructional materials. The workshop schedule is now available. To see which workshops are being offered, and learn about all Teachers? World events,  click here.

Safety in Agriculture for Youth September Newsletter
SAY is a project to develop a sustainable and accessible national clearinghouse for agricultural safety and health curriculum for youth. Check out their latest newsletter, with information about the recently developed OSHA 10-Hour General Industry (Agriculture) Training, the National Farm & Ranch Safety Symposium and the Curriculum Alignment of Safety Resources. Click here to view the September newsletter.

NAAE Convention
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 herefor more information and to reserve your spot today!

Apply for a NAAE Internship
We are offering summer internships in communications, professional development and advocacy. Applications are due December 19. Click here to apply.

Community of Practice Highlights


Friday, September 26, 2014: Food waste, virtual reality farming, and global breakfast menus (haggis or guinea pig, anyone?)?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).

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.

Alumni Auction
The great items that are up for grabs are now posted online. Check out all the items that will be up for auction at the 2014 Alumni Benefit Auction at the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo. Click here for full list. The auction will take place Thursday, October 30 at 8:00 p.m.  in KEC, South Wing C, C203-204

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.


Promoting Horticulture Initiative
Longwood Gardens, the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), FleishmanHillard, and Scholastic have teamed up to launch a groundbreaking effort  - a national Promoting Horticulture Initiative,endorsed by AmericanHort, American Horticultural Society, American Public Gardens Association, National Junior Horticultural Association, and over 150 additional partners. The campaign is designed to raise awareness around the critical importance, relevance and impact of horticulture.

The team is currently conducting research to determine awareness levels of horticulture, to understand the motivations and barriers to pursuing a career in horticulture, and to determine career motivations. Your help is needed to accomplish the initiative?s important goals. Please, take this survey to join the movement and to give your ideas and suggestions.

The Latest FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide Now Available
FFA advisors: Want to use articles from the Fall 2014 issue of FFA New Horizons in your classroom? Visit to access the latest FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide now.

Are you able to give service with a smile? Courtesy Corps needs you in Louisville!
Hosting a convention and expo for 62,500+ people is not a walk?in?the?park event to plan and execute ? our national FFA staff needs your help! Sign up for a courtesy corps shift today. The National FFA Convention & Expo Courtesy Corps is a great way for FFA members to get involved and help ensure our annual convention and expo is a success. Members will assist convention and expo program staff in fulfilling responsibilities in many areas including career development events, proficiency awards, the rodeo and more. Click here to see what shifts are available and to sign up.

Validate Educational Relevancy for the 87th National FFA Convention and Expo
How, you ask? By checking out our newly created Convention Standards Alignment documents. Advisors can use these while planning and implementing post?trip work. Standards for each session, workshop and Career Success Tour are suggested based on central themes and projected activities. Visit here to learn more. Or access the documents below:

2015 FFA: Food For All Grant application opens Oct. 1
What would your FFA chapter do with $2,500 to help fight hunger? Through the FFA: Food For All Grant program, middle and high school chapters may apply for up to $2,500 to support year?long service?learning projects that address local hunger needs. Visit the Food For All website for additional information.

K-12 STEM Projects Supported
Westinghouse N-Vision a Brighter Future Grant Program
The Westinghouse N-Vision a Brighter Future Grant Program provides support to U.S. K-12 teachers and schools who want their students to learn more about STEM through creative hands-on projects. Projects that involve students directly, and that incorporate community resources and utilize interdisciplinary or team-teaching strategies are given priority. Three schools will be awarded $1,000 to complete their projects, and another $2,000 will be granted to each of these school?s science departments for their needs. The application deadline is November 14, 2014. Visit the Westinghouse website to download the application guidelines.

Judges needed for the convention and expo
If you or someone you know will be in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 29 - Nov. 1 and are interested in volunteering on Wednesday Oct. 29 and/or Thursday, Oct. 30 during the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo, please contact Jenna Genson or Dan Chabot. We will need each individual?s first and last name as well  as an email address to send the appropriate invitation based on the preferred award area. Please know that we cannot reimburse for any travel or parking accommodations. Additionally, in an effort to maintain the integrity of the process, we try to avoid placing judges in areas where their state/school is represented.  Additional details are available upon request.

Agriscience Fair Judges
Wednesday, Oct. 29 Noon - 6 p.m.
Jenna Genson,

National Chapter Judges
Wednesday, Oct. 29 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Jenna Genson,

Proficiency Judges
Thursday, Oct. 30 Noon - 5 p.m.
Dan Chabot,

Proficiency Room Hosts
Thursday, Oct. 30 10:30a.m. - 5 p.m.
Dan Chabot,

Star Judges
Thursday, Oct. 30 Noon - 5 p.m.
Dan Chabot,