Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 10/13/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Oct 13, 2014

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October 13, 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 29- November 1
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY

November 18-22
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

Past Issues

October 6
September 29
September 22
September 15
September 8

Quote for the Week

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."
-Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Can Project-Based Learning Close Gaps in Science Education?(from Mind/Shift)
Putting kids to work on meaningful projects can transform classrooms into beehives of inquiry and discovery, but relatively few rigorous studies have examined how well this teaching method actually works. An encouraging new report describes preliminary, first-year outcomes from a study of 3,000 middle school students that shows kids can, in fact, learn more in science classrooms that adopt a well-designed, project-focused curriculum.
To see the full blog and access more information click here.

New Study Shows How Volunteerism and Service Impact Future Prospects for Youth
Many school based agricultural educators use volunteerism and service based learning as tools within their program to affect personal growth and even help bolster experiential learning opportunities. A new study supports that young people who engage in volunteer activities can cut their chances of being out of school and out of work by 50%. To see the full article and access more information on the study click here.

Here's Why We Haven't Quite Figured Out How to Feed Billions More People (from National Geographic)
Solving the world's looming food crisis will require big investments in agricultural research, yet public support for that is lagging. A recent article from National Geographic explores this issue in great detail. To read the full article and share with your students for a deeper understanding of the future challenges in global food security click here.

The Movie Farmland Makes its Streaming Debut (from Morning Ag Clips)
For those who have not yet seen it or been able to share it with your students Academy Award®-winning filmmaker James Moll’s feature length documentary, Farmland, is now available to stream on the free, ad-supported Hulu and Hulu Plus subscription service. Farmland will be available exclusively on the platform for four weeks – providing viewers with the opportunity to stream Farmland from their connected TVs, Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, laptops, tablets and mobile devices. Earlier this year, Farmland was shown in over 170 theaters across the country. To see the full press release click here.


October News & Views Now Available
National FFA Convention, NAAE Convention, President-Elect Candidates -- find out everything you need to know about these topics and so much more in October's edition of News & Views.

Visit NAAE at National FFA Convention

  • Discover new ideas and activities, receive free instructional materials, and learn strategies to increase student engagement at Teacher's World.
  • Bring your students to the Teach Ag booth to help us develop a cohort of current and future agriculture teachers who are Tagged to Teach Ag!
  • Stop by the NAAE booth to find out what opportunities we have for our members and write a note of encouragement to a current or future ag teacher.
  • Join us at noon on Friday for General Session 5, to hear from three very special agricultural educators as they share their stories and inspire students to pursue careers as agriculture teachers.

For more information about NAAE at National FFA Convention, click here!

The 2015-2016 Secure Optimal Yield Scholarship
A $5,000 one-time scholarship award will be presented to an eligible High School Senior who is going to pursue Agriculture as a degree area of study at any accredited College or University.
Candidates may apply on-line September 20 through November 20, 2014. Final selection will be made the first week of December during the ASA Board meeting. For more information and to apply visit this link.

NAAE Convention
Nashville is just around the corner! We have many professional learning sessions to make your convention experience great. Follow this link to view this year's workshops.

Also, make sure to register for the 2014 NAAE Convention by Friday, October 17th, to reserve your spot and take advantage of the Early Bird pricing.

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


Apply for a CASE Grant from DuPont Pioneer
DuPont Pioneer is offering grants to high schools to assist with the implementation of CASE in the 2014-2015 school year.  Teachers can apply for grants from $2,500 to $5,000 for implementing the CASE program in their schools including teacher training, equipment and materials, and end-of-course assessments through CASE Online. Applications must include a brief description of the agriscience program at the school, other CASE certified teachers and how this grant will impact agriscience education.  A letter of support from the district superintendent is also required.

To apply for a DuPont Pioneer Grant, complete the application here.

The deadline to apply for the DuPont Pioneer Grant is October 30, 2014.  To request more information or if you have questions, please contact


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.

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,

FFA Alumni

Alumni Auction at Convention
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

Alumni Schedule of Events at Convention
You will not want to miss any of the official FFA Alumni events taking place at Convention. From the booth hours in the expo to the General Business Session, there is something for everyone. Check out the tentative schedule today by clicking here.


Friday, October 10, 2014: A “State of Ag” address from Sec. Vilsack, a look at how school lunchrooms became a political football, and a kangaroo punch-up with some bounce—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).