Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 10/20/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Oct 20, 2014
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October 20, 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 13
October 6
September 29
September 22
September 15

Quote for the Week

"Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'."
-Audrey Hepburn

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

Opinion: The Planet Needs More Plant Scientists (from
According to Alan M. Jones, a Kenan Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, academia is not producing sufficient PhDs in the plant sciences to solve the crop production challenges facing a rapidly growing population. To read more detail about how he feels the troubling statistics regarding the stagnant number of PhD degrees being awarded in agriculture have potential negative impact for society click here.

McDonald’s is Reaching Out to Consumers to Educate Them about the Quality of Their Products (from USA Today)
McDonald's (MCD) is suddenly talking about what's in its burgers. And what's in its nuggets. And, yes, even about the icky topic of pink slime. In an unusual, perhaps risky, social media campaign that's clearly targeting Millennials, the fast-food chain has rolled out the first stage of a promotional effort dotted with "behind-the-scenes" webisodes that it's dubbed: "Our Food. Your Questions." To learn more and see one of the first videos click here.

California School Districts have Developed a Program to Reduce Teacher Turnover in CTE (from
Faced with overwhelming turnover among their CTE instructors, especially among those coming to the classroom from industry and not traditional teacher preparation programs, three California school districts developed a joint professional development program that has significantly reduced CTE teacher turnover. The program focuses on increasing their understanding and acumen in areas like pedagogy and classroom management while fostering an atmosphere of mentoring and mutual support that helps these teachers increase their level of engagement with their profession. To learn more click here.


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.

Download the 2014 Convention and Expo Guidebook App
Keep the convention and expo at your fingertips with the guidebook app, which features up–to–date information on what’s happening every minute. Click here to learn more.

See Gavel-to-Gavel Coverage of the Convention and Expo on iHigh
Not going to the convention and expo this year? Catch all the action from your home or classroom on More than 50 hours of convention coverage will be streamed live, including the RFD–TV broadcast of the general sessions. Visit to learn more.

2014 National FFA Convention & Expo: Courtesy Corp
Do you want to help make the 2014 National FFA Convention & Expo a success? 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. Sign up today! New this year: Members who register and volunteer for a Courtesy Corp shift will be entered to win a $50 Shop FFA gift card for providing stellar service.

Get ready, set…2015 National FFA Scholarship Program nears
It’s almost here! The 2015 application goes live in just over a month. Same as last year, the application will be available beginning Nov. 15. Online submissions are due prior to 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 1. Students will have 10 weeks to submit an application. The Signature Page required to complete eligibility must be postmarked no later than Feb. 8. Be sure to mark these dates on your calendar. Questions, comments or concerns? Email

2015 FFA: Food for All Application Now Open
Lanier FFA in Texas put the “culture” back in agriculture by partnering with the Multicultural Refugee Coalition to create a community garden. What would your chapter do with $2,500 to fight hunger? Apply today at Applications due Nov. 26.

Tax Notice: Don’t Delay
Remember to file the annual Form 990-N to maintain your federal tax exempt status. Failure to do so could result in automatic revocation of your Federal tax exemption by the IRS, and a lengthy reinstatement process. Questions? Contact Colleen Rosene, or 317-802-4311.

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,

National FFA Marketing Plan CDE Workshop
The National FFA Marketing Plan CDE committee will host a workshop at the National  FFA Convention and Expo this year. The workshop will take place  at 1 p.m., on  Friday, Oct. 31 pm at the Kentucky Exposition Center in West Hall W3. This one hour seminar covers ways to develop, prep and direct a marketing plan team in your school.
Subjects include:

A) Recruiting team members
B) Big schools versus small ... do either have an edge?
C) Keeping your team members engaged and excited
D) What's in it for the team and the school?
E) Selecting a client for the marketing plan
F) Marketing plan basics
G) Tips on writing a plan
H) Tips on presenting the plan
I) What judges are looking for

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.


Visit NAAE at National FFA Convention

  • Discover new ideas and activities, receive free instructional materials, and learn strategies to increase student engagement atTeacher'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!

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


Friday, October 17, 2014:  The World Food Prize (agriculture’s Nobel Prize) takes center stage, an honored scientist uses parody and a Ylvis fox song to communicate, and some students are moving from speed dating to weed dating—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).