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.
January 31-February 3
Southern Region AAAE Conference
AAAE National Conference
San Antonio, TX
Western Region AAAE Conference
North Central AAAE Conference
St. Paul, MN
Quote for the Week
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."
-Thomas A. Edison
To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.
Georgia Career Academy Adding Famer’s Market and Orchard to Program (from gainesvilletimes.com)
Lanier Career Academy was built on land that was once a farm, and if Shay Grant has any say, the land will be farmed once again — this time by students learning the skills to work in agriculture. Grant is the horticulture teacher at the academy overseeing a number of expansions to the program. Those expansions include a farmers market and orchard that will be open to the public, a large fruit and vegetable garden, a barn with chickens and goats and about an acre of deer fencing to keep the critters from tearing into the new crops. There will also be a new class in landscape and nursery management. To read the full article click here.
Deadline Approaching for Ag Programs to Participate in the Nutrients for Life Helping Communities Grow Program
The Nutrients for Life Foundation is accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Helping Communities Grow program! The Foundation wants to partner with FFA chapters to educate the local community about the importance of fertilizer and crop nutrients in food production. Fertilizer is responsible for 40-50% of the world's food production. It is a key ingredient to reducing and even eliminating famine.
To participate in the Helping Communities Grow program download and read the entire application, including the judging rubric.(http://bit.ly/11XkwXw). Next, log in and complete Step 1 of the Helping Communities Grow application by the November 14 deadline.(http://bit.ly/1vCwmBo). Monetary awards of $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 will be awarded to the first, second and third place chapter programs, respectively. Up to twelve chapters will receive a participation award for $250. This is an award program, not a grant.
Key Dates and Deadlines for the program beyond step 1 are as follows:
Step 1: Due November 14, 2014 - register and briefly tell us how you will educate your community
Step 2: Due January 30, 2015 - checking in: tell us your progress
Step 3: report all impact numbers, upload pictures, tell about your program, etc. Those deadlines by state are:
Nebraska - Due February 2
Iowa, Idaho, Ohio - Due March 27
Kansas, Washington - Due April 24
At-Large (all other states not listed) - Due May 8
West Virginia Schools Build Job Skills through Simulated Workplace (from heraild-dispatch.com and West Virginia Department of Education)
Students in West Virginia schools are being exposed to more career-development programs to better prepare them for finding a job in today’s changing economy. In fact, the program is structured just like a job. Called Simulated Workplace, the approach holds students as closely as possible to conventional workplace standards. The West Virginia Department of Education has worked with committee experts from numerous businesses and industries throughout West Virginia to design Simulated Workplace. This new educational initiative has been created to assist schools in implementing workplace environmental protocols that align with West Virginia workforce requirements, including random drug testing, professionalism, attendance and safety. Simulated Workplace has not only enhanced instructional delivery of career education, but has created a more engaged career and technical student. The simulated workplace environment permits students the opportunity to take ownership of their individual performance as it impacts the overall success of their education, while thriving in an authentic workplace culture. Simulated Workplace also encourages local business and industry experts to join onsite review teams to assist schools in meeting their workforce needs and expectations.
To read an article on how the program is being deployed in Wayne County, WV click here.
To learn more about the program at the state level click here.
Key Education Measures on State Ballots (from Education Week)
The big questions for election night were control of the U.S. Senate, and just how many governorships, state education agencies, and state legislatures would end up in GOP hands. But voters in at least eleven states also got to decide on ballot measures with major implications for education funding and policy. To see how these measures faredclick here.
Nashville is only a week away! Be sure to register for NAAE Convention, book your room, and check out the awesomeprofessional development opportunities available for you.
Check out our new NAAE Convention scheduler! Now you can create your own customized schedule, print it and sync it with your mobile device!
Don't forget to register for the Host State Social -- "Tonkin Time in Tennessee." It's sure to be a great time at the Nashville Palace (easy walking distance from the hotel) with live music, line dancing, and an all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet. The cost is $35 per person. Click here for more information and to register TODAY to lock in your spot.
Also, grab a $50 honorarium for participating in the National Geographic Learning|Cengage Learning Focus Group. Click here for details.
NAAE Fall Virtual Committee Meetings
The new NAAE committee structure and processes call for virtual committee meetings between the summer NAAE board meeting and the NAAE convention. Given the newness of the process and given that the major topic for discussion in our committees is the NAAE board restructuring proposal, we are going to conduct joint virtual committee meetings this fall prior to the NAAE convention. If you are a committee member, we hope most of you will be able to participate in one of two joint virtual committee meetings. The agenda for the two meetings will be the same. So, it does not matter which of the two meetings you join. These will be information sharing meetings; no votes will be taken during these meetings. We anticipate the meetings to last no more than 45 minutes.
Charlie Sappington, NAAE President Elect, will conduct the meetings. Committee chairs do not need to prepare agendas for these web-based meetings.
Please plan to participate in one of the following web-based meetings:
• Tuesday, November 11 – 5:00 pm Eastern (4:00 pm Central, 3:00 pm Mountain, 2:00 pm Pacific). Click here to register for the NAAE Joint Committee Meeting on November 11, 2014 5:00 pm Eastern.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
• Wednesday, November 12 – 4:00 pm Eastern (3:00 pm Central, 2:00 pm Mountain, 1:00 pm Pacific). Click here to register for the NAAE Joint Committee Meeting on November 12, 2014 4:00 pm Eastern.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
If you have any questions about these meetings or NAAE committees, please contact Dr. Wm. Jay Jackman.
USDA Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program Farm Business Planning Instructional Materials
Click here to check out these instructional materials developed under a project funded by a USDA BFRDP grant, in partnership with Mississippi State University, Oklahoma State University, and NAAE.
The 2015-16 Secure Optimal Yield (SOY) Scholarship
The SOY Scholarship is a $5,000 one-time scholarship award presented to a high school senior who is going to pursue agriculture as an area of study at any accredited college or university. The scholarship is managed by the American Soybean Association and is made possible through a grant by BASF corporation.
Candidates may apply online Sept. 20 through Nov. 20, 2014. Final selection will be made the first week of December during the ASA Board meeting. The student will be notified prior to an official announcement made during Commodity Classic in Phoenix on Feb. 27, 2015.
For more information and to apply click here.
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.
Apply for the Teach Ag Internship
The National Teach Ag Campaign is now accepting applications for a 2015-2016 Teach Ag intern. Selected applicants will be based out of Lexington, Ky for the summer and based upon their performance, may be offered the position from their degree institution for the remainder of the position. Therefore, all interested individuals are encouraged to apply not just those in the Kentucky area. Applications are due December 19th. Click here for more information and to apply.
National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academies. NATAA is a multifaceted program that includes a week-long academy designed to help participants develop inquiry-based teaching strategies and enhance existing science content in agricultural education. Two academies will be held in 2015. The deadline for applications is December 21, 2014. Follow this link for complete details.
Community of Practice Highlights
Relive the 87th National FFA Convention & Expo
The National FFA Convention & Expo has come and gone, but you can still relive the highlights from this record-breaking event by checking out FFA.org. Watch the general sessions, read amazing stories, learn more about the 2014-15 new National FFA Officer team and more.
The 2015 National FFA Scholarship Application Goes Live Nov. 15
Application deadlines for 2015:
- The online application must be submitted prior to 5 p.m. EST on Feb. 1, 2015
- The required Signature Pages must be mailed postmarked no later than Feb. 8, 2015
- Same as last year:
- Membership must be submitted by state to national by March 1, 2015
Instructions, details and helpful tools will be available onwww.FFA.org/scholarships starting Nov. 15. Be sure to review eligibility requirements for the America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarships presented by the Monsanto Fund and the Built Ford Tough dealer scholarship program.
Direct questions, comments or concerns via email toScholarships@FFA.org.
Have you heard about the FFA Alumni Affiliation Program?
It is up and running! Get your FFA Alumni Affiliate signed up by sending your Affiliation Agreement Form signed and submitted to your state alumni membership contact. For $100 plus state dues, your FFA Alumni can have as many FFA Alumni members as they want for the year. Click here for more information on the program. Then click hereto go straight to the form to sign up.
US Labor Secretary Perez to Speak at ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2014's Awards Banquet
Wednesday, November 19, 7:00pm-9:00pm
The Gaylord Convention Center, Nashville
To honor award-winning career and technical eduation leaders across the country, US Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez will deliver keynote remarks at ACTE's CareerTech VISION 2014's Awards Banquet to discuss the importance of CTE providing students with the spectrum of skills essential to be work-ready in today's global economy. The Awards Banquet features recipients of the ACTE Excellence Awards and an elegant three-course dinner.
Click here to purchase tickets.