Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 12/1/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Dec 1, 2014


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December 1, 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

January 31-February 3
Southern Region AAAE Conference
Atlanta, GA

May 19-22
AAAE National Conference
San Antonio, TX

September 14-16
Western Region AAAE Conference
Corvallis, OR

October 1-3
North Central AAAE Conference
St. Paul, MN

Past Issues

November 24
November 17
November 10
November 3
October 27

Quote for the Week

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."
-C.S. Lewis

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

Farm2050 Launched to Help Provide Incentive for Tech StartUps to Focus on the Problems of Agriculture (from
We’ll need to produce 70% more food by 2050 to sustain a world population expected to grow to 10 billion. Yet agriculture startups struggle to get the funding, manufacturing, and test facilities needed to build tech that could boost food production. To fix that disconnect, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt has launched Farm2050, a collective that will support AgTech startups with capital, design, manufacturing, and test farms to try out their inventions. This will provide an avenue to entice those looking to start up technological businesses to consider focusing their efforts on the problems of agriculture. To read the full article on Farm2050 click here. To access the direct site for the program to see how it works click here.

Meet A Data Scientist Who's Helped Revolutionize Agriculture (from
Prof. David Lobell says a lot of his students are puzzled when they get to his Stanford University classroom and hear him advocate for the food industrial complex. “The basic challenge of the next 30 years is how do you make the most of current land and labor, and maximize yield with those resources,” says Lobell, a 2013 MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient who uses data to investigate the impact of climate change on crop production. Lobell, who grew up just outside of New York City, joked that he was the least likely person to study agriculture. He says the largest fields he ever saw as a child were those at baseball games he attended with his family. But during a 2001 visit to a grad school advisor in Mexico he saw how data could impact food production. To learn more about Prof. Lobell’s work and how agriculture is drawing on people from different backgrounds and fields of study to solve it challenges click here.

Schools Across the Nation Find Unique Ways to Incorporate Agricultural Science into Non-Traditional Settings (from The Denver Post and
There are lots of examples across the country of schools incorporating food and ornamental agriculture in to their schools and communities even though they are not in areas that you would traditionally think offer such programs. One example is the rise in a use of agriculture content at the Elementary school level. Cherry Valley Elementary School in Colorado has developed an entire integrated agriculture curriculum that starts as early as Kindergarten utilizing chicken coops and gardens. Older students actually learn business planning and get project based learning opportunities as part of the program. To read more about their program click here.

Another example of Agriculture in a unique setting is the Horticulture Academy at Abraham Lincoln High School in Philadelphia. It is a double rarity by not only being located in an urban area but also by concentrating on ornamental agriculture instead of gardening or food production. The program is aimed to teach plant science, build community pride and foster the continuation of a long history of ornamental horticulture in the region. To learn more click here.


2015 CASE Institues Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the thirty CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a $250 cancelation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, with any questions regarding the 2015 CASE Institutes.


Clean Tech Student Competition
Registration is now open for the 2015 Clean Tech Competition, a global research and design challenge for 15-18 year old students. This year’s challenge is to “Feed the World”. To learn more and register,click here.

Coming Soon: Your New FFA Online Experience
Simple is better, and thanks to your feedback, the new fresh will launch in February. These exciting changes to will help deliver the mission of premier leadership, personal growth and career success online to every student in every classroom every day.

We can’t wait to show you some of the features and benefits that will help improve your online experience. The good news: These exciting new changes will help make your life easier in the classroom. The even better news: Although the site will have a new look and feel, how you access your important documents has not changed. The functionality of tools such as the roster and registrations will remain the same. Sign in to using your current username and password and then click on Manage My FFA, which will lead to a toolbox giving you easy access to reports, special data, rosters, customer invoices and more.

Look for more exciting news each week before the site goes live on Feb. 9, 2015.


Congratulations to the 2014 Ford Grant Challenge Recipients
The Ford Grant Challenge awards one FFA chapter in each of NAAE's six regions with a $3,000 grant to buy needed materials, offset travel expenses, and supplement resources that will support and enhance their leadership development activities. Congratulations to this year's winners!

Region I: Stephanie Schofield, Enterprise High School, OR
Region II: Justin Tomascik, Franklin High School, TX
Region III: Cole Blomendahl, Lakeview High School, NE
Region IV: Bruce Bennett, Miami Trace High School, OH
Region V: Brian Lewis, Eagleville High School, TN
Region VI: Ken Skidmore, Braxton County High School, WV

For more information about the Ford Grant Challenge, 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

FFA Alumni

FFA Alumni Affiliation Program
Have you heard about the FFA Alumni Affiliation Program? 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 here to go straight to the form to sign up.

Alumni Development Conference 2015
Save the dates! The 2015 Alumni Development Conference will take place July 8-11, 2015. The conference will take place in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina. Click here for more information. Registration will open this spring. #FFAadc15


Vote for ACTE President-Elect
Make sure to cast your vote for the new ACTE President-Elect. Voting is now open until December 21. For more information and to vote,click here.

Agriculture Teachers and NAAE Members Recognized at ACTE CareerTech Vision
This year, many agriculture teachers were recipients of various awards at the 2014 ACTE CareerTech Vision. Congratulations to the following award winners:

ACTE Teacher of the Year -- Clyde McBride, Kayenta, AZ
Carl Perkins Community Service Award
       Region II -- Robert Bollier, Lexington, SC
       Region III -- Eric Weuve, Maryville, MO
       Region V -- Matt Mounts, Yelm, WA
ACTE New Teacher of the Year -- Lisa Oellerich, Scales Mound, IL