Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor --12/15/14

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Dec 15, 2014


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December 15, 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

December 8
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November 24
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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

Report from OECD: What’s wrong with vocational education?(from
A new OECD report suggests that while post-secondary vocational programs are growing worldwide, changes need to be made to bring out their fullest potential. Vocational education programs need better qualifications, need to include work place experience and need a better overall definition. This is just one of many interesting findings presented in OECD’s recently released Skills Beyond Schools: Synthesis Report, which analyzes international post-secondary vocational education trends. To read the full article click here. To download a full copy of the report click here.

National Ag Day Essay Contest Deadline is January 30, 2015
The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) calls on ninth- to 12th-grade students to submit an original, 450-word essay or a two-minute video essay about the importance of agriculture. This year’s theme is “Agriculture: Sustaining Future Generations” and the deadline is January 30, 2015. The ACA asks teachers and parents to encourage student participation. The national written essay winner receives a $1,000 prize and round-trip ticket to Washington, D.C., for recognition during the Celebration of Ag Dinner held March 18 at Whitten Patio at the USDA. The video essay winner wins a $1,000 prize, and the winning video will play during the Celebration of Ag Dinner.

All written entries should be sent to: 2015 Ag Day Essay Contest, Agriculture Council of America, 11020 King Street, Suite 205, Overland Park, KS 66210, or submitted by e-mail Students may upload video essays at and follow the directions on the page, or students may choose to mail video entries on a compact disc to the address above. Visit  to read official contest rules and for more details regarding entry applications.


Watch Our Sneak Peek on the New
At FFA, we’re proud to say that when you talk, we listen. So thanks to you, we have made some exciting new changes to, which  launches Feb. 9. Until then, here’s a video sneak peek on some of the website’s new features.


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.


Deadlines Approaching -- Apply 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.

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 22, 2014.Follow this link for complete details.

Get Your Students Involved in the DuPont Challenge!
The DuPont Challenge is the nation's premier science writing competition. Students are invited to write a 700-1000 word essay that addresses one of the four categories of challenges as outlined by DuPont.

Top students and their sponsoring teachers win a wealth of awards, including an expenses-paid trip to the Walt Disney World Resort and Kennedy Space Center!

Also, DuPont has opened a K-5 division for this year's DuPont Challenge. This could be a great way activity to do with elementary school students in your area.Entries are being accepted through January 31, 2015. Learn more.

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. Click here for the Local Affiliation Agreement Form.  Click here for the 100% State Affiliation Agreement Form.

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


ACTE Board of Directors 2015 Elections
Don't forget to vote in this year's ACTE Board of Directors election. Voting ends this Sunday, December 21st at 11:59 p.m. ET. Click herefor more information about the elections and to vote.

National Policy Seminar 2015
Registration is now open! Cultivate your advocacy skills and make a direct impact on Capitol Hill at the National Policy Seminar 2015! March 2-5 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. Click here for more information.


Friday, December 12, 2014: Are you smarter than your phone? Some of the many new ag digital options, plus news from D.C., including the Congressional GMO hearing. Many news links and a few ag oddities—Little Pig Man, slurping dog videos, and a sheep on the lam.

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).


Exploration and Agriculture: Connecting the Next Generation with Science to Grow the Future
As NASA contemplates sending human missions to Mars, one question we must answer is: what will the astronauts eat and what foods will assist future missions? NASA and USDA are working together to develop plants that can grow, thrive, and produce in new environments – signaling opportunities for fresh, nutrition-rich food for astronauts on long duration space flights. Click here to read more.