Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 1/26/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jan 26, 2015

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January 26, 2015


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

January 12
January 5
December 22
December 15
December 8

Quote for the Week

"If you can dream it, you can do it."
-Walt Disney

MMM SubmissionsTo have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

The Council

Grading Teacher Preparation Programs: A Look At A Controversial New Proposal on Federal Evaluation of Teacher Prep (from Inside Higher Ed)
The Obama administration in November unveiled preliminary rules that would require states to develop rating systems for teacher preparation programs that take into account, among other things, the job placement rates of graduates as well as the academic performance of the students they teach. Programs that are rated poorly would eventually lose access to federal TEACH Grants, which the government awards to students who are training to be teachers and commit to working in high-need school districts after graduation.
To learn more about the Administration’s viewpoint on the need for the proposal click here. To learn more about the American Council on Education and other groups reaction to the proposal click here.

My American Farm Reaches 1.5 Million Students
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture announced that the Foundation has reached more than 1.5 million school-age youths through its educational My American Farm program. In 2015, the web-based resource will have a new look to improve the user experience thanks to continued support from DuPont Pioneer. To take advantage of the free My American Farm resources, games and activities,

What Students Can Learn From Taking Financial Risks in Class (from
It’s not unusual for school programs to be cut — even successful and popular ones. Often the program disappears into memory. But sometimes school supporters can rally to keep it going. At Willard Middle School in Berkeley, California, parents and the community mobilized to raise money to keep alive a cooking and gardening program at the school after its budget was cut. But the school didn’t stop there — its teachers have tasked students with turning the program into a successful small business, generating revenues to support the program. Students are learning by doing, even when that means making mistakes that cost the program money, all for the purposes of learning. To see the full article click here.

National Agricultural Safety and Health Course Coming to Illinois
The International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health will be holding a certificate course June 24-27, 2015 in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. The conference is targeted to both beginning and experienced agricultural safety and health extension specialists, researchers, rural health care providers, administrators, educators, etc.. Agricultural Educators have a strong interest in increasing their knowledge of agricultural health and safety to help better prepare youth are encouraged to consider attending this conference. Registration will be pen soon and will be limited. If interested please click here for more information.


2015 ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Strand
Join us March 2-5 for the 2015 ACTE National Policy Seminar and Ag Ed Strand. Improve your advocacy skills, meet with important members of Congress, and hear from national leaders in career and technical education.
To emphasize the importance of the NPS and to encourage more participation from NAAE members, NAAE will be paying the registration fee of one NAAE member per state to attend and participate in the NPS. The registration deadline is Monday, February 2. If you are interested in attending, or to learn more, please visit this page on the NAAE website.

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.

America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders
America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, a new scholarship program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is designed to build the future of ag! This new program is working to keep young adults in agriculture by giving them the opportunity to earn a $1,500 scholarship to further their education. In rural communities across the nation, high school seniors and college students can apply for this scholarship through the National FFA Scholarship Program. Students must seek endorsements from at least three local farmers. Now through February 1, students can apply online at Farmers can endorse applicants through February 8. Recipients will be notified in the spring of 2015.

Equipment & Engine Training Council's Paul H. Scholten Memorial Scholarship
The 2015 Paul H. Sholten Memorial Scholarship Program is for individuals pursuing a certificate or degree in power equipment technology at an EETC accredited school. Applicants can apply online through the EETC website through March 22nd. Click here for more information and to apply.

Teach Ag Informational Webinars
Starting in February the National Teach Ag Campaign will be hosting informational webinars on various recruitment and retention promising practices.  Please join these quick sessions to learn more about the featured topic.

Tuesday, February 10th
4:00-4:45pm EST
Topic: Offering a Teach Ag workshop as a recruiting tool.
Presenters: Kathy Novotney, Illinois and Pam Rowland, Missouri
Do you currently offer a Teach Ag workshop in your state? Do you want to? Either way you will walk away from this session with new ideas to make your state Teach Ag workshop a success.  You’ll hear how two states are using different Teach Ag workshop formats to recruit future agriculture teachers.  There will be time for questions and resources will be shared! Click here to register today.

Community of Practice Highlights


CASE Institutes are filling fast!
Several CASE Institutes are already full, and others are very close. Please don’t wait to get registered for your CASE Institute of choice. Secure your funding for registration as soon as possible. Follow this CASE registration link to reserve your spot for career changing professional development!


Middle School Career Development Event
National FFA will begin the three year process of implementing a new middle school Career Development Event that focuses on properly conducting a meeting. We are seeking applicants for a superintendent and committee members for this event. Committee members will work with the committee superintendent and national FFA staff members to coordinate the direction and implementation of the national event. Committee membership requires moderate travel to FFA convention and other planning activities. Interested applicants should see the attached position description for more information. We are looking for representatives including industry professionals, past and current agriculture teachers, university staff and teacher educators. Applicants must submit a resume and letter of intent to Jenna Hovermale by Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. Please also indicate if you would like to be considered for the superintendent position.

It’s Coming Soon…Your New FFA Online Experience
Instructors: We are making some exciting changes to to improve your online experience. One feature that we can’t wait to show you is My Journey, your one-stop resource to the FFA mission online. With My Journey, instructors can find:

  • Templates to incorporate core classes into any lesson.
  • Turn-key resources similar to the FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide.
  • Current event activities.
  • Templates and activities to promote character education.
  • Lesson plans and activities to use with Career Cruising.
  • Lesson plans and activities to use with the new Resume Generator.
  • Lesson plans and activities designed to go with the student portion of My Journey.
  • Quick access to timely, regularly updated FFA resources.
  • Activities to assist with the instruction of agricultural careers.
  • Resources to help students strengthen career readiness.

Development work of My Journey has been funded in part by the following Cornerstone sponsors as a special project of the National FFA Foundation: Cargill, Elanco, RFD-TV, TransCanada, Tyson and  To learn more about My Journey and the new, visit

Apply Now: New Century Farmer
Applications are now being accepted for the New Century Farmer conference. This week-long conference will equip students to be a cutting-edge farmer or rancher after they graduate from college. To apply and learn more, visit the  New Century Farmer website. The deadline is Sunday, Feb. 15.

FFA Alumni

Modified Hours Business Hours
Beginning Feb. 2, national alumni staff will be available from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST on the first and third Mondays of every month (holidays and the weeks of the National FFA Alumni Development Conference and the National FFA Convention & Expo excluded).

Call 317-802-4204 with your questions on membership, rosters, chartering, reactivating, conferences, tax exempt status, awards applications and more and someone will be happy to assist you. We look forward to hearing from you, FFA alumni!


Friday, Jan. 23, 2015:  A new report looks at how to avoid unintended consequences in food production changes; pigs are the focus on page two; and readers get the usual mix of ag policy, ag information, and ag oddity stories.

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).


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.

US Department of Education

Help Us Get the Word Out About the FAFSA
For us at the U.S. Department of Education, the start of a new year provides a fresh opportunity to remind parents, students, educators and others about the importance of submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA ®).The Department’s office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) provides more than $150 billion in grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to help students pay for college or career school. Visit this page for more information.