Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 3/16/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Mar 16, 2015


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March 16, 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.

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September 24
National Teach Ag Day

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St. Paul, MN

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"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts."
-Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Schools Chief Taps Industry to Bring Rich Career Experiences to Students (from Education Week)
Education Week has announced their ‘Leaders to Learn From’ for 2015. One of those leaders, Tom Trigg, is the superintendent of Kansas’ Blue Valley school system—and an ambassador between two worlds. The first world is his 22,000-student system located in the suburbs southwest of Kansas City, Mo. The other is the surrounding business community, which Mr. Trigg and other district officials have courted and counted on to support a program he helped found that introduces students to careers that is now being replicated in districts around the country. To learn more about how they are using business and industry partnerships to help students gain access to skills and technology needed to compete for today’s jobs click here.

Missouri District to Offer Teaching Careers Course Next Year To Help ‘Grow’ Teachers Locally (from
It is well known that we have experienced recruitment issues in getting young people to pursue a career in agricultural education. This is part of a larger problem as the nation faces a major shortage of teachers in all disciplines in the coming years. To see how one Missouri district is trying to deal with this issue through creating a “CTE” program around K-12 education click here.

DuPont Announces Winner of AgriSCIENCE Award for Teaching Excellence
DuPont announced that Jessica M. Jones, agriscience teacher at Chatham Middle School in Chatham, Va., has been selected to receive the George Washington Carver AgriSCIENCE Teacher’s Award in recognition of teaching excellence. The award recognizes the top-ranking member of the DuPont National AgriScience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA) who demonstrates and advocates inquiry-based science teaching and inspires students to pursue science excellence. Jones received the award at the National Science Teachers Association’s (NSTA) national conference in Chicago, Ill. To see the full press release click here.

Career and Technical Education Should Be the Rule, Not the Exception (From Gallup and the Deseret News)
Tim Hodges, Director of Research for Gallup's Education Practice, recently wrote a blog calling for CTE to be experienced by all students, even those on a college bound track. In his blog he cites powerful statistics that students who have experienced rigorous CTE perform better academically than their counterparts who do not. To read his full blog click here.

Student Michaela Dutson of Utah recently wrote a published piece on why proposed changes in scheduling for her school would make it more difficult for students to experience CTE and that these courses are critical to help her and her classmates prepare for future careers. To see a very interesting student perspective click here.


2015 Teach Ag Ambassador Applications -- DUE TODAY!
The application for the National Teach Ag Ambassador program is now available on the Teach Ag website. Click here for more information and to apply.

NAAE Award Applications -- Apply by May 15th!
Applications for the 2015 NAAE Awards are now available online. To apply for an award, you will need to log in to the NAAE website. You must be a current, dues-paying NAAE member to apply. Click here for more information and to begin your application TODAY! Applications are due by May 15, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.
Safety in Agriculture for Youth (SAY) Newsletter -- February 2015
The SAY February newsletter is now available. Catch up on the National Youth Farm and Ranch Safety Symposium, upcoming SAY projects and updates, and much more! Click here for the link.

Equipment & Engine Training Council's Paul H. Scholten Memorial Scholarship
The 2015 Paul H. Scholten 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 Promising Practices Webinar
Monday, March 16th
4:00-4:45pm EST
Topic:  Loan Forgiveness
Presenters: Dr. Steve Brown, USDE and Mr. Matt Kreifels, Nebraska
This webinar is for anyone who wants to know more about state and federal state loan forgiveness programs. Mr. Matt Kreifels from Nebraska will share information on the new privately funded loan forgiveness program just started in Nebraska through a partnership with Nebraska Farm Bureau. Dr. Steve Brown will share information on current Federal loan forgiveness programs. Feel free to send questions ahead of time to
Click here to register for the webinar.

DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award
DEKALB is proud to announce that we will once again sponsor the DEKALB Agricultural Accomplishment Award.  For 68 years, this award has been presented to FFA students who exemplify scholarship, commitment and work ethic.  To nominate a deserving student in your chapter, Ag Educators should from now until May 1, 2015.

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CHS High School Scholarship Program -- Applications Due April 1st!
Graduating high school seniors pursuing a degree in an agricultural-related field at any college or university throughout the United States and Canada are invited to apply for one of 100 $1,000 scholarships.Click here for more information.

Community of Practice Highlights


Friday, Mar. 13, 2015: Ag News and Views galore. Readers can also link to a few quirky items, and get a start on a pretty extensive list of important women in livestock development.

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).


Register Now: Webinar
You’ve visited the new, even signed up for an account…now what? Let national FFA staff walk you through the new website so you can get the most out of your online experience and access ready-to-use classroom and educator resources, including the new tool My Journey, that will take some of the stress off of lesson planning. Two webinars will be offered on April 8. Register for the 3-4 p.m. (EDT) webinar here and the 6-7 p.m. (EDT) here. Can’t make it? Each webinar will be recorded and archived for easy access. And be sure to stick around for the informative Q and A session at the end of each webinar.

FFA Chapter Tee Contest: Vote for Your Faves
Vote now for your favorite T-shirt designs in the annual FFA Chapter Tee Contest.  These designs were created by chapters across the country.  The six designs with the most votes will be for sale beginning in April, with 50 percent of the profits going to the winning chapters. To vote, visit

FFA Alumni

Mark Your Calendars! 2015 FFA Alumni Regional Development Conferences

  • Twin Cities, Minnesota (July 25, 2015)                                 
  • Kansas City, Missouri (November 14, 2015)
  • Dallas, Texas (September 2015)                                                                               
  • Blackfoot, Idaho (December 5, 2015)
  • Killingly, Connecticut (September 26, 2015)

    For more information visit #FFA


National Policy Seminar Recap
The 2015 National Policy Seminar was a great success! This year's conference was focused on helping CTE stakeholders gain the skills needed to effectively make the case for CTE with federal policymakers, and to collectively show Congress that CTE is all about building the skills students need for successful futures. Click here for more!

Call for Proposals -- Deadline Extended
ACTE invites you to submit a program session proposal
for ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2015, November 19-22, 2015
at New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. All proposals
must be submitted by 5:00 PM EST, on Friday, March 27, 2015.Follow this link for more information.