Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 4/6/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Apr 6, 2015

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April 6, 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

May 19-22
AAAE National Conference
San Antonio, TX

September 14-16
Western Region AAAE Conference
Corvallis, OR

September 24
National Teach Ag Day

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

Past Issues

March 30
March 23
March 16
March 9
March 2

Quote for the Week

"A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work."
-Colin Powell

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

National Council for Agricultural Education Holds Spring Board Meeting
The National Council for Agricultural Education held its Spring face to face meeting in Raleigh, NC March 30th through April 1st. Major outcomes and highlights of the meeting included the following:

  • Final approval of a definitive philosophy for SAE  in context of today’s SBAE environment, this document will be published publically and promoted very soon
  • Approval of the final draft of the revised AFNR Content Standards, this document will be published publically and promoted over the coming weeks.
  • Approval of the Council’s 2015-2016 Annual Budget and 2015 priorities for fundraising in SBAE
  • This was the final face to face meeting for Dr. Jim Flowers who has been serving on the Council Board of Directors since 2012, we are very grateful for Dr. Flowers service and contribution to our work as he represented ACTE
  • More details will be coming soon on all actions taken by the Board at this meeting. If you have questions or suggestion please contact The Council or one of your organization’s representatives directly. A full listing of current Board members can be found here.

Upcoming Webinars Available on “Safety In Agriculture for Youth” (SAY) Project
There will be two webinars scheduled in April and one webinar in May to help Agricultural Educators better understand the SAY Project. This project has been ongoing under a USDA NIFA grant involving many organizations and institutions with the purpose of increasing access and knowledge related to educational resources for youth agricultural safety. All educators are encouraged to participate in these webinars as time allows. The webinars will be recorded and available online if you cannot participate on the live date. More information on the webinars is available below:

What is the SAY National Clearinghouse?
Presenters: Dennis Murphy and Dave Hill
Thursday, April 9th at 11:00 AM (eastern)
Click here for more information

Safety Policies for School-based Supervised Agricultural Experience Programs
Presenter: Michael Pate
Friday, April 17th at 2:30 PM (eastern)
Click here for more information

Virtual Reality, A New Kind of Experiential Learning for Ag Safety
Presenters: LuAnn Phillips and Mark Purschwitz
Tuesday, May 19th at 2:00 PM (eastern)
Click here for more information


CASE Institute Registration
It’s not too late to register for a CASE Institute! While several CASE Institutes are already full, many still have seats available. Secure your funding and register today for career changing professional development! For the complete schedule and to register for a CASE Institute, click here.


Are you interested in serving on the 2015 NAAE Awards Judging Committee?
Once again this year, NAAE will judge a majority of their awards virtually through these national judging committees.  Sign up to serve our ag ed profession by May 10th.  Click HERE to sign up!

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 herefor more information and to begin your application TODAY! Applications are due by May 15, 2015 at 11:59pm EST.

Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar
Monday, April 13th
4:00-4:45pm EST
Topic:  Work/Life Balance
Presenters: Shari Lighthall, NY and Alissa Smith, NAAE
In this fast paced world we live in it's hard to balance it all. Agriculture teachers have an especially hard time balancing work and life. This webinar will focus on work/life balance professional development ideas for agriculture teachers. Please send questions ahead of time
Click here to register for the webinar.

Hummert International Greenhouse Operations & Management Short Course
Hummert International is hosting its 20th Annual Greenhouse Operations & Management Short Course and is inviting YOU to attend. The short course will be held June 23-25, at their St. Louis, MO headquarters. Follow this link for more information and to register.

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 visit from now until May 1, 2015.
Any questions should be sent

Community of Practice Highlights


FFA Wants Your Feedback
The National FFA Organization is preparing a 2016-2020 strategic plan that will help us achieve the FFA vision of growing leaders, building communities and strengthening agriculture. During the planning phase, we are seeking input from all of our stakeholders to ensure we consider all of the critical facets of our organization. We have created a brief video explaining the strategic plan and a follow-up survey to collect your feedback. Please click here to see the video and take the survey. The survey will close at midnight on Thursday, April 9. Your responses are anonymous, and it will take you less than five minutes. Thank you for sharing your voice and helping us achieve our vision.

News to Use: Important Customer Invoice Change Coming Soon
Effective Aug. 1, Shop FFA customer invoices will be sent as merchandise is shipped as opposed to a single invoice being sent once all shipments for an order have been shipped.  If an order is shipped from multiple locations, an invoice will be sent for each shipment once that portion of the order has shipped and a shipment confirmation has been sent. In addition, if an order includes a backordered item, an invoice will also be sent once the backordered item is shipped. We do understand that some schools may not be able to issue payment until all invoices for the order have been received.  If you have any questions, contact

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.

Applications Open for National  Collegiate Agriculture Ambassadors
College students interested in being advocates for agriculture should apply for the National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador program. Ambassadors will serve from June through December with the first training in North Carolina in June. Applications are due April 10 and can be found on the ambassador page on Questions about the program or application can be sent to Ryan Amaral,, or Lindsey Calhoun,

National FFA Convention Workshop Applications Now Open
FFA is now seeking workshop presenters for the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo. Interested applicants can fill out the application here. Each workshop should fit into one of the following categories: premier leadership, personal growth, career success, hunger, service or advocacy. A three-to-five-minute video of the applicant presenting a workshop is required. Send electronic applications by  June 15.

FFA Alumni

2015 National FFA Alumni Development Conference
Registration is now open for the 2015 National FFA Alumni Development Conference! The conference will take place July 8-11th in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel. This year’s conference will feature unique tours and more than 20 workshops to choose from. This is one conference you do not want to miss! Register by May 15th to take advantage of the Early Bird discounted rate! Click here to register. #FFAadc15


Friday, April 3, 2015: The California drought leads to historic water restrictions, and April Fools Day leads to odd food suggestions. Check in for more than 70 links that provide insights, opinions, and oddities in the world of agriculture.

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).


2015 ACTE Excellence Award Winners
Meet the 2015 ACTE Excellence Award Winners, including Arizona agriculture teacher, Clyde McBride, the 2015 ACTE Teacher of the Year. Click here to see all the interviews.