Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 4/13/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Apr 13, 2015


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April 13, 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

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March 16
March 9

Quote for the Week

"Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work."
-Booker T. Washington

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

Telling the Story of Agricultural Education
Agricultural Education has longed suffered from a public relations issue related to people having a strong concept of what the program is based on their past experiences and what the program used to be during their experience. If you have been in the profession very long you have no doubt held many conversations with students, parents, administrators and maybe even your own friends and family defending what agricultural education is today. It is important to continue telling your story and finding many avenues to inform the community about what agricultural education represents and how it is tied to the economic future of your community, state and nation. This week take a look at these three examples of colleagues telling today’s story of agricultural education through media coverage.

To see how Louisiana agricultural education is promoting their focus on STEM, Career Readiness and preparing students to be productive members of the state’s economy click here.

To see how programs in Texas are promoting that there is more to their program than livestock showing and judging click here

To see how students of agricultural education attending national Ag Day activities in Washington, DC  related what the program means to them and how it is preparing them for an exciting future working on one of the world’s greatest problems click here.

Fewer Teen Workers causing Great Concern Over Their Preparedness for the Future Workforce (from The Wall Street Journal Online)
Teenagers who work enjoy numerous benefits. As Ron Lieber argues in his new book, “The Opposite of Spoiled,” they learn how to appropriately handle bosses, co-workers, and money, and they might learn something about what they’re good at. Mr. Lieber’s message is timely, because working teenagers are rapidly disappearing. Data from the Current Population Survey show that the share of 16- to 19-year-olds who were neither working nor looking for work each March has risen around 15% since the late 1990s. Part of that is due to lower demand for their labor, but the trend was strong even before the 2008 economic crash. For teens and twentysomethings, skipping the labor market often results in permanently lower earnings.  To learn moreclick here.

How to Energize a Weak STEM Lesson (from
It is important to remember that teaching STEM is more than just having science or math content embedded in to your lesson plan. When choosing lesson plans, remember that STEM lessons focus on the designed world. For example, we design solutions to lessen threats to life. We design solutions to minimize damage to the environment. We design things to ease the amount of work necessary to accomplish something. The world we live in has been shaped in many important ways by people who have engineered solutions, largely through technology, to meet needs. In a sense, then, STEM curriculum will focus on designing and creating. If the aspects of design and active problem solving it may explain why you are not seeing the student energy and achievement you had hoped to gain. To learn more click here.


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.


NAAE Marketing Assistant Position
NAAE is seeking a full-time Marketing Assistant to help the National Teach Ag Campaign and CASE Programs. This position will be located at the NAAE Offices on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington, KY.  Click here for additional details about the position and to apply.

April News & Views
Get ready for NAAE awards season, meet some outstanding agriculture teachers, and find out what professional development opportunities are available to you this summer with this month's edition of News & Views!

NAAE Virtual Book Club
The NAAE Virtual Book Club is a fun new way for agricultural educators to personalize their professional development. NAAE members can participate in the Virtual Book Club and earn up to 5 hours of professional development credit or CEU's. This summer, the NAAE Virtual Book Club will read Teach Like a Pirate by Dave Burgess. Click here for more information and to register.

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

Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar -- TODAY
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 from now until May 1, 2015.
Any questions should be sent

Community of Practice Highlights


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

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 10, 2015: Farmers learn a new “tech language” as they digitalize, a student reacts to two diverse GMO presentations, and a goat gets arrested for disorderly conduct. 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).