Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 4/20/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Apr 20, 2015


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April 20, 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

June 21-24
NAAE Region II Leadership Conference
Rogers, AR

June 22-26
NAAE REgion VI Leadership Conference
Rehoboth Beach, DE

June 22-24
NAAE Region V Leadership Conference
Orlando, FL

June 23-25
NAAE Region IV Leadership Conference
Moline, IL

June 29-July 2
NAAE Region III Leadership Conference
Scottsbluff, NE

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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Quote for the Week

"Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did."
-Newt Gingrich

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

Shortage of Ag Ed Teachers a Growing Concern (from Brownfield Today)
Across the U.S., there?s growing concern over the shortage of agricultural education teachers. Nebraska is one of the states facing that challenge.  Matt Kreifels, director of ag education for the Nebraska Department of Education, says more and more Nebraska schools want to add ag education and FFA programs. But he says there aren?t enough teachers to fill the need. ?Currently there are 15 schools that would love to add agricultural education to their program starting this next fall semester, if they can find teachers.  And that?s the constraint that we?re at,? says Kreifels. ?We?re seriously concerned that we will not have enough teachers to start those programs.  Or that we?ll lose teachers in other programs and not be able to fill those positions.?
To read the full article click here.

Purdue Creates Online 4-H Curricula on Timely Environmental Topics (from Purdue Newsroom)
The curricula - Soil and Water Science and Weather and Climate Science - will help students in grades 3-12 nationwide learn about the topics that are increasing in interest among the public, said Natalie Carroll, a Purdue Extension specialist and youth development and agricultural education professor who developed the programs. They also will serve as a resource for parents, educators and 4-H volunteers interested in teaching them. The curricula are presented in three education levels - Level 1, for grades 3-5; Level 2, for grades 6-8; and Level 3, for grades 9-12, with the material increasing in complexity according to education level. The Level 3 material in both curricula helps prepare high school students for topics they will study at a college level. Because the curricula are online, they offer more learning activities than what otherwise would be available in a printed manual. And instead of following a printed manual from the beginning to the end, participants can click on a topic of interest in the table of contents and go directly to it.
To learn more click here.

American Volunteer to be Named ?Sub-Chief? of West African Village (from AgriCorps)
On June 5, 2015, the community of Adarkwa, Ghana, will hold a traditional ceremony to honor John Romo as Nkosuohene, a sub-chief title part of the customary Akan chieftaincy. The Nkosuohene is the leader for progress and development of a community, and it is rare for a foreigner to be given the designation. The ceremony will be a colorful display of Akan heritage with flowing robes and centuries-old traditions. John Romo, of Weslaco, Texas, has been teaching agriculture and advising a 4-H Club at a junior high school in a small Ghanaian village since August. Romo, a 2012 graduate of Texas A&M University, is a member of the AgriCorps?a Peace-Corps type organization that connects American agriculture volunteers to agricultural education opportunities in developing countries.

?We understand that Sir John cannot stay with us forever,? explained an elder of Adarkwa, ?but we have felt his impact over the past few months, and we want to continue to feel his impact even if he is in America. As Nkosouhene, he will forever be part of our community.?

Romo is working in Adarkwa to establish a 4-H Club and enhance existing agricultural programs .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.

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 -- New Teacher Onboarding Models
Monday, May 11th
4:00-4:45pm EDT
Presenters: Dr. Ann De Lay, Charity Keefaber, Beth Theobold
An important part of keeping agriculture teachers in the profession is starting them off on the right foot. Mentoring and new teacher programs are vital to early career success. Join this webinar to hear what two states are doing to address early career transition and mentoring.
Click here to register.

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


Apply for a Living To Serve: Environmental Grant Today!
Chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support year-long projects that address local environmental needs.
Potential projects include: wildlife conservation, land preservation, bee health, recycling and composting. Go to apply today. Applications are due May 29, 2015. You may contact Kayla Lumpford-Mitchell at with any questions.


FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge- Truckload of Protein Contest
Tyson, a proud sponsor of the Feeding Our World?Starting at Home hunger platform, will donate a truckload of protein to the state FFA association that has the highest percentage of chapters participate in the 2015 FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge. Chapters must submit their impacts at

Apply Now: National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent
Do you have an FFA member who excels in career development events and also has time to march in the school band? Or perhaps you know of a member who performs each year at your annual banquet? Encourage them to share their talents with other FFA members from across the country! National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent applications are now available on Band, chorus and talent are three groups that offer a unique opportunity for members to exhibit their musical talents in addition to their love for agriculture! Applications are due by Friday, July 10. Click here for more details.

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 17, 2015: The Borlaug CAST Communication Award winner is announced; Congress looks at trade, the Internet, estate taxes, and the RFS; and stinkbugs live up to their name. 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).


ACTE Image Awards
The ACTE Image Awards recognize groups and individuals from the education, business and industry communities that enhance career and technical education by contributing to the improvement, promotion, development and progress of CTE.

All nominations are due May 1 and are reviewed directly by the national ACTE Awards Committee. The Board of Directors approves of the selections in July. Click here for more information.