Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 4/27/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Apr 27, 2015
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April 27, 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

April 20
April 13
April 6
March 30
March 23

Quote for the Week

"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly."
-Robert F. Kennedy

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

Perspectives on Why and Why Not to Quit Teaching (from Education Week)
Recently two blog posts by educators on Education Week dealt with the challenges of working in the education profession. The first came from the perspective of a six year teacher who because of feelings of depression and burn out had come to the conclusion that it was best for them and their students if they left the profession. The second blog was an answer to that post citing reasons educators feeling that way should reconsider their decision and offered tips to remain engaged. The truth is this is an annual fight inside of many of our educators. Especially at this time of year as one more school year draws to a close and you are being asked to declare your intentions for the next. Whether you are feeling like the teacher that feels they have had enough or you are the teacher who is finding new and exciting ways to keep yourself encouraged and engaged year after year both of these perspectives can be of help to you and your colleagues.

To read the article “Why I'm Calling It Quits After Six Years as a Teacher” click here.
To read the article “Before You Quit Teaching, Please Reconsider”click here.

Real-World Math: A Bit Of Trig And Hay For The Horses (from National Public Radio)
National Public Radio recently aired a story about how agriculture teacher Jay Whaley and math teacher Maggie Bruski of Soroco High School in Colorado have teamed up to bring high level math and real world application together for students through the building of octagonal feeders. This serves as a great example of the integration between academic learning and the development of hard technical skill. To read more detail about the project and listen to the news storyclick here.

Gallup-Purdue Index finds ‘Big Six’ Experiences Linked to On-Time Graduation from College
Gallup-Purdue has released findings showing that six factors directly correlate with graduating on time – and, more likely, on budget. Calling them the “Big Six,” these experiences significantly increase the odds of college students graduating in four years and feeling that their alma mater prepared them well for life after college. However, only 3 percent of students report having all of these six experiences. The inaugural Gallup-Purdue Index found that it is not where you go to college but how you experience it that matters most. This new analysis also shows that these “Big Six” experiences directly correlate to a student’s ability to graduate in four years, which can significantly reduce the cost of college:

  • Having at least one professor who made them excited about learning
  • Feeling professors cared about them as a person
  • Having a mentor who encouraged them to pursue goals and dreams
  • Working on a project that took a semester or more to complete
  • Having an internship or job that allowed them to apply what they were learning in the classroom
  • Being extremely active in extracurricular activities and organizations during college
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.

2015-2016 National Teach Ag Ambassadors Selected
Twelve future agriculture teachers will spend the next year promoting agricultural education as part of the National Teach Ag Campaign Ambassador  program. Click here to see who was selected.

Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar -- New Teacher Onboarding Models
Monday, May 11th
4:00-4:45pm EDT
Presenters: Dr. Ann De Lay, Charity Keffaber, Beth Theobald
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.

National Teach Ag Day Collegiate Opportunities -- Start NOW so YOU can be Featured on Teach Ag Day!
The sixth annual National Teach Ag Day celebration will take place on Thursday, September 24. There are several opportunities for preservice teachers to participate and celebrate, including a Collegiate Video Contest. Follow this link for more information and get started planning your celebration today!

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


Visit My Journey on
My Journey content has been updated!  Check out all the tools, tips and lesson plans that are ready to use. Need a quick natural resources activity that guides students through online research or acareer activity for use with Career Cruising?  Then look for these lessons and more on the Explore page. What about a literacy strategy that can be used with any lesson or a video and worksheet to help students stand out in an interview? Take a look at these activities on the Build page. Need a quick activity on texting etiquette in a professional setting? Check out this lesson and more on the Connect page. Did you miss the resources made available in March?  Don’t worry, they are available on our Archive pages. All of these resources are available for free within My Journey, so log in today to make your planning just a little easier.

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.

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 24, 2015: Avian influenza sends chills through the poultry industry, GMO labeling law stalls, and some rats show their heroic side. 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).


Serving Rural America's Kids and Families
President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met with members of the National 4-H Community in the Oval Office to discuss projects addressing rural child poverty. Click here to read more.