Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 5/4/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on May 4, 2015


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May 4, 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 27
April 20
April 13
April 6
March 30

Quote for the Week

“Provide an uncommon experience for your students and they will reward you with an uncommon effort and attitude.”
– Dave Burgess

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

STEMConnector to Host Virtual Town Hall Meeting on the Internet of Things; Great Opportunity for Learning for Agricultural Educators
Please join us on May 20, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET for an incredible conversation on the workforce implications of the rapidly developing Internet of Things! The Internet connects virtually everything. Over the last decade, however, Internet connectivity has migrated to "things" in addition to computers. From cars and mobile devices to thermostats and lawn mowers to power plants and stoplights, every aspect of the world around us is connected. This phenomenon, known as the Internet of Things (IoT), will have implications for our future workforce. This Virtual Town Hall will shed light on how industry is implementing this innovation into their business models and the implications for their workforce. The program will provide an overview of national trends followed by industry viewpoints, including those from the agricultural industry.
To learn more and register for the town hall meeting click here.

The Condition of Future Educators; Research from ACT Shows Disturbing National Trends
In agricultural education the shortage of qualified agricultural educators is a well-known crisis. What many may not fully understand is that this is one part of a growing national trend about the number of young people seeking careers in education overall. Findings from new research published by ACT shows significant drops in the number of students majoring in education across the nation, a significant drop in males entering the profession and an achievement gap between those interested in the education filed and those that seek different career paths. The ACT report goes in to these factors in more detail and puts forward potential solutions to the national teacher shortage. To learn more about their potential solutions and to read the full report click here.

USDA announces record number of organic producers in US(from USDA and
According to data released by the Agricultural Marketing Service's (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP), the number of domestic certified organic operations increased by more than 5 percent over the last year. Since the count began in 2002, the number of domestic organic operations has increased by over 250 percent. The higher price of organic foods and other products doesn't seem to be deterring consumers: Sales jumped 11 percent last year, an industry report says. The Organic Trade Association estimated in a report released earlier this month that organics now make up almost 5 percent of total food sales in the United States, with sales for all organic products totaling more than $39 billion last year.
To read the full news release from USDA click here. To learn more about the growth of the organic market 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 Workshop Proposals
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2015 NAAE Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 17-21, 2015, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary and post-secondary educators of agricultural education.  Request for Proposals are due June 5, 2015.  To find out more and to submit your proposal, click HERE.

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 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!

National Supply and Demand Profiles
Agricultural education supply and demand profiles have been updated and are now available on the Teach Ag website. View the profiles by NAAE, AAAE, and FFA regions, along with an overall nationwide profile. Click here to view the profiles.

Community of Practice Highlights


National Officer Nominating Committee Nominations Are Open!
Know someone who would make a good Nominating Committeerepresentative? Submit them to FFA by July 15 for consideration.  Simply fill out this Nominating Committee Potential Representative form.

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

TODAY! Modified Hours Business Hours
National Alumni staff will be available from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST on the first and third Mondays of every month (holidays and the weeks of the National FFA Alumni Development Conference and the National FFA Convention & Expo excluded).

Call 317-802-4204 with your questions on membership, rosters, chartering, reactivating, conferences, tax exempt status, awards applications and more and someone will be happy to assist you. We look forward to hearing from you, FFA alumni!

Your Affiliate Could Win!
The awards for the 2014-2015 FFA Alumni Affiliate award applications will be due to National FFA Center soon. Don’t forget to check out all the awards and the applications to see what awards your local Affiliate qualifies for. Winning national awards is the most prestigious honor an FFA Alumni Affiliate can receive. Click here for more information.  Award applications due July 15, 2015


Friday, May 1, 2015: Tyson and Chipotle decisions affect agriculture; avian flu continues its scourge; and animals show they know how to do some classic photo bombs. 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).