Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 5/11/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on May 11, 2015

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May 11, 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

May 4
April 27
April 20
April 13
April 6

Quote for the Week

"A good teacher, like a good entertainer, first must hold his audience's attention. Then he can teach his lesson."
-Hendrik John Clarke

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.

Delta Conference to be Held In Nebraska Opening Some Spots for Other States: Register by May 15
Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska are hosting a Delta Conference this July 7-11 at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.  A handful of spots are still available now that the these states’  teachers have registered so they are offering the experience to agricultural education teachers nationwide. Delta Conference is an intensive professional development experience for agricultural education teachers who desire to substantially increase their ability to engage all students in the learning process, integrate career readiness skills into technical content, and develop his or her influence in the classroom, school and community.  The conference will take place Tuesday-Saturday July 7-11 beginning at 4:00 in the afternoon on July 7 and ending at Noon on July 11 in Curtis, NE.  The cost to attend is $750. Lodging and meals are included with registration.  Participants will be responsible for their travel to/from the conference.  Colorado State University will be offering two hours of graduate credit at approximately $59/hour. To learn more and to apply, please visit this link. Applications are due by May 15.

Teachers Without Mentors Leave the Profession Much Faster, Study Finds (from Ed Week)
A lot of research has examined teacher attrition and retention, but even still, findings can be inconsistent or narrow. A new federal report tries to address shortcomings in teacher retention research. Studying a cohort of 1,990 first-year public school teachers beginning in the 2007-08 school year, the study found that after five years of teaching, roughly 70 percent of the original cohort remained in their original schools, 10 percent had moved schools, three percent had returned to teaching, and only 17 percent had exited the profession.  What used to be a catch-all statistic based on the work of University of Pennsylvania Professor Richard Ingersoll—that half of all teachers leave within the first five years of entering the profession—has shown to be unreliable, even according to Ingersoll himself. To read moreclick here.

Be a Digi-Star Champion!
The 2015, Be a Digi-Star Champion Contest runs May 1- May 30. Youth livestock exhibitors under age 21 are eligible to enter by posting a picture of their 2015 livestock project to Digi-Star’s Facebook page. The photo that receives the most votes will win their choice of an Alleyway or Wrangler Jr. Livestock scale, or a StockWeigh 300 indicator. To learn more click here.


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

It Pays to Go Green! Apply for a Living To Serve: Environmental Grant Today
Nokomis FFA (ME) partnered with the town to produce red worms and composted material that will be used as an additive to community garden plots to enrich the soil with their LTS: Environmental grant.

Middle school, high school and collegiate FFA chapters may apply for up to $2,000 to support year-long service-learning projects focused on projects that address local environmental needs. Potential projects include: wildlife conservation, land preservation, bee health, recycling and composting. Go to to apply today. Applications are due May 29, 2015. You may contact Kayla Lumpford-Mitchell at with any questions.

FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge - Help your state WIN a truckload of protein!
Has your FFA chapter completed a service project related to hunger? If so, submit your impacts to the FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge. 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. Submit impacts today

2015 Scholarship Results Are In!
In 2015, 127 businesses and individuals provided scholarships designed to fit a wide variety of student experiences, career goals and higher education plans.  More than 7,100 students applied.  The National FFA Organization awarded a record 2,152 scholarships valued at over $2.7 million dollars!

A list of recipients is now available on  Click Participate then Grants & Scholarships for a link to the current year Scholarship Results.  Recipients are located first by their high school state, then alphabetically by student last name.

Detailed instructions on how to claim scholarships will be mailed to recipients in late May.  Recipients who have not received instructions by July 1 should email

.Information for the 2016 scholarship program will be available Nov. 15, 2015.


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

.NAAE Award Applications -- Apply by FRIDAY, 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 -- TODAY!
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!

Communities of Practice -- Vets on Call
Zoetis, a proud sponsor of Communities of Practice, has a YouTube series of videos called, "Vets on Call," which we feature each week on Communities of Practice. These are short video clips that give viewers a glimpse of what it's like to be a veterinarian. Use the videos in your classroom as a resource to inspire and engage your students. Be sure to check out the "Veterinarians Explain use of Antibiotics" playlist to stay up to date with current anitbiotic issues in animal science.

Community of Practice Highlights


Friday, May 8, 2015: Food company decisions continue to confound many scientists; the avian flu causes more hardships; and critter cams take us on the wild side of animals. 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).

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

US Department of Education

Supporting Innovation in Higher Education through First in the World
The Obama Administration is committed to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to access and complete a postsecondary education. In an era of rapid change and innovation, we have sought to encourage those colleges and universities developing new ways to serve students better, especially low-income and first-generation students. Click here to read more.