Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 5/18/2015

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on May 18, 2015


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May 18, 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 11
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April 27
April 20
April 13

Quote for the Week

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

National Council for Agricultural Education Releases Revised AFNR Content Standards
The revised editions of the national AFNR Career Cluster Content Standards are now available on the Council website. The AFNR Career Cluster Content Standards last revised in 2009 provide state agricultural education leaders and educators with a high-quality, rigorous set of standards to guide what students should know and be able to do after completing a program of study in each of the AFNR career pathways. The multi-stage review and revision process began in 2014 and was informed by input and guidance from more than 270 secondary and post-secondary educators, business, industry and state leaders in career and technical education. The revised standards are fully aligned with the Common Career  Technical Core and cross walked to relevant and current academic standard sets. To learn more and access the standards click here.  

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.

New Study Highlights Positive Job Outlook for Those With Degrees and Expertise in Agriculture  (from USDA)
During the next five years, U.S. college graduates will find good employment opportunities if they have expertise in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, or the environment. Between 2015 and 2020, 57,900 average annual openings for graduates with bachelor’s or higher degrees in those areas will be available. According to projections, almost half of the opportunities will be in management and business. Another 27% will be in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Jobs in sustainable food and biomaterials production will make up 15%, while 12% of the openings will be in education, communication, and governmental services. Expect the strongest job market for plant scientists, food scientists, sustainable biomaterials specialists, water resources scientists and engineers, precision agriculture specialists, and farm-animal veterinarians. To learn more click here.


Two Weeks Left to Apply for a Living to Serve: Environmental Grant!
“Be a Solution to Water Pollution” is the focus of the Greensburg FFA (IN) chapter’s LTS: Environmental grant. FFA members are educating the community on how to conduct water monitoring through river testing, the effects of water pollution through an outdoor classroom and water pollution reduction steps.
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.

Watch Now: The FFA Brand in Action
The National FFA Organization is excited to provide you with our new FFA brand voice video titled, “The FFA Brand in Action.” The FFA brand voice is how we express our FFA brand personality and values via voice and is how the FFA brand’s persona resonates with our various audiences. You can access the video at any time by visiting our FFA Brand Center.

Free Teaching Resources Available on
It is a new month so once again My Journey content has been updated!  There are many great tips, lesson plans and open resources available for free within My Journey.  Need an activity to help studentsconnect their interests to supervised agricultural experiences or a lesson to help your students become agriculture advocates?  Then look for these lessons and more on the Explore page. What about amath strategy that can be used with any lesson or a video and worksheet to help students make a good first impression? Take a look at these activities on the Build page.  Need a quick scavenger hunt about FFA and who we are? Check out this lesson and more on the Connect page. Did you miss content from past months?  Don’t worry, resources are still available on our Archive pages. Log in today to make your planning a little easier.

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 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.

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!

Community of Practice Highlights

And don't forget to check out the Vets on Call antibiotics playlist on the front page of Communities of Practice!


Friday, May 15, 2015: Agriculture degrees are touted as tickets to jobs; water issues loom large at government levels; and you can read about the buzz created by the “most dangerous animals for humans.” 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!


One of the Best Fields for New College Graduates? Agriculture.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new report showing tremendous demand for recent college graduates with a degree in agricultural programs with an estimated 57,900 high-skilled job openings annually in the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, and environment fields in the United States. Click here for the full article.