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June 29, 2015

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

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


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


June 22
June 15
June 8
June 1
May 18


Quote for the Week


"The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand."
-Vince Lombardi


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


Idaho Board of Education Considers New College Admission Proposal (from magicvalley.com)
Idaho education officials want to flip the traditional college admission process around in order to boost the state's dismal college attendance rates. The State Board of Education listened to a new proposal that recommended alerting qualified high school seniors that they have been accepted to all eight of Idaho's colleges and universities rather than wait for application results. The students would still need to fill out paperwork and a pay a fee to secure a spot at their school of choice, but the money would eventually be credited back on their tuition bill. Pre-qualification for acceptance would be based on grade point average, total school credits and SAT scores. However, officials are still working with college provosts to determine the minimum standards as well as how to avoid capacity issues in the event too many students select primarily just one university. To read more click here.


When It Comes to Getting a Job, Americans Believe Skills Trump College (from The Atlantic)
Earn a college degree, and you’ll set yourself up for life: a stable job, salary, and mortgage. That was the old adage for generation after generation, following World War II. Yet, both young and old workers no longer hold the same abiding faith in the power of four-year degree, according to the latest Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor Poll. Instead, understanding computer technology, working well with different types of people, keeping your skills current, and having good family connections trump the importance of college—at least, when it comes to people’s notions of what it takes to succeed in the modern workplace. Just 55 percent of those 18-24 years old in the poll thought that a four-year degree was “very important” for a good career. Among older respondents, 53 percent agreed. To learn more click here.


Agriculture Industry Looks to Recruit Students: A Perspective from Minnesota (from agrinews.com)
Each year between 2015-20, agriculture and its related industries expect about 60,000 new jobs to open to bachelor's degree graduates, according to a joint study between Purdue University and USDA. However, the study found college students graduating with a relevant degree each year would fill just more than half of those jobs, about 35,000. As a result, agriculture students at the university level are finding internships and jobs more easily than the average college students. To learn more about how stakeholders in Minnesota are coming together to meet the need of the state’s dynamic agriculture industry click here.

FFA


New Guide Highlights Award-winning FFA Chapters
Read how 46 FFA chapters developed a well-planned and well-executed Program of Activities in the new FFA Chapter Success Guide (formerly known as the Chapter Innovators’ Guide). The guide features stories from Model of Excellence, Model of Innovation and Outstanding Middle School Chapter finalists and winners.


FFA Names New Board Members
Three new members have been named to the National FFA Organization Board of Directors. Read more about them by clicking on their names: Jason Hughes from West Virginia, Buddy Deimler from Utah and Jonathan Ulmer from Texas.


Apply Now: Convention and Expo Newsroom Crew
The National FFA Organization is looking for college students or recent college graduates pursuing degrees in journalism, public relations, telecommunications or a closely related field to share with the world the news and feature stories coming out of the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 28 - 31, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. To apply, visit FFA.org, scroll to the bottom of the webpage and click on Careers at FFA. Click on Available Jobs and look for the Newsroom Crew Interns – 2015 National Convention & Expo link.


Reminder: Important Shop FFA Invoice Change Coming Soon
If you order with purchase orders within Shop FFA (most state FFA associations and FFA chapters), then this important message is for you.
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 billquestion@ffa.org.


Cool Summer Savings from La Quinta
La Quinta Inns & Suites is offering 10 percent off your stay! FFA friends, families, sponsors - anyone can use the code NAFFA for the discount, and a portion of the proceeds goes to support FFA. The code can be used at participating La Quinta locations. Book now atwww.lq.com/naffa.

FFA Alumni


National Award Applications Due July 1
Has your FFA Alumni Affiliate been very busy this year doing great things at the local level? Then make sure to apply for the national awards by July 1st. These awards are a great way to reward your volunteers and give others the inspiration to do more. All applications can be found online by logging into ffa.org. Click here to get started.

NAAE


USDA New and Beginning Farmer and Rancher Conference Call -- July 6th
The USDA New and Beginning Farmer and Rancher program is interested in growing the number of people who choose farming or ranching as a career. As part of an upcoming website update, they are preparing to add a section oriented to reach youth who are interested in becoming farmers and ranchers.


There will be a brainstorming conference call on Monday, July 6th from 4-4:45pm EDT. If you would like to participate, click here for the call-in information. If you are unable to participate in the conference call, but would still like to give your input, email your ideas to Julie Fritsch.


NAAE Convention -- Early Bird Registration through July 10th
Make sure to mark you calendar November 17-21 for NAAE Convention in New Orleans! Book your registration now to take advantage of the early bird rate!


Community of Practice Highlights

And don't forget to check out the Vets on Call antibiotics playlist, where veterinarians explain the importance of anitbiotics, on the front page of Communities of Practice! Stay updated on current antibiotic issues in animal science.

CAST

Friday, June 26, 2015: Ag debates include “facts” from opposing sides—the result can be Schizoid Syndrome. This week’s stories include government rulings, student programs, and Klingenberg’s parody honoring dogs and mimicking Taylor Swift. 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

President Obama Authorizes National CTE Scholars Program
President Obama and his administration will now recognize up to 20 students who have achieved excellence in their education and at the same time build greater prestige and public support for CTE programs. The first group of U.S. Presidential Scholars in CTE will be nominated in spring 2016. Click here to read more.

 

 

 

 

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June 22, 2015

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

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


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


June 15
June 8
June 1
May 18
May 11

Quote for the Week


"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."
-John Quincy Adams

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


Report: 6 of 10 Millennials Have 'Low' Technology Skills (from thejournal.com)
Digital natives aren't as tech-savvy as they think they are — at least, not according to their bosses. American millennials (those between the ages of 16 and 34) may be the first generation that grew up with computers and Internet access, but all that time spent glued to a small screen hasn't translated to technology competence. While they spend an average of 35 hours every week on digital media, nearly six out of 10 millennials can't do basic tasks such as sorting, searching for and emailing data from a spreadsheet. As educators it is important to help students understand how to use technology in the workplace setting, not just personal, to help them increase their career readiness. To learn more click here.


Mahindra awards $32,000 in scholarships (from Morning Ag Clips)
Twenty high school graduates received college scholarships totaling $32,000 from Mahindra USA in recognition of their scholastic achievements and involvement in their local high school’s agricultural-focused clubs and activities. Mahindra offers scholarships under three specific programs: Women In Ag and Urban Ag scholarships in conjunction with the National FFA Organization, and Mahindra Texas Pride scholarships offered jointly with the Career and Technology Association of Texas, Inc. To read the full article and see a list of recipient’s click here.


ACT Career Readiness Certificates being used in Some States as Benchmark for High School Students (from ACT and argusleader.com)
The ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT NCRC) is an assessment-based credential powered by ACT WorkKeys®. Issued at four levels, the ACT NCRC measures and certifies the essential work skills needed for success in jobs across industries and occupations. The ACT NCRC is widely used by employers, educators, workforce developers, and others with a stake in the success of the economy. More than 2.8 million ACT NCRCs have been issued nationwide since the credential was introduced in 2006. To learn more click here.
One state using this assessment is South Dakota. More than 2600 South Dakota high school students in 76 different schools earned National Career Readiness Certificates (NCRC) during the 2014-2015 school year. Participation in this optional program was made possible for high school juniors and seniors through a joint workforce development effort between the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation and the Department of Education. The full article can be found here.

NAAE


NAAE Member Opportunity: What Resources do You Need to Teach About Becoming a Farmer or Rancher?
The USDA New and Beginning Farmer and Rancher program is interested in growing the number of people who choose farming or ranching as a career. As part of an upcoming website update, they are preparing to add a section oriented to reach youth who are interested in becoming farmers and ranchers.
Several regional conferences will have time during their program for a discussion about this.


Additionally, there will be a brainstorming conference call on Monday, July 6th from 4-4:45pm EDT. If you would like to participate, please sign up on the signup sheet that will be available during your regional conference, or click here for the call-in information. If you are unable to participate in the conference call, but would still like to give your input, email your ideas to Julie Fritsch.


NAAE Convention -- Early Bird Registration through July 10th
Make sure to mark you calendar November 17-21 for NAAE Convention in New Orleans! Book your registration now to take advantage of the early bird rate!


Teach Ag Parent Resources Page
The National Teach Ag Campaign has added a Parent Resourcespage to its website. Parents of future agriculture teachers can use this page to research information about financial aid, scholarships, job demand, and other important information about the ag ed profession. Check out parent testimonials from current ag ed majors as well. Click here to visit the page today! 


Community of Practice Highlights


And don't forget to check out the Vets on Call antibiotics playlist, where veterinarians explain the importance of anitbiotics, on the front page of Communities of Practice! Stay updated on current antibiotic issues in animal science.

FFA

New Time for “FFA Today” on RURAL RADIO
“FFA Today” now airs Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. ET and Sundays at 6:30 p.m. ET on RURAL RADIO SiriusXM Channel 80. (The show formerly aired at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturdays.) Each weekly show highlights the activities of some of our awesome FFA members, advisors and former members across the country.

Not able to listen to the show? No worries. You can hear past shows on Sirius On Demand, and previously aired interviews are available on the National FFA Organization’s Podbean site and from iTunes. Check it out and you might hear some familiar voices, such as 2014-15 National FFA Western Region Vice President Caleb Gustin interviewing National FFA CEO Dwight Armstrong. That’s right – some of our national FFA officers are serving as “FFA Today” correspondents. Listen to Caleb’s conversation with Dr. Armstronghere.

Apply Now: Convention and Expo Newsroom Crew
The National FFA Organization is looking for college students or recent college graduates pursuing degrees in journalism, public relations, telecommunications or a closely related field to share with the world the news and feature stories coming out of the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 28 - 31, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. To apply, visit FFA.org, scroll to the bottom of the webpage and click on Careers at FFA. Click on Available Jobs and look for the Newsroom Crew Interns – 2015 National Convention & Expo link.

Visit My Journey on FFA.org
My Journey content has been updated for June!  Check out all of the free, ready-to-use resources, including a new career activity focused on equine dentistry on the on the Explore page, an Advocacy Plan Builder that can be used to help students become strong advocates on the Build page and an activity that simplifies the concept of trade relationships on the Connect page. If you missed the resources made available in May, don’t worry. They are available on our Archive pages. Log in to FFA.org today to make your planning just a little easier.

Cool Summer Savings from La Quinta
La Quinta Inns & Suites is offering 10 percent off your stay! FFA friends, families, sponsors - anyone can use the code NAFFA for the discount, and a portion of the proceeds goes to support FFA. The code can be used at participating La Quinta locations. Book now atwww.lq.com/naffa.

CAST

Friday, June 19, 2015: Trans fat gets put on “ultimate weight loss program” by the government. Updates on EPA water act, avian flu, GMO labeling, and more. 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

National Award Applications Due July 1
Has your FFA Alumni Affiliate been very busy this year doing great things at the local level? Then make sure to apply for the national awards by July 1st. These awards are a great way to reward your volunteers and give others the inspiration to do more. All applications can be found online by logging into ffa.org. Click here to get started.

 

 

 

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June 15, 2015

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

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


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


June 8
June 1
May 18
May 11
May 4

Quote for the Week


"Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."
-Hans Christian Andersen


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


Data Driven: The Growing Demand for Certificates (from ACTE)
By 2018, the U.S. will need at least 4.7 million new workers with postsecondary certificates. This data point estimates the number of new workers with a postsecondary certificate as their highest credential who will be needed by 2018 in order for the United States to meet talent demand. This statistic refers only to new positions in the workforce, on top of the many certificate holders already contributing to the economy. To see the full blog post on the CTE Policy Watch Blog and access more detail on the data click here.


Washington State High School Agriculture Class Explores Wind, Solar Technology (from theolympian.com)
Matt Mounts, Yelm High agriculture and natural resources instructor, offers a semester-long class called Green Technology which gives students a chance to produce energy with alternative methods such as solar panels, wind turbines and biodiesel. The 1,200-student school is one of the first in the state to offer a comprehensive course on renewable energy, according to Mounts. Because the class has been so popular, Mounts plans to expand it and offer it all school year, beginning this fall. In addition, district officials are hoping to partner with Shoreline Community College so that students can earn credits toward its renewable energy certification program. To read the full article click here.


Arizona FFA Unveils Video to Promote Agricultural Education as a Career
This past week, at the annual Arizona FFA State Leadership Conference, a video was unveiled aimed at promoting teaching Agricultural Education as a career.  The video provides both student and teacher perspectives about the value that agricultural educators bring to their communities and the lives they touch every day. To view the video posted on Facebook click here.

USDE


National Board Field Tests
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is field testing three components of the revised certification process. The revisions will make the certification process more flexible, affordable and efficient so that many more teachers and students of education can benefit. National Board Certified Teachers, as well as teachers who have not yet achieved certification, are invited to apply for the field tests. For more information, follow this link.

USDA


School Garden Brings Local Foods, Agricultural Education into Students’ Lives
Several years ago, William Penn High School went through a major restructure.  Part of what came out of that process was a renewed commitment to agricultural education, and the recognition that the 117-acre William Penn Historic Farm, operated by a local land trust, could be a major asset to the school. Click here to read more.

NAAE


NAAE Convention -- Early Bird Registration through July 10th
Make sure to mark you calendar November 17-21 for NAAE Convention in New Orleans! Book your registration now to take advantage of the early bird rate!


June News & Views -- Get Ready for NAAE Convention!
Have you checked out the NAAE Convention Pinterest board? Find out some things you never knew about New Orleans, get to know some outstanding agriculture teachers and stay updated on current events in agricultural education in this month's News & Views.


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, where veterinarians explain the importance of anitbiotics, on the front page of Communities of Practice! Stay updated on current antibiotic issues in animal science.

FFA

New Time for “FFA Today” on RURAL RADIO
“FFA Today” now airs Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. ET and Sundays at 6:30 p.m. ET on RURAL RADIO SiriusXM Channel 80. (The show formerly aired at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturdays.) Each weekly show highlights the activities of some of our awesome FFA members, advisors and former members across the country.

Not able to listen to the show? No worries. You can hear past shows on Sirius On Demand, and previously aired interviews are available on the National FFA Organization’s Podbean site and from iTunes. Check it out and you might hear some familiar voices, such as 2014-15 National FFA Western Region Vice President Caleb Gustin interviewing National FFA CEO Dwight Armstrong. That’s right – some of our national FFA officers are serving as “FFA Today” correspondents. Listen to Caleb’s conversation with Dr. Armstronghere.

Apply Now: Convention and Expo Newsroom Crew
The National FFA Organization is looking for college students or recent college graduates pursuing degrees in journalism, public relations, telecommunications or a closely related field to share with the world the news and feature stories coming out of the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 28 - 31, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. VisitFFA.org to apply.

Visit My Journey on FFA.org
My Journey content has been updated for June!  Check out all of the free, ready-to-use resources, including a new career activity focused on equine dentistry on the on the Explore page, an Advocacy Plan Builder that can be used to help students become strong advocates on the Build page  and an activity that simplifies the concept of trade relationships on the Connect page. If you missed the resources made available in May, don’t worry. They are available on our Archive pages. Log in to FFA.org today to make your planning just a little easier.

Watch Now: National FFA Convention & Expo Educational Video
Need a good resource that shows the educational importance of the National FFA Convention & Expo? Visit www.FFA.org/convention to watch a video that showcases the activities that reinforce the FFA mission. The video is also hosted here.

National FFA Convention & Expo 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  toworkshop@ffa.org by  June 15.

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 FFA.org. 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.

Win a trip to National FFA Convention & Expo
From FFA Share Nights to painted Blue Barns, Culver’s Thank You Farmers program has raised over half a million dollars in support of agricultural education. Without America’s farm families providing the ingredients Culver's serves, the restaurants would not be where they are today. To share their gratitude, Culver’s is giving away $10,000 to send an FFA chapter on a dream trip to the National FFA Convention & Expo. To enter the Culver’s FFA Essay Contest, visitwww.culvers.com/essaycontest. Contest ends July 31 at 5 p.m. CT, and the chapter selected to receive the prize will be notified by Aug. 31.

CAST

Friday, June 12, 2015: A scientist used chocolate and fake research information to expose problems with the “science paper mill.” Ag issues bubble in D.C., FFA members stay optimistic, and a farmer water skis in his cornfield. 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

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

 

 

 

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June 8, 2015

 

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

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


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


June 1
May 18
May 11
May 4
April 27

Quote for the Week


"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success."
-Henry Ford


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


The Council Set to Begin Revision of the National Quality Program Standards for Secondary Agricultural Education
During 2015 the National Council for Agricultural Education will begin a project to revise and update the National Quality Program Standards (NQPS) that were first adopted in 2009. The National Quality Program Standards for Secondary (Grades 9-12) Agricultural Education were designed to be used by the local teacher(s), administration, community partners and/or stakeholders, advisory committees, FFA Alumni and/or an external assessment team to conduct an evaluation of the local agricultural education program and develop clear goals and objectives for program improvement. In the coming months the Council will be seeking volunteers to serve on working groups that will analyze the current document and suggest changes needed to be current with today’s expectations of agricultural education programs and to drive more adoption and use. In addition, the Council will be looking to create  new online assessment tool for the program standards. Be looking for more information and invitations to provide input soon. To view the current set of program standards click here.


Are we spending too much on college? (from fortune.com)
Peter Cappelli , the George W. Taylor Professor of Management at The Wharton School and Director of Wharton’s Center for Human Resources, recently posed this question in an editorial for Fortune. He shares that for students depending on a career that will pay off the high cost of their education, their tuition dollars might be put to better use. Employers are focused less on degrees earned and more on experience and the hands-on skills that come from actually working rather than trying to learn job skills in a classroom. Cappelli makes a call for more career and technical education training as a part of the proposed solution to both the skills gap and the phenomenon of growing college debt that many grads are finding it difficult to make worth the investment. To read more click here.

FFA


Culver’s Announces New FFA Essay Contest
From FFA Share Nights to painted Blue Barns, Culver’s Thank You Farmers program has raised over half a million dollars in support of agricultural education. Because without America’s farm families providing the fresh ingredients Culver's so proudly serves, the restaurants would not be where they are today. To share their gratitude Culver’s is giving away $10,000 to send an FFA chapter on a dream trip to the National FFA Convention & Expo. To enter the Culver’s FFA Essay Contest, visit www.culvers.com/essaycontest. Contest ends July 31, 2015 at 5 p.m. CT and the chapter selected to receive the prize will be notified by August 31, 2015.


Visit My Journey on FFA.org
My Journey content has been updated for June!  Check out all of the free, ready-to-use resources. Looking for a way to highlight an agricultural career? Check out the new career activity focused onequine dentistry that prompts students to think critically. Want an online research or a career activity to use with Career Cruising?  These lessons and more are featured on the Explore page. What about an Advocacy Plan Builder (part one in a three-part series) that can be used to help students become strong advocates? Or, want to help students do a presentation like Steve Jobs? Visit the Build page. Need an activity to walk students through all the cool historical events in FFA?  What about an activity that simplifies the concept oftrade relationships using relevant examples? Check out these activities, lessons and more on the Connect page. If you missed the resources made available in May, don’t worry. They are available on our Archive pages. Log in to FFA.org today to make your planning just a little easier.


Apply Now: Convention and Expo Newsroom Crew
The National FFA Organization is looking for college students or recent college graduates pursuing degrees in journalism, public relations, telecommunications or a closely related field to share with the world the news and feature stories coming out of the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 28 - 31, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. VisitFFA.org to apply.


Watch Now: National FFA Convention & Expo Educational Video
Need a good resource that shows the educational importance of the National FFA Convention & Expo? Visit www.FFA.org/convention to watch a video that showcases the activities that reinforce the FFA mission. The video is also hosted here.


National FFA Convention & Expo 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  toworkshop@ffa.org by  June 15.


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 FFA.org. 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.


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 FFA.org.  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 Scholarships@ffa.org.


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

NAAE


Early Bird Registration for NAAE Convention Now Available
Make sure to mark you calendar November 17-21 for NAAE Convention in New Orleans! Book your registration now to take advantage of the Early Bird Rate!


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, where veterinarians explain the importance of anitbiotics, on the front page of Communities of Practice! Stay updated on current antibiotic issues in animal science.

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

CAST

Friday, June 5, 2015: The ag community uses various ways to communicate—including reason, videos, and satire. Lots of ag debates in Washington, D.C. 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).

 

 

 

 

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The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

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


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 18
May 11
May 4
April 27
April 20

Quote for the Week


"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts."
-Eleanor Roosevelt

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


The Classrooms Where Students Are In Charge (from nationaljournal.com)
West Virginia's Simulated Workplace initiative lets students create businesses, and is transforming career and technical education. Employers in West Virginia don't just want workers with technical skills. They want workers who'll show up on time, work in teams, and pass a drug test. So to teach both technical and so-called 'soft' skills, the state has redesigned career and technical education classes. By the 2016-2017 academic year, every CTE class in the state will operate as a student-run, simulated business. To read more click here.


Feature Length Film Showing How Modern Ag Practices Can Fight Hunger Released (from Hoosier Ag Today)
A new feature film, The Ivy League Farmer, tells the story of a father and son in conflict over the use of modern technology and the future of the family dairy farm. It’s also a love story that explores a small town’s concern about local kids not getting enough to eat. Diamond V is using The Ivy League Farmer in a non-profit initiative to raise funds to help feed local kids in need. The company is sponsoring the film’s premiere showings, June 5-7, at Theatre Cedar Rapids in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Diamond V believes that family entertainment like The Ivy League Farmer can raise public awareness about hunger, modern technology, and the farmers who devote their lives to meeting the growing need for food. To learn more and see a preview click here.


Skills based Hiring is Gaining Traction (from abqjournal.com)
Most employers face challenges when seeking workers trained in science, technology, engineering and math, but a  program in Albuquerque, NM to assess worker job qualifications based on their skills rather than educational achievement may help alleviate the problem. The strategy’s novel focus on “skills-based hiring” rather than formal education represents a radical break from traditional hiring practices, but it could help to at least partially crack the local and national bottleneck in graduating a STEM-trained workforce, which has created major challenges for employers in New Mexico and other states to fill degree-qualified jobs. To read more click here.

FFA


Culver’s Announces New FFA Essay Contest
From FFA Share Nights to painted Blue Barns, Culver’s Thank You Farmers program has raised over half a million dollars in support of agricultural education. Because without America’s farm families providing the fresh ingredients Culver's so proudly serves, the restaurants would not be where they are today. To share their gratitude Culver’s is giving away $10,000 to send an FFA chapter on a dream trip to the National FFA Convention & Expo. To enter the Culver’s FFA Essay Contest, visit www.culvers.com/essaycontest. Contest ends July 31, 2015 at 5 p.m. CT and the chapter selected to receive the prize will be notified by August 31, 2015.


Apply Now: Convention and Expo Newsroom Crew
The National FFA Organization is looking for college students or recent college graduates pursuing degrees in journalism, public relations, telecommunications or a closely related field to share with the world the news and feature stories coming out of the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo Oct. 28 - 31, 2015, in Louisville, Ky. Visitthis link to apply.


Watch Now: National FFA Convention & Expo Educational Video
Need a good resource that shows the educational importance of the National FFA Convention & Expo? Visit www.FFA.org/convention to watch a video that showcases the activities that reinforce the FFA mission. The video is also hosted here.


National FFA Convention & Expo 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  toworkshop@ffa.org by  June 15.


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 FFA.org. 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.


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 FFA.org.  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 Scholarships@ffa.org.


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


Reminder: Important Shop FFA 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 billquestion@ffa.org.

NAAE


NAAE Workshop Proposals -- DUE FRIDAY, JUNE 5TH
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 -- SIGN UP BY JUNE 3RD!
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.


2014 National Teach Ag Campaign Annual Report Now Available
The 2014 Teach Ag Annual Report is now available on the Teach Ag website.  Teach Ag had another productive year in 2014, from the implementation of the STAR program to the very successful fifth annual National Teach Ag Day celebration.


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! Stay updated on current antibiotic issues in animal science.

CAST

Friday, May 29, 2015: EPA water rules get mixed reactions; the dietary guidelines cause a stir; and the Peterson family has a new parody—“Takin’ Care of Livestock.” 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

Big Data Needed to Move Forward
The National FFA Alumni identified an increased need for data collection to more effectively provide factual information. The outcomes of the data will increase advocacy at local, state and national levels. It will provide a broader look at the volunteers and total dollars provided a broader look at volunteers and total dollars provided to sustain and grow local programs and students. For more information on how you make data collection a success, visit ffa.org.