Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 6/8/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jun 8, 2015
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June 8, 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

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
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.


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 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
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 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. 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 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 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 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  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.


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


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).