Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 6/15/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jun 15, 2015
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June 15, 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 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
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.


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.


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 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.


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 My Journey on
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 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 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.

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, Contest ends July 31 at 5 p.m. CT, and the chapter selected to receive the prize will be notified by Aug. 31.


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