Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 6/22/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jun 22, 2015


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June 22, 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 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
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
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 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.


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, 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
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.

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


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 Click here to get started.