Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 7/13/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jul 13, 2015


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July 13, 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

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

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Quote for the Week

"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work."
-Stephen King

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To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

The Council

Finding Teachers a Huge Problem Not Just for Ag., Other Areas Suffer as Well (from Detroit Free Press and Greensburg Daily Herald)
As we continue to battle a shortage of qualified agricultural teachers it is important to remember our issues are part of a much larger national problem. For example, trying to find qualified people to teach career and technical education programs has become such a problem in Michigan that some advocates want the state to relax the certification rules temporarily to widen the pool of candidates. The request to change the rules, which will likely come before the State Board of Education this summer, is coming from a group of intermediate school district officials and supported by the Michigan Association of Career and Technical Education. And, it's coming at a time when state leaders are placing more emphasis on such programs: The budget Gov. Rick Snyder signed includes an additional $10 million for the programs. Other states have announced that they are also looking for similar alternative avenues to find personnel to fill vacancies and avoid shutting down whole programs, not just in CTE but in all disciplines.

A big part of the issue is not attrition of veteran teachers but a lack of students completing teacher preparation programs and gaining certification. The State of Indiana recently released some alarming statistics. The number of teaching licenses the Indiana Department of Education issued to first-time teachers fell by 63 percent from 2009/10 to 2013/14 -- though state officials said the most recent decline was at least partially the result of more rigorous testing. Excluding the more rigorous testing year, the number of licenses issued by the DoE fell by 31 percent from 2009/10 to 2012/13. Some open teaching positions across the state in areas like Science and Math have yet to draw even one qualified applicant and many districts are only weeks away from opening their doors for the new year. School officials cite the cause as state funding constraints, which depress teacher wages, and a blame-the-teachers mentality of politicians and the media, which is pushing teachers out of the profession and prompting fewer high school grads to consider teaching an attractive career. Anecdotal evidence suggests this is not just an issue in Indiana. This makes it important that those of us in the education arena help to promote the positive aspects of a career in education as much as possible.

To read more about Michigan’s challenges and potential solutionsclick here.
To get a much more in depth view of Indiana’s recent report click here.

What Should Graduates Look Like in 10 Years? (from eSchool News)
Many national agricultural education organizations are in the process of developing strategic plans and visioning for the future of our discipline. The question is what will a world that changes so rapidly look like in a few years and what will agricultural education programs need to look like to create students ready to meet those challenges?

In San Francisco they recently underwent a process to try and determine what the graduates of their schools should look like in 10 years. To learn more about their process click here.


2015 Professional State Association Award Applicatons -- Due September 1st
NAAE will recognize state associations who have aggressively engaged in certain well-planned activities designed to serve the best interest of the members and the profession. Click here for more information and to apply.

National Teach Ag Day Future Agriculture Teacher Symposium Participants Selected
The National Teach Ag Campaign has selected 21 current Ag Ed majors who will travel to Washington DC and participate in professional networking, development, and be part of the live webcast. Click hereto see who was selected.

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.


National Officer Nominating Committee Nominations Are Open!
Know someone who would make a good Nominating Committeerepresentative? Submit them to FFA by July 15 for consideration.  Simply fill out this Nominating Committee Potential Representative form.

FFA Members Honored as CTE Innovators at The White House by First Lady
On Tuesday, June 30, First Lady Michelle Obama recognized outstanding students, teachers and administrators who have shown exceptional leadership in driving innovation in the field of career and technical education. Click here to read how FFA was honored during the event.

Deadline Nears: 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. The deadline is July 17.

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.


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, July 10, 2015: The generation gap shows up in results from a survey about attitudes toward science. This week’s stories include ag issues on Capitol Hill, an introduction to the new World Food Prize laureate, and a list of the top ten ways to spot a modern farmer. 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 Microdocs
The Association for Career and Technical Education is pleased to announce an exciting new venture to tell the story of how career and technical education is changing the lives of educators and students. Microdocs is a series of microdocumentaries that focus on CTE. So far, two microdocumentaries have been released and can be foundhere.

ACTE has also released fact sheets about the different areas in CTE, to go along with this project, including agriculture, food and natural resources. Follow this link to view all of the fact sheets.

Interested in making a contribution to help with the funding of more microdocs? Follow this link for more information and make a donation today!