Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 8/3/2015

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Aug 3, 2015


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August 3, 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

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
-Maya Angelou

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Andrea Fristoe , NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

The Council

Survey: Most Profs Find HS Grads Unready for College or Work(from Campus Technology)
Neither university faculty nor employers believe that American public high schools are preparing students for the expectations they'll face in college and career. In fact, compared to 2004, the assessment is even more dismal. More than a decade ago, for example, only 28 percent of college instructors stated that schools were doing an adequate job of readying students for what came next after high school. That count is down to 14 percent in 2015. Among employers, 49 percent in 2004 said that schools were adequately preparing students for what they would need for work; in 2015, the count was 29 percent. Those findings came out of a recent set of surveys sponsored by Achieve, a national not-for-profit focused on education reform and consisting of state governors and business leaders that led the push for such developments as the PARCC consortium and the Next Generation Science Standards. To learn more click here.

Study: Few Science Museums Use Word 'Agriculture' to Teach(from USAgNet)
Walk into a science museum and you're not likely to find the word "agriculture," even though many exhibits relate to agricultural content or practices. Katie Stofer found this gap when she surveyed 29 science museums in cities of all sizes across the U.S., and her findings are published in a new study in the journal Science Education and Civic Engagement. The study showed none of the facilities included the word "agriculture" in an exhibit title or description. Stofer categorized 45 percent of the 316 exhibits as at least "probably" agriculture-related, based on exhibit titles and descriptions. To learn more click here.

How a Former Marketing Manager Ended Up Farming for Those in Need (from
Chip Paillex makes running nearly 300 acres of farmland sound easy. He’s the head of America’s Grow-a-Row, an organization with a simple mission: Grow food for those in need. But a simple mission doesn’t mean Paillex relaxes in a hammock all day watching the crops grow. The secret to his success as a benevolent entrepreneur is hard work. To learn more about the farm’s mission and how it got started click here.

Pork Education Center Opens to Public in Indiana (from AgriNews)
Fair Oaks farms in northwest Indiana has opened a new educational center to educate the public about modern pork production in a transparent way, much the same as it has done for Dairy production since opening its visitor center years ago. To learn more about the facility and its mission click here.


2015 Award Winners Announced!
Congratulations to all of the 2015 NAAE award winners. All award winners will be recognized at the 2015 NAAE Convention in New Orleans, LA. Click here to see who was selected.

Apply for 2015 XLR8 Program - Applications Due September 1
The XLR8 program includes participation in an intensive professional development experience during the NAAE convention, recurring virtual learning experiences, and online collaboration using the NAAE professional learning community, Communities of Practice, as well as other social media tools.
All active NAAE members who are currently in their 7th to 15th year of teaching are eligible to apply. Each applicant must have been a NAAE member the three previous years while teaching agriculture. Click here for more information and to apply.

Fulbright Distinguised Awards in Teaching Program
The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program provides funding for highly accomplished U.S. primary and secondary level educators to take part in an intensive professional development program for three to six months abroad. The application deadline is November 4, 2015. For more information, please follow this link.

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.

Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar
Teach Ag VIP Campus Day
August 19, 2015
3:45-4:45pm EDT
Presenters: Dr. Amy Smith, University of Minnesota and Dr. Allen Talbert, Purdue University
Click here to register by August 18th.

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.


Enjoy a Scoop of Fresh Frozen Custard for a $1 Donation on Aug. 11, 2015 -- Proceeds Benefit FFA and Local Agriculture Organizations
Custard lovers looking to satisfy their sweet tooth for a good cause can stop by participating Culver’s restaurants on Aug. 11, 2015, also known as Scoops of Thanks Day. In exchange for a $1 donation, they’ll enjoy a single scoop of Fresh Frozen Custard, while supplies last.  Proceeds raised from the event will benefit local or state FFA chapters or other agricultural organizations selected by each restaurant.

Scoops of Thanks Day is part of the Culver’s Thank You Farmers program, an initiative that recognizes all farmers for their hard work and dedication in growing and producing the wholesome food that feeds our nation. To date, the program has raised over a half million dollars in support of the National FFA Organization and Foundation, local FFA chapters and a variety of local agricultural organizations. To learn more about the Thank You Farmers program and how to get involved, click here.

Meet the 2015 American Star Awards Finalists
The American Star Awards represent the best of the best among thousands of American FFA Degree recipients. Click here to see the 16 finalists who will compete for the organization’s highest honors.

Apply Now: Grants for Growing
Agriculture advisors in Indiana, South Carolina and Utah: Win an @TractorSupply grant worth $500 or more.  Apply here,  Grants are competitive so be sure to sign up today. The deadline is Aug. 21.


Friday, July 31, 2015: The latest scoop on bees, some “Far Side” news, and a brief recap of previous Borlaug CAST Communication Award winners. 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).


Best Practices and Innovations Conference 2015
Attend the premiere event for CTE leaders, September 23-25, 2015 in Phoenix, AZ. Click here for more information and to register.

College and Career Ready Infographic
ACTE has just released a new infographic detailing how CTE programs prepare students for college and careers. Click here to view the infographic.