Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 8/17/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Aug 17, 2015

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August 10, 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

February 5 - 9, 2016
Southern Region AAAE Conference
San Antonio, TX

May 17-20, 2016
National AAAE Conference
Kansas City, MO

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Quote for the Week

"The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts."
-C. S. Lewis

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 Matches Materials to Revised National AFNR Career Cluster Standards, a Stewart-Peterson company, is an online agriculture curriculum featuring almost 1,300 lessons, lesson extras and daily news for the agricultural education classroom. Each subscription is a site license, good for all teachers and students at the subscribing school. Since the release of newly revised National AFNR Standards, they have gone through the painstaking work of matching and aligning all their offerings with new standards. This will allow subscribers to demonstrate how their curriculums are developing students in the AFNR standards, as well as other national standards such as the Common Career Technical Core, Common Core ELA, Common Core Math, and the Next Generation Science Standards. To learn more about and their offerings click here.

New Approach to Farm Transition Planning (from Morning Ag Clips)
Ag Transition Partners, a group of educators and agricultural consultants, is launching a new, no-cost farm transition planning project that includes webinars, on-site or virtual coaching and action plan templates. American Agri-Women, the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agri-business women, is supporting the project. According to some studies, an estimated 70% of farms and farmland will transition ownership in the next 20 years and fewer than 50% of farmers have estate plans; less than 70% have named successors; and less than 11% have farm business transition plans in place. Those interested can learn more about the process by signing up for this webinar, which will be held at noon central time on August 18: “Farm Transition: Planning for Success I – Getting Started.” To learn more click here.

Data Driven: CTE Students Pursue Postsecondary Education(from ACTE)
National-level data on U.S. students’ secondary-to-postsecondary transitions shows that the majority of students who have completed a CTE concentration in high school (by earning 2-3 or more credits in the same CTE program area) moved on to postsecondary education shortly after high school. This illustrates that CTE is not a pathway into the workforce only, but prepares students for both college and career. This data point can be particularly useful when communicating with a policymaker or industry leader who has outdated notions about CTE discouraging students from pursuing higher education. To find more fact sheets that are useful in helping policy makers better understand the importance of CTE click here.


August News & Views
National Teach Ag Day is quickly approaching! Get ideas on how you can participate in this year's celebration. Also, check out the recently-released NAAE award recipients and updated NAAE Convention information. Click here to read this month's edition of News & Views!

Zoetis Named 2016 ACTE Business of the Year
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and its Board of Directors have announced global animal health company Zoetis as the 2016 ACTE Business of the Year. The ACTE Business of the Year award celebrates businesses and organizations that have demonstrated their commitment to career and technical education (CTE) through their partnership and continuous support of CTE professionals. Congratulations Zoetis! Click here for the full press release.

Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar -- Join Us Wednesday!
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.

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.

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.

Syngenta Grant Offers Free Vegetable Seed to All Eligible Applicants - Due Sept 15!
Syngenta's Grow More Vegetables Seed Grant Program is intended to encourage the establishment of gardens by schools and organizations across the United States. All eligible grant applicants will receive vegetable seed, while grant recipients receive seed plus supplies and a monetary award. Follow this link for more information.

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.

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.


Start Off the School Year with My Journey
It’s a new school year, and we have what you need to make it successful! My Journey content has been recently updated with great tips, lesson plans and open resources available for free.  Need a lesson to help students discover their core values and personal brand or activities to make your students aware of current issues in agriculture, like the use of drones?  Then look for these lessons and more on the Explore page! What about a math strategy that can be used with any lesson or activities to help recruit students into FFA? Take a look at these activities on the Build page! Need a lesson to help your students understand the agriculture pathways or an activity to increase their skills as agriculture advocates? Check out these lessons and more on the Connect page! And don’t worry about missing anything; content is saved on our Archive pages! What are you waiting for? Log in today to make your planning just a little easier.

Achieve More on – Resume Generator
Introducing the FFA Resume Generator on While there are numerous resume generators and builders available, there is not another tool quite like the FFA Resume Generator. Students no longer have to guess what should be on their resumes or how to arrange the information in an attractive, efficient way. It guides users through the process of creating a resume, step-by-step. The Resume Generator helps users focus on their strengths and describe their experiences and skills, and it then turns this information into polished resumes. Information is saved so that students can return to the generator to add new experiences as needed. It can be accessed through the Build webpage of My Journey or directly here,

“FFA Today” on RURAL RADIO Is Moving to a New Channel
Note to all “FFA Today” listeners: RURAL RADIO is moving to Channel 147 on the SiriusXM channel lineup starting Thursday, Aug. 13. “FFA Today” airs Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. ET and Sundays at 6:30 p.m. ET, featuring stories about FFA members, advisors and supporters from across the country.

Here’s how to change your preset channel on SiriusXM:
Step 1: Set your radio source to "satellite" and tune to our current channel – RURAL RADIO Channel 80.
Step 2: Press and hold the "memory" button to save the location.
Step 3: Wait to receive a confirmation message on the radio display and via audio.
Step 4: When the RURAL RADIO channel migrates to Channel 147, your preset will automatically be updated.

If you are not able to catch “FFA Today” when it airs on RURAL RADIO SiriusXM Channel 147, click here to listen to previous interviews.


CASE Agricultural Research and Development Field Test
Eighteen teachers from across the U.S. gathered in New Jersey to begin the process of field testing the CASE Agricultural Research and Development (ARD) curriculum, also known as the capstone course.

Although the course looks shorter than the typical CASE course (less than 50 Activities, Projects, and Problems), the rigor and relevance is strong for students. The five-day institute included a tour of FMC Agricultural Solutions and hands-on, minds-on experiential learning for teachers planning to implement the course in their classrooms this fall. Students will complete an extensive agricultural research and development process which culminates their previous CASE experiences. Students will explore and develop personal strengths, develop and practice research skills used in the problem-solving process, and communicate their results in various formats, including a social activism component.

Participants had many ideas about directions their students may take these research projects, but all felt sure that their students will be empowered to effect incremental improvements in producing more quality food, fiber, and fuel for the world. A few participants will also be implementing the course as a self-paced, independent study curriculum to allow students more options in their programs.

For more information regarding the Agricultural Research and Development (ARD) curriculum please see this link. This ARD capstone course was graciously sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.


Friday, August 14, 2015: An orange river runs through it, as environmental disaster hits the southwest. GMO news continues to proliferate, and an eagle takes down a drone. 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).