Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 8/24/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Aug 24, 2015
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August 24, 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

Past Issues

August 17
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August 3
July 27
July 20

Quote for the Week

"Teachers can change lives with just the right mix of chalk and challenges."
-Joyce Meyer

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

California Certified Organic Farmers to Offer SAE Grants
CCOF, a coalition of organic companies, is excited to favor 20 SAE grants that focus on organic agriculture. There are over 3,000 members of the coalition and they would be interested in working with local agricultural education programs as well. More information can be found here. If you have any questions you can also reach out to Kelly Kaiser at the National FFA Foundation or Jessy Beckett Parr, CCOF Foundation Program Manager.

These grants are being offered as part of the National FFA SAE grant process. Applications go live on September 1st.

Students Start Small and Grow Ag Careers (from The Batesville Herald Tribune)
Seventeen Batesville High School students enrolled in a FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience this summer, according to educator Cassie Wallpe. The summer SAE program gives students an opportunity to explore specific areas of the agriculture career field. Each summer, students who have at least one year of agricultural education get to apply what they’ve learned to real-life situations. Normally, participants set up their own business, work for an employer, or do a combination of both. They can also be involved in research and experimentation. To learn more click here.

Projects Emphasize Open-Source Technology and Data for Agriculture (from
Around the world, young people are turning to farming and the food sector as viable career options. However, the next generation of food system leaders often lack access to the latest data and technologies that are vital to the success of farm businesses. Projects such as Open Ag Toolkit (OpenATK), a new platform for managing agricultural tasks, and FarmBot, an open-source community for small-scale precision farming, are working to democratize innovations in agriculture by improving data transfer and small-scale technologies through open-source models. To learn more click here.

CTE and Competency Education: A Natural Fit (from CTE Policy Watch)
CTE and competency-based education, while a natural fit, are in danger of being siloed if states and districts do not take care to integrate them in approaches to college and career readiness. A new paper from Achieve and National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium identifies several strategies that can help states and districts better integrate CTE and competency-based pathways (CBP), which the publication defines as incorporating demonstrated mastery; explicit, measurable and transferable learning objectives; meaningful assessment; and rapid and individualized student support. Building a Strong Relationship Between Competency-based Pathways and Career Technical Education outlines several “leverage points” where CTE and CBP meet. To learn more click here.


Convention and Expo Registration Now Open
It's live! FFA advisors, don't delay...visit the registration page to get your seats for opening session, concerts, hypnotist shows and more.

Welcome to FFA Pulse!
We know you love FFA and now we've made it even easier to catch up on the latest and greatest with our new news site, FFA Pulse, a one-stop resource dedicated to FFA stories and more. Check it out!

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,


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.

National Teach Ag Day Media Kit -- Now Available
Are you getting ready for your National Teach Ag Day celebration? Visit the Teach Ag website for information and media releases to use in your program to promote National Teach Ag Day.

Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar
Using Social Media to Promote Teaching Agriculture
September 9, 2015
4:00-4:45pm EDT
Presenters: Brandie Disberger, Kansas State University and Alan Green/Ellen Thompson, National Teach Ag Campaign
Click here to register for the webinar.

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.


CASE Agricultural Power and Technology Institutes
CASE hosted three Agricultural Power and Technology (APT) Institutes during June and July. Over 40 participants attended the two-week trainings held across the Midwest at Tennessee State University, University of Missouri, and Kansas State University. All attending teachers completed the institute and received APT certification. Certified teachers will field test the curriculum during this coming school year. CASE staff will use the teachers’ feedback to revise the course for full publication next spring.

APT is a new CASE course generously sponsored by John Deere,Firestone, and TransCanada, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. This foundation course provides high school students with basic technical skills and scientific applications in agricultural mechanics. Topics in the course include tool operation, shop safety, material science, project planning, energy, agricultural machines and structures. Physical science principles, mathematical applications, and the engineering design process are interwoven throughout the course. Students are actively involved during the course with hands-on activities, projects, and problems introducing them to all aspects of agricultural mechanics from surveying to machine calibration.

A special thanks to the all APT Lead Teachers, host sites, and university personnel that made the Agricultural Power and Technology field-test a success. CASE will be announcing APT Institute locations for summer of 2016 later this fall. Check the website for the most recent information.


Friday, August 21, 2015: A Drinkable Book? Fires, legislation, and education resources—plus a video of the luckiest seal in the world as it escapes the jaws of death. 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 CareerTech VISION 2015 Career Pavilion
ACTE invites you to visit the Career Pavilion, which will be held November 19 and 20 in New Orleans during ACTE’s CareerTech VISION 2015. Career Pavilion is about ideas and resources to help you inspire your students about their future career path. It’s also a venue designed to spur discussion and action to address the gaps that exist between education and the workplace. Click here for more information about the Career Pavilion.