Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 8/31/15

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August 31, 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 24
August 17
August 10
August 3
July 27

Quote for the Week

"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning."
-Brad Henry

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

National Council for Agricultural Education Releases New Philosophies and Guiding Principles for Supervised Agricultural Experiences
Beginning in 2011, the National Council for Agricultural Education held a national summit and began work on determining what the driving forces were behind high quality experiential, work-based and project-based learning in agricultural education. This was a need brought on by what appeared to be a lower number of students being exposed to the SAE component of agricultural education through the local classroom. Over the course of four years, a national committee met and held discussions with the intent of renewing the profession’s commitment to SAE as an essential component of student learning that should be used with every student in school-based agricultural education. The committee proposed a set of philosophies and guiding principles to the NCAE Board of Directors, which was approved in March 2015. To learn more about the process, access the full report and a four-page infographic on the report click here.

Washington Ag Ed Teachers and Students Need Support Following Devastating Wildfires
Washington FFA's current theme is "Come Together." Now more than ever, they need the collaborative efforts of those that truly Live To Serve, as they work to provide relief for those who have been affected by the unimaginable devastation of the North Central Washington fires. Washington agriculture students have lost SAE projects -- both animals and crop production -- and at least one teacher has lost his home. In the Ag Family we value our people, our communities, and our land -- and while we do not know all of the needs at this time, Washington FFA has dedicated fundraising efforts to support their family and community needs as they arise. All proceeds will go to supporting those in agricultural education affected by the North Central Washington Fires. To support this effort click here.

Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators to Host SAE Symposium October 9-10; Event Open to All States Who Can Attend
The Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators and The Penn State University Center for Professional Personnel Development will host a symposium on SAE record keeping & FFA award applications entitled, Growing SAE Participation Through Education, October 9-10, 2015 in Harrisburg, PA. The event is open to educators from outside Pennsylvania who would like to make the trip. The symposium will be led by Dr. Roger D. Hanagriff, Agricultural Experience Tracker and Continuing Education Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University. Participants completing all case studies, successful reporting and who pass an assessment score will become certified AET records professionals. Each participant will be provided with class lessons for students, educational curriculum and SAE grading rubrics. Registration is due by September 15th. For more information, email PSU/PAAE SAE Specialist Carole Fay at

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


Apply for 2015 XLR8 Program - Applications DUE TOMORROW!
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 TOMORROW!
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 FFA Officer Candidate Webinar
Thursday, October 1
7:00pm-7:45pm EDT
College students running for National FFA Office are encouraged to attend this webinar, which will focus on the agriculture teacher shortage. Find out what the National Teach Ag Campaign is doing to address the shortage.
Click here to join the meeting on October 1st.

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.Click here to read the newly released press release about our host site, the American Farm Bureau Federation and the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.

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.

TODAY Show Looking for Creative Teachers
The TODAY Show is looking to highlight the most creative teachers in America. Submit your applicaton today for a chance to be featured on the show.

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.


Updated Official FFA Manual Now Available
The latest edition of the English Official FFA Manual is now available on Visit here to access it. The print edition of the English version is available for purchase on Shop FFA. The Spanish version of the manual will be updated soon.

Judges Needed for National FFA Convention & Expo
If you or someone you know will be in Louisville, Ky., Oct 29-31 and are interested in volunteering on Wednesday, Oct. 28 and/or Thursday, Oct. 29, during the 88th National FFA Convention & Expo, see the opportunities and links below. Please know that we cannot reimburse for any travel or parking accommodations. Additionally, in an effort to maintain the integrity of the process, we try to avoid placing judges in areas where their state/school is represented. Additional details are available upon request.

Agriscience Fair Judges
Wednesday, Oct. 28, Noon - 6 p.m.
Link to register:
Contact: Jenna Genson,

National Chapter Judges
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Link to register:
Contact: Jenna Genson,

Proficiency Judges
Thursday, Oct. 29, Noon - 5 p.m.
Link to register:
Contact: Rebecca Carter,

Proficiency Room Hosts
Thursday, October 29, Noon - 5 p.m.
To volunteer, please contact Rebecca Carter,

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!


Apply for a CASE Grant from DuPont Pioneer
For the third year in a row, DuPont Pioneer is offering grants to public and private schools and universities to assist with the implementation of CASE in the 2015-2016 school year. Teachers can apply for grants up to $5,000 for implementing the CASE program in their schools, including teacher training and classroom resources. Applications must include a brief description of the agriscience program at the school, other CASE certified teachers, and how this grant will impact agriscience education.  A letter of support from the district superintendent is also required.

To apply for a DuPont Pioneer Grant, complete the application here.

The deadline to apply for the DuPont Pioneer Grant is October 30, 2015. To request more information or if you have questions, please contact


Friday, August 28, 2015: Water issues and GMOs dominate the headlines, but tomato fights, mutton bustin’, and sunflower selfies also work into the news. 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
Join ACTE for the premier event for CTE leaders at the Best Practices Conference September 23-25, in Glendale, Arizona. Click here for more information and to register.