Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 9/28/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Sep 28, 2015

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September 28, 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

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 philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next."
-Abraham Lincoln

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The Council

Laurene Powell Jobs on Reinventing High School (from Marketplace Education)
Laurene Powell Jobs, the wife of the late Steve Jobs, has launched a $50 million campaign to rethink the American high school. Dubbed XQ: The Super School Project, the campaign is calling on teams from around the country to submit ideas for redesigning and building high schools that prepare students for "the rigorous challenges of college, jobs, and life." Winning teams will receive funding and support to turn their ideas into new schools. The XQ Institute expects to support at least five selected schools for five years. To learn more click here.

Kentucky Academy Prepares Students for Careers in Education(from the Cincinnati Inquirer)
An academy in Kenton County that is designed to help students prepare early in a chosen career path has opened a new Future Educator Academy this year, intended to help students who want to be teachers get a head start on their career preparations. The academy also has programs for career paths such as engineering and biomedical sciences. Interested students attend the academy during their sophomore, junior and senior years. To learn more about the design of the program click here.

Consider These Alternatives to a 4-Year Degree (from US News & World Report)
Academically, students should be prepared for college and have access to a strong curriculum and diverse learning opportunities before they graduate high school, experts say. But students should also explore their interests and be exposed to other avenues that could lead to great job opportunities and a career that's best suited for them. That could mean forgoing college altogether for alternative certifications or workforce development programs, or delaying a degree to explore career opportunities. To learn more about 4 alternatives to 4 year degree programs click here.


Free Teaching Resources Available on My Journey
Since school and various FFA activities are back in full swing, check out the updated My Journey content on to help with your planning needs! There are many great tips, tools, lesson plans and open resources available for free within My Journey. Need a lesson to help students grow in their abilities to advocate for agriculture or activities to make your students aware of current issues in agriculture,like replacing pesticides with genetics? Then look for these lessons and more on the Explore page. What about a core class integration strategy that can help students summarize their reading in an organized and concise way or a lesson to accompany the FFA Resume Generator? Take a look at these activities on the Buildpage. Want a lesson that sends your students on a career scavenger hunt or an activity to increase their skills as agriculture advocates? Check out these lessons and more on the Connect page. Did you miss content from past months?  No worries…it’s available on our Archive pages. Log in today to make your planning a little easier and check back next each month for refreshed content.

National FFA Officer Team Launches #SpeakAg Challenge
Recently, the National FFA Officer Team launched the #SpeakAg Challenge, which aims to bring the importance of agricultural advocacy and literacy to the forefront. All FFA members have an opportunity to take part in the eight-week #SpeakAg Challenge. Students will be encouraged to share their agricultural advocacy efforts by posting videos, photos, experiences and stories on social media, and they’ll have an opportunity to win #SpeakAg gear. The national officers also hope consumers, the agriculture community and others will embrace the #SpeakAg message to be a catalyst for healthy dialogues around food production. Be watching for more information about #SpeakAg to help everyone tell our agriculture and FFA story.

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, click here.

T-Shirts Featuring This Year’s National FFA Convention Theme Available at Tractor Supply
The #AmplifyFFA tees are now on sale at Tractor Supply stores. Funds raised from the sale of these shirts will go to the Advocacy platform at National FFA and help us AMPLIFY our message of Agricultural Literacy. The shirts are $12.99.


National Teach Ag Campaign Champions Announced
Dr. Steve Brown, National FFA Advisor, and Ms. P.J. Simon, DuPont, were selected as the 2015 Teach Ag Champions. Brown and Simon were both recognized during the National Teach Ag Day live webcast.Click here to read the press release.

National Teach Ag Day Collegiate Commercial Contest Winner
Congratulations Texas A&M on winning the collegiate contest this year with over 3,500 views! Thanks to all of the schools that participated in the contest. Click here for the final breakdown of views and to watch the videos again!

CHS Foundation Provides State Teach Ag Results (STAR) Program Grant Commitment
The CHS Foundation has made an additional $250,000 commitment to provide increased funding for the State Teach Ag Results (STAR) program, an initiative of the National Teach Ag Campaign. The grant was announced during the National Teach Ag Day live webcast on Thursday, September 24th. Click here to read the press release.

National FFA Officer Candidate Webinar
Tuesday, September 29
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 September 29th.

Teach Ag Promising Practices Webinar
Teach Ag Ambassadors (Avengers)
November 16, 2015
4:00-4:45pm EST
Presenters: Dr. Daniel Foster, Penn State University and Pam Rowland, Missouri STAR Program Coordinator
Click here to register by 2pm EST on November 16th.

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.

Communities 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.


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

FFA Alumni

Register for Convention
Registration is now open for National FFA Alumni. All FFA Alumni need to register for the National FFA Convention and Expo to access FFA Alumni events. No additional tickets are required for FFA Alumni events. Click here to register today!


Friday, Sept. 25, 2015: Ag tech changes range from Big Data to the possibility of pigs used for xenotransplantation. A weekend lunar eclipse and a bacon lover’s dating app—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).