Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 11/23/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Nov 23, 2015

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November 23, 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

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

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

Past Issues

November 16
November 9
November 2
October 26
October 19

Quote for the Week

"What you do today can improve all your tomorrows."
-Ralph Marston

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

Registration Now Open for National Agricultural Education Summit in Indianapolis January 26-28, 2016
The National Council for Agricultural Education, National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation will host the 2016 National Agricultural Education Summit, What’s Trending in School Based Agricultural Education, January 26-28, 2016, at the Sheraton Indianapolis Hotel at Keystone Crossing. We look forward to hosting you as state leaders of agricultural education and offering an in-service which has been organized to provide participants with opportunities to discuss key issues impacting curriculum, FFA operations and student development.  Key topics will focus around trending national and state issues that are deeply affecting School Based Agricultural Education. Breakouts will be offered in addition to general sessions to allow for people to further explore topics based on their role. To learn more and register click here.

Smith-Hughes Act 100th Anniversary Logo Design Contest
In preparation for the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Hughes Act, the National Council for Agricultural Education is announcing a logo design contest.  This contest is open to students currently enrolled in K-12 and post-secondary agricultural education and related programs (e.g. agricultural communications, agricultural leadership) with cash prizes provided for the top three designs ($500, $300, & $200). All submissions are due by December 1st. Click here for full contest rules and guidelines.

Agricultural Educators Encouraged to Nominate Leaders from their Community for Farm Credit 100
Farm Credit will identify and honor 100 leaders who are changing the future of rural communities and agriculture for the better. Ten of these exceptional individuals will each receive a $10,000 award to help further their leadership contributions, along with a trip for themselves and a guest to Washington, D.C., in early 2016. Individuals, couples and groups are eligible for nomination. A panel of experts on rural matters will evaluate the entrants and select the top 100 honorees. Nominations are being accepted now through December 18, 2015 Take advantage of this opportunity to nominate someone who has been a supporter of your program.


2015 NAAE Convention
Another successful NAAE Convention is in the books! Many thanks and congratulations to our outstanding members!

Meet our newly elected board members:

  • Terry Rieckman, President
  • Scott Stone, President-Elect
  • Hals Beard, Region II Vice President
  • Jerrod Lundry, Region II Secretary
  • Parker Bane, Region IV Vice President
  • Deanna Thies, Region IV Secretary

Congratulations Kelly Keller, 2016 ACTE Carl Perkins Community Service Award Winner
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Kelly Keller, an agriculture instructor and FFA advisor at Arlington High School in Arlington, South Dakota, as the winner of the 2016 ACTE Carl Perkins Community Service Award. Click here to read more.

Congratulations Cliff Vrieze, 2016 ACTE Lifetime Achievemet Award Winner
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) announced Clifford Vrieze, a retired farm business management instructor from Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Truman, Minnesota, as the winner of the 2016 ACTE Lifetime Achievement Award. Click here to read more.

Congratulations Zoetis, 2016 ACTE Business of the Year
The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and its Board of Directors announce 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. Click here to read more.

Congratulations to all of our award winners and program participants. You can check out pictures of this year's award winners on our Flickr page. Can't find your picture yet? No worries, we will be adding more pictures throughout this week and next.

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported NAAE Convention. See you next year in Las Vegas!

#TeachAgGenius Hour
You are invited to “geek out” about awesome innovations or ideas in education with the #TeachAg Genius Hour on Wednesday, December 9th. You will be able to engage via Twitter on that day or that week! If you are a current agriscience teacher, a current agriculture teacher candidate, an agricultural teacher educator, a current FFA member, a university professor, a member of the support team for agricultural education, or just a concerned citizen, mark your calendars to “Inspire, Collaborate, and Create.”

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.


DUE TODAY - FFA: Food For All Grant
Finalize and submit your applications by 11:59pm, your local time! For more information on the 2016 FFA: Food For All grant

Scholarship Application is Live, 2.2 Million Available
National FFA 2016 Scholarship application is now live! Encourage all students to apply; there is a member and non-member application. Students fill out one application to engage in multiple opportunities. The advisor approval process will begin Monday, Nov. 23. for more details and the application.

New My Journey Teaching Resources Now Available
As the final exams, end of course assessments and holidays quickly approach, there might be even less time for planning. So, check out the FREE planning tips, tools and lesson plans available within My Journey.  Want an activity based on relevant data about milk? How about a lesson that creates awareness of an agricultural companyas a future job opportunity? Or, a lesson that helps students hone in on headlines as a means for sharpening their advocacy skills?  Take a look at the Explore page! What about an activity that allows students to design a community service project? Or a lesson that aids students in utilizing the FFA Resume Generator with turn-key instructions? Check out the Build page! Want a lesson that helps students truly understand food availability on a global scale or an activity to help students understand opportunities to fight hunger? Go to the Connect page! Miss content from past months?  Visit ourArchive pages! Also, new to My Journey is the Implementation Guide that will help integrate My Journey into classroom activities through differentiated instruction.

Looking for Making a Difference Articles?
FFA Advisors Making a Difference articles can now be found monthly on My Journey, under the Advisor Connect page. Still hungry for more? Visit the FFA Pulse blog and select the advisors tab.

Dec. 1 is #GivingTuesday
We invite you to make a gift of any size at on Tuesday, Dec. 1, and share why you give to the National FFA Foundation on your social media with the hashtag #GivingTuesday. Donations on Giving Tuesday will support leadership opportunities, educational programs and scholarships for our FFA members at the national, state and local levels.


The 2016 CASE Institute Schedule is Now Available!
Click here for the 2016 CASE Institute Schedule.

Registration for 2016 CASE Institutes opens December 1st. Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registration up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes' registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding.

Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, with any questions regarding the 2016 CASE Institutes.


Friday, Nov. 20, 2015: El Niño might be more like Godzilla this year, while the Peterson Brothers promote ag with another parody. Biotech salmon gets the nod, and several other ag issues hover in Congress. 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).