Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 11/30/15

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Nov 30, 2015


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November 30, 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 23
November 16
November 9
November 2
October 26

Quote for the Week

"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts."
-Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Smith-Hughes Act 100th Anniversary Logo Design Contest, Final Week for Submissions
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.

California High School Students Can Earn Money Working On District’s Farm (from CBS Sacramento)
A Manteca school district is teaching the importance of agriculture by creating a 60 acre farm for students to work on. From the farm right to their lunch, high school students in the Manteca Unified School District can earn money working on the farm. To see the full storyclick here.

A Farm, Tended by Tweens, Grows on a Brooklyn Rooftop (from National Geographic)
Putting manure and city middle-schoolers together may not seem like an obvious pairing, but on a recent visit to a one-acre rooftop farm on a crisp October afternoon in Brooklyn, it somehow seemed totally natural. Twenty or so students from the Urban Academy of Arts & Letters in Clinton Hill frolic through rows of dirt where Swiss chard, collards and various herbs grow atop a formerly underused 12-story building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. To read the full story click here.

Department of Education Launches New Effort to Promote Apprenticeships (from ACTE Policy Watch Blog)
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE) has announced a new initiative to connect more students with promising CTE opportunities including apprenticeships. The program, titled “Potential Role of Secondary Career and Technical Education Programs in Preparing Students for Apprenticeship Programs,” will provide support to state and local leaders in bringing pre-apprenticeship and youth apprenticeship programs to scale in their communities and promote these fantastic programs to additional students. To learn more click here.


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. Visit for more details and the application.

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.

Tomorrow 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.


2015 NAAE Convention -- Award Winner Photos and News Releases
Want to take a look back at this year's convention? Click here for photos of our award winners and links to news releases.

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.


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.


Support ACTE Through Your Regular Holiday Shopping on Amazon
ShopACTE offers an expanded line of products through its partnership with Amazon. Every time your make a purchase at the aStore or AmazonSmile, you give back to ACTE and the CTE community it supports!

Visit, and search for and select "Association for Career and Technical Education."