Julie Fritsch

Monday Morning Monitor - 1/11/16

Blog Post created by Julie Fritsch on Jan 11, 2016

January 11, 2016

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

March 16-19, 2016
National PAS Conference
Kansas City, MO
Learn more

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

September 19-21, 2016
Western Region AAAE Conference
Tucson, Arizona

Past Issues

January 4

December 21
December 14
December 7
November 30

Quote for the Week

"The time is always right to do what is right."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

The Benefits of Youth Apprenticeship (from ACTE)
A report from The Century Foundation puts forth the benefits of apprenticeship abroad and in the United States and proposes apprenticeship as a solution to youth unemployment. According to the publication, evidence-based benefits to apprenticeship include:

  • lower youth unemployment rates for European nations with strong apprenticeship systems;
  • benefits to businesses in the United Kingdom; and
  • here at home, an average earnings gain of almost $250,000 over an apprenticeship participant?s entire career.

To learn more, click here.

The Teaching Profession in 2015; in Statistical Charts (from Education Week)
At the end of every year Education Week digs through all the white papers and research findings and think tank reports sent to the publication, as well as a few in-house originals, to find some useful nuggets of visual information that may have escaped people's notice and that help capture the state of teaching. If not all groundbreaking, the data and graphs and statistics below serve as a reminder about some of the struggles educators face on a frequent basis that may not garner as much attention as perhaps deserved. To see the full story and all the charts click here

USDA Lists its 2015 Highlights (from Agrimarketing)
This year, millions of rural businesses and families were positively impacted by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) investments in their communities. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has released a list of USDA's top achievements in 2015, demonstrating USDA's efforts to help farmers and ranchers bring their products to tables domestically and abroad, build critical infrastructure in America's rural areas, conserve our nation's natural resources through long-lasting partnerships, and continuously work toward improving the lives of all Americans. To see the full story and list of accomplishments click here

Preparing a Globally Competent Workforce Through High-Quality Career and Technical Education (from The Asia Society)
Rapid economic, technological, and social changes are creating a world that is ever more interconnected. One in ten Americans is foreign born, and local communities?urban, suburban, and rural?are growing more diverse. To take advantage of global market opportunities, companies must hire workers with global competence?that is, the capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance. U.S. educators face a critical new imperative: to prepare all students for work and civic roles in an environment where success increasingly requires the ability to compete, connect, and cooperate on an international scale. One promising way in which students can learn about and apply global competencies is through Career and Technical Education (CTE). To learn more click here


Chapter Tee Time
National FFA is accepting entries for the Annual Chapter T-Shirt Design Contest.  Get creative and earn money for your chapter!  Fifty percent of the first year?s profits are returned to the winning chapters. Entries may be emailed to entries@FFA.org or mailed to the National FFA Organization, 6060 FFA Drive, Indianapolis, In 46268, Attention Lisa Barger.  Entries must be submitted by Feb.26 at 5 p.m. EST.  Finalists will be selected and voting will begin March 14.  See the official rules here.

Convention and Expo Housing Opens Jan. 15
Less than 285 days to go before a sea of blue takes over Indianapolis for the 89th National FFA Convention & Expo. Don?t wait until the last minute to book your stay. Visit our new and improved convention and expo website Jan. 15 to register for housing.

Bring in the New Year with My Journey
As the New Year brings a fresh start for classes and students, the potential for new opportunities, ideas, activities and lessons beckons. Be sure to check out the plethora of FREE planning tips, tools and lesson plans available within My Journey. Curious to see an article about what?s next for agriculture, and a worksheet for students to analyze trends while they read? How about resources to develop programs for Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs)? Need some new, fresh ideas for National FFA week? Take a look at the Explorepage. Want an activity with a theme based on the popular show ?Shark Tank? to teach students entrepreneurial skills? Maybe a lesson that shows students how to use the FFA Resume Generator step-by-step? Check out the Build page. Curious about lessons that incorporate the new FFA Habitudes everyone is talking about? Go to the Connectpage. My Journey?s Implementation Guide is available, and ready to help integrate its resources into classroom activities through differentiated instruction. Our Archive pages can always help you out with content you might have missed last year!

TSC Unveils New Grants for Growing Program
The National FFA Foundation and Tractor Supply Company are excited to announce a program similar to the Growing Scholars program will launch Jan. 15. This program will raise money for a competitive grant program and will be named ?Grants for Growing.? Advisors will have from Jan. 15 to Feb. 15 to apply.  The fundraising period will run Feb. 19 through Feb. 28. Paper emblems will be sold for $1 or more at the checkout of Tractor Supply Stores. All chapters are encouraged to apply. The grant value will be $500 or more.  For program details and requirements, click here.

Serve Rural On MLK Day
On MLK Day this year, hundreds of organizations across rural America will be looking for volunteers like you. Click here to learn more and find an opportunity in a rural community near you.


NAAE Greenhouse Construction/Improvement Grant
Sponsored by International Greenhouse Company

Apply by Friday!!

ACTE National Policy Seminar with Ag Ed Strand
February 29-March 2
Crystal Gateway Mariott, Arlington, Virginia


  • Hear updates on legislative and regulatory issues impacting CTE from congressional leaders, Administration officials and Washington insiders.
  • Join Members of Congress and congressional staff for a special NPS offsite event.
  • Influence CTE-related legislation and funding through visits with policymakers, including dedicated time for Capitol Hill meetings.
  • Educate your congressional leaders about your local CTE programming needs, using event resources to help you make your case.
  • Participate in engaging discussions on Perkins reauthorization and all the issues likely to impact your program in 2016.
  • Take part in special agricultural-education-specific programming

NAAE will pay the registration fee for one member from each state. Registration is due to the NAAE office by January 25. For details, follow this link.

NAAE Winter Committee Meetings
Mark the date and attend an upcoming NAAE committee meeting. Any NAAE member is welcome to participate in any committee meeting, even though only official committee members can vote. Click each link for information about how to join by phone or online.

Committee Winter Meeting Dates and Times (all times are Eastern)
Strategic Planning - January 19, 6:30 p.m.
Member Services - January 20, 6:30 p.m.
Professional Growth - February 2, 6:30 p.m.
Finance - January 20, 7:00 p.m.
Marketing - January 19, 7:00 p.m.
Policy & Bylaws - January 12, 7:00 p.m.
Public Policy - January 20, 6:30 p.m.

Teach Ag Future Teacher Webinar
NAAE Student Member Benefits
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
7:00-7:45pm EST
Presenters: Mr. Scott Stone, NAAE President-Elect and Mr. Alan Green, Michigan State University
Click here to register.

Communities of Practice Highlights

Council for Agricultural Science & Technology (CAST)

CAST Friday Notes
Friday, Jan. 8, 2016

Dietary guidelines indicate you can enjoy some meat but avoid the filled donuts with sprinkles on top. News about gene editing, GMO labeling, and why Jules Verne was right about giant squids. These and many more ag/science links.

Read moreThe 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).


2016 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce that registration is now open for the thirty-two CASE Institutes that will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

Each site will be capped at 18 participants with sites able to extend participant registrations up to, but not greater than, 20 participants. Many Institutes? registrations filled quickly last year so teachers should be sure to register and submit a School District Agreement as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Professional Development Director, Shari Smith, regarding any additional questions.

ACTEFebruary is CTE Month!
How will you recognize CTE in your classroom next month? Here are some links to help you plan: