Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 5/2/16

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on May 2, 2016


May 2, 2016

Council Vision

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 at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events


May 17-20
National AAAE Conference, Kansas City, MO
September 19-21
Western Region AAAE Conference, Tuscon, AZ
September 22
National Teach Ag Day
October 6 – 8
North Central Region AAAE Conference
Lafayette, IN

Past Issues

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To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

The Council

2017 Dates for National FFA Inservice
The dates for the 2017 National FFA Inservice will be Tuesday, January 31, 2017 through Thursday, February 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, IN. As is customary, the years between the National Ag Ed Summit and the National FFA Inservice alternate. 2017 will be focused as the National FFA Inservice. Details on the hotel and conference location will soon be released.
The annual event is designed to ensure all state staff, state foundation staff, and state Team Ag Ed members have the opportunity to receive critical updates on programs and resources for the coming year. Please mark your calendar if you plan to attend the 2017 event.

New Council Resources Available with More on the Way
The National Council for Agricultural Education has worked hard to update and develop new resources that will be helpful to everyone in agricultural education. You can access the new resources by going to The Council web site front page.
The new items you will find include:

  • The AFNR Career Cluster Content Standards which provide state agricultural education leaders and educators a high-quality, rigorous set of standards to guide what students should know and be able to do after completing a program of study in each of the AFNR career pathways. State leaders and local educators are encouraged to use the standards as a guide for the development of well-planned curriculum and assessments for AFNR-related CTE programs. These standards are intended to help shape the design of all components of an agricultural education program.
  • New SAE documents which include philosophies, guiding principles, and a quick infographic to get conversations started. These documents were developed due to 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 recognized that in the context of today’s agricultural education programs many teachers and students were facing significant barriers in making the commitment to this level of experiential learning a reality. Click here for more information.
  • The newly-revised National Quality Program Standards for agriculture, food and natural resource education are also available. Designed to help teachers and school officials analyze the local program and develop clear goals and objectives for program growth, this tool can be used by local teachers, in cooperation with administrators, community partners, advisory committees, FFA support groups and/or an external assessment team. These standards reflect all components of an agriculture, food and natural resource education program and can be extremely helpful in identifying ways to take a program to the next level.
These are resources designed to assist you and will be available online at the Council web site for you to access at any time. We look forward to developing more resources to complement each of these and will continue to find ways to assist you with saving time and making program enhancements. Continue to use the Council web site and you will see all new resources as they become available.

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education

2016 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE Institute registration is wrapping up, get your seat reserved soon to guarantee your attendance in one of 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 are filling quickly 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.


Help us Create Meaningful Animal Science Resources
Zoetis, a major sponsor of NAAE’s Communities of Practice, has volunteered to give ag teachers access to its vast library of technical resources on a wide variety of animal science topics. These will be arranged into virtual classrooms on Communities of Practice for teachers to access any time. Please help us tailor these new spaces to best fit your needs by filling out this survey.

2016 NAAE Awards Judging
Are you interested in helping judge the 2016 NAAE award applications? The deadline to sign up is May 10th.Click here for more information and to volunteer.

2016 NAAE Award Applications -- Due May 15th!
Have you started your NAAE award application yet? Visit our website to apply. Application instructions and supporting information for all NAAE awards are available online, as well. Regional award winners will be honored at the 2016 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas, November 29-December 3. Go to the 2016 NAAE Award Applications

2016 NAAE Convention Early Bird Registration
Get ready for the 2016 NAAE Convention in Las Vegas, NV! This year convention is November 29th through December 3rd and will be held at the Westgate Hotel. Early bird registration is now open through July 15th & we have a special early bird housing deal for you as well! Remember, NAAE members pay one price to attend both the NAAE Convention and ACTE Career Tech VISION.

NAAE Summer Virtual Book Club
Register for FREE by June 3rd & Earn up to 12 hours of Professional Development Credit!
Get ready for an exciting summer of professional development with our Virtual Book Club! We will read and engage with the book The Innovator's Mindset by George Couros. Just click here to register for the book club, then pick up a copy of the book & join the NAAE Virtual Book Club group on Communities of Practice to get started! Click here to find out more!

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Heather Weir mentors vet student Willy Brock through a complex surgery at Colorado State University Teaching Hospital. Click here to watch the video.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

Friday Notes
Friday, April 29, 2016: Dr. Prakash’s presentation at The World Bank; wind sculptures on the beach; and a TEDx talk by one of the Peterson brothers. These and many more ag/science links.

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).

FFA Alumni

National FFA Alumni Development Conference
Registration is now open for the 2016 National FFA Alumni Development Conference! The 2016 ADC will challenge you to engage your local community, administrators, business leaders and everyone you meet. ADC will take place July 14-16, 2016 at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. Checkout all the workshops, optional tours, registration, hotel information and much more Registration closes June 19. #FFAadc


We’ve Got Talent, Yes We Do! We’ve Got Talent, How About You?
Encourage your members to come and share their talents at the National FFA Convention & Expo! Each year the National FFA Organization hosts FFA members from across the nation and provides performance opportunities to share their skills with fellow FFA members and convention and expo attendees. Play the fiddle? Throw a mean yoyo? Sing along with your guitar? Performed at your chapter’s banquet or perhaps in your state talent event? National FFA Talent is the next performance for you. Apply today! Visit and scroll down to the Band, Chorus and Talent section to apply.

Apply for a Living To Serve: Environmental and Emergency Preparedness grant today!
Chapters may apply for up to $1,200 to support Fall semester-long projects that address local environmental needs. Potential projects include: wildlife conservation, land preservation, bee health, recycling, composting, emergency preparedness plans and assembling emergency first aid kits. Go to apply today. Applications are due June 8th, 2016. You may contact Jordan Henry at with any questions.

National Officer Nominating Committee Nominations Are Open!
Know someone who would make a good Nominating Committee representative?

Submit them to FFA by July 15 for consideration.  Simply fill out this Nominating Committee Potential Representative form.