Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 6/20/16

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jun 20, 2016






June 20, 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


June 22-24
New England Agriculture Teachers Conference Norwich, VT
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

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The Council

National Safety Month
Over the next few months, students from across the country will start or return to their summer jobs or extended hours in their Supervised Agriculture Experience Programs. In fact, in July of 2015, there were approximately 20.3 million young people entering the workforce; some for the first time. June is National Safety Month which focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the roads and in our homes and communities. Get Involved
Experience My American Farm
With school out, many students will be looking for a fun way to enjoy their time off and learn more. It's a great time to share the story of agriculture with
Parliamentary Education Opportunity - August - Colorado
With many teachers actively teaching parliamentary procedure for implementation in meeting efficiency and organizational effectiveness, here is an opportunity you may want to take a close look at.
To help U.S. agriculture teachers with this task, we work very hard to help cultivate meaningful, authentic industry relationships with the National FFA Parliamentary Procedure Career Development Event and those engaged in Parliamentary Procedure. This includes the National Association of Parliamentarians, the largest and oldest association of parliamentarians in the U.S.The NAP is inviting secondary agriculture teachers/FFA advisors and their students to attend "Millennial/Gen Y Day," during the National Training Conference. Click here for more information.
Fields of the Future, Engaging the Next Generation and the Challenge to Feed 9 Billion by 2050
An important live broadcast from the WinField Crop Adventure at Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana was recently held for the unveiling of "Fields of the Future." The webcast was a cooperative effort by Land O' Lakes and Fair Oaks Farms. Kelly Irvine, a National FFA Agriscience Fair finalist, took part in the webcast. Other participants included USDA Secretary Tom Vilsak, Chris Policinski and Mike Vande Logt from Land O' Lakes, and Dr. Michael McCloskey from Fair Oaks Farms. The video "Fields of the Future" is a powerful story to support the accurate picture for the challenge to feed 9 Billion by 2050. You can access information about the webcast and the effort here.      


XLR8 Applications Now Available
The XLR8 program includes participation in an intensive professional development experience (multiple sessions) during the NAAE convention, recurring virtual learning experiences, and online collaboration using the NAAE professional learning community, Communities of Practice, as well as other social media tools. All active NAAE members who are currently in their 7th to 15th year of teaching are eligible to apply. Click here for more information and to apply.
NAAE Professional State Association Award Applications Now Available
NAAE will recognize state associations who have aggressively engaged in certain well-planned activities designed to serve the best interest of the members and the profession. Applications are due to your regional vice president by September 1st. Click here for more information and to apply.
2016 NAAE Convention Early Bird Registration
The deadline for Early Bird Registration is quickly approaching! This year convention is November 29th through December 3rd and will be held at the Westgate Hotel in Las Vegas. Remember, NAAE members pay one price to attend both the NAAE Convention and ACTE Career Tech VISION.
National Teach Ag Day Collegiate Commercial Contest
One of the first things someone needs in order to teach agriculture is a degree in agricultural education. The National Teach Ag Day Collegiate Commercial Contest provides college students the opportunity to promote their respective college or university and agricultural education program through a 20-30 second commercial.Click here for more information.
National Teach Ag Day Future Agriscience Teacher Symposium Applications Now Available
The National Teach Ag Campaign is hosting the fourth Future Agriscience Teacher Symposium (FAST) in conjunction with the live National Teach Ag Day celebration. Individuals selected to participate in the FAST symposium will engage in professional development, collegial networking and be part of the live webcast.  Applications are due to Ellen Thompson by 11:59pm EDT on Wednesday, July 6th. Click here for more information and to apply.
Communities of Practice ANNOUNCEMENT
In preparation to upgrade your Communities of Practice experience, we will be performing maintenance on CoP June 20-24. The site may be temporarily unavailable at times. We appreciate your patience as we work to make CoP the best tool it can be for agricultural educators!
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, meet Dr. Rob Farruggio who works with Wisconsin dairy farmers to produce fresh milk, ice cream and cheese. Click here to watch the video.


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.

It's Test-Drive Time with AgExplorer!
National FFA and Discovery Education have partnered to create a robust, comprehensive career resource to help students and adults explore the broad range of careers within agriculture. AgExplorer looks and feels like an extension of and reinforces our commitment to cultivating the agriculture workforce of tomorrow.

AgExplorer will also be available for educators to preview at summer agriculture educator conferences and will launch for student use this fall. We?d like to hear what you think. To complete a survey after you explore AgExplorer, click here.

We look forward to guiding you through AgExplorer and receiving your feedback on this new career exploration tool. For more information, check out this FAQ.

Plan Ahead with My Journey
School may have ended, but summer (and planning for the new school year) is just beginning! Remember My Journey has free, innovative and turn-key resources ready for you. Need a lesson plan to introduce SAE project ideas? Check out the lesson plan and video on the Explore page. Curious how to incorporate writing thank you cards into the classroom? Look through the FFA Resume Generator lesson plan on the Build page. Searching for an interactive map to teach global agricultural literacy? Find Syngenta's on the Connect page. Content will be up through June and July, but remember you can always search through hundreds of lesson plans using the Document Library, use our Implementation Guide to incorporate My Journey into the classroom and find past months? ideas on the Archive pages.

Present a Workshop at National Convention and Expo
Are you great with flip charts and ah-ha moments? Present a student or teacher workshop at this year's National FFA Convention & Expo! Fill out an application today!  Applications are due July 5. If you have questions on student workshops, contact Lindsey Calhoun, Direct questions regarding teacher workshops to Sarah Dickinson,

Got a Nose for News?
Join our National Convention & Expo Newsroom Crew to help tell the story of FFA! College students or recent college graduates pursing degrees in journalism, public relations, telecommunications or a closely related field are encouraged to apply.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

Friday Notes
Friday, June 17, 2016: Science is? amazing, wonderful, scary? Labeling laws, votes in Congress, and a Spanish translation for research information?plus a look at how to keep your lion happy. These and many more ag/science links in this week's edition.

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).