Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 6/27/16

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jun 27, 2016







June 27, 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


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

Teacher Externships Focus on Career Readiness
Career and technical education and general-education teachers in Louisiana are getting first-hand industry experience through paid externships. The program is a component of the statewide Jump Start initiative, which allows students to earn career diplomas. Click here to read more.
Regional Partnerships Showing Promise for Students, Businesses, Local Economies
Though he just finished his sophomore year of high school earlier this month, Joshua Carreon is no stranger to college or the workplace beyond. Click here to read more.
Community Colleges Implement Programs to Improve Graduation Rates
Community colleges are overhauling their remedial programs, providing more counselors and implementing mandatory curricula to boost graduation rates. Currently, 45% of undergraduates attend community colleges and most are low-income, minority or older students, according to the American Association of Community Colleges. Click here to read more.


June News & Views
Meet the NAAE summer interns, find out about an agriculture teacher who helped draft legislation for ag education in Wisconsin, and so much more in June's edition of News & Views!
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 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.
Teach Ag Research Requests
Nearly every week we get requests for data and research related to agriculture teacher recruitment and retention.  If you have research, poster abstracts or articles related to this topic please send the document, image or link to  Tabitha will be compiling all related materials and placing them on the Teach Ag website for people to access your hard work and contributions to the profession– and citing you of course.
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. Rick Leone as he shows how he uses technology to track treatment of beef cattle to ensure food integrity and safety. Click here to watch the video.

FFA Alumni

National FFA Alumni Association Awards
Don’t miss your opportunity to be rewarded for the amazing things your FFA Alumni Chapter has done this year. Submit award applications for Outstanding FFA Alumni Chapter, Outstanding Achievement, Website and Newsletter by July 1! Click here and log in to to download the applications today.

Alumni Local Program Support Grants-Due July 1
Applications are due July 1 for Alumni Local Program Support Grants that are sponsored by Tractor Supply Company! This is a 2-page application for any project the FFA alumni and FFA chapter wish to partner on. The maximum grant amount is $1000. This is FREE money! Encourage your local chapter to apply today! Applications are due July 1! Click here and log in to to download the application.


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.

DUE THIS WEEK - FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Mini-Grants!
Does your FFA chapter have an idea to fight hunger? Apply for a $500 FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Mini-Grant to make it happen. Any middle school, high school, collegiate or Alumni FFA chapter who are NOT currently funded through the FFA: Food For All program may apply for up to $500 to support a local hunger service project. States Associations can apply for up to $1,000 to host a state-level hunger service event.  Projects must take place in the 2016 calendar year to help FFA reach their goal of 3.5 million meals donated. The application is available at and due Thursday, June 30th.

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 videoon the Explore page. Curious how to incorporate writing thank you cards into the classroom? Look through theFFA Resume Generator lesson plan on the Build page. Searching for an interactive map to teach global agricultural literacy? Find Syngenta’s on the Connectpage. Content will be up through June and July, but remember you can always search through hundreds of lesson plans using the Document Library, use ourImplementation Guide to incorporate My Journey into the classroom and find past months’ ideas on theArchive 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 applicationtoday!  Applications are due July 5. If you have questions on student workshops, contact Lindsey Calhoun, Direct questions regarding teacher workshops to Sarah Dickinson,

Band, Chorus and Talent Applications Due July 8
National FFA Band and Chorus members have claimed some of the best seats at the National FFA Convention & Expo for more than 60 years – right on stage! National FFA Talent show off their skills and compete to be named best of the best. Click here to log in to and apply.

FFA Experience Continuum – Collegiate/Alumni
Ensuring intentional growth, continued support and expanded opportunities for 18-24-year-old members.

Through the history of Collegiate FFA the focus of this membership as changed over the years and has included multiple task forces attempting to provide focus and direction for the continued engagement of FFA members immediately following high school graduation.Click here for more information.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

Friday Notes
Friday, June 24, 2016: Fly the friendly sky with drones? GMO label law update. A teen survey shows skewed perceptions of farming; and a couple of bug links to make your skin crawl. 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).