Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 8/8/2016

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Aug 12, 2016

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

August 8, 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

Past Issues

Past issues of the Monday Morning Monitor are temporarily unavailable due to Communities of Practice being closed. We will include archived issues in next week's MMM. Thank you for your patience.

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

Schools Nurture Students’ Agriculture Interests(USA Today)
A dozen students in Meagan Slates’ plant sciences class at Penn Manor High School in Millersville, Pa., cluster in small groups in the school’s greenhouse. In a previous class, they’d trimmed the meristems of coleus plants, and now they’re measuring new growth with rulers. Click here to read more.


We’re Upgrading Communities of Practice!
To make Communities of Practice the best tool possible for agricultural educators everywhere, we are doing a major upgrade to the website. In order to facilitate the change, the CoP website will be offline from noon on Friday, August 5, until 5pm August 12.

The upgrade will bring lots of great improvements, including:

  • A mobile app
  • Better organization
  • Your view – see content that interests you the most

Although the site will look a little different, your content and communities will still be there, just like they were in the old Communities of Practice. To help acquaint you with the new features of CoP, we will have help on the site, host live webinars, and have workshops at the NAAE convention in November. We are also happy to conduct training for any groups who request it.

If you have any questions about the upgrade or the CoP downtime, contact Julie Fritsch at

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
Join us in Las Vegas this year for NAAE Convention, November 29th through December 3rd. Book your room now to receive the early bird housing discount at the Westgate Hotel.

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.

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. Tara Donovan as she inspects a barn of pigs in Iowa, observing that pigs are raised in better conditions today than when she grew up in her Midwest farm community. Click here to watch the video.

FFA Alumni

Alumni Regional Development Conferences
Interested in learning more about alumni? Attend a RDC close to you to get information fast! This two-day conference is available at no cost for anyone interested in gaining knowledge on how to grow your alumni members at the state and local levels. On Friday evening, attendees will focus on state-level leader training and administration. Check with your state to make sure your state council is attending. The second day will be local-level training targeting individual members, agriculture business and industry, educators and other members of Team Ag Ed. These conferences are full of valuable and timely information and will allow attendees to network and share ideas with other alumni members from across the region. These conferences are free and will be conducted by National FFA Alumni staff. Visit for a full list of all RDCs, agendas and recommended hotel options.


New School Year, New Content on My Journey
Looking for free, editable, online lessons and activities to start the new school year? Check out My Journey! Experience AgExplorer, the new interactive tool where students can take an assessment and be linked to agricultural careers, on the Explore page.  Struggling with how to teach job interviewing or note-taking skills?  Be sure to check out the Build page.  Want to help your students be better advocates?  Use the Advocacy: Sharing “The Why” lesson on the Connect page. Remember you can find past months’ ideas in the document library within the Archive pages. 

Volunteer at the National FFA Convention & Expo
Are you interested in volunteer opportunities during the 2016 National FFA Convention & Expo?  Click here to apply to be a volunteer with the FFA Educational Development and Assessment Team!  Applications are due by Sept. 16.

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

Friday Notes
Friday, August 5, 2016: A look at climate change and agriculture plus important biotech issues, including unfolding news about government funding for medical research using human-animal hybrids. Also, fridge food safety, a smiling volcano, and an eagle’s take-out lunch. 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).