Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 8/15/16

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Aug 15, 2016

Your weekly overview of agricultural education

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

August 15, 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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To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program and Communications Assistant.

The Council

One-Stop Team Ag Ed Web Connection
Just a reminder that there are a number of new and updated Council resources available for use at the click of a button. Please save the following link as a favorite so you can quickly get to the resources you need. The National Council for Agricultural Education Web site is:

As a result of going to the Council link, you can access any of the following from the front page:

The Council website also offers one-click direct links to all twelve ag ed organizations (leadership and most cases member connections), information on upcoming events, as well as the following:

  • The Council front page has up-to-date articles on new resources that are on the way,
  • Dates to National Team Ag Ed events including the National Ag Ed Summit and National FFA Inservice,
  • Quick links to all ag ed resources including SAE materials,
  • New strategic plans for the National Council,
  • Direct contact to the National Council members and who your representatives are.

For your one-stop Team Ag Ed website and all current information save this link into your favorites.

Visalia Charter Students Get Hands-On Common Core Lessons
As student Jacquelyn Brooks shears a sheep on her charter campus’s farm, she’s getting a hands-on lesson in agriculture that is part of the high school’s focus on careers in agribusiness. Click here to read more.


We've Upgraded Communities of Practice!
Communities of Practice is now live and ready to use. The upgrade includes the following:

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

The site looks a little different, but offers a more user-friendly experience. 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, contact Julie Fritsch at

2016 NAAE XLR8 Participants Announced
We are pleased to announce the 20 individuals who will participate in the year-long NAAE XLR8 professional development program aimed to accelerate their ag teaching career. Click here to see who was selected.

2016 National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program 
The National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program (NAPTP) is committed to promoting inquiry-based teaching methods and the enhancement of science in agriculture to preservice teachers in agricultural education across the nation. This fall, preservice teachers can apply to attend an interactive, hands-on agriscience training program at the 2016 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN. Selected participants will be challenged to develop inquiry-based lessons to use during their student teaching experience, as well as when they enter the teaching profession. Apply by September 16. Click here for more information.

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.

Showcase Your Ag Ed Institution with Teach Ag!
Are you looking to recruit new students in your postsecondary agricultural education degree program? Contact Tabitha Hudspeth, Teach Ag Intern, about spotlighting your institution on Teach Ag's social media.

New Agricultural Mechanics and Technology Systems Supports the National AFNR Career Cluster Content Standards
A team of experts has written a new Agricultural Mechanics and Technology Systems text that provides instructors and students with focused coverage of all major skilled trade disciplines in agricultural contexts, including construction, electricity, welding, and power systems. Teachers will find information and resources on supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs), FFA Career Development Events, safe work habits, and careers in agricultural mechanics. Published by Goodheart-Willcox,Agricultural Mechanics and Technology Systems supports the Power, Structural, and Technical Systems Career Pathway. Click here to learn more.

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, learn how to give your dog a monthly check-up at home by following along as veterinarian Dr. Deanna Fuller shows student Camille how to do a basic exam. Click here to watch the video.

FFA Alumni

Alumni Legacy Grants
Each year the six National FFA Officers brainstorm their legacy: How will they be remembered after 365 days of service? The 2015-16 National FFA Officer legacy project revolves around alumni and the misnomer that a member’s era of service ends after high school graduation. One part of the legacy project is to provide the resources to grow the number of local FFA Alumni chapters and improve the quality of existing FFA Alumni chapters through Alumni Legacy Grants. The grant application is now online and available to anyone to fill out. Apply now through September 30, 2016 for the opportunity to receive a $500 grant to create or improve an FFA Alumni Chapter.


Welcome to AgExplorer!
The National FFA Organization, Discovery Education and have partnered to create, a new career exploration website that is a robust, comprehensive career resource to help students explore the broad range of careers in agriculture. Learn more in this short video.

Users can learn about 235 different careers in agriculture, search for careers, access educational requirements and link to current job openings. The website also features videos that highlight how each of the eight agricultural pathways and agricultural education are part of the global solutions to feeding the world. It also offers the Career Finder, an interactive assessment designed to help students match careers with their interests.

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. 

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

Friday Notes
Friday, August 12, 2016: Researchers study pig intelligence while some farmers say their porkers like to play with toys and drink beer. We check out the number of calories an Olympic swimmer eats a day, a calf/puppy friendship, and a few of the digital tools farmers are using to communicate. 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).