Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 8/22/16

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Aug 22, 2016







August 22, 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

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

Breaking News from The Council
Just this past week the National Council for Agricultural Education held their August Monthly meeting and as a result valuable initiatives are being moved forward. Click here to read more.
White House Tips Hat to Philly School Collaborative STEM Efforts
A Philadelphia high school with a focus on agricultural sciences has just been recognized alongside two benefactors for undertaking an innovative approach to STEM. Click here for the full article.

Agriculture Future of America (AFA)

AFA Leaders Conference – Applications Due September 9!
Do you know a high achieving food and agriculture college student?  If so, encourage them to take the next step in their leader development and apply for the AFA Leaders Conference!  Applications are due on September 9. The application can be found For more information on the conference, visit


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.
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.
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, learn about the importance of responsibly caring for livestock with Dr. John Groves. 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.


Convention and Expo Registration Now Open
FFA Advisors: Visit to register for the 89th National FFA Convention and Expo.

Welcome to AgExplorer!
The National FFA Organization, Discovery Education and have partnered to, 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.

FFA Hunger Heroes Challenge Mini-Grants Due August 29th
Does your FFA chapter have an idea for a service project 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 that 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

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST)

Friday Notes
Friday, August 19, 2016: Fire and rain plague parts of the country—and agriculture suffers. The Peterson Brothers have a new music parody, the government and other groups tout ag career opportunities, and a 12-year old big game hunter sparks controversy. 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).