Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 7/24/17

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jul 24, 2017





July 24, 2017


The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action


The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:
  • Identifying opportunities and resources
  • Providing a forum for thought and direction
  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events


September 21
National Teach Ag Day
September 21-23
North Central AAAE Meeting
Ames, IA
September 25-27
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Ft. Collins, CO
October 25-28
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN
December 5-9
NAAE Convention
Nashville, TN

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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.




Apply for XLR8 2017
Retaining quality, experienced teachers is important to the future of agricultural education. That's why we developed XLR8 — the eXcellence in Leadership for Retention professional development program — to meet the needs of mid-career agriculture teachers.
The XLR8 program is for NAAE members who have been teaching between 7 and 15 years. Our goals for XLR8 participants are:
  • professional development specific to this stage of your career
  • leadership development with the goal of helping you mentor other teachers
  • an increase in your overall career longevity and satisfaction
Applications are due Friday, September 1. Click here for more information and to apply.
Show your Students the Importance of Ag Education with this FREE Classroom Poster from Realityworks!
Give your students a daily reminder of the importance of agricultural education with this free classroom poster by Realityworks. Click here to request a printable copy for your own classroom.
Harbor Freight Prize for Teaching Excellence - $500,000 in Awards
The Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence recognizes outstanding skilled trades programs at public high schools in the United States. The application deadline is July 24, 2017, at 5 pm Pacific time. Click here for more information and to apply!
National Teach Ag Day
Go ahead and start making your plans to celebrate National Teach Ag Day on Thursday, September 21st! Check out the Teach Ag website for more information, celebration ideas & so much more!
2017 NAAE Convention
The housing block at the Gaylord Opryland Resort is open for you to book your stay. Follow this link for all NAAE Convention details. Make sure to join us in Nashville!!
Communities of Practice HighlightsVets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Groves works with family farmers in central Missouri to vaccinate their calves and cows, demonstrating how they herd their animals gently with low stress. Click here to watch the video.


National Officer Nominating Committee: Important Update
Last week, during IT testing on the National FFA database server, we inadvertently deleted the database that housed the National Officer Selection Process. Once the issue was discovered, the database structure was recreated, but we were unable to recover the national officer candidate and nominating committee potential data. This means all nominations, applications, essays, attachments, and other application components were lost and will need to be resubmitted.
If you designated a nominating committee potential, you will need to resubmit their information by filling out the Nominating Committee Nomination Form.  We have extended the deadline and will accept all nominations for committee until July 28 at 5 p.m. EST. We apologize for the inconvenience this causes you. If you have any questions, please email Multiple staff are monitoring this mailbox; we will respond to your email within 24 hours.
2017-18 212◦/360◦ Conference Host Registration Reminder
Have you registered to host a 2017-18 212◦ and 360◦ conference? Make sure to read our new Conference Planning Guide completely. This will help ensure an easy registration and conference experience. The deadline for 2017-18 conference registration is Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017.
We have changed several items related to hosting a 212◦ and/or 360◦ conference to improve efficiencies in shipping and invoicing and to bring more clarity to the hosting process. These changes may result in some increased costs for hosts; however, these changes make processes more straightforward and timely.  Below are highlights of major changes or areas of greater clarification for the upcoming conference year:
  • Conference hosts must provide projectors. Facilitators having to travel with the projectors has been an issue in the past and has resulted in broken projectors. To help mitigate this issue, we are asking the conference hosts to provide this item. 
  • Final participant numbers are due three weeks prior to the conference. If numbers are submitted less than three weeks prior to a conference, there may be additional costs incurred to expedite shipping and add additional facilitators to your conference location. See page 6 of the conference guide for a detailed explanation.
  • Invoicing will be based on the final participant numbers submitted three weeks prior to the conference. This ensures conference material inventory is more accurate,  dissolves the need for shipping as many items back and forth, and also provides for a more timely invoice.
  • State sponsorship will be deducted from invoices (when applicable); however, national FFA staff (facilitators) lodging and conference-provided meals will no longer be deducted from conference invoices. It will now be the responsibility of the host to cover these costs. This will allow us to align this process with other national FFA conference guidelines to create consistency within our leadership development programs. 

Find more information on the 212◦/360◦ conference webpages. Click here to begin registration.

Contact Casey Zufelt, or 317-802-4309, for more information.

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grants
Does your FFA chapter have a service event planned to kick-off the coming school year? Maybe you are hosting a school supply drive or want to put an LTS Plan, created at WLC, into action. FFA Day of Service Mini-Grants are available to middle school, high school and collegiate/alumni chapters to serve your community in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement.

Applications submitted by the last day of each month are reviewed and awarded by the 15th of the following month. Therefore, applications submitted by July 31st will be awarded by August 15th. To access the application in English or Spanish, visit

Please contact the Living to Serve Team at LTS@FFA.orgwith questions.


“I wasn’t going to eat it. I was just going to taste it.”


Friday Notes
Friday, July 21, 2017:  A farm labor shortage looms, the administration nominates ag officials, and scientific papers add depth to ag headlines. A university journalism program gives the public a look at ag and science, a rescue dog pulls “Bambi” from the deep, and brave cops pull a jar off a bear’s head--these and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST) weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from Land O’Lakes.