Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 7/31/17

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Jul 31, 2017








July 31, 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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The Council

SAE Renewal Update
Coming Soon! We are nearing the release date of the resources for delivery of the new SAE program. SAE Renewal, which started in 2008, is now ready for implementation into ag ed classrooms across the country.  Watch for the official announcement of the SAE for All guides in the next couple of weeks. This tool, along with the teacher version of the guide, coming later in August, will walk students through the What, Why and How of the SAE program. The two resources will enable teachers to introduce SAE to their students this fall and start them on their SAE journey using the SAE structure and components developed by the National Council for Agricultural Education. Additional resources are also under development to provide teachers the tools they can use to develop SAE's for all students enrolled in our programs. These will be released later this fall through the council website and announced here on Monday Morning Monitor.


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.
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!!
Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Krantz explains every antibiotic for pigs has a strict withdrawal time which farmers must adhere to, per federal regulations, to ensure the antibiotic is cleared from the pig’s system before the pig is sent to market. Click here to watch the video.


2017-18 212◦/360◦ Conference Host Registration Reminder
With August approaching, we’d like to remind you about the registration process for the 2017-18 212◦ and 360◦ conference seasons. Please make sure to read our new Conference Planning Guide. 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. Our aim is 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 in the future, 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◦ Leadership Conference webpages. Click here to begin registration.

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

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grants
It is never too early to start planning your chapter’s service event for the holidays! 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 and applications submitted by August 31st will be awarded by September 15th. To access the application in English or Spanish, visit Please contact the Living to Serve Team at with questions.


When movie viewing included cars, kids, and a bit of chaos.


Friday Notes
Friday, July 28, 2017:  Summer movies include agriculture films, with some controversy in the mix. Farm Bill news, ag research, and some very hungry caterpillars--these and many more ag/science links in this week’s newsletter.

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