Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 8/21/17

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Aug 21, 2017








August 21, 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.




Congratulations Upper Division Ag Education Scholarship Recipients
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Growth Energy and National Geographic Leaning | Cengage Learning and proceeds from the ticket raffle at the NAAE convention, NAAE awarded scholarships to students who are majoring in agricultural education and who will be completing their student teaching in the fall 2016 or spring 2017 semesters. This program is sponsored by Growth Energy, Herman & Bobbie Wilson, and National Geographic Learning | Cengage Learning. Click here to see this year's recipients.
August News & Views
National Teach Ag Day is right around the corner. Learn about all the ways you can participate and celebrate the BEST. JOB. EVER! Meet our summer interns, and hear from our President-Elect and Region II Vice President. All this & more in the August edition of News & Views!
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!!
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 examines a herd of cattle at stocker operation Bolinger Farms, where hundreds of calves are weaned from their mothers each week and raised to 700 pounds, before being sold to a feedyard where they will grow to two years old and a market size of 1,100 pounds. Click here to watch the video.


Blue Buffalo to Support the National FFA Organization in Partnership with Tractor Supply Co.
From now until Oct.1, for each 30-lb. bag of Blue Buffalo Adult Chicken & Brown Rice, Adult Lamb & Brown Rice or Adult Large Breed Chicken & Brown Rice purchased at Tractor Supply Stores nationwide, Blue Buffalo will make a donation to the National FFA Organization. Click herefor more information.
Fall Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant – Due September 1
Grants up to $1,200 will be awarded to middle and high school chapters to help meet needs in the focus areas of: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement.
Fall semester community safety projects may include, but are not limited to:
  • Identifying senior citizens who need assistance “winterizing” their homes as part of a larger goal of making your town ready for the winter season.
  • Organizing and hosting self-defense classes for your school and community.
  • Researching and developing guidelines for ensuring the safety of pets during the cold weather season.

To access the application, in English or Spanish, visit  Grants are due September 1, 2017. Please contact the Living to Serve Team at with any questions.

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant
Does your FFA chapter do a service event around winter or the holiday season? Perhaps your chapter collects gently used coats to donate or wants 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 August 31st will be awarded by September 15th. To access the application in English or Spanish, visit

Register Today for the New AgExplorer Virtual Field Trip
Join us live on Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. ET to meet the professionals working to solve one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century: feeding the globe’s growing population. On this virtual field trip, we will transport your students to Syngenta’s Research and Development Center at Research Triangle Park in Raleigh, N.C., to discover how agriculture is using innovative science, research and technology to revolutionize the way crops are grown. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to expose your students to a variety of potential career paths that are critical to solving today’s real-world challenges. Register today and submit your student questions ahead of time for the chance to have them answered live. Visit to learn moreand register.

Don’t Miss These Great, Free Resources on My Journey!
Looking for turn-key lessons and activities to start the new school year? Check out the new educational resources on My Journey! On the Explore webpage, you will find an ag innovation lesson from Dow AgroSciences and SAE Idea Cards to help students explore supervised agricultural experiences. Show students how to create the perfect resume using the FFA Resume Generator©, find a unique lesson about food labels and specific ingredients used in foods, and more on the Build webpage. The Connectwebpage features an article from Successful Farmingmagazine on the upcoming solar eclipse.

Don’t forget to incorporate AgExplorer (on the Explorewebpage) and the Day in the Life video (on the Connectwebpage) into your classroom as you discuss careers in agriculture. And be sure to look through past months’ resources on our Archive webpage.


Business-Education Partnership Award
ACTE's Business-Education Partnership Awards were created for business and education leaders who understand that economic livelihood is linked to the success of career and technical education (CTE) programs. Businesses and CTE programs across the country have already created successful partnerships that support student achievement, economic and community development, quality of life and more. ACTE is dedicated to supporting and recognizing best practices in CTE business-education partnerships. Click here for more information.


Chillin’ out at the fair with a friend.


Friday Notes
Friday, August 18, 2017:  Ag innovation combined with consumer attitudes, NAFTA negotiations, and gene editing updates. Enjoy the goose whisperer, the cow whisperer, and a hungry, hungry hippo--and check out many more ag/science stories.

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