Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 9/18/17

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Sep 18, 2017








September 18, 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.



The Council

SAE Guides are Now Available!!!
The SAE Guide for All Student and Teacher Versions are now available for your use. These resources were created as a special project by the National Council for Agricultural Education for local instructors to use in implementation of the renewed SAE program. The two documents, along with the Council’s SAE Philosophy and Guiding Principles can be found on the SAE page of the National Council’s webpage. Work is continuing on the development of additional Implementation Guides for the Foundational SAE, as well as each of the five types of immersion SAEs. These will be released by the Council when they are completed in December.
The Student Guide is designed to help students understand that, in agricultural education, learning does not start and stop at the classroom door! It introduces students to the many opportunities to learn and develop real-world skills outside of the classroom and beyond the school day. This guide will provide students and parents:
  • Clarity about what an SAE is and how it works
  • A roadmap to get on the correct SAE path
  • An understanding of how an SAE provides Real Learning for a Real Future!
The Teacher Guide provides additional clarity and details about expectations for student learning outcomes. It also includes tools and frameworks to guide implementation. It is meant to supplement the SAE for All Students Guide and provide teachers practical guidance, tools, and examples to do the following:
  • Help students understand what an SAE is, the value it provides, and how to get started
  • Ensure all students enrolled in agricultural education courses have an SAE
  • Connect SAE to school priorities
  • Integrate SAE into the classroom grading system
Additional work is underway on creation of six implementation guides that address the Foundation SAE, along with individual guides for each type of immersion SAE. These should be released by December of this year.


NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator Position Available
We are looking for qualified applicants for the position of Communications/Marketing Coordinator. For more information and to apply, please follow this link.
National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program Applications DUE FRIDAY
This fall, preservice teachers can apply to attend an interactive, hands-on agriscience training program at the 2017 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. Applications are due by Friday, September 22nd. Click here for more information and to apply today! 
National Teach Ag Day THIS THURSDAY!!!
Get ready to celebrate National Teach Ag Day on Thursday, September 21st! Check out the Teach Ag website for more information, celebration ideas & so much more! Also, check out these graphic organizers to help you follow along with the live webcast! Make sure to vote for your favorite video contest winner on the Teach Ag website as well!!
September News & Views
School is back in session and there are so many great resources available to make this year the best yet for your ag program. Hear from Region III Vice President, Glenda Crook, about how to keep your program fresh and full of ideas, find out what is new with Communities of Practice, and so much more in the September edition of News & Views!
National Farm Safety and Health Week
September 17-23
Participate in putting farm safety into practice. Each day has a different theme. Click here for more details.
National Officer Candidate Webinar
Monday, October 2nd
4:00-4:45pm EDT
Please mark your calendars for the annual agriculture teacher recruitment and retention update for FFA National Officer candidates and stakeholders. Questions are encouraged and may be sent ahead of time to The session will not be recorded. Click here to register for the webinar.
2017 NAAE Convention
The NAAE room block at the Gaylord Opryland is full for Monday, Tuesday and Friday nights, December 4,5 and 8. You can check the ACTE housing block here to see if they have availability for those nights. Make sure to follow this link for all other NAAE Convention details. See you in Nashville!!
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, Dr. Pete Ostrum and his fellow vets work with the Shultz family to help keep the cows healthy and advise on managing the herd. 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.

90th National FFA Convention & Expo Early Bird Registration Now Live!
On Tuesday, early bird registration opened for this year’s convention. Early bird rates will last through Oct. 2, and then standard rates will kick in from Oct. 3 - 28. For more information about registration and other convention-related planning information and schedules, visit Less than 40 days to go!

Register Now for the New AgExplorer Virtual Field Trip
Join us live on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. ET to meet the professionals working to solve one of the greatest challenges this 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 more and register.

Incredible Edible Egg Launches Search for Incredible FFA Chapters
The American Egg Board, an FFA sponsor, has launched the Incredible! FFA Chapter Contest. FFA members are encouraged to nominate their local chapters for a chance to win one of three grants—one for $2,000 and two for $1,500. Entries can be submitted via an online submission form, sharing what makes the nominated chapter incredible and how the grant funds would be used to impact the chapter. Submissions will be accepted until 11 p.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 29. Active FFA members and active FFA chapters that are in one of the 50 states or Washington, D.C., are eligible for entry. Winners will be announced on or after Oct. 14. To enter online and for official contest rules, visit

$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
Does your chapter have an idea to help with hurricane or wildfire relief? Apply for an FFA Day of Service Mini-Grant. The mini-grants are available to middle school, high school and collegiate/alumni chapters to serve communities 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 September 30th will be awarded by October 15th. To access the application in English or Spanish, visit  

AgriCorps, Inc.

AgriCorps Food Security Webinar
Do you have a passion for food security and building strong agricultural communities? You don't want to miss this webinar about how you can get involved with international agricultural development through AgriCorps! Kelsey Knight, Director of Recruitment for AgriCorps, shares her experiences in Ghana and Liberia, and how you can become an AgriCorps Fellow!

AgriCorps webinar will be hosting a FREE webinar on Thursday, September 21st at 7PM CST.  Click here to register or you can directly email


CTE Maker Educator Meetup
Thursday, December 7, 6 – 8 p.m.
Gaylord Opryland Resort

Join Maker Ed and Digital Promise for a fun networking event for CTE educators interested in maker education. There will be appetizers, hands-on maker activities, and great conversation. This meetup is brought to you by Maker Promise, a campaign to equip more schools and educators with the resources and support they need to provide quality maker learning experiences for their students. Please RSVP at


Grits, pickles, and cake--food term searches by state. See the article for an expanded list.


Friday Notes
Friday, Sept. 15, 2017:  Soil takes on a life of its own, massive storms affect agriculture, and ag universities roll into fall semesters. See what food terms are most googled in each state. Fried pickles in Kentucky? Check out these and many more ag/science stories.

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.