Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 4/29/2019

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on Apr 29, 2019


Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

April 29, 2019


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


May 21
AAAE National Conference
Des Moines, IA

June 23-26
NEAT Summer Conference
Stockbridge, MA.

September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

September 19
National Teach Ag Day

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program Manager.


Ag Teachers Manual Taskforce
NAAE is seeking individuals who would like to serve on the Ag Teachers Manual Taskforce. The taskforce will revise the Ag Teachers Manual copyright 1998 to provide an more up-to-date and user-friendly resource for current and future ag teachers. There is a quick turn around on applications as the first meeting will be May 30-31st.  Please check out the online application for more information

Applications are due May 8th. 

Position Announcement:  Communications/Marketing Specialist
The NAAE communications/marketing specialist will be expected to have appropriate credentials and experience in communications and marketing, including a working knowledge of writing for the media, preparing computer generated presentations, developing and maintaining websites, marketing membership and merchandise, and using computer software typical in office environments (word processing, desktop publishing, web design and maintenance, database, and spreadsheet). Follow this link for more information and to apply today.

Instructional Materials Now Available from Growth Energy
Growth Energy, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, is providing teachers with 15 days of instruction focused on ethanol and renewable fuels. To access these free instructional materials, including the lesson plan, six activities, PowerPoint, and assessment visit NAAE’s Communities of Practice website at this link

NAAE Awards
The official submission links for the 2019 NAAE Awards are NOW AVAILABLE. Click here to begin your award application process and make sure to submit your application by May 15th! 

Volunteers Needed to Judge 2019 NAAE Awards
The following awards will be judge virtually: Outstanding Early Career Teacher, Outstanding Agricultural Education Teacher, Outstanding Middle/Secondary Ag Ed Program, Outstanding Postsecondary Agriculture Program, and Teacher Mentor. Each committee volunteer must be a NAAE member and will judge up to 10 award applications using the required NAAE Award Judging Rubric that will be provided to you. NAAE Judging Committee members must submit their scores to the NAAE office by June 15th. Click here for more information and to volunteer by May 15th!

NAAE Virtual Book Club
Are you looking for a new kind of professional development? Check out this summer's NAAE Virtual Book Club! Make sure to register by May 31st! Follow this link for more information. 

Present a Workshop at the 2019 NAAE Convention
Each year, agricultural educators from across the country gather at the NAAE Convention for networking, business sessions, and most importantly the opportunity to engage in high quality professional development related to ag education. A great way to share with the profession is to present a workshop. The call for proposals is now open and the deadline to apply to present is June 3, 2019. Click here to apply online.

Seats Available for Principles of Agricultural Science-Animal CASE Institutes!
Whether you are passionate about animal science or looking to learn more as you teach content to your students, be sure to check out the CASE Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA) course. Seats are still available at CASE Institutes in Arkansas, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Texas. Check out the complete CASE Institute schedule or register for a CASE Institute today!

Celebrate Scoops of Thanks Day at Culver's!
Thursday, May 2, 2019, is Scoops of Thanks Day — a day when Culver’s restaurants come together to give back to their local agricultural communities. Click here for more information.

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. Larry Bramlage, examines a racehorse suffering from lameness, and finds bone fragments in a joint. He admits the horse and performs arthroscopic surgery. Click here to watch the video. 

Friday Footnotes
The 1890 & 1994 Land-Grant Colleges
Last week we learned about the Morrill Act of 1862 and the resulting land-grant colleges. This Friday Footnote will focus on the Second Morrill Act of 1890. What did the 1890 Morrill Act accomplish and why was it needed? We will also look at 1994 land-grant colleges. Click here to read more. 


Housing Opens for 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo 
You won’t want to miss the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo, Oct. 30 – Nov. 2, in Indianapolis! Housing for chapters, states and alumni opens May 1 at 6 p.m. EDT. Housing for exhibitors, sponsors and donors opens June 5 (by invitation). For important dates, pricing, FAQs and planning information, visit the convention and expo webpage.


Living to Serve Yearlong Grant Now Open
The Yearlong Living to Serve Grant application is open and available in English and Spanish. Middle and high school FFA chapters may apply for up to $3,000 to support yearlong service-learning projects. The application is due June 15.  Need ideas for yearlong service-learning projects? Check out the interactive map at


ILSSO Headed to Spain and Portugal in 2020
After six great years in South Africa, the International Leadership Seminar for State Officers (ILSSO) will head to Spain and Portugal in 2020. Seventy-five current and past state officers can participate in this experience in January. For more information, visit


Present a Workshop at the Convention and Expo
We are looking for presenters to deliver workshops the week of the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Workshop presenters can present to students and teachers and must deliver at least one workshop but can present the same workshop up to three times. The presenter should create the curriculum of the workshop. Workshops are available Wednesday, Oct. 30, Thursday, Oct. 31 and Friday, Nov. 1. 

Submitted workshop applications are selected based on the quality of content. We’re open to unique workshop topics. At the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo, students said they’d like to see workshops on animal care, addressing problems in agriculture, agribusiness, bullying issues, community service, supervised agricultural experience (SAE) projects, diversity, time management and becoming a leader. Teachers said they would like to see workshops on using the FFA website, alumni tools, environmental science, animal science, strategies for motivating students, career development events, and classroom management. The application deadline is June 1. Apply now.

SAE Video of the Week
Watch Seneca FFA member Cheyenne Young turn her love of animals into an SAE at the VCA Fairleigh Animal Hospital in Louisville, Ky.


2018 Annual Report Now Available
The National FFA Foundation just released its annual report for the fiscal year 2018. The report features financial information, impact stories, highlights from the year and a listing of our sponsors and donors.

Got Talent? Show Off Your Musical Skills at Convention
Know of a member in your FFA chapter who loves to perform? The National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent may be their ticket to stardom. Applications are now available. Read more about the programs and application process here. Email questions to

FFA Alumni

Regional Development Conference
Registration is now open for the next National FFA Alumni and Supporters Regional Development Conference which will be held in Dover, New Hampshire May 17-18, 2019. This is a free, hands-on training for FFA Alumni members, advisors, or anyone interested in starting or developing an alumni and supporters chapter. For more information about this and other RDC’s, visit


Must be spring—the hooded grebes are performing their amazing courtship dance.

Friday, April 26, 2019:  Students, farmers, and many others are working to sustain the environment; trade issues, prices, and extreme weather are affecting the ag economy; and the hooded grebes dance while a dog named Odin found out that porcupines should not be on the menu. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST).