Andrea Fristoe

Monday Morning Monitor -- 5/6/2019

Blog Post created by Andrea Fristoe on May 6, 2019


Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

May 6, 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.


Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week!
The Teach Ag Team is on the road this week featuring five outstanding agriculture teachers in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week. Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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! 

Ag Teachers Manual Task Force
NAAE is seeking individuals who would like to serve on the Ag Teachers Manual Task Force. The task force 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 Midwest Row Crop
The National FFA Foundation has partnered with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) to provide teachers with a week-long lesson focused on agriculture conservation practices with support from Midwest Row Crop Collaborative (MRCC) members. These agricultural education instructional materials and programmatic deployment comes after a larger marketing campaign in grocery stores focused on connecting consumer purchases to the support of farmers and agricultural education. Click here to access the free instructional materials.  

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.

State and University-Level Teach Ag Ambassador Resources NOW AVAILABLE!
Looking to start your own Teach Ag Ambassador Program at the state or university level? The National Teach Ag Campaign has compiled a number of resources to help you get started, just click here. Contact Andrea Fristoe, Program Manager, for more information and to schedule a training for your program!

2019 CASE Institute Registration – Register Now
Register soon to attend a CASE Institute before time runs out! CASE Institute registration for the upcoming summer will close in the coming months! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

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. Travis Henry sedates Wellington, the horse, and takes x-rays, which show a fractured, decayed, infected tooth and abscess. Follow this link to watch the video.

Friday Footnotes
Livestock Chains
Many of the seasoned teachers in the profession will remember Dr. Jasper Lee, who was on the faculty at Mississippi State for years. In addition to being a master teacher, researcher, and prolific writer, I have learned he was also a livestock chain recipient. Click here to read more. 


Call for Delegate Coordinators
National FFA is looking for adult consultants to help with the National FFA Delegate Experience. These appointed positions begin in July 2019. Nominations for delegate coordinators will be accepted from all interested parties; however, no state may be represented more than once—current coordinators are from Louisiana, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee and Washington. The delegate handbook outlines the criteria for selecting delegate coordinators and the structure in which the coordinators operate. Those who are interested in serving the organization in this capacity may nominate themselves by completing this application. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 13. Contact delegates@ffa.orgfor questions.


Nominate an FFA Member for National Officer Nominating Committee
Nominations are now open for students interested in serving on the National Officer Nominating Committee. Nominations close July 15. Anyone can nominate a current FFA member for this position, and FFA members can nominate themselves as well through this nomination form.


Help Students Think Critically About Ag
Teachers: Check out the FFA Blue 365 Case Study. This case study series is designed to immerse students in a learning experience that allows them to see all sides of the global agriculture industry.

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 is now open. 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


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.

FFA Alumni

Graduating Class of 2019
As FFA members graduate high school, they receive a free five-year alumni associate membership. 70,271 graduates received an email last week letting them know about this graduation gift and to ensure that they update their profile with personal email addresses to continue receiving communications about opportunities and benefits that are included with this membership. These opportunities can be found at If you know any graduating seniors, please help share this message and welcome them to the National FFA Alumni and Supporters family!


A friendly, wandering beluga whale has Norwegian officials speculating it could be a Russian spy.

Friday, May 3, 2019:  A strong U.S. economy contains financial struggles for many farmers. EPA food safety proposals, university programs, school lunches, and a smiling beluga whale that could be a spy--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).