Skip navigation

August 26, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America?s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events


September 19-21
North Central Region AAAE
Platteville, WI


September 23?25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX


September 26
National Teach Ag Da
y


October 30-November 2

National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY


2014
January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues
August 19
August 12
August 5
July 29
July 22
July 15

Quote for the Week


"Education: n.- That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding. "
-Ambrose Bierce

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

The Council


Game Changer
For Christmas last year, my brother gave me a book by his pastor in Wilmington, North Carolina.  "My One Word" by Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen embraces the concept of selecting one word to be your focus and do just one thing this year instead of nothing about everything.  The one word that you choose represents what you most hope the Almighty will do in you and be the focus of your entire year to provide clarity and concentrate your efforts.


The National Council has chosen 2013-2014 as the year of SAE.  The Council sees that SAE needs an increased focus.  The NASAE, as part of The Council, has used your input and committee oversight to provide minimum guidelines for SAE and areas in which state supervisors can aid and assist teachers to provide the best SAE experience to our students.   I see it as an opportunity to also incorporate my word for this year, "game changer."


We are all familiar with the three-circle model of agricultural education.  The real magic of this model is where SAE applies the instruction based in the classroom to a real world setting.  The issue is that sometimes we focus and define SAE so narrowly that we lose the ultimate potential of the "magic" of our model. This is where we all need to be "game changers." I encourage all of us to think outside the box, challenge the system and status quo of SAE, push into new and unclaimed territory and change the game!


Jason Davis
NASAE representative to the National Council Board

FFA


The fall issue of FFA New Horizons is here. And yes, there is an app for that!
Snaps on the FFA jacket? An annual string band competition during the Alabama state convention? A virtual convention and expo? Learn about these and more in the latest issue of FFA New Horizons, now available in an exclusive app for iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire and Android devices. Visit the magazine's website to learn more. There's even a cool surprise waiting for you when you download the fall issue.

NAAEXLR8 Institute- Appilcations Due September 1
XLR8 is a year-long sequence of professional development for 7-15 year agricultural educators that revolves around 8 areas with which mid-career teachers commonly struggle.  The cohort will kick-off at the NAAE convention and will continue throughout the next year with virtual professional development experiences and online collaboration.  XLR8 participants will also develop state-level workshops to help colleagues address burnout.
Applications are due September 1. Follow this link for details and application.


National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program
NAAE is pleased to announce the opportunity for preservice teachers in agricultural education to apply for the National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program.

This program is committed to promoting inquiry-based teaching methods and the enhancement of science in agriculture to preservice teachers in agricultural education across the nation.  This fall, preservice teachers can apply to attend an interactive hands-on Agriscience training program at the 2013 National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. 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.

If you have students who will complete their student teaching in fall 2013 or spring 2014, please encourage them to apply to be a part of this exciting professional development program.  For program eligibility requirements and to download the application, visit here. Applications are due September 18, 2013.


National Teach Ag Day is September 26! Celebration Ideas:
We have ideas and guides for every level, middle school through state leaders. Visit the Teach Ag webpage for the complete list.
Here are some we really like:

  • Write a letter to students you think would make good ag teachers. Example.
  • Work with your school district to do an ag teacher exchange for the day. During the exchange describe your path to becoming an ag teacher and why you love it.
  • Play "Are You Smarter than your Ag Teacher?, Teach Ag Feud, Think Like Your Ag Teacher, or Teach Ag Cash Bus." Download games.
  • Have the students be the teacher for the day. Lesson plan.
  • Have your students contact a nearby high school ag program and shadow the teacher for a day or talk with the students about how their ag classes influenced them.
  • Have your students write a thank-you letter to their former ag teacher. Example.
  • Arrange an event on campus about agricultural education or set up a booth or display in a high-traffic area.


NAAE Outstanding Cooperation Parnter: Marshall Judy
Marshall Judy performs safety demonstrations and presentations and travels to various high schools and colleges in the area to troubleshoot and help set up new welding equipment.  He also trains teachers on how to properly use welding equipment and troubleshoot any issues themselves.  In addition, he has served as the chairman of the Advisory Committee at Bellingham Technical College since 1994. Read more about Marshall here.
NAAE presents many awards to outstanding agricultural educators and those who support agricultural education. To learn more about all the benefits of NAAE membership, visit our website.


On Communities of Practice:

CAST

Friday, August 23, 2013: Lots of upbeat ag news and a some links to university ag school news as the school year kicks in. News headlines and quirky ag stories join with the usual weekly information.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST)weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O'Lakes company).

USDA

USDA Seeks Applicants for Funds to Assist Rural Microentrepreneurs
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the availability of loan and grant funds to support rural microentrepreneurs and microenterprises.

"By supporting very small business enterprises through the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program, USDA has been able to direct assistance to small firms that otherwise might not be able to obtain credit," said Vilsack. "This program has shown that even a modest investment of federal dollars can have a huge impact for the local economy in small towns across rural America."

RMAP applications are due by September 13, 2013. More information about how to apply is available in the August 14, 2013 Federal Register. Read more here.

ACTE

President Lays Plan for Higher Education
President Barack Obama announced his plan to improve postsecondary education access and affordability. Over the past few years, the President has continually professed his support for community colleges and ensuring access to higher education for low-income students, and this new proposal looks to build on those efforts through the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Read more about his plan.

August 19, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America's schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events


September 19-21
North Central Region AAAE
Platteville, WI


September 23?25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX


September 26
National Teach Ag Day


October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY
2014


January 28-30

National Ag Ed Summit/

National FFA Inservice
Indianapolis


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


May 20-23

AAAE

Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues

August 12
August 5
July 29
July 22
July 15
July 8

Quote for the Week

"Play is the highest form of research."
-Albert Einstein

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email

Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

The Council


Council Member Spotlight: National Farm and Ranch Business Management Education Association (NFRBMEA)
The NFRBMEA are a group of educators whose students are primarily over the age of 21 and actively involved in the financial and production responsibilities of a farm or ranch business.  In most cases they are at least the partial owner, but we also have some managers and employees enrolled as students as well.  We truly believe in the Team AgEd concept and believe we are the link that completes the chain for producers after their high school, post-secondary and FFA careers (other than Alumni).  Most of us are employed through a community or technical college, and producer students enroll in specific classes and pay tuition to the school.  A few of us are self-employed and work on a fee for service basis.  NFRBMEA is proud of its continuous membership in the National Council for over 20 years.


Our mission is to promote and support farm and ranch management education.  We accomplish our mission by providing in-service education to our members and cooperating with others.  We have over 100 active members and 22 affiliate members.  We meet annually including an educational conference each June ongoing since 1973.  Our conferences always include top notch speakers, as well as workshops and tours.  The main professional development opportunities include new trends in education, instructional technology, management principles, agriculture policy and leadership.  Members also appreciate the networking opportunities with colleagues. 


Our 2013 conference was in Overland Park, Kansas, and our 2014 conference will be in Salt Lake City, Utah. NFRBMEA also helps establish guidelines and standards for quality farm and ranch business management education. For more information please visit here.

FFA


National FFA Convention & Expo registration now open
Register to attend the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 30-Nov. 2! Visit MyAgCN to register and here to learn more.

Can't make it to the convention and expo?
NEW for 2013, the National FFA Virtual Convention & Expo will be available for those back home to experience a part of the action. Visit exhibitors within the virtual expo; participate in student workshops and interact with others online; watch general sessions; and purchase memorabilia in the virtual shopping mall. Teachers and advisors will be able to download resources to use in the classroom in Teacher's Corner. Registration for the virtual convention and expo is now available through MyAgCN .

NAAE


XLR8 Institute, For Agriculture Teachers in Their 7-15th Year
XLR8 is a year-long sequence of professional development for 7-15 year agricultural educators that revolves around 8 areas with which mid-career teachers commonly struggle.  The cohort will kick-off at the NAAE convention and will continue throughout the next year with virtual professional development experiences and online collaboration.  XLR8 participants will also develop state-level workshops to help colleagues address burnout.

Applications are due September 1. Follow this link for details and application.


NAAE Awards Scholarships for Student Teachers
Congratulations to the recipients of this year's NAAE Upper Division Scholarship! NAAE awarded 15 scholarships to agricultural education majors who will be student teaching this fall or next spring. See the recipients.


National Teach Ag Day is September 26th!

  • We'll be broadcasting live from the campus of North Carolina A&T from 1-3 eastern. Details.
  • Got a future teacher in your class? Submit their photo, win a prize for the whole class. Details.
  • Need celebration ideas? We've got ideas and resources to help you celebrate National Teach Ag Day wherever you are. Details.


On Communities of Practice:

CAST

Friday, August 16, 2013:  "Meals from the Heartland campaign at the Iowa State Fair". News headlines, beta-agonists, and quirky ag stories join with the usual weekly information.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST)weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O'Lakes company).

USDA

The Costs of Raising a Child
How much will that little bundle of joy cost? According to USDA's Cost of Raising a Child report, the answer for a child born in 2012 is $241,080 for food, shelter and other necessities over the next 17 years, which translates to about $301,970 when adjusted for inflation! With the rising cost of food prices and the concern over childhood obesity, it is more important than ever that children receive healthy wholesome food. Read more here.

ACTE

Infograhic Shows Need for Funding CTE
With Congress on their month-long August recess, the clock is ticking on important Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 funding decisions for CTE. Connecting with lawmakers during August through Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets is a quick and easy way to spread the message of CTE and the importance of Perkins funding. See the inforgraphic here.

NYFEA

2013 San Antonio NYFEA Institute
The 2013 NYFEA Institute is December 4-8 in San Antonio, Texas. In San Antonio participants will go on industry tours, network with fellow members and learn more about Texas agriculture. See the schedule of events here. For registration directions visit here. The National Young Farmer Educational Association is dedicated to educating ag leaders and securing the next generation of agribusiness professionals and producers.

August 12, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America?s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events


September 19-21
North Central Region AAAE

Platteville, WI


September 23?25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX


September 26
National Teach Ag Day


October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY


2014
January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past IssuesAugust 5
July 29
July 22
July 15
July 8
July 1

Quote for the Week


"Play is the highest form of research."
-Albert Einstein

MMM Submissions


To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

The Council


Greetings All,
With the start of the new school year now upon us it is very clear that we face large challenges with teacher Recruitment and Retention, or R&R.  Since the Agricultural Education Summit 6 months ago, great strides have been made to help all of our agricultural education stakeholders understand the Role, Relationship and Responsibility for themselves and each other with regard to this task.  Many of our states have submitted plans for R&R to the FFA LPS staff? thank you for that!  It will help us better outline both short term and long range planning.


The National FFA Alumni recently held their Alumni Development Conference in Green Bay, Wis. Wisconsin did not disappoint, as they were magnificent hosts for our conference!  I mention this, as R&R was an important component of the conference this year.  Ellen Thompson facilitated an important workshop for us, we were fortunate to have valuable input from attendees of NAAE, NASAE, AAAE and FFA so we can understand our Role, Relationship and Responsibility to develop a plan to help state and local alumni understand their important and crucial role.


As we continue to move forward I believe it is critical that we work together as Team Ag Ed to promote and retain the profession of being an agriculture teacher.  Thanks to each of you for doing your part in this monumental task.  Feel free to contact me if you have comments, concerns or direction in which you think The Council should be addressing this issue.


Bob Barton
National FFA Alumni Past President
National Council for Agriculture Education:
Teacher Recruitment and Retention Goal Leader

FFA


Guess who?s coming to the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo?
Announcing our lineup of keynote speakers. Click here to learn more.


Be on the lookout for the new 2013-2014 FFA Catalogs: Blue, Gold and Core
The 2013-2014 Blue catalog features the National FFA Officer Team in our latest collection of sweatshirts, T-shirts and hats. The Gold and Core catalogs will also be delivered in August and feature new products and awards. Included with the August catalog shipment will be the FFA Week flyer, featuring FFA Week-themed merchandise. All products are available at Shop FFA.

NAAE


XLR8 Institute ? For Agriculture Teachers in Their 7-15th Year
XLR8 is a year-long sequence of professional development for 7-15 year agricultural educators that revolves around 8 areas with which mid-career teachers commonly struggle.  The cohort will kick-off at the NAAE convention and will continue throughout the next year with virtual professional development experiences and online collaboration.  XLR8 participants will also develop state-level workshops to help colleagues address burnout.

Applications are due September 1. Follow this link for details and application.

National Teach Ag Day is September 26th!

  • We?ll be broadcasting live from the campus of North Carolina A&T from 1-3 eastern. Details.
  • Got a future teacher in your class? Submit their photo ? win a prize for the whole class. Details.
  • Need celebration ideas? We?ve got ideas and resources to help you celebrate National Teach Ag Day wherever you are. Details.


NSTA Professional Development Fellowships for New Teachers
NSTA offers second through fifth-year middle and high school science teachers the opportunity to participate in the New Science Teacher Academy, a yearlong professional development and mentoring program co-founded with a grant from the Amgen Foundation. Emphasizing quality science teaching, enhanced teacher confidence, classroom excellence, and solid content knowledge, participants (Academy Fellows) enjoy top-notch face-to-face and online support and access to comprehensive educational resources. See here for more information.
Applications are due by August 26.


Determination in Motion
Tina Miner-James is last year's Region VI NAAE Teacher Mentor Award winner due to her gracious, supportive and sharp teaching. Besides encouraging students to go above and beyond, she mentors other ag teachers, having answered countless "S.O.S." calls from her peers, particularly those who are new to ag education. Miner-James has traveled all over New York saving ag teachers from the chopping block. She makes a clear, concise argument for keeping ag education in schools' curriculum. Read more of her story here.


On Communities of Practice:

CAST

Friday, August 9, 2013: ?Where?s the beef?? takes on new meaning now that the laboratory becomes one answer to that question. News headlines, state fair food, and quirky ag stories join with the usual weekly information.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST)weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O?Lakes company).

U.S. Department of Education

Bioterroism/Disaster Education and Awareness Month
Though the worst of thunderstorm season is behind us, snow is just around the corner. Find resources for preparing students for disasters and emergencies on FEMA's Ready.gov and other sites featured inFREE (Federal Registry for Educational Excellence).

ACTE

New NGA Chair Mary Fallin Proposes Education Initiative
Gov. Fallin introduced her 2013-14 NGA Chair?s Initiative calledAmerica Works: Education and Training for Tomorrow?s Jobs.

The initiative notes that the percentage of jobs which only require a high school diploma have dropped from 79% in 1964 to 41% in 2008. The plan aims to promote the importance of postsecondary education with a national event in Washington D.C. along with several regional roundtable discussions which are supposed to identify priorities for state action. Read more here.

AAAE

Why Agricultural Educators Remain in the Classroom
This recent ariticle from the Journal of Agriculture Education goes in depth to see what it is that keeps an agriculture educator in the classroom. Read the article here.

August 5, 2013

The National Council for Agricultural Education

Vision

To be the collective leadership voice for Agricultural Education in the United States.

Mission

The mission of The National Council for Agricultural Education is to establish high quality agricultural education programs in America?s schools by stimulating:

  • the preparation, retention, and advancement of high quality agricultural educators; the development of programs that prepare students for academic and career success;
  • program innovation and adaptability in response to changing student and industry needs;
  • the use of research-based practices in agricultural education programs at all levels; and
  • expanded opportunities for students to experience high quality educational programs in agriculture.

Upcoming Events


September 19-21
North Central Region AAAE
Platteville, WI


September 23?25
Western Region AAAE Meeting
Lubbock, TX


September 26
National Teach Ag Day


October 30-November 2
National FFA Convention
Louisville, KY
2014


January 28-30
National Ag Ed Summit/
National FFA Inservice

Indianapolis


February 1-4
Southern Region AAAE
Dallas


May 20-23
AAAE
Salt Lake City, UT

Past Issues

July 29
July 22
July 15
July 8
July 1
June 24

Quote for the Week

"Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email
Julie Fritsch , NAAE Communications/Marketing Coordinator.

The Council

2013 North American Agricultural Safety Summit


The National Council for Agricultural Education recently partnered with the Agricultural Safety and Health Council of America (ASHCA) to promote the North American Agricultural Safety Summit. The event will be held in Minneapolis, MN on September 25-27. Recognizing the important part agricultural educators play in teaching students of all ages about how to work in agricultural environments safely, it is encouraged that professionals attend this conference to stay in contact with the most current information in the field and help develop the role educators can serve to enhance the health and safety of agricultural enterprises and communities.

This innovative conference will use non-traditional sessions to match safety interventions with production practices and emerging safety issues. The Summit will build upon sessions that bundle global thinking with hands on learning and networking. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with industry leaders and safety experts through learning lounges, situation rooms and genius bars (like the ones made famous by Apple stores).

For more information about ASHCA, the conference or how to register click here.

FFA

FFA announces top 16 finalists for Star awards
The National FFA Organization has selected 16 students from throughout the United States as finalists for its top student achievement awards for 2013.


Breaking news: FFA secures new hotel for WLC
FFA has secured a new Washington Leadership Conference hotel in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area beginning in 2014. FFA looks forward to a quality relationship with The Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., for a seven-week conference season. At this time, we are unable to provide a pricing matrix or conference schedule but hope to provide a tentative student and advisor schedule prior to the 86th National FFA Convention & Expo. To keep tabs on new WLC developments, check here.


Watch now: the Alumni Development Conference
Nearly 200 people from across the country met in Green Bay, Wis., for the 2013 Alumni Development Conference in July. The conference is over, but you can still watch videos featuring sessions on advocating for agricultural education, recruiting teachers and more.

NAAE


Congratulations to the 2013 NAAE award winners!
Your colleagues have spoken! This year?s winners represent the best of the best in agricultural education. See the winners here.


Running for a NAAE Office or Committee Leadership? Submit your MOU.
If you want to run for NAAE Regional Vice President or Secretary, you must submit a completed Memorandum of Understanding to NAAE bySeptember 15.
NAAE Regional Secretary elections occur in all six NAAE regions each year, and this year Region VI and I will be electing Regional Vice Presidents. Click here to download a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding for a regional office.

Likewise, anyone considering becoming a committee chair or vice chair must also sign and submit a MOU to NAAE by September 15 to be eligible for that position. Click here to download a copy of the Memorandum of Understanding for a committee chair or vice chair.


NAAE Membership Benefit
Going on a last minute summer adventure? Need a place to stay? NAAE members receive 15% off select hotels. Look here for more information.


On Communities of Practice:

CAST

Friday, August 2, 2013: With so many channels for information, CAST YouTube videos and social media provide unbiased information for topics in today's agirculture.

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology's (CAST)weekly online newsletter, Friday Notes, is available free due to a grant from WinField (a Land O?Lakes company).

U.S. Department of Education

Department of Education Invites Districts to Apply for $120 Million in Race to the Top Funds to Support Classroom-Level Reform Efforts
The application for the 2013 Race to the Top-District competition is open for all school districts. The campaign provides nearly $120 million to support bold, locally directed improvements in learning and teaching that will directly improve student achievement and educator effectiveness.

This year, the Race to the Top-District competition seeks to build on the innovative strategies already employed in classrooms across the country. The competition will encourage transformative change within schools, providing school leaders and teachers with key tools and support in order to best meet their students' needs. Read more.

See here for the application for the Race to the Top-District competition. The Department is requesting interested districts to submit their intent to apply by August 23, 2013. Applications are due Oct. 3, 2013 with awards being announced no later than Dec. 31, 2013.

ACTE

CTE and Advanced Placement: A Powerful Duo
CTE and Advanced Placement are relevant to one another, finds an analysis by the College Board and NASDCTEc. They concluded that AP English Language and Composition and AP Statistics courses and exams were relevant across the clusters, and almost every other AP exam was relevant for at least one cluster. NASDCTEc and the College Board have produced a companion document that matches up AP courses and exams to the clusters and pathways. Read more.