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Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

June 29, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

NAAE


NAAE Strategic Planning Survey
The Strategic Planning Committee is looking for feedback and information from all agriculture teachers, members or not.  Please take a few minutes to complete the following survey and to share it with your colleagues at all levels (Pre-service, Middle School Instructors, Secondary Teachers, Post-secondary Educators, and State Staff). Please click here to take the survey!

My Local Cooperative Initiative
The National Association of Agricultural Educators, with support from the CHS Foundation as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, developed the My Local Cooperative initiative to educate the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs about the benefits and opportunities of agriculture cooperatives. My Local Cooperative contains resources, tools and instructional modules to educate others about the role of agriculture cooperatives and agriculture cooperative career opportunities. My Local Cooperative has trained teacher facilitators who are available to provide state and/or regional level training to other teachers who want to include cooperatives in their classroom instruction. Complete the online request form to schedule your My Local Cooperative teacher training today. The training is provided at no cost to the host state/region. Contact Ellen Thompson, ethompson.naae@uky.edu for more details.

Join Our Summer Book Club!
The summer book club will start on July 15th. This will be a “throwback” to the summer 2015 book Teach Like a Pirate. This will be a “fast track” book club ending before school starts back in the fall, in whatever form that takes! Click here to register for this book club, and here to check out the CoP book club page.

XLR8 Registration is Now Open!
XLR8 is a year-long professional development program for agriculture teachers in their 7th-15th year of teaching. Applications for the 2020 XLR8 professional development program are due September 2, 2020. Click here to learn more and register.

FFA


National FFA Convention & Expo Goes Virtual
The 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo, scheduled for Oct. 28-31, will occur as a virtual experience due to the many challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the convention website to learn more.

A Celebration of Dairy
What do fast cars and pizza have in common? We have the answer and more as National FFA celebrates National Dairy Month! We are sharing stories, spotlighting awards and competitive events and featuring a Q&A with industry leaders all in the name of dairy. Each month, we’ll pick a new ag topic to explore, so check FFA.org/news often.

 

Find Educator Resources Easily With This Document
We’ve established a table of contents with a description of some of the most popular and new resources found in Educator Resources on FFA.org, including an easy reference for using resources online or offline.

FFA Alumni

Alumni and Supporter Awards
Do you have FFA Alumni and Supporters doing great things for your chapter and state? July 1 is the application deadline for the National FFA Alumni and Supporters Outstanding Achievement, Chapter and State Association Awards. Outstanding Chapter Awards also include categories for collegiate and corporate chapters. Applications can be found at FFA.org/alumniawards and should be emailed to alumni@ffa.org

Remote Development Conferences
To continue to offer FFA advisors, staff, alumni and supporters an opportunity for professional development and idea sharing, National FFA Alumni and Supporters is offering interactive Remote Development Conferences through Zoom. The next online event will be held with one-hour sessions at 11a.m. EST July 6-10. For an agenda and Zoom meeting information, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc or email alumni@ffa.org.

 

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. In this episode of Vets On Call: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
Jews and Farming in America
We are privileged to have Lori Shaller and Judith Rosenbaum as our guest authors today. This essay about “Jews and Farming in America” originally appeared as part of a series of lessons (Unit 1, Lesson 6) in the Living the Legacy Labor Lessons. The link to the series of lesson is: Jewish Women’s Archive. “Living the Legacy: A Jewish Social Justice… Read more here

CAST

Fourth of July celebrations mean food, fun, and—this year—a “pandemic awareness.” 

*** Friday, June 26, 2020:  Food safety, Fourth of July gatherings, and COVID-19 adjustments; ag companies, organizations, and universities address crucial issues; and the Peterson Brothers do a hay baling rap—or is it wrap? 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.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

June 22, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

NAAE

My Local Cooperative Initiative
The National Association of Agricultural Educators, with support from the CHS Foundation as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, developed the My Local Cooperative initiative to educate the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs about the benefits and opportunities of agriculture cooperatives. My Local Cooperative contains resources, tools and instructional modules to educate others about the role of agriculture cooperatives and agriculture cooperative career opportunities. My Local Cooperative has trained teacher facilitators who are available to provide state and/or regional level training to other teachers who want to include cooperatives in their classroom instruction. Complete the online request form to schedule your My Local Cooperative teacher training today. The training is provided at no cost to the host state/region. Contact Ellen Thompson, ethompson.naae@uky.edu for more details.

Join Our Summer Book Club!
The summer book club will start on July 15th. This will be a “throwback” to the summer 2015 book Teach Like a Pirate. This will be a “fast track” book club ending before school starts back in the fall, in whatever form that takes! Click here to register for this book club, and here to check out the CoP book club page.

XLR8 Registration is Now Open!
XLR8 is a year-long professional development program for agriculture teachers in their 7th-15th year of teaching. Applications for the 2020 XLR8 professional development program are due September 2, 2020. Click here to learn more and register.

Registration for NAAE Regional Conferences Is Still Open!
Information about registration is live on Communities of Practice. Be sure to read the instructions carefully. If you have any questions please contact Sarah Warren.

FFA


Educator Resources Now Even Easier to Use
In this time of distance learning, National FFA continues to look for ways to make our resources easier to use. We have separated the student activity sheets and added direct links to the lesson plans for the following resources:

Updated Official FFA Manual Now Online
The new Official FFA Manual is available on FFA.org and includes the updated Federal Charter, constitution and bylaws, and more.

 

Living to Serve Chapter Challenge Now Open to Chapters and Individuals
We know that chapters across the country are serving their communities during this time. Share with us what you are doing individually or as a chapter. Find resources to inspire you to act and log your service hours to inspire others. #FFAChallengeAccepted

FFA Alumni

Alumni and Supporter Awards
Do you have FFA Alumni and Supporters doing great things for your chapter and state? July 1 is the application deadline for the National FFA Alumni and Supporters Outstanding Achievement, Chapter and State Association Awards. Outstanding Chapter Awards also include categories for collegiate and corporate chapters. Applications can be found at FFA.org/alumniawards and should be emailed to alumni@ffa.org

Remote Development Conferences
To continue to offer FFA advisors, staff, alumni and supporters an opportunity for professional development and idea sharing, National FFA Alumni and Supporters is offering interactive Remote Development Conferences through Zoom. The next online event will be held with one-hour sessions at 11a.m. EST July 6-10. For an agenda and Zoom meeting information, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc or email alumni@ffa.org.

 

Looking for professional development opportunities this summer? 
Consider attending one of Realityworks' free educational webinars. These online presentations will feature a variety of subject matter experts, including educators and administrators from across the country. Topics include teaching leadership and soft skills, getting started with hydroponics, and using Google Classroom. Certificates of completion as well as other materials will be provided to all attendees. Learn more and register here.

Virtual Conference With The Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation
The virtual conference will be on Thursdays in July. Registration is required, but the event is completely FREE! There is even the opportunity to earn up to 20 Act 48 credits through the PA Department of Education. More information can be found at www.pfb.com/aginsitute. Attached is a description of the sessions. Interested participants can register here. Questions can be directed to Charlene Espenshade at cmespenshade@pfb.com.

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. In this episode of Vets On Call: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
The Jewish Agricultural Society
Agricultural Societies have existed in America since the 1700s. These societies promoted advancements in agriculture and advocated for agricultural and extension education. In the future, several Friday Footnotes will focus on some of the more notable agricultural societies. We will start that exploration by looking at a unique and valuable… Read more here

CAST

The hunt for virus vaccines might go through cows, potato beetles, and other ag products.

*** Friday, June 19, 2020:  Scientific efforts to find treatments and vaccines include universities and agriculture; trade issues continue to bubble; and “Gummy Bear Science” includes a bit of thermodynamics. 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.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

June 15, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

FFA


2020 National FFA Convention & Expo Housing Opens July 15
To help attendees and local hotel partners, the opening of all housing reservations for the 2020 National FFA Convention & Expo is now delayed until Wednesday, July 15. The no-penalty cancellation date for housing reservations will remain Wednesday, Aug. 19.

 

Updated Official FFA Manual Now Online
The new Official FFA Manual is available on FFA.org and includes the updated Federal Charter, constitution and bylaws, and more.  

Head Into Summer With FFA New Horizons
By now, you’ve received the summer issue of FFA New Horizons. Catch those stories — from a look into ag life with Hawaii FFA to a member’s sweet success in Illinois — and more online at FFA.org/news. The summer FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide is also available. 

 

Living to Serve Yearlong Grant Application Open
It is not too late to apply for up to $3,000 to support your chapter’s service-learning efforts. Middle and high school FFA chapters may apply for funding to support yearlong service-learning projects that address authentic community needs. Access the application and apply on or before Monday, June 15. Email questions to lts@ffa.org

 

Living to Serve Chapter Challenge Now Open to Chapters and Individuals
We know that chapters across the country are serving their communities during this time. Share with us what you are doing individually or as a chapter. Find resources to inspire you to act and log your service hours to inspire others. #FFAChallengeAccepted

FFA Alumni


Alumni and Supporter Awards
Do you have FFA Alumni and Supporters doing great things for your chapter and state? July 1 is the application deadline for the National FFA Alumni and Supporters Outstanding Achievement, Chapter and State Association Awards. Outstanding Chapter Awards also include categories for collegiate and corporate chapters. Applications can be found at FFA.org/alumniawards and should be emailed to alumni@ffa.org

Remote Development Conferences
To continue to offer FFA advisors, staff, alumni and supporters an opportunity for professional development and idea sharing, National FFA Alumni and Supporters is offering interactive Remote Development Conferences through Zoom. The next online event will be held with one hour sessions at 11a.m. EST July 6-10. For an agenda and Zoom meeting information, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc or email alumni@ffa.org.

NAAE

Join Our Summer Book Club!
The summer book club will start on July 15th. This will be a “throwback” to the summer 2015 book Teach Like a Pirate. This will be a “fast track” book club ending  before school starts back in the fall, in whatever form that takes! Click here to register for this book club, and here to check out the CoP book club page.

XLR8 Registration is Now Open!
XLR8 is a year-long professional development program for agriculture teachers in their 7th-15th year of teaching. Applications for the 2020 XLR8 professional development program are due September 2, 2020. Click here to learn more and register.

Registration for NAAE Regional Conferences Is Still Open!
Information about registration is live on Communities of Practice. Be sure to read the instructions carefully. If you have any questions please contact Sarah Warren.

 

Looking for professional development opportunities this summer? 
Consider attending one of Realityworks' free educational webinars. These online presentations will feature a variety of subject matter experts, including educators and administrators from across the country. Topics include teaching leadership and soft skills, getting started with hydroponics, and using Google Classroom. Certificates of completion as well as other materials will be provided to all attendees. Learn more and register 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. In this episode of Vets On Call: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
The Jewish Agricultural Society
Agricultural Societies have existed in America since the 1700s. These societies promoted advancements in agriculture and advocated for agricultural and extension education. In the future, several Friday Footnotes will focus on some of the more notable agricultural societies. We will start that exploration by looking at a unique and valuable… Read more here

CAST

The 2020 World Food Prize laureate is focused on soil health and alleviating world hunger.

*** Friday, June 12, 2020:  Soil specialist and humanitarian Dr. Rattan Lal wins the 2020 World Food Prize; agriculture is part of the important conversation about race and equality; and COVID-19 continues to impact society—while raccoons seem to be better suited to cope with containment than humans! 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.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

June 8, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

NAAE

NAAE Award Judging Committee Members Needed
Each year, NAAE judges its member awards virtually through our national NAAE Award Judging committees.  Committee members must be NAAE members and will be notified by June 15th of their judging assignments.  Final scores will be required to be submitted to NAAE no later than June 30th.  If you would like to be a part of the committee this year, please click here to sign up by Monday, June 8th.

Voting is now open for the #NAAEBetterTogether Video Challenge!
We had several submissions from teachers all across the country in our three categories: Ag Teacher Hacks, Virtual Professional Development, and Virtual Field Trip. All videos in this challenge can be found by visiting the NAAE YouTube channel (NatlAgEducators) and clicking on the “#NAAEBetterTogether Video Challenge” playlist. Voting will continue until 5 PM EST on June 15th. Each “like” on the original YouTube video will count as a vote. “Likes” on any other social media platform will not count, so be sure to watch each video and hit the “like” button on the YouTube video itself. Show these awesome teachers some support for their creativity! Find all the videos here!

Registration for NAAE Regional Conferences Is Now Available!
Information about registration is live on Communities of Practice. Be sure to read the instructions carefully. If you have any questions please contact Sarah Warren.

FFA


2020 National FFA Convention & Expo Housing Opens July 15
To help attendees and local hotel partners, the opening of all housing reservations for the 2020 National FFA Convention & Expo is now delayed until Wednesday, July 15. The no-penalty cancellation date for housing reservations will remain Wednesday, Aug. 19.

 

Updated Official FFA Manual Now Online
The new Official FFA Manual is available on FFA.org and includes the updated Federal Charter, constitution and bylaws, and more.  

Living to Serve Yearlong Grant Application 
Do you want to apply for a grant but are not sure what to do for a yearlong Living to Serve project? Here’s an interactive map of past projects to get ideas that address needs in one of four focus areas: community safety; hunger, health and nutrition; environmental responsibility; or community engagement. The application closes on June 15.

FFA Alumni

Remote Development Conferences
To continue to offer FFA advisors, staff, alumni and supporters an opportunity for professional development and idea sharing, National FFA Alumni and Supporters will be offering interactive Remote Development Conferences through Zoom at three different times this summer. The first online event will be held with one hour sessions at 3 p.m. EST June 8-12. For an agenda and Zoom meeting information, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc.

 

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. In this episode of Vets On Call: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
Mysteries of the Sentinel
Last week’s Friday Footnote about the optional FFA officers elicited some interesting dialogue and feedback so I have invited Dr. Jim Connors (University of Idaho) back to continue the conversation. Take it away Dr. Connors.  Thanks to input from several individuals and some additional research, this is a follow-up of the Friday… Read more here

CAST

Animal Science Specialist Anna Dilger loves research, teaching, and communicating about agriculture.

*** Friday, June 5, 2020:  Coping with COVID, spotting scams, livestock sustainability, and going crazy for peanut butter. 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.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

June 1, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

FFA


New SAE Resources Guide Now Available
This guide is designed to help teachers and advisors incorporate supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs) into their courses in the classroom and at a distance. (Word)(PDF).

Get Your Annual FFA Tee
The latest T-shirt in the Annual FFA Tee collection is now available on Shop FFA.  Add to your collection with the 2020-21 "For the Future, For All" tee for $12.50. Also available: the Annual FFA Tee Collector Pack featuring 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21 tees at a discounted price of $40. Start your collection today!

 

Living to Serve Chapter Challenge Open to Chapters and Individuals
Log your volunteer hours to help FFA reach 930,000 hours of service. See where your state ranks in the challenge. 

Connect with the Forever Blue Network 
National FFA just launched the FFA Forever Blue Network, an official professional networking and personal development platform for FFA members, advisors, alumni and supporters. Visit https://foreverbluenetwork.org to join and help strengthen our FFA community. 

FFA Alumni

FFA Alumni and Supporter Grant Applications
The second round of 2020 FFA Alumni and Supporter grant applications are due June 1st! Grants are available for starting and improving alumni and supporter chapters, partnering with students on projects and for paying for student affiliation fees, plant-science based projects or other agriculture program materials. These funds can be especially important for chapters that have missed out on their normal spring fundraisers. Grant applications can be found at www.ffa.org/alumnigrants and submitted to alumni@ffa.org

Remote Development Conferences
To continue to offer FFA advisors, staff, alumni and supporters an opportunity for professional development and idea sharing, National FFA Alumni and Supporters will be offering interactive Remote Development Conferences through Zoom at three different times this summer. The first online event will be held with one hour sessions at 3 p.m. EST June 8-12. For an agenda and Zoom meeting information, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc.

NAAE

2020 NAAE Convention Request for Proposals
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. If you are interested in presenting a workshop at the 2020 NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, follow this link to find out more details and submit your proposal. Proposals are to be submitted by Monday, June 1, 2020. Please contact Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program Manager, with any questions at afristoe.naae@uky.edu.

NAAE Award Judging Committee Members Needed
Each year, NAAE judges its member awards virtually through our national NAAE Award Judging committees.  Committee members must be NAAE members and will be notified by June 15th of their judging assignments.  Final scores will be required to be submitted to NAAE no later than June 30th.  If you would like to be a part of the committee this year, please click here to sign up by Monday, June 8th.

Registration Info Coming Soon!

Registration for NAAE Convention and ACTE CareerTech VISION is open!
Information about registration is live on our website. Be sure to read the instructions carefully, as they have changed this year. The NAAE registration rate and the NAAE student member rate will only be visible at the NAAE link. NAAE Convention will take place at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN, December 2 – 5th, 2020.

If you have any questions please contact Sarah Warren.

CASE Institute Cancelations & Virtual Options
All CASE Institutes have been canceled until August 31st because of COVID-19. If you were registered for a CASE Institute, you are eligible to request CASE Probationary Status due to Covido-19 cancellations. For more information about the Probationary Status and what Virtual options for CASE professional development are available, go to the CASE website.

 

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. In this episode of Vets On Call: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

Do you need online lesson content ideas? We can help!
Realityworks' subject matter experts have recorded several on-demand presentations on teaching lessons from our top agriculture learning aids in an e-learning environment. You don't need our learning aids to benefit from these webinars, but you will get the handouts and activities you need to facilitate each lesson online. You’ll also learn how our learning aids can be used to add a hands-on learning component if desired.

Topics include vet science, plant science, animal science, bovine skills and more. See all of 10 webinars we created for online teaching here.

Friday Footnotes
Non-Constitutional FFA Officers
It is a pleasure to welcome Dr. Jim Connors from the University of Idaho back for another Friday Footnote appearance. I hope you enjoy reading this Footnote as much as I did. FFA members and advisors are well aware of the traditional FFA officers that chapters have elected for decades.  These include the President, Vice President, Secretary,… Read more here

CAST

CAST’s Education Program includes 18 top-ranked universities.

*** Friday, May 29, 2020:  Universities adapt to new challenges, food programs get support from many sources, and a toddler in a red hat seems ready to win Celebrity Cook-Off. 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.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

May 18, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

NAAE

Celebrate the Future of Agricultural Education
Join the NAAE National Teach Ag Campaign to recognize our incoming class of future agriculture teachers and our graduating class of new agriculture teachers during two live interactive and inspirational virtual events.

We hope you'll join us on May 28 at 1:30 p.m. for our Agricultural Education Major Declaration Ceremony and May 29 at 1:30 p.m. for our Agricultural Education Graduation Ceremony. Register today!

 

Click here for more info and to register! #TeachAg 

Registration for NAAE Convention and ACTE CareerTech VISION is open!
Information about registration is live on our website. Be sure to read the instructions carefully, as they have changed this year. The NAAE registration rate and the NAAE student member rate will only be visible at theNAAE link. NAAE Convention will take place at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN, December 2 – 5th, 2020.

If you have any questions please contact Sarah Warren.

2020 NAAE Convention Request for Proposals
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. If you are interested in presenting a workshop at the 2020 NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, follow this link to find out more details and submit your proposal. Proposals are to be submitted by Monday, June 1, 2020. Please contact Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program Manager, with any questions at afristoe.naae@uky.edu.

CASE Institute Cancelations & Virtual Options
All CASE Institutes have been canceled until August 31st because of COVID-19. If you were registered for a CASE Institute, you are eligible to request CASE Probationary Status due to Covido-19 cancellations. For more information about the Probationary Status and what Virtual options for CASE professional development are available, go to the CASE website.

 

#NAAEBetterTogether Video Challenge
Calling all Ag Ed superstars! Do you have an awesome idea you’d love to share with the world? Are you doing something cool in your corner of the country and think others should see it? Join us this month for the #NAAEBetterTogether Video Challenge and showcase your knowledge, skill and talent to your fellow Ag teachers! There are 3 categories to submit videos: Ag Teacher Hacks, Virtual PD, and Virtual Field Trip (see Official Rules for details). Get creative, the sky is truly the limit here! All videos will be uploaded to the NAAE YouTube page (NatlAgEducators), forming a plethora of resources to use for yourself and in your classrooms. This is a fun opportunity to earn professional development credit! Submissions to the Ag Teacher Hack category will earn an hour of PD credit, while submissions to the Virtual PD or Virtual Field Trip can earn two PD credit hours. For more information please visit the #NAAEBetterTogether Video Challenge Communities of Practice page.

Alltech ONE Virtual Experience
You are invited to participate in the Alltech ONE Virtual Experience. Use code ACVT20 at registration now to waive the fee for a full year of amazing content, including the key note speakers mentioned below, and on-demand content perfect for the classroom. New items will be added monthly.

Click here to join us!

FFA


New SAE Resources Available
Ten new SAE video lessons are now available. The lessons cover SAEs on vermicomposting, backyard chickens, clams, school recycling and more. All lessons have accompanying worksheets and can be accessed here.

 

Living to Serve Chapter Challenge Open to Chapters and Individuals
Log your volunteer hours to help FFA reach 930,000 hours of service. See where your state ranks in the challenge. 

 

Living to Serve Yearlong Grant Application Open
You can apply for up to $3,000.

 

Connect With the Forever Blue Network 
National FFA just launched the FFA Forever Blue Network, an official professional networking and personal development platform for FFA members, advisors, alumni and supporters. Visit https://foreverbluenetwork.org to join and help strengthen our FFA community. 

 

Learn and Play Microsoft Style
Looking for resources to engage in agricultural content while playing a game? Check out Microsoft’s Minecraft: Education Edition. This game-based learning platform builds STEM skills, unleashes creativity and engages students in collaboration and problem-solving. Join us through Owl Chat on Wednesday, May 20, at 1 p.m. EDT.

FFA Alumni

Forever Blue Network
The National FFA Organization is excited to announce the FFA Forever Blue Network – an official professional networking and personal development platform for FFA members, alumni and supporters. Visit https://foreverbluenetwork.org to join the Forever Blue Network and help strengthen our FFA community!

Remote Development Conferences
To continue to offer FFA advisors, staff, alumni and supporters an opportunity for professional development and idea sharing, National FFA Alumni and Supporters will be offering interactive Remote Development Conferences through Zoom at three different times this summer. The first online event will be held with one hour sessions at 3 p.m. EST June 8-12. For an agenda and Zoom meeting information, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc.

FFA Alumni and Supporter Grant Applications
The second round of 2020 FFA Alumni and Supporter grant applications are due June 1st! Grants are available for starting and improving alumni and supporter chapters, partnering with students on projects and for paying for student affiliation fees, plant-science based projects or other agriculture program materials. These funds can be especially important for chapters that have missed out on their normal spring fundraisers. Grant applications can be found at www.ffa.org/alumnigrants and submitted to alumni@ffa.org

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. In this episode of Vets On Call: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
Much More Than Chocolate
Recently the Friday Footnote visited Cal Farley’s Boy Ranch in Texas and we have also learned about the Idaho Industrial Institute. This week we will visit a unique school in Pennsylvania. We welcome Nicholas Isenberg, an agriculture teacher at the Milton Hershey School as our guest columnist. Milton Hershey School By Nicholas Isenberg Everyone… Read more here

CAST

Alexa Lamm is the 2020 Borlaug CAST Communication Award winner.

*** Friday, May 15, 2020:  Alexa Lamm named Borlaug CAST Communication Award winner, many programs help get food from farm to consumer, and the deadliest animals on Earth are definitely not sharks. 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.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

May 11, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

FFA

Showcase Your Talent
Apply for the 2020 National FFA Band, Chorus, and Talent programs. Applications consist of a written section, video audition, advisor approval and $25 application fee. Applications are due July 15, 2020. For more information and to apply, click here. For questions, contact bct@ffa.org

 

Try These New Classroom Resources 
Looking for classroom resources aligned to educational standards? Explore combating food insecurity and food and ag literacy resources geared to the middle school classroom or intro-level ag classes. 

Extended Deadline — Grants for Growing 
Have you already started a Grants for Growing application? If not, you still have time.  We have extended the application due date to May 15. Middle and high school FFA chapters may apply for up to $5,000 to grow their classroom, grow their chapter or grow their ag awareness. Access the application and complete it before the deadline. Email questions to gfg@ffa.org.

Living to Serve Yearlong Grant Application Now Open 
Start the new school year with purpose and funding up to $3,000 to support your chapter’s service-learning efforts. Middle and high school FFA chapters may apply for funding to support yearlong service-learning projects that address authentic community needs. Access the application and apply by June 15. Email questions to lts@ffa.org

 

Living to Serve Chapter Challenge Open to Chapters and Individuals
Service and volunteerism are more important than ever, and FFA chapters and individual members are stepping up to the new challenges their communities face. Find resources to inspire you to act and log your service hours to inspire others. #FFAChallengeAccepted

FFA Alumni

Forever Blue Network
The National FFA Organization is excited to announce the FFA Forever Blue Network – an official professional networking and personal development platform for FFA members, alumni and supporters. Visit https://foreverbluenetwork.org to join the Forever Blue Network and help strengthen our FFA community!

Remote Development Conferences
To continue to offer FFA advisors, staff, alumni and supporters an opportunity for professional development and idea sharing, National FFA Alumni and Supporters will be offering interactive Remote Development Conferences through Zoom at three different times this summer. The first online event will be held with one hour sessions at 3 p.m. EST June 8-12. For an agenda and Zoom meeting information, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc.

FFA Alumni and Supporter Grant Applications
The second round of 2020 FFA Alumni and Supporter grant applications are due June 1st! Grants are available for starting and improving alumni and supporter chapters, partnering with students on projects and for paying for student affiliation fees, plant-science based projects or other agriculture program materials. These funds can be especially important for chapters that have missed out on their normal spring fundraisers. Grant applications can be found at www.ffa.org/alumnigrants and submitted to alumni@ffa.org

NAAE

Registration for NAAE Convention and ACTE CareerTech VISION is open!
Information about registration is live on our website. Be sure to read the instructions carefully, as they have changed this year. The NAAE registration rate and the NAAE student member rate will only be visible at theNAAE link. NAAE Convention will take place at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN, December 2 – 5th, 2020.

If you have any questions please contact Sarah Warren.

2020 NAAE Convention Request for Proposals
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. If you are interested in presenting a workshop at the 2020 NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, follow this link to find out more details and submit your proposal. Proposals are to be submitted by Monday, June 1, 2020. Please contact Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program Manager, with any questions at afristoe.naae@uky.edu.

CASE Institute Cancelations & Virtual Options
All CASE Institutes have been canceled until August 31st because of COVID-19. If you were registered for a CASE Institute, you are eligible to request CASE Probationary Status due to Covido-19 cancellations. For more information about the Probationary Status and what Virtual options for CASE professional development are available, go to the CASE website.

 

#NAAEBetterTogether Video Challenge
Calling all Ag Ed superstars! Do you have an awesome idea you’d love to share with the world? Are you doing something cool in your corner of the country and think others should see it? Join us this month for the #NAAEBetterTogether Video Challenge and showcase your knowledge, skill and talent to your fellow Ag teachers! There are 3 categories to submit videos: Ag Teacher Hacks, Virtual PD, and Virtual Field Trip (see Official Rules for details). Get creative, the sky is truly the limit here! All videos will be uploaded to the NAAE YouTube page (NatlAgEducators), forming a plethora of resources to use for yourself and in your classrooms. This is a fun opportunity to earn professional development credit! Submissions to the Ag Teacher Hack category will earn an hour of PD credit, while submissions to the Virtual PD or Virtual Field Trip can earn two PD credit hours. For more information please visit the #NAAEBetterTogether Video Challenge Communities of Practice page.

 

Free Hydroponics Grow Guide
Are you contemplating starting a hydroponics program in your school or classroom? Realityworks’ subject matter experts created a free guide to help you get started. Use it to learn the benefits of hydroponics, how hydroponics systems work and what you need to start growing fresh, healthy food in your classroom. The guide also includes a free poster on the impact of classroom gardens. Get your guide 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. In this episode of Vets On Call: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
Distance Learning in Agriculture - 1940s Style
It is a pleasure to welcome David Laatsch, retired Agriculture Teacher from Beaver Dam, WI as the guest columnist for this week’s Friday Footnote: National Farm Youth Foundation – Distance Learning in the 1940’s by David Laatsch, retired Agriculture Teacher, Beaver Dam, WI Our national and international response to Covid-19 has caused teachers to… Read more here

CAST

On the menu—meat issues.

*** Friday, May 8, 2020:  Food supply issues focus on meat, universities stay active during the crisis, trade possibilities surface, and a murder hornet creates a buzz. 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.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

May 4, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

NAAE

CASE Institute Cancelations & Virtual Options
All CASE Institutes have been canceled until August 31st because of COVID-19. If you were registered for a CASE Institute, you are eligible to request CASE Probationary Status due to Covido-19 cancellations. For more information about the Probationary Status and what Virtual options for CASE professional development are available, go to the CASE website.

 

#NAAEBetterTogether Video Challenge
Calling all Ag Ed superstars! Do you have an awesome idea you’d love to share with the world? Are you doing something cool in your corner of the country and think others should see it? Join us this month for the #NAAEBetterTogether Video Challenge and showcase your knowledge, skill and talent to your fellow Ag teachers! There are 3 categories to submit videos: Ag Teacher Hacks, Virtual PD, and Virtual Field Trip (see Official Rules for details). Get creative, the sky is truly the limit here! All videos will be uploaded to the NAAE YouTube page (NatlAgEducators), forming a plethora of resources to use for yourself and in your classrooms. For more information please visit the #NAAEBetterTogether Video Challenge Communities of Practice page, or email Sarah Warren.

Lincoln Electric Gives Away Two Welders
Lincoln Electric has partnered with NAAE to giveaway two SP-180T MIG Welders, the winners are Charles Mann and Cheyenne Ketterling!  The partnership with Lincoln Electric comes through the #NAAEBetterTogether Beyond the Madness Bracket Challenge, where the Arc Welder won as the best ag teacher tool. The #NAAEBetterTogether Campaign has focused on uniting agricultural educators from across the country during this new time of social distancing. The campaign has offered opportunities for ag teachers to engage, connect and grow through professional development, wellness activities and fun polls. To learn more about the #NAAEBetterTogether Campaign, visit our Facebook page and to learn more about Lincoln Electric, visit their website.

NAAE Professional Development Online Series:
TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2020, 1:30 PM EASTERN
Planning your Next Year's POA Using the Strategic Plan System in AET
Click here to register in advance for this session.

THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2020, 1:30 PM EASTERN
FFA Resources You Can Use at a Distance
Click here to register in advance for this session.

For more information about our online professional development series or to see the full up coming schedule please click here!

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!

FFA

Shop FFA Distribution Center Set to Reopen
We expect the Shop FFA distribution center in Ohio to reopen Monday, May 4, while adhering to updated policies established by the governor of Ohio. Orders placed while the center has been closed will be processed in order of receipt. If you have a pending order, please make sure your shipping address can receive the shipment. Contact Shop FFA customer service by phone, 888-332-2668, to adjust your shipping address, if necessary.

Extended Deadline — Grants for Growing 
Have you already started a Grants for Growing application? If not, you still have time.  We have extended the application due date to May 15. Middle and high school FFA chapters may apply for up to $5,000 to grow their classroom, grow their chapter or grow their ag awareness. Access the application and complete it before the deadline. Email questions to gfg@ffa.org.

 

Living to Serve Yearlong Grant Application Now Open 
Start the new school year with purpose and funding up to $3,000 to support your chapter’s service-learning efforts. Middle and high school FFA chapters may apply for funding to support yearlong service-learning projects that address authentic community needs. Access the application and apply by June 15. Email questions to lts@ffa.org

 

Living to Serve Chapter Challenge Open to Chapters and Individuals
Service and volunteerism are more important than ever, and FFA chapters and individual members are stepping up to the new challenges their communities face. Find resources to inspire you to act and log your service hours to inspire others. #FFAChallengeAccepted

Nominate FFA Members to Serve on National Nominating Committee
The National Officer Candidate Application and Nominating Committee Nomination Form are now open. The nominating committee plays a crucial role in advancing the future of FFA as they work to select the next six individuals to lead our organization. To be eligible to serve on the committee, an individual must be an active FFA member nominated by a mentor or peer. If you know someone who would make a great member of the committee, nominate them here. Nominations are due on July 15Committee member applications are due Aug. 1, and candidate applications are due Sept. 1. Direct questions to nomcom@ffa.org. 

 

NEW—FFA Blue 365 Lesson Plan and Case Study
Case Study Part 3 and the final  FFA Blue 365 lesson are now available. Visit FFA.org for more information on FFA Blue 365.

FFA Alumni

FFA Alumni and Supporter Grant Applications
The second round of 2020 FFA Alumni and Supporter grant applications are due June 1st! Grants are available for starting and improving alumni and supporter chapters, partnering with students on projects and for paying for student affiliation fees, plant-science based projects or other agriculture program materials. These funds can be especially important for chapters that have missed out on their normal spring fundraisers. Grant applications can be found at www.ffa.org/alumnigrants and submitted to alumni@ffa.org

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. In this episode of Vets On Call: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
We Have Been Here Before
Tommy High was a sophomore at Reddick High School in Florida in 1950 when it happened – he contracted polio. Tommy fought for his life. He was in the hospital for seven agonizing months. When he was released from the hospital he went home, to the farm, but he was 95% paralyzed. The family was faced with a large hospital bill ($3,800) but the Polio… Read more here

CAST

Food challenges, farmer decisions, and science breakthroughs.

*** Friday, May 1, 2020:  Food supply chain challenges, tough farmer decisions, and possible scientific breakthroughs. Cell cultured meat, a centenarian hero, and UFO videos. 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.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

April 20, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

NAAE

CASE Institute Cancelations
All CASE Institutes until June 30th have been canceled because of COVID-19. For more information about which Institutes have been canceled and how to transfer/cancel your existing registration go to the CASE website.

NAAE Professional Development Online Series:
THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2020, 1:30 PM EASTERN
Shifting Over: How We Let Students Drive Agriscience Inquiry at a Distance
Click here to register in advance for this session.

TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2020, 1:30 PM EASTERN
Digital Resources for Hands-On Activities- Animal Handling for Safe Student Interactions
Click here to register in advance for this session.

For more information about our online professional development series or to see the full up coming schedule please click here!

It's Not Too Late to Join the NAAE Book Club!
You can still sign up for the NAAE Virtual Book Club. Come explore the unknown as we read Marching Off the Map, by Tim Elmore. The book’s tagline is “Inspire Students to Navigate a Brand New World” – this is sure to be timely and relevant, you won’t want to miss it! Together we will traverse the uncharted territory where this current generation lives, and set sail for success on this educational adventure. You will have the opportunity to earn up to 12 hours of professional development credit, as well as connect and share resources with ag teachers across the country. Visit the NAAE Virtual Book Club page on Communities of Practice for more information on how to register and join the group, as well as book purchasing options. Feel free to reach out to Sarah Warren if you have any questions!

Award Application Extended to June 1
NAAE has extended their 2020 award applications to June 1st. You can find our applications on the awards page of our website. Click here to apply!

Looking for virtual Ag content? 
We took lessons from our most popular bovine and animal models, then hosted two webinars showing you how to facilitate the lessons for an e-learning environment. Both presentations are now available on-demand on our website, along with the handouts and activities you need to facilitate each lesson. No Realityworks products? No problem. You can still use these lessons in your own classroom. Click here to watch these on-demand presentations!

NAAE April 2020 Wellness Calendar
Join NAAE in a month of physical and mental health with our April 2020 Wellness calendar! Share with us how you are following along with the calendar using the hashtag #NAAEBetterTogether on Social Media for a chance to be featured and win cool prizes. 

#NAAEBetterTogether

FFA


Interested in Presenting Quality Workshops to FFA Members or Advisors?
We are selecting presenters to deliver workshops at the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Workshop presenters can either present to students or teachers. Submitted workshop applications are selected based on the quality of content, and we’re open to unique workshop topics. Need ideas for topics? At the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo, students said they’d like to see workshops about animal care, addressing problems in agriculture, agribusiness, bullying issues, community service, supervised agricultural experiences, diversity, time management and becoming a leader. Students like interactive activities in the workshops. Teachers said they would like to see workshops about horticulture, technology, precision agriculture, agriculture business, career development events, STEM and hands-on workshops. Apply today to facilitate before the application closes June 15. (If applying as a collegiate presenter, click here). 

Living to Serve Yearlong Grant Application Now Open
Do you want to engage students in experiential learning while meeting needs in your community? Start the new school year off with funding up to $3,000. Middle and high school FFA chapters may apply for funding to support yearlong service-learning projects that address authentic community needs. Access the application and apply on or before June 15. Email questions to LTS@ffa.org

 

Grants for Growing Application Closing Soon
What could your FFA chapter and ag program do with $5,000? Middle and high school FFA chapters may apply to grow their classroom, grow their chapter, or grow their ag awareness. Access the application and be sure to submit by May 1. Email questions to GFG@ffa.org

 

Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grants
To support FFA chapters that are still meeting virtually or in small groups, FFA will leave the Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grants open. On the first of each month, the local engagement team will review submitted applications for funding up to $400. Apply now at FFA.org/LivingToServe/Grants.

 

Living to Serve Chapter Challenge — How Are You Living to Serve?
Service and volunteerism are more important than ever, and FFA chapters and individual members are stepping up to the new challenges their communities face. Find resources to inspire you to act and log your service hours to inspire others. #FFAChallengeAccepted

 

Tips and Tricks for Distance Learning
Check out these tips and tricks to make National FFA educator resources more usable at a distance. Choose the resources that match your distance learning needs.

212°/360° Facilitator Applications Open
If you’re passionate about leadership development, have strong facilitation skills and want an opportunity to grow, then now is the time to be a 212° and 360° conference facilitator. This past season, 212°/360° facilitators impacted the lives of more than 6,000 students in 18 states. Applications close on April 24 and can be found on the FFA Careers webpage.

 

Building Momentum: National FFA Foundation Annual Report 
With the recent challenges the world is facing during the COVID-19 pandemic, our appreciation goes out to our supporters now more than ever as FFA continues to grow the next generation of leaders. The National FFA Foundation Annual Report for the fiscal year 2019 is now online. We hope that you find inspiration in the stories of impact and joy in the reflections on success.

FFA Alumni

FFA Educational Enrichment Program
Looking for online learning opportunities? Students and Alumni members can use the FFA Educational Enrichment Program for a free $300 value college planning session and access to discounted online courses transferrable to over 1,000 colleges and universities. To learn more, visit www.Pearson.com/FFA.

Emergency Meals-to-You Partnership

The Emergency Meals-to-You program is a public-private partnership between USDA, Baylor Collaborative on Hunger, McLane Global, PepsiCo and others. It is designed for home delivery of free shelf-stable, nutritious meals to students in rural areas, missing school due to COVID-19.

Their immediate priority is to ensure that school districts and individuals in rural areas of the country are aware of this program and sign up to receive assistance through MealsToYou.org

They need your help in spreading the word. They would appreciate if you shared information about the Emergency Meals-to-You program with your school contacts and/or on social media, as they work to increase awareness and drive enrollment so that no child has to go hungry during this challenging time.

School Districts 

To be eligible to participate in the program, school districts must meet the following requirements:

  • Participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP),
  • Have at least 50% of enrollment eligible for free or reduced-priced meals (FRP),
  • Have an announced closure of at least four weeks (not counting spring break), and
  • Fall under the designation of rural area (can be checked here: https://www.fns.usda.gov/rural-designation).

ACTE Ag Ed Division Webinar Recordings
The webinar is now live and ready to view on the following web pages along with the chat in PDF and a direct link to the video. 

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. In this episode of Vets On Call: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
Idaho Industrial Institute
A few weeks ago we visited Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch in Texas. Today we will learn about a different type of agricultural school further west – the Idaho Industrial School.  It is a pleasure to welcome back Dr. Jim Connors from the University of Idaho as the guest columnist. So take it away Dr. Connors.   The Idaho Industrial School During the late… Read more here

CAST

Home gardens are blooming in the shadow of the pandemic.

*** Friday, April 17, 2020:  Home gardens are flourishing, food supply chains face challenges, and aid programs provide some help. Pizza groundhog, a high-jumping canine, and a rogue delivery van. 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.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

April 6, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

NAAE

NAAE Professional Development Online Series: 
THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2020, 1:30 PM EASTERN 

Understanding Bias – Agricultural Education for All

Presenter: Dr. Roger Cleveland, Millennium Learning Concepts, Lexington, KY

Implicit Bias or Unconscious bias is a thought process that guides our preference for a social group that is often automatic. Implicit bias is shaped by individual’s experiences, perceptions, and upbringing, everyone has some form of unconscious bias. Recent studies have shown that this bias also exist in educators and our biases can have a significant impact on student achievement and teacher effectiveness. This session will allow participants to explore and assess their own unconscious biases and examine approaches that can assist in creating an inclusive learning environment for all. Register for this free online professional development!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For more information about our online professional development series or to see the full up coming schedule please click here!

Apply to be a National Teach Ag Ambassador!
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2020 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 25-30 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level. Click here to apply by April 10th!

Full Access to AgEdNet.com!
With schools suspending classes in response to the COVID-19 situation, we know that many will most likely be scrambling for online and remote resources for your students. We can only imagine how stressful this must be. We want to help you and all students any way we can.

To provide support during this difficult time we will provide full access to AgEdNet.com to all agriculture programs across United States. We will provide this free access through Thursday, April 30. This will be unlimited and simultaneous access for you and your students anywhere you have internet access. Use the resources in whatever way helps you the most. Our only request is that our offer is not abused and at the end of this period you delete all downloaded material.

Click here complete the download and passwords will be sent to you.

NAAE Virtual Book Club Is Kicking Off Early!
The NAAE Virtual Book Club will start on April 15th this year. Get ready to explore the unknown as we read Marching Off the Map, by Tim Elmore. The book’s tagline is “Inspire Students to Navigate a Brand New World” – this is sure to be timely and relevant, you won’t want to miss it! Together we will traverse the uncharted territory where this current generation lives, and set sail for success on this educational adventure. You will have the opportunity to earn up to 12 hours of professional development credit, as well as connect and share resources with ag teachers across the country. Visit the NAAE Virtual Book Club page on Communities of Practice for more information on how to register and join the group, as well as book purchasing options. Feel free to reach out to Sarah Warren if you have any questions!

ACTE AG Education Division Update Webinar
On apr 8, 2020 01:00 PM eastern time the Association for Career and Technical Education, National Association for Agricultural Educators, National FFA, and the National Council for Agricultural Education have joined forces to host a live event featuring a panel of experts focused on the current state of Agricultural Education. While no one has all the answers, we will share what we know, take questions, and are eager to learn from other participants about your promising practices in the era of COVID-19. Register here!

If you have any question please contact Scott Stone

Award Application Extended to June 1
NAAE has extended their 2020 award applications to June 1st. You can find our applications on the awards page of our website. Click here to apply!

NAAE April 2020 Wellness Calendar
Join NAAE in a month of physical and mental health with our April 2020 Wellness calendar! Share with us how you are following along with the calendar using the hashtag #NAAEBetterTogether on Social Media for a chance to be featured and win cool prizes. 

#NAAEBetterTogether

FFA

Living to Serve Chapter Challenge – New Resources
FFA chapters and members are stepping up amid the new challenges their communities are facing. To ensure the needs of our friends, neighbors and communities are being met, FFA has developed a list of ideas to help you continue living to serve. Share your stories of service and log your service hours at FFA.org/ChallengeAccepted. Together we can make a difference.

AgExplorer Virtual Field Trips and Student Handouts Available
Over the past few years, we’ve taken virtual field trips to major U.S. agriculture companies via AgExplorer. Student handouts are available to accompany these learning opportunities and are specifically designed to be added to learning management systems or other e-learning platforms. 

Two Valuable Virtual Resources Available
Looking to make connections between careers, FFA, supervised agricultural experiences, and the industry throughout the entire Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) Value Chain? Check out this newest resource that highlights each step of the AFNR Value Chain and connects students with current content and careers. 

 

If you want more about the agricultural process and sustainability throughout the value chain, check out the brand new Sustainability in Agriculture Lesson Series, sponsored by Valent, to help students understand how sustainability plays an essential role throughout agriculture.

FFA Alumni

FFA Educational Enrichment Program
Looking for online learning opportunities? Students and Alumni members can use the FFA Educational Enrichment Program for a free $300 value college planning session and access to discounted online courses transferrable to over 1,000 colleges and universities. To learn more, visit www.Pearson.com/FFA.

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. In this episode of Vets On Call: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
Where Did Thomas Jefferson Go?
Since the founding of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) Thomas Jefferson (and George Washington) have been associated with the organization. For decades a picture of Thomas Jefferson was listed in the FFA Manual as part of the paraphernalia for chapter meetings. The Greenhand initiation ceremony included a paragraph about Thomas Jefferson. But… Read more here

CAST

Food animal veterinarians are crucial to the nation.

*** Friday, April 3, 2020:  Veterinarians are in the spotlight with a new publication and live webinar; many news items focus on agriculture and the pandemic; and delivery dogs are having their day. 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.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

March 30, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

FFA

FFA Scholarships Update
This year’s scholarship recipients will receive a notification via email on May 1, as well as a written notification by May 15. The award letter will also provide information on how to call in to accept the scholarship if a student does not have access to the Internet. Visit FFA.org/Scholarships for up-to-date information.

Living to Serve Chapter Challenge – Now Open to Individuals
Service and volunteerism are more critical than ever during this nationwide crisis. You can still provide service while practicing social distancing. To ensure that the needs of our friends and neighbors are being met, the Living to Serve Chapter Challenge is now open to individuals to log their service hours, share their stories and inspire others to take action. For resources, visit FFA.org/ChallengeAccepted.

Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grants Extended
To support FFA chapters that are still meeting virtually or in small groups, FFA will be leaving the Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grants open to support local service efforts. The first of each month, the local engagement team will review submitted applications for funding up to $400. Apply now at FFA.org/LivingToServe/Grants.

Two Valuable Virtual Resources Available
Looking to make connections between careers, FFA, supervised agricultural experiences, and the industry throughout the entire Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) Value Chain? Check out this newest resource that highlights each step of the AFNR Value Chain and connects students with current content and careers. 

 

If you want more about the agricultural process and sustainability throughout the value chain, check out the brand newSustainability in Agriculture Lesson Series, sponsored by Valent, to help students understand how sustainability plays an essential role throughout agriculture

Virtual National Ag Day Resources Now Online
The virtual National Ag Day training resources are available for advisors and state staff to use. The videos and handouts from each session can be found here. Videos are available for download and streaming. Topics include advocacy, government interactions, building your story and elevator pitch, as well as a review of the agriculture, food and natural resources value chain.

Committee Members Needed
The SAE awards and grants committee is seeking two new members with strong backgrounds in supervised agricultural experiences and SAE-based programs. FFA state staff, chapter advisors, teacher educators, alumni and supporters are welcome. If interested, review the position description and submit a resume and letter of interest no later than April 15 to Brett Evans.

FFA Alumni

FFA Educational Enrichment Program
Looking for online learning opportunities? Students and Alumni members can use the FFA Educational Enrichment Program for a free $300 value college planning session and access to discounted online courses transferrable to over 1,000 colleges and universities. To learn more, visit www.Pearson.com/FFA.

NAAE

NAAE Professional Development Online Series: 
Tuesday, March 31st, 1:30 PM EASTERN TIME

Using AET to grade your students SAE projects Online and Reports to Share with Your School Admin! Presenter: Dr. Roger Hanagriff, Texas A&M University Kingsville

Need a way during this isolation experiment to review your student's SAEs and give them some feedback....while at the same time documenting your efforts for your school administration?  We have got a system for you!  This session will cover how you can review your student's SAE plan, records, and their annual reflection and quickly connect online to review their project. This process also allows you to review SAE skills they have recorded and provided them an assessment on each academic skill, which also creates a teacher journaled SAE visit that you can print and share with your CTE leadership to illustrate how you are working with your students.  We will also plan for questions on other topics, so be sure to attend! Register for this free online professional development!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Apply to be a National Teach Ag Ambassador!
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2020 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 25-30 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level. Click here to apply by April 10th!

Full Access to AgEdNet.com!
With schools suspending classes in response to the COVID-19 situation, we know that many will most likely be scrambling for online and remote resources for your students. We can only imagine how stressful this must be. We want to help you and all students any way we can.

To provide support during this difficult time we will provide full access to AgEdNet.com to all agriculture programs across United States. We will provide this free access through Thursday, April 30. This will be unlimited and simultaneous access for you and your students anywhere you have internet access. Use the resources in whatever way helps you the most. Our only request is that our offer is not abused and at the end of this period you delete all downloaded material.

Click here complete the download and passwords will be sent to you.

NAAE Virtual Book Club Is Kicking Off Early!
The NAAE Virtual Book Club will start on April 15th this year. Get ready to explore the unknown as we read Marching Off the Map, by Tim Elmore. The book’s tagline is “Inspire Students to Navigate a Brand New World” – this is sure to be timely and relevant, you won’t want to miss it! Together we will traverse the uncharted territory where this current generation lives, and set sail for success on this educational adventure. You will have the opportunity to earn up to 12 hours of professional development credit, as well as connect and share resources with ag teachers across the country. Visit the NAAE Virtual Book Club page on Communities of Practice for more information on how to register and join the group, as well as book purchasing options. Feel free to reach out to Sarah Warren if you have any questions!

ACTE Ag Education Division Vice President Election Coming Up!
Fellow Ag Educators, we are seeking nominations from AAAE members who are willing to serve as the ACTE Ag Education Division Vice President on the ACTE Board of Directors. This will be a 3-year term that begins in July of 2021. 

If you have any question please contact Scott Stone

Award Application Extended to June 1
NAAE has extended their 2020 award applications to June 1st. You can find our applications on the awards page of our website. Click here to apply!

NAAE Online/Distance Learning Communities of Practice
As we enter a new era in education, we are faced with learning new ways to teach our students overnight.  We have worked to develop an place where ag teachers can go to find resources for online/distant learning.   As you find resources that would be helpful for other ag teachers, please share in this community because we are better when we work together. 

#NAAEBetterTogether

Bloom for Good Wants to Work with Your Local FFA Chapter!

Bloom for Good is partnering with the National FFA to support ag programs. This is a great opportunity for local chapters, as 70 percent of the proceeds will go directly back into your local chapter. Your chapter can buy the cards for $3, sell them for $10 and with 30 days before the the money is due back to Bloom, you would not have to pay any up front fees!

The cards will have access to over 370,000 vendors across the country, a $100 travel voucher through the travel program and if your local area doesn’t have many options available, the local restaurants and vendors can be added at no cost.

“Bloom believes in the future of agriculture and in the future of our local agriculture departments and developed this program to help provide financial stability to chapters across the country.”

If you would like to learn more, please click this link to watch a video!

If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please click this link!

Free webinar:  Delivering Activities from Bovine Curriculum Online
Join us on Thursday, April 2 at 2pm CST to discover engaging ways to teach your students the basics of bovine digestion, proper AI technique and proper injection sites– without leaving your computer. In this free, 45-minute webinar, Realityworks Product Manager Jamey McIntosh will review lessons from 3 of our bovine learning aids -- but you don't need the learning aids to benefit from this presentation. You’ll receive the handouts and activities you need to facilitate the lesson for an e-learning environment. You’ll also learn how each model or simulator can be used to add a hands-on learning component if desired. Learn more and register 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. In this episode of Vets On Call: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
The Farm Cadets of New York
Many schools have canceled classes for an indefinite period of time because of the coronavirus outbreak. There was another era when students were excused from school for an extended period of time. The reason for the lapse in school was not because of health concerns; it was to work in agriculture to produce food during World War I. In this Friday… Read more here

CAST

Work-from-home situations can turn into doggone fun interruptions.

*** Friday, March 27, 2020:  Spring blooms arrive as pandemic gloom sets in; the CAST blog provides links about misinformation, food safety, and education; and work-from-home goes to the dogs. 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.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

March 23, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, emailOlivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

NAAE

Award Application Extended to June 1
NAAE has extended their 2020 award applications to June 1st. You can find our applications on the awards page of our website. Click here to apply!

NAAE Online/Distance Learning Communities of Practice
As we enter a new era in education, we are faced with learning new ways to teach our students overnight.  We have worked to develop an place where ag teachers can go to find resources for online/distant learning.   As you find resources that would be helpful for other ag teachers, please share in this community because we are better when we work together. 

#NAAEBetterTogether

NAAE Professional Development Online Series: Using Volunteers to Keep Your Program on Target
Presenter: Rachel Sauvola, New Richmond High School, Wisconsin

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 1:30 PM Eastern time

During these times, ag educators are challenged to keep our programs growing. From greenhouses that need watered to learning labs that need attention. How can we keep it all together and not stress ourselves in the meantime. Come hear from Rachel Sauvola, ag teacher from New Richmond School District, on how using volunteers to relieve stress and the work load. This webinar topic can assist you now in the online/distance learning era but also as we get back to our new norm in the future. Click here to register to attend and earn professional development!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Full Access to AgEdNet.com!
With schools suspending classes in response to the COVID-19 situation, we know that many will most likely be scrambling for online and remote resources for your students. We can only imagine how stressful this must be. We want to help you and all students any way we can.

To provide support during this difficult time we will provide full access to AgEdNet.com to all agriculture programs across United States. We will provide this free access through Thursday, April 30. This will be unlimited and simultaneous access for you and your students anywhere you have internet access. Use the resources in whatever way helps you the most. Our only request is that our offer is not abused and at the end of this period you delete all downloaded material.

Click here complete the download and passwords will be sent to you.

NAAE Virtual Book Club Is Kicking Off Early!
The NAAE Virtual Book Club will start on April 15th this year. Get ready to explore the unknown as we read Marching Off the Map, by Tim Elmore. The book’s tagline is “Inspire Students to Navigate a Brand New World” – this is sure to be timely and relevant, you won’t want to miss it! Together we will traverse the uncharted territory where this current generation lives, and set sail for success on this educational adventure. You will have the opportunity to earn up to 12 hours of professional development credit, as well as connect and share resources with ag teachers across the country. Visit the NAAE Virtual Book Club page on Communities of Practice for more information on how to register and join the group, as well as book purchasing options. Feel free to reach out to Sarah Warren if you have any questions!

ACTE Ag Education Division Vice President Election Coming Up!
Fellow Ag Educators, we are seeking nominations from AAAE members who are willing to serve as the ACTE Ag Education Division Vice President on the ACTE Board of Directors. This will be a 3-year term that begins in July of 2021. 

The timeline is as follows:

  • Nominations for the election will begin April 1.  All nominations are accepted through the ACTE awards portal.  
  • Nominations for the election are due June 15. After ACTE receives all the applications we will review them for completeness and send you information on the next steps for your Region/Division nominating committee review process.  
  • In July your Region/Division nominating committees will interview all eligible nominees and select your slate in accordance with your policy manual. 
  • The final slates will be submitted by August 15.  
  • Voting will take place from December 4-January 4.

If you have any question please contact Scott Stone

FFA

National Ag Day Is March 24
In conjunction with National Ag Day, National FFA will provide virtual webinars on Monday, March 23, and Tuesday, March 24. Monday’s sessions will begin at 1 p.m. EDT and will include how to advocate and why it’s important; interacting with government officials; and how to build an elevator pitch. Tuesday’s sessions will focus on storytelling and identifying the audience you want to communicate with and give an in-depth look at the agriculture, food and natural resources value chain. Click here for more information about each session, including times and login details.

Resources Ideal for Your Virtual Classroom
Need quick lesson plans, videos, and worksheets? Check out this document that summarizes some of our top, free educator resources. You can also access an online version of the Official FFA Student Handbook free. The handbook is available alongside digital editions of our FFA New Horizons magazines or via PDF download. And, don’t forget to visit our online video center for videos to use in the classroom, including the new FFA New Horizons Video Library that features videos to go with popular magazine stories.

Committee Members Needed
The SAE awards and grants committee is seeking two new members with strong backgrounds in supervised agricultural experiences and SAE-based programs. FFA state staff, chapter advisors, teacher educators, alumni and supporters are welcome. If interested, review the position description and submit a resume and letter of interest no later than April 15 to Brett Evans.

Amended Washington Leadership Conference Cancellation Policy
All plans for the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) remain intact at this time. However, we have amended the previous 60-day cancellation policy. All registrants may now cancel for a full refund of WLC registration cost minus deposit up to 30 days in advance of their registered week. For WLC Week 1 that begins June 2, this means full refunds minus deposit are available until Tuesday, May 3. This amended 30-day timeline applies to all weeks of WLC and is based on each week’s check-in date.

Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grants – Always Open
What needs in your community could your FFA chapter address with a $400 Day of Service Mini-Grant? Middle school, high school and alumni chapters can apply today at FFA.org/LivingToServe/Grants. Applications are reviewed on the first day of every month with award notification by the 15th.

Sign Up to Be a Judge
Are you interested in serving as a judge for National FFA competitive events, awards, or supervised agricultural experience grants? Fill out this form to express your interest in online and on-site opportunities.

FFA Alumni

FFA Educational Enrichment Program
Looking for online learning opportunities? Students and Alumni members can use the FFA Educational Enrichment Program for a free $300 value college planning session and access to discounted online courses transferrable to over 1,000 colleges and universities. To learn more, visit www.Pearson.com/FFA.

Bloom for Good Wants to Work with Your Local FFA Chapter!

Bloom for Good is partnering with the National FFA to support ag programs. This is a great opportunity for local chapters, as 70 percent of the proceeds will go directly back into your local chapter. Your chapter can buy the cards for $3, sell them for $10 and with 30 days before the the money is due back to Bloom, you would not have to pay any up front fees!

The cards will have access to over 370,000 vendors across the country, a $100 travel voucher through the travel program and if your local area doesn’t have many options available, the local restaurants and vendors can be added at no cost.

“Bloom believes in the future of agriculture and in the future of our local agriculture departments and developed this program to help provide financial stability to chapters across the country.”

If you would like to learn more, please click this link to watch a video!

If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please click this link!

COVID-19 Updates From NAAE and FFA

Dear NAAE Colleagues:

In these extraordinary times, we are all facing many challenges. I wanted to reach out with a brief note about how NAAE is serving you in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak... click here to read more.

Dear Board Members, State Staff, Teachers and National FFA Staff,

The bulk of this week has been occupied by plans around COVID-19 and our response to the coronavirus. Our heart goes out to the individuals and families impacted by the virus. Despite everyone’s concerns over cancellations and postponements, I would ask that we keep the health and welfare of our neighbors and ourselves at the forefront. The list of school closings and state FFA convention cancellations/postponements is becoming quite long. The situation is very fluid, as you know, and things can change rapidly. As of now, we have taken the following actions in response to the pandemic:... click here to read more.

Free soft skills guide: 5 Ideas for Incorporating Soft Skills Into Any Classroom
Whatever career path your students chose, soft skills like communication, problem-solving and teamwork are vital for job success. We partnered with subject matter experts to assemble 5 ideas for incorporating soft skill lessons into your classroom, no matter what you teach. This free guide also includes 5 unique posters focused on the most desired soft skills in the workforce today. Get your soft skills guide 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. In this episode of Vets On Call: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
Three Boys Ranch Alumni
Last week we learned about Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch. This Friday we will learn about three boys who were residents at the Boys Ranch. Our guest columnist today is Chanda Neal, an agriculture teacher at Como-Pickton High School in Texas. She is a graduate of Tarleton State University and was an intern with the Texas FFA Foundation. She wrote the…Read more here

CAST

As education goes into a distance-learning mode, check Friday Notes for helpful links.

*** Friday, March 20, 2020:  Science, agriculture, and education enter a pandemic zone; CAST provides helpful links in this coronavirus era; and penguins take over the museum. 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.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

 

March 16, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020

March 30 - April 1
ACTE National Policy Seminar

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, emailOlivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

COVID-19 Updates From NAAE and FFA

Dear NAAE Colleagues:

In these extraordinary times, we are all facing many challenges. I wanted to reach out with a brief note about how NAAE is serving you in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak... click here to read more.

Dear Board Members, State Staff, Teachers and National FFA Staff,

 

The bulk of this week has been occupied by plans around COVID-19 and our response to the coronavirus. Our heart goes out to the individuals and families impacted by the virus. Despite everyone’s concerns over cancellations and postponements, I would ask that we keep the health and welfare of our neighbors and ourselves at the forefront. The list of school closings and state FFA convention cancellations/postponements is becoming quite long. The situation is very fluid, as you know, and things can change rapidly. As of now, we have taken the following actions in response to the pandemic:... click here to read more.

FFA

Amended Washington Leadership Conference Cancellation Policy
All plans for the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) remain intact at this time. However, we have amended the previous 60-day cancellation policy. All registrants may now cancel for a full refund of WLC registration cost minus deposit up to 30 days in advance of their registered week. For WLC Week 1 that begins June 2, this means full refunds minus deposit are available until Tuesday, May 3. This amended 30-day timeline applies to all weeks of WLC and is based on each week’s check-in date.

Check Out This Sustainability in Agriculture Lesson Series
Sustainability in agriculture is a critical topic for youth today to understand. Use this exciting new lesson series, sponsored by Valent USA, to teach students about how sustainability in agriculture is infused within all parts of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) Value Chain.

New Resource Now Available: AFNR Value Chain
Looking to make connections between careers, FFA, supervised agricultural experiences, and the industry throughout the entire AFNR Value Chain? Check out this new resourcethat highlights each step of the AFNR Value Chain and connects students with current content and careers.

Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grants – Always Open
What needs in your community could your FFA chapter address with a $400 Day of Service Mini-Grant? Middle school, high school and alumni chapters can apply today atFFA.org/LivingToServe/Grants. Applications are reviewed on the first day of every month with award notification by the 15th.

Congrats to Our Chapter Challenge February Winners
Join these amazing FFA chapters in our challenge to complete 930,000 volunteer hours by this year’s National FFA Convention & Expo. Log your service hours, get recognized, and inspire others!

  • Mount Pleasant FFA members in North Carolina aided in clean-up efforts of several homes that were devastated by a recent tornado.
  • Riverdale FFA members in Tennessee made, baked, and delivered bags of treats to the local animal shelter to kick off National FFA Week.

SAE Video of the Week
FFA member Sam Mills from Chiefland FFA in Florida knows a thing or two about pine straw thanks to his family’s business and a successful supervised agricultural experience baling it.

Register for WLC
Registration for the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) is now open. Several weeks in June are sold out, but there are still spots available in July for this life-changing experience. We do maintain a waitlist for this conference if the week you want to attend is full. VisitFFA.org/wlc to register and learn more about the conference. Direct questions to wlc@ffa.org.

Sign Up to Be a Judge
Are you interested in serving as a judge for National FFA competitive events, awards, or supervised agricultural experience grants? Fill out this form to express your interest in online and on-site opportunities.

Get Free Chapter Medals
The Free Chapter Medals Program officially ended in 2018-19, but free chapter medals and certificates are still available while supplies last. Visit here to learn more.

FFA Alumni

FFA Educational Enrichment Program
Looking for online learning opportunities? Students and Alumni members can use the FFA Educational Enrichment Program for a free $300 value college planning session and access to discounted online courses transferrable to over 1,000 colleges and universities. To learn more, visit www.Pearson.com/FFA.

NAAE

Now Open: STEM-t Up 2.0
STEM-it Up 2.0: Everything you need to know to get your Floriculture Curriculum in Bloom is looking for outstanding horticulture, floriculture, and plant science agriscience teachers!

STEM-it Up 2.0 is a three-day professional development seminar which includes content focused on STEM laboratory investigations in floriculture, curriculum on STEM in the plant science industries and careers, floral design techniques, plant and environmental science research laboratory visits, and industry tours. Teachers will learn from experienced teacher educators and scientists in the field of plant and environmental science, interact with industry experts, and spend time touring companies to gain a deeper understanding of the floral industry. Apply here!

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!

2020 Teach Ag Kit Host 
Teachers and teacher educators interested in being one of the many Teach Ag Day kit host sites for the 2020 National Teach Ag Day celebration are encouraged to submit their interest at this link no later than April 5, 2020. Selected sites will receive a celebration kit, valued at $100, to use on September 17 to engage directly with the National Teach Ag Day live webcast. Go to the interest link for more details. We are looking for at least 100 secondary and post-secondary sites, preferably one in every state.

2020 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

Many CASE Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Digital Learning/Certification Coordinator, Sara Cobb, regarding any additional questions.

Bloom for Good Wants to Work with Your Local FFA Chapter!

Bloom for Good is partnering with the National FFA to support ag programs. This is a great opportunity for local chapters, as 70 percent of the proceeds will go directly back into your local chapter. Your chapter can buy the cards for $3, sell them for $10 and with 30 days before the the money is due back to Bloom, you would not have to pay any up front fees!

The cards will have access to over 370,000 vendors across the country, a $100 travel voucher through the travel program and if your local area doesn’t have many options available, the local restaurants and vendors can be added at no cost.

“Bloom believes in the future of agriculture and in the future of our local agriculture departments and developed this program to help provide financial stability to chapters across the country.”

If you would like to learn more, please click this link to watch a video!

If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please click this link!

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. In this episode of Vets On Call: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
Cal Farley's Boys Ranch
You probably were not aware of an underlying theme in the last two Friday Footnotes. The Farm Boy Cavaliers, even though they were found in 30 states, got their start and was based in Minnesota. Last week we learned about the West Virginia FFA Ham, Bacon, and Egg Show and Sale. Today we are going to visit a unique agricultural education program… Read more here

CAST

Coronavirus ripple effects lead to a tidal wave of societal changes.

*** Friday, March 13, 2020:  Coronavirus shockwaves spread wide—including effects on science, agriculture, and education. Food safety links, ag research stories, and Pi Day gives us a chance to be irrational. 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.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

 

March 9, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020

March 30 - April 1
ACTE National Policy Seminar

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

 

Bloom for Good Wants to Work with Your Local FFA Chapter!

Bloom for Good is partnering with the National FFA to support ag programs. This is a great opportunity for local chapters, as 70 percent of the proceeds will go directly back into your local chapter. Your chapter can buy the cards for $3, sell them for $10 and with 30 days before the the money is due back to Bloom, you would not have to pay any up front fees!

The cards will have access to over 370,000 vendors across the country, a $100 travel voucher through the travel program and if your local area doesn’t have many options available, the local restaurants and vendors can be added at no cost.

“Bloom believes in the future of agriculture and in the future of our local agriculture departments and developed this program to help provide financial stability to chapters across the country.”

If you would like to learn more, please click this link to watch a video!

If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please click this link!

NAAE

Now Open: STEM-t Up 2.0
STEM-it Up 2.0: Everything you need to know to get your Floriculture Curriculum in Bloom is looking for outstanding horticulture, floriculture, and plant science agriscience teachers!

STEM-it Up 2.0 is a three-day professional development seminar which includes content focused on STEM laboratory investigations in floriculture, curriculum on STEM in the plant science industries and careers, floral design techniques, plant and environmental science research laboratory visits, and industry tours. Teachers will learn from experienced teacher educators and scientists in the field of plant and environmental science, interact with industry experts, and spend time touring companies to gain a deeper understanding of the floral industry. Apply here!

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!

2020 Teach Ag Kit Host 
Teachers and teacher educators interested in being one of the many Teach Ag Day kit host sites for the 2020 National Teach Ag Day celebration are encouraged to submit their interest at this link no later than April 5, 2020. Selected sites will receive a celebration kit, valued at $100, to use on September 17 to engage directly with the National Teach Ag Day live webcast. Go to the interest link for more details. We are looking for at least 100 secondary and post-secondary sites, preferably one in every state.

2020 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

Many CASE Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Digital Learning/Certification Coordinator, Sara Cobb, regarding any additional questions.

FFA

Register for WLC
Registration for the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) is now open. Several weeks in June are sold out, but there are still spots available in July for this life-changing experience. We do maintain a waitlist for this conference if the week you want to attend is full. Visit FFA.org/wlc to register and learn more about the conference. Direct questions to wlc@ffa.org
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Sign Up to Be a Judge
Are you interested in serving as a judge for National FFA competitive events, awards, or supervised agricultural experience grants? Fill out this form to express your interest in online and on-site opportunities.

Grants for Growing Applications Now Open
What could your FFA chapter do with $5,000? Grants for Growing, sponsored by Tractor Supply Company, is a competitive grant program for middle and high school FFA chapters that are developing and improving project-based or experiential learning opportunities for students. Visit FFA.org/GrantsforGrowing to access the application and to find resources. The application closes May 1. Email questions to GFG@FFA.org

Log Your Hours for the Living to Serve Chapter Challenge
Did your FFA chapter host a service event during National FFA Week? Visit FFA.org/ChallengeAccepted and log your chapter’s service hours, share some photos, and tell us about the activity. Help FFA reach 930,000 service hours by this national convention. Also, check out the interactive map to see what state is leading in service hours. Nevada, Louisiana and Illinois are looking good.

Watch These New SAE Videos
Check out the newest SAE videos! New videos feature Tennessee FFA members showcasing their SAEs, ranging from agricultural mechanics to grapevine wreath-making.

Get Free Chapter Medals
The Free Chapter Medals Program officially ended in 2018-19, but free chapter medals and certificates are still available while supplies last. Visit here to learn more.

FFA Alumni

Regional Development Conferences
Ten free Regional Development Conferences will be held across the country in 2020 for teachers, alumni members or anyone interested in starting or developing an FFA Alumni and Supporters chapter. Registration is open now through March 15 for an RDC to be held in Wallingford, Connecticut March 27-28.  To register, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc.

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. In this episode of Vets On Call: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
The West Virginia FFA Ham, Bacon, and Egg Show and Sale
There are two major events that occur every year in March. Most of us are familiar with the March Madness basketball tournament. If you teach agriculture in West Virginia you would also associate the month of March with the State FFA Ham, Bacon and Egg Show. This event has been occurring every March since 1941 (with the exception of a couple of… Read more here

CAST

Young farmers use blogs, videos, and social media to explain “real life down on the far.

*** Friday, March 6, 2020:  Farmers and ranchers communicate about agriculture, the coronavirus affects universities, and the “world’s worst cat” almost shows a friendly side. 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.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

 

March 2, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020

March 30 - April 1
ACTE National Policy Seminar

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.

 

FFA

Apply Now: National Teacher Ambassador for FFA
Want to become an expert on FFA educational resources and experiences? Now is the time to apply to be a National Teacher Ambassador for FFA! The deadline to apply is March 3.

WLC Registration Opens March 3rd
Visit FFA.org/wlc to make plans to attend the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) this summer. Registration opens March 3 at 6 p.m. EST. To learn more about WLC, check out this recent online FFA New Horizon’s article and video.

Get Free Chapter Medals
The Free Chapter Medals Program officially ended in 2018-19, but free chapter medals and certificates are still available while supplies last. Visit here to learn more.

Join the Living to Serve Chapter Challenge
During National FFA Week, chapters across the country engaged in service activities. Share how your chapter "lived to serve" by logging your service hours and help move your state up in the leader board. Nevada, Michigan and Alabama are leading the way. Find out more at FFA.org/ChallengeAccepted.

Earn a Day of Service Mini-Grant
The wonderful thing about service is that you can do it anytime! To help your chapter in their service efforts, the Living to Serve Day of Service grant is open all year. Visit FFA.org/LivingToServe/Grants to apply and review resources to assist you. If you have questions, email LTS@FFA.org.

Three Circle Summit  Materials Available
Video recordings and PowerPoints from the Three Circle Summit in Indianapolis are now being published for all to view. Uploads of the content are ongoing and will be complete early next week

FFA Alumni

Regional Development Conferences
Ten free Regional Development Conferences will be held across the country in 2020 for teachers, alumni members or anyone interested in starting or developing an FFA Alumni and Supporters chapter. Registration is open now through March 15 for an RDC to be held in Wallingford, Connecticut March 27-28.  To register, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc.

NAAE

2020 CASE Institute Registration Now Open
CASE is excited to announce registration is now open for the CASE Institutes, which will be held this upcoming summer! For more information and to register for a CASE Institute, please click here.

Many CASE Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Please note that any registration canceled within 30 days of the start of an Institute will be subject to a minimum $250 cancellation fee. Contact CASE Digital Learning/Certification Coordinator, Sara Cobb, regarding any additional questions.

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!

2020 Teach Ag Kit Host 
Teachers and teacher educators interested in being one of the many Teach Ag Day kit host sites for the 2020 National Teach Ag Day celebration are encouraged to submit their interest at this link no later than April 5, 2020. Selected sites will receive a celebration kit, valued at $100, to use on September 17 to engage directly with the National Teach Ag Day live webcast. Go to the interest link for more details. We are looking for at least 100 secondary and post-secondary sites, preferably one in every state.

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. In this episode of Vets On Call: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
The Farm Boy Cavaliers of America
How would you like to conduct an FFA or 4-H meeting with all the members on horseback? The Farm Boy Cavaliers of America (FBCA) did just that. One early youth organization for agriculture students that has been largely forgotten in the annals of agricultural education history is the Farm Boy Cavaliers of America. In this Friday Footnote, we will… Read more here

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