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July 26, 2021
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.
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
Band, Chorus and Talent Application Deadline Extended
There is still time to apply for National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent. The application deadline has been extended to July 28 at 8 p.m. EDT. Find more program information and access the application here. Email bct@ffa.org with questions. 
Capture the Excitement of Convention as a Newsroom Crew Intern
Do you have a nose for news? Apply to work in our national convention newsroom. Applications are due Aug. 16. Get the details here.
Try These Career Focus Area Resources
National FFA provides free teacher resources that are in alignment with identified career focus areas. Click here for the folder that contains a comprehensive document of all career focus areas and individual documents for each career focus area.
Register Now for This New Member Leadership Series 
Looking for leadership development conferences for your state, region or district? The FFA Member Leadership Series brings relevant, age-specific curriculum right to you! Launching this fall with the all-new Mission and Impact conferences, students will explore their mission and how they can impact their communities. Registration closes Aug. 9 for the 2021-22 academic year. Click here for more details about the conferences and to register. 
Interested in Convention Judging?
National FFA is looking for individuals interested in serving as finals round judges for the National FFA Agriscience Fair, National Chapter Awards and Agricultural Proficiency Awards. The judging will take place virtually in September (see the registration form for specific dates). Before registering to become a judge, read through the judge expectations document. Complete the National Winner Selection Judge Form to register as a judge, and be sure to fill out the judge commitment form.  
WLC Returns Summer of 2022 
The Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) will return in the summer of 2022! Official dates, pricing and other helpful documents will be released in November at FFA.org/wlc. Email questions to wlc@ffa.org
FFA Alumni
Last 2021 Remote Development Conference
Don’t miss you to share ideas and learn more about how volunteers can help your chapter! Join the last of the 2021 National FFA Alumni and Supporters Remote Development Conferences August 9-12 from 1-2 p.m. EDT. For an agenda and zoom meeting details, visit www.FFA.org/GoToRDC or email alumni@ffa.org.
NAAE 
NAAE Awards 
NAAE members submitted an astounding 242 NAAE award applications from 41 states. The award applications are a culmination of hard work, dedication and member success. The award applications will be judged, and the winners will be announced on August 2nd! 
NAAE Professional State Association Award Application
The PSA award application can be found on the NAAE website. PSA award applications are to be emailed to the NAAE Vice President for your region by September 1st. Do not physically mail them through the postal service.
Each NAAE committee is comprised of three members from each of NAAE's six regions. New committee members are elected at the first virtual committee meeting of the new calendar year and as openings occur throughout the year. To explore if there is a current opening for you to serve on a NAAE committee, you may contact the respective committee leaders. Committee leader contact information is included on the respective committee's space in Communities of Practice.
Apply for a CASE Award and Win Your Way to NOLA!
Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE), as an initiative of The National Council for Agricultural Education managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), is pleased to accept applications for the 2021 CASE awards. The CASE awards program is supported by Vernier Software & Technology and CASE. Two award winners will be selected, one for the CASE Model School Award and one for the CASE Innovation Award. Applications are due July 31. Click here to apply!
Join Us for 2022 THRIVE!
THRIVE 2022 information is now available! Save the date and join us virtually January 10-14 as we continue to cultivate digital teachers in CTE. Click here to learn more!
The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 94, Issue 1 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read about Inclusive Pedagogy to Assist 21st Century Agricultural Education.
NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 11 - Finding Your Sanctuary
The 2020-2021 school year has taught us the importance of practicing self-care and stress management as agricultural educators. In this episode, we're interviewing Dan Tricarico. Dan is an educator, consultant, and author of two books; The Zen Teacher: Creating Focus, Simplicity, and Focus in the Classroom and Sanctuaries: Self Care Secrets for Stressed-Out Teachers, which is the book that the NAAE Virtual Book Club is focusing on this summer. In this episode, Dan shares words about helping you create focus, simplicity, and tranquility to help you take better care of yourself and better serve your students. Learn more here.
CAST
Many are working to counter science and ag misinformation.
*** Friday, July 23, 2021: The need for science-based communication, massive wildfires spread a haze across the country, and some wonder if the world is ready for mac-and-cheese ice cream. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

July 19, 2021

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.

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

WLC Returns Summer of 2022 
The Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) will return in the summer of 2022! Official dates, pricing and other helpful documents will be released in November at FFA.org/wlc. Email questions to wlc@ffa.org

Delegate Allocation News
The final and official student delegate allocation for the 94th National FFA Convention & Expo can be found here.  Delegate allocation is calculated using the total number of dues-paid members for each state by the May 15 membership deadline. For more information on delegate allocation, see the most recent copy of the Delegate Handbook located at FFA.org/delegates

Band, Chorus and Talent Application Deadline Extended
There is still time to apply for National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent. The application deadline has been extended to July 28 at 8 p.m. EDT. Find more program information and access the application here. Email bct@ffa.org with questions. 

New! FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide Index
Looking for specific issues and activities of the FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide? We’ve got you covered

FFA Alumni

Last 2021 Remote Development Conference
Don’t miss you to share ideas and learn more about how volunteers can help your chapter! Join the last of the 2021 National FFA Alumni and Supporters Remote Development Conferences August 9-12 from 1-2 p.m. EDT. For an agenda and zoom meeting details, visit www.FFA.org/GoToRDC or email alumni@ffa.org.

NAAE 


Apply for a CASE Award and Win Your Way to NOLA!
Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE), as an initiative of The National Council for Agricultural Education managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), is pleased to accept applications for the 2021 CASE awards. The CASE awards program is supported by Vernier Software & Technology and CASE. Two award winners will be selected, one for the CASE Model School Award and one for the CASE Innovation Award. Applications are due July 31. Click here to apply!

Join Us for 2022 THRIVE!
THRIVE 2022 information is now available! Save the date and join us virtually January 10-14 as we continue to cultivate digital teachers in CTE. Click here to learn more!

Take the Communities of Practice Survey!
To provide the best possible Communities of Practice experience we would like feedback from our NAAE Members and Communities of Practice users about your experience with the platform. Please take a few moments to answer the questions in this survey. Every response helps us improve the Communities of Practice experience, and better serve you.

Questions may be directed to Olivia Thomas at othomas.naae@uky.edu and you can take the survey here!

Join Us for the 2021 NAAE Virtual Book Club 
"To be at your best for others, you must first be your own best self.” This summer, escape into Sanctuaries: Self-Care Secrets for Stressed-Out Teachers by Dan Tricarico, with the 2021 NAAE Virtual Book Club. It has been a challenging year for educators across the country. Taking time to define your place of refuge from the chaos will positively impact your performance in your home, classroom and community. Register to read along with your fellow NAAE members as we give each other permission to slow down, assess our circumstances, and learn how to become the most authentically present people we can be before we launch into the fall semester. Sanctuaries has been recommended by previous NAAE Book Club participants and is brought to us by the teacher-focused publishing company, Dave Burgess Consulting, LLC. This is a great opportunity to get involved with NAAE and earn professional development credit along the way! Learn more here!

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 94, Issue 1 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read about Inclusive Pedagogy to Assist 21st Century Agricultural Education.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 11 - Finding Your Sanctuary
The 2020-2021 school year has taught us the importance of practicing self-care and stress management as agricultural educators. In this episode, we're interviewing Dan Tricarico. Dan is an educator, consultant, and author of two books; The Zen Teacher: Creating Focus, Simplicity, and Focus in the Classroom and Sanctuaries: Self Care Secrets for Stressed-Out Teachers, which is the book that the NAAE Virtual Book Club is focusing on this summer. In this episode, Dan shares words about helping you create focus, simplicity, and tranquility to help you take better care of yourself and better serve your students. Learn more here.

 

CAST

Nemo’s Gardens, the world’s first underwater garden.

*** Friday, July 16, 2021: The world's first underwater gardens; continuous drought impacts agriculture; and a python challenge in Florida helps remove the invasive species. 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
 

July 12, 2021

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.

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 


Take the Communities of Practice Survey!
To provide the best possible Communities of Practice experience we would like feedback from our NAAE Members and Communities of Practice users about your experience with the platform. Please take a few moments to answer the questions in this survey. Every response helps us improve the Communities of Practice experience, and better serve you.

Questions may be directed to Olivia Thomas at othomas.naae@uky.edu and you can take the survey here!

Apply for a CASE Award and Win Your Way to NOLA!
Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE), as an initiative of The National Council for Agricultural Education managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), is pleased to accept applications for the 2021 CASE awards. The CASE awards program is supported by Vernier Software & Technology and CASE. Two award winners will be selected, one for the CASE Model School Award and one for the CASE Innovation Award. Applications are due July 31. Click here to apply!

Join Us for 2022 THRIVE!
THRIVE 2022 information is now available! Save the date and join us virtually January 10-14 as we continue to cultivate digital teachers in CTE. Click here to learn more!

Join Us for the 2021 NAAE Virtual Book Club 
"To be at your best for others, you must first be your own best self.” This summer, escape into Sanctuaries: Self-Care Secrets for Stressed-Out Teachers by Dan Tricarico, with the 2021 NAAE Virtual Book Club. It has been a challenging year for educators across the country. Taking time to define your place of refuge from the chaos will positively impact your performance in your home, classroom and community. Register to read along with your fellow NAAE members as we give each other permission to slow down, assess our circumstances, and learn how to become the most authentically present people we can be before we launch into the fall semester. Sanctuaries has been recommended by previous NAAE Book Club participants and is brought to us by the teacher-focused publishing company, Dave Burgess Consulting, LLC. This is a great opportunity to get involved with NAAE and earn professional development credit along the way! Learn more here!

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 94, Issue 1 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read about Inclusive Pedagogy to Assist 21st Century Agricultural Education.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 11 - Finding Your Sanctuary
The 2020-2021 school year has taught us the importance of practicing self-care and stress management as agricultural educators. In this episode, we're interviewing Dan Tricarico. Dan is an educator, consultant, and author of two books; The Zen Teacher: Creating Focus, Simplicity, and Focus in the Classroom and Sanctuaries: Self Care Secrets for Stressed-Out Teachers, which is the book that the NAAE Virtual Book Club is focusing on this summer. In this episode, Dan shares words about helping you create focus, simplicity, and tranquility to help you take better care of yourself and better serve your students. Learn more here.

FFA


National FFA Convention & Expo Housing
Housing for the 94th National FFA Convention & Expo will open on Wednesday, July 14 at 1 p.m. EDT. Advisors and teachers: Click here to find a chapter housing FAQ, chapter hotel list and hotel map. If you are an exhibitor, sponsor, donor or alumni supporter, click here for a housing FAQ. 

Days Left to Apply for National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent
Do you know of a member in your FFA chapter who loves to perform? We are searching for talented members to perform at this year’s national convention. Applications are due July 15; read more about the programs and application process here. Email questions to bct@ffa.org.

Top CDE/LDE Awards to be Announced on Main Convention Stage  
The top results of all career and leadership development events (CDEs/LDEs) will be announced during national convention general sessions. We will recognize national winners, the top four teams and the top 10 individuals (as appropriate) on the main stage. Please review our updated CDE/LDE Awards Recognition Schedule (PDF) to help competitors from your state prepare. 

ILSSO Returns in January
The International Leadership Seminar for State Officers (ILSSO) returns in January with an in-person international experience to Costa Rica. This opportunity – scheduled Jan. 2-15, 2022 – is open to 75 current or immediate past state officers with an active membership at the time of departure. The cost is $4,600 per member. Details, including COVID-19 considerations, will be available when the application opens on Aug. 1. Questions can be directed to ilsso@ffa.org

SAE Video of the Week
Check out this school-based supervised agricultural experience where Giovanni Garcia and Luke Anderson of Hamilton City FFA in California work on the school farm to produce olive oil. 

Nominate Adult Consultants to 2021 National FFA Officer Selection Process 
Our application for two adults to serve as deliberation consultants during the 2021 National FFA Officer Selection Process is now open. These individuals assist and participate as nonvoting adults, providing advice and support to the nominating committee. Please review the qualifications, restrictions and time commitment required, and consider forwarding to qualified individuals. Applications close on Monday, Aug. 2.

Free Middle School Conference
Society for Science invites you to attend our free Middle School Research Teachers Conference. It will be hosted virtually July 31 and Aug. 2-4, in an avatar world and via Zoom. This conference brings together teachers of all experience levels to connect and share best practices for leading student STEM research. Register today.

FFA Alumni


Last 2021 Remote Development Conference
Don’t miss you to share ideas and learn more about how volunteers can help your chapter! Join the last of the 2021 National FFA Alumni and Supporters Remote Development Conferences August 9-12 from 1-2 p.m. EDT. For an agenda and zoom meeting details, visit www.FFA.org/GoToRDC or email alumni@ffa.org.

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
The Educational Activities of Sears and Roebuck
In last week’s Footnote, we learned how farmers relied on Sears and Roebuck for many of their farm needs. While Sears served the needs of the farmers, they also made money from that relationship. In this Footnote, we will examine the philanthropic side of Sears and learn of their activities that specifically benefited agricultural and extension… Read more here

CAST

Farms are a part of the solution for climate-change challenges.

*** Friday, July 9, 2021:  Climate solutions are coming from the farm and many other sources; university research stays busy in the summer; and the “creepy but awesome” robot dogs learn K-Pop. 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 28, 2021

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.

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

94th National FFA Convention & Expo Health and Safety Commitment
We are looking forward to hosting this year's National FFA Convention & Expo in person. The health and safety of our attendees are at the forefront of our planning. To assist with sharing information with school administrators and boards to approve travel, we have provided a health and safety commitment letter on convention.FFA.org. We will continue to update the website as more planning information is solidified for this year's event. 

Career and Leadership Development Events
The Awards Recognition Programs Schedule has been posted to the CDE and LDE Status Tracker webpage for your convenience in planning your convention schedule. Coming soon will be the Career and Leadership Development Event Planning Webinar links. 

Parliamentary Procedure LDE Webinar
Normally, the Parliamentary Procedure Leadership Development Event (LDE) offers a coach/participant online orientation a month before competitive events. This year, we will offer this orientation webinar on Tuesday, June 29, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. EDT. This webinar will be recorded and provided to designated advisors/coaches as they are identified. Click here for more information and to register. 

Nominate Adult Consultants to 2021 National FFA Officer Selection Process 
Our application for two adults to serve as deliberation consultants during the 2021 National FFA Officer Selection Process is now open. These individuals assist and participate as nonvoting adults, providing advice and support to the nominating committee. Please review the qualifications, restrictions and time commitment required, and consider forwarding to qualified individuals. Applications close on Monday, Aug. 2.

New Agriscience Fair Classroom Resource
Looking for an easy way to integrate agriscience research and, in turn, agriscience fair into your curriculum? Check out this new resource: https://ffa.box.com/s/bxf1zz1hcsn5rvgt0k61hr35r049vts1.

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

Leadership Conference Opportunity for Chapters, Regions and States
Looking forward to in-person leadership conferences again? National FFA is launching the FFA Member Leadership Series (formerly known as 212°/360°) this fall with a new, age-specific curriculum along with flexible delivery options and a skilled facilitator team. Students will leave with the knowledge and skills they need to make a difference in their chapters and beyond. Registration is open through Aug. 9. For details and to register for a conference, visit the FFA Member Leadership Series webpage. Questions? Contact Kate Wehby, kwehby@ffa.org.

FFA Alumni

Alumni and Supporter Award Application Deadline
Are volunteers doing great things for your school and community? July 1 is the application deadline for the National FFA Alumni and Supporters Outstanding Achievement, Chapter and State Association Awards! Applications can be found at www.FFA.org/alumniawards and should be emailed to alumni@ffa.org.

NAAE 

Congratulations to the 2021-2022 National Teach Ag Ambassadors!
The National Teach Ag Ambassadors program is an initiative of NAAE as part of the National Teach Ag Campaign designed to encourage others to consider a career teaching agriculture and celebrate the positive contributions agriculture teachers make in our schools and communities.

2021 NAAE Request for Workshop Proposals!
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2021 NAAE Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 29 - December 4, 2021, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary, teacher educators and other post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Click here to learn more!

Join Us for the 2021 NAAE Virtual Book Club 
"To be at your best for others, you must first be your own best self.” This summer, escape into Sanctuaries: Self-Care Secrets for Stressed-Out Teachers by Dan Tricarico, with the 2021 NAAE Virtual Book Club. It has been a challenging year for educators across the country. Taking time to define your place of refuge from the chaos will positively impact your performance in your home, classroom and community. Register to read along with your fellow NAAE members as we give each other permission to slow down, assess our circumstances, and learn how to become the most authentically present people we can be before we launch into the fall semester. Sanctuaries has been recommended by previous NAAE Book Club participants and is brought to us by the teacher-focused publishing company, Dave Burgess Consulting, LLC. This is a great opportunity to get involved with NAAE and earn professional development credit along the way! Learn more here!

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 93, Issue 6 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read Tell Me Something Good.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 11 - Finding Your Sanctuary
The 2020-2021 school year has taught us the importance of practicing self-care and stress management as agricultural educators. In this episode, we're interviewing Dan Tricarico. Dan is an educator, consultant, and author of two books; The Zen Teacher: Creating Focus, Simplicity, and Focus in the Classroom and Sanctuaries: Self Care Secrets for Stressed-Out Teachers, which is the book that the NAAE Virtual Book Club is focusing on this summer. In this episode, Dan shares words about helping you create focus, simplicity, and tranquility to help you take better care of yourself and better serve your students. Learn more here.

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
The Farmers Best Friend
Gene Talmadge, three-term state commissioner of agriculture and three-term governor of Georgia once said “The poor dirt farmer ain’t got but three friends on this earth: God Almighty, Sears Roebuck, and Gene Talmadge.” So, was Sears Roebuck really the best friend of the farmer? In this Footnote, we will examine the relationship between Sears… Read more here

CAST

Bees get the buzz, but many species help pollinate our crops.

*** Friday, June 25, 2021:  Pollinator Week highlights the crucial job performed by several species, drought continues to scorch the West, and a menagerie of animal surfers go “goofy foot.” 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 21, 2021

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.

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 


Exclusive NAAE & Bloom Partnership Offer!
Don’t miss out on the first annual Ag Teacher and FFA Officer sock collection:

  • 7 Socks: one for each officer station and one for ag teachers for only $65
  • Socks are Made in America
  • PRE-ORDER ONLY BY: JULY 31ST AND SHIPPED IN AUGUST
  • A percentage of every sale supports the NAAE

Click here to learn more about the collection!

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

Attend Your 2021 NAAE Regional Conference!
The NAAE regional meetings will once again be virtual this year, which makes them accessible to every NAAE member! Click on the button below to register for your Regional Meeting. After you complete the online registration, you will receive a link, via the email you used to register, to connect to the meeting. If you have any questions about your regional meeting, please reach out to the staff member facilitating your meeting. Note that start times are listed based on time zone. 

Attending a regional meeting is great way to connect with other agriculture teachers, get involved in the organization and stay up to date on the latest news, events, and professional opportunities. Click here to learn more!

2021 NAAE Request for Workshop Proposals!
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2021 NAAE Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 29 - December 4, 2021, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary, teacher educators and other post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Click here to learn more!

Join Us for the 2021 NAAE Virtual Book Club 
"To be at your best for others, you must first be your own best self.” This summer, escape into Sanctuaries: Self-Care Secrets for Stressed-Out Teachers by Dan Tricarico, with the 2021 NAAE Virtual Book Club. It has been a challenging year for educators across the country. Taking time to define your place of refuge from the chaos will positively impact your performance in your home, classroom and community. Register to read along with your fellow NAAE members as we give each other permission to slow down, assess our circumstances, and learn how to become the most authentically present people we can be before we launch into the fall semester. Sanctuaries has been recommended by previous NAAE Book Club participants and is brought to us by the teacher-focused publishing company, Dave Burgess Consulting, LLC. This is a great opportunity to get involved with NAAE and earn professional development credit along the way! Learn more here!

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 93, Issue 5 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read about Agriscience Research: Preparing the Next Generation of Scientists.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 11 - Finding Your Sanctuary
The 2020-2021 school year has taught us the importance of practicing self-care and stress management as agricultural educators. In this episode, we're interviewing Dan Tricarico. Dan is an educator, consultant, and author of two books; The Zen Teacher: Creating Focus, Simplicity, and Focus in the Classroom and Sanctuaries: Self Care Secrets for Stressed-Out Teachers, which is the book that the NAAE Virtual Book Club is focusing on this summer. In this episode, Dan shares words about helping you create focus, simplicity, and tranquility to help you take better care of yourself and better serve your students. Learn more here.

FFA


94th National FFA Convention & Expo Town Hall for Advisors and Teachers
Last week, we held a virtual town hall around plans for the 94th National FFA Convention & Expo for advisors and teachers. If you were unable to join, click here to watch the video. We will continue to make updates on convention.ffa.org as plans finalize in all areas for this year. Questions can be sent to convention@ffa.org.

2021 CDE/LDE Planning Webinars
Registration is now open for the Career and Leadership Development Event Webinars on Wednesday, June 23. Register for the 1-2 p.m. EDT session or the 7:30-8:30 p.m. EDT session and submit your questions by completing the registration. This event will be recorded and posted.

FFA.org Login Update Coming Soon
National FFA is updating the sign-up and login process for FFA.org the week of June 21. If you already have an FFA.org login, you'll notice a different look, but your existing credentials will work. The updates grant most users the option to utilize social media accounts as a convenient login method to FFA.org. Users who access FFA.org via AET will now see the AET logo on the FFA.org login page to complete their login process. Please note that educators in Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana and Texas will continue to use their state's existing login process and should not use the new social media login process. Students in these states may use the new social media login process. Our goals are to streamline the login process and reduce the number of users with multiple FFA.org accounts — two of the most common problems faced by users.

Recommend FFA Members to Serve on National Nominating Committee
The National Officer Candidate Application and the Nominating Committee Member Recommendation Form are live. 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 recommended by a mentor or peer. If you know someone who would make a great member of the committee, recommend them here. Recommendations are due by July 15. As a reminder, states with a nominating committee member last year are ineligible to have a nominating committee member this year. The ineligible states in 2021 are Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia. Committee member and candidate applications are due Aug. 2. Direct questions to nomcom@ffa.org.

SAE Video of the Week
Watch as FFA member Chloe Jones from Tennessee turns her grapevine wreath-making skills into a successful supervised agricultural experience.

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

Leadership Conference Opportunity for Chapters, Regions and States
Looking forward to in-person leadership conferences again? National FFA is launching the FFA Member Leadership Series (formerly known as 212°/360°) this fall with a new, age-specific curriculum along with flexible delivery options and a skilled facilitator team. Students will leave with the knowledge and skills they need to make a difference in their chapters and beyond. Registration is open through Aug. 9. For details and to register for a conference, visit the FFA Member Leadership Series webpage. Questions? Contact Kate Wehby, kwehby@ffa.org.

FFA Alumni

Alumni and Supporter Award Application Deadline
Are volunteers doing great things for your school and community? July 1 is the application deadline for the National FFA Alumni and Supporters Outstanding Achievement, Chapter and State Association Awards! Applications can be found at www.FFA.org/alumniawards and should be emailed to alumni@ffa.org.

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
Agdex
Agdex is (was) A filing system used by agriculture teachers and extension agents. A national directory of agricultural teachers and extension agents. A listing of agricultural companies that provide(d) free teaching aids to teachers and agents. A specialized futures market where agricultural commodities were/are bought and sold. If you selected A,… Read more here

CAST

Rural broadband is a “modern-day necessity.”

*** Friday, June 18, 2021:  Internet broadband is key to rural success, record heat moves across the country, and a ball of fluff turns into the top dog. 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 14, 2021

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.

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

2021 CDE and LDE Planning Guide and Competition Dates 
The finalized competition dates (both virtual and in-person) for all career and leadership development events are now published. A new 2021 CDE and LDE Planning Guide features overall changes, key details, dates and event-by-event notes. You can find this information on our 2021 CDE and LDE update page. There’s even an FAQ available to help answer questions and placeholders for orientation packets posted later this summer. Orientation packets for all events will be online by Aug. 6. Contact cde@ffa.org with questions.

Leadership Conference Opportunity for Chapters, Regions and States
Looking forward to in-person leadership conferences again? National FFA is launching the FFA Member Leadership Series (formerly known as 212°/360°) this fall with a new, age-specific curriculum along with flexible delivery options and a skilled facilitator team. Students will leave with the knowledge and skills they need to make a difference in their chapters and beyond. Registration is open through Aug. 9. For details and to register for a conference, visit the FFA Member Leadership Series webpage. Questions? Contact Kate Wehby, kwehby@ffa.org.

Turn-key Resources for the Classroom
FFA Blue 365 Case Study: This case study series is designed to immerse students in a learning experience that shows all sides of global agriculture.

FFA Blue 365 Lesson Series: This series brings innovative technology, science, research and entrepreneurship to the classroom. These lessons are designed to highlight innovations and technologies transforming agriculture.

Yearlong Living to Serve Grant Closing Soon
There is still time to apply for the Yearlong Living to Serve Grant. FFA chapters can apply for up to $3,000 to support a service-learning project that spans an entire school year. The application is due June 15. For more information and to access the application, visit FFA.org/LivingToServe/Grants.

FFA Alumni

Alumni and Supporter Award Application Deadline
Are volunteers doing great things for your school and community? July 1 is the application deadline for the National FFA Alumni and Supporters Outstanding Achievement, Chapter and State Association Awards! Applications can be found at www.FFA.org/alumniawards and should be emailed to alumni@ffa.org.

NAAE 

2021 NAAE Request for Workshop Proposals!
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2021 NAAE Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 29 - December 4, 2021, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary, teacher educators and other post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Click here to learn more!

Attend Your 2021 NAAE Regional Conference!
The NAAE regional meetings will once again be virtual this year, which makes them accessible to every NAAE member! Click on the button below to register for your Regional Meeting. After you complete the online registration, you will receive a link, via the email you used to register, to connect to the meeting. If you have any questions about your regional meeting, please reach out to the staff member facilitating your meeting. Note that start times are listed based on time zone. 

Attending a regional meeting is great way to connect with other agriculture teachers, get involved in the organization and stay up to date on the latest news, events, and professional opportunities. Click here to learn more!

Join Us for the 2021 NAAE Virtual Book Club 
"To be at your best for others, you must first be your own best self.” This summer, escape into Sanctuaries: Self-Care Secrets for Stressed-Out Teachers by Dan Tricarico, with the 2021 NAAE Virtual Book Club. It has been a challenging year for educators across the country. Taking time to define your place of refuge from the chaos will positively impact your performance in your home, classroom and community. Register to read along with your fellow NAAE members as we give each other permission to slow down, assess our circumstances, and learn how to become the most authentically present people we can be before we launch into the fall semester. Sanctuaries has been recommended by previous NAAE Book Club participants and is brought to us by the teacher-focused publishing company, Dave Burgess Consulting, LLC. This is a great opportunity to get involved with NAAE and earn professional development credit along the way! Learn more here!

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 93, Issue 5 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read about Agriscience Research: Preparing the Next Generation of Scientists.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 10 - Growing Your Program with the NAAE Awards and Scholarship Program
NAAE maintains an extensive awards program to recognize the accomplishments of our many talented and dedicated members. We are proud to offer awards and scholarships for agricultural educators in every stage of their careers, from scholarships to lifetime achievement. In this episode, we're chatting with Mrs. Melanie Block, agricultural educator at Ravenna High School in Ravenna, Michigan, and Mr. Darren Swartz, agricultural educator at Bloomer High School in Bloomer, Wisconsin. Melanie and Darren have both been able to successfully grow their agricultural education programs through the years, and have both taken advantage of the many awards and programs that NAAE has to offer. Learn more here.

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
The Future Farmers of Dixie
Have you ever heard of the Future Farmers of Dixie? If the FFA had not been created in 1928, you would probably be familiar with the Future Farmers of Dixie. Plans were drawn up for this organization, but they were never implemented because the FFA was created. In this Footnote we will learn what the plans were and why they were never enacted. In… Read more here

CAST

The jigsaw puzzle of gene sequencing.

*** Friday, June 11, 2021:  The genetic revolution affects science and agriculture, the drought’s grip grows wider and more damaging, and cicadas on the menu for Taco Tuesdays. 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 7, 2021

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.

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 


2021 NAAE Request for Workshop Proposals!
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2021 NAAE Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 29 - December 4, 2021, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary, teacher educators and other post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Click here to learn more!

Attend Your 2021 NAAE Regional Conference!
The NAAE regional meetings will once again be virtual this year, which makes them accessible to every NAAE member! Click on the button below to register for your Regional Meeting. After you complete the online registration, you will receive a link, via the email you used to register, to connect to the meeting. If you have any questions about your regional meeting, please reach out to the staff member facilitating your meeting. Note that start times are listed based on time zone. 

Attending a regional meeting is great way to connect with other agriculture teachers, get involved in the organization and stay up to date on the latest news, events, and professional opportunities. Click here to learn more!

Volunteer for the NAAE Awards Judging Committee!
Each year, NAAE judges its member awards virtually through our national NAAE Award Judging committees. This is a great opportunity to get involved with NAAE, earn professional development credit, as well as familiarize yourself with the awards process if you would like to apply in the future. Committee members must be NAAE members and will be notified by June 15th of their judging assignments. Final scores are 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 sign up by Monday, June 7th.  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 93, Issue 5 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read about Agriscience Research: Preparing the Next Generation of Scientists.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 10 - Growing Your Program with the NAAE Awards and Scholarship Program
NAAE maintains an extensive awards program to recognize the accomplishments of our many talented and dedicated members. We are proud to offer awards and scholarships for agricultural educators in every stage of their careers, from scholarships to lifetime achievement. In this episode, we're chatting with Mrs. Melanie Block, agricultural educator at Ravenna High School in Ravenna, Michigan, and Mr. Darren Swartz, agricultural educator at Bloomer High School in Bloomer, Wisconsin. Melanie and Darren have both been able to successfully grow their agricultural education programs through the years, and have both taken advantage of the many awards and programs that NAAE has to offer. Learn more here.

FFA

Yearlong Living to Serve Grant 
It is not too late for your middle/high school FFA chapter to apply for up to $3,000 to support a service-learning project that spans an entire school year. The application is due June 15. For more information and to access the application, visit FFA.org/LivingToServe/Grants.

National FFA Scholarships  
Just a reminder that FFA scholarship recipients must accept their scholarship by July 15, 2021. If students need help, they can email FFA@applyISTS.com or see other options for assistance on the scholarship websiteunder the "Need Help" section.

Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grant
Is your FFA chapter planning on serving over the summer? If so, this grant opportunity of up to $400 is open year-round and is available to middle/high school and alumni and supporters FFA chapters. For more information and to access the application, visit FFA.org/LivingToServe.

Needed: National Finalist Judges 
We need you — your advisors, alumni and supporters — to serve as national-level remote judges! This summer (July 7-18), national judges are needed to select national finalists for Agriscience Fair, National Chapter and Agricultural Proficiency Awards. Judging is online and should require 10-20 hours of commitment at your pace. Check out our judge expectationssign up now and share this opportunity with others.

SAE Video of the Week
Follow along with this video, as Kentucky FFA member Denisha Washington shows us her supervised agricultural experience working at a local pet store in Louisville, Ky. She gives us a tour of the pet store, shows us all the different types of animals, and explains her various daily tasks as part of her job.

FFA Alumni

Remote Development Conferences
Want to share ideas and learn more about how volunteers can help your chapter? Join the next National FFA Alumni and Supporters Remote Development Conference June 7-10 from 4-5 p.m. EDT. For an agenda and zoom meeting details, visit www.FFA.org/GoToRDC or email alumni@ffa.org.

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
The Young Farmers of America
Have you ever heard of the Young Farmers of America (YFA)? Did they really exist or is their emblem some type of prototype image? In this Friday Footnote, we continue with the theme of “things that once were in the world of agricultural and extension education but don’t exist today”. Read more here

CAST

Mama bear versus a teen “mama bear”

*** Friday, June 4, 2021:  The food supply chain adds cyberattacks to its challenges, universities continue research projects, and a teenager battles a bear in a real dog fight. 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 24, 2021

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.

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

Awards and Recognition at the 2021 Convention
A new page tracking updates to National FFA Awards and Recognition events at the 2021 National FFA Convention & Expo is now available. Please check this page often to understand how Agricultural Proficiency Awards, Agriscience Fair, American FFA Degree, American Star Awards, Career and Leadership Development Events, Honorary Awards and National Chapter Awards will be adjusted with virtual and in-person components.

Career Resources for Your Classroom
Looking for career-based activities and virtual field trips with pre-made lessons to close out the school year? Check out AgExplorer.ffa.org.

FFA Alumni

Alumni and Supporters Grants
Apply by June 1 for funding to start or improve your alumni and supporters' chapter, partner student and alumni members on projects or to fund student affiliation fees and plant science-based projects. For more information and a copy of the grant application, visit FFA.org/alumnigrants. Grants can be submitted by email to alumni@ffa.org

Remote Development Conferences
Want to share ideas and learn more about how volunteers can help your chapter? Join the next National FFA Alumni and Supporters Remote Development Conference June 7-10 from 4-5 p.m. EDT. For an agenda and zoom meeting details, visit www.FFA.org/GoToRDC or email alumni@ffa.org.

NAAE 


Your School Welding Project Could Win You a Big Prize!
Announcing the 2021 JFLF’s Welding Awards Program - Submit Projects by July 1st! JFLF’s Welding Awards Program supports arc welding education, design and innovation at every level, from 4H to high school to college level. Visit our website to enter and view the complete list of prizes, contest rules and conditions!

Join Us for the 2021 NAAE Virtual Book Club 
"To be at your best for others, you must first be your own best self.” This summer, escape into Sanctuaries: Self-Care Secrets for Stressed-Out Teachers by Dan Tricarico, with the 2021 NAAE Virtual Book Club. It has been a challenging year for educators across the country. Taking time to define your place of refuge from the chaos will positively impact your performance in your home, classroom and community. Register to read along with your fellow NAAE members as we give each other permission to slow down, assess our circumstances, and learn how to become the most authentically present people we can be before we launch into the fall semester. Sanctuaries has been recommended by previous NAAE Book Club participants and is brought to us by the teacher-focused publishing company, Dave Burgess Consulting, LLC. This is a great opportunity to get involved with NAAE and earn professional development credit along the way! (Registration will be open until May 28th. Please have your book no later than June 7th). Register here!

Attend Your 2021 NAAE Regional Conference!
The NAAE regional meetings will once again be virtual this year, which makes them accessible to every NAAE member! Click on the button below to register for your Regional Meeting. After you complete the online registration, you will receive a link, via the email you used to register, to connect to the meeting. If you have any questions about your regional meeting, please reach out to the staff member facilitating your meeting. Note that start times are listed based on time zone. 

Attending a regional meeting is great way to connect with other agriculture teachers, get involved in the organization and stay up to date on the latest news, events, and professional opportunities. Click here to learn more!

Volunteer for the NAAE Awards Judging Committee!
Each year, NAAE judges its member awards virtually through our national NAAE Award Judging committees. This is a great opportunity to get involved with NAAE, earn professional development credit, as well as familiarize yourself with the awards process if you would like to apply in the future. Committee members must be NAAE members and will be notified by June 15th of their judging assignments. Final scores are 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 sign up by Monday, June 7th.  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 93, Issue 5 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read about Agriscience Research: Preparing the Next Generation of Scientists.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 10 - Growing Your Program with the NAAE Awards and Scholarship Program
NAAE maintains an extensive awards program to recognize the accomplishments of our many talented and dedicated members. We are proud to offer awards and scholarships for agricultural educators in every stage of their careers, from scholarships to lifetime achievement. In this episode, we're chatting with Mrs. Melanie Block, agricultural educator at Ravenna High School in Ravenna, Michigan, and Mr. Darren Swartz, agricultural educator at Bloomer High School in Bloomer, Wisconsin. Melanie and Darren have both been able to successfully grow their agricultural education programs through the years, and have both taken advantage of the many awards and programs that NAAE has to offer. Learn more here.

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
Being at FFA Summer Camp in 1945
Last week we learned about the National FFA Camp. Before there was a national camp, several states had started FFA camps at the state level. Tennessee and North Carolina were among the first. In next Friday's Footnote we will start our exploration of state FFA Camps.  But in order to whet your appetite for what is to come, we are serving you an… Read more here

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

May 17, 2021

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.

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 

Attend Your 2021 NAAE Regional Conference!
The NAAE regional meetings will once again be virtual this year, which makes them accessible to every NAAE member! Click on the button below to register for your Regional Meeting. After you complete the online registration, you will receive a link, via the email you used to register, to connect to the meeting. If you have any questions about your regional meeting, please reach out to the staff member facilitating your meeting. Note that start times are listed based on time zone. 

Attending a regional meeting is great way to connect with other agriculture teachers, get involved in the organization and stay up to date on the latest news, events, and professional opportunities. Click here to learn more!

Volunteer for the NAAE Awards Judging Committee!
Each year, NAAE judges its member awards virtually through our national NAAE Award Judging committees. This is a great opportunity to get involved with NAAE, earn professional development credit, as well as familiarize yourself with the awards process if you would like to apply in the future. Committee members must be NAAE members and will be notified by June 15th of their judging assignments. Final scores are 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 sign up by Monday, June 7th.  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

Join Us for the 2021 NAAE Virtual Book Club 
"To be at your best for others, you must first be your own best self.” This summer, escape into Sanctuaries: Self-Care Secrets for Stressed-Out Teachers by Dan Tricarico, with the 2021 NAAE Virtual Book Club. It has been a challenging year for educators across the country. Taking time to define your place of refuge from the chaos will positively impact your performance in your home, classroom and community. Register to read along with your fellow NAAE members as we give each other permission to slow down, assess our circumstances, and learn how to become the most authentically present people we can be before we launch into the fall semester. Sanctuaries has been recommended by previous NAAE Book Club participants and is brought to us by the teacher-focused publishing company, Dave Burgess Consulting, LLC. This is a great opportunity to get involved with NAAE and earn professional development credit along the way! (Registration will be open until May 28th. Please have your book no later than June 7th). Register here!

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 93, Issue 5 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read about Agriscience Research: Preparing the Next Generation of Scientists.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 10 - Growing Your Program with the NAAE Awards and Scholarship Program
NAAE maintains an extensive awards program to recognize the accomplishments of our many talented and dedicated members. We are proud to offer awards and scholarships for agricultural educators in every stage of their careers, from scholarships to lifetime achievement. In this episode, we're chatting with Mrs. Melanie Block, agricultural educator at Ravenna High School in Ravenna, Michigan, and Mr. Darren Swartz, agricultural educator at Bloomer High School in Bloomer, Wisconsin. Melanie and Darren have both been able to successfully grow their agricultural education programs through the years, and have both taken advantage of the many awards and programs that NAAE has to offer. Learn more here.

FFA

Develop a Quality POA With This Resource
Just in time for summer officer retreats, the 2020 National Chapter Recognition guide is available. This interactive resource will help advisors and chapter members develop and maintain a quality Program of Activities. To learn more about the impact of the National Chapter Awards on FFA members and advisors, read here.

SAE Video of the Week
Kent Sloan works at his family's Florida business, Sloan's Seafood, for his supervised agricultural experience. Watch this video to learn about clam production, from harvesting to processing. Need a lesson plan for the video? We've got it covered! (Word) (PDF)

FFA Alumni

Alumni and Supporters Grants
Apply by June 1 for funding to start or improve your alumni and supporters' chapter, partner student and alumni members on projects or to fund student affiliation fees and plant science-based projects. For more information and a copy of the grant application, visit FFA.org/alumnigrants. Grants can be submitted by email to alumni@ffa.org

Remote Development Conferences
Want to share ideas and learn more about how volunteers can help your chapter? Join the next National FFA Alumni and Supporters Remote Development Conference June 7-10 from 4-5 p.m. EDT. For an agenda and zoom meeting details, visit www.FFA.org/GoToRDC or email alumni@ffa.org.

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
A Camping We Will Go
At the start of 2021 my plan was to publish a series of Footnotes about objects and events in Agricultural and Extension Education that no longer exist such as the Agdex filing system, the d-CON pocket calendar for agriculture teachers, the Harvestore breakfast, the Farmer’s Wife Magazine, and the list goes on. So now, five months into the year I… Read more here

CAST

Alexa Lamm says we should “face the world with curiosity not judgement.”

*** Friday, May 14, 2021:  A science communication expert advocates curiosity, innovation, and partnerships with young influencers; a dynamic Cornell professor was selected as the 2021 BCCA winner; and a dog café helps humans too. 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.

 

May 10, 2021

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.
  • Providinga forum for thought and direction.
  • Focusingon academic and career success for all students.

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

National FFA Scholarships Announced
Congratulations to the students who received National FFA Scholarships! See the listing of recipients at FFA.org/Scholarships.

Grants for Growing Closes Soon
Grants for Growing provides middle/high school FFA chapters up to $5,000 to support the development or improvement of project-based or experiential learning opportunities for students. The application is due May 15. For more information and to access the application, visit FFA.org/GrantsForGrowing.

Living to Serve Grant Open
The Yearlong Living to Serve Grant is open! This grant provides middle/high school FFA chapters with up to $3,000 to support a service-learning project that spans an entire school year. The application is due June 15. For more information and to access the application, visit FFA.org/LivingToServe/Grants.

Virtual FFA Blue Room Available Through May
The virtual FFA Blue Room remains active through May with no login required. The live presentations delivered in 2020 will remain available after May and focus on sustainability in agriculture. Previous FFA Blue Room presentations from 2018 and 2019 are also available.

Introducing the 2021-22 National Teacher Ambassadors for FFA
We've selected the next batch of teacher ambassadors! Visit FFA.org/teacherambassador to see the list. Their term will begin in June. Thank you to those who volunteered to help in the application scoring process. 

Don't Miss This Month's Owls Chat 
Catch the next Owls Chat on environmental systems on Monday, May 17. The recorded chat features resources and tips, including:

  • sustainable agriculture lessons linked to the food science career development event.
  • how John Deere is working toward sustainable practices.
  • regenerative soil projects with our General Mills partners.
  • environmental lessons from the Environmental Protection Agency's education and agriculture divisions.

Previous Owls Chats are available on-demand to accommodate every teacher's busy schedule. 

National-level CDE/LDE Planning Continues
The Career and Leadership Development Event committees continue to plan for virtual and in-person events this fall. Since the release of the status tracker, more than 18 event updates have been released. The 2021 CDE LDE Status Tracker and the accompanying Event Changes document are updated each Friday. If you have questions, check the updated 2021 CDE/LDE FAQ or contact cde@ffa.org.

Learn from a Pig in the Classroom
National FFA is teaming up with Zoetis, Indiana State Fair and the LEAP Foundation for a unique agricultural literacy project around swine. "There's a Pig in My Classroom" allows students in grades 3-5 to learn about swine production and culminates with a virtual field trip to Fair Oaks Farm Pig Adventure. Chapters can work with their district's elementary schools to provide an agricultural literacy experience and plant the seed for students to become educated consumers. Applications open on Monday, May 3, at 8 a.m. EDT and close at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 1. Click here for program information and the application link.

Giving the Gift of Blue
As we approach the end of the school year, now is the perfect time of year to nominate or encourage your students to apply for the Give the Gift of Blue program. More than 1,000 jackets are available for deserving members. Visit FFA.org/giveblue/ for more.

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 Value Chain.

FFA Alumni

Alumni and Supporters Grants
Apply by June 1 for funding to start or improve your alumni and supporters' chapter, partner student and alumni members on projects or to fund student affiliation fees and plant science-based projects. For more information and a copy of the grant application, visit FFA.org/alumnigrants. Grants can be submitted by email to alumni@ffa.org

Remote Development Conferences
Want to share ideas and learn more about how volunteers can help your chapter? Join the next National FFA Alumni and Supporters Remote Development Conference June 7-10 from 4-5 p.m. EDT. For an agenda and zoom meeting details, visit www.FFA.org/GoToRDC or email alumni@ffa.org.

NAAE 

Attend Your 2021 NAAE Regional Conference!
The NAAE regional meetings will once again be virtual this year, which makes them accessible to every NAAE member! Click on the button below to register for your Regional Meeting. After you complete the online registration you will receive a link, via the email you used to register, to connect to the meeting. If you have any questions about your regional meeting, please reach out to the staff member facilitating your meeting. Note that start times are listed based on time zone. 

Attending a regional meeting is great way to connect with other agriculture teachers, get involved in the organization and stay up to date on the latest news, events, and professional opportunities. Click here to learn more!

Volunteer for the NAAE Awards Judging Committee!
Each year, NAAE judges its member awards virtually through our national NAAE Award Judging committees. This is a great opportunity to get involved with NAAE, earn professional development credit, as well as familiarize yourself with the awards process if you would like to apply in the future. Committee members must be NAAE members and will be notified by June 15th of their judging assignments. Final scores are 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 sign up by Monday, June 7th.  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

Join Us for the 2021 NAAE Virtual Book Club 
To be at your best for others, you must first be your own best self.” This summer, escape into “Sanctuaries: Self-Care Secrets for Stressed-Out Teachers,” by Dan Tricarico, with the 2021 NAAE Virtual Book Club. It has been a challenging year for educators across the country. Taking time to define your place of refuge from the chaos will positively impact your performance in your home, classroom and community. Register to read along with your fellow NAAE members as we give each other permission to slow down, assess our circumstances, and learn how to become the most authentically present people we can be before we launch into the fall semester. Sanctuaries has been recommended by previous NAAE Book Club participants and is brought to us by the teacher-focused publishing company, Dave Burgess Consulting, LLC. This is a great opportunity to get involved with NAAE and earn professional development credit along the way! (Registration will be open until May 28th. Please have your book no later than June 7th). Register here!

NAAE Award Applications are Now Live!
NAAE maintains an extensive awards program to recognize the accomplishments of our many talented and dedicated members. We have awards for agricultural educators in every stage of their careers, from scholarships to lifetime achievement. The 2021 applications are now open on our website. You can find more information here. If you have any questions please contact Sarah Warren.

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 93, Issue 5 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read about Agriscience Research: Preparing the Next Generation of Scientists.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 10 - Growing Your Program with the NAAE Awards and Scholarship Program
NAAE maintains an extensive awards program to recognize the accomplishments of our many talented and dedicated members. We are proud to offer awards and scholarships for agricultural educators in every stage of their careers, from scholarships to lifetime achievement. In this episode, we're chatting with Mrs. Melanie Block, agricultural educator at Ravenna High School in Ravenna, Michigan, and Mr. Darren Swartz, agricultural educator at Bloomer High School in Bloomer, Wisconsin. Melanie and Darren have both been able to successfully grow their agricultural education programs through the years, and have both taken advantage of the many awards and programs that NAAE has to offer. Learn more here.

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
A Camping We Will Go
At the start of 2021 my plan was to publish a series of Footnotes about objects and events in Agricultural and Extension Education that no longer exist such as the Agdex filing system, the d-CON pocket calendar for agriculture teachers, the Harvestore breakfast, the Farmer’s Wife Magazine, and the list goes on. So now, five months into the year I… Read more here

CAST

Most universities are hosting in-person graduation ceremonies.

*** Friday, May 7, 2021:  University graduation events are underway, the administration releases an extensive conservation initiative, and food issues involve best burgers, edible prom corsages, and veggies in space. 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 3, 2021

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.

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

Happy National Teacher Appreciation Week from NAAE!

The NAAE team is so inspired by agricultural educators across the United States who are making magic happen every day in their schools and communities. Join us on the NAAE social media accounts (FacebookInstagram, and Twitter) as we celebrate the amazing work that agricultural educators do every day. Throughout the week, we’ll be interviewing agricultural educators, sharing special messages from NAAE staff, conducting a giveaway exclusively for NAAE members, and more. Visit www.naae.org/teacher-appreciation-week for more details.

Be a 2021 Teach Ag Day Celebration Kit Host!
The National Association of Agricultural Educators through the National Teach Ag Campaign are looking for agricultural educators who are willing and able to host 2021 National Teach Ag Day celebrations using a kit full of activities, promotional materials and more in secondary and post-secondary programs across the country on Thursday, September 16, 2021. National Teach Ag Day is an initiative of NAAE as part of the National Teach Ag Campaign designed to encourage others to consider a career teaching agriculture and celebrate the positive contributions agriculture teachers make in our schools and communities.  Learn more about the kit contents, how to use it and how to get one through the online interest form. Selected programs receive the kit at no charge. Interest forms must be submitted by 11:59pm EDT on Monday, May 3. 

Calling All ACTE Agricultural Education Division Members! 
Join or renew your ACTE membership and select “Agricultural Education Division” by June 15 for access to premier professional development and a chance to win a $200 ACTE gift card! Read more about the benefits of being an ACTE Agricultural Education Division member here!

Join the University of Illinois' New Digital Agricultural Summer Program!
Students in the new Illinois Digital Agriculture Summer Course work over two weeks of virtual lectures and virtual hands-on activities on various topics revolving around digital agriculture. Students will be mentored by faculty and staff members from the crop sciences, animal sciences, and computer science departments in multiple activities on topics like computer coding, data science, IoT, and modern remote sensing technologies. This course is designed to integrate various disciplines, and the discussions are centered around a variety of real-world problems. On the last day of the course, participants will be challenged to develop a solution to a digital agriculture problem in an inspiring 24h Virtual Hackathon.

Because of COVID, this program will be offered virtually this summer and is open to any student, regardless of geography. There is no cost to attend. The application deadline is May 7th and you can click here for more information.

NAAE Award Applications are Now Live!
NAAE maintains an extensive awards program to recognize the accomplishments of our many talented and dedicated members. We have awards for agricultural educators in every stage of their careers, from scholarships to lifetime achievement. The 2021 applications are now open on our website. You can find more information here. If you have any questions please contact Sarah Warren.

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 93, Issue 5 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read about Agriscience Research: Preparing the Next Generation of Scientists.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 9 - Working with Middle School Learners
Ahh, middle schoolers. If you’ve worked with middle school students before, you probably know that they can be some of the most excited and engaged students to work with, but at times, some of the most difficult to work with too. Middle school learners find themselves in a unique stage of their lives filled with new opportunities, peer pressure, insecurities, and both emotional and physical changes. As agricultural educators, what can you do to capitalize on middle schoolers’ unique qualities? What “ground rules” can you set to ensure a captivating, fun, yet professional classroom environment for middle school learners? In this episode, we’re joined by two NAAE members who have vast experience working with this age group; Dr. Jessica Jones of Tunstall High School of Virginia and Mr. Matthew Detloff of Chiefland Middle High School of Florida. Jessica and Matthew share a variety of information about working with middle school learners and what you can do to feel successful when it comes to working with this unique age group. Learn more here.

FFA


National-level CDE/LDE Planning Continues
The Career and Leadership Development Event committees continue to plan for virtual and in-person events this fall. Since the release of the status tracker, more than 18 event updates have been released. The 2021 CDE LDE Status Tracker and the accompanying Event Changes document are updated each Friday. If you have questions, check the updated 2021 CDE/LDE FAQ or contact cde@ffa.org.

Recommend FFA Members to Serve on National Nominating Committee
The National Officer Candidate Application and the Nominating Committee Member Recommendation Form are now live. 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 recommended by a mentor or peer. If you know someone who would make a great member of the committee, recommend them here. Recommendations are due by July 15Committee member and candidate applications are due Aug. 2. Direct questions to nomcom@ffa.org.

SAE Video of the Week
Check out this lawn care supervised experience by member Cole Hanson in Florida! Need a lesson plan for the video? We have you covered (WordPDF). 

Learn from a Pig in the Classroom
National FFA is teaming up with Zoetis, Indiana State Fair and the LEAP Foundation for a unique agricultural literacy project around swine. "There's a Pig in My Classroom" allows students in grades 3-5 to learn about swine production and culminates with a virtual field trip to Fair Oaks Farm Pig Adventure. Chapters can work with their district's elementary schools to provide an agricultural literacy experience and plant the seed for students to become educated consumers. Applications open on Monday, May 3, at 8 a.m. EDT and close at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 1. Click here for program information and the application link.

Giving the Gift of Blue
As we approach the end of the school year, now is the perfect time of year to nominate or encourage your students to apply for the Give the Gift of Blue program. More than 1,000 jackets are available for deserving members. Visit FFA.org/giveblue/ for more.

FFA Alumni


Alumni and Supporters Grants
Apply by June 1 for funding to start or improve your alumni and supporters' chapter, partner student and alumni members on projects or to fund student affiliation fees and plant science-based projects. For more information and a copy of the grant application, visit FFA.org/alumnigrants. Grants can be submitted by email to alumni@ffa.org

Remote Development Conferences
Want to share ideas and learn more about how volunteers can help your chapter? Join the next National FFA Alumni and Supporters Remote Development Conference June 7-10 from 4-5 p.m. EDT. For an agenda and zoom meeting details, visit www.FFA.org/GoToRDC or email alumni@ffa.org.

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
Henry M. Robert: Parliamentary Procedure Pioneer
Did you know that April is Parliamentary Law Month? The National Association of Parliamentarians has chosen April for this distinction because April is the birth month of Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the first American manual of parliamentary procedure in 1801. However, most of us are more familiar with Robert’s Rules of Order. Dr. Connors from the… Read more here

CAST

Environmental challenges need innovative ideas.

*** Friday, April 30, 2021:  A focus on food waste, climate issues need innovative solutions, and Hitchcock’s The Birds is remade in real life. 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 26, 2021

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.

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: Yearlong Living to Serve Grant
The Yearlong Living to Serve Grant is now available. Middle/high school FFA chapters can apply for up to $3,000 to support a service-learning project that spans an entire school year. The application is due June 15. For more information and to access the application, visit FFA.org/LivingToServe/Grants.

 

FFA Grants for Growing Application Due Soon
Grants for Growing provides middle/high school FFA chapters up to $5,000 to support the development or improvement of project-based or experiential learning opportunities for students. The application is due May 15. For more information and to access the application, visit FFA.org/GrantsForGrowing.

 

Another Great Resource for the Classroom 
Teachers: National FFA provides free resources that align with identified career focus areas. Click here to access the folder containing a comprehensive document of all the career focus areas and individual documents for each career focus area.

2021 Adult Delegate Coordinator Applications Open
Applications to become an adult delegate coordinator to the National FFA Delegate Experience are now open. These coordinators are volunteers who facilitate delegate committee work. All coordinators are required to participate in the State Officer Summit and the National FFA Convention & Expo. Applications are being accepted from state FFA staff, agriculture educators, teacher educators at the postsecondary level, and those with extensive knowledge of FFA and/or leadership development programs. Applications will remain open until May 14. All interested parties are encouraged to apply. However, applications from Louisiana, Idaho, Tennessee, and Ohio cannot be considered for 2021. Contact Justin Davis, jdavis@ffa.org with questions.

FFA Alumni

Forever Blue Network Teacher Resource
The Forever Blue Network is an opportunity for networking and professional and personal development. Using this WebQuest, teachers can help enroll and engage junior and senior agricultural education students in the Forever Blue Network.

NAAE

NAAE Award Applications are Now Live!
NAAE maintains an extensive awards program to recognize the accomplishments of our many talented and dedicated members. We have awards for agricultural educators in every stage of their careers, from scholarships to lifetime achievement. The 2021 applications are now open on our website. You can find more information here. If you have any questions please contact Sarah Warren.

Be a 2021 Teach Ag Day Celebration Kit Host!
The National Association of Agricultural Educators through the National Teach Ag Campaign are looking for agricultural educators who are willing and able to host 2021 National Teach Ag Day celebrations using a kit full of activities, promotional materials and more in secondary and post-secondary programs across the country on Thursday, September 16, 2021. National Teach Ag Day is an initiative of NAAE as part of the National Teach Ag Campaign designed to encourage others to consider a career teaching agriculture and celebrate the positive contributions agriculture teachers make in our schools and communities.  Learn more about the kit contents, how to use it and how to get one through the online interest form. Selected programs receive the kit at no charge. Interest forms must be submitted by 11:59pm EDT on Monday, May 3. 

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 93, Issue 5 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read about Agriscience Research: Preparing the Next Generation of Scientists.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 9 - Working with Middle School Learners
Ahh, middle schoolers. If you’ve worked with middle school students before, you probably know that they can be some of the most excited and engaged students to work with, but at times, some of the most difficult to work with too. Middle school learners find themselves in a unique stage of their lives filled with new opportunities, peer pressure, insecurities, and both emotional and physical changes. As agricultural educators, what can you do to capitalize on middle schoolers’ unique qualities? What “ground rules” can you set to ensure a captivating, fun, yet professional classroom environment for middle school learners? In this episode, we’re joined by two NAAE members who have vast experience working with this age group; Dr. Jessica Jones of Tunstall High School of Virginia and Mr. Matthew Detloff of Chiefland Middle High School of Florida. Jessica and Matthew share a variety of information about working with middle school learners and what you can do to feel successful when it comes to working with this unique age group. Learn more here.

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
The Principal Said "No", So ...
In last week’s Footnote we looked at a typical agricultural school for African-Americas in the early and mid-1900s. Today, we will fast forward to a potential new approach to agricultural education for African-Americans. This will conclude our month-long series of articles that were designed to help us remember and commemorate the New Farmers of… Read more here

CAST

Earth Day everyday—especially for farmers and ranchers.

*** Friday, April 23, 2021:  More focus than ever on Earth Day, with agriculture one of the keys; science and tech in space and on the ground; and gripping turf battles include lions, crocodiles, water buffaloes, and even turtles--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 19, 2021

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.

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 Applications are Now Live!
NAAE maintains an extensive awards program to recognize the accomplishments of our many talented and dedicated members. We have awards for agricultural educators in every stage of their careers, from scholarships to lifetime achievement. The 2021 applications are now open on our website. You can find more information here. If you have any questions please contact Sarah Warren.

Join Us for the Spring 2021 Virtual FAST Symposium
The NAAE National Teach Ag Campaign is hosting a virtual Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium for all current NAAE Student Member preservice agricultural education students across the United States! This LIVE professional development event will focus on developing relationships with administrators, creating your personal ag ed network, and will feature a 90-minute Q&A panel with current ag teachers to help you prepare for job interviews and early career success!

 

The Spring 2021 Virtual FAST Symposium will take place Thursday, April 22nd, from 4:00pm-8:30pm EDT. Follow this link for more information and to register.

Be a 2021 Teach Ag Day Celebration Kit Host!
The National Association of Agricultural Educators through the National Teach Ag Campaign are looking for agricultural educators who are willing and able to host 2021 National Teach Ag Day celebrations using a kit full of activities, promotional materials and more in secondary and post-secondary programs across the country on Thursday, September 16, 2021. National Teach Ag Day is an initiative of NAAE as part of the National Teach Ag Campaign designed to encourage others to consider a career teaching agriculture and celebrate the positive contributions agriculture teachers make in our schools and communities.  Learn more about the kit contents, how to use it and how to get one through the online interest form. Selected programs receive the kit at no charge. Interest forms must be submitted by 11:59pm EDT on Monday, May 3. 

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 93, Issue 5 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read about Agriscience Research: Preparing the Next Generation of Scientists.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 9 - Working with Middle School Learners
Ahh, middle schoolers. If you’ve worked with middle school students before, you probably know that they can be some of the most excited and engaged students to work with, but at times, some of the most difficult to work with too. Middle school learners find themselves in a unique stage of their lives filled with new opportunities, peer pressure, insecurities, and both emotional and physical changes. As agricultural educators, what can you do to capitalize on middle schoolers’ unique qualities? What “ground rules” can you set to ensure a captivating, fun, yet professional classroom environment for middle school learners? In this episode, we’re joined by two NAAE members who have vast experience working with this age group; Dr. Jessica Jones of Tunstall High School of Virginia and Mr. Matthew Detloff of Chiefland Middle High School of Florida. Jessica and Matthew share a variety of information about working with middle school learners and what you can do to feel successful when it comes to working with this unique age group. Learn more here.

FFA


Take These AgExplorer Virtual Field Trips
Looking for virtual field trips for your students? Check out the AgExplorer Virtual Field Trips and the Virtual Field Trips Guides. 

 

SpeakAg With an Ag Advocate
National FFA and agriculture advocate Courtenay DeHoff have paired up for a series of videos — check out part 1 and part 2 now. Part 3 will be a town hall setting where students can submit questions to Courtenay that will be read by the #SpeakAg Pioneers. To submit questions, visit here.
 

2021 Adult Delegate Coordinator Applications Open
Applications to become an adult delegate coordinator to the National FFA Delegate Experience are now open. These coordinators are volunteers who facilitate delegate committee work. All coordinators are required to participate in the State Officer Summit and the National FFA Convention & Expo. Applications are being accepted from state FFA staff, agriculture educators, teacher educators at the postsecondary level, and those with extensive knowledge of FFA and/or leadership development programs. Applications will remain open until May 14. All interested parties are encouraged to apply. However, applications from Louisiana, Idaho, Tennessee, and Ohio cannot be considered for 2021. Contact Justin Davis, jdavis@ffa.org with questions.

FFA Alumni

Forever Blue Network Teacher Resource
The Forever Blue Network is an opportunity for networking and professional and personal development. Using this WebQuest, teachers can help enroll and engage junior and senior agricultural education students in the Forever Blue Network.

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
It’s as if life started all over again!
If the New Farmers of America (NFA) were still in existence today, last week would have been National NFA Week. To keep the legacy of the NFA alive in our collective memories, the past two Footnotes have focused on the NFA. We will continue in that vein this week with a story about a unique school for African-Americans.  Era 1 – John Keasbey Brick… Read more here

CAST

Do you need to tip a robot food worker?

*** Friday, April 16, 2021:  More robots involved in the food chain, gene-editing gaining public acceptance, and a scientific analysis of Kong vs. Godzilla--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 12, 2021

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.

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

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 Value Chain.

New Century Farmer Returns This Summer
The New Century Farmer Conference is returning in person this summer! We will welcome all participants previously invited to attend in 2020. The conference will take place in Indianapolis with a comprehensive health and safety plan to keep all participants safe. We will share more details with invited participants soon. Currently, we do not plan to open applications for this summer’s conference. Interested members and alumni can sign up for notifications about the 2022 conference.

Request a National FFA Officer for Your Chapter Banquet 
For chapters hosting virtual or in-person banquets this May, consider inviting a National FFA Officer to join your festivities virtually. Officers can virtually join chapter banquets or prerecord remarks specific to the chapter. 

Interested in Judging?
We are looking for individuals interested in serving as judges at state and national agriscience fairs and for the National Chapter Awards Program, National FFA Agricultural Proficiency Awards, American Star Awards, SAE Grants and some career and leadership development events. Opportunities to serve occur multiple times throughout the year and may include both online and on-site judging. Complete the judge interest form to express your interest in serving as a judge. 

Classroom Resource Now Available
Are you looking for activity worksheets for keynote and retiring address videos? Check them out here.

Catch it Now: Food Products and Processing Systems Owls Chats 
You don’t want to miss this month’s Owls Chat April 19. The recorded chat covers the food products and processing systems pathway, featuring: 

  • Tyler Price from James Madison High in San Antonio, Texas, and how to start teaching meat sciences even with limited lab facilities and partnering with local grocery chains.
  • Matt Dice from the Whitko Career Center in Larwill, Indiana, and how to combine food science and chemistry with work-based learning for students. 
  • Kelli Kreider from Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana on the ins and outs of the food science career development event.
  • Sealed Air and insights into food packaging. 

Previous National FFA Owls Chats are available on-demand.

FFA Alumni

Forever Blue Network Teacher Resource
The Forever Blue Network is an opportunity for networking and professional and personal development. Using this WebQuest, teachers can help enroll and engage junior and senior agricultural education students in the Forever Blue Network.

NAAE

NAAE Award Applications are Now Live!
NAAE maintains an extensive awards program to recognize the accomplishments of our many talented and dedicated members. We have awards for agricultural educators in every stage of their careers, from scholarships to lifetime achievement. The 2021 applications are now open on our website. You can find more information here. If you have any questions please contact Sarah Warren.

Join Us for the Spring 2021 Virtual FAST Symposium
The NAAE National Teach Ag Campaign is hosting a virtual Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium for all current NAAE Student Member preservice agricultural education students across the United States! This LIVE professional development event will focus on developing relationships with administrators, creating your personal ag ed network, and will feature a 90-minute Q&A panel with current ag teachers to help you prepare for job interviews and early career success!

 

The Spring 2021 Virtual FAST Symposium will take place Thursday, April 22nd, from 4:00pm-8:30pm EDT. Follow this link for more information and to register.

Apply for the 2021 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program!
Each year NAAE’s National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of preservice agriculture teachers as National Teach Ag Ambassadors to represent the agricultural education profession at the National FFA Convention and throughout the year at their local and state levels. This year’s applications are due April 16th, 2021. Follow this link for more information and to apply!

Be a 2021 Teach Ag Day Celebration Kit Host!
The National Association of Agricultural Educators through the National Teach Ag Campaign are looking for agricultural educators who are willing and able to host 2021 National Teach Ag Day celebrations using a kit full of activities, promotional materials and more in secondary and post-secondary programs across the country on Thursday, September 16, 2021. National Teach Ag Day is an initiative of NAAE as part of the National Teach Ag Campaign designed to encourage others to consider a career teaching agriculture and celebrate the positive contributions agriculture teachers make in our schools and communities.  Learn more about the kit contents, how to use it and how to get one through the online interest form. Selected programs receive the kit at no charge. Interest forms must be submitted by 11:59pm EDT on Monday, May 3. 

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 93, Issue 5 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read about Agriscience Research: Preparing the Next Generation of Scientists.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 9 - Working with Middle School Learners
Ahh, middle schoolers. If you’ve worked with middle school students before, you probably know that they can be some of the most excited and engaged students to work with, but at times, some of the most difficult to work with too. Middle school learners find themselves in a unique stage of their lives filled with new opportunities, peer pressure, insecurities, and both emotional and physical changes. As agricultural educators, what can you do to capitalize on middle schoolers’ unique qualities? What “ground rules” can you set to ensure a captivating, fun, yet professional classroom environment for middle school learners? In this episode, we’re joined by two NAAE members who have vast experience working with this age group; Dr. Jessica Jones of Tunstall High School of Virginia and Mr. Matthew Detloff of Chiefland Middle High School of Florida. Jessica and Matthew share a variety of information about working with middle school learners and what you can do to feel successful when it comes to working with this unique age group. Learn more here.

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
Lessons Learned From NFA Day Celebrations
So what did you do to celebrate New Farmers of America (NFA) Week this week? It might be interesting to see what NFA chapters actually did to celebrate NFA week. Was it much different than what we do today to celebrate National FFA week? In this Footnote, we will look at suggestions for conducting NFA day and check out some past NFA week… Read more here

CAST

From toilet paper to pepperoni to ketchup, the supply chain has had a few kinks in the links this year.

*** Friday, April 9, 2021:  The food supply chain under scrutiny, universities consider vaccination procedures on campus, and the 17-year cicada invasion will be noisy but not lethal! 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 5, 2021

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.

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

Join Us for the Spring 2021 Virtual FAST Symposium
The NAAE National Teach Ag Campaign is hosting a virtual Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium for all current NAAE Student Member preservice agricultural education students across the United States! This LIVE professional development event will focus on developing relationships with administrators, creating your personal ag ed network, and will feature a 90-minute Q&A panel with current ag teachers to help you prepare for job interviews and early career success!

 

The Spring 2021 Virtual FAST Symposium will take place Thursday, April 22nd, from 4:00pm-8:30pm EDT. Follow this link for more information and to register.

Apply for the 2021 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program!
Each year NAAE’s National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of preservice agriculture teachers as National Teach Ag Ambassadors to represent the agricultural education profession at the National FFA Convention and throughout the year at their local and state levels. This year’s applications are due April 16th, 2021. Follow this link for more information and to apply!

Be a 2021 Teach Ag Day Celebration Kit Host!
The National Association of Agricultural Educators through the National Teach Ag Campaign are looking for agricultural educators who are willing and able to host 2021 National Teach Ag Day celebrations using a kit full of activities, promotional materials and more in secondary and post-secondary programs across the country on Thursday, September 16, 2021. National Teach Ag Day is an initiative of NAAE as part of the National Teach Ag Campaign designed to encourage others to consider a career teaching agriculture and celebrate the positive contributions agriculture teachers make in our schools and communities.  Learn more about the kit contents, how to use it and how to get one through the online interest form. Selected programs receive the kit at no charge. Interest forms must be submitted by 11:59pm EDT on Monday, May 3. 

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 93, Issue 5 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read about Agriscience Research: Preparing the Next Generation of Scientists.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 9 - Working with Middle School Learners
Ahh, middle schoolers. If you’ve worked with middle school students before, you probably know that they can be some of the most excited and engaged students to work with, but at times, some of the most difficult to work with too. Middle school learners find themselves in a unique stage of their lives filled with new opportunities, peer pressure, insecurities, and both emotional and physical changes. As agricultural educators, what can you do to capitalize on middle schoolers’ unique qualities? What “ground rules” can you set to ensure a captivating, fun, yet professional classroom environment for middle school learners? In this episode, we’re joined by two NAAE members who have vast experience working with this age group; Dr. Jessica Jones of Tunstall High School of Virginia and Mr. Matthew Detloff of Chiefland Middle High School of Florida. Jessica and Matthew share a variety of information about working with middle school learners and what you can do to feel successful when it comes to working with this unique age group. Learn more here.

FFA

Learn More About Alternative Energies
Celebrate March's #SpeakAg topic – alternative energies. Growth Energy shares a quick fact or fiction about ethanol, while Invenergy takes us behind the scenes of solar and wind power. These short videos plus educator resources are available now

2021 CDE and LDE Event Planning Continues 
Plans for 2021 career and leadership development events include using virtual components to minimize in-person contact and create the best convention experience. The 2021 CDE LDE Status Tracker was developed to track event changes. Subscribe at the bottom of the webpage to get a monthly email reminder about event changes/updates.

Career and Leadership Challenges
The March Advocacy and Literacy Challenge released on March 15 encourages sharing how your community harnesses or may plan to harness alternative energies. Submissions are due April 15.

Download Our New Lessons 
Check out the newest FFA New Horizons digital lessons

FFA Grants for Growing Application Open
Grants for Growing provides middle/high school FFA chapters up to $5,000 to support the development or improvement of project-based or experiential learning opportunities for students. Funding is provided by consumers who purchased an FFA paper emblem at Tractor Supply Company stores at checkout during National FFA Week. For more information and to access the application, visit FFA.org/GrantsForGrowing.

Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grant
This grant opportunity is open year-round and is available to middle and high school FFA chapters. Alumni and Supporters chapters are also eligible. Funding of up to $400 may be used to support a day of service event. For more information and to access the application, visit FFA.org/LivingToServe

New Resources Translated Into Spanish
We are excited to bring you our newly translated Spanish resources. With funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we have translated 15 educational resources, including Official FFA Student Handbook lessons, SAE video lessons, the current event activity sheet, SAE idea cards and more. Check out the resources here.

FFA Alumni

2021 Remote Development Conferences
The second 2021 Remote Development Conference will be held April 5-8 from 1-2 p.m. EDT. These conferences are great opportunities for FFA advisors, alumni and supporters to share ideas, ask questions and learn more about how volunteers can help students and teachers at the local and state levels. For an agenda and Zoom meeting information, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc or email alumni@ffa.org.

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
The LAST Miss NFA
If the New Farmers of America (NFA) still existed, this would have been a very busy week for the advisor and officers of local chapters and the state association. They would be busy preparing for next week, National NFA Week. What originally started as a one-day celebration on April 5, National NFA Day (which was celebrated on the birthday of… Read more here

CAST

The superheroes in the war on coronavirus include many women scientists.

*** Friday, April 2, 2021:  Women scientists have been key in the search for vaccines; ag/science careers come in many forms; and it’s no April Fools’ joke—Pepsi and Peeps are frighteningly real. 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.

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