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Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

September 21, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Virtual Events

2020:

National FFA Convention: Oct. 27-29 

 

2020 Virtual NAAE Convention:
November 30 -December 4

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


Register for Convention Beginning This Tuesday
Visit Convention.ffa.org for the latest on the year’s biggest virtual celebration, including the ins and outs of registration that opens Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. EDT. Check out the three-day schedule too.

FFA New Horizons Is Here
The latest issue of FFA New Horizons is now hitting mailboxes and features even more exclusive content than ever before — including the new Shop FFA Look Book. You can also read the issue online, and teachers can access the teaching guide for classroom use. Be on the lookout for the magazine’s next printed issue early next year in time for National FFA Week. In the meantime, keep up with all things FFA on FFA.org/news

 

Serve Locally This October 
FFA chapters are being asked to put their Leadership into Action and serve their local community by participating in the FFA National Days of Service. FFA chapters may sign up a service event to be hosted in October. If you host and report on your service event before Oct. 9, your chapter may be highlighted during national convention. 

Official FFA Manuel in Spanish Now Available
The updated version of the Official FFA Manual in Spanish is now available on FFA.org. Based on your feedback, this version of the Spanish manual includes the use of the word “capítulos” instead of “secciones” to represent the English word “chapter.” 

 

SAE Video of the Week
See how Kami Harmon from McMinn County FFA in Tennessee gets her lambs show-ready for her supervised agricultural experience.

Culver’s Celebrates Scoops of Thanks Day
Mark your calendar for Thursday, Sept. 24! Visit your local Culver’s restaurant and get a scoop of fresh frozen custard in exchange for your $1 donation to support local FFA and agricultural education programs. Here are five reasons why you should go.

Get Your TSC Convention Shirts
Something big has arrived at Tractor Supply Company (TSC) stores and online: The TSC national convention T-shirt! For $12.99, you can pick up a great shirt, and all proceeds benefit Gift of Blue, FFA Alumni and Living to Serve.

FFA Alumni

Leadership Scholarship Report Deadline
Any FFA Alumni and Supporters chapter or state association that received a leadership scholarship check from National FFA is required to submit a leadership scholarship report form to alumni@ffa.org by Oct. 1. Chapters and states that do not submit a grant report form will not receive 2020 funding. 

Forever Blue Network App
Resources and networking at your fingertips! National FFA is excited to announce that the Forever Blue Network is now available as an app on iOS and android devices! From the Apple Store, download the Graduway Community app and type “National FFA Organization” as your institution. From the Google Play Store, download the Forever Blue Network app. Be sure to check out groups and resources specifically for agriculture education teachers!

NAAE

Alissa Smith Named CEO of NAAE
Lexington, Ky. – The board of directors of the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) is pleased to announce that Alissa F. Smith of Nicholasville, Ky. has been hired as NAAE Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Her assignment in this capacity will begin October 1, 2020.
Read More.

Seeking Candidates to Fill Open NAAE Committee Positions
There are current openings on the following NAAE committees:

Finance: Region I, Region III and Region VI
Marketing: Region II and Region VI
Member Services: Region I, Region IV and Region VI
Policy and Bylaws: Region I, Region II, Region III and Region VI
Public Policy: Region II and Region VI
Strategic Planning: Region VI

 

Click here to learn more about NAAE committees, including how to apply to be a committee member.

 

Questions? Contact Jay Jackman.

Current Issue of The Agricultural Education Magazine
Volume 93, Issue 2 – September/October 2020 – Using Reading and Writing to Enhance Your Agriculture Classroom

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.

NAAE's Connect Podcast - Episode 3: Nutrition, Energy, and Ag Teacher Wellness (Part 1)
NAAE is excited to kick off Part One of a two part series related to nutrition, energy, and ag teacher wellness. Our host is joined by our guest co-host and current NAAE President, Mr. Parker Bane, as they explore how proper nutrition and living an active lifestyle can help boost our energy so that agricultural educators can be their best for themselves, their students, and their friends and family at home. Parker and Alan are joined by two agricultural educators, Mrs. Amanda Twenter of Missouri and Mr. Melvin Phelps of New York, who share personal experiences they've encountered along with tangible steps that you can take to help boost and maintain your energy throughout the day. 

For more information, visit our website!

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. In this episode of Vets On Call: Sadly, shortly after this video was filmed for Veterinarians On Call, Dr. Samantha Pohl passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer. We hope her message will better inform people about poultry care in the US, and inspire more students to pursue a career in poultry science and veterinary health. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
The Farm Security Administration (FSA)! What do you think this USDA agency did? Let me guess. It was a federal police force that patrolled farms to make sure no cattle were being rustled or barns were broken into. Farmers would post signs like the one below to show that their farms were protected by the Farm Security Administration. Figure 1.… Read more here

CAST

A broadcaster chastises his dogs for lying on their online dating profiles.

*** Friday, Sept. 18, 2020:  Science and agriculture struggle with an “infodemic,” students and the public deal with a multitude of disasters, and a viral video looks at how online dating can go to the dogs. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

September 14, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Virtual Events

2020:

National Teach Ag Day: Sept. 17, 2020

 

National FFA Convention: Oct. 27-29 

 

2020 Virtual NAAE Convention:
November 30 -December 4

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


Make plans to join us on Thursday, September 17th as we celebrate National Teach Ag Day!
Watch the webcast by going to the Teach Ag website and/or the NAAE and Teach Ag Facebook pages. Use #TeachAg and #Tagged20 for your Teach Ag Day social media posts. 

 

10:00am-12:00pm EDT Pre-show live interviews and conversation facilitated by Teach Ag Ambassadors John Bazemore, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in GA and Madeleine Musick, Oklahoma State University in OK. 
(featuring current agriculture teachers, agricultural education leaders, sponsor partners, agriculture organizations like MANRRS, Cultivating Change Foundation and Agriculture Future of America, the 2020 Teach Ag Champions and more

12:00-1:00pm EDT Teach Ag Day program 
(featuring inspirational agriculture teachers, the 2020-2021 Teach Ag Ambassadors, the 43 Teach Ag Day celebration host sites and more than 100 tagged to #TeachAg individuals

4:00-8:00pm Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium - registration closed 
(featuring targeted professional development for preservice teachers including inquiry instructional methods, creating an inclusive classroom, Nearpod integration, My Local Cooperative, CASE, current teacher Q&A panel and job interview tips). 

 

Current Issue of The Agricultural Education Magazine
Volume 93, Issue 2 – September/October 2020 – Using Reading and Writing to Enhance Your Agriculture Classroom

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.

The Bloom Partnership: Providing Ag Ed Support at Every Level
In our continued effort to expand our commitment to FFA $1.00 out of every FFA Chapter Challenge sale will support Ag Teacher Associations in your State and NAAE.

Plus, the $14 (70%) going to your chapter means with every 100 memberships sold online or using our FFA “app” friendly card will return $1400 back to your chapter. Over the years our average chapter sale is 280 FFA Travel and Savings Membership sold or $3920 in chapter profit.

Let our team help your chapter implement the simplest consumer-friendly fundraiser in America. Not only does it deliver unprecedented profit to your chapter but a wonderful value to your supporters. Learn more bloomforgood.com/ffa.

NAAE's Connect Podcast - Episode 3: Nutrition, Energy, and Ag Teacher Wellness (Part 1)
NAAE is excited to kick off Part One of a two part series related to nutrition, energy, and ag teacher wellness. Our host is joined by our guest co-host and current NAAE President, Mr. Parker Bane, as they explore how proper nutrition and living an active lifestyle can help boost our energy so that agricultural educators can be their best for themselves, their students, and their friends and family at home. Parker and Alan are joined by two agricultural educators, Mrs. Amanda Twenter of Missouri and Mr. Melvin Phelps of New York, who share personal experiences they've encountered along with tangible steps that you can take to help boost and maintain your energy throughout the day. 

For more information, visit our website!

 

2020 NAAE Convention is Going Virtual-November 30-December 4th
Along with the ACTE CareerTech Vision, NAAE has made the decision to go virtual for the 2020 NAAE Convention.  This was a very difficult decision however the health and safety of our members is of the utmost importance to our association. As we continue to plan, more information will be released and we will update the ag ed community. Click here to learn more and register.

FFA


Credit Cards Required for 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo Registration
Credit cards will be the only accepted payment type when registration opens for the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo on Sept. 22. This change applies to all registration types and tiers, including chapters and states. We are confident registering groups can handle this change in 2020 thanks to lower overall registration costs and continuing trends of our registration transaction history. Plus, registration for the 2020 virtual event does not include any time-sensitive or quantity-limited registration items, meaning registration as soon as the process opens will have no additional benefit. 

If a registering group has no access to a credit card for this purchase, we recommend purchasing a prepaid Visa or Mastercard gift card equal to the expected registration cost. Prepaid Visa or Mastercard gift cards may be used during the registration process. The prepaid gift card could be reimbursed from school funds, covered by an advance collection of funds from participants, or purchased by a chapter’s local alumni/supporter group. 

This information will soon be communicated broadly via email and the convention website

National Awards Judges Needed
The awards and recognition team is seeking interested individuals to serve as judges for National FFA Agriscience Fair, National Chapter Awards, and Agricultural Proficiency Awards. The virtual judging process will take place the week of Sept. 21. We hope you will consider helping out and encourage others to sign up and serve as a judge this year. 

 

Use These Video Lessons in Your Classroom
New supervised agricultural experience video lesson plans are now available!  Access them here

FFA Alumni


Leadership Scholarship Report Deadline
Any FFA Alumni and Supporters chapter or state association that received a leadership scholarship check from National FFA is required to submit a leadership scholarship report form to alumni@ffa.org by Oct. 1. Chapters and states that do not submit a grant report form will not receive 2020 funding. 

Forever Blue Network App
Resources and networking at your fingertips! National FFA is excited to announce that the Forever Blue Network is now available as an app on iOS and android devices! From the Apple Store, download the Graduway Community app and type “National FFA Organization” as your institution. From the Google Play Store, download the Forever Blue Network app. Be sure to check out groups and resources specifically for agriculture education teachers!

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. In this episode of Vets On Call: Sadly, shortly after this video was filmed for Veterinarians On Call, Dr. Samantha Pohl passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer. We hope her message will better inform people about poultry care in the US, and inspire more students to pursue a career in poultry science and veterinary health. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
Urban Agriculture: 1930s Style
During the past several decades there has been an emphasis on urban agriculture. It is now common to hear such words as community gardens, community-supported agriculture, rooftop farming, container gardening, vertical farming, square-foot gardens, and the list goes on. Even the Cooperative Extension Service has allocated resources to serving the… Read more here

CAST

State fairs have been canceled but venders use methods to keep the corn dogs, deep-fried Oreos, and chickens-on-a-stick flowing.

*** Friday, Sept. 11, 2020:  Weather extremes include fires, snow, and derechos; rural areas suffer from increased COVID-19 cases and slower postal service; and most state fairs were canceled but food vendors still offer deep-fried everything on-a-stick. 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
 

August 24, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Virtual Events

2020:

National Teach Ag Day: Sept. 17, 2020

 

National FFA Convention: Oct. 27-29 

 

2020 Virtual NAAE Convention:
November 30 -December 4

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


Running A Successful Online Fundraiser-Free Webinar
Bloom is passionate about impacting your chapter and is giving back 80% of every sale to FFA with 70% remaining with your chapter. With $.50 of every sale now going to your state ag teachers’ association and another $.50 to NAAE for grants and scholarships. Plus $1 to The FFA National Foundation. Everyone wins!!

Bloom is offering a free webinar to walk you through “Running a Successful Online FFA Fundraiser.” During these webinars, you will learn how chapters can not only raise funds but also make this a leadership team-building event.

Bloom is giving a free membership to everyone that registers for the webinar ($20 value).

Register below:

Aug. 24 | 4 p.m. (EST)| https://bit.ly/3jCz9Z4

www.bloomforgood.com

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

2020 National Teach Ag Day Future Agriculture Teacher Photo Submission
The NAAE National Teach Ag Campaign is now accepting photos and information of future agriculture teachers to include in the 2020 National Teach Ag Day Webcast. In order to be included, future agriculture teachers must submit a high resolution, appropriate headshot photo, name, city and state, current school, high school agriculture teacher, and their email address. We encourage you to share this information with any future agriculture teachers who may be interested. Click here to learn more and to submit information.

 

2020 NAAE Convention is Going Virtual-November 30-December 4th
Along with the ACTE CareerTech Vision, NAAE has made the decision to go virtual for the 2020 NAAE Convention.  This was a very difficult decision however the health and safety of our members is of the utmost importance to our association. As we continue to plan, more information will be released and we will update the ag ed community. Click here to learn more and register.

 

Agricultural Education For All Learning Sessions:
Join NAAE and the National FFA Organization on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 3:00pm EDT for the session is entitled “Culturally Responsive Teaching” and will be presented by Dr. Erica Gray.

As instructional leaders, making the shift toward embedding culturally responsive teaching practice with fidelity requires us to recognize and share powerful practices in action. It requires us to look at our practices both from the teacher standpoint and student receptiveness. It also requires us to create an environment in which coaching both becomes the vehicle to replicate those practices building-wide and to empower teachers to make adjustments that embed equity in their current teaching practices. Click here to register in advance for this session.

Click here to see the rest of the schedule for August.

FFA

RFD-TV Partners With FFA for Live Broadcast of National Convention 
Thanks to the generosity of RFD-TV, production of the convention general sessions, award recognitions, national officer retiring addresses and celebration of FFA members and partners will occur at the RFD-TV studio in Ft. Worth, Texas, Stockyards. Learn more on FFA.org

 

FFA Blue Room Returns to National Convention
Want to introduce your students to the future careers, innovations and technology in agriculture at this year’s first-ever virtual national convention? Check out the FFA Blue Room! National FFA is bringing the future of sustainability in agriculture directly to students and classrooms through engaging activities with cutting-edge ag tech companies and live presentations from industry leaders. The FFA Blue Room is a unique experience that has made an impact over the last two years. Stay tuned for more to come.

 

A Fair Time to Advocate
We wrapped up our July advocacy celebration on the importance of fairs in agriculture by discussing animal biosecurity with Merck Animal Health. Check out fair impact numbers, the importance of advocating at fairs and more resources here.

 

Living to Serve Fall Semester-Long Grants Now Open
Apply now! This grant provides middle/high school FFA chapters with up to $1,200 to implement a service-learning project in their community for one semester. The application closes Sept. 1. Email lts@ffa.org with questions. #LivingToServe

 

Living to Serve Chapter Challenge Open to Chapters and Individuals
Whether you are attending school in person or virtually, you can still serve your community. Share with FFA how you are serving individually or as a chapter. Find resources to inspire you to take action and log your service hours to inspire others. #FFAChallengeAccepted #LivingToServe

Teachers: Try These Worksheets
Check out the FFA Fundamentals and FFA.org Scavenger Hunt Choice Boards. The FFA Fundamentals choice board is designed to help students quickly learn FFA basics while exploring FFA.org. This is the perfect activity for an FFA unit or Discovery and Greenhand FFA Degree candidates. The FFA choice boards facilitate student exploration across all facets of FFA.org, as well as AgExplorer. Choice boards cover a variety of periods (six-weeks, nine-weeks, one semester and a year). Choose the time that works best with your curriculum.

Program to Help Students in Indian Country
Do you know of an FFA member who was unable to sell their market animal this year due to a canceled or altered fair or livestock sale? FFA members in Indian Country are encouraged to check out the Intertribal Agriculture Council’s Food 4 Families program. This program helps pay the processing fees for finished market livestock to ensure an appropriate and economically viable end to the project. The program is open to Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian FFA and 4-H members.  Learn more and apply at https://www.indianag.org/4h.

FFA Alumni

Final 2020 FFA Alumni and Supporters Grant Deadline Approaching 
September 1st is the final deadline to apply for 2020 FFA Alumni and Supporter grants! Thanks to Tractor Supply Company, $500 legacy grants are available for starting and improving alumni and supporter chapters and $1,000 grants are available for alumni and student members to partner together on projects or events!  Nutrien Ag Solutions is sponsoring $5,000 Give Back to Your Roots grants that can help pay for student affiliation fees, plant-science based projects or other agriculture program materials. Grant applications can be found at www.ffa.org/alumnigrants and submitted to alumni@ffa.org

FFA Alumni and Supporters Advisory Committee
Interested in helping shape FFA Alumni and Supporters for the future? Apply to be a part of the National FFA Alumni and Supporters Advisory Committee!  Positions are open for a representative from the Eastern region and for a representative from a corporate alumni and supporters chapter. Applications are due by Sept. 1. To submit your application, or if you have questions, email alumni@ffa.org.

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. In this episode of Vets On Call: Poultry vets like Dr. Dan Wilson of Rose Acre Farms in Indiana are working to keep eggs safe. Dr. Wilson oversees vaccinations of birds raised by the second largest egg producer in the United States -- vaccines that not only protect the birds’ lives and health, but also aim to prevent birds from getting salmonella infection they could pass to humans through the eggs. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
Its Alive! The Agriculture Adjustment Act Rises from the Grave!
In the previous Friday Footnote, we learned about the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933. We ended the Footnote with a Supreme Court ruling in 1936 that invalidated the Act. The Court ruled that a special tax paid by food processors to fund the Act was unconstitutional.   Figure 1: Agricultural Adjustment Act ruled unconstitutional.   So, what… Read more here

CAST

This Michigan corn maze says it all---COVID, Go Away!

*** Friday, August 21, 2020:  This weird summer includes a Midwest hurricane, western wildfires, a COVID corn maze, and a surfer punching out a shark--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
 

August 17, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Virtual Events

2020:

National Teach Ag Day: Sept. 17, 2020

 

National FFA Convention: Oct. 27-29 

 

2020 Virtual NAAE Convention:
November 30 -December 4

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


Get the latest on National Convention 
Mark your calendars now to join us virtually Oct. 27-29 for the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo. Watch a special message from the National FFA Officers, know what to expect during your virtual national convention and expo, and learn how to register for this year’s event at Convention.FFA.org

SAE for All
Looking for information on supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs)? Check out the SAE for All website, which provides information on SAEs based on exploring passions and career interests. Students start with a foundational SAE and then expand to include one or more immersion SAEs. Find activity guides and more to make it easy for all students to have an SAE.

 

E-learning modules are available on the educator and student pages.
Also, the SAE Resources Guide (Word)(PDF) can help teachers and advisors incorporate SAEs into their courses in the classroom and at a distance.

FFA Alumni

Final 2020 FFA Alumni and Supporters Grant Deadline Approaching 
September 1st is the final deadline to apply for 2020 FFA Alumni and Supporter grants! Thanks to Tractor Supply Company, $500 legacy grants are available for starting and improving alumni and supporter chapters and $1,000 grants are available for alumni and student members to partner together on projects or events!  Nutrien Ag Solutions is sponsoring $5,000 Give Back to Your Roots grants that can help pay for student affiliation fees, plant-science based projects or other agriculture program materials. Grant applications can be found at www.ffa.org/alumnigrants and submitted to alumni@ffa.org

FFA Alumni and Supporters Advisory Committee
Interested in helping shape FFA Alumni and Supporters for the future? Apply to be a part of the National FFA Alumni and Supporters Advisory Committee!  Positions are open for a representative from the Eastern region and for a representative from a corporate alumni and supporters chapter. Applications are due by Sept. 1. To submit your application, or if you have questions, email alumni@ffa.org.

NAAE

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

National Teach Ag Day FAST Symposium
The 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 for FREE! This LIVE professional development event is held in conjunction with National Teach Ag Day, September 17th, 2020! Follow this link to apply by SEPTEMBER 2ND!

CASE Curriculum is now available via MyCASE!
CASE teachers, don't forget that case4learning.org has a new look! To access your curriculum, log into MyCASE. PLEASE NOTE, if you've paid NAAE dues or been CASE-certified, you most likely already have an account. Before creating one, please try some of your current or previous emails as your username.

2020 NAAE Convention is Going Virtual-November 30-December 4th
Along with the ACTE CareerTech Vision, NAAE has made the decision to go virtual for the 2020 NAAE Convention.  This was a very difficult decision however the health and safety of our members is of the utmost importance to our association. As we continue to plan, more information will be released and we will update the ag ed community.  As of Monday, August 10, here are a few things to know about this year’s convention:

  • Live general sessions and over 50 live and on-demand workshops will be available to convention registrants.
  • All live sessions will be recorded and available on-demand for 365 days after the last date of convention so you can catch every session and continue your professional development all year.
  • Networking lounges and opportunities to engage with other participants as well as the Organizational Members & Business Partners will be available during the convention.
  • Special NAAE Member Rate of $225 and special NAAE Student Member Rate of $65 will get you access to everything!  To register go to our website and make sure you click the “Agricultural Education” in the Field of Specialization area.
  • For those that have already registered at the ACTE Early-Bird Rate, you will automatically be refunded the difference between early-bird rate and the new NAAE Member Rate by ACTE.  All questions related to registration refunds need to be directed to ACTE at registration@acteonline.org.  
  • The NAAE website is in the process of being updated to reflect the new virtual convention. 

We are excited about this new venture and look forward to engaging with our members virtually this year!

Agricultural Education For All Learning Sessions:
Join NAAE and the National FFA Organization on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 3:00pm EDT for the session is entitled “Micro-aggression & Micro-messaging” and will be presented by Dr. Roger Cleveland.

This session will help participants understand the concepts of micro-aggressions, micro-inequities and stereotype threat, how these can manifest, and how they impact learning environments. The participants will be introduced to ways of challenging unconscious biases. We will also explore and share out strategies to effectively respond to micro-aggressions. Click here to register in advance for this session.

Click here to see the rest of the schedule for August.

 

ACTE Ag Ed Division Update from Scott Stone
We in education have been dealt a very poor hand these past few months but you have played that hand to the best of your ability and I thank you. I want to ensure you that the staff at ACTE and NAAE have worked tirelessly on our behalf to help provide the support and resources we need in the trenches each day. I want to thank them for all their hard work and dedication to our profession... Read More.

FREE Webinar on Funding Solutions for your Chapter: Bloom is passionate about impacting your chapter and is giving back 80% of every sale to FFA with 70% remaining with your chapter. With $.50 of every sale now going to your state ag teachers’ association and another $.50 to NAAE for grants and scholarships. Plus $1 to The FFA National Foundation. Everyone wins!!

Bloom is offering a free webinar to walk you through “Running a Successful Online FFA Fundraiser.” During these webinars, you will learn how chapters can not only raise funds but also make this a leadership team-building event.

Bloom is giving a free membership to everyone that registers for the webinar ($20 value).

Register below:

Aug. 24 | 4 p.m. (EST)| https://bit.ly/3jCz9Z4

www.bloomforgood.com

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. In this episode of Vets On Call: Poultry vets like Dr. Dan Wilson of Rose Acre Farms in Indiana are working to keep eggs safe. Dr. Wilson oversees vaccinations of birds raised by the second largest egg producer in the United States -- vaccines that not only protect the birds’ lives and health, but also aim to prevent birds from getting salmonella infection they could pass to humans through the eggs. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
Plowing Under Cotton and Killing Pigs
During the Great Depression/Dust Bowl era the creation of the Soil Conservation Service, running electricity and building sanitary privies in rural America, and establishing a system of farm credit all made sense.  However, the Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA) of 1933 was controversial. In this Friday Footnote we will explore the Agricultural… Read more here

CAST

Some breakfast items might be “endangered foods".

*** Friday, August 14, 2020:  Food assistance programs, the WASDE report, and a crop-destroying storm, along with a look at your breakfast items that could be on the endangered list--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
 

August 10, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Virtual Events

2020:

National Teach Ag Day: Sept. 17, 2020

 

National FFA Convention: Oct. 28 - 30 

 

2020 Virtual NAAE Convention:
November 30 -December 4

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


2020 NAAE Convention is Going Virtual-November 30-December 4th
Along with the ACTE CareerTech Vision, NAAE has made the decision to go virtual for the 2020 NAAE Convention.  This was a very difficult decision however the health and safety of our members is of the utmost importance to our association. As we continue to plan, more information will be released and we will update the ag ed community.  As of Monday, August 10, here are a few things to know about this year’s convention:

  • Live general sessions and over 50 live and on-demand workshops will be available to convention registrants.
  • All live sessions will be recorded and available on-demand for 365 days after the last date of convention so you can catch every session and continue your professional development all year.
  • Networking lounges and opportunities to engage with other participants as well as the Organizational Members & Business Partners will be available during the convention.
  • Special NAAE Member Rate of $225 and special NAAE Student Member Rate of $65 will get you access to everything!  To register go to our website and make sure you click the “Agricultural Education” in the Field of Specialization area.
  • For those that have already registered at the ACTE Early-Bird Rate, you will automatically be refunded the difference between early-bird rate and the new NAAE Member Rate by ACTE.  All questions related to registration refunds need to be directed to ACTE at registration@acteonline.org.  
  • The NAAE website is in the process of being updated to reflect the new virtual convention. 

We are excited about this new venture and look forward to engaging with our members virtually this year!

Agricultural Education For All Learning Sessions:
Join NAAE and the National FFA Organization on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 3:00pm EDT for the session is entitled “Blind Spots: Implicit Bias in the Classroom” and will be presented by Ms. Jaime Nebbitt.

Implicit Bias or Unconscious bias is the stereotyping and prejudice that guides our preference for a social group that is often automatic. Implicit bias is ubiquitous in society, and shaped by individual’s experiences, perceptions, and upbringing, everyone has some form of unconscious bias. Recent studies have shown that this bias also exist in educators, and that can have significant impact on student’s achievement and success. This session will introduce participants to case studies, challenge participants to explore their own unconscious bias, and then we will have discussion around approaches that may assist educators to become conscious of their biases, and how they may be able to remedy them for the benefit of the students.  Click here to register in advance for this session.

Click here to see the rest of the schedule for August.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 2 Now Streaming! For the second episode of Connect, a podcast by the National Association of Agricultural Educators, we're digging deep into Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE). CASE is one of the most powerful tools available for the advancements of agricultural education and the enhancement of student learning in our profession. Our host is joined by two CASE Master Teachers, Ms. Karen Van De Walle of Iowa and Mr. Carroll Mercer of Arkansas, who share their passion for CASE and how it's transformed not only their classroom but their personal and professional lives as well. 

You can listen on iTunes, Spotify, or Google Play. Visit our podcast webpage to stream now!

FFA

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

New Virtual Conference Focused on Production Agriculture
If you’re a junior, senior or an FFA member who has recently graduated and is passionate about production agriculture, mark your calendar for the Horizon Conference, Jan. 9-10, 2021. This new virtual conference will cultivate the next generation of leaders in production agriculture. More information about this conference, including a schedule and registration information, is coming soon. Visit FFA.org to learn more about this conference and sign up to receive email updates.

Accept the Challenge 
We know that chapters across the country are serving their communities over the summer months. Share with us what you are doing individually or as a chapter. Find resources to inspire you to act and log your service hours to inspire others. #FFAChallengeAccepted

FFA Alumni

Final 2020 FFA Alumni and Supporters Grant Deadline Approaching 
September 1st is the final deadline to apply for 2020 FFA Alumni and Supporter grants! Thanks to Tractor Supply Company, $500 legacy grants are available for starting and improving alumni and supporter chapters and $1,000 grants are available for alumni and student members to partner together on projects or events!  Nutrien Ag Solutions is sponsoring $5,000 Give Back to Your Roots grants that can help pay for student affiliation fees, plant-science based projects or other agriculture program materials. Grant applications can be found at www.ffa.org/alumnigrants and submitted to alumni@ffa.org

FFA Alumni and Supporters Advisory Committee
Interested in helping shape FFA Alumni and Supporters for the future? Apply to be a part of the National FFA Alumni and Supporters Advisory Committee!  Positions are open for a representative from the Eastern region and for a representative from a corporate alumni and supporters chapter. Applications are due by Sept. 1. To submit your application, or if you have questions, email alumni@ffa.org.

Remote Development Conferences
To continue to offer FFA advisors, staff, alumni and supporters an opportunity for professional development and idea sharing, National FFA Alumni and Supporters is offering interactive Remote Development Conferences through Zoom. The next online event will be held on Saturday, August 15. For an agenda and Zoom meeting information, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc or email alumni@ffa.org.

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. In this episode of Vets On Call: Poultry vets like Dr. Dan Wilson of Rose Acre Farms in Indiana are working to keep eggs safe. Dr. Wilson oversees vaccinations of birds raised by the second largest egg producer in the United States -- vaccines that not only protect the birds’ lives and health, but also aim to prevent birds from getting salmonella infection they could pass to humans through the eggs. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
Show Me the Money
When I was 16 years old, I visited the Production Credit Association (PCA) office in Lampasas, Texas to ask for a loan to buy 5 cows. This was to expand my SAE program. As a freshman, I had two Angora goats. During my sophomore year, I added more goats and had a flock of 20 sheep thanks to the FFA chapter livestock chain.  In my junior year, I… Read more here

CAST

Experiencing the “nostalgic smell of the ring” at revamped livestock shows.

*** Friday, August 7, 2020:  It’s a “No Fair” summer, but youth livestock shows continue. Updates for virus research, mystery seeds, and car-hop food trends--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
 

August 3, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE

Agricultural Education For All Learning Sessions:
Join NAAE and the National FFA Organization on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 3:00pm EDT for the session is entitled “Cultural Humility: What’s it all about?” and will be presented by Dr. Erica Gray.

 

This session will explore how an organization or school can become inclusive and understanding of a variety of cultures, races, abilities, and differences, and identify changes that can be made by organizations and by individuals to transform the climate. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of cultural competence and cultural humility. Participants will be more aware of their own cultural perceptions and how those perceptions influence policies, practices and personnel. Participants will have an increased knowledge of cultural competence, cultural humility, and be better prepared to interact more comfortably in a multi-cultural work environment. Click here to register in advance for this session.

Click here to see the rest of the schedule for August.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 2 Now Streaming! For the second episode of Connect, a podcast by the National Association of Agricultural Educators, we're digging deep into Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE). CASE is one of the most powerful tools available for the advancements of agricultural education and the enhancement of student learning in our profession. Our host is joined by two CASE Master Teachers, Ms. Karen Van De Walle of Iowa and Mr. Carroll Mercer of Arkansas, who share their passion for CASE and how it's transformed not only their classroom but their personal and professional lives as well. 

You can listen on iTunes, Spotify, or Google Play. Visit our podcast webpage to stream now!

FFA


New Virtual Conference Focused on Production Agriculture
If you’re a junior, senior or an FFA member who has recently graduated and is passionate about production agriculture, mark your calendar for the Horizon Conference, Jan. 9-10, 2021. This new virtual conference will cultivate the next generation of leaders in production agriculture. More information about this conference, including a schedule and registration information, is coming soon. Visit FFA.org to learn more about this conference and sign up to receive email updates.

 

SAE Video of the Week
Watch Chloe Jones from McMinn County FFA in Tennessee weave her magic as she makes grapevine wreaths and learns about grape production. 

Accept the Challenge 
We know that chapters across the country are serving their communities over the summer months. Share with us what you are doing individually or as a chapter. Find resources to inspire you to act and log your service hours to inspire others. #FFAChallengeAccepted

Judges Needed
Are you interested in serving as a judge for the National Chapter Awards? Sign up now to be a national finalist selection judge. You will score state winning applications online and have a five- to 14-day period to score the applications. Expect to spend six to 10 hours scoring the applications at your convenience during the judging period. Instructions and details, including a video tutorial, will be provided. National finalist selection begins on Aug. 5. Learn more about how to sign up. Email questions to judges@ffa.org.

FFA Alumni

Remote Development Conferences
To continue to offer FFA advisors, staff, alumni and supporters an opportunity for professional development and idea sharing, National FFA Alumni and Supporters is offering interactive Remote Development Conferences through Zoom. The next online event will be held on Saturday, August 15. For an agenda and Zoom meeting information, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc or email alumni@ffa.org.

Forever Blue Network App
Resources and networking at your fingertips! National FFA is excited to announce that the Forever Blue Network is now available as an app on iOS and android devices! From the Apple Store, download the Graduway Community app and type “National FFA Organization” as your institution. From the Google Play Store, download the Forever Blue Network app. Be sure to check out groups and resources specifically for agriculture education teachers!

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. In this episode of Vets On Call: Dr. Wilson, veterinarian at Rose Acre Farms in Indiana, examines the flocks in his care by handling some of the birds. “A bird lays an egg every day, we have to maintain their health,” he says. At the farm, he examines the birds’ body condition, bone condition, and fat condition – this at the farm that is second largest egg producer in the U.S. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
One Hundred and Counting
Historians often celebrate milestone events such as the 50th or 100th anniversary of an important happening. In 2014 we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act that provided for a national system of Extension. In 2017 we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Hughes Act which provided federal support for the teaching of… Read more here

CAST

Universities and organizations continue science and tech research in challenging times. 

*** Friday, July 31, 2020:  Crucial research continues during the pandemic, chocolate gets high marks from some health experts, and NASA sends a spacecraft to Mars—without Matt Damon or potatoes! 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 27, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

FFA

Accept the Challenge 
We know that chapters across the country are serving their communities over the summer months. Share with us what you are doing individually or as a chapter. Find resources to inspire you to act and log your service hours to inspire others. #FFAChallengeAccepted

Judges Needed
Are you interested in serving as a judge for the National Chapter Awards? Sign up now to be a national finalist selection judge. You will score state winning applications online and have a five- to 14-day period to score the applications. Expect to spend six to 10 hours scoring the applications at your convenience during the judging period. Instructions and details, including a video tutorial, will be provided. National finalist selection begins on Aug. 5. Learn more about how to sign up. Email questions to judges@ffa.org.

 

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

 

Meet the 2020-21 Teacher Ambassadors for National FFA
We’re excited to welcome our 2020-21 Teacher Ambassadors for National FFA (PDF). This group of educators will work alongside our evaluation, educational development and state relations teams at National FFA to improve our offerings and provide feedback. Feel free to reach out to ambassadors for help with implementing FFA educational resources in the classroom.

FFA Alumni

Forever Blue Network App
Resources and networking at your fingertips! National FFA is excited to announce that the Forever Blue Network is now available as an app on iOS and android devices! From the Apple Store, download the Graduway Community app and type “National FFA Organization” as your institution. From the Google Play Store, download the Forever Blue Network app. Be sure to check out groups and resources specifically for agriculture education teachers!

NAAE

Agricultural Education For All Learning Sessions:
Join NAAE and the National FFA Organization on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 3:00pm EDT for the session is entitled “Power, Privilege & Practice” and will be presented by Dr. Lori Wright and Dr. Roger Cleveland.

What does it mean to have privilege? How do your social identities (e.g., race, gender, class, religion, sexuality, etc.) grant or deny you privilege? How do you know when you have it and when you don't? How can we use power and privilege to break the cycle of classism, sexism racism etc.? This workshop will explore these questions, offering participants an opportunity to delve deeply into their social identities and explain intersectionality and cognitive dissonance. Participants will begin to uncover sources of bias that have been reinforced by an unrelenting cycle of socialization, develop skills for effective ally ship and learn how implementing even the smallest of steps toward equity, inclusion, and justice can transform an individual into an agent of change in their communities and profession. Click here to register in advance for this session.

Click here to see the rest of the schedule for August.

New CASE Website
The new case4learning.org is ready for use! Here are some tips to improve your experience:

  • Curriculum is web-based, meaning there is no longer a bulk download. However, individual Word doc downloads are still available via Unit - Lesson - Instructional Resources.
  • You will need an account to access your curriculum. If you have ever paid NAAE dues, you probably already have an account. Before creating a new one, try signing in with your current or former email addresses that could be attached to NAAE membership. After you are into your account, feel free to update your profile under Edit Profile on your dashboard.
  • The CASE Store is open for purchasing materials. As you shop, be aware that hitting enter on a page submits your order!

NAAE's Connect Podcast is Now Streaming!
In this episode, listeners can learn more about one of NAAE's newest initiatives called My Local Cooperative. Our host is joined by Mr. Wes Crawford, an NAAE member and agricultural educator from Oregon, and Ms. Nanci Lilja, the President of the CHS Foundation, to discuss the importance of incorporating cooperative education into your curriculum. The episode digs into the three My Local Cooperative Instructional Modules and discusses CHS Foundation resources and tools available to agricultural educators and agricultural education students.

You can listen on iTunes, Spotify, or Google Play. Visit our podcast webpage to stream now! 

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. In this episode of Vets On Call: Dr. Wilson, veterinarian at Rose Acre Farms in Indiana, examines the flocks in his care by handling some of the birds. “A bird lays an egg every day, we have to maintain their health,” he says. At the farm, he examines the birds’ body condition, bone condition, and fat condition – this at the farm that is second largest egg producer in the U.S. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
Black Blizzards
What is a Black Blizzard? Is it: A snowfall that is black because of air pollution (primarily coal dust). A snowfall so massive the sun is blacked out. A swarm of locust or grasshoppers so thick they block out the sun. An intense dust storm, especially in the dust-bowl area of the U.S. A chocolate ice cream treat from Dairy Queen During the decade… Read more here

CAST

Is there a cure for the summertime blues?

*** Friday, July 24, 2020:  The pandemic continues as scientists search for answers, universities make plans and continue research, and a contentious beef ad leads to meaningful dialogue. 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 20, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE

Agricultural Education For All Learning Sessions:
Join NAAE and the National FFA Organization on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 3:00pm EDT for the first of six Agricultural Education for All Learning Sessions. Our first session is entitled “Civility for Critical Conversations” and will be presented by Dr. Erica Gray.

This session will examine the importance of civility and respect when having discussions around racism, bias and diversity. Participants will gain an awareness of the impact of actions upon others, the organization, and the individual. Understand what constitutes cultural competence and cultural incompetence. Improve skills in communicating across cultures. Know the action steps needed to value others in the workplace. Click here to register in advance.

NAAE's Connect Podcast is Now Streaming!
In this episode, listeners can learn more about one of NAAE's newest initiatives called My Local Cooperative. Our host is joined by Mr. Wes Crawford, an NAAE member and agricultural educator from Oregon, and Ms. Nanci Lilja, the President of the CHS Foundation, to discuss the importance of incorporating cooperative education into your curriculum. The episode digs into the three My Local Cooperative Instructional Modules and discusses CHS Foundation resources and tools available to agricultural educators and agricultural education students.

You can listen on iTunes, Spotify, or Google Play. Visit our podcast webpage to stream now!

 

CASE New Website
case4learning.org is getting a new look! This website update will allow for easier purchasing through the CASE store. It will also offer automatic curriculum access to certified teachers with a simple log in to the new MyCASE section of the site. 

FFA

Check Out These Teaching Resources
Looking for an activity sheet that can accompany any supervised agricultural experience video, FFA Blue 365 video, FFA New Horizons article, keynote/retiring address or current event? Check out the generic activity sheets folder.

FFA Alumni

Remote Development Conferences
To continue to offer FFA advisors, staff, alumni and supporters an opportunity for professional development and idea sharing, National FFA Alumni and Supporters is offering interactive Remote Development Conferences through Zoom. The next online event will be held on Saturday, August 15. For an agenda and Zoom meeting information, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc or email alumni@ffa.org.

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. In this episode of Vets On Call: Dr. Wilson, veterinarian at Rose Acre Farms in Indiana, examines the flocks in his care by handling some of the birds. “A bird lays an egg every day, we have to maintain their health,” he says. At the farm, he examines the birds’ body condition, bone condition, and fat condition – this at the farm that is second largest egg producer in the U.S. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
When the Lights Came on - True Stories
The Friday Footnote for last week focused on the factual events surrounding rural electrification. We didn’t have space to examine the human reactions and experiences in bringing electricity to rural America. This week the Footnote will share the human experiences, some very humorous and some very moving, regarding the night the lights came on.… Read more here

CAST

Back-to-school preparations take on new meanings.

*** Friday, July 17, 2020:  Fall classes could be in-person, remote, or hybrid; a whopper of a burger campaign causes a stir; COVID-19 cases increase in rural areas; and a “shark whisperer” sings the praises of “Jaws.” 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 13, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE

CASE New Website
case4learning.org is getting a new look! This website update will allow for easier purchasing through the CASE store. It will also offer automatic curriculum access to certified teachers with a simple log in to the new MyCASE section of the site. 

Meet the Author!
Dave Burgess will be joining us for a Zoom chat on Thursday, July 16th at 3 PM EST! Come hear some encouragement from the author of Teach Like a Pirate to officially get us started on the 2020 NAAE Summer Book Club. Register to attend the Dave Burgess chat here. Click here to register for this book club, and here to check out the CoP book club page.

 

Join the NAAE team!
NAAE is seeking applications for the position of NAAE Chief Executive Officer. Please review or download the position announcement with all details on our website.

The Agricultural Education Magazine is Now On-line Only and Free to All
Beginning with Volume 93, Issue 1, (July/August 2020), The Agricultural Education Magazine will be available in electronic format only, free to all, accessed through the website of the National Association of Agricultural Educators. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all.

 

Immersive ASA CASE Institutes
Despite challenges from social distancing and travel restrictions, CASE has virtual options for professional development available now. The Virtual Immersive ASA Institute registration closes July 15th To Learn More.

FFA

Check Out These Teaching Resources
Looking for an activity sheet that can accompany any supervised agricultural experience video, FFA Blue 365 video, FFA New Horizons article, keynote/retiring address or current event? Check out the generic activity sheets folder.

FFA Alumni

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

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. In this episode of Vets On Call: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
The Sanitary Privy
To celebrate the 4th of July and our American heritage, this Footnote launches a month-long series of postings that look at the federal government and some of the policies and agencies created by the federal government that have impacted rural American (and directly or indirectly agricultural and extension education). This Footnote will focus on… Read more here

CAST

Science can be frustrating or controversial, but it’s usually incredible!

*** Friday, July 10, 2020:  Science is more important than ever, new discoveries in medicine and agriculture, and the news stays quirky—including stinky flowers, amazing computers, naked mole rats, and a gator named Chance the Snapper. 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 6, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

FFA

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

FFA Alumni

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

NAAE

Join the NAAE team!
NAAE is seeking applications for the position of NAAE Chief Executive Officer. Please review or download the position announcement with all details on our website.

The Agricultural Education Magazine is Now On-line Only and Free to All
Beginning with Volume 93, Issue 1, (July/August 2020), The Agricultural Education Magazine will be available in electronic format only, free to all, accessed through the website of the National Association of Agricultural Educators. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all.


Immersive ASA CASE Institutes
Despite challenges from social distancing and travel restrictions, CASE has virtual options for professional development available now. The Virtual Immersive ASA Institute registration closes July 15th To Learn More.

 

National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant for Research
Central Lakes College and AgCentric has been awarded a $584,613 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for research on addressing the critical issue of an agricultural technician workforce gap. The agricultural equipment industry has a significant shortage of qualified technicians trained to manufacture, use, and maintain equipment--costing the economy $180 billion in lost revenue, according to a study commissioned by the Associated Equipment Distributors Foundation. Click Here for More Information.

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

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

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

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. In this episode of Vets On Call: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
The Sanitary Privy
To celebrate the 4th of July and our American heritage, this Footnote launches a month-long series of postings that look at the federal government and some of the policies and agencies created by the federal government that have impacted rural American (and directly or indirectly agricultural and extension education). This Footnote will focus on… Read more here

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

June 29, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE


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

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

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

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

FFA


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

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

 

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

FFA Alumni

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

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

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. In this episode of Vets On Call: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

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

CAST

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

*** Friday, June 26, 2020:  Food safety, Fourth of July gatherings, and COVID-19 adjustments; ag companies, organizations, and universities address crucial issues; and the Peterson Brothers do a hay baling rap—or is it wrap? These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

June 22, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE

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

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

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

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

FFA


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

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

 

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

FFA Alumni

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

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

 

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

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

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. In this episode of Vets On Call: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

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

CAST

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

*** Friday, June 19, 2020:  Scientific efforts to find treatments and vaccines include universities and agriculture; trade issues continue to bubble; and “Gummy Bear Science” includes a bit of thermodynamics. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

June 15, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

FFA


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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

FFA Alumni


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

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

NAAE

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

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

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

 

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

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. In this episode of Vets On Call: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

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

CAST

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

*** Friday, June 12, 2020:  Soil specialist and humanitarian Dr. Rattan Lal wins the 2020 World Food Prize; agriculture is part of the important conversation about race and equality; and COVID-19 continues to impact society—while raccoons seem to be better suited to cope with containment than humans! These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

June 8, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE

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

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

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

FFA


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

 

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

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

FFA Alumni

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

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. In this episode of Vets On Call: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

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

CAST

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

*** Friday, June 5, 2020:  Coping with COVID, spotting scams, livestock sustainability, and going crazy for peanut butter. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

June 1, 2020

Vision

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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Events

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

FFA


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

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

 

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

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

FFA Alumni

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

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

NAAE

2020 NAAE Convention Request for Proposals
Each year, agricultural educators from across the country gather at the NAAE Convention for networking, business sessions, and most importantly the opportunity to engage in high-quality professional development related to ag education. If you are interested in presenting a workshop at the 2020 NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, follow this link to find out more details and submit your proposal. Proposals are to be submitted by Monday, June 1, 2020. Please contact Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program Manager, with any questions at afristoe.naae@uky.edu.

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

Registration Info Coming Soon!

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

If you have any questions please contact Sarah Warren.

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

 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. In this episode of Vets On Call: many people assume chicken products in US supermarkets come from chickens raised in crowded cages on “factory farms." But that’s not true, says Dr. Chuck Hofacre of the University of Georgia, one of the nation’s top poultry veterinarians. Watch the video here.

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

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

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

CAST

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

*** Friday, May 29, 2020:  Universities adapt to new challenges, food programs get support from many sources, and a toddler in a red hat seems ready to win Celebrity Cook-Off. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. Friday Notes is the weekly online newsletter from The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.

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