Ag Ed Summit Report
The National Council for Agricultural Education is a partnership that convenes representatives from each of the AERO groups (Agricultural Education Related Organizations) to identify opportunities and resources, provide a forum for thought and direction, and focus on academic and career success for all students. Click hereto read more.
We are now accepting applications for the 2019 NAAE interns. We have positions available in advocacy, communications, and professional development. Follow this link for more information and to apply by December 21st.
Online Professional Development: Global Learning (#GLAG19)
The Global Teach Ag! Initiative is conducting the 5th annual global learning in agriculture conference! #GLAG19: Cultivating Empathy in a Global World will provide “on-demand” and “live” opportunities to advance your capacity as a global agricultural educator, helping to prepare your students for the interconnected world of food, fiber, and natural resources. During the week of January 26th, with only a digital pass ($25), you have access to resources and best practices to help advance global learning in your program. While supplies last, there are also 100 “All-Access” Passes ($50) that include the Conference-in-A-Box. Fun fact: In 2018, we had an impression on 1,121,917 twitter accounts with the conversation about #GLAG18 – over 1 million accounts seeing school-based agricultural education talk about global issues. Here is a link to check out the conference program from last year. The keynote is Mr. Roger Thurow, Pulitzer Prize Finalist who is the author of Enough; The Last Hunger Season; and The First 1,000 days. GLAG can only occur with the support of our Global Learning Partners including: Penn State Extension; Penn State Center for Professional Personal Learning; Hawkeye Global Agriculture Learning Center; Hunger Solutions Institute at Auburn University; Iowa State University, Michigan State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Purdue, CELA-Belize, Explorations by Thor, Murphy-Carpenter Design, The National FFA Organization, Nutrients for Life Foundation, and The World Food Prize.
Ag Ed For All Webinar Series
Whether it’s during your prep hour or after school, for 15 minutes or the entire webinar -- join Penn State and the University of Minnesota to learn more about creating an inclusive environment for agricultural education students.
During the time of the webinar, visit z.umn.edu/AgEdForAll to take you to the Zoom video link. The webinar will occur on the second Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. CST / 4 p.m. EST and will last 60-90 minutes.
- January 9 -- Ableism and Disability Justice
- February 13 -- Race, Racism and Privilege
- March 13 -- Gender Equity
- April 10 -- Challenging Classism
*Titles adopted from University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity.
We are seeking to include the voices of these identities in the planning process. If you would like to share your voice or any feedback, we invite you to fill out a Google Form at z.umn.edu/AgEdForAllVoices.
The webinar is open to anyone who wants to participate and would benefit from these conversations. For questions, please contact Brandon Roiger at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jonathan Seaman at email@example.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. This week, Dr. Heather Weir mentors vet student Willy Brock through a complex surgery at Colorado State University Teaching Hospital. Follow this link to watch the video.
Joe Writes Santa
Joe Scatterscrew is a fictitious agriculture teacher. He was a created in the 1950s by the Head of Agricultural Education at Texas A&M University, E. V. Walton. Professor Walton wrote the stories to use in preparing future teachers. Click here to read more.
Earn Money for Your FFA Week Projects
Is your FFA chapter planning a service project for National FFA Week, Feb. 16-23? Chapters can receive up to $400 with a Living to Serve Day of Service Mini Grant to help fund projects. Apply today at FFA.org/livingtoserve/grants.
2019 New Century Farmer Moving to Indy; Application Now Live
Know an FFA member who has experience in the field of production agriculture and plans to return to a career in production agriculture through work experience, training or other activities? Are they a former FFA member who is currently attending a two- or four-year college or university and between the ages of 18-24? Look into New Century Farmer! To be held July 7-13, 2019, in Indianapolis, Ind., this all-expenses-paid conference will be packed full of interactive workshops, field tours, visioning design, networking opportunities and financial planning. The application is now live and closes Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Head here for more information.
NOW OPEN! $1,200 Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant
Want to engage your students in project-based learning to meet a community need? The 2018 Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve grant application is now open. Apply for up to $1,200 to support a semester-long service-learning project that addresses a community need in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement.
Need ideas for semester-long service-learning projects? Check out the interactive map at FFA.org/livingtoserve to review projects funded last school year. Additional information on the grant can also be found on the website. Applications are due February 1, 2019. Email questions to LTS@FFA.org.
$400 Day of Service Mini-Grant Available
National FFA Week is right around the corner (Feb. 16-23), so now is the time to plan for your chapter’s service event. Chapters can receive a grant of up to $400 with a Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grant to support their FFA Week service activities. To access the application and see ideas on our interactive project map, visit FFA.org/livingtoserve. Applications should be submitted by Tuesday, Jan. 1, to be considered for support during FFA Week. Email questions to LTS@ffa.org.
FFA Alumni Membership Benefits
Check out the growing list of benefits that every National FFA Alumni and Supporter receives as part of their membership, just in time for the holiday season. And, don’t forget that the registration and deposit for the first agricultural travel program are due Friday, Feb. 1. The group will be traveling to Germany and The Netherlands July 1-10, 2019! Click Here to see the tentative itinerary and registration form.