Sabrina Shaver

Monday Morning Monitor -- 6/10/2019

Blog Post created by Sabrina Shaver on Jun 19, 2019

June 10, 2019



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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action


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


June 23-26
NEAT Summer Conference
Stockbridge, MA.


September 17
AAAE Western Region Conference
Anchorage, AK


September 19
National Teach Ag Day


October 10-12
North Central AAAE Conference
East Lansing, MI


Past Issues




2019 NAAE and FFA Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Request for Proposals

The National Association of Agricultural Educators and the National FFA Organization are seeking individuals, teams or companies to provide training experiences to students (middle, high school and collegiate) and educators (middle, high and post-secondary) around the topic of inclusion. Within that we are specifically seeking sessions around Unconscious/Implicit Bias, Micromessaging, Inclusive Language, Cultural Competency, creating an inclusive environment, and how to constructively address inequity and exclusion instances. The training sessions will be held at various times, dates and locations with anywhere from 10-300 participants. Proposals may be submitted for one, multiple, or all the training sessions. The trainings will take place between August 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019 and would include one-time special events and/or progressive, reoccurring staff training. Follow this link for exact dates and locations. Additional training opportunities may be available and offered in 2020.


Position Announcement:  Communications/Marketing Specialist
The NAAE communications/marketing specialist will be expected to have appropriate credentials and experience in communications and marketing, including a working knowledge of writing for the media, preparing computer generated presentations, developing and maintaining websites, marketing membership and merchandise, and using computer software typical in office environments (word processing, desktop publishing, web design and maintenance, database, and spreadsheet). Follow this link for more information and to apply today. 


State and University-Level Teach Ag Ambassador Resources NOW AVAILABLE!
Looking to start your own Teach Ag Ambassador Program at the state or university level? The National Teach Ag Campaign has compiled a number of resources to help you get started, just click here. Contact Andrea Fristoe, Program Manager, for more information and to schedule a training for your program!


Instructional Materials Now Available from Growth Energy
Growth Energy, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, is providing teachers with 15 days of instruction focused on ethanol and renewable fuels. To access these free instructional materials, including the lesson plan, six activities, PowerPoint, and assessment visit NAAE’s Communities of Practice website at this link. 

Communities of Practice Highlights

Vets on Call
Presented by Zoetis, the Veterinarians on Call YouTube channel features real-life vets doing a variety of tasks. This week, Dr. Kiehne explains the design of the farrowing barn where mom sows live for about three weeks while delivering and nursing their piglets, protected from the elements and from territorial barn-mates. Follow this link to watch the video. 


Friday Footnotes
D-Day and FFA Members
June 6, 2019, is the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. This was the turning point in World War II. We have no record of the number of former FFA members who were involved in D-Day, but we do know numerous FFA members were involved. Click here to read more.





See Chapter Success in Action
Looking for inspiration when planning your Program of Activities and ultimately your National Chapter Award application? The redesigned 2018 National FFA Chapter Awards Guide (formerly known as the Chapter Success Guide) is now available online. The guide features the 45 National Chapter Award finalists honored during the 91st National FFA Convention & Expo last October. Read these unique stories of community engagement and chapter accomplishments to inspire your members to better their schools and communities. Teachers and advisors can also use the guide’s planning checklist to get organized; information on project funding opportunities is also included.


Connect Educational Standards on Field Trip Request Forms
Attention Teachers:  Are you writing field trip request forms? Use our Educational Standards Alignment documents to go along with your field trip request paperwork.  Click here to see all of the documents. 


Honor Supporters of FFA
The deadline for Honorary American FFA Degree, VIP Citation and Distinguished Service Citation applications is quickly approaching.


All nominations must be completed by June 15 online. Click here to make a nomination.

A few reminders:

  • You must be logged in to to make a nomination.
  • The state advisor/executive director must approve all nominations from your state.
  • To use the appropriate application, reference the application guidelines when making your nominations.
  • Recipients will be announced following the August board meeting.

For questions, email

Work Behind-the-Scenes at National FFA Convention & Expo

Spread the news—we’re looking for interns to work at the national convention and expo this October:

Still Time to Apply! Yearlong Living to Serve Grants Due in One Week
The 2019-2020 Yearlong Living to Serve grant application is available now for FFA chapters to apply for up to $3,000 to support yearlong service-learning projects that address community needs in one of four focus areas: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. Need ideas for yearlong service-learning projects? Check out the interactive map at to review funded projects.

Additional information on the grant can also be found on the website. Applications are due  Monday, June 17th, 2019 at


FFA Alumni


FFA Alumni and Supporters Awards Application Deadline Approaching 
Share your successes by applying for a National FFA Alumni and Supporters Outstanding Achievement, Chapter or State Award! Collegiate chapters will also be recognized through the Outstanding Chapter Award application. All applications are due July 1 and can be found at




Luckily for this pig, he’s not in New York City where Operation Meltdown closed 46 ice cream trucks.


Friday, June 7, 2019:  Ag communication efforts come from many sources, recycled cups are made from coffee grounds and cactus, and Operation Meltdown puts the scream in ice cream--these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.


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