Sabrina Shaver

Monday Morning Monitor-- 7/29/2019

Blog Post created by Sabrina Shaver on Aug 5, 2019

July 29, 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


September 17
AAAE Western 
Region Conference
Anchorage, AK

September 19
National Teach Ag Day

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

October 30- Nov. 2
National FFA Convention
Indianapolis, IN

December 3-7
NAAE Convention
Anaheim, CA

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Welcome to the 2019 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors
This past week, 18 individuals from across the country traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma to participate in the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy. The participants will be facilitating workshops at the National FFA Convention as well as the NAAE Convention. Now a lifelong agriscience ambassador, these individuals completed 45 hours in professional development over the course of the week while learning new ways to integrate and develop inquiry-based learning in their teaching.

Looking to reinvigorate your career?
Apply for the 2019 NAAE XLR8 national cohort.  Applications are due Monday, September 2nd.  The NAAE XLR8 is a year-long professional development program that targets agriculture teachers in their 7th-15th year of teaching. The overall goals of this program are to develop experienced teacher leaders who will mentor other teachers in the profession, provide mid-career level specific professional development to participants as well as increase overall longevity and satisfaction of participants with their chosen career of teaching agriculture. To learn more and to apply, visit this link

Position Announcement:  Membership Coordinator/Program Assistant 
The NAAE Membership Coordinator/Program Assistant will be expected to have strong oral and written communications, leadership, management, and problem-solving skills; ability to work with diverse people and in teams; self-motivation, initiative, and ability to work with limited day-to-day supervision; meticulous attention to detail, organization, and punctuality; strong desire to complete work thoroughly and on time; ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and deadlines; knowledge and skill using personal computers, standard computer software, database software, and office machines. Follow this link for more information and to apply today. 

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. 

National Teach Ag Day
The ninth annual National Teach Ag Day celebration will take place on Thursday, September 19, 2019. National Teach Ag Day is designed to encourage others to teach school based agriculture and recognize the important role that agriculture teachers play in our schools and communities.Every year the National Teach Ag Campaign hosts a live webcast event somewhere in the country in conjunction with National Teach Ag Day. This year's live webcast was hosted by BASF in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Follow this link to learn more about the 2019 National Teach Ag Day. 

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. Dr. Peck oversees a calf delivery on her family farm in Northern New York state. You've seen vets care for your dog or cat, have you seen them care for piglets, calves, pigs and cows? Watch the video here 

Friday Footnotes
The Death of Mrs. Henry Groseclose
Would you be surprised to learn that the wife of Henry Groseclose, the Father of the FFA, passed away three months ago? I certainly was. When you realize that the FFA started in 1928 it is somewhat incongruous that his wife died in 2019, some 91 years after the establishment of the FFA. I wanted to publish this Footnote as soon as I learned of the…Read more 


Fellowship Program Accepting Applications
The ACTE Fellowship program is accepting applications for the 2020 class of Fellows!  Please consider taking part in this opportunity for professional development, increased policy knowledge and leadership development!  The Fellowship Program is a one-year commitment from January December 2020.  More information is available  at Applications are due September 15.


National FFA Convention & Expo Housing Reminder
If you have booked housing within the block for the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo, you have until Monday, Aug. 5, to cancel the reserved room(s) with no penalty. After Aug. 5, any canceled reserved room(s) will incur a one night + tax fee per canceled room. Visit our convention housing webpage for more.  

Calling all WLC Alumni
This year, we celebrate 50 years of the Washington Leadership Conference (or, as some alumni know it, the Washington Conference Program)! You can join the celebration when you"Check In" and tell your Washington Conference story. Spread the word on social media by using #FFAWLC50. In the coming weeks, we will share some exciting news about the future of WLC and how you can connect with your WLC friends. In the meantime, check out this amazing story about one of last year’s WLC participants. 

SAE Video of the Week
Nothing gets wasted on Raymond Pan’s watch. See how this Clarke Central FFA member from Athens, Ga., turned picking up trash at his state convention into a recycling win for his school

FFA Alumni

Regional Development Conferences
Don't miss a free,  hands-on training opportunity for FFA Alumni members, state leaders, advisors or anyone interested in starting or developing an alumni and supporters chapter! Registration for RDCs in New Jersey and Alabama are now open and registration for the RDC in Oregon will open tonight at 6 p.m.! For more information and to register, visit


Gene editing seems to be everywhere—but is the public ready?

Friday, July 26, 2019:  CRISPR and gene editing techniques affect agriculture and medicine; university programs help farmers and the public; and the viral news includes a hypnotized chicken, a charging bison bull, and an astronaut’s floating peanut butter--these and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition. 

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