Sabrina Shaver

Monday Morning Monitor-- 8/26/2019

Blog Post created by Sabrina Shaver on Sep 9, 2019

August 26, 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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Applications Open!
The National Agriscience Preservice Teacher Program (NAPTP) is committed to promoting inquiry-based teaching methods and the enhancement of science in agriculture to preservice teachers in agricultural education across the nation.  This fall, preservice teachers can apply to attend an interactive hands-on agriscience training program at the 2019 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN.  Selected participants will be challenged to develop inquiry-based lessons to use during their student teaching experience as well as when they enter the teaching profession.Applications can be found online and are due Monday, September 23rd.

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

Register for the Agricultural Business Foundations BriefCASE during NAAE Convention
Agricultural Business Foundations (ABF) BriefCASE will be offered at NAAE Convention on Tuesday, December 3rd as a pre-conference professional development opportunity. Agricultural Business Foundations is a semester long course that introduces students to business management in agriculture. Throughout the course are practical and engaging activities, projects, and problems to develop and improve business and employability skills. Additionally, students investigate and develop viable business plans in order to solve local problems. Completing the professional development allows teachers to implement this CASE course. The registration fee is $250 and limited seats are available. Register now at this link.

Instructional Materials Now Available from Midwest Row Crop
The National FFA Foundation has partnered with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) to provide teachers with a week-long lesson focused on agriculture conservation practices with support from Midwest Row Crop Collaborative (MRCC) members. These agricultural education instructional materials and programmatic deployment comes after a larger marketing campaign in grocery stores focused on connecting consumer purchases to the support of farmers and agricultural education. Click here to access the free instructional materials.  

 Ninth Annual 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. In this episode of Vets On Call, swine veterinarian Dr. Noel Garbes of Illinois checks the herd at Ness Farms. "Today, animal welfare is huge," says Dr. Garbes, who grew up on his family hog farm in Iowa and has always loved working with animals. Farmer Ness agrees, "Health is paramount, you need healthy pigs to be successful in business." Watch the video here

Friday Footnotes
School-Community Canneries 
What happened to all the vegetables that came from the Victory Gardens that we discussed last week? Some of the produce was eaten, sold, or canned at home. However, some of it was processed at a school-community cannery operated by the school’s agricultural department. It is hard to believe, but near the end of World War II there were 3,142…Read more here

Golden Owl Award Ag Educator of the Year Nominations Now Open
Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, sponsor of the Golden Owl Award honoring agriculture educators in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Iowa and Ohio, is pleased to announce that nominations for the award are now open. Only educators in those four states can be nominated, 26 finalists will be selected to receive $500 in support of their programs. An Ag Educator of the Year will be selected from each of those states, receiving the Golden Owl Award trophy and $3000 to help fund future educational efforts. For more information, check out the Golden Owl Award website.


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.


The CDE/LDE certification deadline is approaching. Due to the Labor Day holiday, the deadline has been extended to Sept. 3. This deadline applies to: 

  • CDE/LDE certifications for all teams with qualifying dates before Sept.1. All team members should be listed. After this date, a team member must be deleted before a new member can be added.
  • The upload for agricultural communications, agricultural issues forum, marketing plan and prepared public speaking. The resume, cover letter and job description uploads for employment skills.

We're also in need of judges. The LDE speaking judges nomination form is linked below. Keep in mind we do not allow coaches or advisors of students to judge in the same event. Speaking Judges Nomination Form.

Get the New FFA Blue 365 Lesson
Check out the latest lesson in the FFA Blue 365 series: Improving Lives – Part 1. These lessons bring innovative technology, science, research and entrepreneurship into the classroom and highlight the innovations and technologies transforming agriculture. 

New 2020 Next Generation Positions Now Open
Looking for ways to interact with students, work with dynamic teammates, give back to a great organization and learn life-long career skills – all while working for a new FFA conference? Consider working as an FFA Next Generation Conference Facilitator. #FFANextGen Conferences are the first of their kind and focus on specific career pathways, and this year will focus on animal systems. Applications close Sept. 3. If you're interested, apply at Note: If you are hired for this position, you will be ineligible to run for National FFA Office. Check out this link for more about the conference itself. Should you have questions, contact

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 Oregon and Tennessee are now open at

Grant Application Deadline Approaching 
The last round of National FFA Alumni and Supporters 2019 grant applications are due Sept. 3! Grant applications are available at Legacy grants, sponsored by Tractor Supply Company, give groups up to $500 to start or improve FFA Alumni and Supporters chapters and up to $1,000 to work with students on a partnering project. Give Back to Your Roots grants, sponsored by Nutrien Ag Solutions, give chapters up to $5,000 to help fund student affiliation fees, plant science based projects and other classroom materials.

Be a Part of the National FFA Alumni and Supporters Advisory Committee
The National FFA Alumni and Supporters Advisory Committee is seeking applications for representatives from the Central and Western FFA regions. These volunteer positions are three-year terms with paid travel for a training meeting in February, National FFA Convention & Expo and state visits as requested. Advisory committee members have the opportunity to represent more than 500,000 FFA Alumni members as they discuss how to best support students, teachers and the National FFA mission and vision. Applications are due Sept. 3.  Email with any questions. 



Blobology sounds absurd but it has a promising science angle to it.Dogs—and maybe humans also—are at increasing risk from toxic blue-green algae in ponds and lakes. Two global reports focus on water, climate change and agriculture

Friday, August 23, 2019:  Students are ready to “hit the books,” food safety goes high tech, blobology is scientific, and lettuce warn you about the wurst food-pun article yet. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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