Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 3/23/2020

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Mar 23, 2020

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

March 23, 2020


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.

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Award Application Extended to June 1
NAAE has extended their 2020 award applications to June 1st. You can find our applications on the awards page of our website. Click here to apply!

NAAE Online/Distance Learning Communities of Practice
As we enter a new era in education, we are faced with learning new ways to teach our students overnight.  We have worked to develop an place where ag teachers can go to find resources for online/distant learning.   As you find resources that would be helpful for other ag teachers, please share in this community because we are better when we work together. 


NAAE Professional Development Online Series: Using Volunteers to Keep Your Program on Target
Presenter: Rachel Sauvola, New Richmond High School, Wisconsin

Date & Time: Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 1:30 PM Eastern time

During these times, ag educators are challenged to keep our programs growing. From greenhouses that need watered to learning labs that need attention. How can we keep it all together and not stress ourselves in the meantime. Come hear from Rachel Sauvola, ag teacher from New Richmond School District, on how using volunteers to relieve stress and the work load. This webinar topic can assist you now in the online/distance learning era but also as we get back to our new norm in the future. Click here to register to attend and earn professional development!

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Full Access to AgEdNet.com!
With schools suspending classes in response to the COVID-19 situation, we know that many will most likely be scrambling for online and remote resources for your students. We can only imagine how stressful this must be. We want to help you and all students any way we can.

To provide support during this difficult time we will provide full access to AgEdNet.com to all agriculture programs across United States. We will provide this free access through Thursday, April 30. This will be unlimited and simultaneous access for you and your students anywhere you have internet access. Use the resources in whatever way helps you the most. Our only request is that our offer is not abused and at the end of this period you delete all downloaded material.

Click here complete the download and passwords will be sent to you.

NAAE Virtual Book Club Is Kicking Off Early!
The NAAE Virtual Book Club will start on April 15th this year. Get ready to explore the unknown as we read Marching Off the Map, by Tim Elmore. The book’s tagline is “Inspire Students to Navigate a Brand New World” – this is sure to be timely and relevant, you won’t want to miss it! Together we will traverse the uncharted territory where this current generation lives, and set sail for success on this educational adventure. You will have the opportunity to earn up to 12 hours of professional development credit, as well as connect and share resources with ag teachers across the country. Visit the NAAE Virtual Book Club page on Communities of Practice for more information on how to register and join the group, as well as book purchasing options. Feel free to reach out to Sarah Warren if you have any questions!

ACTE Ag Education Division Vice President Election Coming Up!
Fellow Ag Educators, we are seeking nominations from AAAE members who are willing to serve as the ACTE Ag Education Division Vice President on the ACTE Board of Directors. This will be a 3-year term that begins in July of 2021. 

The timeline is as follows:

  • Nominations for the election will begin April 1.  All nominations are accepted through the ACTE awards portal.  
  • Nominations for the election are due June 15. After ACTE receives all the applications we will review them for completeness and send you information on the next steps for your Region/Division nominating committee review process.  
  • In July your Region/Division nominating committees will interview all eligible nominees and select your slate in accordance with your policy manual. 
  • The final slates will be submitted by August 15.  
  • Voting will take place from December 4-January 4.

If you have any question please contact Scott Stone


National Ag Day Is March 24
In conjunction with National Ag Day, National FFA will provide virtual webinars on Monday, March 23, and Tuesday, March 24. Monday’s sessions will begin at 1 p.m. EDT and will include how to advocate and why it’s important; interacting with government officials; and how to build an elevator pitch. Tuesday’s sessions will focus on storytelling and identifying the audience you want to communicate with and give an in-depth look at the agriculture, food and natural resources value chain. Click here for more information about each session, including times and login details.

Resources Ideal for Your Virtual Classroom
Need quick lesson plans, videos, and worksheets? Check out this document that summarizes some of our top, free educator resources. You can also access an online version of the Official FFA Student Handbook free. The handbook is available alongside digital editions of our FFA New Horizons magazines or via PDF download. And, don’t forget to visit our online video center for videos to use in the classroom, including the new FFA New Horizons Video Library that features videos to go with popular magazine stories.

Committee Members Needed
The SAE awards and grants committee is seeking two new members with strong backgrounds in supervised agricultural experiences and SAE-based programs. FFA state staff, chapter advisors, teacher educators, alumni and supporters are welcome. If interested, review the position description and submit a resume and letter of interest no later than April 15 to Brett Evans.

Amended Washington Leadership Conference Cancellation Policy
All plans for the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) remain intact at this time. However, we have amended the previous 60-day cancellation policy. All registrants may now cancel for a full refund of WLC registration cost minus deposit up to 30 days in advance of their registered week. For WLC Week 1 that begins June 2, this means full refunds minus deposit are available until Tuesday, May 3. This amended 30-day timeline applies to all weeks of WLC and is based on each week’s check-in date.

Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grants – Always Open
What needs in your community could your FFA chapter address with a $400 Day of Service Mini-Grant? Middle school, high school and alumni chapters can apply today at FFA.org/LivingToServe/Grants. Applications are reviewed on the first day of every month with award notification by the 15th.

Sign Up to Be a Judge
Are you interested in serving as a judge for National FFA competitive events, awards, or supervised agricultural experience grants? Fill out this form to express your interest in online and on-site opportunities.

FFA Alumni

FFA Educational Enrichment Program
Looking for online learning opportunities? Students and Alumni members can use the FFA Educational Enrichment Program for a free $300 value college planning session and access to discounted online courses transferrable to over 1,000 colleges and universities. To learn more, visit www.Pearson.com/FFA.

Bloom for Good Wants to Work with Your Local FFA Chapter!

Bloom for Good is partnering with the National FFA to support ag programs. This is a great opportunity for local chapters, as 70 percent of the proceeds will go directly back into your local chapter. Your chapter can buy the cards for $3, sell them for $10 and with 30 days before the the money is due back to Bloom, you would not have to pay any up front fees!

The cards will have access to over 370,000 vendors across the country, a $100 travel voucher through the travel program and if your local area doesn’t have many options available, the local restaurants and vendors can be added at no cost.

“Bloom believes in the future of agriculture and in the future of our local agriculture departments and developed this program to help provide financial stability to chapters across the country.”

If you would like to learn more, please click this link to watch a video!

If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please click this link!

COVID-19 Updates From NAAE and FFA

Dear NAAE Colleagues:

In these extraordinary times, we are all facing many challenges. I wanted to reach out with a brief note about how NAAE is serving you in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak... click here to read more.

Dear Board Members, State Staff, Teachers and National FFA Staff,

The bulk of this week has been occupied by plans around COVID-19 and our response to the coronavirus. Our heart goes out to the individuals and families impacted by the virus. Despite everyone’s concerns over cancellations and postponements, I would ask that we keep the health and welfare of our neighbors and ourselves at the forefront. The list of school closings and state FFA convention cancellations/postponements is becoming quite long. The situation is very fluid, as you know, and things can change rapidly. As of now, we have taken the following actions in response to the pandemic:... click here to read more.

Free soft skills guide: 5 Ideas for Incorporating Soft Skills Into Any Classroom
Whatever career path your students chose, soft skills like communication, problem-solving and teamwork are vital for job success. We partnered with subject matter experts to assemble 5 ideas for incorporating soft skill lessons into your classroom, no matter what you teach. This free guide also includes 5 unique posters focused on the most desired soft skills in the workforce today. Get your soft skills guide 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
Three Boys Ranch Alumni
Last week we learned about Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch. This Friday we will learn about three boys who were residents at the Boys Ranch. Our guest columnist today is Chanda Neal, an agriculture teacher at Como-Pickton High School in Texas. She is a graduate of Tarleton State University and was an intern with the Texas FFA Foundation. She wrote the…Read more here


As education goes into a distance-learning mode, check Friday Notes for helpful links.

*** Friday, March 20, 2020:  Science, agriculture, and education enter a pandemic zone; CAST provides helpful links in this coronavirus era; and penguins take over the museum. 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.