Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 4/6/2020

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Apr 6, 2020
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

March 30, 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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FFA Scholarships Update
This year’s scholarship recipients will receive a notification via email on May 1, as well as a written notification by May 15. The award letter will also provide information on how to call in to accept the scholarship if a student does not have access to the Internet. Visit FFA.org/Scholarships for up-to-date information.

Living to Serve Chapter Challenge – Now Open to Individuals
Service and volunteerism are more critical than ever during this nationwide crisis. You can still provide service while practicing social distancing. To ensure that the needs of our friends and neighbors are being met, the Living to Serve Chapter Challenge is now open to individuals to log their service hours, share their stories and inspire others to take action. For resources, visit FFA.org/ChallengeAccepted.

Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grants Extended
To support FFA chapters that are still meeting virtually or in small groups, FFA will be leaving the Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grants open to support local service efforts. The first of each month, the local engagement team will review submitted applications for funding up to $400. Apply now at FFA.org/LivingToServe/Grants.

Two Valuable Virtual Resources Available
Looking to make connections between careers, FFA, supervised agricultural experiences, and the industry throughout the entire Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) Value Chain? Check out this newest resource that highlights each step of the AFNR Value Chain and connects students with current content and careers. 


If you want more about the agricultural process and sustainability throughout the value chain, check out the brand newSustainability in Agriculture Lesson Series, sponsored by Valent, to help students understand how sustainability plays an essential role throughout agriculture

Virtual National Ag Day Resources Now Online
The virtual National Ag Day training resources are available for advisors and state staff to use. The videos and handouts from each session can be found here. Videos are available for download and streaming. Topics include advocacy, government interactions, building your story and elevator pitch, as well as a review of the agriculture, food and natural resources value chain.

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.

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.


NAAE Professional Development Online Series: 
Tuesday, March 31st, 1:30 PM EASTERN TIME

Using AET to grade your students SAE projects Online and Reports to Share with Your School Admin! Presenter: Dr. Roger Hanagriff, Texas A&M University Kingsville

Need a way during this isolation experiment to review your student's SAEs and give them some feedback....while at the same time documenting your efforts for your school administration?  We have got a system for you!  This session will cover how you can review your student's SAE plan, records, and their annual reflection and quickly connect online to review their project. This process also allows you to review SAE skills they have recorded and provided them an assessment on each academic skill, which also creates a teacher journaled SAE visit that you can print and share with your CTE leadership to illustrate how you are working with your students.  We will also plan for questions on other topics, so be sure to attend! Register for this free online professional development!

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

Apply to be a National Teach Ag Ambassador!
The National Teach Ag Campaign is seeking the nation’s most outstanding agricultural education majors to represent the profession as National Teach Ag Ambassadors at the 2020 National FFA Convention & Expo, October 25-30 in Indianapolis, IN, and throughout the year at the state level. Click here to apply by April 10th!

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. 

If you have any question please contact Scott Stone

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. 


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!

Free webinar:  Delivering Activities from Bovine Curriculum Online
Join us on Thursday, April 2 at 2pm CST to discover engaging ways to teach your students the basics of bovine digestion, proper AI technique and proper injection sites– without leaving your computer. In this free, 45-minute webinar, Realityworks Product Manager Jamey McIntosh will review lessons from 3 of our bovine learning aids -- but you don't need the learning aids to benefit from this presentation. You’ll receive the handouts and activities you need to facilitate the lesson for an e-learning environment. You’ll also learn how each model or simulator can be used to add a hands-on learning component if desired. Learn more and register 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
The Farm Cadets of New York
Many schools have canceled classes for an indefinite period of time because of the coronavirus outbreak. There was another era when students were excused from school for an extended period of time. The reason for the lapse in school was not because of health concerns; it was to work in agriculture to produce food during World War I. In this Friday… Read more here


Work-from-home situations can turn into doggone fun interruptions.

*** Friday, March 27, 2020:  Spring blooms arrive as pandemic gloom sets in; the CAST blog provides links about misinformation, food safety, and education; and work-from-home goes to the dogs. 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.