Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 5/11/2020

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on May 18, 2020
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

May 11, 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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Showcase Your Talent
Apply for the 2020 National FFA Band, Chorus, and Talent programs. Applications consist of a written section, video audition, advisor approval and $25 application fee. Applications are due July 15, 2020. For more information and to apply, click here. For questions, contact bct@ffa.org


Try These New Classroom Resources 
Looking for classroom resources aligned to educational standards? Explore combating food insecurity and food and ag literacy resources geared to the middle school classroom or intro-level ag classes. 

Extended Deadline — Grants for Growing 
Have you already started a Grants for Growing application? If not, you still have time.  We have extended the application due date to May 15. Middle and high school FFA chapters may apply for up to $5,000 to grow their classroom, grow their chapter or grow their ag awareness. Access the application and complete it before the deadline. Email questions to gfg@ffa.org.

Living to Serve Yearlong Grant Application Now Open 
Start the new school year with purpose and funding up to $3,000 to support your chapter’s service-learning efforts. Middle and high school FFA chapters may apply for funding to support yearlong service-learning projects that address authentic community needs. Access the application and apply by June 15. Email questions to lts@ffa.org


Living to Serve Chapter Challenge Open to Chapters and Individuals
Service and volunteerism are more important than ever, and FFA chapters and individual members are stepping up to the new challenges their communities face. Find resources to inspire you to act and log your service hours to inspire others. #FFAChallengeAccepted

FFA Alumni

Forever Blue Network
The National FFA Organization is excited to announce the FFA Forever Blue Network – an official professional networking and personal development platform for FFA members, alumni and supporters. Visit https://foreverbluenetwork.org to join the Forever Blue Network and help strengthen our FFA community!

Remote Development Conferences
To continue to offer FFA advisors, staff, alumni and supporters an opportunity for professional development and idea sharing, National FFA Alumni and Supporters will be offering interactive Remote Development Conferences through Zoom at three different times this summer. The first online event will be held with one hour sessions at 3 p.m. EST June 8-12. For an agenda and Zoom meeting information, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc.

FFA Alumni and Supporter Grant Applications
The second round of 2020 FFA Alumni and Supporter grant applications are due June 1st! Grants are available for starting and improving alumni and supporter chapters, partnering with students on projects and for paying for student affiliation fees, plant-science based projects or other agriculture program materials. These funds can be especially important for chapters that have missed out on their normal spring fundraisers. Grant applications can be found at www.ffa.org/alumnigrants and submitted to alumni@ffa.org


Registration for NAAE Convention and ACTE CareerTech VISION is open!
Information about registration is live on our website. Be sure to read the instructions carefully, as they have changed this year. The NAAE registration rate and the NAAE student member rate will only be visible at theNAAE link. NAAE Convention will take place at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN, December 2 – 5th, 2020.

If you have any questions please contact Sarah Warren.

2020 NAAE Convention Request for Proposals
Each year, agricultural educators from across the country gather at the NAAE Convention for networking, business sessions, and most importantly the opportunity to engage in high-quality professional development related to ag education. If you are interested in presenting a workshop at the 2020 NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, follow this link to find out more details and submit your proposal. Proposals are to be submitted by Monday, June 1, 2020. Please contact Andrea Fristoe, NAAE Program Manager, with any questions at afristoe.naae@uky.edu.

CASE Institute Cancelations & Virtual Options
All CASE Institutes have been canceled until August 31st because of COVID-19. If you were registered for a CASE Institute, you are eligible to request CASE Probationary Status due to Covido-19 cancellations. For more information about the Probationary Status and what Virtual options for CASE professional development are available, go to the CASE website.


#NAAEBetterTogether Video Challenge
Calling all Ag Ed superstars! Do you have an awesome idea you’d love to share with the world? Are you doing something cool in your corner of the country and think others should see it? Join us this month for the #NAAEBetterTogether Video Challenge and showcase your knowledge, skill and talent to your fellow Ag teachers! There are 3 categories to submit videos: Ag Teacher Hacks, Virtual PD, and Virtual Field Trip (see Official Rules for details). Get creative, the sky is truly the limit here! All videos will be uploaded to the NAAE YouTube page (NatlAgEducators), forming a plethora of resources to use for yourself and in your classrooms. This is a fun opportunity to earn professional development credit! Submissions to the Ag Teacher Hack category will earn an hour of PD credit, while submissions to the Virtual PD or Virtual Field Trip can earn two PD credit hours. For more information please visit the #NAAEBetterTogether Video Challenge Communities of Practice page.


Free Hydroponics Grow Guide
Are you contemplating starting a hydroponics program in your school or classroom? Realityworks’ subject matter experts created a free guide to help you get started. Use it to learn the benefits of hydroponics, how hydroponics systems work and what you need to start growing fresh, healthy food in your classroom. The guide also includes a free poster on the impact of classroom gardens. Get your 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
Distance Learning in Agriculture - 1940s Style
It is a pleasure to welcome David Laatsch, retired Agriculture Teacher from Beaver Dam, WI as the guest columnist for this week’s Friday Footnote: National Farm Youth Foundation – Distance Learning in the 1940’s by David Laatsch, retired Agriculture Teacher, Beaver Dam, WI Our national and international response to Covid-19 has caused teachers to… Read more here


On the menu—meat issues.

*** Friday, May 8, 2020:  Food supply issues focus on meat, universities stay active during the crisis, trade possibilities surface, and a murder hornet creates a buzz. 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.