Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 5/18/2020

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Jun 1, 2020
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

May 18, 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.

Upcoming Events


Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

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To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.


Celebrate the Future of Agricultural Education
Join the NAAE National Teach Ag Campaign to recognize our incoming class of future agriculture teachers and our graduating class of new agriculture teachers during two live interactive and inspirational virtual events.

We hope you'll join us on May 28 at 1:30 p.m. for our Agricultural Education Major Declaration Ceremony and May 29 at 1:30 p.m. for our Agricultural Education Graduation Ceremony. Register today!


Click here for more info and to register! #TeachAg 

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.

Alltech ONE Virtual Experience
You are invited to participate in the Alltech ONE Virtual Experience. Use code ACVT20 at registration now to waive the fee for a full year of amazing content, including the key note speakers mentioned below, and on-demand content perfect for the classroom. New items will be added monthly.

Click here to join us!


New SAE Resources Available
Ten new SAE video lessons are now available. The lessons cover SAEs on vermicomposting, backyard chickens, clams, school recycling and more. All lessons have accompanying worksheets and can be accessed here.


Living to Serve Chapter Challenge Open to Chapters and Individuals
Log your volunteer hours to help FFA reach 930,000 hours of service. See where your state ranks in the challenge. 


Living to Serve Yearlong Grant Application Open
You can apply for up to $3,000.


Connect With the Forever Blue Network 
National FFA just launched the FFA Forever Blue Network, an official professional networking and personal development platform for FFA members, advisors, alumni and supporters. Visit https://foreverbluenetwork.org to join and help strengthen our FFA community. 


Learn and Play Microsoft Style
Looking for resources to engage in agricultural content while playing a game? Check out Microsoft’s Minecraft: Education Edition. This game-based learning platform builds STEM skills, unleashes creativity and engages students in collaboration and problem-solving. Join us through Owl Chat on Wednesday, May 20, at 1 p.m. EDT.

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

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
Much More Than Chocolate
Recently the Friday Footnote visited Cal Farley’s Boy Ranch in Texas and we have also learned about the Idaho Industrial Institute. This week we will visit a unique school in Pennsylvania. We welcome Nicholas Isenberg, an agriculture teacher at the Milton Hershey School as our guest columnist. Milton Hershey School By Nicholas Isenberg Everyone… Read more here


Alexa Lamm is the 2020 Borlaug CAST Communication Award winner.

*** Friday, May 15, 2020:  Alexa Lamm named Borlaug CAST Communication Award winner, many programs help get food from farm to consumer, and the deadliest animals on Earth are definitely not sharks. 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.