Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 6/22/2020

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Jun 29, 2020
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

June 22, 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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My Local Cooperative Initiative
The National Association of Agricultural Educators, with support from the CHS Foundation as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, developed the My Local Cooperative initiative to educate the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs about the benefits and opportunities of agriculture cooperatives. My Local Cooperative contains resources, tools and instructional modules to educate others about the role of agriculture cooperatives and agriculture cooperative career opportunities. My Local Cooperative has trained teacher facilitators who are available to provide state and/or regional level training to other teachers who want to include cooperatives in their classroom instruction. Complete the online request form to schedule your My Local Cooperative teacher training today. The training is provided at no cost to the host state/region. Contact Ellen Thompson, ethompson.naae@uky.edu for more details.

Join Our Summer Book Club!
The summer book club will start on July 15th. This will be a “throwback” to the summer 2015 book Teach Like a Pirate. This will be a “fast track” book club ending before school starts back in the fall, in whatever form that takes! Click here to register for this book club, and here to check out the CoP book club page.

XLR8 Registration is Now Open!
XLR8 is a year-long professional development program for agriculture teachers in their 7th-15th year of teaching. Applications for the 2020 XLR8 professional development program are due September 2, 2020. Click here to learn more and register.

Registration for NAAE Regional Conferences Is Still Open!
Information about registration is live on Communities of Practice. Be sure to read the instructions carefully. If you have any questions please contact Sarah Warren.


Educator Resources Now Even Easier to Use
In this time of distance learning, National FFA continues to look for ways to make our resources easier to use. We have separated the student activity sheets and added direct links to the lesson plans for the following resources:

Updated Official FFA Manual Now Online
The new Official FFA Manual is available on FFA.org and includes the updated Federal Charter, constitution and bylaws, and more.


Living to Serve Chapter Challenge Now Open to Chapters and Individuals
We know that chapters across the country are serving their communities during this time. Share with us what you are doing individually or as a chapter. Find resources to inspire you to act and log your service hours to inspire others. #FFAChallengeAccepted

FFA Alumni

Alumni and Supporter Awards
Do you have FFA Alumni and Supporters doing great things for your chapter and state? July 1 is the application deadline for the National FFA Alumni and Supporters Outstanding Achievement, Chapter and State Association Awards. Outstanding Chapter Awards also include categories for collegiate and corporate chapters. Applications can be found at FFA.org/alumniawards and should be emailed to alumni@ffa.org

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 is offering interactive Remote Development Conferences through Zoom. The next online event will be held with one-hour sessions at 11a.m. EST July 6-10. For an agenda and Zoom meeting information, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc or email alumni@ffa.org.


Looking for professional development opportunities this summer? 
Consider attending one of Realityworks' free educational webinars. These online presentations will feature a variety of subject matter experts, including educators and administrators from across the country. Topics include teaching leadership and soft skills, getting started with hydroponics, and using Google Classroom. Certificates of completion as well as other materials will be provided to all attendees. Learn more and register here.

Virtual Conference With The Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation
The virtual conference will be on Thursdays in July. Registration is required, but the event is completely FREE! There is even the opportunity to earn up to 20 Act 48 credits through the PA Department of Education. More information can be found at www.pfb.com/aginsitute. Attached is a description of the sessions. Interested participants can register here. Questions can be directed to Charlene Espenshade at cmespenshade@pfb.com.

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 Jewish Agricultural Society
Agricultural Societies have existed in America since the 1700s. These societies promoted advancements in agriculture and advocated for agricultural and extension education. In the future, several Friday Footnotes will focus on some of the more notable agricultural societies. We will start that exploration by looking at a unique and valuable… Read more here


The hunt for virus vaccines might go through cows, potato beetles, and other ag products.

*** Friday, June 19, 2020:  Scientific efforts to find treatments and vaccines include universities and agriculture; trade issues continue to bubble; and “Gummy Bear Science” includes a bit of thermodynamics. 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.