Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 6/29/2020

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

June 29, 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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To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.


NAAE Strategic Planning Survey
The Strategic Planning Committee is looking for feedback and information from all agriculture teachers, members or not.  Please take a few minutes to complete the following survey and to share it with your colleagues at all levels (Pre-service, Middle School Instructors, Secondary Teachers, Post-secondary Educators, and State Staff). Please click here to take the survey!

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.


National FFA Convention & Expo Goes Virtual
The 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo, scheduled for Oct. 28-31, will occur as a virtual experience due to the many challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the convention website to learn more.

A Celebration of Dairy
What do fast cars and pizza have in common? We have the answer and more as National FFA celebrates National Dairy Month! We are sharing stories, spotlighting awards and competitive events and featuring a Q&A with industry leaders all in the name of dairy. Each month, we’ll pick a new ag topic to explore, so check FFA.org/news often.


Find Educator Resources Easily With This Document
We’ve established a table of contents with a description of some of the most popular and new resources found in Educator Resources on FFA.org, including an easy reference for using resources online or offline.

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.


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
Jews and Farming in America
We are privileged to have Lori Shaller and Judith Rosenbaum as our guest authors today. This essay about “Jews and Farming in America” originally appeared as part of a series of lessons (Unit 1, Lesson 6) in the Living the Legacy Labor Lessons. The link to the series of lesson is: Jewish Women’s Archive. “Living the Legacy: A Jewish Social Justice… Read more here


Fourth of July celebrations mean food, fun, and—this year—a “pandemic awareness.” 

*** Friday, June 26, 2020:  Food safety, Fourth of July gatherings, and COVID-19 adjustments; ag companies, organizations, and universities address crucial issues; and the Peterson Brothers do a hay baling rap—or is it wrap? 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.