Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 8/3/2020

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Aug 10, 2020
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

August 3, 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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Agricultural Education For All Learning Sessions:
Join NAAE and the National FFA Organization on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 3:00pm EDT for the session is entitled “Cultural Humility: What’s it all about?” and will be presented by Dr. Erica Gray.


This session will explore how an organization or school can become inclusive and understanding of a variety of cultures, races, abilities, and differences, and identify changes that can be made by organizations and by individuals to transform the climate. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of cultural competence and cultural humility. Participants will be more aware of their own cultural perceptions and how those perceptions influence policies, practices and personnel. Participants will have an increased knowledge of cultural competence, cultural humility, and be better prepared to interact more comfortably in a multi-cultural work environment. Click here to register in advance for this session.

Click here to see the rest of the schedule for August.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 2 Now Streaming! For the second episode of Connect, a podcast by the National Association of Agricultural Educators, we're digging deep into Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE). CASE is one of the most powerful tools available for the advancements of agricultural education and the enhancement of student learning in our profession. Our host is joined by two CASE Master Teachers, Ms. Karen Van De Walle of Iowa and Mr. Carroll Mercer of Arkansas, who share their passion for CASE and how it's transformed not only their classroom but their personal and professional lives as well. 

You can listen on iTunes, Spotify, or Google Play. Visit our podcast webpage to stream now!


New Virtual Conference Focused on Production Agriculture
If you’re a junior, senior or an FFA member who has recently graduated and is passionate about production agriculture, mark your calendar for the Horizon Conference, Jan. 9-10, 2021. This new virtual conference will cultivate the next generation of leaders in production agriculture. More information about this conference, including a schedule and registration information, is coming soon. Visit FFA.org to learn more about this conference and sign up to receive email updates.


SAE Video of the Week
Watch Chloe Jones from McMinn County FFA in Tennessee weave her magic as she makes grapevine wreaths and learns about grape production. 

Accept the Challenge 
We know that chapters across the country are serving their communities over the summer months. 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

Judges Needed
Are you interested in serving as a judge for the National Chapter Awards? Sign up now to be a national finalist selection judge. You will score state winning applications online and have a five- to 14-day period to score the applications. Expect to spend six to 10 hours scoring the applications at your convenience during the judging period. Instructions and details, including a video tutorial, will be provided. National finalist selection begins on Aug. 5. Learn more about how to sign up. Email questions to judges@ffa.org.

FFA Alumni

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 on Saturday, August 15. For an agenda and Zoom meeting information, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc or email alumni@ffa.org.

Forever Blue Network App
Resources and networking at your fingertips! National FFA is excited to announce that the Forever Blue Network is now available as an app on iOS and android devices! From the Apple Store, download the Graduway Community app and type “National FFA Organization” as your institution. From the Google Play Store, download the Forever Blue Network app. Be sure to check out groups and resources specifically for agriculture education teachers!


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: Dr. Wilson, veterinarian at Rose Acre Farms in Indiana, examines the flocks in his care by handling some of the birds. “A bird lays an egg every day, we have to maintain their health,” he says. At the farm, he examines the birds’ body condition, bone condition, and fat condition – this at the farm that is second largest egg producer in the U.S. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
One Hundred and Counting
Historians often celebrate milestone events such as the 50th or 100th anniversary of an important happening. In 2014 we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act that provided for a national system of Extension. In 2017 we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Hughes Act which provided federal support for the teaching of… Read more here


Universities and organizations continue science and tech research in challenging times. 

*** Friday, July 31, 2020:  Crucial research continues during the pandemic, chocolate gets high marks from some health experts, and NASA sends a spacecraft to Mars—without Matt Damon or potatoes! 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.