August 10, 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 Virtual Events
National Teach Ag Day: Sept. 17, 2020
National FFA Convention: Oct. 28 - 30
2020 Virtual NAAE Convention:
November 30 -December 4
To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.
2020 NAAE Convention is Going Virtual-November 30-December 4th
Along with the ACTE CareerTech Vision, NAAE has made the decision to go virtual for the 2020 NAAE Convention. This was a very difficult decision however the health and safety of our members is of the utmost importance to our association. As we continue to plan, more information will be released and we will update the ag ed community. As of Monday, August 10, here are a few things to know about this year’s convention:
- Live general sessions and over 50 live and on-demand workshops will be available to convention registrants.
- All live sessions will be recorded and available on-demand for 365 days after the last date of convention so you can catch every session and continue your professional development all year.
- Networking lounges and opportunities to engage with other participants as well as the Organizational Members & Business Partners will be available during the convention.
- Special NAAE Member Rate of $225 and special NAAE Student Member Rate of $65 will get you access to everything! To register go to our website and make sure you click the “Agricultural Education” in the Field of Specialization area.
- For those that have already registered at the ACTE Early-Bird Rate, you will automatically be refunded the difference between early-bird rate and the new NAAE Member Rate by ACTE. All questions related to registration refunds need to be directed to ACTE at email@example.com.
- The NAAE website is in the process of being updated to reflect the new virtual convention.
We are excited about this new venture and look forward to engaging with our members virtually this year!
Agricultural Education For All Learning Sessions:
Join NAAE and the National FFA Organization on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 3:00pm EDT for the session is entitled “Blind Spots: Implicit Bias in the Classroom” and will be presented by Ms. Jaime Nebbitt.
Implicit Bias or Unconscious bias is the stereotyping and prejudice that guides our preference for a social group that is often automatic. Implicit bias is ubiquitous in society, and shaped by individual’s experiences, perceptions, and upbringing, everyone has some form of unconscious bias. Recent studies have shown that this bias also exist in educators, and that can have significant impact on student’s achievement and success. This session will introduce participants to case studies, challenge participants to explore their own unconscious bias, and then we will have discussion around approaches that may assist educators to become conscious of their biases, and how they may be able to remedy them for the benefit of the students. Click here to register in advance for this session.
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!
Tips and Tricks for Distance Learning
Check out these tips and tricks to make National FFA educator resources more usable at a distance. Pick and choose the resources that match your distance-learning needs.
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.
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
Final 2020 FFA Alumni and Supporters Grant Deadline Approaching
September 1st is the final deadline to apply for 2020 FFA Alumni and Supporter grants! Thanks to Tractor Supply Company, $500 legacy grants are available for starting and improving alumni and supporter chapters and $1,000 grants are available for alumni and student members to partner together on projects or events! Nutrien Ag Solutions is sponsoring $5,000 Give Back to Your Roots grants that can help pay for student affiliation fees, plant-science based projects or other agriculture program materials. Grant applications can be found at www.ffa.org/alumnigrants and submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FFA Alumni and Supporters Advisory Committee
Interested in helping shape FFA Alumni and Supporters for the future? Apply to be a part of the National FFA Alumni and Supporters Advisory Committee! Positions are open for a representative from the Eastern region and for a representative from a corporate alumni and supporters chapter. Applications are due by Sept. 1. To submit your application, or if you have questions, email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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: Poultry vets like Dr. Dan Wilson of Rose Acre Farms in Indiana are working to keep eggs safe. Dr. Wilson oversees vaccinations of birds raised by the second largest egg producer in the United States -- vaccines that not only protect the birds’ lives and health, but also aim to prevent birds from getting salmonella infection they could pass to humans through the eggs. Watch the video here.
Show Me the Money
When I was 16 years old, I visited the Production Credit Association (PCA) office in Lampasas, Texas to ask for a loan to buy 5 cows. This was to expand my SAE program. As a freshman, I had two Angora goats. During my sophomore year, I added more goats and had a flock of 20 sheep thanks to the FFA chapter livestock chain. In my junior year, I… Read more here.
Experiencing the “nostalgic smell of the ring” at revamped livestock shows.
*** Friday, August 7, 2020: It’s a “No Fair” summer, but youth livestock shows continue. Updates for virus research, mystery seeds, and car-hop food trends--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.