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Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

August 10, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020:

National Teach Ag Day: Sept. 17, 2020

 

National FFA Convention: Oct. 28 - 30 

 

2020 Virtual NAAE Convention:
November 30 -December 4

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE


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 registration@acteonline.org.  
  • 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.

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!

FFA

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

FFA Alumni

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 alumni@ffa.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 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 on Saturday, August 15. 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: 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.

Friday Footnotes
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

CAST

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.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

August 3, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE

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!

FFA


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

CAST

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.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

July 27, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

FFA

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.

 

Resources 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.

 

Meet the 2020-21 Teacher Ambassadors for National FFA
We’re excited to welcome our 2020-21 Teacher Ambassadors for National FFA (PDF). This group of educators will work alongside our evaluation, educational development and state relations teams at National FFA to improve our offerings and provide feedback. Feel free to reach out to ambassadors for help with implementing FFA educational resources in the classroom.

FFA Alumni

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!

NAAE

Agricultural Education For All Learning Sessions:
Join NAAE and the National FFA Organization on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 3:00pm EDT for the session is entitled “Power, Privilege & Practice” and will be presented by Dr. Lori Wright and Dr. Roger Cleveland.

What does it mean to have privilege? How do your social identities (e.g., race, gender, class, religion, sexuality, etc.) grant or deny you privilege? How do you know when you have it and when you don't? How can we use power and privilege to break the cycle of classism, sexism racism etc.? This workshop will explore these questions, offering participants an opportunity to delve deeply into their social identities and explain intersectionality and cognitive dissonance. Participants will begin to uncover sources of bias that have been reinforced by an unrelenting cycle of socialization, develop skills for effective ally ship and learn how implementing even the smallest of steps toward equity, inclusion, and justice can transform an individual into an agent of change in their communities and profession. Click here to register in advance for this session.

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

New CASE Website
The new case4learning.org is ready for use! Here are some tips to improve your experience:

  • Curriculum is web-based, meaning there is no longer a bulk download. However, individual Word doc downloads are still available via Unit - Lesson - Instructional Resources.
  • You will need an account to access your curriculum. If you have ever paid NAAE dues, you probably already have an account. Before creating a new one, try signing in with your current or former email addresses that could be attached to NAAE membership. After you are into your account, feel free to update your profile under Edit Profile on your dashboard.
  • The CASE Store is open for purchasing materials. As you shop, be aware that hitting enter on a page submits your order!

NAAE's Connect Podcast is Now Streaming!
In this episode, listeners can learn more about one of NAAE's newest initiatives called My Local Cooperative. Our host is joined by Mr. Wes Crawford, an NAAE member and agricultural educator from Oregon, and Ms. Nanci Lilja, the President of the CHS Foundation, to discuss the importance of incorporating cooperative education into your curriculum. The episode digs into the three My Local Cooperative Instructional Modules and discusses CHS Foundation resources and tools available to agricultural educators and agricultural education students.

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

 

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
Black Blizzards
What is a Black Blizzard? Is it: A snowfall that is black because of air pollution (primarily coal dust). A snowfall so massive the sun is blacked out. A swarm of locust or grasshoppers so thick they block out the sun. An intense dust storm, especially in the dust-bowl area of the U.S. A chocolate ice cream treat from Dairy Queen During the decade… Read more here

CAST

Is there a cure for the summertime blues?

*** Friday, July 24, 2020:  The pandemic continues as scientists search for answers, universities make plans and continue research, and a contentious beef ad leads to meaningful dialogue. 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.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

July 20, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE

Agricultural Education For All Learning Sessions:
Join NAAE and the National FFA Organization on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 3:00pm EDT for the first of six Agricultural Education for All Learning Sessions. Our first session is entitled “Civility for Critical Conversations” and will be presented by Dr. Erica Gray.

This session will examine the importance of civility and respect when having discussions around racism, bias and diversity. Participants will gain an awareness of the impact of actions upon others, the organization, and the individual. Understand what constitutes cultural competence and cultural incompetence. Improve skills in communicating across cultures. Know the action steps needed to value others in the workplace. Click here to register in advance.

NAAE's Connect Podcast is Now Streaming!
In this episode, listeners can learn more about one of NAAE's newest initiatives called My Local Cooperative. Our host is joined by Mr. Wes Crawford, an NAAE member and agricultural educator from Oregon, and Ms. Nanci Lilja, the President of the CHS Foundation, to discuss the importance of incorporating cooperative education into your curriculum. The episode digs into the three My Local Cooperative Instructional Modules and discusses CHS Foundation resources and tools available to agricultural educators and agricultural education students.

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

 

CASE New Website
case4learning.org is getting a new look! This website update will allow for easier purchasing through the CASE store. It will also offer automatic curriculum access to certified teachers with a simple log in to the new MyCASE section of the site. 

FFA

Check Out These Teaching Resources
Looking for an activity sheet that can accompany any supervised agricultural experience video, FFA Blue 365 video, FFA New Horizons article, keynote/retiring address or current event? Check out the generic activity sheets folder.

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.

 

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
When the Lights Came on - True Stories
The Friday Footnote for last week focused on the factual events surrounding rural electrification. We didn’t have space to examine the human reactions and experiences in bringing electricity to rural America. This week the Footnote will share the human experiences, some very humorous and some very moving, regarding the night the lights came on.… Read more here

CAST

Back-to-school preparations take on new meanings.

*** Friday, July 17, 2020:  Fall classes could be in-person, remote, or hybrid; a whopper of a burger campaign causes a stir; COVID-19 cases increase in rural areas; and a “shark whisperer” sings the praises of “Jaws.” 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.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

July 13, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE

CASE New Website
case4learning.org is getting a new look! This website update will allow for easier purchasing through the CASE store. It will also offer automatic curriculum access to certified teachers with a simple log in to the new MyCASE section of the site. 

Meet the Author!
Dave Burgess will be joining us for a Zoom chat on Thursday, July 16th at 3 PM EST! Come hear some encouragement from the author of Teach Like a Pirate to officially get us started on the 2020 NAAE Summer Book Club. Register to attend the Dave Burgess chat here. Click here to register for this book club, and here to check out the CoP book club page.

 

Join the NAAE team!
NAAE is seeking applications for the position of NAAE Chief Executive Officer. Please review or download the position announcement with all details on our website.

The Agricultural Education Magazine is Now On-line Only and Free to All
Beginning with Volume 93, Issue 1, (July/August 2020), The Agricultural Education Magazine will be available in electronic format only, free to all, accessed through the website of the National Association of Agricultural Educators. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all.

 

Immersive ASA CASE Institutes
Despite challenges from social distancing and travel restrictions, CASE has virtual options for professional development available now. The Virtual Immersive ASA Institute registration closes July 15th To Learn More.

FFA

Check Out These Teaching Resources
Looking for an activity sheet that can accompany any supervised agricultural experience video, FFA Blue 365 video, FFA New Horizons article, keynote/retiring address or current event? Check out the generic activity sheets folder.

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 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
The Sanitary Privy
To celebrate the 4th of July and our American heritage, this Footnote launches a month-long series of postings that look at the federal government and some of the policies and agencies created by the federal government that have impacted rural American (and directly or indirectly agricultural and extension education). This Footnote will focus on… Read more here

CAST

Science can be frustrating or controversial, but it’s usually incredible!

*** Friday, July 10, 2020:  Science is more important than ever, new discoveries in medicine and agriculture, and the news stays quirky—including stinky flowers, amazing computers, naked mole rats, and a gator named Chance the Snapper. 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.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

July 6, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

FFA

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

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.

NAAE

Join the NAAE team!
NAAE is seeking applications for the position of NAAE Chief Executive Officer. Please review or download the position announcement with all details on our website.

The Agricultural Education Magazine is Now On-line Only and Free to All
Beginning with Volume 93, Issue 1, (July/August 2020), The Agricultural Education Magazine will be available in electronic format only, free to all, accessed through the website of the National Association of Agricultural Educators. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all.


Immersive ASA CASE Institutes
Despite challenges from social distancing and travel restrictions, CASE has virtual options for professional development available now. The Virtual Immersive ASA Institute registration closes July 15th To Learn More.

 

National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant for Research
Central Lakes College and AgCentric has been awarded a $584,613 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for research on addressing the critical issue of an agricultural technician workforce gap. The agricultural equipment industry has a significant shortage of qualified technicians trained to manufacture, use, and maintain equipment--costing the economy $180 billion in lost revenue, according to a study commissioned by the Associated Equipment Distributors Foundation. Click Here for More Information.

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.

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!

 

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 Sanitary Privy
To celebrate the 4th of July and our American heritage, this Footnote launches a month-long series of postings that look at the federal government and some of the policies and agencies created by the federal government that have impacted rural American (and directly or indirectly agricultural and extension education). This Footnote will focus on… Read more here

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

June 29, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE


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.

FFA


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

CAST

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.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

June 22, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE

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.

FFA


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

CAST

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.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

June 15, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

FFA


2020 National FFA Convention & Expo Housing Opens July 15
To help attendees and local hotel partners, the opening of all housing reservations for the 2020 National FFA Convention & Expo is now delayed until Wednesday, July 15. The no-penalty cancellation date for housing reservations will remain Wednesday, Aug. 19.

 

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.  

Head Into Summer With FFA New Horizons
By now, you’ve received the summer issue of FFA New Horizons. Catch those stories — from a look into ag life with Hawaii FFA to a member’s sweet success in Illinois — and more online at FFA.org/news. The summer FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide is also available. 

 

Living to Serve Yearlong Grant Application Open
It is not too late to apply for up to $3,000 to support your chapter’s service-learning efforts. Middle and high school FFA chapters may apply for funding to support yearlong service-learning projects that address authentic community needs. Access the application and apply on or before Monday, June 15. Email questions to lts@ffa.org

 

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.

NAAE

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.

 

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.

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

CAST

The 2020 World Food Prize laureate is focused on soil health and alleviating world hunger.

*** Friday, June 12, 2020:  Soil specialist and humanitarian Dr. Rattan Lal wins the 2020 World Food Prize; agriculture is part of the important conversation about race and equality; and COVID-19 continues to impact society—while raccoons seem to be better suited to cope with containment than humans! 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.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

June 8, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE

NAAE Award Judging Committee Members Needed
Each year, NAAE judges its member awards virtually through our national NAAE Award Judging committees.  Committee members must be NAAE members and will be notified by June 15th of their judging assignments.  Final scores will be required to be submitted to NAAE no later than June 30th.  If you would like to be a part of the committee this year, please click here to sign up by Monday, June 8th.

Voting is now open for the #NAAEBetterTogether Video Challenge!
We had several submissions from teachers all across the country in our three categories: Ag Teacher Hacks, Virtual Professional Development, and Virtual Field Trip. All videos in this challenge can be found by visiting the NAAE YouTube channel (NatlAgEducators) and clicking on the “#NAAEBetterTogether Video Challenge” playlist. Voting will continue until 5 PM EST on June 15th. Each “like” on the original YouTube video will count as a vote. “Likes” on any other social media platform will not count, so be sure to watch each video and hit the “like” button on the YouTube video itself. Show these awesome teachers some support for their creativity! Find all the videos here!

Registration for NAAE Regional Conferences Is Now Available!
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.

FFA


2020 National FFA Convention & Expo Housing Opens July 15
To help attendees and local hotel partners, the opening of all housing reservations for the 2020 National FFA Convention & Expo is now delayed until Wednesday, July 15. The no-penalty cancellation date for housing reservations will remain Wednesday, Aug. 19.

 

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 Yearlong Grant Application 
Do you want to apply for a grant but are not sure what to do for a yearlong Living to Serve project? Here’s an interactive map of past projects to get ideas that address needs in one of four focus areas: community safety; hunger, health and nutrition; environmental responsibility; or community engagement. The application closes on June 15.

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 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.

 

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
Mysteries of the Sentinel
Last week’s Friday Footnote about the optional FFA officers elicited some interesting dialogue and feedback so I have invited Dr. Jim Connors (University of Idaho) back to continue the conversation. Take it away Dr. Connors.  Thanks to input from several individuals and some additional research, this is a follow-up of the Friday… Read more here

CAST

Animal Science Specialist Anna Dilger loves research, teaching, and communicating about agriculture.

*** Friday, June 5, 2020:  Coping with COVID, spotting scams, livestock sustainability, and going crazy for peanut butter. 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.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

June 1, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

FFA


New SAE Resources Guide Now Available
This guide is designed to help teachers and advisors incorporate supervised agricultural experiences (SAEs) into their courses in the classroom and at a distance. (Word)(PDF).

Get Your Annual FFA Tee
The latest T-shirt in the Annual FFA Tee collection is now available on Shop FFA.  Add to your collection with the 2020-21 "For the Future, For All" tee for $12.50. Also available: the Annual FFA Tee Collector Pack featuring 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21 tees at a discounted price of $40. Start your collection today!

 

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. 

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. 

FFA Alumni

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

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.

NAAE

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.

NAAE Award Judging Committee Members Needed
Each year, NAAE judges its member awards virtually through our national NAAE Award Judging committees.  Committee members must be NAAE members and will be notified by June 15th of their judging assignments.  Final scores will be required to be submitted to NAAE no later than June 30th.  If you would like to be a part of the committee this year, please click here to sign up by Monday, June 8th.

Registration Info Coming Soon!

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 the NAAE 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.

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.

 

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.

Do you need online lesson content ideas? We can help!
Realityworks' subject matter experts have recorded several on-demand presentations on teaching lessons from our top agriculture learning aids in an e-learning environment. You don't need our learning aids to benefit from these webinars, but you will get the handouts and activities you need to facilitate each lesson online. You’ll also learn how our learning aids can be used to add a hands-on learning component if desired.

Topics include vet science, plant science, animal science, bovine skills and more. See all of 10 webinars we created for online teaching here.

Friday Footnotes
Non-Constitutional FFA Officers
It is a pleasure to welcome Dr. Jim Connors from the University of Idaho back for another Friday Footnote appearance. I hope you enjoy reading this Footnote as much as I did. FFA members and advisors are well aware of the traditional FFA officers that chapters have elected for decades.  These include the President, Vice President, Secretary,… Read more here

CAST

CAST’s Education Program includes 18 top-ranked universities.

*** Friday, May 29, 2020:  Universities adapt to new challenges, food programs get support from many sources, and a toddler in a red hat seems ready to win Celebrity Cook-Off. 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.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

May 18, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE

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!

FFA


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

CAST

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.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

May 11, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

FFA

Showcase Your Talent
Apply for the 2020 National FFA Band, Chorus, and Talent programs. Applications consist of a written section, video audition, advisor approval and $25 application fee. Applications are due July 15, 2020. For more information and to apply, click here. For questions, contact bct@ffa.org

 

Try These New Classroom Resources 
Looking for classroom resources aligned to educational standards? Explore combating food insecurity and food and ag literacy resources geared to the middle school classroom or intro-level ag classes. 

Extended Deadline — Grants for Growing 
Have you already started a Grants for Growing application? If not, you still have time.  We have extended the application due date to May 15. Middle and high school FFA chapters may apply for up to $5,000 to grow their classroom, grow their chapter or grow their ag awareness. Access the application and complete it before the deadline. Email questions to gfg@ffa.org.

Living to Serve Yearlong Grant Application Now Open 
Start the new school year with purpose and funding up to $3,000 to support your chapter’s service-learning efforts. Middle and high school FFA chapters may apply for funding to support yearlong service-learning projects that address authentic community needs. Access the application and apply by June 15. Email questions to lts@ffa.org

 

Living to Serve Chapter Challenge Open to Chapters and Individuals
Service and volunteerism are more important than ever, and FFA chapters and individual members are stepping up to the new challenges their communities face. Find resources to inspire you to act and log your service hours to inspire others. #FFAChallengeAccepted

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

NAAE

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.

 

Free Hydroponics Grow Guide
Are you contemplating starting a hydroponics program in your school or classroom? Realityworks’ subject matter experts created a free guide to help you get started. Use it to learn the benefits of hydroponics, how hydroponics systems work and what you need to start growing fresh, healthy food in your classroom. The guide also includes a free poster on the impact of classroom gardens. Get your guide here!

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
Distance Learning in Agriculture - 1940s Style
It is a pleasure to welcome David Laatsch, retired Agriculture Teacher from Beaver Dam, WI as the guest columnist for this week’s Friday Footnote: National Farm Youth Foundation – Distance Learning in the 1940’s by David Laatsch, retired Agriculture Teacher, Beaver Dam, WI Our national and international response to Covid-19 has caused teachers to… Read more here

CAST

On the menu—meat issues.

*** Friday, May 8, 2020:  Food supply issues focus on meat, universities stay active during the crisis, trade possibilities surface, and a murder hornet creates a buzz. 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.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

May 4, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE

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. For more information please visit the #NAAEBetterTogether Video Challenge Communities of Practice page, or email Sarah Warren.

Lincoln Electric Gives Away Two Welders
Lincoln Electric has partnered with NAAE to giveaway two SP-180T MIG Welders, the winners are Charles Mann and Cheyenne Ketterling!  The partnership with Lincoln Electric comes through the #NAAEBetterTogether Beyond the Madness Bracket Challenge, where the Arc Welder won as the best ag teacher tool. The #NAAEBetterTogether Campaign has focused on uniting agricultural educators from across the country during this new time of social distancing. The campaign has offered opportunities for ag teachers to engage, connect and grow through professional development, wellness activities and fun polls. To learn more about the #NAAEBetterTogether Campaign, visit our Facebook page and to learn more about Lincoln Electric, visit their website.

NAAE Professional Development Online Series:
TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2020, 1:30 PM EASTERN
Planning your Next Year's POA Using the Strategic Plan System in AET
Click here to register in advance for this session.

THURSDAY, MAY 7, 2020, 1:30 PM EASTERN
FFA Resources You Can Use at a Distance
Click here to register in advance for this session.

For more information about our online professional development series or to see the full up coming schedule please click here!

State and University-Level Teach Ag Ambassador Resources NOW AVAILABLE!
Looking to start your own Teach Ag Ambassador Program at the state or university level? The National Teach Ag Campaign has compiled a number of resources to help you get started, just click here . Contact Andrea Fristoe, Program Manager, for more information and to schedule a training for your program!

FFA

Shop FFA Distribution Center Set to Reopen
We expect the Shop FFA distribution center in Ohio to reopen Monday, May 4, while adhering to updated policies established by the governor of Ohio. Orders placed while the center has been closed will be processed in order of receipt. If you have a pending order, please make sure your shipping address can receive the shipment. Contact Shop FFA customer service by phone, 888-332-2668, to adjust your shipping address, if necessary.

Extended Deadline — Grants for Growing 
Have you already started a Grants for Growing application? If not, you still have time.  We have extended the application due date to May 15. Middle and high school FFA chapters may apply for up to $5,000 to grow their classroom, grow their chapter or grow their ag awareness. Access the application and complete it before the deadline. Email questions to gfg@ffa.org.

 

Living to Serve Yearlong Grant Application Now Open 
Start the new school year with purpose and funding up to $3,000 to support your chapter’s service-learning efforts. Middle and high school FFA chapters may apply for funding to support yearlong service-learning projects that address authentic community needs. Access the application and apply by June 15. Email questions to lts@ffa.org

 

Living to Serve Chapter Challenge Open to Chapters and Individuals
Service and volunteerism are more important than ever, and FFA chapters and individual members are stepping up to the new challenges their communities face. Find resources to inspire you to act and log your service hours to inspire others. #FFAChallengeAccepted

Nominate FFA Members to Serve on National Nominating Committee
The National Officer Candidate Application and Nominating Committee Nomination Form are now open. The nominating committee plays a crucial role in advancing the future of FFA as they work to select the next six individuals to lead our organization. To be eligible to serve on the committee, an individual must be an active FFA member nominated by a mentor or peer. If you know someone who would make a great member of the committee, nominate them here. Nominations are due on July 15Committee member applications are due Aug. 1, and candidate applications are due Sept. 1. Direct questions to nomcom@ffa.org. 

 

NEW—FFA Blue 365 Lesson Plan and Case Study
Case Study Part 3 and the final  FFA Blue 365 lesson are now available. Visit FFA.org for more information on FFA Blue 365.

FFA Alumni

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
We Have Been Here Before
Tommy High was a sophomore at Reddick High School in Florida in 1950 when it happened – he contracted polio. Tommy fought for his life. He was in the hospital for seven agonizing months. When he was released from the hospital he went home, to the farm, but he was 95% paralyzed. The family was faced with a large hospital bill ($3,800) but the Polio… Read more here

CAST

Food challenges, farmer decisions, and science breakthroughs.

*** Friday, May 1, 2020:  Food supply chain challenges, tough farmer decisions, and possible scientific breakthroughs. Cell cultured meat, a centenarian hero, and UFO videos. 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.

Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education
 

April 20, 2020

Vision

The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action

Mission

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

2020

Upcoming event canceled until further notice!

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

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

NAAE

CASE Institute Cancelations
All CASE Institutes until June 30th have been canceled because of COVID-19. For more information about which Institutes have been canceled and how to transfer/cancel your existing registration go to the CASE website.

NAAE Professional Development Online Series:
THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2020, 1:30 PM EASTERN
Shifting Over: How We Let Students Drive Agriscience Inquiry at a Distance
Click here to register in advance for this session.

TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2020, 1:30 PM EASTERN
Digital Resources for Hands-On Activities- Animal Handling for Safe Student Interactions
Click here to register in advance for this session.

For more information about our online professional development series or to see the full up coming schedule please click here!

It's Not Too Late to Join the NAAE Book Club!
You can still sign up for the NAAE Virtual Book Club. Come explore the unknown as we read Marching Off the Map, by Tim Elmore. The book’s tagline is “Inspire Students to Navigate a Brand New World” – this is sure to be timely and relevant, you won’t want to miss it! Together we will traverse the uncharted territory where this current generation lives, and set sail for success on this educational adventure. You will have the opportunity to earn up to 12 hours of professional development credit, as well as connect and share resources with ag teachers across the country. Visit the NAAE Virtual Book Club page on Communities of Practice for more information on how to register and join the group, as well as book purchasing options. Feel free to reach out to Sarah Warren if you have any questions!

Award Application Extended to June 1
NAAE has extended their 2020 award applications to June 1st. You can find our applications on the awards page of our website. Click here to apply!

Looking for virtual Ag content? 
We took lessons from our most popular bovine and animal models, then hosted two webinars showing you how to facilitate the lessons for an e-learning environment. Both presentations are now available on-demand on our website, along with the handouts and activities you need to facilitate each lesson. No Realityworks products? No problem. You can still use these lessons in your own classroom. Click here to watch these on-demand presentations!

NAAE April 2020 Wellness Calendar
Join NAAE in a month of physical and mental health with our April 2020 Wellness calendar! Share with us how you are following along with the calendar using the hashtag #NAAEBetterTogether on Social Media for a chance to be featured and win cool prizes. 

#NAAEBetterTogether

FFA


Interested in Presenting Quality Workshops to FFA Members or Advisors?
We are selecting presenters to deliver workshops at the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis. Workshop presenters can either present to students or teachers. Submitted workshop applications are selected based on the quality of content, and we’re open to unique workshop topics. Need ideas for topics? At the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo, students said they’d like to see workshops about animal care, addressing problems in agriculture, agribusiness, bullying issues, community service, supervised agricultural experiences, diversity, time management and becoming a leader. Students like interactive activities in the workshops. Teachers said they would like to see workshops about horticulture, technology, precision agriculture, agriculture business, career development events, STEM and hands-on workshops. Apply today to facilitate before the application closes June 15. (If applying as a collegiate presenter, click here). 

Living to Serve Yearlong Grant Application Now Open
Do you want to engage students in experiential learning while meeting needs in your community? Start the new school year off with funding up to $3,000. Middle and high school FFA chapters may apply for funding to support yearlong service-learning projects that address authentic community needs. Access the application and apply on or before June 15. Email questions to LTS@ffa.org

 

Grants for Growing Application Closing Soon
What could your FFA chapter and ag program do with $5,000? Middle and high school FFA chapters may apply to grow their classroom, grow their chapter, or grow their ag awareness. Access the application and be sure to submit by May 1. Email questions to GFG@ffa.org

 

Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grants
To support FFA chapters that are still meeting virtually or in small groups, FFA will leave the Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grants open. On the first of each month, the local engagement team will review submitted applications for funding up to $400. Apply now at FFA.org/LivingToServe/Grants.

 

Living to Serve Chapter Challenge — How Are You Living to Serve?
Service and volunteerism are more important than ever, and FFA chapters and individual members are stepping up to the new challenges their communities face. Find resources to inspire you to act and log your service hours to inspire others. #FFAChallengeAccepted

 

Tips and Tricks for Distance Learning
Check out these tips and tricks to make National FFA educator resources more usable at a distance. Choose the resources that match your distance learning needs.

212°/360° Facilitator Applications Open
If you’re passionate about leadership development, have strong facilitation skills and want an opportunity to grow, then now is the time to be a 212° and 360° conference facilitator. This past season, 212°/360° facilitators impacted the lives of more than 6,000 students in 18 states. Applications close on April 24 and can be found on the FFA Careers webpage.

 

Building Momentum: National FFA Foundation Annual Report 
With the recent challenges the world is facing during the COVID-19 pandemic, our appreciation goes out to our supporters now more than ever as FFA continues to grow the next generation of leaders. The National FFA Foundation Annual Report for the fiscal year 2019 is now online. We hope that you find inspiration in the stories of impact and joy in the reflections on success.

FFA Alumni

FFA Educational Enrichment Program
Looking for online learning opportunities? Students and Alumni members can use the FFA Educational Enrichment Program for a free $300 value college planning session and access to discounted online courses transferrable to over 1,000 colleges and universities. To learn more, visit www.Pearson.com/FFA.

Emergency Meals-to-You Partnership

The Emergency Meals-to-You program is a public-private partnership between USDA, Baylor Collaborative on Hunger, McLane Global, PepsiCo and others. It is designed for home delivery of free shelf-stable, nutritious meals to students in rural areas, missing school due to COVID-19.

Their immediate priority is to ensure that school districts and individuals in rural areas of the country are aware of this program and sign up to receive assistance through MealsToYou.org

They need your help in spreading the word. They would appreciate if you shared information about the Emergency Meals-to-You program with your school contacts and/or on social media, as they work to increase awareness and drive enrollment so that no child has to go hungry during this challenging time.

School Districts 

To be eligible to participate in the program, school districts must meet the following requirements:

  • Participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP),
  • Have at least 50% of enrollment eligible for free or reduced-priced meals (FRP),
  • Have an announced closure of at least four weeks (not counting spring break), and
  • Fall under the designation of rural area (can be checked here: https://www.fns.usda.gov/rural-designation).

ACTE Ag Ed Division Webinar Recordings
The webinar is now live and ready to view on the following web pages along with the chat in PDF and a direct link to the video. 

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
Idaho Industrial Institute
A few weeks ago we visited Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch in Texas. Today we will learn about a different type of agricultural school further west – the Idaho Industrial School.  It is a pleasure to welcome back Dr. Jim Connors from the University of Idaho as the guest columnist. So take it away Dr. Connors.   The Idaho Industrial School During the late… Read more here

CAST

Home gardens are blooming in the shadow of the pandemic.

*** Friday, April 17, 2020:  Home gardens are flourishing, food supply chains face challenges, and aid programs provide some help. Pizza groundhog, a high-jumping canine, and a rogue delivery van. 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.

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