Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 9/21/2020

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Sep 21, 2020
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

September 14, 2020


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

  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action


The Council leads the future of school-based agricultural education by:

  • Identifying opportunities and resources

  • Providing a forum for thought and direction

  • Focusing on academic and career success for all students.

Upcoming Virtual Events


National Teach Ag Day: Sept. 17, 2020


National FFA Convention: Oct. 27-29 


2020 Virtual NAAE Convention:
November 30 -December 4

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


Make plans to join us on Thursday, September 17th as we celebrate National Teach Ag Day!
Watch the webcast by going to the Teach Ag website and/or the NAAE and Teach Ag Facebook pages. Use #TeachAg and #Tagged20 for your Teach Ag Day social media posts. 


10:00am-12:00pm EDT Pre-show live interviews and conversation facilitated by Teach Ag Ambassadors John Bazemore, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in GA and Madeleine Musick, Oklahoma State University in OK. 
(featuring current agriculture teachers, agricultural education leaders, sponsor partners, agriculture organizations like MANRRS, Cultivating Change Foundation and Agriculture Future of America, the 2020 Teach Ag Champions and more

12:00-1:00pm EDT Teach Ag Day program 
(featuring inspirational agriculture teachers, the 2020-2021 Teach Ag Ambassadors, the 43 Teach Ag Day celebration host sites and more than 100 tagged to #TeachAg individuals

4:00-8:00pm Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium - registration closed 
(featuring targeted professional development for preservice teachers including inquiry instructional methods, creating an inclusive classroom, Nearpod integration, My Local Cooperative, CASE, current teacher Q&A panel and job interview tips). 


Current Issue of The Agricultural Education Magazine
Volume 93, Issue 2 – September/October 2020 – Using Reading and Writing to Enhance Your Agriculture Classroom

The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all.

The Bloom Partnership: Providing Ag Ed Support at Every Level
In our continued effort to expand our commitment to FFA $1.00 out of every FFA Chapter Challenge sale will support Ag Teacher Associations in your State and NAAE.

Plus, the $14 (70%) going to your chapter means with every 100 memberships sold online or using our FFA “app” friendly card will return $1400 back to your chapter. Over the years our average chapter sale is 280 FFA Travel and Savings Membership sold or $3920 in chapter profit.

Let our team help your chapter implement the simplest consumer-friendly fundraiser in America. Not only does it deliver unprecedented profit to your chapter but a wonderful value to your supporters. Learn more bloomforgood.com/ffa.

NAAE's Connect Podcast - Episode 3: Nutrition, Energy, and Ag Teacher Wellness (Part 1)
NAAE is excited to kick off Part One of a two part series related to nutrition, energy, and ag teacher wellness. Our host is joined by our guest co-host and current NAAE President, Mr. Parker Bane, as they explore how proper nutrition and living an active lifestyle can help boost our energy so that agricultural educators can be their best for themselves, their students, and their friends and family at home. Parker and Alan are joined by two agricultural educators, Mrs. Amanda Twenter of Missouri and Mr. Melvin Phelps of New York, who share personal experiences they've encountered along with tangible steps that you can take to help boost and maintain your energy throughout the day. 

For more information, visit our website!


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. Click here to learn more and register.


Credit Cards Required for 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo Registration
Credit cards will be the only accepted payment type when registration opens for the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo on Sept. 22. This change applies to all registration types and tiers, including chapters and states. We are confident registering groups can handle this change in 2020 thanks to lower overall registration costs and continuing trends of our registration transaction history. Plus, registration for the 2020 virtual event does not include any time-sensitive or quantity-limited registration items, meaning registration as soon as the process opens will have no additional benefit. 

If a registering group has no access to a credit card for this purchase, we recommend purchasing a prepaid Visa or Mastercard gift card equal to the expected registration cost. Prepaid Visa or Mastercard gift cards may be used during the registration process. The prepaid gift card could be reimbursed from school funds, covered by an advance collection of funds from participants, or purchased by a chapter’s local alumni/supporter group. 

This information will soon be communicated broadly via email and the convention website

National Awards Judges Needed
The awards and recognition team is seeking interested individuals to serve as judges for National FFA Agriscience Fair, National Chapter Awards, and Agricultural Proficiency Awards. The virtual judging process will take place the week of Sept. 21. We hope you will consider helping out and encourage others to sign up and serve as a judge this year. 


Use These Video Lessons in Your Classroom
New supervised agricultural experience video lesson plans are now available!  Access them here

FFA Alumni

Leadership Scholarship Report Deadline
Any FFA Alumni and Supporters chapter or state association that received a leadership scholarship check from National FFA is required to submit a leadership scholarship report form to alumni@ffa.org by Oct. 1. Chapters and states that do not submit a grant report form will not receive 2020 funding. 

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: Sadly, shortly after this video was filmed for Veterinarians On Call, Dr. Samantha Pohl passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer. We hope her message will better inform people about poultry care in the US, and inspire more students to pursue a career in poultry science and veterinary health. Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
Urban Agriculture: 1930s Style
During the past several decades there has been an emphasis on urban agriculture. It is now common to hear such words as community gardens, community-supported agriculture, rooftop farming, container gardening, vertical farming, square-foot gardens, and the list goes on. Even the Cooperative Extension Service has allocated resources to serving the… Read more here


State fairs have been canceled but venders use methods to keep the corn dogs, deep-fried Oreos, and chickens-on-a-stick flowing.

*** Friday, Sept. 11, 2020:  Weather extremes include fires, snow, and derechos; rural areas suffer from increased COVID-19 cases and slower postal service; and most state fairs were canceled but food vendors still offer deep-fried everything on-a-stick. 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.