Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 9/28/2020

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Oct 5, 2020
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

September 28, 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 FFA Convention: Oct. 27-29 


2020 Virtual NAAE Convention:
November 30 -December 4

Past Issues

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


NAAE's Connect Podcast:
Episode 3: Nutrition, Energy, and Ag Teacher Wellness (Part 1) and Episode 4: Nutrition, Energy, and Ag Teacher Wellness (Part 2) of the Connect Podcast are now available. Visit our website for more information!


2020 NAAE Virtual Convention Schedule
The Schedule-at-a-Glance for the 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention is now available. Go visit the NAAE website now to view the most up-to-date schedule and to register of the 2020 virtual convention now. 

Become a CASE Pre-service Host!
Check out the Host Application and Planning Guide or schedule an appointment below to discuss how you can implement a pre-service CASE professional development program today! Learn More.

Introducing, Thrive: the CASE Educational Technology Summit!
Check out details and submit a proposal for a session. Let's adapt to the future of ag education together! Both CASE and non-CASE certified teachers are welcome to present and to attend. Learn more here!

Alissa Smith Named CEO of NAAE
Lexington, Ky. – The board of directors of the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) is pleased to announce that Alissa F. Smith of Nicholasville, Ky. has been hired as NAAE Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Her assignment in this capacity will begin October 1, 2020.
Read More.

Seeking Candidates to Fill Open NAAE Committee Positions
There are current openings on the following NAAE committees:

Finance: Region I, Region III and Region VI
Marketing: Region II and Region VI
Member Services: Region I, Region IV and Region VI
Policy and Bylaws: Region I, Region II, Region III and Region VI
Public Policy: Region II and Region VI
Strategic Planning: Region VI


Click here to learn more about NAAE committees, including how to apply to be a committee member.


Questions? Contact Jay Jackman.


Agricultural Education for All Town Hall
Join us for an important virtual town hall featuring the National Organization’s new Agricultural Education for All roadmap on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. EDT. Click here to watch. Visit FFA.org to view the roadmap before the town hall. You can submit your questions in advance or during the town hall to AgEdforAll@ffa.org.


The National FFA Organization is committed to being a welcoming and safe place where students, educators, staff, alumni and stakeholders are celebrated as their authentic selves.

Register for Convention 
Visit Convention.ffa.org for the latest on the year’s biggest virtual celebration and to register. Check out the three-day schedule too.


Serve Locally This October 
FFA chapters are being asked to put their Leadership into Action and serve their local community by participating in the FFA National Days of Service. FFA chapters may sign up a service event to be hosted in October. If you host and report on your service event before Oct. 9, your chapter may be highlighted during national convention.

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: "The term ‘factory farm’ is used widely, most people think machines are making pigs,” says Tennessee veterinarian Dr. Seth Krantz of Tosh Farms. “We’re a family company and we depend on a network of other family farmers to raise these pigs." Watch the video here.

Friday Footnotes
Aims and Purposes of the FFA
Aims & Purposes of the FFA Dr. Jim Connors, University of Idaho Most former FFA members can still answer the question posed during opening ceremonies of FFA members: FFA members why are we here?  To practice brotherhood, honor agricultural opportunities, yadda, yadda, yadda.  Many can also recite the Mission of the FFA: Premier leadership,… Read more here


It’s getting harder to find the road to credible information.

*** Friday, Sept. 25, 2020:  A lively webinar delves into ag/science communication, universities achieve various goals even in a pandemic, and somebody actually thinks pumpkin spice mac & cheese is a good idea. 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.