Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 10/12/2020

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Oct 19, 2020
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

October 12, 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

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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.


Early Bird Registration for 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention is Open!
Register online from now until October 23rd for early bird pricing! To view the 2020 Schedule at a Glance, visit our website. Click here to visit our 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention website to sign up now! 

2020 FAST Symposium at NAAE Convention
The NAAE National Teach Ag Campaign is hosting a virtual Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium for all current NAAE Student Member preservice agricultural education students across the United States! This LIVE professional development event is held in conjunction with the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) Convention, November 30-December 4, 2020!

Click here for more information and to apply by OCTOBER 23rd!

CASE THRIVE - Ed Tech Summit
Share what you've learned through the transition into hybrid/virtual learning by presenting at Thrive, the CASE Educational Technology Summit coming January 2021. Visit https://www.case4learning.org/events/thrive/ for the Call for Presenters, application, and more information on attending. Deadline for applications is Oct. 16!

Virtual ABF Available
This fall, teachers have other changes to become certified in ABF virtually! To participate in the event hosted in October by Iowa State, find more info here. To participate in the event hosted during NAAE Convention, find more info here.


Live to Serve This Month
FFA is excited to launch the first National Days of Service (NDoS) nationwide! Our goal is to have at least one chapter from every state participate in this inaugural event. Right now, we have 34 states that have chapters signed up to serve their communities. Local FFA chapters can sign up to host a service event in October. All registered NDoS projects will be part of an interactive mapto inspire others to serve their communities. The FFA National Days of Service Toolkit has everything a chapter needs to make its service project successful. Email questions to lts@ffa.org.

Must-Have Convention Planning Resource Now Available
Don't forget to check out the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo Implementation Guide for all of your preplanning needs. The guide features student handouts, choice boards, recommendations for joining convention virtually and more. Access here: (Word) (PDF).

SAE Grants Application Opens
The SAE Grants application is now open and will close on Monday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. EST. Students can access the application through the application center on FFA.org and on the SAE Grant webpage. Click here to view the SAE Grant flyer with information on sponsors and how to access and fill out the application. Contact Jennifer Preston, jpreston@ffa.org or at 317-452-6013, with questions.


Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers
National FFA invites you to join us for an Owl Chat session on the animal systems pathway on Monday, Oct 19, at 7 p.m. EDT. Master teachers will share their favorite strategies and lessons for implementing animal systems, school-based enterprises, managing animal health, bringing industry into your classroom, and coaching animal-related career development events. Register now.

Mark Your Calendars: Horizon Conference
Our first Horizon Conference on Jan. 9-10 will help prepare the next generation of leaders in production agriculture to face tomorrow's challenges and successes. Don't miss out on this weekend of career-focused growth and learning. For more about the conference and to sign up to be notified when registration opens, click here. Read more about the conference on FFA.org.

Western Wildfires Continue to Affect FFA Chapters
Many of you have reached out to ask how you can help FFA chapters devastated by the wildfires in Oregon, California and Washington. We've updated our Crisis Relief webpage with current needs and how to get involved. 

Agricultural Education for All Town Hall
If you missed our town hall featuring the National Organization's new Agricultural Education for All roadmap on Wednesday, you can catch the recording here. You can also visit  FFA.org/Ag-Ed-for-All for more details. 

Catch Some NASCAR Action 
NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer will debut the National FFA Organization and DEKALB brand corn car during the Oct. 18 race in Kansas. Focused on the future of agriculture, the partnership will offer a "Winning Has Roots" scholarship to help one qualified student fund their continued education. The number of laps completed with the No. 14 DEKALB Ford Mustang will determine the scholarship amount, which will be announced following the race. To learn more, visit DEKALB.com/Scholarship.

FFA Alumni

National FFA Convention & Expo Alumni and Supporter Registration
FFA Alumni and Supporters can register for the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo at convention.ffa.org! In addition to the rest of the convention experience, this $20 registration includes access to exclusive alumni and supporters' workshops, an awards session and a virtual meet & greet on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m.! 

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!


New Curriculum Launch! 
Are you looking for new lessons to implement into your classroom – both in-person or virtually? The U.S. Pork Center of Excellence (USPCE) just launched a resource called DESTINATION PORK. DESTINATION PORK Pathway to the Industry is a comprehensive curriculum focused on pork production; designed to expose and interest high school students in pork industry opportunities. The curriculum was developed by subject matter experts, instructional designers, and piloted by a cohort of agriculture education instructors. Lessons can fill a complete unit in a semester or be used a la carte as desired by topic. These courses are formatted to easily integrate with the Google Classroom structure, giving you flexibility within your classroom. This curriculum is available at no cost to agriculture instructors. Download 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: "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
Was Lillian Lamb the First Female Smith-Hughes Era Agriculture Teacher?
Questions! I get questions. During a typical week, I will respond to 1-3 questions about agricultural education or FFA. During the past week I answered an inquiry about a gold FFA sweetheart jacket and this question, “I have been trying to find a source that tells me when the first female agriculture teacher started teaching agriculture in the… Read more here


World Food Prize sessions look at global hunger and ag innovations.

*** Friday, Oct. 9, 2020:  The World Food Prize and CAST offer many online sessions next week, CRISPR gene-editing scientists win a Nobel Prize, and a sheep named Bacon goes baaaack to the trampoline---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.