Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 10/19/2020

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Oct 26, 2020
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

October 19, 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.


Activate Your Registration Now
The 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo is just 11 days away! We want to ensure that everyone has the best experience, but we need your help. 


Everyone can watch the live broadcast of the general sessions at no cost—registration is not required. Catch it on RFD-TV, The Cowboy Channel or streamed through RFD-TV Now, The Cowboy Channel+ app, FFA.org, Facebook Live and YouTube. 


If you have registered to participate in the virtual convention and expo, make sure you and your members who will participate as individuals complete the activation steps in your registration confirmation email. Registration includes access to the expo and shopping mall, workshops, live Connection Rooms, teacher resources, the FFA Blue Room, Forever Blue Experience and more. We are thrilled that so many of you have registered and want to make sure that on Oct. 27, you have a great experience. Completing the activation now will help keep the pressure off a "virtual line" of attendees trying to complete the process all at once. If you have registration questions, email our customer service team, registrationsupport@ffa.org

Hurricane Relief for Louisiana
Another hurricane has devasted Louisiana, and the Louisiana FFA Association still needs your help. The easiest way to lend a hand is to send pre-loaded debit cards of any amount; they can be mailed to the association's office. Visit http://www.la-ffa.org/disaster-relief to learn of specific needs for affected chapters.

Finalists Named in National Agriscience Fair
We are happy to share the top three finalists in each division of the National FFA Agriscience Fair. These finalists will be recognized during the live session broadcasts. Be sure to check the session schedule for details of each session. We will announce the placings live. 

Join Us in the FFA Blue Room at National Convention
In the FFA Blue Room, you will have the chance to explore innovations and new technologies, learn about careers you didn't even know existed, and envision a more sustainable future. Participate in the FFA Blue Room "live sessions" for a chance to win an Xbox One S and other prizes thanks to our presenting sponsors AgriNovus Indiana and Microsoft. Visit Convention.ffa.org/TheBlue-Room/ for more information, including the list of this year's presenters. You must be a registered convention attendee to access the FFA Blue Room.  


Check Out These Google Doc Convention Resources
Will you be using the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo Implementation Guide? If you need student activity sheets in Google docs, we've got you covered. Access those here


Let the Career and Leadership Challenges Begin
We just kicked off new Career and Leadership Challenges! These challenges are designed for individual members to explore, create and have fun while competing in the areas of agriculture, food and natural resources. A series of advocacy and literacy challenges will run through April 2021 as a complement to our celebrations. The first challenge encourages students to #SpeakAg and tell their stories by recording a short video to share. To learn more, visit the challenges website.

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.


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!


Meet with a NAAE National Teach Ag Ambassador!
Want to know more about becoming an ag teacher? Sign up to meet with a National Teach Ag Ambassador during National FFA Convention, October 28-30, 2020. Get to know more about the BEST.CAREER.EVER! and find out how you can begin your own journey today! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D49AAA62FA5F4C43-meet

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

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!

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.


Listen to Owl Pellets Podcast!
For discussion and tips for agriculture teachers! Experts in agricultural education from the University of Florida, University of Arkansas, and Oklahoma State University tackle useful topics weekly so you can be more effective in the classroom. Owl Pellets can be found here!

2020 Global Learning in Agriculture Week
All are invited to attend the 6th annual Global Learning in Agriculture Week being held February 8th-12th 2021! This occurs in an online environment with both On-Demand and Live Programming. The #GLAG21 theme is “Taking Action”. Last year, over 472 educators attended from 48 states and 20 nations. Don’t miss the chance to connect with great minds and tackle the issues of education and global food security today. 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: "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
It's a Beautiful Day in the Agrihood?
Typically, the Friday Footnote postings focus on the past. This one focuses on the present and future. While researching the “Subsistence Homesteads” for the Sept. 11, 2020 Footnote (Urban Agriculture, 1930s Style) , I ran across a new concept. At least it was new to me, and that was “Agrihoods.” Subsistence Homesteads vs. Agrihoods If you… Read more here


Dr. Alexa Lamm accepted the BCCA trophy and provided insights about ag/science communication.

*** Friday, Oct. 16, 2020:  BCCA prize-winner Alexa Lamm speaks of “effectively communicating in times of crises”; universities continue innovative programs and research; and a hiker shows how he kept an enraged cougar at bay--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.