Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 10/26/2020

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Nov 2, 2020
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

October 26, 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.


Signed Consent Required to Participate in 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention and Annual Business Meeting
NAAE is incorporated in the state of California. Corporate regulations in California require those who attend virtual corporate annual meetings to sign a notice to agree to attend the annual meeting virtually. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 NAAE Convention and annual business meeting will be conducted virtually. If you will be participating in the 2020 NAAE Convention and annual business meeting, please open this Survey Gizmo link, read the notice, and complete the form to indicate your consent to participate in the 2020 NAAE Convention and annual business meeting virtually. Everyone who participates in the 2020 NAAE Convention and annual business meeting must consent to the virtual meeting either via this Survey Gizmo link or via the convention registration portal. Please direct questions to Jay Jackman.

NAAE 2020 Virtual Convention November 30-December 4
As an agricultural educator, you know that even when conditions aren't ideal, growth is still possible, and more than that, it's important. That applies to your professional life as well. Despite the many challenges that have come with this school year, we encourage you invest in your professional growth by taking part in this year's NAAE Convention, delivered digitally direct to you. Register Now!

2020 NAAE Virtual Convention Support Letter
We have provided a Letter of Support that you can fill out and give to your Administration. The Letter will provide details about the convention and why you should attend. Download the document here.

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! 

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.

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.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 5 - A CASE Update
Our host is joined by two NAAE staff members, Ms. Jessie Lumpkins and Ms. Sara Cobb, who provide updates related to Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE). Jessie and Sara provide information related to the new CASE website, Thrive (the CASE Educational Technology Summit coming January 2021), as well as how their team has and will continue to respond to COVID-19. Learn more here.


Activate Your Registration Now
The 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo is just a day 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

Join Us for the National Days of Service
It's not too late to be a part of the National Days of Service! Join 182 chapters from 39 states that are serving their communities this month. Chapters can register a service event that will take place before Nov. 1 or report on a service event already completed in October.


40+ On-Demand Workshops Available During Convention
Be sure to check out the teacher and student workshops available on-demand during the National FFA Convention & Expo. A wide variety of topics are available, such as personal development workshops for students and workshops on various ready-made-materials for teachers.  


Think "Indiana" for 2021
We might not be gathering in Indiana this year, but you can still find great things to plan and do! The State of Indiana is a great supporter of FFA and the National FFA Convention & Expo and have shared some wonderful things to keep in mind as you plan your convention trip for 2021. 


FFA Scholarships Application Opens in November
The National FFA Scholarship Program opens on Nov. 1, 2020. Scholarships support FFA high school seniors and collegiate members as well as non-FFA students. Just one application is required for multiple scholarship opportunities totaling close to $2 million. Applications are due Jan. 14, 2021.

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.

Seeking 2020 SAE Grant Judges
Sign up to help select deserving FFA members to receive $1,000 SAE grants. The online judging process will open Friday, Nov. 20. All scoring must be completed by Monday, Dec. 7. Judges are assigned a set of applications to score using an online system that can be accessed from your computer. Scoring will take about three to five hours, and judges have two weeks to complete it. Click here to sign up before it closes on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Instructions for accessing the sign-up system can be found here,  step-by-step instructions. To learn more about the SAE Grants, visit the SAE Grant webpage on FFA.org. Judges who sign up will receive additional information and instructions on Tuesday, Nov 17.

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.

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!


Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
Another Contender for First Female Agriculture Teacher - E. M. Hill
The May 16, 1973 issue of The Cumberland News (Maryland) printed an article titled “Elsie Roland, Prominent Educator, Dies” The first sentence in the article reads “Mrs. Elsie Hill Roland, the first woman to teach vocational agriculture in the United States, and principal of Flintstone High School for 36 years, died last night. She was 76.” Is it… Read more here


A skateboarding bulldog shows canine balance and accomplished half-pipe moves.

*** Friday, Oct. 23, 2020:  Efforts to fight hunger take center stage, rural areas deal with increasing cases of COVID-19, and the week’s lighter side features giant pumpkins, cow huggers, and a skateboarding bulldog--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.