Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 11/2/2020

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Nov 9, 2020
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

November 2, 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


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.


Catch up on the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo
You can still relive the highlights of the national convention and expo on FFA.org. Watch the sessions, read stories, applaud the award winners and more.


National Days of Service
It is not too late to be part of the National Days of Service! Join 280 chapters from 45 states and Puerto Rico that are serving their communities this month. If your FFA chapter hosted a service event during October, report your impact and be a part of this inaugural event. 


Post-Convention Reflection
Now that national convention is over, have your students reflect on their experiences using the reflection/post-convention section in the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo Implementation Guide. (Word) (PDF) (Student Worksheets-Google Docs).


National FFA Scholarship Program
The National FFA Scholarship Program opens on Nov. 1, 2020.  Whether students plan to attend a specialized training program or seek a four-year degree, the National FFA Scholarship Program has opportunities for all. Access the application at FFA.org/Scholarships.


SAE Video of the Week
Learn the process of growing, harvesting and producing mushrooms through FFA member Nathan Gore’s supervised agricultural experience (SAE).


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.orgor at 317-452-6013, with questions.

FFA Alumni

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!


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.

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.


Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
Agricultural Saints, Gods, and Goddesses
It is Halloween season. This is when mythical creatures such as werewolves, zombies, and witches prowl the land. If we go way back in time, several thousand years, there was an era when mythical entities and religious leaders were associated with agriculture. In this Friday Footnote, Dr. Jim Connors from the University of Idaho will educate us… Read more here


NASA discovered water on the light side of the moon, and it responded by staging a full moon, blue moon on Halloween night.

*** Friday, Oct. 30, 2020:  USDA officials and university scientists provide insights and opinions; food programs, nutrition, and hidden hunger are highlighted; and Halloween night features a rare full moon, blue moon--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.