Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 11/9/2020

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Nov 16, 2020
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

November 9, 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

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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.


Committee Forums at the 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention
The work done by NAAE Committees is extremely important. As a grassroots organization, the ideas put forward in our committees help set the direction of NAAE. As part of the 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention, committee forums will be conducted via Zoom. All NAAE members are welcome to participate, whether or not they are registered for the 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention. See below for committee forum dates, times and registration links. You must register for a committee forum to receive the Zoom link that will allow you to participate. You may attend multiple committee forums. 

For questions, please email the NAAE staff member who is facilitating the committee forum about which you are inquiring. Thank you for participating in the work of your professional organization!

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.

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.


FFA For All
The FFA is an integral part of an agricultural education program, which means that ALL students enrolled in an agricultural education program should have access to the FFA. Current membership numbers would indicate that ALL students do not access the FFA. What are the barriers preventing student access? The National FFA Board of Directors has convened a committee to examine this question and to determine if the current dues structure is a barrier to student access and participation. The committee, chaired by National FFA Treasurer Buddy Deimler of Utah, is addressing FFA For All from the viewpoint of membership for all 7-12 students enrolled in agricultural education with a focus on examining options that are revenue neutral and helpful to individual state associations and local chapters. We need your input! A survey will be sent to all agricultural educators later in November, seeking your opinion on dues, membership processes, and what it means to truly offer FFA For All.  What would FFA look like on the local, state, and national levels without individual dues instead replaced by a different fee structure?  Be on the lookout for a survey on these questions and this important topic later in November.

You Can Still Visit the Virtual 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo
Didn’t get a chance to visit all of the expo booths, watch all the workshops and general sessions, or travel through the 3D FFA Blue Room virtual experience? No problem! The event platform remains available to those who registered and activated their accounts for the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo. Anyone can also go to FFA.org and watch each of the general sessions where members were recognized for their achievements, the band, chorus and talent put on amazing performances, and the new 2020-21 National FFA Officer Team was announced. 


Teachers: If you’re looking for great ways to incorporate convention content and videos into the classroom, check out the 93rd National FFA Convention & Expo Implementation Guide.  (Word) (PDF) (Student Worksheets-Google Docs).


National Days of Service Update
FFA is excited to announce that so far, we’ve had 304 FFA chapters from 45 states and Puerto Rico report that 3,689 volunteers served 11,275 hours in October. Did your FFA chapter host a service event in October? If so, report your impacts and be part of the first annual National Days of Service! 


Apply Now: National FFA Scholarship Program
The scholarship application is now open!  Access the application and resources at FFA.org/Scholarships. This year, we have provided educational videos for both students and FFA advisors. Whether a student is planning on attending a specialized training program or seeking a four-year degree, the National FFA Scholarship Program has opportunities for all.


SAE Video of the Week
Cayla Miller from McMinn Central FFA in Tennessee works in the Cherokee National Forest, where she performs a variety of tasks such as checking the pH balance of various waterways. Watch her video to learn more about her supervised agricultural experience. 


Agriscience Fair Results Available
Complete results have been posted to the agriscience fair webpage on FFA.org under “Results.” Score summary reports are posted in the student’s application under “Judging Results PDF.” Students placing in the top three must complete their cash claim form by Dec. 1. Email agriscience@ffa.org with questions.


National Chapter News
Score summary reports are posted in the chapter’s application under “Judging Results PDF.” Email nationalchapter@ffa.org with questions.

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

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
The National FFA Officers' Creed
A new set of national FFA officers were elected last week at the virtual national FFA convention. Congratulations are in order. I wonder if the officer candidates had to recite the National FFA Officers Creed? But you say, “I was not aware there was a National Officers Creed.“ Well, read on. At the 1969 National FFA Convention, the proceedings… Read more here


Universities use innovation and science to cope with the pandemic.

*** Friday, Nov. 6, 2020:  Universities cope with the Age of COVID, experts look at the safety of “restaurant bubbles,” and California kayakers have “a whale of a story,” while Dutch train riders are “saved by a whale’s tail.” 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.