Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 11/16/2020

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

November 16, 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.


National Days of Service Update
Reports from National Days of Service keep coming in, and to date, we’ve had 310 FFA chapters from 45 states and Puerto Rico report 4,602 volunteers served 16,424 hours in October. Did your FFA chapter host a service event during October?  If so, report your impacts and be part of the first annual National Days of Service! 


SAE Video of the Week
Jeremiah Hager, from McMinn Central FFA in Tennessee, has a hankering for agricultural mechanics. He works on various equipment such as tractors, skid steers, trucks, trailers and more for his supervised agricultural experience. Watch this video to learn more about his SAE and how he got started.


Don’t Miss These On-Demand Owl Chats 
National FFA Owl Chats are available on-demand to accommodate every teacher’s busy schedule. November’s recorded event covers the natural resources pathway and features resources and tips for creating meaningful learning, including Project Learning Tree, Stream Teams, the Envirothon, Trout in the Classroom, and more. The September Owl Chat addressed the agribusiness pathway and October’s shared resources and strategies around animal systems. Look for January’s Owl Chat on the plant systems pathway on Jan 18.

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.


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 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.

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!


Thrive with CASE
Do you want to refine your virtual teaching skills? Register to attend Thrive, the CASE Educational Technology Summit! Thrive is a new, virtual CASE-hosted conference and will provide over 8-hours of professional development content within CTE instruction, best practices, digital equity, and software and applications. View the agenda to learn more! Thrive is open to all agricultural education teachers. CASE certification is not required. We look forward to seeing you there! (Registration closes Friday, January 8, 2021)

Become ABF Certified
If your program could benefit from ag business curriculum, consider becoming ABF (Agricultural Business Foundations) certified while you attend NAAE's virtual convention. Registration ends on November 20, so register soon! 

The Agricultural Business Foundations course includes:

  • Starting a business
  • Financial documents
  • Risk management
  • Writing a business plan

The Agricultural Business Foundations course is an elective course from the CASE course menu. The course is structured for all students to experience agricultural business management practices in order to continue through a sequence of courses through high school. The knowledge and skills students develop can be used within multiple pathways of study. Register here!

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.


Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
She Was a Woman in a Man's Job
The rest of the quote that serves as the title of this Footnote is “But Never Let Anyone Forget She Was a Lady.” This is a quote from Charles Pelham, a school superintendent in Michigan, who knew Miss Hester Bradley as an agriculture teacher. Andrea Kerbuski, a past state FFA Officer in Michigan goes on to write (2008, p. 16): While most women… Read more here


Science fiction has become science fact as robots help the world of agriculture.

*** Friday, Nov. 13, 2020:  Robotics and artificial intelligence influence agriculture; experts explain crop reports, COVID-19 vaccines, and CRISPR calves; and the Farmers’ Almanac provides Friday the 13th good luck tips. 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.