Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 11/23/2020

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Nov 30, 2020
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

November 23, 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.


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.


FFA Horizon Conference – Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for the Horizon Conference, our first-ever virtual production agriculture conference. The conference is Jan. 9-10 and is designed for juniors, seniors, and recent graduates. Students will learn from industry experts, connect with others and more. Registration is $10, and space is limited. Visit the conference webpage for details.


Let’s Talk Turkey
Looking for a turkey-related activity? Check out the turkey production lesson from the U.S. Poultry and Egg. For the entire U.S. Poultry and Egg curriculum, visit here


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.

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!


Incentive Program for FFA Chapter Challenge Fundraising
Your $12 Custom FFA 20oz Tumbler:

  • Offered to chapters to purchase outright for $15 or use as an incentive with the chapter challenge and purchase for $12 
  • Normally sells for $29.95 (60% off with the Challenge) 
  • 20 oz. stainless steel with your chapter logo
  • Minimum order 10
  • Personalize with member’s names for an additional $5
  • A percentage of proceeds support NAAE Grants
  • Makes a great chapter officer gift

Just another Bloom effort to help drive your funding success!

For more information about tumblers visit our website.
Learn More about All Fundraising Opportunities.

In partnership with Growing Hope Globally, the National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education (NASAE) is pleased to offer a new SAE for All resource to students and teachers. The International Agriculture Development Career Kit is now available on www.saeforall.org. The kit provides information and activities to help students gain foundational experiences in the field of International Agriculture Development. A direct link to the Student and Teacher guides are below. 

Here's the Student Guide.

Here's the Teacher Guide.

We hope that you find these to be a valuable resource to explore a meaningful career path in agriculture.

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
Forty-One Words
When we teach our students about the FFA we emphasize the creed, describe the mission, identify the colors, and teach about the important dates associated with our history. However, there are 41 words spoken at an FFA meeting that we rarely, if ever, mention.   During my career, I have been honored to serve as the national president of four… Read more here


Many Thanksgiving traditions could change this year.

*** Friday, Nov. 20, 2020:  The pandemic affects some holiday traditions; science has successes with vaccines, robots, and genetics; and a woman “saves a farmer’s bacon.” 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.