Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 12/7/2020

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Dec 14, 2020
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

December 7, 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.


Get a Sneak Peek of the New Horizon Conference
The Horizon Conference is our first-ever virtual production agriculture conference, targeted at juniors, seniors, and recent graduates. Check out the Horizon Conference webpage to preview the conference content, including engaging workshops, virtual tours, and students' chances to connect. The full conference schedule is coming soon. Registration is $10 and is open now through Dec. 31. Space is limited — register early to reserve your spot. 


212° and 360° Conferences Update
Registration for the 212° and 360° conferences will go live on Jan. 4, 2021. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we cannot provide the traditional facilitated delivery model for these conferences. To meet the needs of states and chapters, we are offering the 212° and 360° conferences curriculum and training to state associations and chapters interested in hosting local, regional or state-level 212° and 360° conferences. States and chapters can register to host their own 212° and 360° experiences starting Jan. 4, 2021, through Aug. 31, 2021. National FFA will provide registered conference hosts with the curriculum and a training video to help hosts deliver the experience. These conferences cost $10 per participant (this cost covers the supplies to be shipped for each participant). Learn more on the 212° Conference and 360° Conference webpages.  

CDE, LDE and Agriscience Research Choice Board
Career and leadership development events and agriscience research help develop college and career readiness skills. A new resource, the CDE, LDE and Agriscience Research Choice Board, will challenge students to learn about and explore different events offered by National FFA. To access the choice board, 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.

$500,000 in Scholarships Available 
America's Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by Bayer Fund, is offering more than $500,000 in scholarships to high school seniors and college students pursuing an ag-related field of study. Students can apply for a $1,500 scholarship now through Jan. 14, 2021. Help us spread the word today by following on FacebookTwitter and Instagram and sharing our posts and encouraging farmers in your community — each application needs two farmer endorsements. Learn more here or download this flyer.


Dealer Enrollment Deadline for Grants and Scholarships
There's one week left for students and advisors to reach out to their local Ford and AGCO dealers to enroll for dealership scholarships and chapter grants. The deadline is Dec. 13, 2020. For more information, visit the scholarships webpage.

Now Open! Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant
Want to engage your students in experiential learning that addresses a need in your community? For example, starting or expanding a community garden. The Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant is now open. Middle and high school FFA chapters may apply for up to $1,200. Projects should help meet community needs in the focus areas of: Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility and Community Engagement. To access the application, in English or Spanish, visit www.ffa.org/livingtoserve/grants. Grants due by Monday, February 1, 2021. 

FFA Alumni

2020 FFA Alumni and Supporter Grant Reports 
Thanks to the generous support of Nutrien Ag Solutions and Tractor Supply Company, 76 grants were distributed in 2020 to start or improve FFA Alumni and Supporters Chapters, partner student and adult members on special projects and to help fund student affiliation fees and classroom materials. All grant recipients are required to submit a report form by Feb. 1, 2021 to be eligible for future grant funding. For a complete list of grant recipients and copies of the grant application and report forms, visit www.FFA.org/alumnigrants.  The first-round of 2021 grant applications are due by March 1!


Happy Retirement, Jay! 
Congratulations to Dr. Wm. Jay Jackman on nearly 25 years of service to the National Association of Agricultural Educators. Jay started his career as the NAAE Executive Director in March 1996. He has worked day in and day out to serve our members, grow NAAE programs, and strengthen our profession. School-based agricultural education is stronger because of his leadership. Congratulations, Jay! We're wishing you an enjoyable and healthy retirement. Click here to leave Jay a personal message!

Internships with NAAE
NAAE is offering summer internships in communications and professional development for 2021. Applications are due January 18, 2021. Click here for more information.

The 2020-2021 National Association of Agricultural Educators Board of Directors

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)

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
Cincinnatus: Farmer, Statesman, Leader
This week we welcome back Dr. Jim Connors from the University of Idaho as the guest author of the Friday Footnote. Typically, we look back at our agricultural heritage in these Footnotes. Dr. Connors will take us way, way back in time.  Take it away Dr. Connors. Past Friday Footnotes have discussed the relationship of George Washington and Thomas… Read more here


The Arecibo Observatory finally collapsed after providing years of science and entertainment.

*** Friday, Dec. 4, 2020:  The Arecibo Observatory played roles in space exploration and film settings; agriculture stakeholders search for innovative solutions; and you’ll have to fly the friendly skies without your pig, monkey, or peacock. 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.