Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 12/21/2020

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Jan 4, 2021
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

December 21, 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.

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Become a Part of the Future of Production Agriculture
Only two weeks left to register for the first National FFA virtual production agriculture conference, the Horizon Conference. On Jan. 9-10, juniors, seniors, and recent graduates from across the country will learn from over 25 industry-led workshops, explore farm businesses, and connect. Registration is $10 and is open now. Click here for registration, the conference schedule and more. 


2019-20 National FFA Officer Retiring Address Lessons
Looking for a great leadership lesson plan with turn-key worksheets? Check out the new lessons designed to help guide students through each of the five National FFA Officer retiring addresses from the 93rd National FFA Convention and Expo. 


2020 SAE Grants Awarded
The 2020 SAE Grants have been awarded—congratulations to the recipients! The list of recipients is posted to the SAE Grants webpage on FFA.org. A notification email has been sent to all recipients. To receive the funds, recipients must follow the instructions in their notice to complete the contract and claim form by Jan. 4. Contact Jennifer Preston, jpreston@ffa.org, with any questions.

Give the Gift of Blue 
Funding is now available for 600 members who would not otherwise be able to afford a jacket. Encourage members to apply or nominate a member at FFA.org/giveblue.


FFA Scholarship Deadline Approaches
The National FFA Scholarship application is open! This year, we have provided videos for students on how to apply successfully and for advisors on how to validate an application. Access the application and resources at FFA.org/Scholarships. The application deadline is Jan. 14, 2021.


Apply Now: Living to Serve Grant 
The Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant opens Dec. 15. This grant provides middle/high school FFA chapters with up to $1,200 to implement a service-learning project in their community for one semester. The application allows you to add collaborators, such as an alumni member, to help you complete it. Access the application and resources at FFA.org/LivingToServe/Grants.

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.

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!


NAAE Virtual Convention Wrap Up
It's a wrap! The 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention is officially in the books. Thank you to all of our attendees, presenters, and partners who made our first ever virtual convention possible and successful. We hope to see you next year in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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)

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

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
Charles Dickens, Mignon Quaw, and The Long Trail
This is the last Friday Footnote for 2020. During the new few weeks focus on important things like family, friends, and personal renewal. If I could give you a Christmas present, it would be a quote from Charlie Brown: The next Friday Footnote will appear on January 8. Now, for this week’s Footnote. Charles Dickens, Mignon Quaw, and The Long… Read more here


Challenging year leads to noteworthy successes.

*** Friday, Dec. 18, 2020:  The sun will set on a challenging 2020, but many triumphs will still glow: (1) science advancements such as vaccines and CRISPR, (2) food production and delivery efforts, and (3) the many ways people helped others through a tough year. 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.