Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 1/11/2021

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Jan 25, 2021
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

January 11, 2021


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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Scholarship Deadline Is Jan. 14
The National FFA Scholarship application deadline is quickly approaching. For help with application questions and to access the resources for both students and FFA advisors, visit FFA.org/Scholarships. Use the information provided under the Need Help section to find the appropriate resources to complete the application.


Apply for This Living to Serve Grant
The Living to Serve Spring Semester-Long Grant provides middle/high school FFA chapters with up to $1,200 to implement a service-learning project in their community for one semester. Chapters can add collaborators, like an alumni member, to complete the user-friendly application. The application is due Feb.1 and can be found at FFA.org/LivingToServe/Grants.

New: FFA Week National Days of Service 
Be a part of the inaugural FFA Week National Days of Service event! Have your chapter register and host a service event during February. Service is more important than ever, and FFA has created a Service and Volunteerism Ideas During COVID-19 document to provide some guidelines on how to serve safely along with some project ideas. There is also an FFA Week National Days of Service Interactive Toolkit to help get started.

Registration for 212° and 360° Conferences Now Open
We are offering the 2021 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 through Aug. 31, 2021. National FFA will provide registered conference hosts with the curriculum and a training video to help hosts deliver the experience. For details and to register for a conference, visit the 212° Conference and 360° Conference webpages.

Take the National FFA Membership Dues Survey
A group of agricultural education professionals and stakeholders is working to have 100 percent of agricultural education students enrolled as FFA members by the time National FFA hits its 100th anniversary (2028). This group is seeking information on the attitudes and opinions of all voices in agricultural education. If you have not received a survey link, take two to three minutes to give us your feedback. Questions should be directed to Buddy Deimler, william.deimler@schools.utah.gov

Don’t Miss the Plant Systems Owl Chat
The next Owl Chat will be available on Jan. 18 and covers the plant systems pathway, featuring resources and tips.

  • Kristyn Sheets from Magnet Cove, Ark., shares how she implements grow towers into instruction then supplies fresh greens to the school cafeteria. 
  • Josh Davenport from South Panola, Miss., passes along his greenhouse management tips. 
  • Pebbles Lacrosse from New Haven, Conn., will make you want to take her adult floriculture classes so you can replicate them in your community. 
  • FFA education specialist Megan McGrady clues you in on the latest National FFA teacher resources for the plant systems pathway. 
  • Melissa Riley, a regional horticulture specialist, shares how to locate Georgia’s lesson library for all things horticulture and more. 

Previous chats are available on-demand. Look for February’s Owl Chat on the power, structural and technical systems pathway on Feb.18.

FFA Alumni

Remote Development Conferences
To continue to offer FFA advisors, staff, alumni and supporters an opportunity for educational development and idea sharing, National FFA Alumni and Supporters is offering interactive Remote Development Conferences through Zoom. The first online event of 2021 will be held February 8-11 from 4-5 p.m. EST. For an agenda and Zoom meeting information, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc or email alumni@ffa.org.


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!


Thrive with CASE Starts Today!
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 today, and we look forward to seeing you there! 

Apply for the 2021 National Teach Ag Ambassador Program!
Each year NAAE’s National Teach Ag Campaign selects an elite group of preservice agriculture teachers as National Teach Ag Ambassadors to represent the agricultural education profession at the National FFA Convention and throughout the year at their local and state levels. This year’s applications are due April 16th, 2021. Follow this link for more information and to apply!

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.

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.

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
Former Vo-Ag Student Wins Nobel Peace Prize
When we teach about scientific and technological advances in agriculture, we often mention Cyrus McCormick, Eli Whitney, John Deere, George Washington Carver, and similar pioneers. Do we mention Norman Borlaug and his contributions to the world of agriculture and to humanity? We should. After all, his formal agricultural training started in a… Read more here


Food issues are still key as we enter a new year.

*** Friday, Jan. 8, 2021:  Food production, government policies, rural health, and university news. Also, energetic robots bust some intriguing dance moves. 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.