Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 1/25/2021

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Feb 1, 2021
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

January 25, 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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Check Out Our Partners Hall!
There are several reasons to check out the 2020 NAAE Virtual Convention Partners Hall! Visit our 2020 NAAE Convention Partners Hall between now and January 31 to learn more about our valuable partners!

The Agricultural Education Magazine: Volume 93, Issue 4 is Available Now!
The Agricultural Education Magazine is available in electronic format, free to all, accessed through the NAAE website. All available back issues of the magazine are archived at this website, also free to all. Click here to read about Maintaining the Fence: Establishing and Reclaiming Your Boundaries.

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!

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.


Washington Leadership Conference Canceled for 2021
After careful review, we have made the difficult decision to again cancel all sessions of the 2021 Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) in Washington, D.C., due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Our top concern in making this decision is our obligation to protect the health of FFA members and participants at our events. We also recognize the financial impact to our organization should the event be unable to proceed due to limitations or attendance restrictions. Additionally, we acknowledge that school district decisions remain in flux during the critical planning period for such a large summer event.

Though we are disappointed to make these decisions, we look forward to WLC returning in the summer of 2022. 

For more information, visit the WLC webpage or reach out with any questions to WLC@FFA.org

Download the FFA Week Implementation Guide
Need ideas for National FFA Week? Check out the National FFA Week Implementation Guide and the Virtual National FFA Week Implementation Guide for turn-key resources you can use immediately in your program.


Meet the 2020-21 National FFA Officer Team
FFA members can learn more about their National FFA Officer Team. Watch these YouTube videos (available on Vimeo too) where each national officer provides an introduction and a bit about their background. 

Enter the Ag Day Essay and Video Contest
Students across the country are invited to enter the National Ag Day essay and video contest, sponsored by the Agriculture Council of America. This year’s topic: Food brings everyone to the table. How is agriculture essential to bringing food to the table? National Ag Day’s objective is to celebrate agriculture and to help consumers better understand how farmers and the companies serving them produce abundant, healthy, nutritious, and safe food worldwide. 

SAE Video of the Week
FFA members Kayley Pennington and Cheyenne Bolender from Newsome FFA in Florida know a thing or two about composting. Watch how they take the food waste from their school cafeteria and turn it into compost to create healthy soil for their ag department. Looking for resources to use with all of the supervised agricultural experience videos? Click here to access a choice board, lesson plans and more.

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.

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!


Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
The Three Female Ag Ed Musketeers - Part II
Last week you were introduced to the first females who served as national presidents of their professional agricultural education organizations. They were MeeCee Baker (NVATA President, 1996-97), Karen Hutchison (NASAE President, 2002-03), and Jacque Deeds (AAAE President, 2006-07). This week we conclude that Footnote with their experiences in the… Read more here


The historical White House pet list could fill a circus.

*** Friday, Jan. 22, 2021:  The new administration is focused on science; food assistance programs continue in various forms; and not only dogs have been White House pets—think hippos, ponies, tigers, and a runaway cow. 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.