Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 2/1/2021

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Feb 8, 2021
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

February 1, 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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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.


New: FFA Week National Days of Service 
Don't miss the chance to be a part of the inaugural FFA Week National Days of Service! FFA is inviting chapters across the country to register a service event to be hosted in February. Find planning resources and the link to register on the National Days of Service webpage. 

FFA Week Paper Emblem Sales to Support Grants for Growing
Visit your local Tractor Supply Company store or visit TractorSupply.com Feb. 17-28 to buy $1 FFA paper emblems to support the FFA Grants for Growing program. Find out how your FFA chapter can promote sales virtually and information about the grant by visiting FFA.org/Grants-for-Growing.

Invite a National FFA Officer to Your FFA Week Event
The National FFA Officer Team is looking forward to engaging with states and chapters across the nation in honor of National FFA Week. This year, we invite state FFA associations, chapters and other constituents to request a national officer for your FFA Week event. National officers will engage virtually and can provide keynote speeches, workshops and greetings; hangout with members; meet with administrators; and more. 

Plan Now: Give FFA Day
During National FFA Week, we have a special 24 hours of fundraising and showing your support on Give FFA Day, Thursday, Feb. 25. Follow National FFA on social media and visit the online toolkit at FFA.org/GiveFFADay to help us spread the word.

Chapter-Level Degree Checklists
Are you looking for chapter-level degree applications to use as an educational resource? We have free versions to offer!  

Living to Serve Grants Now Available
The Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant provides middle/high school FFA chapters with up to $1,200 to implement a service-learning project in their communities. The application allows chapters to add collaborators, like an alumni member, to help complete the application. Applications are due Feb. 1 and can be found at FFA.org/LivingToServe/Grants.

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.


2021 FFA Alumni and Supporter Grants 
Nutrien Ag Solutions and Tractor Supply Company are sponsoring $500- $5,000 grants 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. For more information and a copy of the grant application, visit www.FFA.org/alumnigrants.  The first round of 2021 grant applications are due to alumni@ffa.org by March 1!


Ag Ed Track at Virtual ACTE National Policy Seminar
The ACTE NPS provides an excellent opportunity to learn the basics of influencing federal decision makers, specifically on legislation related to career and technical education, including agricultural education. To emphasize the importance of NPS and to encourage more participation from NAAE members, NAAE will be paying the registration fee of one NAAE member per state to participate in NPS. NAAE will have a specific agricultural education breakout session on Tuesday, February 23rd at 6:30 PM EST. You may review the entire program for the NPS online at http://www.acteonline.org/nps/. The opening general session will begin at 12:00 pm EST on Monday, February 22nd. Please consult with your state Ag Ed leadership if you would like to represent your state and receive the NAAE registration fee coverage. For more information, please visit the NAAE website here.

TSU Application for Rapid Response Ag Ed
Calling all Ag Teachers! Call for Proposals: $10,000 Mini Grants. The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced many instructional challenges for teachers and created a plethora of learning limitations for students.

As you know, learning in and about agriculture requires things like work in laboratory, application of learned concepts, integrated curricula, and industry-validated resources. Current resources for teaching agriculture online or using some other form of distance education are limited in these essentials.

We are seeking to award 8 “Mini-grants” in the amount of $10,000 to selected agriculture teachers who can document they have a complete course curriculum in one of the content areas below. One award will be given in each content area.

  • Agribusiness Animal Science Biotechnology
  • Environmental Science Natural Resources
  • Food Products and Processing Plant Science
  • Power, Structural, and Technical Systems

Selected teachers will be asked to work with Instructional Designers for approximately 10 hours/week for three months (12 weeks).

Please complete the application here, and mail or email this application and requested materials by February 5, 2021 and direct all questions to John Ricketts: 

Dr. John C. Ricketts jricket1@tnstate.edu 1842 Posey Hill Rd., Mount Juliet, TN 37122

From Your FFA Fundraising Partners at Bloom
OUR EXTENDED COMMITMENT and $20 Gift for Ag Teachers. Click the here below to get your FREE $20 Gift!

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!

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.

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
Service is the Rent One Pays for Living
The subject of this Friday Footnote is one who believed service to others is of paramount importance in our lives. He died two weeks ago after a lifetime of service to the profession. That person is Ira Hicks, Jr. He died at the age of 92. For the younger people in the profession, you might not be familiar with Dr. Hicks. After all, he retired… Read more here


Schools make tough decisions as a new semester gets underway.

*** Friday, Jan. 29, 2021:  Educators work hard to make learning safe and rewarding, new government climate initiatives come into focus, and a baby panda cam goes viral. 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.