Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 2/8/2021

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Feb 15, 2021
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

February 8, 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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To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.


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.

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 6 - Cultivating a Safe and Inclusive Learning Environment for All
Our host is joined by two agricultural educators: Mr. Riley Hintzche, an agricultural educator at Streator Township High School in Illinois, and Ms. Sabrina Stearns-Davis, an agricultural educator at Arabia Mountain High School Academy of Engineering Medicine and Environmental Studies in Georgia. Riley and Sabrina share their knowledge and experiences as it relates to classroom and programs more inclusive, diverse, and equitable for all students. Learn more here.


AgExplorer Is on the Move!
On Feb. 15, AgExplorer will find a new home on the web at AgExplorer.FFA.org. New address, same valuable content! When the new address is active early next week, we will send an email reminder to update any links or bookmarks you have to AgExplorer in your web browser, learning management systems and tools like Google Classroom.

Spring 2021 FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide Now Available
Advisors and teachers: By now, you should have received the latest issue of FFA New Horizons in the mail. This issue features tips on how to have the best National FFA Week ever and includes ShopFFA insert with our most popular tees and more. You can also flip through the digital magazine on FFA.org. Check out the latest FFA New Horizons Teaching Guide online. 

Visit the FFA Blue Room
The Virtual FFA Blue Room launched in conjunction with the 2020 National FFA Convention & Expo is now available to all FFA members. Visit FFA.org/home/FFABlueroom. Students can select "Guest Sign In" or input their FFA ID. The live presentations hosted on the Blue Stage are now available on-demand here

Show Off What You Know With Jacket-2-Jacket
Advisors: Do you have an FFA member with mad skills or talents who is also a role model for other FFA members? If so, encourage them to submit a video to our new video series called Jacket-2-Jacket. Jacket-2-Jacket is an opportunity for FFA members to share their skills, talents and abilities with other members who, in turn, can transform themselves into the leaders they are meant to be. If you know of an interested student, email their name, email and chapter to czufelt@ffa.org. If we reach out to a student to discuss a video idea, we'll reach out to their advisor as well. For more information, visit FFA.org/jacket-2-jacket/.

Don't Miss the Next Owls Chat 
You do not want to miss this month's Owls Chat. The recorded chat covers the power, structural and technical systems pathway, featuring resources and tips for creating meaningful learning, including: 

  • Dr. Mike Pate from Utah State University helps us navigate the Safety in Ag for Youth clearinghouse to find in-person and self-directed student learning lessons. 
  • Jason Scales from Lincoln Electric talks to students about future careers and even has free money for students and teachers. 
  • Nathan Clark from Colorado State University shares how to link instruction with student career goals in this pathway. 
  • Carl Akre, a CASE curriculum writer, shows us ways to integrate science into this pathway. 
  • Ryan Tidds from Cummins Corporation shares educational resources developed with secondary educators in mind. 

Current and previous National FFA Owls Chats are available on-demand. Look for March's Owls Chat on the biotechnology systems pathway on March 15. 

Career and Leadership Challenges
Many FFA members have participated in the Career and Leadership Challenges this year. Check out who has made it into the spotlight for past challenges on the Challenges Recognition webpage. 

Advisors Can Save on ShopFFA.org
The advisor coupon is back, and the official jacket is $49 for a limited time only. Plan ahead for awards, banquets, graduation and more. Enjoy 20% off a minimum purchase of $500 using coupon code ADV21 now through March 15, 2021. Exclusions apply—visit ShopFFA.org for details.

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!


Welcome, Teachers!
The Organic Resource Guide is a toolbox of educational materials geared toward high school and middle school students. It is designed to give insight into the rapidly growing industry of organic agriculture through classroom discussions, activities, and slideshow presentations. Educators can use the entire lessons or easily separate them into individual components to accommodate any curriculum. Click here to learn more!

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
The Eagle Enigma
Is the eagle part of the FFA emblem or not? Parkinson’s Law states that “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” I have formulated a similar law – “A simple historical question may lead down many rabbit holes.” This Friday Footnote started with a simple question a couple of months ago about the FFA emblem posed by… Read more here


Ag world deals with the era of COVID-19.

*** Friday, Feb. 5, 2021:  Food producers adjust to pandemic challenges, the new administration develops a science focus, and many Americans seem to think a rodent can be a meteorologist. 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.