Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 2/15/2021

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Feb 22, 2021
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

February 15, 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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AgExplorer Is on the Move! Update Your Bookmarks Now
On Feb. 15, AgExplorer will find a new home on the web at AgExplorer.FFA.org. Be sure to update any links or bookmarks you have to AgExplorer in your web browser, learning management systems and tools like Google Classroom. After Feb. 15, the old URLs to AgExplorer will no longer work. Update now!

Apply Now: National Teacher Ambassadors for FFA 2021-22 Application 
Are you or do you know of a teacher who would be interested in helping to share educational resources and opportunities within their state while offering feedback to the National FFA Organization? Click here to complete the application. The deadline to apply is March 10, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Awards Judging Update 
National finalist selection for our awards area will take place virtually in July, with finalists announced in early August. Online state submission to National FFA deadlines remains unchanged. National winner selection (convention judging) will be conducted virtually in September for the following programs: Agricultural Proficiency Awards, American Star Awards, Agriscience Fair, and National Chapter Awards. 

2021 National CDEs/LDEs Update – Date Change for Certification
We are actively planning to host national-level CDEs and LDEs this fall. We expect some events may become entirely virtual, and some may be a hybrid of virtual and in-person. We anticipate events will begin after the certification deadline and before the scheduled convention dates. To assist this process, we have moved our national certification deadline one month earlier to Aug. 2. Please begin adjusting your schedules accordingly. We will be sharing detailed, event-specific updates soon.

National Officers Connect With Chapters Virtually 
This week, the National FFA Officer Team completed more than 70 virtual chapter visits where they delivered keynote addresses and workshops. You can request an officer to connect with your chapter virtually this spring using this request form. Next week, the officers will represent National FFA as they connect with legislators and governmental officials. 

Connect to Fun for National FFA Week
Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 24, and Thursday, Feb. 25, of National FFA Week at 9 a.m., Noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. EST for some FFA, agriculture and agricultural education trivia. Each session will last 30 minutes, and we will do two rounds of trivia per session. Winners will receive fun prize boxes. Check FFA.org/national-ffa-week/for a link to the Connection Fun Room on Monday, Feb. 22 of National FFA Week.

Give the Gift of Blue 
It is the perfect time of year to nominate or encourage your students to apply for the Give the Gift of Blue program. More than 1,000 jackets are available for deserving members. 

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. 

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/.

FFA Alumni

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.

Host an Agricultural Business Foundations BriefCASE!
BriefCASE's are shortened CASE professional development experiences aligned with semester-based CASE courses. Agricultural Business Foundations (ABF) teacher certification is available through virtual or in-person* BriefCASE events! Learn more about hosting today!

BriefCASE applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please complete your application 2 months prior to the anticipated BriefCASE date to allow for planning. Apply today!

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.


Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
Protecting the FFA Emblem
In Part I of this Friday Footnote (titled The Eagle Enigma which was published last week) we learned the FFA delegates at the 1934 FFA Convention codified that the eagle was indeed part of the FFA emblem. The FFA constitution was revised in 1937 to reflect the change that the FFA emblem consisted of 5 major elements (including the eagle), not 4 as… Read more here


Surf’s up and goats are ridin’ the waves.

*** Friday, Feb. 12, 2021:  The agriculture community works to solve problems, programs continue to help the food insecure, and goats hop on boards and hit the surf. 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.