Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 2/22/2021

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

February 22, 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
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.

2021 NAAE CASE Institute Scholarship Application Open Now!
Due February 28, 2021 at midnight your local time. 
Announcement made to all applicants via email in March 2021. If you are already registered for an institute and receive a scholarship, we'll apply it in March and your invoice will be adjusted. Because spots can fill quickly, we don't advise you wait to register until the announcement is made unless absolutely necessary. Click here for more information.

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.


Give FFA Day Coming Soon
For 24 hours on Give FFA Day—Thursday, Feb. 25—we are raising money to support FFA with a goal of 1,500 donors. Check out this new video from the National FFA Officer Team and help us spread the word, FFA.org/GiveFFADay.

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.

Serve in Honor of National FFA Week 
How is your chapter serving this month? The Penn Yan FFA (above) in New York made adoption crates for their local animal shelter. Be sure to register and report your service project to be a part of the inaugural FFA Week National Days of Service. Find planning resources on the National Days of Service webpage. 

National FFA Week Paper Emblem Sales to Support Grants for Growing
From Feb. 17-28, visit your local Tractor Supply Company store or go online at TractorSupply.com to purchase an FFA Paper Emblem for $1. The paper emblem sales provide funding to support FFA Grants for Growing. Learn about the grant and how your chapter can help promote the sales of the paper emblems virtually by visiting FFA.org/GrantsForGrowing.


New Lessons Accompany FFA New Horizons Digital Articles
Check out these two new FFA New Horizons lessons.  

“Suit-2-Jacket” Offers Career Connections to FFA Chapters and Ag Classrooms
Suit-2-Jacket, a new National FFA program, offers students a live, virtual opportunity to experience and discuss careers in various agricultural pathways with real-life company professionals. During a 30-minute session, students will get an overview of the company’s place in agriculture, learn about careers and learning opportunities and get to ask direct questions to the company representative. FFA advisors and agriculture educators can sign up now. Limited spots are available. Syngenta, Nestle and Valent sponsor this program.

Career and Leadership Challenges 
Celebrate someone special with a “floral” arrangement made just for them. Load a video featuring your creation and submit it for the Floriculture Challenge by Feb. 26. 

Spring Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant Results
National FFA is pleased to announce that 69 FFA chapters representing 30 states have been awarded the Spring Semester-Long Grant with funding up to $1,200 each. These chapters addressed needs in the following areas: community safety; environmental responsibility; hunger, health and nutrition; and community engagement. The list of awardees can be found here.

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.

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!


Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
The History of National FFA Week
Tomorrow (February 20) starts National FFA Week. How long have we been celebrating National FFA Week and how did it get started? That is what we will learn in the Footnote. Before you read any further please open the “FFA Week Quiz” and complete it. Then continue reading this Footnote. You can grade your quiz as you read. Read more here


The Arctic Circle moves south.

*** Friday, Feb. 19, 2021:  Extreme cold affects people, livestock, and food production; Black History Month connects with agriculture in many universities; and rainbow igloos bring warmth to winter. 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.