Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 3/1/2021

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

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


Congress Introduces Resolutions on FFA Week and 50 Years of Alumni and Supporters
This week, both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate introduced resolutions recognizing National FFA Week and 50 Years of Alumni and Supporters. You can read more in this press release from one of the resolution sponsors. The National FFA Organization thanks all the representatives and senators who sponsored, co-sponsored, and supported these resolutions. You can read the House resolution here.

We're Looking for Our Next National Teacher Ambassadors for FFA
Are you curious about the National Teacher Ambassadors for FFA program?  Click here to watch a short video from a few current ambassadors on why they applied to the program. To apply, click here.

National Chapter Committee Positions Available
National FFA is seeking applicants to serve as committee members for the National Chapter Award Program Committee. We are looking for two representatives from education (secondary or postsecondary) or industry. Committee members will work with the committee superintendent and National FFA staff to coordinate the national event's direction and implementation. Refer to the committee position description for more information. Applicants must complete the NCA Committee Member Nomination Form. The nomination deadline is Monday, March 15. For more on the National Chapter Award program, contact Madeline Young, myoung@ffa.org.

Coming Soon: Needs Assessment Survey
On Tuesday, March 2, all agriculture teachers and FFA advisors will receive the 2021 National FFA Organization Agriculture Teacher/FFA Advisor Needs Assessment survey. We want to ensure that we are meeting the needs of today's FFA advisors and students with relevant resources. Those who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for one of 10 $50 Amazon gift cards. 

“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.

AgExplorer Has Moved! Update Your Bookmarks Now
AgExplorer has 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. The old URLs to AgExplorer will no longer work.

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!


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!

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!

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
Is a Storm Brewing on the Horizon?
Three weeks ago, the Friday Footnote focused on the confusion of whether or not the Eagle was a part of the FFA emblem. The resolution to the confusion was an affirmation that indeed, the eagle was officially a part of the FFA emblem. Then, two weeks ago we learned that to get a trademark on the FFA emblem, the eagle had to be removed because it… Read more here


“I, Robot” is present in ag, medicine, and more.

*** Friday, Feb. 26, 2021:  Science versus coronavirus—now and for the future; robots help with ag, medicine, and more; Black History Month continues; and NASA takes us on a trip to Mars. 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.