Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 3/15/2021

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Mar 19, 2021
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

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


National Ag Week Is March 22-26
Celebrate National Ag Week with National FFA! National FFA has created daily activities and resources for chapters to have a great National Ag Week at the local level. To learn more, visit FFA.org/national-ag-day/ and find resources here.

New Resources Translated Into Spanish
We are excited to bring you our newly translated Spanish resources. With funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we have translated 15 educational resources, including Official FFA Student Handbook lessons, SAE video lessons, the current event activity sheet, SAE idea cards and more. Check out the resources here.

Don’t Miss the Biotechnology Systems Owls Chat 
Available Monday, March 15, this month’s recorded Owls Chat covers the biotechnology systems pathway, including: 

  • James Kaltenbach from Arizona shares resources for teaching the biotech pathway.
  • Brianne McCauley, a National Teacher Ambassador for FFA, shows how she integrates agriscience research in her classroom and how to engage with students.
  • James Bing with Corteva discusses how the industry has evolved and shares a great lesson plan his wife teaches.
  • Brandon Marshall with Zoetis looks at the latest in biodevices for the poultry industry and tells what companies look for in graduates. 

Previous Owls Chats are available on-demand to accommodate every teacher’s busy schedule.

FFA Alumni

2021 Remote Development Conferences
The second 2021 Remote Development Conference will be held April 5-8 from 1-2 p.m. EDT. These conferences are great opportunities for FFA advisors, alumni and supporters to share ideas, ask questions and learn more about how volunteers can help students and teachers at the local and state levels. For an agenda and Zoom meeting information, visit www.ffa.org/gotordc or email alumni@ffa.org.


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!

Be a 2021 Teach Ag Day Celebration Kit Host!
The National Association of Agricultural Educators through the National Teach Ag Campaign are looking for agricultural educators who are willing and able to host 2021 National Teach Ag Day celebrations using a kit full of activities, promotional materials and more in secondary and post-secondary programs across the country on Thursday, September 16, 2021. National Teach Ag Day is an initiative of NAAE as part of the National Teach Ag Campaign designed to encourage others to consider a career teaching agriculture and celebrate the positive contributions agriculture teachers make in our schools and communities.  Learn more about the kit contents, how to use it and how to get one through the online interest form. Selected programs receive the kit at no charge. Interest forms must be submitted by 11:59pm EDT on Monday, May 3. 

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 8 - What to Expect from the 2021 Virtual CASE Institutes
The 2021 NAAE Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education Institutes are going virtual! With this new transition comes a lot of questions. What will institutes look and feel like this summer? What will be expected from participants? What is the time commitment? For this episode, we’re joined by two of this year’s course lead teachers, John Hammond, agricultural educator at Thomas Nelson High School in Kentucky, and Brianne McCauley, agricultural educator at Liberty High School in West Virginia, who share more about what participants can expect from the 2021 CASE Institutes. Learn more here.


The Bloomin FFA Socks Facts:

  • Chapter cost- $7.50/pair - MSRP $14.95
  • Cotton grown by our american farmers-woven at usa mills
  • Check out our Bloomin “Ag Designs”
  • Chapters can order a minimum of 20 pair (5/design)
  • Or create a custom chapter order - 120 pair minimum

Lots of Opportunities-

  • Raise money by selling to chapter members 
  • Use as a sales incentive with our ffa chapter challenge
  • Create a custom school sock as a chapter fundraiser

Click here for more information!

National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference Scholarships Available for Educators of Native American Affiliation or Students
The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) is partnering with National Agriculture in the Classroom to offer scholarships to PK-12 teachers of Native American ancestry or Native American students to attend the 2021 NAITC Conference “Fields of Dreams” scheduled for June 28-July 1 in Des Moines, Iowa. The scholarship covers early registration of $435 and travel to the conference. Eligible applicants are teachers at a Tribal government operated school, a Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) school or a BIE-supported school; a school on a reservation teaching Native American students, a non-reservation school that has a high percentage of Native American students, or teachers with a Tribal affiliation. The deadline for applications is April 1, and recipients will be notified by April 30. Click here for more information. 

Click here for the scholarship application form.

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
What Now?
In the previous Friday Footnote, we learned that the National FFA lost a lawsuit and appeal regarding the use of the FFA emblem. The courts ruled that it was legal for the Texas FFA Association to enter into an agreement with the Chapter Supply Company of Danville, Illinois for FFA merchandise. The authority for this arrangement was found in… Read more here


These two Nobel Prize winners helped spark the gene editing revolution.

*** Friday, March 12, 2021:  Gene editing techniques such as CRISPR-Cas9 continue to affect agriculture, Temple Grandin speaks about varied student learning styles, and science doctoral candidates enter a “dance your Ph.D.” contest. 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.