Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 3/22/2021

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Mar 26, 2021
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

March 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.


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.


Learn More About Alternative Energies
Celebrate March's #SpeakAg topic – alternative energies. Growth Energy shares a quick fact or fiction about ethanol, while Invenergy takes us behind the scenes of solar and wind power. These short videos plus educator resources are available now

2021 CDE and LDE Event Planning Continues 
Plans for 2021 career and leadership development events include using virtual components to minimize in-person contact and create the best convention experience. The 2021 CDE LDE Status Tracker was developed to track event changes. Subscribe at the bottom of the webpage to get a monthly email reminder about event changes/updates.

Career and Leadership Challenges
The March Advocacy and Literacy Challenge released on March 15 encourages sharing how your community harnesses or may plan to harness alternative energies. Submissions are due April 15.

Download Our New Lessons 
Check out the newest FFA New Horizons digital lessons

FFA Grants for Growing Application Open
Grants for Growing provides middle/high school FFA chapters up to $5,000 to support the development or improvement of project-based or experiential learning opportunities for students. Funding is provided by consumers who purchased an FFA paper emblem at Tractor Supply Company stores at checkout during National FFA Week. For more information and to access the application, visit FFA.org/GrantsForGrowing.

Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grant
This grant opportunity is open year-round and is available to middle and high school FFA chapters. Alumni and Supporters chapters are also eligible. Funding of up to $400 may be used to support a day of service event. For more information and to access the application, visit FFA.org/LivingToServe

Enter the Culver's Essay Contest
Culver's Essay Contest is accepting student essays. Three winners will be chosen to receive funds for their chapters in the totals of $7,500, $5,000 and $2,500. 

Now in its seventh year, the contest allows students to demonstrate their passion for agricultural education. This year, students will also be able to submit videos for the contest. The deadline is April 19. For more, visit culvers.com/essaycontest

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.

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.


Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
In the Promise of Better Days...Through Inclusion
In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th, 1980 as National Women’s History Week. This week was later extended to cover the entire month of March. Every year March is designated Women’s History Month by Presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor women’s… Read more here


Sharing is good but not when it involves zoonotic diseases.

*** Friday, March 19, 2021:  The pandemic brings a renewed focus on zoonotic diseases; universities continue to promote science, tech, and agriculture; and researchers in a rubber dinghy save a penguin from killer whales. 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.