Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 4/5/2021

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Apr 9, 2021
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

April 5, 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.


Join Us for the Spring 2021 Virtual FAST Symposium
The NAAE National Teach Ag Campaign is hosting a virtual Future Agriscience Teacher (FAST) Symposium for all current NAAE Student Member preservice agricultural education students across the United States! This LIVE professional development event will focus on developing relationships with administrators, creating your personal ag ed network, and will feature a 90-minute Q&A panel with current ag teachers to help you prepare for job interviews and early career success!


The Spring 2021 Virtual FAST Symposium will take place Thursday, April 22nd, from 4:00pm-8:30pm EDT. Follow this link for more information and to register.

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 5 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 Agriscience Research: Preparing the Next Generation of Scientists.

NAAE's Connect Podcast: Episode 9 - Working with Middle School Learners
Ahh, middle schoolers. If you’ve worked with middle school students before, you probably know that they can be some of the most excited and engaged students to work with, but at times, some of the most difficult to work with too. Middle school learners find themselves in a unique stage of their lives filled with new opportunities, peer pressure, insecurities, and both emotional and physical changes. As agricultural educators, what can you do to capitalize on middle schoolers’ unique qualities? What “ground rules” can you set to ensure a captivating, fun, yet professional classroom environment for middle school learners? In this episode, we’re joined by two NAAE members who have vast experience working with this age group; Dr. Jessica Jones of Tunstall High School of Virginia and Mr. Matthew Detloff of Chiefland Middle High School of Florida. Jessica and Matthew share a variety of information about working with middle school learners and what you can do to feel successful when it comes to working with this unique age group. 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

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
If the New Farmers of America (NFA) still existed, this would have been a very busy week for the advisor and officers of local chapters and the state association. They would be busy preparing for next week, National NFA Week. What originally started as a one-day celebration on April 5, National NFA Day (which was celebrated on the birthday of… Read more here


The superheroes in the war on coronavirus include many women scientists.

*** Friday, April 2, 2021:  Women scientists have been key in the search for vaccines; ag/science careers come in many forms; and it’s no April Fools’ joke—Pepsi and Peeps are frighteningly real. 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.