Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 4/12/2021

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

April 12, 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.


Sustainability in Agriculture Lesson Series
Sustainability in agriculture is a critical topic for youth today to understand. Use this exciting new lesson series, sponsored by Valent USA, to teach students about how sustainability in agriculture is infused within all parts of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Value Chain.

New Century Farmer Returns This Summer
The New Century Farmer Conference is returning in person this summer! We will welcome all participants previously invited to attend in 2020. The conference will take place in Indianapolis with a comprehensive health and safety plan to keep all participants safe. We will share more details with invited participants soon. Currently, we do not plan to open applications for this summer’s conference. Interested members and alumni can sign up for notifications about the 2022 conference.

Request a National FFA Officer for Your Chapter Banquet 
For chapters hosting virtual or in-person banquets this May, consider inviting a National FFA Officer to join your festivities virtually. Officers can virtually join chapter banquets or prerecord remarks specific to the chapter. 

Interested in Judging?
We are looking for individuals interested in serving as judges at state and national agriscience fairs and for the National Chapter Awards Program, National FFA Agricultural Proficiency Awards, American Star Awards, SAE Grants and some career and leadership development events. Opportunities to serve occur multiple times throughout the year and may include both online and on-site judging. Complete the judge interest form to express your interest in serving as a judge. 

Classroom Resource Now Available
Are you looking for activity worksheets for keynote and retiring address videos? Check them out here.

Catch it Now: Food Products and Processing Systems Owls Chats 
You don’t want to miss this month’s Owls Chat April 19. The recorded chat covers the food products and processing systems pathway, featuring: 

  • Tyler Price from James Madison High in San Antonio, Texas, and how to start teaching meat sciences even with limited lab facilities and partnering with local grocery chains.
  • Matt Dice from the Whitko Career Center in Larwill, Indiana, and how to combine food science and chemistry with work-based learning for students. 
  • Kelli Kreider from Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana on the ins and outs of the food science career development event.
  • Sealed Air and insights into food packaging. 

Previous National FFA Owls Chats are available on-demand.

FFA Alumni

Forever Blue Network Teacher Resource
The Forever Blue Network is an opportunity for networking and professional and personal development. Using this WebQuest, teachers can help enroll and engage junior and senior agricultural education students in the Forever Blue Network.


NAAE Award Applications are Now Live!
NAAE maintains an extensive awards program to recognize the accomplishments of our many talented and dedicated members. We have awards for agricultural educators in every stage of their careers, from scholarships to lifetime achievement. The 2021 applications are now open on our website. You can find more information here. If you have any questions please contact Sarah Warren.

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.


Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
Lessons Learned From NFA Day Celebrations
So what did you do to celebrate New Farmers of America (NFA) Week this week? It might be interesting to see what NFA chapters actually did to celebrate NFA week. Was it much different than what we do today to celebrate National FFA week? In this Footnote, we will look at suggestions for conducting NFA day and check out some past NFA week… Read more here


From toilet paper to pepperoni to ketchup, the supply chain has had a few kinks in the links this year.

*** Friday, April 9, 2021:  The food supply chain under scrutiny, universities consider vaccination procedures on campus, and the 17-year cicada invasion will be noisy but not lethal! 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.