Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 4/19/2021

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

April 19, 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.


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.

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.


Take These AgExplorer Virtual Field Trips
Looking for virtual field trips for your students? Check out the AgExplorer Virtual Field Trips and the Virtual Field Trips Guides. 


SpeakAg With an Ag Advocate
National FFA and agriculture advocate Courtenay DeHoff have paired up for a series of videos — check out part 1 and part 2 now. Part 3 will be a town hall setting where students can submit questions to Courtenay that will be read by the #SpeakAg Pioneers. To submit questions, visit here.

2021 Adult Delegate Coordinator Applications Open
Applications to become an adult delegate coordinator to the National FFA Delegate Experience are now open. These coordinators are volunteers who facilitate delegate committee work. All coordinators are required to participate in the State Officer Summit and the National FFA Convention & Expo. Applications are being accepted from state FFA staff, agriculture educators, teacher educators at the postsecondary level, and those with extensive knowledge of FFA and/or leadership development programs. Applications will remain open until May 14. All interested parties are encouraged to apply. However, applications from Louisiana, Idaho, Tennessee, and Ohio cannot be considered for 2021. Contact Justin Davis, jdavis@ffa.org with questions.

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.


Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
It’s as if life started all over again!
If the New Farmers of America (NFA) were still in existence today, last week would have been National NFA Week. To keep the legacy of the NFA alive in our collective memories, the past two Footnotes have focused on the NFA. We will continue in that vein this week with a story about a unique school for African-Americans.  Era 1 – John Keasbey Brick… Read more here


Do you need to tip a robot food worker?

*** Friday, April 16, 2021:  More robots involved in the food chain, gene-editing gaining public acceptance, and a scientific analysis of Kong vs. Godzilla--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.