Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 4/26/2021

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on May 3, 2021
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

April 26, 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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Apply Now: Yearlong Living to Serve Grant
The Yearlong Living to Serve Grant is now available. Middle/high school FFA chapters can apply for up to $3,000 to support a service-learning project that spans an entire school year. The application is due June 15. For more information and to access the application, visit FFA.org/LivingToServe/Grants.


FFA Grants for Growing Application Due Soon
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. The application is due May 15. For more information and to access the application, visit FFA.org/GrantsForGrowing.


Another Great Resource for the Classroom 
Teachers: National FFA provides free resources that align with identified career focus areas. Click here to access the folder containing a comprehensive document of all the career focus areas and individual documents for each career focus area.

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.


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.

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
The Principal Said "No", So ...
In last week’s Footnote we looked at a typical agricultural school for African-Americas in the early and mid-1900s. Today, we will fast forward to a potential new approach to agricultural education for African-Americans. This will conclude our month-long series of articles that were designed to help us remember and commemorate the New Farmers of… Read more here


Earth Day everyday—especially for farmers and ranchers.

*** Friday, April 23, 2021:  More focus than ever on Earth Day, with agriculture one of the keys; science and tech in space and on the ground; and gripping turf battles include lions, crocodiles, water buffaloes, and even turtles--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.