Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 5/3/2021

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on May 7, 2021
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

May 3, 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.


Happy National Teacher Appreciation Week from NAAE!

The NAAE team is so inspired by agricultural educators across the United States who are making magic happen every day in their schools and communities. Join us on the NAAE social media accounts (FacebookInstagram, and Twitter) as we celebrate the amazing work that agricultural educators do every day. Throughout the week, we’ll be interviewing agricultural educators, sharing special messages from NAAE staff, conducting a giveaway exclusively for NAAE members, and more. Visit www.naae.org/teacher-appreciation-week for more details.

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. 

Calling All ACTE Agricultural Education Division Members! 
Join or renew your ACTE membership and select “Agricultural Education Division” by June 15 for access to premier professional development and a chance to win a $200 ACTE gift card! Read more about the benefits of being an ACTE Agricultural Education Division member here!

Join the University of Illinois' New Digital Agricultural Summer Program!
Students in the new Illinois Digital Agriculture Summer Course work over two weeks of virtual lectures and virtual hands-on activities on various topics revolving around digital agriculture. Students will be mentored by faculty and staff members from the crop sciences, animal sciences, and computer science departments in multiple activities on topics like computer coding, data science, IoT, and modern remote sensing technologies. This course is designed to integrate various disciplines, and the discussions are centered around a variety of real-world problems. On the last day of the course, participants will be challenged to develop a solution to a digital agriculture problem in an inspiring 24h Virtual Hackathon.

Because of COVID, this program will be offered virtually this summer and is open to any student, regardless of geography. There is no cost to attend. The application deadline is May 7th and you can click here for more information.

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.

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.


National-level CDE/LDE Planning Continues
The Career and Leadership Development Event committees continue to plan for virtual and in-person events this fall. Since the release of the status tracker, more than 18 event updates have been released. The 2021 CDE LDE Status Tracker and the accompanying Event Changes document are updated each Friday. If you have questions, check the updated 2021 CDE/LDE FAQ or contact cde@ffa.org.

Recommend FFA Members to Serve on National Nominating Committee
The National Officer Candidate Application and the Nominating Committee Member Recommendation Form are now live. The nominating committee plays a crucial role in advancing the future of FFA as they work to select the next six individuals to lead our organization. To be eligible to serve on the committee, an individual must be an active FFA member recommended by a mentor or peer. If you know someone who would make a great member of the committee, recommend them here. Recommendations are due by July 15Committee member and candidate applications are due Aug. 2. Direct questions to nomcom@ffa.org.

SAE Video of the Week
Check out this lawn care supervised experience by member Cole Hanson in Florida! Need a lesson plan for the video? We have you covered (WordPDF). 

Learn from a Pig in the Classroom
National FFA is teaming up with Zoetis, Indiana State Fair and the LEAP Foundation for a unique agricultural literacy project around swine. "There's a Pig in My Classroom" allows students in grades 3-5 to learn about swine production and culminates with a virtual field trip to Fair Oaks Farm Pig Adventure. Chapters can work with their district's elementary schools to provide an agricultural literacy experience and plant the seed for students to become educated consumers. Applications open on Monday, May 3, at 8 a.m. EDT and close at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 1. Click here for program information and the application link.

Giving the Gift of Blue
As we approach the end of the school year, now is the perfect time of year to nominate or encourage your students to apply for the Give the Gift of Blue program. More than 1,000 jackets are available for deserving members. Visit FFA.org/giveblue/ for more.

FFA Alumni

Alumni and Supporters Grants
Apply by June 1 for funding to start or improve your alumni and supporters' chapter, partner student and alumni members on projects or to fund student affiliation fees and plant science-based projects. For more information and a copy of the grant application, visit FFA.org/alumnigrants. Grants can be submitted by email to alumni@ffa.org

Remote Development Conferences
Want to share ideas and learn more about how volunteers can help your chapter? Join the next National FFA Alumni and Supporters Remote Development Conference June 7-10 from 4-5 p.m. EDT. For an agenda and zoom meeting details, visit www.FFA.org/GoToRDC or email alumni@ffa.org.


Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
Henry M. Robert: Parliamentary Procedure Pioneer
Did you know that April is Parliamentary Law Month? The National Association of Parliamentarians has chosen April for this distinction because April is the birth month of Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the first American manual of parliamentary procedure in 1801. However, most of us are more familiar with Robert’s Rules of Order. Dr. Connors from the… Read more here


Environmental challenges need innovative ideas.

*** Friday, April 30, 2021:  A focus on food waste, climate issues need innovative solutions, and Hitchcock’s The Birds is remade in real life. 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.