Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 5/10/2021

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on May 17, 2021


May 10, 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.
  • Providinga forum for thought and direction.
  • Focusingon academic and career success for all students.

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National FFA Scholarships Announced
Congratulations to the students who received National FFA Scholarships! See the listing of recipients at FFA.org/Scholarships.

Grants for Growing Closes 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.

Living to Serve Grant Open
The Yearlong Living to Serve Grant is open! This grant provides middle/high school FFA chapters with 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.

Virtual FFA Blue Room Available Through May
The virtual FFA Blue Room remains active through May with no login required. The live presentations delivered in 2020 will remain available after May and focus on sustainability in agriculture. Previous FFA Blue Room presentations from 2018 and 2019 are also available.

Introducing the 2021-22 National Teacher Ambassadors for FFA
We've selected the next batch of teacher ambassadors! Visit FFA.org/teacherambassador to see the list. Their term will begin in June. Thank you to those who volunteered to help in the application scoring process. 

Don't Miss This Month's Owls Chat 
Catch the next Owls Chat on environmental systems on Monday, May 17. The recorded chat features resources and tips, including:

  • sustainable agriculture lessons linked to the food science career development event.
  • how John Deere is working toward sustainable practices.
  • regenerative soil projects with our General Mills partners.
  • environmental lessons from the Environmental Protection Agency's education and agriculture divisions.

Previous Owls Chats are available on-demand to accommodate every teacher's busy schedule. 

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.

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.

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.

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.


Attend Your 2021 NAAE Regional Conference!
The NAAE regional meetings will once again be virtual this year, which makes them accessible to every NAAE member! Click on the button below to register for your Regional Meeting. After you complete the online registration you will receive a link, via the email you used to register, to connect to the meeting. If you have any questions about your regional meeting, please reach out to the staff member facilitating your meeting. Note that start times are listed based on time zone. 

Attending a regional meeting is great way to connect with other agriculture teachers, get involved in the organization and stay up to date on the latest news, events, and professional opportunities. Click here to learn more!

Volunteer for the NAAE Awards Judging Committee!
Each year, NAAE judges its member awards virtually through our national NAAE Award Judging committees. This is a great opportunity to get involved with NAAE, earn professional development credit, as well as familiarize yourself with the awards process if you would like to apply in the future. Committee members must be NAAE members and will be notified by June 15th of their judging assignments. Final scores are required to be submitted to NAAE no later than June 30th.  If you would like to be a part of the committee this year, please sign up by Monday, June 7th.  CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

Join Us for the 2021 NAAE Virtual Book Club 
To be at your best for others, you must first be your own best self.” This summer, escape into “Sanctuaries: Self-Care Secrets for Stressed-Out Teachers,” by Dan Tricarico, with the 2021 NAAE Virtual Book Club. It has been a challenging year for educators across the country. Taking time to define your place of refuge from the chaos will positively impact your performance in your home, classroom and community. Register to read along with your fellow NAAE members as we give each other permission to slow down, assess our circumstances, and learn how to become the most authentically present people we can be before we launch into the fall semester. Sanctuaries has been recommended by previous NAAE Book Club participants and is brought to us by the teacher-focused publishing company, Dave Burgess Consulting, LLC. This is a great opportunity to get involved with NAAE and earn professional development credit along the way! (Registration will be open until May 28th. Please have your book no later than June 7th). Register here!

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 10 - Growing Your Program with the NAAE Awards and Scholarship Program
NAAE maintains an extensive awards program to recognize the accomplishments of our many talented and dedicated members. We are proud to offer awards and scholarships for agricultural educators in every stage of their careers, from scholarships to lifetime achievement. In this episode, we're chatting with Mrs. Melanie Block, agricultural educator at Ravenna High School in Ravenna, Michigan, and Mr. Darren Swartz, agricultural educator at Bloomer High School in Bloomer, Wisconsin. Melanie and Darren have both been able to successfully grow their agricultural education programs through the years, and have both taken advantage of the many awards and programs that NAAE has to offer. Learn more here.

Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
A Camping We Will Go
At the start of 2021 my plan was to publish a series of Footnotes about objects and events in Agricultural and Extension Education that no longer exist such as the Agdex filing system, the d-CON pocket calendar for agriculture teachers, the Harvestore breakfast, the Farmer’s Wife Magazine, and the list goes on. So now, five months into the year I… Read more here


Most universities are hosting in-person graduation ceremonies.

*** Friday, May 7, 2021:  University graduation events are underway, the administration releases an extensive conservation initiative, and food issues involve best burgers, edible prom corsages, and veggies in space. 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.