Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 5/17/2021

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on May 24, 2021
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

May 17, 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.


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!

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.


Develop a Quality POA With This Resource
Just in time for summer officer retreats, the 2020 National Chapter Recognition guide is available. This interactive resource will help advisors and chapter members develop and maintain a quality Program of Activities. To learn more about the impact of the National Chapter Awards on FFA members and advisors, read here.

SAE Video of the Week
Kent Sloan works at his family's Florida business, Sloan's Seafood, for his supervised agricultural experience. Watch this video to learn about clam production, from harvesting to processing. Need a lesson plan for the video? We've got it covered! (Word) (PDF)

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
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


Alexa Lamm says we should “face the world with curiosity not judgement.”

*** Friday, May 14, 2021:  A science communication expert advocates curiosity, innovation, and partnerships with young influencers; a dynamic Cornell professor was selected as the 2021 BCCA winner; and a dog café helps humans too. 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.