Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 6/7/2021

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Jun 14, 2021
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

June 7, 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.


2021 NAAE Request for Workshop Proposals!
NAAE is accepting proposals for professional development workshops to be presented at the 2021 NAAE Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, November 29 - December 4, 2021, relating to topics appropriate for middle, secondary, teacher educators and other post-secondary educators of agricultural education. Click here to learn more!

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!

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.


Yearlong Living to Serve Grant 
It is not too late for your middle/high school FFA chapter to 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.

National FFA Scholarships  
Just a reminder that FFA scholarship recipients must accept their scholarship by July 15, 2021. If students need help, they can email FFA@applyISTS.com or see other options for assistance on the scholarship websiteunder the "Need Help" section.

Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grant
Is your FFA chapter planning on serving over the summer? If so, this grant opportunity of up to $400 is open year-round and is available to middle/high school and alumni and supporters FFA chapters. For more information and to access the application, visit FFA.org/LivingToServe.

Needed: National Finalist Judges 
We need you — your advisors, alumni and supporters — to serve as national-level remote judges! This summer (July 7-18), national judges are needed to select national finalists for Agriscience Fair, National Chapter and Agricultural Proficiency Awards. Judging is online and should require 10-20 hours of commitment at your pace. Check out our judge expectationssign up now and share this opportunity with others.

SAE Video of the Week
Follow along with this video, as Kentucky FFA member Denisha Washington shows us her supervised agricultural experience working at a local pet store in Louisville, Ky. She gives us a tour of the pet store, shows us all the different types of animals, and explains her various daily tasks as part of her job.

FFA Alumni

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
The Young Farmers of America
Have you ever heard of the Young Farmers of America (YFA)? Did they really exist or is their emblem some type of prototype image? In this Friday Footnote, we continue with the theme of “things that once were in the world of agricultural and extension education but don’t exist today”. Read more here


Mama bear versus a teen “mama bear”

*** Friday, June 4, 2021:  The food supply chain adds cyberattacks to its challenges, universities continue research projects, and a teenager battles a bear in a real dog fight. 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