Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 6/14/2021

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Jun 21, 2021
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

June 14, 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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2021 CDE and LDE Planning Guide and Competition Dates 
The finalized competition dates (both virtual and in-person) for all career and leadership development events are now published. A new 2021 CDE and LDE Planning Guide features overall changes, key details, dates and event-by-event notes. You can find this information on our 2021 CDE and LDE update page. There’s even an FAQ available to help answer questions and placeholders for orientation packets posted later this summer. Orientation packets for all events will be online by Aug. 6. Contact cde@ffa.org with questions.

Leadership Conference Opportunity for Chapters, Regions and States
Looking forward to in-person leadership conferences again? National FFA is launching the FFA Member Leadership Series (formerly known as 212°/360°) this fall with a new, age-specific curriculum along with flexible delivery options and a skilled facilitator team. Students will leave with the knowledge and skills they need to make a difference in their chapters and beyond. Registration is open through Aug. 9. For details and to register for a conference, visit the FFA Member Leadership Series webpage. Questions? Contact Kate Wehby, kwehby@ffa.org.

Turn-key Resources for the Classroom
FFA Blue 365 Case Study: This case study series is designed to immerse students in a learning experience that shows all sides of global agriculture.

FFA Blue 365 Lesson Series: This series brings innovative technology, science, research and entrepreneurship to the classroom. These lessons are designed to highlight innovations and technologies transforming agriculture.

Yearlong Living to Serve Grant Closing Soon
There is still time to apply for the Yearlong Living to Serve Grant. 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 Alumni

Alumni and Supporter Award Application Deadline
Are volunteers doing great things for your school and community? July 1 is the application deadline for the National FFA Alumni and Supporters Outstanding Achievement, Chapter and State Association Awards! Applications can be found at www.FFA.org/alumniawards and should be emailed to alumni@ffa.org.


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!

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! Learn more 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.


Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
The Future Farmers of Dixie
Have you ever heard of the Future Farmers of Dixie? If the FFA had not been created in 1928, you would probably be familiar with the Future Farmers of Dixie. Plans were drawn up for this organization, but they were never implemented because the FFA was created. In this Footnote we will learn what the plans were and why they were never enacted. In… Read more here


The jigsaw puzzle of gene sequencing.

*** Friday, June 11, 2021:  The genetic revolution affects science and agriculture, the drought’s grip grows wider and more damaging, and cicadas on the menu for Taco Tuesdays. 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