Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 6/21/2021

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Jun 28, 2021
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

June 21, 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.

Past Issues

MMM Submissions

To have information from your ag ed organization included in the Monday Morning Monitor, email Olivia Thomas, NAAE Communications/ Marketing Specialist.


Exclusive NAAE & Bloom Partnership Offer!
Don’t miss out on the first annual Ag Teacher and FFA Officer sock collection:

  • 7 Socks: one for each officer station and one for ag teachers for only $65
  • Socks are Made in America
  • A percentage of every sale supports the NAAE

Click here to learn more about the collection!


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!

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!

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 11 - Finding Your Sanctuary
The 2020-2021 school year has taught us the importance of practicing self-care and stress management as agricultural educators. In this episode, we're interviewing Dan Tricarico. Dan is an educator, consultant, and author of two books; The Zen Teacher: Creating Focus, Simplicity, and Focus in the Classroom and Sanctuaries: Self Care Secrets for Stressed-Out Teachers, which is the book that the NAAE Virtual Book Club is focusing on this summer. In this episode, Dan shares words about helping you create focus, simplicity, and tranquility to help you take better care of yourself and better serve your students. Learn more here.


94th National FFA Convention & Expo Town Hall for Advisors and Teachers
Last week, we held a virtual town hall around plans for the 94th National FFA Convention & Expo for advisors and teachers. If you were unable to join, click here to watch the video. We will continue to make updates on convention.ffa.org as plans finalize in all areas for this year. Questions can be sent to convention@ffa.org.

2021 CDE/LDE Planning Webinars
Registration is now open for the Career and Leadership Development Event Webinars on Wednesday, June 23. Register for the 1-2 p.m. EDT session or the 7:30-8:30 p.m. EDT session and submit your questions by completing the registration. This event will be recorded and posted.

FFA.org Login Update Coming Soon
National FFA is updating the sign-up and login process for FFA.org the week of June 21. If you already have an FFA.org login, you'll notice a different look, but your existing credentials will work. The updates grant most users the option to utilize social media accounts as a convenient login method to FFA.org. Users who access FFA.org via AET will now see the AET logo on the FFA.org login page to complete their login process. Please note that educators in Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana and Texas will continue to use their state's existing login process and should not use the new social media login process. Students in these states may use the new social media login process. Our goals are to streamline the login process and reduce the number of users with multiple FFA.org accounts — two of the most common problems faced by users.

Recommend FFA Members to Serve on National Nominating Committee
The National Officer Candidate Application and the Nominating Committee Member Recommendation Form are 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 15. As a reminder, states with a nominating committee member last year are ineligible to have a nominating committee member this year. The ineligible states in 2021 are Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia. Committee member and candidate applications are due Aug. 2. Direct questions to nomcom@ffa.org.

SAE Video of the Week
Watch as FFA member Chloe Jones from Tennessee turns her grapevine wreath-making skills into a successful supervised agricultural experience.

Got Talent? Show Off Your Musical Skills at Convention
Know of a member in your FFA chapter who loves to perform? The National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent may be their ticket to stardom. Applications are now available; read more about the programs and application process here. Email questions to bct@ffa.org.

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.

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.


Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
Agdex is (was) A filing system used by agriculture teachers and extension agents. A national directory of agricultural teachers and extension agents. A listing of agricultural companies that provide(d) free teaching aids to teachers and agents. A specialized futures market where agricultural commodities were/are bought and sold. If you selected A,… Read more here


Rural broadband is a “modern-day necessity.”

*** Friday, June 18, 2021:  Internet broadband is key to rural success, record heat moves across the country, and a ball of fluff turns into the top dog. 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