Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 6/28/2021

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Jul 12, 2021
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

June 28, 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.


94th National FFA Convention & Expo Health and Safety Commitment
We are looking forward to hosting this year's National FFA Convention & Expo in person. The health and safety of our attendees are at the forefront of our planning. To assist with sharing information with school administrators and boards to approve travel, we have provided a health and safety commitment letter on convention.FFA.org. We will continue to update the website as more planning information is solidified for this year's event. 

Career and Leadership Development Events
The Awards Recognition Programs Schedule has been posted to the CDE and LDE Status Tracker webpage for your convenience in planning your convention schedule. Coming soon will be the Career and Leadership Development Event Planning Webinar links. 

Parliamentary Procedure LDE Webinar
Normally, the Parliamentary Procedure Leadership Development Event (LDE) offers a coach/participant online orientation a month before competitive events. This year, we will offer this orientation webinar on Tuesday, June 29, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. EDT. This webinar will be recorded and provided to designated advisors/coaches as they are identified. Click here for more information and to register. 

Nominate Adult Consultants to 2021 National FFA Officer Selection Process 
Our application for two adults to serve as deliberation consultants during the 2021 National FFA Officer Selection Process is now open. These individuals assist and participate as nonvoting adults, providing advice and support to the nominating committee. Please review the qualifications, restrictions and time commitment required, and consider forwarding to qualified individuals. Applications close on Monday, Aug. 2.

New Agriscience Fair Classroom Resource
Looking for an easy way to integrate agriscience research and, in turn, agriscience fair into your curriculum? Check out this new resource: https://ffa.box.com/s/bxf1zz1hcsn5rvgt0k61hr35r049vts1.

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.


Congratulations to the 2021-2022 National Teach Ag Ambassadors!
The National Teach Ag Ambassadors program is an initiative of NAAE as part of the National Teach Ag Campaign designed to encourage others to consider a career teaching agriculture and celebrate the positive contributions agriculture teachers make in our schools and communities.

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 6 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 Tell Me Something Good.

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.


Communities of Practice Highlights

Friday Footnotes
The Farmers Best Friend
Gene Talmadge, three-term state commissioner of agriculture and three-term governor of Georgia once said “The poor dirt farmer ain’t got but three friends on this earth: God Almighty, Sears Roebuck, and Gene Talmadge.” So, was Sears Roebuck really the best friend of the farmer? In this Footnote, we will examine the relationship between Sears… Read more here


Bees get the buzz, but many species help pollinate our crops.

*** Friday, June 25, 2021:  Pollinator Week highlights the crucial job performed by several species, drought continues to scorch the West, and a menagerie of animal surfers go “goofy foot.” 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