Olivia Thomas

Monday Morning Monitor-- 7/12/2021

Blog Post created by Olivia Thomas on Jul 19, 2021
Monday Morning Monitor from The National Council for Agricultural Education

July 12, 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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MMM Submissions

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


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Apply for a CASE Award and Win Your Way to NOLA!
Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE), as an initiative of The National Council for Agricultural Education managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), is pleased to accept applications for the 2021 CASE awards. The CASE awards program is supported by Vernier Software & Technology and CASE. Two award winners will be selected, one for the CASE Model School Award and one for the CASE Innovation Award. Applications are due July 31. Click here to apply!

Join Us for 2022 THRIVE!
THRIVE 2022 information is now available! Save the date and join us virtually January 10-14 as we continue to cultivate digital teachers in CTE. 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 94, Issue 1 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 Inclusive Pedagogy to Assist 21st Century Agricultural Education.

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.


National FFA Convention & Expo Housing
Housing for the 94th National FFA Convention & Expo will open on Wednesday, July 14 at 1 p.m. EDT. Advisors and teachers: Click here to find a chapter housing FAQ, chapter hotel list and hotel map. If you are an exhibitor, sponsor, donor or alumni supporter, click here for a housing FAQ. 

Days Left to Apply for National FFA Band, Chorus and Talent
Do you know of a member in your FFA chapter who loves to perform? We are searching for talented members to perform at this year’s national convention. Applications are due July 15; read more about the programs and application process here. Email questions to bct@ffa.org.

Top CDE/LDE Awards to be Announced on Main Convention Stage  
The top results of all career and leadership development events (CDEs/LDEs) will be announced during national convention general sessions. We will recognize national winners, the top four teams and the top 10 individuals (as appropriate) on the main stage. Please review our updated CDE/LDE Awards Recognition Schedule (PDF) to help competitors from your state prepare. 

ILSSO Returns in January
The International Leadership Seminar for State Officers (ILSSO) returns in January with an in-person international experience to Costa Rica. This opportunity – scheduled Jan. 2-15, 2022 – is open to 75 current or immediate past state officers with an active membership at the time of departure. The cost is $4,600 per member. Details, including COVID-19 considerations, will be available when the application opens on Aug. 1. Questions can be directed to ilsso@ffa.org

SAE Video of the Week
Check out this school-based supervised agricultural experience where Giovanni Garcia and Luke Anderson of Hamilton City FFA in California work on the school farm to produce olive oil. 

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.

Free Middle School Conference
Society for Science invites you to attend our free Middle School Research Teachers Conference. It will be hosted virtually July 31 and Aug. 2-4, in an avatar world and via Zoom. This conference brings together teachers of all experience levels to connect and share best practices for leading student STEM research. Register today.

FFA Alumni

Last 2021 Remote Development Conference
Don’t miss you to share ideas and learn more about how volunteers can help your chapter! Join the last of the 2021 National FFA Alumni and Supporters Remote Development Conferences August 9-12 from 1-2 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 Educational Activities of Sears and Roebuck
In last week’s Footnote, we learned how farmers relied on Sears and Roebuck for many of their farm needs. While Sears served the needs of the farmers, they also made money from that relationship. In this Footnote, we will examine the philanthropic side of Sears and learn of their activities that specifically benefited agricultural and extension… Read more here


Farms are a part of the solution for climate-change challenges.

*** Friday, July 9, 2021:  Climate solutions are coming from the farm and many other sources; university research stays busy in the summer; and the “creepy but awesome” robot dogs learn K-Pop. 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