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August 23, 2021
Vision
The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:
  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action
Mission
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.
FFA
Kickoff the School Year With FFA New Horizons
The fall/winter issue of FFA New Horizons has arrived, and it’s chock-full of great articles and resources. Flip through the digital version or visit FFA.org/news to read about member Monte Cummins and his leather working (there’s a video too), how Jay John FFA unites its community with goats, what goes into the perfect digital resume and more. This issue also includes the 2021 Look Book, featuring the latest from ShopFFA.org
SAE Idea Cards
Help students find supervised agricultural experiences from this collection of 360 ideas in nine different focus areas. Download the cards or use them online in English and Spanish
Living to Serve Day of Service Mini-Grant
Looking for a way to engage your students early? Do it through service! This $400 grant opportunity is open year-round and is available to middle/high school and alumni and supporters' chapters. For more information and to access the application, visit FFA.org/LivingToServe
Alumni and Supporters Advisory Committee 
The National FFA Alumni and Supporters Advisory Committee seeks applicants from the southern region and a Corporate FFA Alumni and Supporters Chapter. These three-year positions will help cultivate and nurture future leaders. Applications are due to alumni@ffa.org by Sept. 1. For more information, visit FFA.org/JoinAlumni or email alumni@ffa.org.  
Give the Gift of Blue
As we begin a new school year, it is the perfect time to nominate or encourage your students to apply for the Give the Gift of Blue program. More than 1,000 jackets are available for deserving members. 
Deadline: Official Jacket Orders for National Convention
Order your official jacket by Sept. 24 to guarantee delivery before the 94th National FFA Convention & Expo. Official jackets will not be available for in-person purchase in Indianapolis at the convention.
Fall Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant 
Kick-off the school year with funding to support your chapter’s service-learning project! The Fall Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant provides middle/high school FFA chapters with up to $1,200 per semester to implement a service-learning project in their community for one semester. The application closes on Sept. 1. If you have questions, email lts@ffa.org.
FFA Alumni
Alumni and Supporters Grants
September 1 is the last 2021 deadline for Alumni and Supporter grants sponsored by Nutrien Ag Solutions and Tractor Supply Company. FFA Alumni and Supporter chapters and state associations can apply for funding to start or improve alumni and supporters' chapters, partner student and alumni members on projects or to fund student affiliation fees and plant science-based projects. For more information and a copy of the grant application, visit FFA.org/alumnigrants.
Grants can be submitted by email to alumni@ffa.org
 
Alumni and Supporters Advisory Committee 
The National FFA Alumni and Supporters Advisory Committee is seeking applicants from the Southern Region and from a Corporate FFA Alumni and Supporters Chapter. These three year positions give the opportunity to help cultivate and nurture future leaders. Applications are due to alumni@ffa.org by September 1.
For more information, visit FFA.org/JoinAlumni or email alumni@ffa.org
NAAE 
2021 NAAE Convention Early Bird Registration Extended to August 31!
Make plans to attend the 2021 NAAE Hybrid Convention in-person in New Orleans or remotely from wherever you are November 30-December 4. Early bird in-person and remote registration have been extended to August 31. The NAAE Convention is part of the ACTE CareerTech VISION Conference. Check out our selection of NAAE Convention themed Zoom backgrounds and starting getting into a New Orleans state of mind.
Become a CASE Host, Lead Teacher, or Course Lead
It takes a village. Want in? Applications are open for Institute Hosts, Lead Teachers, and Course Leaders. Visit http://case4learning.org for more info and apply by September 30.
NAAE Professional State Association Award Application
The PSA award application can be found on the NAAE website. PSA award applications are to be emailed to the NAAE Vice President for your region by September 1st. Do not physically mail them through the postal service.
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!
2021 XLR8 Applications Are Now Open!
All active NAAE members who are currently in their 7th to 15th year of teaching are eligible to apply. If selected, program participants must agree to attend the entire NAAE convention as well as additional professional development activities throughout the year. Applications are due Wednesday, September 1, 2021. Click here to apply now!
The National Teach Ag Day Media Kit 
The National Teach Ag Day celebration will take place on Thursday, September 16. National Teach Ag Day is designed to encourage others to teach school-based agriculture and recognize the important role that agriculture teachers play in our schools and communities. To help spread the word we have provided a Media Kit to send to your newspaper, other media outlets, your administration or anyone else to share how your class or program celebrated National Teach Ag Day.
2021 National Teach Ag Day Collegiate Contest
The 2021 National Teach Ag Day Collegiate Contest will be a postcard design contest. The theme of this promotional piece is “Wish You Were Here.” NAAE’s National Teach Ag Campaign will accept postcard submissions August 1-September 10, 2021. Please submit the .jpg or .png file to afristoe.naae@uky.eduOne postcard submission per postsecondary institution. Beginning September 13 all postcard submissions will be posted on the Teach Ag Instagram account. The postcard with the most “likes” by 11:59pm EDT on September 15 will win the contest. Learn More Here!
2021 National Teach Ag Day Photo Submission
Being an agriculture teacher is an awesome career choice. We want to recognize all the current and future agriculture teachers who have answered the call to Mentor, Motivate, Make a Difference, and Teach Ag!
You can watch the 2021 National Teach Ag Day Webcast on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at www.naae.org/teachag. You can click here to submit your photos! 
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.
New Year, New Gear!
Start the year well-equipped with Lincoln Electric Welding Gear Ready Paks. Available through the Education Portal, there professionally curated bundles take the guesswork out of selecting tools and gear for a variety of welding applications! Click here to learn more!
Communities of Practice Highlights
Friday Footnotes
What's In A Name - Part II
We Welcome Jim Connors from the University of Idaho back for Part II of the What’s In A Name Friday Footnote. What’s In A Name? Part 2: State Associations Dr. James J. Connors In part one of this Friday Footnote we looked at the correct name for the National FFA Organization and proposed name changes over the decades. Today, we will look at state… Read More.
CAST
State fairs glow throughout the country. 
*** Friday, August 20, 2021: State fairs feature midways, outrageous food, and 1,300-pound boars; food-delivery robots return to campus; and a 10-foot python goes grocery shopping. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.
August 16, 2021
Vision
The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:
  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action
Mission
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.
NAAE 
NAAE Professional State Association Award Application
The PSA award application can be found on the NAAE website. PSA award applications are to be emailed to the NAAE Vice President for your region by September 1st. Do not physically mail them through the postal service.
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!
2021 XLR8 Applications Are Now Open!
All active NAAE members who are currently in their 7th to 15th year of teaching are eligible to apply. If selected, program participants must agree to attend the entire NAAE convention as well as additional professional development activities throughout the year. Applications are due Wednesday, September 1, 2021. Click here to apply now!
The National Teach Ag Day Media Kit
The National Teach Ag Day celebration will take place on Thursday, September 16. National Teach Ag Day is designed to encourage others to teach school-based agriculture and recognize the important role that agriculture teachers play in our schools and communities. To help spread the word we have provided a Media Kit to send to your newspaper, other media outlets, your administration or anyone else to share how your class or program celebrated National Teach Ag Day.
2021 National Teach Ag Day Collegiate Contest
The 2021 National Teach Ag Day Collegiate Contest will be a postcard design contest. The theme of this promotional piece is “Wish You Were Here.” NAAE’s National Teach Ag Campaign will accept postcard submissions August 1-September 10, 2021. Please submit the .jpg or .png file to afristoe.naae@uky.edu. One postcard submission per postsecondary institution. Beginning September 13 all postcard submissions will be posted on the Teach Ag Instagram account. The postcard with the most “likes” by 11:59pm EDT on September 15 will win the contest. Learn More Here!
2021 National Teach Ag Day Photo Submission
Being an agriculture teacher is an awesome career choice. We want to recognize all the current and future agriculture teachers who have answered the call to Mentor, Motivate, Make a Difference, and Teach Ag!
We will be looking for submissions that meet the following criteria to feature in the 2021 National Teach Ag Day Webcast. You can watch the 2021 National Teach Ag Day Webcast on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at www.naae.org/teachag. You can click here to submit your photos! 
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.
FFA
Congratulations 2021 American FFA Degree Recipients
The approved candidate list is available on FFA.org. Recipients, chapter advisors and state staff should watch for an email that includes a link to the American FFA Degree orientation packet.
Honorary, VIP and Distinguished Service Citation Recipients Announced
We are pleased to announce the individuals and companies that will be recognized at the 94th National FFA Convention & Expo for their outstanding leadership and support to the National FFA Organization and Foundation. These recipients have provided countless hours promoting premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education and FFA. To see who’s being honored:
Deadline: Official Jacket Orders for National Convention
Order your official jacket by Sept. 24 to guarantee delivery before the 94th National FFA Convention & Expo. Official jackets will not be available for in-person purchase in Indianapolis at the convention.
SAE for All
Need ideas for implementing supervised agricultural experiences in your classroom? Check out the SAE for All website for more information, including activity guides for foundational SAEs. 
Fall Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant 
Kick-off the school year with funding to support your chapter’s service-learning project! The Fall Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant provides middle/high school FFA chapters with up to $1,200 per semester to implement a service-learning project in their community for one semester. The application closes on Sept. 1. If you have questions, email lts@ffa.org.
FFA Alumni
Alumni and Supporters Grants
September 1 is the last 2021 deadline for Alumni and Supporter grants sponsored by Nutrien Ag Solutions and Tractor Supply Company. FFA Alumni and Supporter chapters and state associations can apply for funding to start or improve alumni and supporters' chapters, partner student and alumni members on projects or to fund student affiliation fees and plant science based projects. For more information and a copy of the grant application, visit FFA.org/alumnigrants.
Grants can be submitted by email to alumni@ffa.org
 
Alumni and Supporters Advisory Committee 
The National FFA Alumni and Supporters Advisory Committee is seeking applicants from the Southern Region and from a Corporate FFA Alumni and Supporters Chapter. These three year positions give the opportunity to help cultivate and nurture future leaders. Applications are due to alumni@ffa.org by September 1.
For more information, visit FFA.org/JoinAlumni or email alumni@ffa.org
Communities of Practice Highlights
Friday Footnotes
What's In A Name? Part 1
Our guest columnist today is Dr. Connors from the University of Idaho. Take it away Jim. What’s In A Name? Part 1 – National FFA Dr. James J. Connors Ask anyone involved in agricultural education what FFA stands for and they will respond Future Farmers of America. However, most don’t know the long and complex history behind the official name… Read More.
CAST
A global climate report reverberates through ag sectors.
*** Friday, August 13, 2021: Agriculture groups respond to the IPCC climate report, ag labor shortages are a top priority, and baseball at the Field of Dreams includes apple pie hot dogs. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.
August 9, 2021
Vision
The Council creates an intentional direction for the Agricultural Education Model by:
  • Connecting Leaders
  • Fostering Collaboration
  • Driving Action
Mission
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.
FFA
Congratulations to the 2021 National Award Finalists
This year's national award finalists have been named for the Agricultural Proficiency AwardsNational FFA Agriscience Fair, and National Chapter Awards. Results are located on each program webpage on FFA.org under "2021 Results." Orientation packets and interview schedules can also be found on each respective program webpage. As a reminder, all national finalist interviews will take place virtually via Zoom in September. Dates and times are available in the interview schedules. 
Fall Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant 
The Fall Semester-Long Living to Serve Grant provides middle/high school FFA chapters with up to $1,200 per semester to implement a service-learning project in their community for one semester. The application closes on Sept. 1, with notifications of award status by Sept. 15. Email questions to LTS@ffa.org.
Grants for Growing Recipients
A round of applause to the 165 chapters from 47 states that were awarded Grants for Growing funding. A little over $648,000 was disbursed to help local FFA chapters Grow their Classroom, Grow their Chapter and Grow their Ag Awareness. The complete listing of recipients by state can be found on the Grants for Growing website under the resources tab. 
Scholarship Checks
For those students who successfully accepted their 2021-22 FFA scholarships, checks will be mailed to the student's home address the week of Aug. 2. The checks will be made out to the university that the student identified in their acceptance portal and the student. The student will then take the check to their university and endorse it to be applied to their account. If students have questions, email scholarships@ffa.org
Spanish Educational Resources
With funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we have translated 15 educational resources, including Official FFA Student Handbook lessons, SAE video lessons, current event activity sheet, SAE idea cards and others. Check out the resources here.
Capture the Excitement of Convention as a Newsroom Crew Intern
Do you have a nose for news? Apply to work in our national convention newsroom. Applications are due Aug. 16. Get the details here.
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.
NAAE 
2021 XLR8 Applications Are Now Open!
All active NAAE members who are currently in their 7th to 15th year of teaching are eligible to apply. If selected, program participants must agree to attend the entire NAAE convention as well as additional professional development activities throughout the year. Applications are due Wednesday, September 1, 2021. Click here to apply now!
The National Teach Ag Day Media Kit
The National Teach Ag Day celebration will take place on Thursday, September 16. National Teach Ag Day is designed to encourage others to teach school based agriculture and recognize the important role that agriculture teachers play in our schools and communities. To help spread the word we have provided a Media Kit to send to your newspaper, other media outlets, your administration or anyone else to share how your class or program celebrated National Teach Ag Day.
2021 National Teach Ag Day Collegiate Contest
The 2021 National Teach Ag Day Collegiate Contest will be a postcard design contest. The theme of this promotional piece is “Wish You Were Here.” NAAE’s National Teach Ag Campaign will accept postcard submissions August 1-September 10, 2021. Please submit the .jpg or .png file to afristoe.naae@uky.edu. One postcard submission per postsecondary institution. Beginning September 13 all postcard submissions will be posted on the Teach Ag Instagram account. The postcard with the most “likes” by 11:59pm EDT on September 15 will win the contest. Learn More Here!
2021 National Teach Ag Day Photo Submission
Being an agriculture teacher is an awesome career choice. We want to recognize all the current and future agriculture teachers who have answered the call to Mentor, Motivate, Make a Difference, and Teach Ag!
We will be looking for submissions that meet the following criteria to feature in the 2021 National Teach Ag Day Webcast. You can watch the 2021 National Teach Ag Day Webcast on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at www.naae.org/teachag. You can click here to submit your photos! 
NAAE Professional State Association Award Application
The PSA award application can be found on the NAAE website. PSA award applications are to be emailed to the NAAE Vice President for your region by September 1st. Do not physically mail them through the postal service.
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!
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.
Communities of Practice Highlights
Friday Footnotes
Most of us have heard the phrase “Once Upon a Time”. For this Footnote, that phrase has a double meaning. One meaning could do with measuring time. We may measure time in seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and even years. Typically, some type of watch or clock is used for the first three measurements of time and a calendar is often… Read More.
CAST
No “Free Willy” scene, but humans helped save a stranded Orca.
*** Friday, August 6, 2021: Drought brings tough decisions for food producers, universities help with COVID research and pandemic relief, and bystanders save a stranded whale. These and many more ag/science stories in this week’s edition.

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