Applications Sought for Teaching Award
MADISON — Do you know an educator that does a great job incorporating agriculture into their classroom? If so, encourage them to fill out an application for the Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom Program’s Outstanding Teacher Award.
Certified teachers currently integrating agricultural concepts into non-agricultural curricula in the pre-K through high school levels are eligible to apply. Applications may be from an individual teacher or a teaching team. Certified agriculture education instructors are not eligible.
Teachers must utilize agricultural information and/or materials within the classroom curriculum in an effort to assist students in learning the importance of agriculture. Learning activities may include, but are not limited to, understanding agriculture’s impact on personal lives, our national heritage, the environment, or national security and the economy. Innovative and interdisciplinary programs are encouraged.
The state winner(s) will receive a plaque and $500 stipend to be used towards attending the 2017 National AITC Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. They will also represent Wisconsin as the state’s nominee for the Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award Program presented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Ag in the Classroom program.
Applications are available from the Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom website (wisagclassroom.org) and are due postmarked by October 15. Teachers can simply download the form, complete the information and return four copies to Wisconsin Farm Bureau, PO Box 5550, Madison, WI 53705.
Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom program provides teachers and students K-12 with an understanding of how their food is produced. The program seeks to work within existing curricula to provide basic information on our nation’s largest industry: Agriculture. Wisconsin’s Ag in the Classroom program is carried out by a network of local educators, volunteers and representatives from agricultural organizations and businesses. The goal of the program is to help students gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society, so that they may become citizens who support wise agricultural policies.
— Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation