NAITC Virtual Summit June 24-25
12 Pre-K-12 Workshops Offered Online
National Agriculture in the Classroom is offering two days of online workshops for free June 24-25. The NAITC Virtual Summit, as it's being called, replaces the national conference that was to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah in late June but was canceled because of COVID-19 social distancing concerns.
The 12 workshops being offered cover a range of topics and subject areas from Kevin Daugherty's 'Scrambled States of Agriculture' (Grades 3-6) that will demonstrate how to use Agriculture in the Classroom state reports to teach geography, language arts and social studies to Andrea Gardner's 'Climate Change, Carbon Hoofprints and Bananas in my Breadbasket' (Grades 6-12) to teach students about the science of climate change and the carbon cycle, among other topics. Elementary level workshops will be offered Wednesday June 24 from 9 AM-5:30 PM Eastern Time. Secondary level workshops will be offered Thursday June 25 from 9 AM-5:30 PM Eastern Time.
Thank you to sponsors of the NAITC Virtual Summit that are making it possible to offer these workshops free of charge - USDA/NIFA, American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, Corteva Agriscience, Dairy West, Ford Motor Co., Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Nutrien, Ltd. and Virtual Farm Trips.
Nat'l Teacher Award Recipients Announced
Eight Teachers to be Recognized Virtually
Eight teachers in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade from around the country have been selected to receive the 2020 National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award. The award, sponsored by USDA/NIFA and Farm Credit, recognizes teachers who consistently and innovatively use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies and other subject areas.
Because this year's national conference in Salt Lake City, Utah was canceled, this year's national teacher award recipients will be honored virtually in June via Facebook Live ceremonies on the NAITC Facebook page. This year's national teacher award recipients and the dates and times of their online recognition ceremonies are:
- Patricia Wolfe, a special education teacher from KS who will be recognized Wednesday June 17, 2 PM ET.
- Lynn Snow, a 5th grade science teacher from ME who was recognized Thursday June 4, 2 PM ET.
- Jeremiah Best, a 5th grade teacher from NY who will be recognized Wednesday June 17, 10 AM ET.
- Christie Puckett, a 2nd-5th grade teacher from OK who will be recognized Tuesday June 9, 2 PM ET.
- Ryan Ferre, a 5th grade teacher from UT who will be recognized Friday June 19, 2 PM ET.
- Pamela Hall, K-3rd grade teacher from VA who will be recognized Friday June 19, 10 AM ET.
- Suzanne Squires, a 6th-8th grade teacher from CA who will be recognized June 9, 10 AM ET.
- Cindy Lee, 7th-8th grade teacher from NM who will be recognized Thursday June 11, 2 PM ET.
To participate in the Facebook Live sessions and ask these teachers questions about their agricultural literacy classroom projects, please visit NAITC Facebook Page
at the appointed date and time.
2020 Agriculture Advocate Selected
Utah Farmer to be Honored Virtually
Sara Harward, a Utah farmer and Utah Farm Bureau Women's Committee educator, has been selected to receive the 2020 Agriculture Advocate Award. Harward was selected to receive the honor, sponsored by the National Grange, because of her hard work through Utah Farm Bureau and on her family farm to educate youth about the importance of agriculture.
She will be honored virtually via Facebook Live Monday June 8 at 10 AM-10:30 AM Eastern Time. To participate in the Facebook Live ceremony and ask Sara questions, please visit NAITC Facebook Page at the appointed date and time. To watch a video and learn more about her agricultural literacy outreach efforts, please visit 2020 Agriculture Advocate Recipient.
NAITC, NCAL Create eLearning Resources
Lessons, Activities Adapted for Home Use
When the spread of the coronavirus led to social distancing and school closures, NAITC and the National Center for Agricultural Literacy (NCAL) at Utah State University recognized the need to act quickly. Although the NAITC website already had hundreds of lessons and activities available in a searchable database called the National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix, the resources were developed for teachers to use in the classroom.
The NCAL team began revising lessons to make them easy for students, parents or teachers directing instruction online. The lessons are formatted in Google Docs to help teachers easily fold the lessons into their virtual platforms. Some lessons even have YouTube tutorials to guide students through the lesson or answer questions.
The result: An eLearning page available online, free of charge and without a need to set up an account. To access the Pre-K-12 lessons and activities, please visit NAITC eLearning
. Thank you to sponsor Corteva Agriscience for its support of the NAITC/NCAL eLearning project.
Search and follow #agbyte on social media to see the archive of resources and stay up to date on new ones being developed.
AITC State Programs Offer eLearning
State Programs Provide Online Resources
AITC State Programs across the country are working hard to provide the online pre-kindergarten-12th grade educational resources and virtual experiences students, parents and teachers are seeking.
The result: Dozens of educational modules, virtual farm tours, online reading experiences and social media special events are now available using agricultural concepts to help educators teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies and more at home. Check out these resources at AITC State Program eLearning Resources.
New Journey 2050 eLearning, Tip Sheet
At-Home Learning Modules Available
Nutrien, Ltd., the creator of educational gaming platform Journey 2050, has added a new page to its website to help teachers, parents and students use the educational gaming platform to learn about world food sustainability from home. The new webpage gives tips to at-home educators on how to download the game, use it as a teaching tool and use the teacher code to allow them to track students' game play. Visit the new webpage at Journey 2050 At-Home
In addition, NAITC partner, the National Center for Agricultural Literacy (NCAL), added Journey Online Modules to the NAITC eLearning page. These lessons are aligned to 6th-12th grade education standards in science and social studies.
Another interactive farming game Nutrien has developed and made available to play at home is Farmers 2050. In addition to planting, cultivating and harvesting crops, players trade goods and market their crops. Help Nutrien reach its goal of 1 million users by downloading it at Farmers 2050.
50 Teachers to Receive Scholarships
CHS Foundation Program Funds Registration
Fifty teachers from around the country were selected to receive 2020 CHS Foundation Scholarships. The scholarship covers the $435 early registration fee for the national conference. Because the 2020 national conference in Salt Lake City, Utah was canceled, scholarship recipients will be allowed to use their scholarship to attend next year's conference in Des Moines, IA June 28-July 1. Learn more about this year's recipients by visiting 2020 CHS Foundation Scholarship Recipients Announcement.
Agriculture in the Classroom Group
Facebook Page for AITC Conversations
NAITCO has created a new Facebook page for teachers and other educators to share AITC-related questions and conversations. NAITCO leadership realized that teachers and educators wanted a way to communicate with each other about AITC information and best practices. It can be used as a place of discussion for experienced and beginning educators alike.
Honeybee Book Great Spring Read
Follow the Life of a Honeybee
Honeybee is a book for educators to read while they are at home and to help them prepare for school this fall. Spring has sprung and it is the start of a busy season for our friend the Apis Mellifera. In this beautifully illustrated book, follow Apis as she starts her chores in the nursery, moves to queen tending and comb building before finally gathering nectar and dancing to show others the way. The book, written by Candace Fleming and illustrated by Eric Rohmann, is filled with thoughtful illustrations and great background information.
When purchasing the book from Amazon at Honeybee by Candace Fleming
make sure to select NAITCO as your designated AmazonSmile charity by clicking on the button in the left column. Thank you! This book review is brought to you by Kevin Daugherty, director of the Illinois Center for Agricultural Engagement.