Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom (AITC) provides educator workshops and lectures for K-6 teachers at universities, colleges, teacher conferences, professional development days, and educational service unit trainings. Customized workshops provide educators opportunities to obtain resources and develop strategies for embedding authentic agriculture examples into standard-aligned curriculum within science, social studies, math, and language arts.

Teachers will:

  • Understand lessons through modeled facilitation.
  • Participate in peer-to-peer teaching and feedback.
  • Identify resources available for the classroom.
  • Explore teaching through the lens of the food, fiber, and fuel system.

Why Agriculture?

Agriculture means survival. In Nebraska, 1 in 4 jobs is related to agriculture. Agriculture provides a rich context for Nebraska’s past and present, the environment, food production, nutrition and economics.

What are participants saying?

  • “This was a wonderful experience! I was unsure of how my “lack of ag” knowledge would pan out, but I learned so much in such a short time! Thank you!” Peru State Methods Course Student
  • “It was a great day of learning for our teachers. It gave them some great free resources, and for teachers that’s a wonderful word to hear.” – Molly Aschoff, digital learning coordinator, ESU8

Teacher Engagement infographic

To Participate

View the following options to request a customized workshop for your group. Contact Courtney Schaardt, director of outreach education, to arrange a time for Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom to engage your group with these lessons. 402-421-4461 or courtneys@nefb.org.

Classroom Learning Enrichment

For Elementary Educators and Methods Course Students
Engage in a hands-on approach to enrich classroom learning with experienced guest lecturers. Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom provides workshops and guest lectures to provide resources and strategies for embedding authentic agriculture examples into core subject learning. These customized workshops can be tailored to support reading, math, social studies, science, language arts or a combination of curricula.

Nebraska Interactive Map

For Elementary Educators and Methods Course Students
Explore 5,000 maps featuring population, latitude and longitude, county seats, natural resources, historical perspectives and more. The Nebraska Interactive Map brings life to Nebraska and US census data, including maps from The Nebraska Adventure in fourth-grade, Nebraska studies. Teachers will develop an understanding of agriculture’s importance to the state for classroom learning through lessons, activities, and this new digital classroom resource.

Read, Write and Grow!

For Elementary Educators and Methods Course Students
Establish the connection between reading, writing, and agriculture through this interactive lesson. This session focuses on Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom’s newest resource, Literacy Guides. Each guide introduces a beautiful, imaginative, lively texts or picture book and is accompanied by professionally designed curriculum created by current educators. Students will benefit from expsosure to quality literature and an understanding of Nebraska agriculture and its impact on their daily lives.

Teachers on the Farm

For Elementary Educators, Guidance Counselors, and Administrators
Experience science, social studies, reading, and language arts concepts brought to life by Nebraska farmers and ranchers. Teachers on the Farm educator workshops feature visits to modern-day, working farms and ranches where educators hear from farmers about how Nebraska’s number industry is related to everyday life. AITC team members then highlight the intersections between agriculture and Nebraska’s state education content standards to bring Nebraska alive in classrooms.

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Upcoming Events

Teachers on the Farm: Sprouting Success in the Classroom - This event sign-up is now closed.
Location: ESU 13 - Scottsbluff, NE
Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 | 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Best Suited For: Kindergarten – Fifth Grade Teachers
Description: Venture out of the classroom to hear from experts in farming and teaching to bring Nebraska alive in your classroom! Join as we tour a sugar beet field and Western Sugar to learn more about the science of growing crops, technology in agriculture, and careers available in western Nebraska. Explore teaching through the lens of the food, fiber, and fuel system by practicing hands-on lessons and activities that feature relevant, engaging, instructional strategies that can be immediately implemented in the classroom.

Thank you for your interest in this summer workshop. Sign up is now closed. Please contact Courtney Schaardt (courtneys@nefb.org) if you have any questions.

Teachers on the Farm: Sprouting Success in the Classroom - This event has been postponed.
Location: Hastings Public Schools
Date: This event has been postponed.
Best Suited For: Kindergarten – Fifth Grade Teachers
Description: Venture out of the classroom to hear from experts in farming and teaching to bring Nebraska alive in your classroom! Join us as we tour a local feedlot to learn more about environmental decision-making, animal safety, technology, and careers available in Adams County. Explore teaching through the lens of the food, fiber, and fuel system by practicing hands-on lessons and activities that feature relevant, engaging, instructional strategies that can be immediately implemented in the classroom.

CANCELLED! Teachers on the Farm: Sprouting Success in the Classroom
Location: ESU 1 – Wakefield, NE
Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019 | 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Best Suited For: Kindergarten – Fifth Grade Teachers
Description: Venture out of the classroom to hear from experts in farming and teaching to bring Nebraska alive in your classroom! Tour Wakefield Farms to learn how this dairy provides care for 4,500 cattle, creates full-time careers, and impacts the Northeast Nebraska community. Explore teaching through the lens of the food, fiber, and fuel system by practicing hands-on lessons and activities that feature relevant, engaging, instructional strategies that can be immediately implemented in the classroom.

This event has been cancelled due to a lack of particpants. If you have questions, please contact Courtney Schaardt.