Teacher Engagement headerNebraska 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

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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.

Evaluation

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