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Montana Agriculture in the Classroom

Teachers

 

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Professional Development

Montana Agriculture in the Classroom program offers workshops for teachers year around. Our workshops bring the latest agriculture literacy to your classroom through integrated "hands on, minds on" lesson plans that are aligned to state educational standards. All of our workshops offer OPI teacher licensure renewal units. Visual aids and hands-on kits are provided for your classrooms during the workshops. To schedule a workshop or for more information, use the contact information provided below.

 

Grants

DuPont Pioneer Excellence in Agricultural Science Education Award

A partnership with DuPont Pioneer and the National Science Teachers Association, this award is to recognize

excellence and innovation in the field of agricultural science education. One award will be awarded annually.

The awardee will receive a $5000 grant for their classroom/program, paid travel expenses to attend the NSTA national conference on science education, mentoring with a DuPont Pioneer scientist, classroom resources from DuPont Pioneer, and access to a DuPont Pioneer product plant or research facility. The awardee will be presented the award at the Teacher Awards Banquet at the National Conference.

 

Win a $100 Gift Certificate to the Gardening with Kids Shop

We want to hear from you! Please take a minute to answer a 20-question survey about Kidsgardening.org and Kids Garden News to help us serve you better. At the end of the survey, you can add your email address to be entered to win a $100 gift certificate to the Gardening with Kids Shop. Go to the online survey.

 

2013 Scotts Miracle-Gro Company's Gro1000 Campaign

For the fifth year, National Gardening Association is excited to participate in the 2013 Scotts Miracle-Gro Company's Gro1000 campaign to establish gardens across the United States. The Gro1000 program will establish 1,000 community gardens and green spaces in the U.S., Canada and Europe by 2018. The program is designed to help communities and its residents experience the benefits of community gardening and green spaces and support local hunger needs. National Gardening Association is working in partnership with the U.S Conference of Mayors, Garden Writers Association, Plant a Row for the Hungry, Botanical Gardens, Communities in Bloom, and the Franklin Park Conservatory. This year's winning cities are: Sacramento, CA - Edible Sac High with Mayor Kevin Johnson; Fort Worth, TX - Fort Worth Botanic Garden with Mayor Betsy Price; Tuscaloosa, AL - Alberta Parkways Gardens with Mayor Walter Maddox; Bridgeport, CT - “Little Asia” Athletic Field and Community Garden with Mayor Bill Finch; Cincinnati, OH - Mill Creek Edible Forest Garden with Mayor Mark Mallory.

 

Annie's Grants for Gardens.

Gardens are places for kids to connect to real food, explore new flavors and talk about where our food comes from. For many years, we've offered Grants for Gardens donations to schools and other educational programs that help put children in direct contact with growing real food. Since 2008, we've offered funding to more than 200 gardens.

 

This changes often. Be sure and check back for grant notifications.

 

National Professional Development

Increase your knowledge of agriculture literacy by applying to be a Montana representative at the National Agriculture in the Classroom conference. Each year the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the National Agriculture in the Classroom Consortium recognize five exceptional teachers by presenting them with the Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award. This nationwide competition recognizes successful efforts in teaching agricultural concepts within the school curriculum. Click here for more information and to learn about previous winners. Award recipients receive an honorarium of $500 and up to $1,500 for travel related expenses. If you are interested in applying, please contact us using the contact information below.

 

Student Contests

Essay contests are held through several organizations:

For more information on any of the programs above, please contact us using the contact information below.

 

Upcoming Workshops:

 

MEA (Missoula): October 16-17, 2014

 

Lorri Brenneman will be teaching three classes that model "hands-on, minds-on" learning! Lesson are aligned to Common Core standards and integrate several subject areas. Along with classes, there will be a not-to-be-missed booth with additional resources and information for teachers and students!

 

 

 

Missoula: Summer 2015

 

There will be a course offering lessons and books that integrate English Language Arts and science. This class will cover material appropriate for grades K-9 through a variety of methods including projects, experiments, and collaborative discussions. DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED!
 

Contacts

 

Lorri Brenneman
Montana Department of Agriculture
Phone: (406)437-1906
E-mail:LBrenneman@mt.gov

 

Published: November 9, 2011 11:02:00 AM MST.
Last Modified: August 13, 2014 11:27:23 AM MDT