Sprouting Success in the Classroom


Summer Agricultural Institutes (SAI) will be sprouting up all across the state this summer and staff and volunteers are ready to go! Since 1991, more than 9,000 Illinois educators have grown through Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) Summer Ag SaiinsInstitutes. The course, designed for preschool to high school teachers, gives them the tools to expand their classroom curriculum to include agriculture - and lots of it!

Kevin Daugherty, Education Director for Illinois Farm Bureau, said the courses have been beneficial for educators in more ways than one. "Not only have they received graduate credit and certification units for attending, they also gained an action plan for their classroom, free teaching materials, and insight on hot issues in agriculture - from the experts. The hands-on experience and field trips gave them tools they could never learn in the classroom, making it easier to mix some agriculture into their classroom curriculum."

The Summer Ag Institutes will start in May and go through late July. In all, there are 33 scheduled throughout the state, with twelve of them on special topics.

The IAITC program provides materials for teachers and their classroom to help teach kids where their food and fiber comes from. The IAA Foundation helps raise funds for the IAITC program through special events held throughout the year.

To find out more, go to www.agintheclassroom.org or check with your county Farm Bureau to see if there is a SAI near you.

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Ag in the Cafeteria

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Ag Mags

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SAI Brochure

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