Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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
Institutes. 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
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.
For More Info Contact:
here to learn more about this program.
here to order Ag Mags and view them online.
Click here for
dates and locations.
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