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What is Agricultural Literacy? An agriculturally literate person understands and can communicate the source and value of agriculture as it affects our quality of life.
What is the Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award? One award will be given to a Utah teacher currently engaged in classroom instruction at the
Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade levels. This award recognizes a teacher for their integrated efforts to teach students about the importance of agriculture. One award will be given to a Utah teacher. The teacher selected will receive $500 for their classroom and have up to $1,500 of their related expenses paid to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference. The state-winning application will also be submitted for the National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award.
Who is Eligible? Certified teachers currently engaged in integrating agricultural concepts into classroom settings at the Pre-K-12 grade levels in Utah are eligible. Note: Teachers of high school agricultural education, or career and technical education are not eligible for this award.
What are the Criteria for Selection? Teachers must integrate/utilize agricultural information within their classroom curriculum in an effort to assist students in learning the importance of agriculture. Instruction may include, but is not limited to:
understanding the importance and value of agriculture in students’ daily lives;
understanding the relationships among agriculture, food and fiber production, animals, health, energy systems, technology, economics, and the environment;
identifying and understanding the connections between academic content areas and agricultural careers including, but not limited to, STEM careers;
understanding the overall connectedness between STEM and agriculture.
Evaluation Criteria: The degree to which an educator...
Exemplifies leading instruction on accurate agricultural knowledge, attitudes, and skills;
Demonstrates teaching excellence in gaining student understanding of selected agricultural literacy theme(s);
Secures grants, community extensions, and/or professional development relating to increasing agriculture literacy in the classroom;
Creates and delivers innovative, integrated, and interdisciplinary programs.
Applications must be submitted on or before November 29, 2019.
If you have any questions, please contact Denise Stewardson at 435-797-1592 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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