2021 Institute Day: Think Outside the Box with Agriculture
On February 26th, 2021 DuPage County Farm Bureau Ag in the Classroom hosted a Teacher Institute Day workshop for DuPage County K-12 teachers. The workshop was held virtually from 8am-1pm and attendees received 5 professional development hours from the DuPage ROE. This years speakers were from Ag in the Classroom, U of I Extension, FCAE, and College of DuPage. Topics included All in an Apple; From Seasons to Food Science, Think Outside the Box by Thinking INSIDE Illinois, and Curbing Our Carbon Appetite. Speakers showed creative ways to add agriculture concepts into current classroom curriculum. 84 teachers attended the workshop!
Countywide Institute Day – February 28th, 2020
Agriculture Everywhere was held on Countywide Institute Day, February 28th from 7:30am-1:00pm. Held at College of DuPage, the workshop focused on how agriculture touches every part of our lives and how teachers can tie agriculture concepts into their curriculum. 29 teachers earned credit for attending. Speakers included Luke Allen from FCAE, Haley Siergiej from Nutrients for Life, Kenna Anderson and Kristina Baumbach from the Ag in the Classroom team. The teachers all received a tour of COD’s horticulture facility by Brian Clement. Participants learned about the uses of corn in our society dissected a corn kernel, germinated corn, learned about biodegradable products made from agriculture commodities, learned how to teach about fertilizers, and learned about agriculture careers in a fun lock-box activity, in addition to age-appropriate break-outs centered around agriculture by-products and food science. Activities were hands-on and kept teachers engaged, and they are bound to keep their students engaged, too!