State Summary 2015 — Alabama
Yes, State specific Ag resource magazines representing commodities produced in Alabama were designed by an Auburn University Intern and Commodity specific posters named a Month of Harvests were designed for use in classrooms, on bulletin boards, media sources and in teaching students where their food and fiber comes from.
Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs
The Alabama AITC programs major accomplishments during 2015 included a Summer Institute, lasting three days. The agenda for the workshop included original materials designed for classroom teaching, field trips to farms and agribusiness enterprises, and on-the-scene visits with farmers and agricultural leaders. In addition, Alabama AITC was a sponsor of student Day at the National Fair as well as co-sponsor of the annual statewide Farm-City poster contest, a Farm-City calendar, featuring the winning posters. Instructional materials designed by Alabama AITC teachers are provided to classroom teachers and home school programs free of charge. A website of current information concerning Alabama AITC activities was updated with current curriculum and resource information. Also, a facebook page is kept current to inform facebook users of activities offered by Ag in the Classroom.
Major Program Impacts or Outcomes
Twenty Agricultural Field/Education Days were held across our state as a result of Ag in the Classroom In-services and workshops.
900 teachers were provided AITC materials and curriculum through statewide trade show events
Kindergarten through sixth grade students received agricultural classroom instruction through hands-on activities during the school year.
80% of teachers who attended the AITC summer institute located the applications through the AITC web-site and plan to visit the web-site on a regular basis for additional curriculum and updates.
Thirty-one teachers applied for AITC mini-grants during the Fall and Spring to fund their hands on learning experiences in their classroom.
I serve as the Alabama Ag in the Classroom Steering Committee Chairman. I received B.S. and Masters Degrees in Home Economics and have worked in the Agricultural sector the past 24 years with the Cooperative Extension System as a 4-H Agent and the Alabama Farmers Federation as the Women's Leadership Division Director. I have served on the Alabama Ag in the Classroom Steering Committee for 11 years.