State Reports

State Summary 2016 — Oklahoma

State Contact

Ms. Audrey Harmon
Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
2800 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
P: 405.740.0160
E: Audrey.harmon@ag.ok.gov
Website

Classroom Resources

  1. Oklahoma AITC Staff developedFinancial Literacy Playing Cards." These cards are a traditional set of playing cards with Financial Literacy questions in the center of each card. These cards are given to teachers during professional development workshops.
  2. "Back at the Ranch Bell Ringer" cards were revised and reprinted. These cards feature activities for science, math, language arts, and social studies.
  3. TheOklahoma Ag Magazine" was revised and reprinted. This is a student resource that is provided free of charge to classrooms. It is also available on the website: http://www.clover.okstate.edu/fourh/aitc/lessons/extras/activitybooks/agmag.pdf
  4. TheOklahoma Red Dirt Groundbreaker" resource was also revised. This resource is now a student resource and is available to teachers for free. It is especially helpful to third grade and ninth grade students, as these are the grade levels that teach Oklahoma History.
  5. 20 new Kahoot games (bringing the total offered to 40) were created to accompany OAITC lessons and linked to OAITC website. Eight of these specifically go with theOklahoma Ag Mag" and nine go with theRed Dirt Groundbreakers" resource. All 40 Kahoots can be found on the OAITC website: http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/aitc/lessons/extras/kahoot.html
  6. The Oklahoma AITC website was updated and reorganized. Five new lessons were created in 2016 and many lessons were reorganized to create 12 new pages containing lessons that correlate, such asOklahoma Studies,"Bees and Honey," andPumpkins," to name a few. All lessons are online and the new lessons and pages can be found here: http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/aitc/lessons/extras/newless.html
  7. ATeacher Feature" segment was added to the website. This page featured 10 teachers during 2016 in written form. Staff also created five newOklahoma AITC Teacher Feature Vignettes" to highlight teachers using AITC lessons in their classrooms. These can all be accessed at this address: http://oklahoma4h.okstate.edu/aitc/teacher/index.html

Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs

In 2016, the Oklahoma AITC contest theme was,Agriculture- From the Ground and All Around." The contest entries nearly doubled from 2015. Each individual contest had an increase in entries. The winners were recognized at the State Capitol on Ag Day in March. Sponsors for the Ag Day Awards and Celebration included Oklahoma AgCredit; CoBank; Oklahoma Farm Bureau Women; Oklahoma Beef Council; Oklahoma Soybean Board; DairyMAX; and SW Dairy.

Oklahoma AITC was also excited to have an Excellence in Teaching Agriculture National winner, Mrs. Lisa Storm and two National CHS Scholarship Award winners. These ladies all three represented OAITC at the National Conference in Arizona. OAITC Staff also presented four Mini Workshop Sessions at the National Conference and received great reviews. Oklahoma AITC Curriculum writer, Pat Thompson, wrote lessons for the Great American Wheat Harvest. These lessons were showcased at the National Conference, as well.

Teachers and pre-service teachers across the state participated in on-site workshops and in-service educator training. 51 teachers traveled across Oklahoma on a three day summer rolling workshop for professional development called,On the Road with AITC." These teachers were able to visit cattle ranches, a dairy, you-pick berry orchards, a sale barn, and many more agricultural venues. 65 educators also traveled on two different one day workshops. During these tours, participants were able to pick fresh peaches, learn about lavender, and tour local Agritourism venues.

The AITC State Summer Conference had the largest attendance ever as 300 educators participated in workshops led by teachers from across the state. Four different workshop sessions, each featuring eight workshops, were offered for participants to select from. In addition, The Peterson Farm Brothers performed and addressed the conference participants. The educators loved this experience and were excited to share their new knowledge with their students.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

128 teachers from 82 schools in Oklahoma, representing 47 counties, submitted 3,268 student entries in the 2016 AITC Contest.

412 pre-service teachers attended college workshops at seven of the state universities where they received AITC training in 2016.

51 educators traveled across Oklahoma on a three dayOn the Road with AITC" traveling workshop and received AITC training while experiencing agriculture at farms and ranches.

18% of those who attended the three dayOn the Road with AITC" tour did not personally know a farmer or rancher.

65 educators also traveled on two separate one day workshops and learned more about Oklahoma Specialty Crops.

35% of the participants on the Specialty Crop tours thought that Specialty crops were the main agriculture crops in Oklahoma before the tours, however after participating 97% correctly identified the crops as those grown for food, medicinal, or aesthetic gratification.

300 educators in Oklahoma attended the State Summer Conference and participated in workshops led by other teachers from across the state.

40% of the State Summer Conference were first time attendees. 96% of the total conference participants surveyed plan to attend the 2017 State Summer Conference.

35% of conference attendees had not previously heard of the Peterson Farm Brothers. However, 84% of participants surveyed after the conference said they intend to use the Peterson Farm Brothers videos in their classroom to educate students.

2.1K players have played 48 Kahoot educational games created to accompany the Oklahoma AITC lessons.

5 newOklahoma AITC Teacher Feature Vignettes" created by AITC staff in Oklahoma were viewed 519 times in 2016 on YouTube.

Biosketch

Audrey Harmon is a coordinator for Ag in the Classroom at the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry in the Market Development Division. She taught kindergarten for 13 years before becoming a State AITC Coordinator. Audrey was the Oklahoma AITC Teacher of the Year in 2009 and won the National Excellence in Teaching Agriculture Award in 2010. Audrey has been involved with Ag in the Classroom for 12 years, five of which she has been employed by the program. She has provided professional development for teachers across the state, presented at state and national AITC conferences, and has developed resources and written lessons for Ag in the Classroom. Audrey has a BS in Early Childhood Education from Oklahoma State University. Her husband Burton owns a pasture spraying business and is a youth pastor. She has three sons.