State Reports

State Summary 2014 — Wyoming

State Contact

Ms. Jessie Dafoe
Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom
P.O. Box 347
Cheyenne, WY 82003
P: 307.369.1749
E: jdafoe@wyaitc.org
Website

Classroom Resources

WAIC has published our 2014 Country to Classroom publication. There are three different editions aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and corresponding online activity:

http://www.wyaitc.org/classroom/country.htm

WAIC is in the process of developing a comprehensive K-12 agriculture and natural resource curriculum. Kindergarten kits are currently being piloted across Wyoming.

Student bookmarks are available upon request.

Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs

-Statewide representation at educational agricultural expos to aid teachers and impact student learning of agriculture and natural resources. -2014 Bookmark Contest showcased students artwork and understanding of agriculture and natural resource topics. Students were honored in Cheyenne meeting Governor and First Lady Mead.

-2014 Wyoming Agriculture and Natural Resource Science Institute was a success in southwest Wyoming highlighting a multigenerational ranch, trona mines as well as hosting a community night with guest speaker James P. Owen.

-Celebrated 2014 Educator of the Year for Wyoming: Andrea Hayden.

-In partnership with the Wyoming Community Foundation, Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom awarded $30,181.25 to youth agriculture and natural resource projects across the state.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

- WAIC worked with over 300 educators in 2014.

- WAIC, with the help of educators and volunteers, impacted over 15,000 students.

- For our Educator Institute, results show a distinct pattern of improvement in agriculture and natural resource understanding when looking at pre and post surveys.

From the surveys, WAIC found after the Institute 85% of participants feel comfortable teaching agriculture and natural resource subjects in their classroom. Previous to the Institute, 48% of participants felt they had a strong understanding of agriculture. After the Institute, 93% felt they had a strong understanding. Previous to the Institute, 52% of participants felt they had a strong understanding of natural resources. After the Institute, 100% felt they had a strong understanding.

Biosketch

Jessie Dafoe joined Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom (WAIC) as their Executive Director in 2011. Prior to working for WAIC, Dafoe interned for Representative Cynthia Lummis and worked for the Wyoming Resource Alliance. Dafoe is a Wyoming native and still active on the family ranch northeast of Cheyenne. Jessie graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2010 and is a member of the 2013 Leadership Wyoming class.