State Summary 2015 — Kansas
1. We created two new Kids Connection Magazines for grades 3-5; 1. Pollinator Party, Partner's in Agriculture and partnered with Kansas Department of Agriculture graphic designer. Linked to pollinator lesson plans 2. Updated Lesson Plans include: Corn Calculations, Things I learned from a Tomato, Beanie Baby and Kernel Kids germination lesson plans; Grain Sorghum Fact Sheet; Pumpkin Exploration; and Crops, Plant Part posters and Growth Cycle posters. All of the resources listed above are on our website www.ksagclassroom.org.
4.Created a new delivery system for ag literacy called A+STEM. Half day professional development training for teachers customized to curriculum needs identified by the school district curriculum development personnel. 5. Created a new delivery system for summer institutes called Connect2Ag. A two year model of adopting a school district; delivering two years of summer institute 1. Connecting Your Classroom to Kansas Agriculture and 2. From Farm to Plate. Community based model with local ag partners and presenters as well as local funders. Creates a cohort group that will support Ag in the Classroom well after the two year training! Partners include the local community college ag educators as well as college youth and the local high school youth in ag programs. 6. We continue to provide resources and training to the teachers who are part of the growing number of ag charter schools in Kansas.
Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs
Major Accomplishments for 2015 1. Formed 16 person science teacher advisory to write 16 lesson plans about wheat genetics. 2. 144 pre-service teachers practiced web based learning and pollinator lesson plans 3. 59 Kansas teachers incorporated KFAC lesson plans in the classroom 5. 97 classroom teachers attended A+STEM professional development training.
Major Program Impacts or Outcomes
*100% of 59 teachers attending summer institutes integrated at least one lesson plan given as a resource during the institute. They completed an evaluation rubric and provided pictures showing students in action to earn a $150 stipend. *One graduate continues to host a Harvest Math day in her elementary school. She shared this model with two other elementary schools in her district. 900 students in the school district learned to apply math skills while discovering agriculture.
*Teachers attending Kansas Assoc. of Teachers of Science camp valued the Wheat DNA extraction lesson plan as well as making plastic from corn starch.
An Undergrad degree, K-State in Agriculture Science
A Masters degree, K-State in Adult and Continuing Education
14 years experience as K-State Research and Extension Educator
KFAC since February of 2006