State Summary 2015 — Louisiana
1. 3 new E-News issues of Sow, Grow and Know Newsletter http://www.aitcla.org/pages/newsletter/
2. 2015 Educator Workshop Packet – The 2015 Educator Workshops featured “Careers in Agriculture” and “Energy and Agriculture” http://aitcla.org/workshops/past-workshops/
Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs
Each year, LA AITC host a series of teacher workshops across the state to provide educators with material needed to integrate agriculture into their existing curriculum. Lesson plans correlated to the Common Core State Standards, Louisiana Grade-Level-Expectations, hands-on activities, new resources and ideas are all provided at the comprehensive seminars. A total of 15 workshops were held in 2015.
Three electronic issues of our Sow, Grow and Know educator newsletter were developed and distributed to 600 classroom teachers.
We continue with our Outstanding Teacher Award. The winning teacher receives an expense paid trip to the National AITC Conference, $500 award, and an iPad.
The seventh annual Ag Literacy Project was held in 2015. There were 130 volunteer readers in 475 classrooms across the state. Over 12,000 students were reached with this project.
Our AITC program also does volunteer training through Louisiana Farm Bureau. An AITC workshop is conducted at the Annual Farm Bureau Convention in June as well as various presentations made to the Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee and the Young Farmers and Rancher meetings statewide.
Major Program Impacts or Outcomes
234 educators were trained at AITC workshops this year; these teachers have a direct impact on over 20,000 students
57% of teachers trained were new comers to the program; 26% were pre-service teachers
98 % of teacher attending a workshop in 2015 ranked the workshop as extremely beneficial and said they would use at least one lesson from the workshop in their classes.
Lynda Danos has been the Ag in the Classroom State Coordinator for Louisiana Farm Bureau for 16 years.
Prior to joining the LFBF staff, Lynda taught high school physical science and biology.
A native of Thibodaux, Louisiana, Lynda holds a B.S. in science education from Nicholls State University. She is also a graduate of the LSU AgCenter Agricultural Leadership Development Program.
Lynda has been active on the National level with the Ag in the Classroom National Consortium, where she has served as the Southern Region Representative and hosted the National Conference in 2007.
Lynda is married to Willie Danos. They reside is Iowa, Louisiana, where they farm 2,500 acres of grain, crawfish and beef cattle.