State Summary 2015 — Massachusetts
20 Common Core Based Lessons
Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs
We developed important new resources, and provided quality educational programs for teachers. Over twenty new lessons were written and aligned with the Curriculum Standards to make it easier for teachers to add agriculture to their classrooms. These lessons were included on our website for easy teacher access.
Over seventeen Mini Grant applications were received in 2015, with nine receiving funding. Those applicants whose projects were not accepted received letters with suggestions for ways to improve their application and reapply or seek alternate sources of funding.
MAC reviewed our process of researching grants for funding, monitoring the work, and grant reporting. This was done to evaluate the amount of time devoted to grants and compare it to the value of each grant. While grants are an integral portion of our funding, they require a great deal of oversight and reporting. MAC determined that we needed to become less dependent on grant funding while seeking other sources of support.
This was also the year that MAC needed to reapply to be a provider of Professional Development Points from the Department of Education... New guidelines upgraded the process and required us to change the format of our workshops, conferences and summer graduate course to comply with the new guidelines. MAC was pleased that the DOE accepted our application and renewed our provider status.
Major Program Impacts or Outcomes
Annual Winter Conference: On February 7, MAC held our 11th Annual Winter Conference at the Pathfinder High School in Palmer. 153 educators attended and participated in four workshop sessions, each with a choice of six workshops presented by a teacher or farm educator.
Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar: MAC collaborated with the MA Dept. of Agricultural Resources and USDA NRCS to produce the 2016 Calendar of Massachusetts Agriculture. It is a tool to educate teachers, legislators and the general public, while also creating an attractive daily reminder of Massachusetts agriculture.
Visit the MAC Web Site at www.aginclassroom.org to find an ever expanding site including information on workshops and conferences; educational resources, mini-grants and more.