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National Agriculture in the Classroom


Summary 2020 — South Dakota

State Contact

Ms Cindy Heidelberger Larson
Ground Works/SD Ag in the Classroom
102 N Krohns Pl STE 115
Sioux Falls, SD 57103
P: 605.275.9159

Innovative Programming Conducted and Educational Resources Developed

A 225 question evaluation option was added to the website for teachers to create their own tests & quizzes as they apply to their classroom needs.

A monthly ZOOM meeting has been set up for teachers to gather to ask questions, share ideas, and troubleshoot concerns.

We continue to establish teaching gardens within the state, we have 22 in existence at this time.

An Education Working Group model is being implemented to guide more lesson plan development as it pertains to specific commodities. Right now a Sheep Education Working Group is working with a curriculum writer to design a 3 lesson beginner's bundle on sheep-complete with hands on activities and evaluations-tied to State and National Standards.

We have a turnkey, online, digital program called SD Road Trip. This walks students through 23 cities and towns in SD, where they learn both the agriculture and history of that area.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

Teacher evaluations were conducted at the end of the year, gauging teacher/student use and program efficacy. Changes to the program and content edits were done over the summer.

Next on the list is making sure we are reaching the most rural parts of SD where broadband is not readily available and making sure our materials reflect the most current, credible, and comprehensive information.

Program Leader Biosketch