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Teachers Sought For Ag in the Classroom Award
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 11/03/2009

Do you know a teacher that does a great job teaching about agriculture? If so, you may want to encourage them to fill out an application for the Outstanding Teacher Award. The Wisconsin Agriculture in the Classroom Program annually recognizes a Wisconsin teacher or a teaching team for their achievements in teaching students the importance of agriculture while integrating agricultural concepts across the curriculum.

Certified teachers currently integrating agricultural concepts into non-agricultural curricula in the pre-K through grade 12 are eligible to apply. Applications may be from an individual teacher (or a teaching team) are eligible to apply. Certified agriculture education instructors are not eligible.

Teachers must utilize agricultural information and/or materials within the classroom curriculum in an effort to assist students in learning the importance of agriculture. Learning activities may include, but are not limited to, understanding agriculture's impact on personal lives, our national heritage, the environment, national security and the economy. Innovative and interdisciplinary programs are encouraged.

Margaret Heyn, a third grade teacher at Cooper Elementary School in Sheboygan was last year's winner.

The state winners receive a plaque and a $500 cash award. They will also represent Wisconsin as the state's nominee for the Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture Award Program presented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Ag in the Classroom program.

Applications are available from the Wisconsin AITC Website at www.wisagclassroom.org.

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