Making the grade: Kentucky Farm Bureau offers five free professional development workshops for educators

Posted on May 26, 2016

Louisville, KY (May 25, 2016) – Although the school year is rapidly coming to a close, the hard work that teachers put into classroom preparation and improving their instructional techniques continues on through the summer. To aid those efforts, Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB) invites educators from across the state to attend one of its five free professional development workshops held in June.

The day-long workshops are designed to address Kentucky’s core educational competencies while showcasing a variety of state and national agricultural curricula. Workshops will also emphasize the value of incorporating gardening into all areas of curriculum through easy-to-replicate interdisciplinary lessons. These thematic lessons and materials incorporate mathematics, social studies, English and science through real-life application in indoor and outdoor training sessions. Chartered tours of local agricultural operations will further highlight the practical environmental and agricultural information so that it can easily be translated into a classroom setting.

“The primary objective of these professional development opportunities is to better enable educators to incorporate agricultural concepts in the classroom,” said Scott Christmas, KFB’s Director of Women and Agricultural Education. “This thematic style of education can increase children’s interest in learning and enables them to retain subject matter more readily.”

In addition to the training and resources made available through these workshops, the 350-400 teachers anticipated to attend may earn a total of six hours of professional development credit depending on school district approval. Effective Instructional Leadership Act (EILA) credits will be given to principals, guidance counselors and other instructional leaders who participate.

Workshop Location and Dates:

Kentucky Dam Village, Gilbertsville – June 7

RiverPark Center, Owensboro – June 8

Barren River Lake Resort Lodge, Lucas – June 9

The Gheens Lodge, Louisville – June 28

Spindletop Hall, Lexington – June 29

The workshop registration fee has been waived for all Kentucky educators, compliments of Kentucky Farm Bureau, but registration is required for attendance. Teachers can register online at kyfb.com/teacher prior to the June 3 deadline.

Workshop agendas and additional details about conference speakers and activities are available at kyfb.com. Further questions regarding these educational opportunities can be directed to Scott Christmas, Director of Ag Education, Women & Young Farmer Programs, at (502) 495-5000, ext. 7221.