We still have a few openings for our SAI this year! I've included last month's write up about it again for a reminder to those who may be interested but haven't signed up yet! The deadline to get your registration done is now near the end of May, but please sign up soon to reserve your spot!
The Ford-Iroquois Ag in the Classroom program will be offering a Summer Ag Institute this summer!! This year we will have a four day workshop (8:30-4pm) on Thursday, Friday, Monday, and Tuesday. It will start Thursday, June 12th and finishing on Tuesday, June 17th. We have been busy planning this great educational workshop for teachers grades pre-K through grade 12 in ANY discipline! We will encompass all different aspects of agriculture. Three of our four days we will be at the Farm Bureau office in Gilman, with our remaining day spent touring.
Teachers will be able to see new lessons from the state Ag in the Classroom program, and all will be paired with the Common Core standards and Next Generation Science Standards! We will be taking a day of tours through agribusinesses in Bloomington, as well as hearing from commodity groups and guest speakers. Teachers will have the chance to interact with a farmer panel to ask questions and gain a better understanding of what it is farmers do day to day, month to month. We will also be giving each participant TONS of educational resources, lesson extenders, hands on activity ideas, and of course plenty new knowledge of agriculture to take back to your classroom!
This year, the cost for the SAI will be $150, which will include everything you would need for the four days (meals, travel expenses to tours, resources given). There is also a scholarship through the Farm Bureau that can help offset the cost of attendance. This workshop will offer CPDU hours, as well as the opportunity to earn 2 grad credits from Aurora University (additional cost of $200).
Registration can be done online at https://web.extension.illinois.edu/registration/?RegistrationID=9989. If you prefer to register via a paper application, the pdf version of the application is available at the bottom of the Ford-Iroquois AITC webpage: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/cfiv/agclass/ Payment must be received in order for you to be considered "attending". We have a limit of 25 teachers, so if you are interested please register as soon as possible to save your spot for this fun filled four days of learning!
-Clean Air Month
-National Egg Month
-National Hamburger Month
-National Chocolate Chip Day (15)
-National Wildflower Week (5-11)
-Reading is Fun Week (11-17)
We have a couple other activities that can be done, including a garden in a glove, or making a butterfly out of sandwich bags if you would be interested in that also! To schedule a presentation, please e-mail me at email@example.com and we will sign your class up!
815-268-4051 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your kits. If you have any questions please contact me. Sign up early to get the kits of your choice.
Gilman Elementary School
Amber Hamilton, Amanda Kurtenbach, Rachel Basham, Deb Talbert, Kim Eggemeyer, Chris Denton, Amber Harkins, Marsha Swan, Christina Duncan, Kristy Rader, Kelsie Fancher
Danforth Elementary School
Patrick Miller, Laurie Rodriguez, Marilyn Geisler, Megan Wilken
PBL Eastlawn School
Tiffany Apland, Rachel Young, Peggy Francisco, Michele Coe, Sharla Waugh, Cheryl Pitman
St. John's – Buckley
Laura Birge, Rebekah Meyer
Watseka High School
Chebanse Elementary School
Kathie Both, Ryan Loy
Cissna Park Elementary
Lindsey Denault, Lindsey Gerdes
Milford Grade School
Thanks again for your support!