Open to In-Service and Pre-Service Pennsylvania Educators.
This course has been designed to support pre-service and in-service educators interested in making meaningful connections between agricultural education and environmental literacy. This course will provide strategies and resources for supporting high-quality learning by actively engaging students in hands-on experiences both in the classroom and outdoors, while advancing 21st century skills and career-readiness. Throughout the course, we will explore the agricultural and natural resource industries around the State College area, spending time in the classroom, on farms, and along local waterways as we cultivate our own environmental and agricultural literacy. We will use tools and equipment to collect, analyze, and interpret field samples; examine and evaluate the impacts of public policies and perceptions on agriculture and the environment; investigate the interrelationships between agriculture, natural resources, and humans; explore resources for supporting students’ Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs); and much more!
This course is being offered in partnership between the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Penn State’s Center for Professional Personnel Development and will highlight AFNR standards, the Pillars of Agricultural Literacy, the Educator’s Guide to the MWEE, and the Environmental Literacy Model (ELM).
Length & Location: 5 local investigation days within State College. Accommodations at the Toftrees Resort and Conference Center, meals, and transportation in State College will be available at no additional charge to participants.
Course Fees: $50 *The full cost of this course is $300, however Penn State University has generously committed to offering $250 per participant, reducing the cost per teacher to $50, payable upon registration.
Credit: Pennsylvania teachers are eligible for 50 Act 48 credits for successful course completion