An Indiana teacher will be headed to the 2018 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference ‘Agriculture for ME on Land and Sea’ scheduled for June 27-29 in Portland, Maine. Sarah Cleveland of Monrovia Elementary and Morgan County Farm Bureau’s Education and Outreach Coordinator is one of forty K-12 teachers from around the United States have been selected to receive scholarships from the CHS Foundation to attend. Cleveland and the other teachers were selected for their desire to learn more innovative ways to use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science and social studies and more. Onsite and traveling workshops at the conference will provide these teachers with demonstrations of how effective the use of agricultural concepts in classroom instruction can be. In addition, teachers will network with other educators who have a passion for K-12 agricultural literacy.
“We’re happy to assist teachers who are interested in educating their students about agriculture by helping them attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference,” said Nanci Lilja, president of CHS Foundation. “The CHS Foundation is committed to developing agriculture leaders for life and these teachers introduce students to the industry and spark interest in agriculture careers.” The CHS Foundation has provided these scholarships to teachers since 2013. “Thanks to the CHS Foundation we are able to involve even more teachers in the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference,” said Willie Grenier, president of the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO) and executive director of Maine Agriculture in the Classroom. “NAITCO highly values partnerships like the one it has with the CHS Foundation, which helps us expand its K-12 agricultural literacy outreach to many more teachers across the country.”