Opportunities for teachers who wish to incorporate aspects of agriculture into their normal curriculum are available through the Summer Ag Institute at Tarleton State University in Stephenville.
Teachers who attend this weeklong course, held June 9-13, are eligible for 45 hours of professional development. Teachers who are interested in exploring how entomology and plant and soil science can be included in math, social studies and language arts lessons are invited to apply for this year’s Summer Agriculture Institute.
“Many children are now at least three generations removed from the farm. They may not understand how their food is grown or where it comes from,” said Parker County Farm Bureau President Don Smelley. “Our goal is to help teachers integrate lessons about agriculture into their curriculum to help bridge the gap for their students.”
The Summer Ag Institute doesn’t give teachers something additional to teach. Instead it offers a way to incorporate aspects of agriculture into their normal curriculum.
“We value our area teachers. So we are offering scholarships to help send them to the Summer Ag Institute,” Smelley said.
Applications for the Summer Ag Institute can be found at TexasFarmBureau.org under the “Youth & Education” tab. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 30.