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Ag in the Classroom hosts conference

Oklahoma

Classrooms across the state are several weeks into the new school year. Prior to all the back-to-school excitement more than 250 educators representing 65 school districts gathered in Norman for the Ag in the Classroom summer conference: Stampede 2012.

The daylong conference featured hands-on workshops designed for educators of pre-kindergarten through 8th grade students. Topics included integrating common core into Ag in the Classroom lessons and exploring agriculturally related field trips through the Agritourism program.

Attendees were also addressed by current Ag in the Classroom teacher of the year Shirley Lettkeman. Lettkeman is a Nationally Board Certified fourth grade social studies and language arts teacher at Watonga Elementary in Watonga. She also presented on the benefits of having a school garden; speaking firsthand of the success of the garden she introduced.

Ag in the Classroom coordinators debuted new lesson plans specifically for Smartboards. The lesson plans were written as a result of a U.S. Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant. These new lesson plans as well as many others are available on the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom website at www.clover.okstate.edu/fourh/aitc.

Ag in the Classroom is a program of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Oklahoma State Department of Education and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.

Date: 10/8/2012



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