Kansas teacher attends National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference
A Kansas teacher has been given the opportunity to attend the 2014 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Tiffany Piatt, a first-grade teacher at Ray E. Heller Elementary in Neodesha, Kansas, and the 2014 Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year, attended “The Sweet Story of Agriculture” conference June 23 to 27. High Plains Journal provided the sponsorship for her trip.
Teachers attending the conference have the opportunity to attend exciting, engaging and interactive workshops and unique tours. By attending this conference, teachers have a multitude of experiences to take back to their classroom.
Piatt incorporates agriculture as a way to enhance her science and social studies units.
“My students gain knowledge about the world around them,” Piatt said. “They have an opportunity to apply skills they are learning to real-life scenarios. Children are full of questions, and incorporating agriculture helps answer some of their questions of how, where, and why as it pertains to plants, animals, and of course, food.”
High Plains Journal supports the Teacher of the Year award by providing sponsorship for the teacher to attend the national conference.
“High Plains Journal understands how important it is to connect our future consumers with agriculture,” said Holly Martin, editor of High Plains Journal. “The more we can do this, the better those young children will understand agriculture in the future. We are more than happy to support a teacher who is going above and beyond to connect their students with the agriculture industry.”
Piatt appreciates the opportunity to experience the conference with very few limitations because of the sponsorship.
The Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year Award and Regional Excellence in Teaching Awards, in conjunction with Kansas Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and sponsored by High Plains Journal, encourages teachers who aren’t in a vocational agriculture program and are using agriculture in the classroom to apply to become its Teacher of the Year.
“I would encourage all teachers to apply for the Teacher of the Year award,” Piatt said. “Many teachers integrate agriculture into their curriculum while they are teaching the state and local standards. Applying is definitely worth it, especially when you have the opportunity to get you and your school recognized for the great things you are already doing.”
For more information on the conference, please visit www.agclassroom.org. To learn more about the KFAC Janet Sims Memorial Teacher of the Year and the Kansas Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture Excellence in Teaching Awards, visit www.ksagclassroom.org.
The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. KFAC was founded in 1982 as part of a nationwide initiative to help students gain a greater awareness of the role of agriculture in the economy and society, so that they may become citizens who support wise agricultural policies.