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Sustainable Agriculture In Oklahoma

Ag in the Classroom Teacher Institute

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Each year, the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom Summer Institute trains common education school teachers from across the state in methods and curricula to incorporate agricultural concepts into classroom curricula. While sustainable agriculture concepts are often included in the training, this year’s training focused on concepts of sustainable agriculture. At this year’s Institute, Agriculture Sustains the World, teachers were provided curricula and experiences sustaining soils and soil life, composting, goat production, plant propagation, fish and pond applications, caring for the land, Integrated Pest Management, and hi-tech, low-input technologies. Training occurred at both Land Grant institutions (Langston University and OSU).

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Outcomes:

  • Forty-seven classroom teachers from 41 school districts representing all areas of the state received eighteen hours of training over a three-day period.
  • Teachers from previous Institutes highlighted efforts in their classrooms resulting from the Institute and other support of the Ag in the Classroom program. Expectations are that similar quality teaching programs will result from the topics in this year’s Institute.
  • Employed some of the materials and training from the SARE PDP Regional Soils Train-the –Trainer Workshop
  • Last year 62 special Ag and Environmental days were held at schools across the state where Ag in the Classroom materials and curricula were used
  • Many of the teachers indicated a strong interest in the “Kid (goat) in the Classroom” program sponsored by Langston.

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