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Getting involved in agriculture education

 
  From the November 13, 2018 issue of Agri-News
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 Agriculture educators in the province are finding more industry groups are interested in getting involved in the classroom. Karen Carle, ag education consultant with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, looks at how the upcoming free webinar, Collaboration in Ag Education: A Saskatchewan Case Study, can help figure out where to start.

“We are getting more and more interest in agriculture education, and some of the groups don’t know if they should be jumping into the classroom and leading the charge themselves or whether they should be working through other groups that are already doing so. That’s why this webinar is really timely,” says Carle.

The webinar takes place Wednesday, November 14 at 10 a.m. and features Sarah Shymko, executive director of Agriculture in the Classroom Saskatchewan (AITC-SK) and Denise Coghill, board member of Sask Milk, as well as AITC-SK. They will explain how commodity groups and industry work with AITC-SK to build public trust in agriculture with elementary and secondary students. The two will also discuss the respective roles of their organizations, the types of educational activities they do, and how they are making an impact.

Carle says that it is different teaching kids, particularly at the junior and senior high level, and may seem a bit daunting. “You really want to have some strategies on how to teach kids. You want to understand the curriculum so that you are meeting teachers’ needs and helping them cover curriculum. Having a good understanding of that is really helpful when you are doing ag education programming.”

“I think collaboration between the ag industry and education groups is key to great programming,” she adds.

Register for Collaboration in Ag Education: A Saskatchewan Case Study or by contacting Karen.Carle@gov.ab.ca at 403-340-5339.

Contact:
Karen.Carle@gov.ab.ca
403-340-5339

 
 
 
 
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