This program provides the necessary framework for elementary school teachers to help their students understand the content and practices of pollinator research, in the areas of food, agriculture, and natural resources. reforms in k-12 stem teaching recommend using the practices of scientists to teach concepts in science. however, teachers often lack the ability to generate science learning opportunities that do not involve simply leading students through linear, stepwise exercises, which contrasts with the actual dynamic, interactive work of scientists. we will use the usda strategic goal of 'food security', particularly the crucial role of ecosystems services of pollinators on food production, to provide this framework. we will recruit elementary teachers from rural and urban communities that work with underserved populations to co-develop and test science curriculum at the k-1, 2-3, and 4-5 grade bands. this curriculum will involve hands-on activities in school gardens and yards and be integrated with other subject areas important in elementary teaching. we will develop and offer a hybrid (in person/remote) professional development program for 16 elementary teachers, engaging them in activities using the practices of pollinator research accessible to young learners. teachers will be subsequently supported as they engage students in these practices-based, integrated projects, refining the curriculum as needed. finally, additional modules will be created to offer a fully online version of the professional development program. the tested and validated elementary curriculum from this project will be disseminated broadly to multiple communities through conferences for agricultural professionals and educators and posted through our online learning portal.
|Effective start/end date||3/1/21 → 2/28/25|
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture: $300,000.00
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