Teacher workshop targets ag literacy

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jul. 22, 2019 12:01 am

PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Rachel Smith wants to make sure teachers know what's available to help promote agriculture in the classroom.

So the Pike-Scott Farm Bureau ag literacy coordinator is spearheading an Aug. 16 workshop, slated for 4 to 6 p.m. at the Farm Bureau auditorium, 1301 E. Washington in Pittsfield.

The workshop "is open to all teachers. You don't have to be from Pike and Scott counties," Smith said. "It's free. All you have to do is RSVP so I know how much food to get."

A meal will be provided, and teachers will get two hours of professional development credit approved by the Regional Office of Education.

The workshop will target grants and classroom resources for pre-K through 12th-grade teachers, including "different things that sponsors of Illinois Ag in the Classroom, like the St. Louis Dairy Council and Pork Producers, have to offer," Smith said.

Teachers will participate in an AITC lesson to "step into their students' shoes" to learn about a topic in agriculture and see how the lessons can be incorporated into daily curriculum.

Smith will highlight free resources for teachers, both online and printable, and book grants as well as what she can provide through the ag literacy program which centers on third-grade classrooms in the counties.

"I may not be able to visit every classroom in Pike or Scott, but I'm capable of doing a materials lending program," she said. "I can drop off a kit and the next time I visit the school pick up the kit."

Workshop reservations, due by Aug. 1, and more information are available by calling the Pike-Scott Farm Bureau at 217-285-2233 or emailing