State Reports

State Summary 2017 — Kansas

State Contact

Ms. Dianne Paukstelis
Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom
1990 Kimball Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66502
P: 785-320-4350

Classroom Resources

We created 5 new Kids Connection Magazines with a livestock focus (downloadable in pdf formatting): Beyond the Beef Barn; Pig Tales; More than Milk; Birds of a Feather; download from website through issuu. Sheep; download from website through issu Goats; download from website through issu

We updated our water lesson plans and added in complimentary posters. These were rolled out this past summer to promote use during our 2017-18 school year theme of Water Flows Kansas Grows.

Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs

Continued into third year of NSF grant writing teacher lesson plans re: wheat genetics. The High School lesson plans will be rolled out Summer 2018.

114 preservice teachers learned of water resources including lesson plans and complimentary posters. 21 teachers attended the three day summer institute and indicated at least one lesson plan they would incorporate into their curriculum. Nearly 50 teachers attended a one day summer conference that has “master teachers” presenting lesson plans to their peers. The Kids Connection Magazines for livestock and poultry were rolled out during the summer workshops and Lesson plans. Six A+STEM half day workshops were conducted for school districts who requested the learning labs (240 teachers). The lesson plans were all linked to Kansas Career and Workforce Readiness Standards.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

95% of 21 teachers attending the Summer Institute, Plants and Animals Have a Place in the Classrom reported integrating at least one lesson plan given as a resource during the institute. They completed an evaluation rubrc and provided pictures of engage students.

8 Master Teachers demonstrated their knowledge of ag literacy as they presented to their peers during the Summer Conference workshops.

12 teachers demonstrated their knowledge of ag literacy as they shared their curriculum ideas with their peers via the Foundation on the First newsletter and the KFAC website. Many were featured on AG am as well.


An Undergrad degree, K-State in Agriculture Science

A Masters degree, K-State in Adult and Continuing Education

14 years experience as K-State Research and Extension Educator

KFAC since February of 2006