State Summary 2016 — Louisiana
- 3 new E-News issues of Sow, Grow and Know Newsletter http://www.aitcla.org/pages/newsletter/
- 2016 Educator Workshop Packet – The 2016 Educator Workshops featured “Rolling on the River” and “Planting the Seeds of Learning” http://aitcla.org/workshops/past-workshops/
- Exploring Louisiana Agriculture – The Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation Agriculture in the Classroom State Committee developed the first in a proposed series of non-fiction Agriculture Literacy Project books that educate K-4 students about Louisiana agriculture. The book takes readers on a journey through the many aspects of Louisiana’s agriculture industry. The book introduces the characters, Louis and Anna, two brown pelicans who help guide the journey.
- Social Media: Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest
Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs
Each year, LA AITC host a series of teacher workshops across the state to provide educators with material needed to integrate agriculture into their existing curriculum. Lesson plans correlated to the Louisiana Grade-Level-Expectations, hands-on activities, new resources and ideas are all provided at the comprehensive seminars. A total of 14 workshops were held in 2016.
Three electronic issues of our Sow, Grow and Know educator newsletter were developed and distributed to 800 classroom teachers.
We continue with our Outstanding Teacher Award. The winning teacher receives an expense paid trip to the National AITC Conference, $500 award, and an iPad.
The eighth annual Ag Literacy Project was held in 2016. There were 195 volunteer readers in 650 classrooms across the state. Over 15,500 students were reached with this project.
Our AITC program also does volunteer training through Louisiana Farm Bureau. An AITC workshop is conducted at the Annual Farm Bureau Convention in June as well as various presentations made to the Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee and the Young Farmers and Rancher meetings statewide.
Major Program Impacts or Outcomes
229 educators were trained at AITC workshops this year; these teachers have a direct impact on over 18,000 students
71% of teachers trained were new comers to the program; 28% were pre-service teachers
99 % of teacher attending a workshop in 2016 ranked the workshop as extremely beneficial and said they would use at least one lesson from the workshop in their classes.
Lynda Danos has been the Ag in the Classroom State Coordinator for Louisiana Farm Bureau for 18 years.
Prior to joining the LFBF staff, Lynda taught high school physical science and biology.
A native of Thibodaux, Louisiana, Lynda holds a B.S. in science education from Nicholls State University. She is also a graduate of the LSU AgCenter Agricultural Leadership Development Program.
Lynda has been active on the National level with the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization, where she has served as the Southern Region Representative and hosted the National Conference.
She also serves as one of the LSU AgCenter delegates to the Council for Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching (CARET).
Lynda is married to Willie Danos. They reside is Iowa, Louisiana, where they farm 2,500 acres of grain, crawfish and beef cattle.