State Summary 2017 — Louisiana
1. 4 new E-News issues of Sow, Grow and Know Newsletter
2. 2017 Educator Workshop Packet – The 2017 Educator Workshops featured “Discovering Seeds”, “Journey 2050”, and “Farm to Cart” http://aitcla.org/workshops/past-workshops/
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 17 workshops were held in 2017.
Three electronic issues of our Sow, Grow and Know educator newsletter were developed and distributed to 960 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 ninth annual Ag Literacy Project was held in 2017. There were 127 volunteer readers in 450 classrooms across the state. Over 12,00 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
386 educators were trained at AITC workshops this year; these teachers have a direct impact on over 20,000 students
73% of teachers trained were new comers to the program; 22% were pre-service teachers
98 % of teacher attending a workshop in 2017 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 19 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.