State Summary 2016 — Utah
"Bee Line" K-6 newsletter: Utah AITC publishes this newsletter three times annually (fall, winter, spring). Online format created in 2016 at http://utah.agclassroom.org/teacher/newsletters.cfm (No longer mailing hard copies.)
"AgroWorld" secondary e-zine: Focuses on three curriculum areas: science, technology, and society. Four issues/year (Sept-Oct, Nov-Dec, Feb-March, April-May). As of 8/01/2013, Utah AITC uses the AgroWorld ScoopIt file prepared by NAITC.
New/revised resources were added to Utah AITC website at www.utah.agclassroom.org: Gr. 6-8 Wheat: Ancient and Ageless
Gr. 3-5 Horse and Rider
Gr. 3-5 Powerful Potato (Oklahoma and Utah AITC)
Gr. K-2 Pancakes!
Gr. 3-5 Apple Science: Comparing Apples & Onions
Gr. K-2 Eggology
Gr. K-2 Pumpkins… Not Just For Halloween
Gr. K-2 Who Grew My Soup?
Gr. 6-8 Flower Power
Gr. 6-8 Google Earth on the Range
Gr.6-8 Grocery Store Problem Solving
Gr.6-8 Horse and Rider
Gr.6-8 How Much is Dirt Worth?
Gr.6-8 Hunger and Malnutrition
Gr.6-8 Understanding MyPlate
All lessons are available for free download at utah.agclassroom.org
Utah AITC website integrates our resources into a dynamic searchable curriculum map with core standards, lessons, and additional resources that are accessed in the Teacher Center along with our online course and our e-store. The resources may be browsed freely, but teachers may also save to a personal library.
Our social media presence includes a Facebook page (Utah Agriculture in the Classroom), Twitter account (Utah InterAgtion), and a Pinterest account (Utah Agriculture in the Classroom).
Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs
- Two "School Gardens: Here We Grow" statewide workshops for teachers K-5
- Several Food, Land, and People workshops for elementary and secondary teachers
- Five agriculture lessons for the Advanced Placement Human Geography course piloted by eight teachers in four states.
- Six Utah AITC Classroom Grants of $500 each were awarded to Utah teachers who integrate agricultural literacy into their core curriculum.
- Twelve Utah elementary schools received Tractor Supply Co. grants of $500 each (Utah was a pilot state for Year 2 of the project.)
- The e-store generated 828 orders resulting in $48,437.23 of gross sales.
Major Program Impacts or Outcomes
Approximately 126,000 students were taught with Utah AITC-created, statewide mandatory instructional units in science (4th grade soils, 5th grade heredity, 6th grade microorganisms), K-6 nutrition, College & Career Awareness (7th grade).
18 K-12 teachers completed the Utah AITC online course, Food, Land & People. Each teacher reaches between 25 and 100 students with 10-20 hours of classroom instruction to meet state standards (total of approximately 610 students in 2016).
641 preservice students from eight institutions of higher education received AITC instruction in science and social studies.
The Utah State Office of Education conducted Year 2 piloting of 11 Utah AITC agriculture lessons in its required College & Career Awareness instruction--approximately 730 teachers and 25,000 students.
Denise Stewardson is an Extension Assistant Professor at Utah State University and statewide Director of the Utah Agriculture in the Classroom program. Denise taught Career & Technical Education for five years in middle and high school programs in Maryland and Virginia. She has been at Utah State University as a conference planner (1990-1995) and an educator for 17 years. In addition to her AITC director responsibilities, Denise teaches a breadth social science course in food literacy for Utah State University, College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, and USU 1010--a first-year experience course for USU freshmen.