State Summary 2016 — Wyoming
In 2016 Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom with the support of teachers across the state and the Wyoming Department of Education began the development of the Wyoming Stewardship Project. This effort created pilot units focused on state standards. The units are not available yet as they are currently being piloted across the state with the intention to revise this coming summer. Each unit is takes a few weeks to cover.
Units developed include:
2nd Grade: Agriculture
3rd Grade: Agriculture
4th Grade: Agriculture and Minerals & Energy
5th Grade: Agriculture and Outdoor Recreation & Tourism
Each unit engages critical thinking skills and project-based learning.
Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs
- 2016 Bookmark Contest showcased students' artwork and provided an opportunity to share an important agriculture and natural resource concept with their peers. We received 1,450 submissions and recognized ten student finalists in Cheyenne with Governor and First Lady Mead.
- 2016 Wyoming Agriculture and Natural Resource Science Institute was a success in northeast Wyoming highlighting a multigenerational ranch, the timber industry and community garden. We reached a record number for participation with 60 attending the professional development.
- Celebrated 2016 Educator of the Year for Wyoming: Diane Hellbaum.
- Wyoming Stewardship Project
Students will gain an understanding of Wyoming’s vast resources and become informed citizens, capable of serving as stewards for Wyomings future.
As Wyoming citizens, we are stewards entrusted with the responsible development, care, and use of our resources to benefit current and future generations.
Units developed by Wyoming educators during the summer of 2016:
- 2nd Grade - Agriculture
- 3rd Grade - Agriculture
- 4th Grade - Agriculture Minerals & Energy
- 5th Grade - Agriculture Outdoor Recreation & Tourism
All lessons were written to meet Wyoming standards. We appreciate the Wyoming Department of Education’s partnership in providing content specialist for the workweek of writing lessons. Units are currently being piloted during the 2016-17 school year, with revisions anticipated in the summer of 2017. Revised units will be available to all educators starting fall of 2017. Additional units will be developed in the summer of 2017, and they will be piloted during the 2017-18 school year.
Major Program Impacts or Outcomes
Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom worked directly with 115 educators in 2016.
Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom impacted 4,200 students in 2016.
Jessie Dafoe joined Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom (WAIC) as their Executive Director in 2011. Prior to working for WAIC, Dafoe interned for Representative Cynthia Lummis and worked for the Wyoming Resource Alliance. Dafoe is a Wyoming native and still active on the family ranch northeast of Cheyenne. Jessie graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2010 and is a member of the 2013 Leadership Wyoming class.