2009 MAITC Summer Teachers Institute
Maine Agriculture in the Classroom's 2009 Summer Teachers Training Conference (Summer Institute)
Our 2009 Institute took place from July 27th - July 31st at the University of Maine (Orono campus)
The focus this year was on School and other Gardens, Aquaculture, Entomology, Dairy, Beef, Horses, Crops, and more!Tours included the Center for Cooperative Aquaculture Research, JF Witter Teaching and Research Center, Rogers Farm Gardens and more. Presentations included Sustainable Agriculture, Using My Pyramid and integrating agriculture across the elementary curriculum.
At this Educator's workshop, participants received 42 contact hours for re-certification credits. Thanks to grants issued by the ME Potato Board, The ME Department of Agriculture and other sponsors the cost of the training was $200 per participant before June 30th (a $400 value), and $225 after that date, which included lodging, travel and meals for up to 25 educators for the 5 days.
All participants will receive the 55-lesson "Food, Land and People Resources for Learning", The Maine Teacher Resource Guide, "Growing Potatoes in Northern Maine", and "The Wild Blueberry Curriculum" as well as training in these hands-on materials and exposure to hundreds of online resources. All participants will receive a free copy of the USDA interactive CD "Growing a Nation - The Story of American Agriculture."
For information about future trainings, please contact:Ms. Willie Sawyer Grenier
MAITC Council, Maine Department of Agriculture
28 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333