Teachers are being recognized for their efforts in agriculture through an awards program of the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation. The Iowa Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award is open for all teachers between Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. The award will recognize an Iowa teacher for their integrated efforts to teach students about the importance of food and agriculture while increasing student’s agriculture literacy.
Applications are being accepted now through November 18th with the winner being selected in December. The selected Iowa teacher will receive $500 to support their classroom instruction. In addition, they will also receive up to $1,000 to cover expenses to attend the 2023 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference to be held in Orlando, Florida June 27-30, 2023.
Last year’s winner was Megan Johnson. She is an elementary teacher from Lone Tree Community Schools teaching first-grade curriculum including experiments with plants, investigating animal habitats, and virtual field trips to local farms.
This year, teachers can be nominated by a third party. Any person that knows a teacher who might be a good fit for this award can nominate them. Those teachers will then be notified that a community member supports their efforts and would like them to apply. Nominated teachers must apply officially by November 18th.
For more information or to apply online, visit https://www.iowaagliteracy.org/tools-resources/general/grants.