Cream of the Crop

November 2009

Teacher Testimonial
Dave Menshew We asked Dave Menshew, 2009 Literacy for Life Award winner, about the benefits of receiving this award.
The past year working with the wonderful folks at Ag in the Classroom has been a terrific experience for me. From the excellent training and networking opportunities they have provided, to the ongoing support and curricular resources, I can tell you that you cannot do better than to be an active member of the Ag in the Classroom community. They honor all who are wise enough to take advantage of the educational support they have to offer. The staff at Ag in the Classroom are a dedicated group we as teachers are lucky enough to enjoy as our advocates in agricultural education. Their understanding and support of teacher achievement is particularly to be treasured in these times of shrinking budgets and challenging students. I strongly encourage any teacher who supports the concept of teaching today's learners the value of being informed about our food supply, to take the time to seek out and apply for this important award.

Dave Menshew, M.A.Ed., NBCT
2009 Literacy for Life Teaching Award Recipient
Forensic Biotechnology Teacher, Enochs High School

1. Literacy for Life Teaching Awards
2. What's Growin' On? Cultivating Your Future
3. 2009 California AITC Conference - Event Summary
4. WE Garden - Fall Planting
5. 2010 Heinz Wholesome Memories Intergenerational Garden Award
6. Toyota Tapestry Grants
7. Web Sites Worth Exploring

1. Literacy for Life Teaching Awards
Application Deadline: Dec. 1, 2009
Literacy for Life Teaching Awards, sponsored by The Oreggia Family Foundation, are a great opportunity to be recognized for your hard work. If you are an educator using agriculture in your classroom in exciting ways, visit the Web site to start an application today. If you know of someone using unique and innovative approaches to advancing agriculture literacy in their classroom, fill out the online nomination form and they will be invited to apply. All district-certified teachers for grades K-12 are eligible. Award levels include Overall Literacy for Life Award (all teachers, grades K-12), Vocational Agriculture Literacy for Life Award (for vocational agriculture teachers only) and Emerging Seed Literacy for Life Award (teachers newly incorporating agriculture).

Awards
Winners will have the opportunity to receive many awards, including:


2. What's Growin' On? Cultivating Your Future
The 8th issue of What's Growin' On? is now available! This edition introduces readers to the abundant and diverse career opportunities in agriculture, food and life sciences. The 16-page newspaper tab is aligned to standards for grades 3-8, but there's plenty to do—and learn—for any age or grade level. Get a preview by downloading a PDF from the Web site, or use the online form to request a free class set. Class sets are also still available for the previous two issues, Your Link to California Agriculture and Planting Healthy Lives.


3. 2009 California AITC Conference - Event Summary
More than 250 traveled from throughout California, the nation, and Canada to attend the conference at the end of October.
Photo Gallery - Dozens of images have been uploaded to the Web site and Facebook, illustrating the fun, learning and networking that occurred from Thursday night reception through Author Panel signing on Saturday afternoon.
Video Clips - Video clips of some speeches and author readings are now available online, including Delaine Eastin's address at Saturday's general session and Audrey Poole, student author, reading her Imagine this... winning story. Visit www.cfaitc.org/conference to view all of the clips (Flash player required).
Handouts - Handouts from Workshops and Make 'N' Takes are available for download.


4. WE Garden - Fall Planting
The WE Garden in Capitol Park continues to flourish. On Thursday, Oct. 29, CFAITC staff joined with American River College students to install the fall plants. Arugula, Brussels sprouts, carrots, turnips and more make up the core of the autumn plantings. Are you teaching with gardens in your classroom? Visit www.cfaitc.org/wegarden for lesson plans and activity ideas that help make a lasting connection. Visit Facebook to view photos from the planting.


5. 2010 Heinz Wholesome Memories Intergenerational Garden Award
Deadline: Jan. 10, 2010
Heinz Wholesome Memories Intergenerational Garden Award will help families grow memories together. Recognizing the power of gardens to connect individuals of all ages socially, culturally, and emotionally, the H. J. Heinz Company is proud to sponsor the Heinz Wholesome Memories Intergenerational Garden Award, designed to foster family-focused garden efforts in communities across the country. The award will provide 57 families with the tools needed to embark on a successful gardening adventure that will foster lasting intergenerational memories while growing wholesome food.
For more information, and to apply, visit www.kidsgardening.org.


6. Toyota Tapestry Grants
Deadline: Jan. 18, 2010
The Toyota Tapestry Grants program offers grants to K-12 science teachers for innovative projects that will enhance science education during the 2010-11 school year. The program will award 50 large grants and a minimum of 20 mini-grants, totaling $550,000 in all, for projects in the categories of Physical Science Application, Environmental Science Education, and Integrating Literacy and Science.
For more information, and to apply, visit www.nsta.org.


7. Web Sites Worth Exploring


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