The value of online teaching resources that can be used while students are learning from home continues to grow as the shelter at home hits three to four weeks for many schools and families. The good news is that corn growers are here to help with Continuous Learning resources.
If you are a teacher or parent looking for resources tailored to at-home use and available for digital and hard copy distribution, you might find your state corn grower association is a great source. Kansas Corn Commission provides an excellent example of offering a great selection of K-12 teaching resources.
Kansas has a team of teachers continuing to create educational resources with the goal of providing “hands-on” lessons that can be done using items commonly found around the home. And lessons are being added all the time.
The innovative STEM-based programs provide curriculum, lab materials and training for teachers at all levels and even provides programs for college students interested in the role corn can play in their future careers.
Using a corn-based curriculum that meets the teaching standards for most states is a great way to mix up your teaching approach and keep things fun. So, whether it is learning math conversion and calculations, an essay project to sharpen those writing skills, or learning about biotechnology, you can find it on the Kansas Corn site. In fact, many state corn growers’ associations offer free educational materials that are readily accessible by Googling a state name and corn growers’ association.
The National Corn Growers Association and Nourish the Future community network also offers virtual teaching materials.
NCGA is taking a series of actions to do our part to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic fallout it is creating for corn farmers and our customers. Short term, this means instituting policies to protect the health and safety of our stakeholders and the broader communities we serve. Long term, we’re focused on creating solutions to help corn farmers and our customers recover from the financial impacts of this crisis.
CommonGround is a group of farmers connecting with consumers through conversations about science and research and personal stories about food and misinformation surrounding farming. Supported by the NCGA and state corn organizations.
The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health. Administered by NCGA the partnership has more than 220 working farms enrolled in 16 states. SHP’s mission is to utilize science and data to partner with farmers who are adopting conservation agricultural practices that improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the farm.