Autumn is here and the school year is well underway! Nourish the Future—a national education initiative developed by science teachers for science teachers—has put out the call for the next round of Teacher Leaders! This national leadership program is a year-long cohort experience especially designed for middle and high school teachers. The Teacher Leader Community (TLC) program offers participants opportunities to:
- Enhance professional development capacities to fit diverse audiences and venues.
- Become skilled in inquiry-based lesson design.
- Become a leader in exploring solutions with your students on issues affecting sustainability, climate, environment and food production.
- Expand a professional network to include teachers and industry experts from different states.
- Become a career coach for students.
The national program is limited to 20 teachers, and the deadline for TLC III application is December 1, 2021. The leadership experience begins in January 2022 with a virtual celebration and introduction to the Nourish the Future (NTF) program.
NCGA believes agriculture is a vital partner in engaging students in STEM concepts in ways that directly and indirectly impact their lives. Not only does teaching ag-based curriculum in the science classroom inspire students to solve real-world science issues, reaching students is critical to address the job gap in agriculture-related careers, many of which go unfilled.
“Nourish the Future helps shine the spotlight on agriculture and all it has to offer science education. This initiative encourages the critical-thinking skills needed to solve real-world problems,” said Director of Research and Productivity at the National Corn Growers Association, Robyn Allscheid. “Our corn growers are interested in investing in education and know that the talented and passionate teachers involved in this Teacher Leader Community can make a difference in whether or not students feel inspired to consider a career path in agriculture.”
Nourish the Future is made possible through the assistance of the National Corn Growers Association, the nation’s corn farmers, and their state corn checkoff programs. For more information on additional workshops, events and curriculum, visit nourishthefuture.org.