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Arkansas Ag in the Classroom Outstanding Teacher Award

The Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom Program will honor an Arkansas teacher that integrates the concepts of agriculture into non-agricultural curricula. Agriculture is an important part of everyone’s life, and it is the largest industry in Arkansas.  The concepts and issues of agriculture can support the teaching of many academic disciplines. This award was created to recognize and honor an educator in Arkansas for efforts and achievements in teaching students the importance of agriculture. The winning teacher will be awarded an expense paid trip to the National Ag in the Classroom Conference and a $500 cash prize.

Note:  Funds may only be used for allowable travel expenses incurred by recipient.  They are not to be used to cover the costs of recipients’ guests to the conference.

Who is eligible?

Any certified teacher currently engaged in classroom instruction at the Pre-K through 12 levels who is integrating agricultural concepts into non-agricultural curricula is encouraged to apply.  Prior winners of this award are ineligible for future awards under this program.

What are the criteria for selection?

Teachers must utilize agricultural information and/or materials within the classroom curriculum in an effort to assist students in learning the importance of agriculture.  Learning activities may include, but are not limited to, understanding agriculture’s impact on personal lives, the environment, the economy, our national heritage, and national security.  Innovative and interdisciplinary programs are encouraged.

How are Nominations Evaluated?

All nominations will be evaluated by a panel of judges familiar with agriculture, education, and Agriculture in the Classroom.

Entries will be judged in the following categories:

Evaluation Criteria

  1. Creativity and Utilization of Agricultural Information (25 Points)
    The degree to which sound agricultural concepts have been infused into the class- room curriculum. Reference should be made to the creative methods utilized in advancing student learning.
  2. Interdisciplinary Approach (25 Points)
    The degree to which agricultural concepts have been included in a variety of subjects and disciplines. Value will be placed on the approach which teaches agriculture across the curriculum.
  3. Advancement of Educational Standards (25 Points)
    The degree to which the nominee aligns agricultural learning activities with state and/or national or other established education standards.
  4. Student Impact (25 Points)
    Evidence of nominee's impact on student attitudes and overall learning..

Evidence of nominee's impact on student attitudes and overall learning. Self-nominations as well as nominations from school faculty, community leaders, or parents are invited. Applications must be submitted by certified mail postmarked no later than March 15 to the address listed below:

Andy Guffey
AITC Coordinator
Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation
P. O. Box 31
Little Rock, AR 72203-0031

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2013 State Winner

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2013 Arkansas Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year
Lori Rooney
South Side Bee Branch High School, Van Buren County



White-Reinhardt Teacher Scholarships

The American Farm Bureau’s Ag Foundation sponsors the White-Reinhardt Teacher Scholarships through the White-Reinhardt Fund for Education in cooperation with the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee.

The National Ag in the Classroom Conference Educator Scholarship program is to provide travel expense funds to educators employed by a school system to attend the national conference and then use the information gained to expand their outreach to students regarding food, fiber and fuel.  Educators employed by a school system and working in grades K-12 who have demonstrated involvement in agricultural literacy program are eligible to apply.

Click here to get an White-Reinhardt Teacher Scholarship application.