Across Iowa, dedicated educators are seamlessly incorporating agriculture into their classrooms to enhance the learning journeys of their students. The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation has an annual award – Excellence in Teaching About Agriculture – to honor and acknowledge these exceptional teachers.
The Iowa Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture Award is open to non-vocational pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade teachers. The award aims to recognize an Iowa teacher for their integrated efforts to teach students about the importance of food and agriculture and increase students’ agriculture literacy.
Applications will be accepted through November 18 and the winner will be selected and recognized in December. The selected Iowa teacher will receive $500 to support their classroom instruction, as well as up to $1,000 to cover expenses to attend the 2024 National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2024.
Outstanding teachers will showcase innovative approaches to integrating food and agriculture into their classroom. Agriculture can be the vehicle to teach a multitude of other content areas and apply these concepts in a relevant way for Iowa students.
Teachers can apply with or without a nomination. IALF encourages agriculture advocates, teachers, and all members of the community to recognize teachers who embody the criteria for this award by submitting a nomination.
Nominated educators will be notified that a community member supports their efforts and would like them to apply. All applicants, including nominated teachers, must apply officially by November 18.
For more information or to apply online visit: https://www.iowaagliteracy.org/tools-resources/general/grants.