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Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom

Professionl Development

2022 Professional Development Workshop

July 26-27, 2022

Registration fee: $25
Registration Due: June 20, 2022
Only 24 spots are available

Twenty-four teachers will be selected to attend an exclusive From Lab to Classroom Professional Development Workshop, presented by Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC). This experiential-based professional development workshop, organized by KFAC in partnership with the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center and Kansas State University, will be held onsite in Manhattan, Kansas July 26 & 27, 2022 with additional virtual learning to follow. Educators will gain the knowledge and tools they will need to implement science research and practices regarding crop improvement and biotechnology into their classrooms.

Participants will leave the workshop with reinforced knowledge of research methods, instructional strategies, lessons, and activities that can be immediately implemented into their classrooms with little or no additional effort. During one day of the workshop, participants will discuss basic methods of crop improvement including breeding, doubled haploid production, and DNA extraction at the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center with dedicated time in the research laboratory. On day two, participants will learn about GMOs and gene-editing with time to explore societal viewpoints and the challenge they present to the agriculture industry. Ending the workshop, participants will discuss how this research can be used in the classroom for deeper learning on the covered topics.

This workshop will be limited to 24 participants. Participants will pay $25 when registering for the workshop. Each participant will be eligible for an $800 stipend to help cover travel and lodging expenses, after attending the workshop. This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, AFRI Professional Development for Agricultural Literacy Priority Area.