Each year, we celebrate an outstanding New York teacher who uses agricultural literacy materials and/or activities in the classroom to such an extent as to merit statewide recognition. Winning teachers receive an expense paid trip to the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference, held in a different location in the United States each year. The 2021 winner will travel to Des Moines, Iowa to be recognized for their accomplishments.
The application deadline is 11:59pm on Friday, November 6, 2020.
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Each year, NYAITC recognizes an outstanding New York elementary or secondary school teacher (or team of teachers) who uses agricultural education materials and/or activities in the classroom to such an extent as to merit our special award. For their excellence in teaching about and utilizing agriculture in their classroom, the winning teacher will have the opportunity to:
Applications will be evaluated by a review committee who will score based on a rubric of 100 possible points. Scores will be averaged for each application.
25 points - Creativity and Utilization of Agricultural Information
25 points - Interdisciplinary Approach
25 points - Student Impact
25 Points - Overall Impact, Longevity of the Program
New York Agriculture in the Classroom (NYAITC) is pleased to announce the selection of Jeremiah Best as our 2020 Teacher of the Year. Jeremiah will be representing NYAITC as a model educator who incorporates agriculture as a context for learning in his fifth-grade classroom at the Town of Webb Union Free School District (UFSD). Best recognized the need for incorporating agriculture into his classroom curriculum in order to advance student learning through relevant and engaging experiential learning experiences and is well-deserving of this recognition.
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