MANHATTAN — The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom is announcing its first-ever summer conference for Kansas teachers. The one-day event is being held on June 2 at the Salina Bicentennial center and is open to all Kansas teachers, volunteers, out-of-school program coordinators and those interested in agriculture education.
The “Creating the Best Day Ever” conference will feature keynote speaker Dr. Monte Selby, a Kansas native, passionate educator and musician. Selby will use humor, interaction, a bit of research and his critically acclaimed original music to explore the importance of creating a vision for a “Best Day Ever.”
Kansas YouTube celebrities, the Peterson Farm Brothers, will also keynote the lunch session. These brothers will share their passion for agriculture, the importance of educating youth about where their food comes from and share some of their most popular parodies.
In addition to keynote presentations, the conference will feature hands-on workshops presented by teachers from across the state who have successfully made agriculture a core part of their curriculum. Topics will range from plant science to animal science and will give attendees the opportunity to build their confidence in including agriculture in their own curriculum.
“The caliber of teachers we have supporting Kansas agriculture is second to none,” said Cathy Musick, KFAC executive director. “We are fortunate to have them present these interactive workshops at our conference and look forward to the inspiration they’ll provide attendees.”
Registration cost is $75 and will close on May 19. Registration cost includes lunch, all snacks and resources.
Teachers will receive professional development credit and will also have the option to purchase continuing education credits through Kansas State University for an additional $25.
The conference is sponsored by several generous donors, including Chuck Henry Sales of Salina, the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Kansas Beef Council, Kansas Pork Association and the Kansas Dairy Commission, among others. Those interested in supporting the event are asked to email KFAC at email@example.com or call the office, 785-320-4350.
To register, visit https://outreach.ksu.edu/etrakWebApp/Registrationaspx?MeetingCode=261606. Additional conference information including hotel information, conference venue and agenda, can be found on the KFAC website at www.ksagclassroom.org/teachers/summerconference.
The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (www.ksagclassroom.org) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.