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Alabama Ag in the Classroom Summer Institute 2009 Acceptance Policies Announced

Workshop Runs June 16-18, 2009 • Marriott at Capitol Hill in Prattville

The Alabama Ag in the Classroom Summer Institute workshop will include integrated agricultural activities for grades K-6 and field trips to active farms. Participants will receive innovative materials and teaching strategies to increase student knowledge of the nutritional and economic importance of the food and fiber systems in their daily lives. Activities incorporate language arts, science, social studies and mathematics skills as well as those found in the Alabama courses of study and on the Stanford 9 Test.

The Alabama Ag in the Classroom (AITC) Planning Committee has established the following criteria for selection of applicants to attend Summer Institute 2009.

1. Applicants selected to attend must be:

• Full-time K-6 classroom teachers

• K-6 home-school teachers, who instruct more than two children in a single family

• Home school area coordinators

• K-6 librarians

• Administrative personnel, including superintendents, principals and administrative assistants currently working in grades K-6

• Alabama Cooperative Extension System Agents who work with K-6th grade students and/or teachers on a regular basis

• Alabama Soil and Water Association District Coordinators who work with K-6th grade students and/or teachers on a regular basis

2. Applicants must submit an application form provided by the AITC Planning Committee.

3. Preference will be given to first-time attendees. Participants of past Summer Institutes will be placed on a waiting list.

4. Applications must be received before April 15, 2009. Following the deadline, a Selection Committee will review the applications and recommend participants.

5. The Institute will be limited to 95 educators and applicants will be selected on the basis of an application form provided by the Alabama Agriculture in the Classroom Planning Committee.

6. The Selection Committee reserves the right to limit the number of participants permitted to attend from each grade level and from any one school.

Roundtrip mileage to the workshop location, lodging, meals and workshop materials will be furnished to participants. Applicants must be present at the workshop location from 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 16, until noon on Thursday, June 18, and must attend all scheduled activities to receive a stipend.