New Mexico
Grow Project Grant
The New Mexico Grow Project Grant offers teachers an indoor/outdoor science lab!
What if your class used NM Grow Project materials to compare/contrast various growing methods? For example, your class could grow plants in the classroom hydroponic system and then compare growing the same variety of plants in the outdoor science lab (raised bed). Would this impact the taste of the food harvested? How would your class measure data? Which method would provide more food? What would be the differences in the growing time and amount of water used for each method? How does pollination take place for each method? The learning, questions and exploration offer endless opportunities. Let us help you see the possibilities and even set up and use supplies!

The goal of the NM Grow Project is to get students engaged in how our food grows and introduce them to working through real world problems. This type of learning would assure that our food system is secure well into the future! The deadline to apply is June 1, 2020 and the online application is quick and easy!

NM Teacher, Cindy Lee, to Receive National Award
Thursday, June 11th @11:45 on Facebook Live!
Cindy Lee & students celebrate her state and national award . Read more...
Please plan to join us to honor Cindy Lee via a Facebook Live event scheduled for
Mrs. Lee is one of eight teachers in the nation to win this prestigious award and we hope New Mexico can take a moment to participate and show your support!
The bad news is that our June National Ag in the Classroom Conference has been canceled. But the great news is that some of the awesome workshops are now available for free on June 24-25, 2020!

Enjoy the online workshops free of charge from the comfort of your home. The sessions are open to anyone interested in pre-kindergarten-12th grade agricultural literacy. From virtual field trips to soybean cars to STEM and real world project based learning, there is something for every educator!

To register for the Virtual Summit, please visit   Virtual Summit Registration . Please be aware that to participate in the workshops, you must register to receive the Zoom links for them. These links will not be published on the website. You can register for one or all of the sessions.

In the meantime,  thanks to our sponsors  USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA), American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, Corteva Agriscience, Dairy West, Ford Motor Co., Nutrien, Ltd., Protect the Harvest and Virtual Farm Trips we are able to offer the NAITC Virtual Summit free of charge .
Free Training for AGvocates & Volunteers!
What: Join us for a free training on how to have a successful virtual classroom visit. Teachers and volunteers will share their tips on best practices. Everyone is welcome to participate.
When: Thursday, July 30 @ 10 am
Where: Register for access to virtual conference information
Phenomena Found in Agriculture
Free Live-Streamed Events
July 21 & 23
Join educators from across the nation in free live-streamed events which explore agriculture as a real-world lens for science education . These remote learning opportunities will bring field experts into a virtual classroom to explore anchoring phenomena based on their experiences. The events will offer valuable insight on how educators can help students draw connections across disciplines and grade levels through storylines related to the world of agriculture and food production.

These rich professional learning opportunities will help educators become better equipped to navigate the shifts in practice laid out by Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The sessions will offer an opportunity to collaboratively explore three dimensional learning, reflect on instructional shifts, and deepen understanding on phenomena routines.

"In my opinion, this is NGSS at its best – integrated, hands-on, fun, and relevant. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting our teachers piloting this unit, and they are doing amazing work with it. The lessons really make the students think deeply about the material, analyze their data and work, and revise their models regularly." Mark J. Madland, Secondary Science/STEM