Professional Development for Agricultural Literacy

The following is a limited submission where only two applications per institution is allowed. If you are interested in this program please email Michelle Wonsey a single PDF by noon on May 12, 2021 with the following pre-proposal requirements:

1.      A two-page summary that must include your research/project:

a.      goals
b.      objectives
c.       methods, and
d.      a short statement of competitiveness (i.e., what you think will discriminate your proposal from the competition, including anything you have done to pre-position yourself/your team for this funding opportunity)

2.      A pro forma budget, including any cost-sharing and facilities requirements and how you plan to meet them; use template: https://www.umass.edu/research/form/pro-forma-budget-template
3.      A short-form CV for the PI and each senior staff person
4.      Current and Pending Support of PI’s

 

Program Area Priority:

The PDAL program area seeks to increase the number of K-14 educational professionals trained in the food and agricultural sciences. Participants (teachers, post-baccalaureate pre-service teachers, counselors, administrators) are expected to develop and apply skills necessary for integrating food and agricultural science concepts in their classes; explore the opportunities available in food and agricultural science career paths; and/or forge mentorships with professional and business leaders, and faculty at four-year institutions.

Education, Extension, or Integrated Projects must:

a. Promote faculty expertise and encourage widespread implementation of educational innovation at K-14 levels in the food and agricultural sciences. This includes topics that contain elements of the human sciences (e.g., disciplines that address issues challenging individuals, youth, families, and communities).

b. Provide immersive learning experiences (hands-on research, curriculum development and teaching training, experiential learning training, etc.) for K-14 education professionals (teachers, counselors, administrators, etc.) and post-baccalaureate pre-service teachers to create and replicate best practices to improve student success outcomes within the food and agricultural sciences.

c. Non-exhaustive examples of projects include:

1. Developing self-sustaining models for professional development that better prepare education professionals to provide outstanding teaching, guidance, institutional structures, etc., that enhance student outcomes in the food and agricultural sciences.
2. Changing instructional approaches to effectively identify skill gaps and address conceptual areas particularly challenging to students.
3. Integrating innovations in science and pedagogy into existing professional development programs (e.g., through hands-on research and extension experiences with partner institutions and laboratories).
4. Exploring self-sustaining web-based approaches for professional development for education professionals.
5. Develop improved curricula to train or retrain agricultural workforce for the future.
6. Other methods to fill the existing gap of professional development in advanced food and agricultural sciences for education professionals at the K-14 education level.