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  Ag Biology Pilot Phase Two: Schools and Teachers Needed  
  Jennifer Waters  10/11/2023 6:09:00 PM  

Resharing the following message that was included in the Illinois State Board of Education's Weekly Message from Illinois State Superintendent Dr. Tony Sanders. 

Ag Biology Pilot Phase Two: Schools and Teachers Needed

Educator Opportunities

Ag Biology Pilot Phase Two: Schools and Teachers Needed

Innovative schools and educators are being sought for phase two of the Agriculture Biology Curriculum Development Project Pilot, a collaboration of Illinois Science Teaching Association and Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers.  The course utilizes storylining to help students identify phenomena and solve problems. The course is aligned with the Illinois Science Assessment and explicitly linked to the Next Generation Science Standards. 


Writing teams have already developed a semester of storylines that are being piloted currently in 10 Illinois high schools (phase one). The teams continue to work on the second set of storylines to complete the course. Schools and teachers joining for phase two of the pilot will receive access to the curriculum, professional development, and grant funds for implementation of the material. The expectation is to engage in the professional development, collaborate with the writing teams, and work with the research team to explore the effectiveness of the curriculum. Energetic and forward-thinking schools and teachers will engage in a professional learning community to build capacities using storylining to explore biology in the context of agriculture


The deadline to apply for phase two of the pilot is Dec. 8. Additional information and the application are here.  

Jennifer Waters
Facilitating Coordination in Ag Education (FCAE)
Phone: 217-827-0633 Cell: 217-827-0633
Address: 211 IL-125, Pleasant Plains, IL 62677
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