By Amy Wallot
I have covered many professional development opportunities this summer. What I heard over and over from the hosts and presenters was, “please contact me if you have any questions.”
Please contact me. Over and over. Presenters offered their email address and phone numbers. They repeated that teachers could contact their universities or organizations for help, classroom speakers or tours.
On a hot day in June, I found teachers taking advantage of the expertise at Kentucky State University. Ten teachers participated in the Agriculture, Food and Environment Academy. Educators learned through hands-on activities along the Kentucky River, at the Kentucky State University Research Farm and Aquaculture Center and in classroom labs.
Are you taking advantage of the experts in your area? Have you contacted your near-by universities, extension offices and businesses? They want to help you and your students. You just need to ask.