Ohio Rural Educator Program

Connecting agriculture, science teaching, and problem-based learning 

Program Details

The Ohio Rural Educators Program trains teachers to connect existing science lessons to real-world agriculture needs, so that students will begin to make connections between classroom content and future careers in agriculture. 

The Ohio Rural Educators Program will engage middle and high school science teachers from rural schools in a year-long professional learning cohort. The program combines problem-based learning (PBL) training with agriculture-specific content knowledge and tools to implement effective and meaningful PBL lessons in the classroom. The program seeks to fully equip teachers with the training, resources, and ongoing support necessary to transition a current classroom lesson into a hands-on, problem-based learning (PBL) lesson with a focus on agriculture. Selected teachers will receive supplies and a stipend to complete your PBL lesson in your classroom.

Program Schedule

Rural Program
  • Tuesday, May 24, 2022: Virtual kickoff
  • Wednesday, September 14, 2022: Virtual meeting
  • September 20 – 22, 2022: Farm Science Review (London, Ohio) and Waterman Farms tour
  • Thursday, October 13, 2022: Virtual meeting
  • Tuesday, November 15, 2022: Virtual meeting
  • Thursday, January 26, 2023: Virtual meeting
  • Thursday, April 13, 2023: Virtual meeting
  • April 20 – 21, 2023: Final in-person meeting, location TBD
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