Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ
I am an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist for STEM Education in Agriculture in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education at Virginia Tech.Â The primary purpose of my integrated program is to build educator capacity for developing and facilitating educational programs that engage learners in authentic, culturally relevant, and equitable STEM learning in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) contexts. Through my scholarship, which is embedded in and supports my teaching and Extension program, I seek to understand: What are effective methods and models for promoting, supporting, and facilitating STEM teaching and learning in AFNR contexts? I approach this work from the position of a â€œboundary crosser;â€ someone who moves fluidly between the worlds of research and practice to affect change in both arenas through engaged scholarship. In my Extension role, IÂ provide leadership for 4-H STEM programming in Virginia and support secondary agriculture teachers through professional development and grant-funded partnerships. I have co-authored agricultural sustainability curriculum materials, developed web resources on curriculum design to support systems thinking, and presented workshops and webinars with the InTeGrate project. IÂ was the 2017 and 2018 co-chair of the Earth Educatorsâ€™ Rendezvous, an interdisciplinary national conference focused on teaching about the Earth in a wide range of contexts. Please visit my departmental website for more information about my work.
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Course Modules (7)
Unit 4: Using SoilWebTMto Investigate the Soil Beneath You part of A Growing Concern
Students will use SoilWeb™, a smartphone and web application that pulls detailed soil survey data from both the 1:24,0000 Soil Survey Geographic database (SSURGO) and the 1:250,000 scale State Soil Geographic ...
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Conference Presentations (12)
Civic Agriculture and Food Systems: A systems approach in content and practice part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
The Civic Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) minor at Virginia Tech uses a systems approach to teach undergraduate students about sustainable agriculture and food systems. The CAFS minor is unique in that it ...
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Oral Session VI: Effective Curriculum and Teaching Practices in the Geosciences part of Earth Educators Rendezvous:Previous Rendezvous:Rendezvous 2021:Program:Oral Sessions:Oral Session VI
Skip to Main ContentSkip to Navigation Your Account Earth Educators' RendezvousOnline, July 12-16, 2021 View the Program | Search the Program | ...
Far Western Section, Geoscience Education Research Division
July 2017 Earth Educators Rendezvous 2015
July 2015 Planning CommitteeEducation Icon
InTeGrate Systems Thinking Interest Group
Earth Educators' Rendezvous Interest Group
ICON Education Interest List
InTeGrate Materials Developers
Earth Educators' Rendezvous 2016
NC-FEW Advisory Board
Teach the Earth
July 2018Earth Education for Sustainable Societies Workshop 2019
Workshop Participant (33 workshops)
May 2023 Earth Educators' Rendezvous 2021
July 2021 EER 2020 Science Communication
December 2022Indigenous Perspectives on connecting Food-Energy-Water Nexus to People