State Reports

State Summary 2017 — Massachusetts

State Contact

Mr. Christopher Szkutak
Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom
56 Rumonoski Drive
Northbridge, MA 01534
P: 15082070370
E: crszku10@gmail.com
Website

Classroom Resources

20 Common Core Based Lessons

Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs

We developed important new resources, and provided quality educational programs for teachers. Over twenty new lessons were written and aligned with the Curriculum Standards to make it easier for teachers to add agriculture to their classrooms. These lessons were included on our website for easy teacher access.

Over seventeen Mini Grant applications were received in 2017, with nine receiving funding. Those applicants whose projects were not accepted received letters with suggestions for ways to improve their application and reapply or seek alternate sources of funding.

MAC reviewed our process of researching grants for funding, monitoring the work, and grant reporting. This was done to evaluate the amount of time devoted to grants and compare it to the value of each grant. While grants are an integral portion of our funding, they require a great deal of oversight and reporting. MAC determined that we needed to become less dependent on grant funding while seeking other sources of support.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar: MAC collaborated with the MA Dept. of Agricultural Resources and USDA NRCS to produce the 2018 Calendar of Massachusetts Agriculture. It is a tool to educate teachers, legislators and the general public, while also creating an attractive daily reminder of Massachusetts agriculture.

Visit the MAC Web Site at www.aginclassroom.org to find an ever expanding site including information on workshops and conferences; educational resources, mini-grants and more.

Biosketch

Christopher Szkutak is an award winning program developer and certified educator who specializes in developing standards based educational programs for students and adults. He has worked with a variety of different organizations from local historical societies to state and national organizations. Currently, Christopher is a high school math teacher at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School, where he developed a class that incorporates hands on activities and agriculture to help students make mathematical decisions. He also serves a member of the Board of Directors and Technical Consultant for Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom. He has a BA in Political Science and Math from College of the Holy Cross and a MSC in U.S. History from the University of London.