State Summary 2017 — Wyoming
In 2017, Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom collaborated with Wyoming educators, industry stakeholders, and the Wyoming Department of Education, to revise and write units for the Wyoming Stewardship Project. These units are comprehensive units of study that are cross-curricular and aligned to Wyoming’s content standards. Two complete units have been finalized and are published online for use by any Wyoming educator. An additional 10 units are currently being piloted in over 100 classrooms state-wide. The units were designed not as a burden for educators, but as a place-based resource that will integrate easily into their classrooms.
The purpose of the Wyoming Stewardship Project is that students will gain an understanding of Wyoming’s vast resources and become informed citizens, capable of serving as stewards for Wyoming’s future.
We have defined stewardship as: As Wyoming citizens we are stewards entrusted with the responsible development, care and use of our resources to benefit current and future generations.
Project overview Units finalized by Wyoming educators during the summer of 2017:
- 2nd Grade Agriculture
- 4th Grade Minerals & Energy
Units developed by Wyoming educators during the summer of 2017:
- 2nd Grade Minerals & Energy, and Outdoor Recreation & Tourism
- 3rd Grade Agriculture, Minerals & Energy, and Outdoor Recreation & Tourism
- 4th Grade Agriculture, and Outdoor Recreation & Tourism
- 5th Grade Agriculture, Minerals & Energy, and Outdoor Recreation & Tourism
We appreciate the Wyoming Department of Education’s partnership in providing content specialist for the workweek of writing lessons. Revisions to the current pilot units are anticipated for the summer of 2018. All units will be available to educators starting the fall of 2018.
Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs
- 2017 Bookmark Contest showcased students’ artwork and provided an opportunity to share important agriculture and natural resource concepts with their peers. We received over 3,000 submissions and recognized eleven student finalists in Cheyenne with Governor and First Lady Mead.
- Celebrated 2017 Educator of the Year for Wyoming: Jill Blazovich
- Wyoming Stewardship Project, two units finalized and published and ten additional units undergoing the pilot process.
Major Program Impacts or Outcomes
Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom worked directly with 74 educators in 2016.
Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom impacted 3,946 students in 2016.
Jessie Dafoe joined Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom (WAIC) as their Executive Director in 2011. Prior to working for WAIC, Dafoe interned for Representative Cynthia Lummis and worked for the Wyoming Resource Alliance. Dafoe is a Wyoming native and still active on the family ranch northeast of Cheyenne. Jessie graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2010 and is a member of the 2013 Leadership Wyoming class.