Connecting Teachers to Agriculture
Every July, teachers hungry to expand their knowledge of agriculture become the students at BC Agriculture in the Classroom (BCAITC) and the UBC Faculty of Education's Summer Institute course in Abbotsford, BC. Together we provide teachers with professional development tools and resources to help them integrate important concepts related to food, the agriculture industry, and environmental sustainability into their classrooms.
Through active participation, field trips, guest speakers, and video presentations, participants in this five-day course explore practical ways to integrate concepts related to food production and consumption, food safety, agricultural issues, and sustainability across the curriculum at all grade levels. The result? Curriculum projects and lesson units that can be shared with students, as well as other educators around the province, that are rich in agricultural literacy.
Summer Institute is a three-credit course, or it can be taken as non-credit participation (in both cases, the sign-up for the course is through the UBC Faculty of Education’s Vancouver office).
For more details on Summer Institute, and to register, visit UBC Faculty of Education Summer Institute.
Watch Summer Institute participants in action on the farm.
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Summer Institute is a three-credit course, or it can be taken as non-credit participation. In both cases, the sign-up for the course is through the UBC Faculty of Education’s Vancouver office.
This hands-on program is held annually in July at the Heritage Alliance Church in Abbotsford, BC. An hour's drive east of Vancouver, in the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford is home to one of the most productive farming areas in the world and is the ideal setting for this experiential learning experience.
For more information on Summer Institute, including dates, fees, and location, and to register for enrollment in summer 2019, please visit UBC Faculty of Education. (The full course name is Agriculture in the Classroom Summer Institute: EDCP 329 96A.) The application deadline is typically the first week of June annually. The course is subject to minimum enrollment. We recommend that participants do not finalize any travel arrangements until notified that this course is confirmed.
The reading list for Summer Institute is supplied by UBC (participants download or access the articles and multimedia online). BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation (BCAITC) supplies refreshments and lunch each day, along with chef preparation demonstrations. Please contact UBC Faculty of Education for a complete course description and how you can prepare. There are several pathways for participation in Summer Institute. Fees will depend on your registration type.
Once your registration is confirmed and you’re ready to plan your visit to Abbotsford, we suggest you visit this community website.
Partners Make It Possible — Thank You!
Thank you to all of our partners for opening their gates for the Summer Institute farm tours. Special thanks to our Summer Institute chef, Chef Randle for demonstrating delicious lunches for our students using fresh, local products.
2020 Summer Institute Partners:
Registration for the course is through the UBC Faculty of Education’s Vancouver office. Contact them directly for fees and to register:
University of BC Professional Development & Community Engagement
Faculty of Education, Vancouver Campus
2125 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4
Tel 604.822.2013 | N.A. toll-free 1.888.492.1122
UBC holds the course annually in Abbotsford, BC, at the Heritage Alliance Church, 3440 Mt. Lehman Road. | Map
The course runs every July, subject to enrollment. The dates for 2019 are July 15-19.
Summer Institute is a three-credit course, or it can be taken as non-credit participation. The course has four components:
Assignment 1: (10%) Pre-Institute Assignment.
Assignment 2: (20%) Participation.
Assignment 3: (30%) Reading Reflection.
Assignment 4: (40%) Post-Institute Assignment.