Summer Institute

Summer Institute

Summer Institute

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. 

Sign Us Up!

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 2018, 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 chefs, Chef Randle and Chef Lesnes, for preparing delicious lunches for our students using fresh, local products.

2018 Summer Institute Partners:

BC Cattlemen's Association 

BC Salmon Farmers Association 

BC Turkey Farmers 

Bill Zylmans, W & A Farms - Richmond

Calais Farms Ltd. — Abbotsford

Lindsay McCoubrey, BC Agricultural Land Commission

Fresh Roots 

Rose Gate Dairy — Abbotsford

Sardis Secondary School Farm — Chilliwack 

 

Join Us!

To find out how you or your business can support this exciting program, contact BC Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation, or check out our Partnership Opportunities.

Teachers Ask the Best Questions

1. How do I apply for Summer Institute?

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
Email: pdce.educ@ubc.ca
 

2. Where does the course take place?

UBC holds the course annually in Abbotsford, BC, at the Heritage Alliance Church, 3440 Mt. Lehman Road. | Map

3. When does Summer Institute run?

The course runs every July, subject to enrollment. The dates for 2018 are July 16-20.

4. What are the expectations of the course?

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.

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