Twenty middle and high school teachers attended a May 29 workshop on Food & Gardening intended to grow partnerships between science and English teachers to support instruction of the sixth through 12th grade Reading (Literature and Informational Text) CC Standards. Leading the discussions were Belmont professors Lauren Lunsford, Darlene Panvini, Sally Barton-Arwood and Bonnie Smith-Whitehouse. Dinner, books and teaching items were provided by the Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub and the event was coordinated by Glenn Acree.
A follow-up workshop will be held at Belmont on June 16 through 20 and will focus on using cooking and gardening to develop partnerships between Science and English teachers to support instruction of the sixth through 12th grade Reading: Literature and Informational Text CC standards. Twenty-four teachers from five school districts will participate.
This workshop is funded by a Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) $75,000 grant received by Lunsford and Panvini earlier this year. Lunsford and Panvini worked with Acree and the Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub’s Director Vicki Metzgar on the grant, with the purpose to unite English and Science teachers to help their students explore text in interactive and fun ways. Their project will provide teachers with the professional development and time to explore and plan lessons that utilize hands-on activities like community gardens and classroom kitchens to support the teaching of informational texts. Teachers from Bedford County, Davidson County, Dickerson County, Montgomery County and Franklin City Schools will have the opportunity to participate in workshops this summer and receive continued support in the fall.