Windham County Farm to School & Vermont FEED Bring you
the 2012 Professional Development Food Studies Course
“It was by far the best PD I’ve been involved with in a long while!”
~ 2011 Class Participant
Deadline is Friday, November 18th
Course: Food Studies Professional Development Course: Brattleboro & Bellows Falls
Credit: 1 graduate credit/Castleton College (optional)
Locations: Brattleboro Course, Brattleboro Union High School or NEW this year… Bellows Falls Course, Bellows Falls Union High School
Dates: Brattleboro Course on Tuesdays, 4:30 – 7:30 PM
February 28th / 29th
March 13th / 14th
April 10th / 11th
May 8th / 9th
(Snow Date: May 15th)
5 Classes required for Credit (15 contact hours)
Course Description and Objectives:
The Food Studies Professional Development Course is an opportunity for
school educators, staff, administrators, and community members to explore
and expand their personal and professional knowledge and experience
related to Farm to School education while building and strengthening
community connections. Participants will be encouraged to bring their
shared learning experiences back to their communities and classrooms,
building and developing the vital relationships necessary to make Farm to
School education a real and lasting part of the community, classroom and
Interactive class sessions include a balance of hands-on cooking,
networking, guest expert presentations, dialogue, small group activities
and practical experiences that will each reference and link to the
promising practices of farm-to-school programs.
During each of the 5 3-hour classes we will:
- Spend time preparing and eating healthy seasonal snacks and meals.
- Learn from a community guest expert exploring topics of your choice!
- Engage in hands-on activities and experiential learning.
- Explore creative ways to integrate seasonal, local foods into your lives, curriculum and school community.
- Identify curriculum connections for your specific subject area.(Standards, Vital Results, GE’s,Assessment Plan)
- Individual/guided curriculum planning & development time!
Participants attending this course will:
- Build connections between classroom, cafeteria, and community while exploring healthy food choices, new foods, and local seasonal produce.
- Use food as a vehicle for teaching children to take ownership of their health and develop the critical-thinking and decision-making skills necessary to make the most informed choices for their own well being.
- Develop strategies for utilizing parents and local food based businesses in working with youth to expand their palates.
- Create a plan for how you might integrate seasonal food into your existing curriculum/school community wellness plan.
$400 (Castleton College graduate credit available for additional $115) Ask for details about scholarships.
Vermont FEED Instructor:
Farm to School Education& Professional Development Coordinator
Shelburne Farms/Vermont FEED (Food Education Every Day)
On Site Coordinators:
Richard Berkfield, Executive Director, Post Oil Solutions, (802) 348-9818; firstname.lastname@example.org
Katherine Gillespie, Program Manager, Windham County Farm to School (508) 971-2855; Katherine_Gillespie@wsesu.org