Free Webinar About Ag Funding

“The Impact and Role of Public Funding in Agriculture and the US Economy”

The FASS Science Policy Committee invites you to join us on Wednesday, March 28, at noon CDT for the webinar “The Impact and Role of Public Funding in Agriculture and the US Economy.”

This will be a brief, engaging overview of past accomplishments, present conditions, and future possibilities for public and private research funding on the US economy and quality of life. The USDA and other agencies have funded billions of dollars in research that has benefitted all of society, not just agriculture. The amount of public money spent on research in all aspects of agriculture is just a tiny fraction of the total invested in food production, but it has far-reaching impacts on human and animal health, the environment, and the entire US economy. Every aspect of the economy, from individual farms to local communities to foreign trade, has benefited greatly from agricultural research; however, current funding may not be adequate to rise to the challenges of present and future societal needs.

The webinar is intended for anyone who buys or eats food, but will be of special interest to students, faculty, specialists, and anyone involved in agriculture. It will provide a brief summary of the past and present, with questions and ideas for the future. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion at the end.

The webinar is free of charge, but you must register to attend.

“The Impact and Role of Public Funding in Agriculture and the US Economy”

By: FASS Science Policy Committee
Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Time: 12 noon Central Daylight Time

To register please click here

Once you have registered, you will receive an email with details for joining the webinar.

We look forward to your participation,
The FASS Science Policy Committee

If you need additional information please contact John McNamara: or Ken Olson:

1800 S Oak St Ste 100
Champaign IL 61820-6974

Free Food Science Training


Professional Development Program in Food Science
July 15 – 21, 2018
Washington, DC

Applications are due on or before April 17, 2018.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to participate in the Professional Development Program in Food Science. You must:

    • Hold US Citizenship
    • Be employed full time as a middle school or secondary school teacher (Grades 6-12)
    • Teach science, FCS or health education in a US School, including the DoD school system
    • Have at least three years of consecutive, full-time teaching experience (by the program start date)
    • Have an up-to-date teaching certificate that will be uploaded as part of your application. (If a teaching certificate is not required by your current school, a letter of explanation will be required).

All participants must meet the criteria listed above before applying online.

Application Requirements and CheckList (PDF)

The checklist provides all the information required to complete your application. We suggest you print this document to use as a checklist before you begin the online application.

About the Program

Selected middle level and high school science, FACS and health educators will have an opportunity to be involved in a multidimensional professional development program that includes learning how to teach the Science and Our Food Supplycurriculum in their own classroom; and how to provide training sessions about this program to professional colleagues in their region. Specific activities take place during an intensive training session in Washington, DC that begins on Sunday, July 15, and ends late Saturday afternoon, July 21. Participants leave Washington, DC, on Sunday, July 22.

The week-long program includes an overview of the farm to table process, food safety and nutrition education resources, and visits to agricultural facilities, FDA labs, and college labs, where experiments from the Science and Our Food Supplycurriculum are taught by college professors.

When teachers return to their schools in the fall, they are expected to teach segments of the Food Safety and Nutrition curriculum in their classrooms. Each teacher receives a materials stipend for classroom/lab supplies to facilitate their instruction of this curriculum. An honorarium is provided to summer program graduates once they have taught the program to their professional colleagues in the spring and submitted a comprehensive final report.

The FDA/NSTA Professional Development Program in Food Science is supported by the Food and Drug Administration and implemented by Graduate School USA.

The FDA/NSTA Professional Development Program in Food Science includes:

    1. Summer Training
      This is a one-week training program for middle-level and high school science, FCS and health educators. Travel, lodging and meal expenses will be provided. The agenda includes:

      • Content updates by food science experts
      • Visits to FDA and other facilities
      • Presentations by government and industry leaders
      • Hands-on practice with new curriculum materials
      • Exchange of teaching/learning strategies
      • Planning for participant-presented workshops, i.e., Train-the-Trainer Program
    2. Curriculum Implementation 
      Participants will implement the FDA/NSTA Science and Our Food Supply supplementary curriculum in food safety and nutrition during the subsequent school year.
    3. Participant-presented Workshops – Train-the-Trainer
      All participants are expected to present a six-hour, hands-on workshop in their respective school, district, or region during the 2018-2019 academic year. An honorarium and workshop material expenses will be provided.
    4. On-Line Support
      Facilitated by Graduate School USA

Survey for Child Development Instructors

Please read the info below and give input if you’re teaching Child development or Early learning.

The Department of Early Learning is evaluating the Early Childhood Education Career Planning Portal(ECE Career Planning Portal) and we need your help!

The ECE Career Planning Portal helps visitors learn about careers in Early Childhood Education, find a certificate or degree program, learn about financial aid, and more! If you use the ECE Career Planning Portal, we want to understand how you use it, what additional information you are looking for, and what we can do to improve it.

Visit to take the survey.

Your feedback is important. We look forward to hearing how we can improve the Career Portal to meet your needs. The survey closes April 6, 2018.

The feedback we gain through this evaluation will help us decide how to make the ECE Career Planning Portal more useful for those looking to enter, or advance their careers in, the early childhood education workforce.

Please contact Anna Batie ( with any questions.

Mary Nagel

Program Supervisor

Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Career and Technical Education

Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

W: (360) 725-6242 | M: (360) 338-8664

Home Baking Association Contest

The Home Baking Association has much happening, such as the Educator Award Contest. Win $1,000 and a trip for two to the Home Baking Association Annual Meeting at the Resort at Squaw Creek, Olympic Valley, CA, Sept. 30–Oct. 2. Submit your best baking lesson, activity or service project. Need an idea? Consider a food safety topic! Educators in classrooms, pre-schools, community programs, clubs, camps, leader training for Pre-K–12th grade are eligible. The entry deadline is March 31. Please refer to their website for more information.

FREE Financial Planning Workshop

This opportunity is made possible by the Financial Education Public-Private Partnership (FEPPP)

FREE Professional Development Program for K-12 Educators and School Librarians

Using Virtual Economics 4.5 to Enhance Your Courses
(with an Emphasis on Personal Finance)

Yes, this is the resource that you have heard other educators raving about!

Where: Sno Isle Skills Center, 9001 Airport Road, Everett, WA
When: April 12, 2018
Times: 8:30 am to 3:00 pm

Enrollment is limitedso register today:

We will explore the Virtual Economics flash drive with a focus on personal finance. This resource contains a treasure trove of classroom tested, teacher approved materials in a host of subjects! We would like to strongly encourage teacher and librarian pairs to attend.

What’s on the VE Flash Drive? 1400 active participation lessons, all correlated to the Common Core Standards. This amazing resource includes over 60 Council for Economic Education publications including (but not limited to):
• Personal Finance: Financial Fitness for Life (2nd edition), Learning, Earning and Investing: Elementary, Middle and High School
• Social Studies: Capstone–Teacher and Student Guides, Economics in Action, Focus Economics: k-2, 3-5, Focus: High School Economics, Focus: Middle School Economics, Focus: Understanding Economics in Civics and Government, Focus: Understanding Economics in U.S. History
• Mathematics: Mathematics & Economics: Connections for Life – 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
(See for a complete
listing of the publications contained in this tool.)

Every participant will receive:
• Complimentary clock hours
• Continental breakfast and lunch
• A copy of the Virtual Economics flash drive (a $159.95 value)
• SUB PAY (up to $200 per teacher/librarian)
Please share with other educators in your area.

Questions? E-mail or

For more information on FEPPP please visit FEPPP


ServSafe Preconference Workshop – Great Wolf Lodge 2018

Washington State University Extension is offering the ServSafe Manager Certification training for teachers, food service managers, culinary instructors, students and other individuals who have responsibility for teaching, learning or implementing best practices in food safety and food preparation.

Food safety training is a commitment, a mindset and a smart business practice for everyone involved in food preparation or food service operations. Trained people in the food business support safe food handling practice.         

  • Date: Sunday, October 21, 2018
  • Location: Washington Annual FCS Conference
  • Great Wolf Lodge – Centralia, WA
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (includes testing)

ServSafe is a nationally recognized, comprehensive food safety training and certification program for anyone involved in food preparation or the food service industry.  The training includes the latest updates in food safety and best practices used in the industry to implement critical food safety procedures. It is the highest standard in food safety training and certification to keep food safe and protect the public from foodborne illness. In addition to learning about preventive measures to keep food safe, the course also includes crisis management and handling emergency situations. ServSafe training is an opportunity to obtain nationally accredited food safety certification from the National Restaurant Association.

The cost for this course is $130 and includes the textbook and test.  Each participant needs his/her own textbook.  Pre-study is highly recommended.  Upon receipt of registration money, the textbook will be mailed to you.  Successful completion of the course includes a ServSafe certificate for 5 years.

Please fill out the registration form below and mail to WSU Extension with your payment. Registration should be received by October 1 to assure a textbook and ample study time. Class size is limited to 25 people.
If you have any questions about the class, please contact Margaret at 509.745.8531 or

Registration Form

“E-Cigarettes: The Truth Among Vapors.”

“E-Cigarettes: The Truth Among Vapors.”
FREE educational event that would be be great for yourselves (if you can get away from your classrooms), other school administration, and for parents.
Date: Thursday, March 15th, 2018 Date:
Time: 9:00 am to 12:30 pm Time:
Cancer Pathways (formerly Gilda’s Club)
1400 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122
Registration: Call 206-709-1400 or
Sign up online sign up online

National FCS Educator Day Feb 13!

Make Plans to Celebrate on Feb. 13!

You are invited to participate in the second annual National Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) Educator Day on Tuesday, Feb. 13! The purpose of this Day is to promote FCS Education careers and to recognize and show appreciation for FCS educators and the difference they make in the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

Here is one way you can promote and celebrate National FCS Educator Day:
1. Use the Educator Day Graphic on materials you create.
Include #FCSedDay on all your related social media posts!