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'School Garden Grows Academic Growth'

The McKinley Agriculture Academy runs a complete Farm to Table program. Our school garden is used for STEM education, nutrition, food production, and social connections. Our kitchen classroom lets students take pleasure in the processes of cooking, eating, and sharing meals. By engaging learners on experiential and emotional levels, our Farm to Table program provides a meaningful context for multidisciplinary education. After one year of implementation state testing data showed McKinley had the highest growth in ELA across our entire district! We will provide the structures in which our program functions, a garden expectations lesson, and will demonstrate a kitchen vinaigrette lesson kids love!

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Lorie Morris
Email: morrisl@bcsd.com
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Biosketch: Lorie Morris is the Academy Program Specialist at McKinley School Agriculture Academy in the largest K-8 district in California, the Bakersfield City School District (BCSD). With 25 years in education she has taught kindergarten through sixth grade. Mrs. Morris is a National Board Certified Teacher, has a masters in Educational Leadership and an Administrative Credential. She was recognized as a BCSD Teacher of the Year in 2018. As the Academy Program Specialist she manages all aspects of the after school program with 200+ students. The McKinley Agriculture Academy after school incorporates all aspects of S.T.E.A.M., a science lab, performing arts, and a fully functioning Farm to Table program with an expansive school garden and a top of the line kitchen classroom. Lorie was recently selected by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture to attend the 2019 On the Farm STEM Experience in Syracuse, New York.
Organization/Affiliation: Bakersfield City School District
Dana Johnson
Email: johnsonda@bcsd.com
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Biosketch: Dana Johnson is the Farm to Table Program Specialist for the McKinley Elementary School Agriculture Academy. McKinley is part of the Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) which is the largest K-8 district in California. Bakersfield is located in Kern County, which is one of the largest agricultural producing counties in the country. Mrs. Johnson has over 18 years of experience with BCSD and has a MA Degree in Education Administration. Throughout her career, she has been committed to collaborative learning that engages students, staff, families, and the community. She is a current member of the BCSD Social and Emotional District Committee and is the Mindfulness Committee Lead. Mrs. Johnson is a frequent professional development presenter, curriculum writer, and recent recipient of the 2019 Integrity of Teaching Award. She is a certified Mindfulness Trainer and enjoys incorporating mindfulness and yoga techniques into her Farm to Table Program. Goat Yoga anyone?
Organization/Affiliation: Bakersfield City School District