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'Engaging Students via Issues-based Topics'

This session presents teaching strategies for student engagement that increase understanding and help students broaden their personal perspectives when addressing issues in agriculture. Designed to include all styles of learners, these hands-on strategies give students ownership of their learning. Agricultural literacy is taught using creative techniques—a readers’ theater, futures wheel, concept maps, infographics, social media positions, decision matrices (and many more)—that give students opportunities to speak their voices and think critically. These strategies will also help students who may feel vulnerable expressing their opinions or openly changing their opinions. Suitable for secondary, college, adult, and volunteer audiences.

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Denise Stewardson
Email: denise.stewardson@usu.edu
Speaker Order: 1
Author Order: 1
Person Type: Point of Contact,Primary Presenter
State: Utah
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Main Phone: 435-797-1592
Biosketch: Denise Stewardson is an Extension Assistant Professor and Director of the Utah Agriculture in the Classroom program at Utah State University. As a faculty member in the School of Applied Sciences, Technology & Education, she also teaches a social science-based agricultural literacy course on global food production for students of all majors. Denise has a Bachelor's degree in technology education from Eastern Illinois University and a Master's degree in Industrial Arts from the University of Maryland. Denise was born and raised in central Illinois—the Land of Lincoln—among the corn and soybean fields. Combining her formal education in technology education with an emphasis in communication, and her work experience with Agriculture in the Classroom, it seems only fitting that she is now paying homage to her roots as an advocate for agricultural literacy.
Organization/Affiliation: Utah Agriculture in the Classroom, Director
Rose Judd-Murray
Email: rose.juddmurray@usu.edu
Speaker Order: 2
Author Order: 1
Person Type: Presenter 2
State: Utah
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Main Phone: 435-512-4706
Biosketch: Rose Judd-Murray is a 20-year veteran of agricultural, environmental, and outdoor education programs. Her specialties include online course development, institute and workshop presentation, pre-service educational programs (K-6), and all aspects of curriculum review and development. She received both a Bachelor and Masters of Science from Utah State University and is currently a doctoral candidate at Utah State University. She is seeking a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the College of Teaching, Education, and Leadership (TEAL), with a concentration in Instructional Leadership. Her dissertation work will focus on building an assessment instrument to determine if university students are agriculturally and environmentally literate. Rose has a passion for all aspects of higher education and seeks for ways to build relationships with her students. She feels that student mentoring is one of the most important ways to accelerate and secure student success at the university level.
Organization/Affiliation: Utah State University