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Casey Bolin
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Sections 21-25
1475 West Whittaker
Salem, IL 62881
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Follow-up to D5 Professional Development at SIUC

Sunday, June 22, 2014

*Sent to D5 Ag Teachers.

The event was a great success! These 22 agriculture teachers attended the day and one-half event in conjunction with the Cooperatives Student Youth Conference on June 5 and 6, 2014:

Frisch Bob Cahokia
Buchheit Michelle Carbondale
Hamson Nealy Carmi
Steber Mark East Richland
Rusk Rylan Edwards County
Kittinger Bill Eldorado
Robbins Curt Fairfield
Flahardy Mike Frankfort
Wilke Ashlin Hardin County
Wilson Lynne Johnston City
Durham Larry Joppa
Griffith Wayne Marion
Bergmann Jenny Massac County
Geiling Nina Mt. Carmel
Kabat John Mt. Vernon
Kinzinger Ryan New Athens
Branch Terry North Clay
Sappington Coleman Odin
Berg Josh Okawville
Ochs Ann Shawee
Colclasure Blake Steeleville
Scott Dave Wayne City

Teachers received up to 9 CPDUs. Attached is the positive evaluation summary.

A special thank you to Dean Mickey Latour for allowing us to use the agricultural sciences building and Peter Dirks, Coordinator of Recruitment, Retention and Placement for assisting in organizing the event at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Much appreciated!

Plans are to continue this partnership and professional development again next year at this time and location.

Thank you notes should be sent to:

Mickey Latour, Dean
College of Agricultural Sciences
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1205 Lincoln Drive, MC 4416
Carbondale, IL 62901
Email: [email protected]

Evaluation comments:
The best features of this activity were:
Dinner at Giant City Lodge-2
Take home activities-2
Networking with ag teachers
Hands-on activities-5
Floral arrangement practicum-7
Equine science-3
Karl Sweitzer presentation-2
All sessions were great-3
New and different topics are always good-2
Relevancy to our curriculum
Great meals
Ann Ochs presentation had some excellent ideas-2
Question and answer time
Exchange of ideas
Great teaching ideas

Suggestions for improvement include:

Other comments and reactions I wish to offer:
I would like the professional development to stay at SIUC-3
More tours-3
Field trips to: Logan Hollow Fish Farm, Lotus Landscaping, Timberline, Sheep Farm in Anna
This was the best professional development activity we have had in District 5
Great professional development

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Evaluation Summary - 2014.pdf