What do you get when you combine teachers, students and industry leaders? A brain trust!

The 2017 Education Leadership Series brought together teachers, students and industry to identify real-world problems in agriculture, such as misinformation about GMOs, and to brainstorm solutions. The PAST Foundation’s Kat Deaner led the group conversations. PAST partners with local business and industry to provide student learning in several academic areas, and their Growth lab was the focus of this meeting.

GNG teacher leaders gathered with high school students and leaders from related organizations such as the Ohio Department of Education, OSU, the Ohio Farm Bureau, the USDA, and the EPA for these conversations.

PAST Project Manager Jim Bruner said, “We need better ag programming that resonates with urban areas, rural ones, and everything in between. Food issues are so important.” 

GNG Teacher leader Andrea Harpen of Blanchester High School said the PAST event provided “a fantastic opportunity to network.” Rachel Sanders of Global Impact STEM Academy said she was “able to learn more about a different lens for education and to make new connections.”




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