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Teacher heads on NASA’s airborne astronomy adventure
The SETI Institute has partnered with 14 school districts in eight states, including Fayette County Public Schools, for the 2019 NASA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors program. Heidi Anderson of Locust Trace AgriScience Center is among the 28 teachers chosen for the program, which is a great opportunity to learn about content in a real-world setting and share an extraordinary experience with students. The professional development for high school science teachers aims to improve science teaching and learning and to increase student STEM engagement. AAA participants receive training in astrophysics and planetary science, content, and pedagogy.
“When I was a little girl, NASA and the space program were often in the news as a point of national pride and a window into the profound,” Anderson said. “This (airborne astronomy) program is ideal to bring real exploration of fundamental truths about the universe to kids, who I hope will be inspired to do exploring of their own.”
Ag teacher selected for national XLR8 Institute
Daniel Bustle, an agriculture teacher at Locust Trace AgriScience Center, is among 21 individuals nationwide selected to participate in the 2018-19 XLR8 Institute – a professional learning program that began at the National Association of Agricultural Educators annual convention in San Antonio, Texas. The XLR8 program helps those in their seventh to 15th years of teaching to deal with common issues that lead to them leaving the profession such as burnout, work/life balance, and stagnant professional growth. The goal is to accelerate their careers through year-long professional learning via virtual experiences, online collaboration, and social media tools.
“XLR8 is designed for mid-career agriculture teachers to help them mentor younger teachers and become active in their professional associations,” Bustle said. “Through my participation, I hope that I can become a better teacher leader and continue to develop my passion for teaching youth in our nation’s largest industry.”
Bustle has 10 years of experience, including six at Locust Trace where he teaches Floral Design, Greenhouse, AgriScience, and Intro to Agriculture classes. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Education from the University of Kentucky, a master’s in Teacher Leadership from Asbury, and his educational specialist credentials from Eastern Kentucky University.