Avian Academy

first_imgChickens are a vital part of Georgia’s economy and the state’s agricultural heritage. And thanks to a University of Georgia program for teachers, chickens will be helping middle school and high school teachers educate students in Georgia classrooms.About 30 Georgia agriculture and life sciences teachers from more than a dozen counties across the state came together at the UGA Department of Poultry Science this summer to learn how to incorporate chickens into their lesson plans — both in traditional agricultural education and STEM classrooms.The program — Avian Academy — has brought middle and high school teachers together with poultry science faculty each summer for almost a decade. Over the last two or three years, organizers have actively recruited life sciences teachers from across the state in addition to agriculture teachers.“We have a lot of poultry in our county,” said Samantha Chang, a biology teacher from Jefferson High School in Jackson County. “This workshop has really equipped me to use chickens as examples of some of the topics we cover in biology class and have students be able to understand those concepts because it’s something they’re familiar with.”Chang was at the 2019 Avian Academy with Jefferson High School agriculture teacher Melissa Webb, who attended the 2018 academy last summer. Webb convinced all of Jefferson High School’s life sciences teachers to join her. Having the same familiarity with chickens means they’ll be able to link concepts to one another’s classes more easily, Webb said.As part of the workshop, teachers learned how to handle live birds and receive a crash course in the economics of poultry farming, the physiology of poultry, the history of poultry breeding, careers in poultry science, reproduction and egg laying, and food safety.Bridgette Rains, a first -ear seventh grade life sciences teacher in Bartow County, came to the workshop looking for inspiration for the upcoming school year.“I’ll be teaching in a more rural area, and I’ll definitely be using a lot of the lesson plans and techniques they presented,” Rains said. “I had never thought of using chickens before but they really are the easiest way to demonstrate what they’re learning: embryology and the life cycle. I mean, in 21 days you go from an egg to a chicken.”The three-day workshop equips the teachers with new skills and lesson plans that they can take back to their classrooms when students head back to school in August.“I’m so proud of our department for being able to partner with teachers from throughout Georgia. Avian Academy is a great program that builds bridges between our faculty, college and university resources while obtaining priceless feedback from the teachers. Getting students involved in tangible ways of learning life sciences concepts is critical, and having a practical application helps demonstrate future career paths,” said Todd Applegate, department head for poultry science in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.For more information about other outreach programs from the UGA Department of Poultry Science, visit poultry.caes.uga.edu/about/community-outreach.last_img read more

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Mavericks provide huge challenge

first_imgThe Mavericks have won 16 consecutive games and will bring a 51-9 record to Staples Center. The Lakers flew home late Friday after an 0-4 road trip and have been “free-falling,” in Jackson’s words, for the past three weeks. “There’s a lot of guys that are challenged in a position where they’re not able to answer the challenge right now,” Jackson said. The Lakers were able to halt Dallas’ 13-game winning streak in a 101-98 victory on Jan. 7 at Staples Center. But the Mavericks have been the NBA’s unstoppable force all season, going 24-1 since that loss to the Lakers. Dallas is the first team in NBA history to post three winning streaks of 12 games or more in the same season and haven’t lost since Jan. 25 in Chicago. “You hear some players that say the regular season doesn’t count at all,” Mavericks coach Avery Johnson told the Dallas Morning News. “I disagree with that. You need the regular season to get in some game situations that you may see in the playoffs. You just can’t jump up in the playoffs and be good all of a sudden. “So even though what you do in the playoffs really, really counts, you need to practice what’s going to count now. And if you want to be in the rotation in the playoffs, it’s a good time to show me you want to be in it now.” The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls, coached by Jackson, established the mark for best regular-season record in NBA history at 72-10. One obstacle for the Mavericks on the way to a 70-win season is that they play 14 of their final 22 games on the road. LOS ANGELES – As coach of the only NBA team ever to win 70 games in a season, Phil Jackson will get a firsthand look tonight at a Dallas Mavericks team that needs to win 19 of its final 22 games to reach that magic number. At the same time, Jackson will be staring at the flip side of history, as his Lakers need a victory to avoid their second six-game losing streak in a month. No Jackson-coached team had ever lost more than five straight games before this season. center_img Asked about the Mavericks, Jackson did say, “If we play right, it doesn’t matter who we play.” But the coach already was looking ahead to three-day breaks in the schedule the Lakers will have each of the next two weeks. “We have an opportunity to get guys feeling better about their games,” Jackson said. ALSO With Saturday’s loss to Philadelphia, the Lakers finished with just a 14-16 record (5-10 on the road) against the Eastern Conference. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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