Gary Wingenbach & Kevin Fath (Texas A&M University – College Station)
Texas A&M University has a vested interest in the ability of both university faculty and secondary teachers to prepare their students to successfully meet the challenges of the 21st century. In serving this mandate, Texas A&M University is dedicated to developing young people for career success in a globalized world. The Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications (ALEC), the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, and the Office of International Outreach are uniquely positioned to provide a professional development seminar, "The Role of Social Sciences in Feeding the World," as a model for addressing the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) in teacher preparation.
Understanding the interplay between social science concepts in economics, culture, technology and the environment is crucial to successfully addressing problems of world hunger, underdevelopment, and the social unrest and conflict that hunger and poverty engenders. Participating Texas A&M faculty have extensive experience in educational leadership, research, and outreach in culturally diverse classrooms and have executed related programs in many areas of the world (e.g., Peru, Guatemala, Rwanda, Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Pakistan). The proposed seminar will address CCRS I – IV for social studies by providing real-world context and experiences, linked with practical classroom applications.
The proposed two-day seminar will begin with a keynote speaker addressing the importance of social sciences in the global marketplace. Subsequent presentations will focus on developing global competence in education and highlight Texas A&M programs in international agricultural development that require CCRS components.