- Before You Begin: Pre-Test Questions & Vocabulary
- Module 1: Pork Production and Kentucky’s Pork Industry
- Module 2: Cuts of Pork
- Module 3: Nutrition/Selection, Storage, Handling/Food Safety
- Module 4: Cooking Methods – Technical Content: 7, 8
- Module 5: Projects, Post-Test and Resources
Jennifer Elwell, KyAEC executive director, proposed the idea to the Pork Producers as a way to focus on the commodity and fill a void in the classroom.
"While the primary goal was to provide in-depth teaching materials on pork," said Elwell, "I also saw it as a means to get lessons into a large number of classrooms without the need of dedicated education staff. The curriculum includes several videos of Kentucky farm families and encourages students to look at what happens before the meat ends up at the sale counter. "
Eighty FCS teachers were mailed the curriculum; forty teachers signed up at the Kentucky Career and Technical Education Conference this summer and another 40 were identified by the state FCCLA staff. An additional 20 curriculum kits are being held for teachers identified by Ky Pork Producer members.
The kit includes a binder with a flash drive of the curriculum components, a flexible Ky Pork cutting mat, Kentucky pork display poster, laminated pork selection and cooking guides, and 100 pork recipe and cooking guide booklets for students.
Any teacher will be able to download the curriculum documents and presentations by visiting http://www.teachkyag.org/pork.html.
Upon a first-year evaluation and revision, Elwell is hopeful the curriculum package will be made to more teachers in 2017/2018. She will be presenting it at the 2017 Kentucky Career and Technical Education Conference this summer. KyAEC is also modifying some of the Food and Nutrition lessons so they may be used by agriculture educators as well.
"KyAEC is so appreciative of the many years of support Ky Pork Producers have provided to our programs," said Elwell. "I'm happy that we were able to produce a dedicated education tool that will help them promote their product."
For more information on this curriculum, visit http://www.teachkyag.org/pork.html, or contact Jennifer Elwell at firstname.lastname@example.org.