At Pilot Light, we know that every school community is unique, from the students to the curricula to parent and guardian engagement. We believe that integrating food into classrooms is a collaborative process in which we are always learning from the educators around us.

Pilot Light’s professional development is centered around building teacher capacity to develop and deliver food-based education. Participants receive Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) and meet and collaborate with a community of educators who are passionate about food education. 

Through our professional development sessions, teachers are coached by our team and partners in:

  • Creating and utilizing curriculum and instructional materials aligned to our Food Education Standards that integrate into existing eLearning and in-person lessons 
  • Adapting the lessons of fellow educators on the Food Education Center to suit their students, schools, and communities
  • Understanding the food environment at their school and the communities their schools are located in
  • Learning techniques for bringing and preparing food in classrooms (virtually and in-person)
  • Identifying opportunities to connect the classroom to the cafeteria, homes, and communities
  • Creating curriculum that includes a student-initiated food advocacy project centered around the cafeteria or community

Join our AgEd (Agriculture Education) & Advocacy 2023 Cohort – deadline extended! 

Pilot Light is currently accepting applications for our 2nd AgEd & Advocacy teaching cohort! This paid opportunity is currently available to Chicago Public Schools 6th-8th grade science teachers with an interest in growing professionally & bringing engaging, relevant agriculture-related content to their students. Read more about the program requirements here & apply online through JUNE 2, 2023! 



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