We organize teacher and faculty cohorts to develop high-impact learning resources and create agents of change of secondary and undergraduate educators. Active learning activities, such as collaborative learning, case studies, authentic inquiries and research experiences significantly improve student engagement, performance and attitude. Intensive faculty and teacher training and curricular development effectively build learning communities of educators and helps them bring science and technology to secondary and undergraduate classes. Additionally, active learning and research experiences are beneficial for improving the persistence and performance of underrepresented minority students.
We have formed 4H and FFA group cohorts to expand our reach to students. Both the advisors and their students, our future ranch managers and professionals, are critical agents of change. Through experiential learning and monitoring research programs, we engage the 4H and FFA youth who have life-connections to rangelands and ranching, and strengthen those connections and introduce them to best management practices. In this way, we influence the next generation of progressive ranch managers and professionals who can influence multiple generations.