Egg Nutrition Center conceived the ENC-Teacher Exchange in response to concerns about steadily rising obesity trends in the United States dating back to the 1950s. Given the healthy nutritional profile of hen-laid eggs, ENC Executive Director Mitchell Kanter sought to play a more active role in the nationwide fight to reverse obesity trends. Dr. Kanter's vision is to find and catalog the most effective nutrition education tools currently in use by school teachers, and to work with teachers to develop new ones, with the goal of making them available for free to teachers everywhere via this ever-evolving ENC-Teacher Exchange web site: www.encteacher.orgIs there a cost for joining ENC-Teacher Exchange?
Registering online to participate in the ENC-Teacher Exchange is free, and will always remain so. At
the end of your 12-month membership, teachers and other members may be
asked to renew, primarily to encourage online members to update E-mail
and other contact information so we can refresh and keep the ENC-Teacher
Exchange data base up to date.
Will participating require much time?
School teachers, physical education teachers and other health and nutrition counselors, including community leaders, as well as college students studying to become teachers, can invest as much or as little time as desired into ENC-Teacher Exchange. We will send an E-mail to all members notifying everyone when new video feature stories or interesting new stories are added to the ENC-Teacher Exchange web site. .
What distinguishes ENC-Teacher Exchange?
Egg Nutrition Center, science division of The American Egg Board, subscribes to the belief that proven nutrition education programs conceived "by teachers for teachers” should be shared with all teachers for the greater good. The teachers ENC has interviewed have all expressed a willingness to do just that. With this in mind, ENC-Teacher Exchange is constantly searching for the best available teaching methods and newest types of teaching tools being employed to encourage students to eat better, become more active and, in doing both, help reverse rising obesity trends in the U.S.
What's planned for creative teaching teams?"
We strongly encourage members of ENC-Teacher Exchange to E-mail or phone us with their ideas for new types of teaching tools, including lesson plans, posters, PowerPoint Presentations and videos that resonate with students. Teachers are invited to work on their own, or form 2- or 3-person creative teams, to conceive and
develop one new or measurably upgraded type of "health and nutrition" teaching tool. We've seen in recent years that some teachers are developing their own software and making it available online for free to teachers and students, which is precisely the type of innovation that ENC-Teacher Exchange seeks to advance and promote. In
return for asking teachers to invest from 8 to 10 hours of time over a
period of about one month to develop or update one new teaching tool,
ENC will pay a $500 honorarium to each teacher who fulfills that time
commitment. ENC plans to invite several teachers to
participate in this program in the 2012-13 school year to measure the
effectiveness of this venture. "ideas" must be transformed into teaching tools that are published on the ENC-Teacher Exchange web site to merit an honorarium.
What can teachers expect in 2013?
ENC-Teacher Exchange is a pilot program that was only launched
in 2012. Egg Nutrition Center currently views the program as a "work
in progress." In the final analysis, Mitchell Kanter,
Ph.D., Executive Director of Egg Nutrition Center, said the program must serve as a useful resource for teachers in schools across the country.
What is Egg Nutrition Center?
Egg Nutrition Center is the science division of The American Egg Board, headquartered in Park Ridge, Illinois. ENC's mission, as stated on its home page at eggnutritioncenter.org reads: "ENC is a credible source of nutrition and health science information, and the acknowledged leader in research and education related to eggs." ENC has identified steadily rising obesity trends in the U.S. as perhaps the greatest risk to the overall health of Americans, and began to develop ENC-Teacher Exchange in 2011 to help find better ways to reverse obesity trends and encourage young people to adopt healthier lifestyles. ENC believes that school teachers for students in grades K thru 12--when partnering with parents and nutrition advisors--will prove to play the most essential role in reversing obesity in America.