Teacher Professional Development Courses in Agriculture to be Offered

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – April 24, 2015– Two day professional development workshops for teachers will be offered throughout the summer and around the state by the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation and county Farm Bureau organizations.

The workshops are intended to equip teachers with the tools that they need to integrate agriculture into their classroom. The workshops will focus on using agriculture to teach core concepts and skills like science, social studies, language arts and math. The workshops will be hands on and interactive with one day of site visits and tours and one day of practical classroom application. Many STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts will be integrated throughout.

“Teachers don’t need one more thing to teach,” said IALF executive director Will Fett. “But, by using agriculture they can teach multiple core competencies in a fun and engaging way for students.”

The dates of the workshops are June 8-9 in Cass County, June 10-11 in Marshall County, June 30-July 1 in Polk County, July 13-14 in Woodbury County, and July 28-29 in Jefferson County. The workshops will include lesson demonstration, hands on implementation of concepts, tours of farms and agribusinesses, and technical skills in agriculture. The workshops will be available for teacher recertification credit and graduate level credit.


Date: June 8-9, 2015

Location: Armstrong Research Farm - Lewis, Iowa

Description: This fast-paced professional development workshop will give you technical skills in agriculture to be comfortable integrating agriculture into your classroom curriculum. Agriculture is a great way to teach essential concepts and skills in science, social studies, language arts, math and more. Most of the lessons and activities in the workshop are aligned to k-2 & 3-5th grade Iowa Core concepts, but it is open to all educators. Participants will leave the workshop with instructional strategies, lessons and activities that can be immediately implemented into their classroom with little or no additional effort. Student engagement and impact will be high with this hands-on learning in something we can all relate to – food. During the workshop, participants will visit two farms - Milk Unlimited Dairy and A to Z Feeders - to learn how crops and livestock are grown. They will also visit a grain elevator, equipment dealership, and research farm to learn about math, science, and technology applications in agriculture.

Register to attend: https://prodev.aeapdonline.org/4DCGI/22028499991601INV&True*


Date: June 8-9, 2015

Location: Polk County Farm Bureau - Ankeny, Iowa

Description: Help your students learn life-long healthy eating habits in this two day workshop. Participants will spend one day touring sites relevant to nutrition, school gardening, and farming. On the second day, participants will gather resources, learn activities, and share ideas on nutrition, school gardens, and the farm to store chain. All activities and lessons are Core aligned. Most of the lessons and activities in the workshop are aligned to K-2 grade Iowa Core concepts. Priority given to Polk Co., Dallas Co., and Story Co. teachers.

Register to attend: https://prodev.aeapdonline.org/4DCGI/DR402799991601INV&True*


Date: June 9-10, 2015

Location: Borlaug Learning Center - Nashua, Iowa

Description: This fast-paced professional development will give you technical skills in agriculture to be comfortable integrating agriculture into your classroom curriculum. Agriculture is a great way to teach essential concepts and skills in science, social studies, language arts, math and more. Participants will leave the workshop with instructional strategies, lessons and activities that can be immediately implemented into their classroom with little or no additional effort. Student engagement and impact will be high with this hands-on learning in something we can all relate to – food. Topics will include, Iowa’s prairies, food science, corn and soybean production, agricultural technology, and soil/water conservation.

Register to attend: https://prodev.aeapdonline.org/4DCGI/22027699991601INV&True*


Date: June 10-11, 2015

Location: Day 1 – DMACC Campus, Newton, Iowa: Day 2 – Iowa Valley Continuing Education Center, Marshalltown, Iowa

Description: This fast-paced professional development will give you technical skills in agriculture to be comfortable integrating agriculture into your classroom curriculum. Agriculture is a great way to teach essential concepts and skills in science, social studies, language arts, math and more. Most of the lessons and activities in the workshop are aligned to K-2 & 3-5th grade Iowa Core concepts, but it is open to all educators. Participants will leave the workshop with instructional strategies, lessons and activities that can be immediately implemented into their classroom with little or no additional effort. Student engagement and impact will be high with this hands-on learning in something we can all relate to – food. During the workshop, participants will visit a family farm to learn how crops and livestock are grown. They will then visit an elevator, meat processor, and grocery store to see how the crops are transported, sold, and made into the foods and other products we eat and use every day. Throughout the workshop participants will also Skype with farmers and an agronomist to learn about technology and conservation practices used on farms today.

Register to attend: https://prodev.aeapdonline.org/4DCGI/22028399991601INV&True*


Date: June 11-12, 2015

Location: Polk County Farm Bureau - Ankeny, Iowa

Description: Engage your students in STEM through agriculture! Our two-day workshop incorporates hands-on activities and site visits, including the Iowa State University BioTech Center, to help participants gain a deep understanding of the Iowa agriculture–STEM connection. You will leave with grade-appropriate, Iowa Core aligned, hands-on STEM activities to use in the classroom. All snacks, lunch, and transportation provided. Most of the lessons and activities in the workshop are aligned to 3-5th grade Iowa Core concepts. Priority given to Polk Co., Dallas Co., and Story Co. teachers.

Register to attend: https://prodev.aeapdonline.org/4DCGI/DR402899991601INV&True*


Date: June 30-July 1, 2015

Location: Polk County Farm Bureau - Ankeny, Iowa

Description: It is the International Year of the Soils! Learn how the agriculture community is practicing conservation of soil and water, leading the way in the development of renewable fuels, and harnessing the power of wind for renewable energy in this two day workshop. Participants will spend one day touring relevant sites such as an ethanol plant, wind turbine, and winery. On the second day, participants will gather resources, learn activities, and share lesson ideas. All activities and lessons are Core aligned. Workshop is open to teachers K-12. Priority given to Polk Co., Dallas Co., and Story Co. teachers.

Register to attend: https://prodev.aeapdonline.org/4DCGI/DR402999991601INV&True*


Date: July 13-14, 2015

Location: Moville Community Center, Moville, Iowa

Description: This fast-paced professional development will give you technical skills in agriculture to be comfortable integrating agriculture into your classroom curriculum. Agriculture is a great way to teach essential concepts and skills in science, social studies, language arts, math and more. Participants will leave the workshop with instructional strategies, lessons and activities that can be immediately implemented into their classroom with little or no additional effort. Student engagement and impact will be high with this hands-on learning in something we can all relate to – food. One day of the course participants will be following a raw ingredient – milk - from a dairy to an ice cream factory as part of an educational tour.

Register to attend: https://prodev.aeapdonline.org/4DCGI/22026799991601INV&True*


Date: July 28-29, 2015

Location: Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Fairfield, Iowa

Description: This fast-paced professional development will give you technical skills in agriculture to be comfortable integrating agriculture into your classroom curriculum. Agriculture is a great way to teach essential concepts and skills in science, social studies, language arts, math and more. Participants will leave the workshop with instructional strategies, lessons and activities that can be immediately implemented into their classroom with little or no additional effort. Student engagement and impact will be high with this hands-on learning in something we can all relate to – food. One day of the course participants will follow a raw ingredient – corn – through the process from farm to final product – plastic. Other tour sites include a family farm with a diversified operation and a family farm focused on conservation. The workshop will also include presentations focused on science, technology, engineering and math with lessons, activities and examples of classroom integration for each

Register to attend: https://prodev.aeapdonline.org/4DCGI/22026899991601INV&True*

Workshops are made possible by supporters of the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation including Ag Ventures Alliance, CHS Foundation, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Silos and Smokestacks Foundation, DuPont Pioneer, GROWMARK, and the Iowa Beef Industry Council. To find out more about workshops in your area visit www.IowaAgLiteracy.org, email info@iowaagliteracy.org or call 515-331-4182.

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About the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation

IALF serves as a central resource for educators and volunteers who want to teach Iowa’s students about agriculture. The mission is to educate Iowans, with a focus on youth, regarding the breadth and global significance of agriculture. Iowa is a leading producer of agricultural products that are essential to feed a growing world population, estimated to reach more than 9 billion by 2050. IALF believes it is important for all Iowans to understand the essential role agriculture has in their lives. IALF will support existing agriculture education efforts such as FFA, 4-H and Ag in the Classroom. IALF was created through a joint effort of agricultural stakeholders, including the Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Silos and Smokestacks Foundation, DuPont Pioneer, GROWMARK, and the Iowa Beef Industry Council. For more information visit IALF online at IowaAgLiteracy.org, on Facebook, and Twitter.

Source:

Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation

Contact:

Will Fett, Executive Director
Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation
WFett@IowaAgLiteracy.org
515-331-4182

Publish Date:

4/24/2015