Professional Development

Journey 2050: Exploring Sustainability and Agriculture Online Course

IALF is offering an eight-week two-credit online class through the Area Education Association (AEA) this fall. Through the course, Journey 2050: Exploring Sustainability and Agriculture, participants will explore food production issues and learn about sustainability through a three-pronged approach using Nutrien’s gamified virtual program, Journey 2050. This course is ideal for middle school and high school science and social studies educators. At the end of the course participants will receive a kit and resources to help them implement the curriculum into their own classroom.

Course Information

  • Description: This online course explores agriculture sustainability through a three-pronged approach using Nutrien’s gamified virtual program, Journey 2050. Through videos, readings, and discussion forums educators will learn about agriculture around the world. The course aims to provide educators with tools to link Iowa Core social studies and science standards. Educators will engage in activities to gather resources to help their students think critically as they analyze the world issue of food production needs in the key year of 2050. This professional development course will also introduce educators to agriculture and cross-curricular lessons that are aligned to K-12 Iowa Core Standards. Using agriculture as the context for learning, participants will create an implementation plan for Journey 2050 that is relevant to the grade and subjects they teach. Participants will leave the course with instructional strategies, lessons, and activities that can be immediately implemented into their classroom. This is a two-credit course that requires a minimum of 30 hours online, plus an additional 60 hours of reading, reflection, research/discovery, and curriculum development.
  • AEA Course Number: 203167
  • Course Dates: Oct. 10 to Dec. 7, 2022
  • Registration linkLO - Journey 2050: Exploring Sustainability and Agriculture 



Nourishing Our Soil and Water Through Sustainable Agriculture Workshop

Environmental Issues Instruction and Upper Iowa University are offering Nourishing Our Soil and Water Through Sustainable Agriculture workshop at St. Paul the Apostle School in Davenport, Iowa over several days in November. This is an interdisciplinary, undergraduate or graduate level college credit course for all teachers PreK-14 and other environmental educators. The registration fee is $275 and includes food, lodging, teaching materials, two graduate credits and sub-grants for classroom projects. Contact Dr. Barbara Ehlers for more information. Learn more about the workshop on the Upper Iowa University EII webpage.