Professional Development

Spring Online Professional Development

March 12-April 9: Learning with the Herd: Using Beef Cattle as a Lens to Teach Science and Social Studies
Ideal for: 7-12 grade educators
This online course explores science and social-economic concepts related to the beef cattle industry. Through videos, readings, and discussion forums educators will learn about how beef cattle can be used as a lens in their general classroom to teach science and social studies concepts. The course will provide educators with access to resources such as standards aligned lessons, student readers, career posters, and educational videos. Educators will engage in activities to gather resources to help their students think critically as they analyze the science behind beef cattle and world challenges within food production. This is a learn at your own pace course and is available for license renewal or graduate credit.  

SAVE THE DATE: Summer Professional Development

Each summer IALF partners with Local Hosts to offer two-day professional development opportunities for educators. The two-day in-person workshop is FREE to attend and includes on-site tours, hands-on activities, resource materials, lunches and more! These fast-paced professional developments give teachers, extension personnel, and others who educate youth the skills they need to implement many of the Iowa Core science and social studies standards. Using agriculture as a lens to teach provides students real-world connections and relevance to classroom material. 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. Through IALF's partnership through the AEAs license renewal ($35) and graduate credit ($130) options are available for the courses. 

This year, the IALF was selected as a STEM Scale-Up Program provider by the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. Summer workshops occurring from July 15-October 30 will be part of the STEM Scale-Up award program. Registration for all courses will open in late March-early April.

June 13-14: Oskaloosa, IA
June 18-19: Fort Dodge, IA

July 16-17: Sioux City, IA
July 18-19: Des Moines Metro
July 23-24: Coralville, IA
July 30-31: Mason City, IA
August 1-2: Waterloo, IA
August 6-7: Irwin, IA
October 25-26: TBD

If you have any questions regarding professional development opportunities, please contact Cathryn Carney (