Professional Development

Summer, Two-Day Professional Development Courses


The summer workshops are fast-paced professional development that will give teachers, extension personnel, and others who educate youth the skills they need to implement many of the new Iowa Core science and social studies standards. Using agriculture as the context to teach standards, course participants will integrate agriculture into science, social studies, language arts and math to make learning real and relevant for students. 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 hands-on learning.

The two-day in-person workshop is free to attend and includes on-site tours, hands-on activities, resource materials, lunches, and more! One licensure renewal credit is available from AEA for $35. One graduate credit is available through Drake University, Grandview University, and Morningside College for $130.

If you have questions, contact info@iowaagliteracy.org 


From Farming Past to Future Innovation

June 6-7

Location: Oskaloosa, IA

AEA Course Number: 203282

During one day of the course, participants will learn about historical farming practices and innovative farming techniques of today that marry history with future demands. Participants will learn about agriculture history as they tour a pioneer farm and the influences historical technologies have on today’s practices by exploring a modern farm, equipment implement, alpaca farm, fruit farm, and bakery. A second day of the course will focus on implementing lessons learned, connecting learning to science and social studies, and making it relevant to student learners. Participants will learn about specialty crops, antique farm tools, modern agriculture technology, and more.

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Exploring the Past to Farm the Future

June 9-10

Location: Latimer, IA

AEA Course Number: 203314

During the course, participants will explore historical and modern agriculture through tours and panel discussions. Participants will learn about Tyden Farm No. 6, the CAL Community Schools agriculture and school garden facilities, and a modern agribusiness. The course will also focus on implementing lessons learned from these experts, connecting learning to science and social studies, and making it relevant to student learners. Participants will learn about available resources, Iowa history, and modern technology and careers related to agriculture.

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The Wonderful World of Specialty Agriculture

June 13-14

Location: Mt. Pleasant, IA

AEA Course Number: 203316

During one day of the course, participants will learn about atypical Iowa agriculture in the way of dairy production, alpaca fiber production, and viticulture. Participants will explore diverse agribusinesses and farms to learn about unique Iowa careers. A second day of the course will focus on implementing lessons learned, connecting learning to science and social studies, and making it relevant to student learners. Participants will learn about the breadth of Iowa agriculture, careers in the industry, and available resources using agriculture as the context for standards-based learning.

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Cultivating Agriculture and Science Opportunities

June 15-16

Location: Malvern, IA

AEA Course Number: 203399

During one day of the course, participants will learn about the science concepts that can be highlighted through agriculture as they tour a cattle feedlot, machinery implement, ethanol plant, and winery. Participants will explore science and social studies concepts such as animal care, crop growth, and technology impacts. A second day of the course will focus on implementing lessons learned, connecting learning to science and social studies, and making it relevant to student learners. Participants will learn about the impacts technology and science advancements have had on agriculture, influences of specialty crops, pork production, and more.

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Ag Careers Connect to STEM

June 20-21

Location: Hiawatha, IA

AEA Course Number: 203293

During one day of the course, participants will learn about the variety of careers and jobs within agriculture by touring a sod farm, chef kitchen, veterinary lab, and livestock farm. Participants will explore processing careers, production careers, and STEM careers that extend the opportunities in agriculture. A second day of the course will focus on implementing lessons learned, connecting learning to science and social studies, and making it relevant to student learners. Participants will learn about the ethanol production, supply chains, entrepreneurships in agriculture, and more. 

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Animals in Agriculture

July 7-8

Location: Avoca, IA

AEA Course Number: 203313

During one day of the course, participants will learn about animals in agriculture by visiting local farms and agribusinesses related to livestock, veterinary care, and meat products. Participants will explore livestock care and animal agriculture with a wide lens to understand Iowa’s role in animal agriculture. A second day of the course will focus on implementing lessons learned, connecting learning to science and social studies, and making it relevant to student learners. Participants will learn about the science, care, and impact of livestock in Iowa.

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Farm to You

July 13-14

Location: Eldridge, IA

AEA Course Number: 203284

During one day of the course, participants will learn about how agriculture products impact them by observing how they are grown and raised as they tour a sod farm and worm farm. Participants will explore farm-to-table concepts of care, processing, and transportation as they tour a vineyard and pig barn. A second day of the course will focus on implementing lessons learned, connecting learning to science and social studies, and making it relevant to student learners. Participants will learn about the impacts the railroad system has on transportation of goods, how soil health impacts crop production, and more.

Register for this course HERE (NOTE: This workshop is currently FULL. Please email IALF to request to be added to the waiting list.)

 

STEM-ing Into Iowa Agriculture

August 9-10

Location: Marshalltown, IA

AEA Course Number: 203315

During one day of the course, participants will tour various local farms and agribusinesses, learning about the breadth and depth of STEM subjects in Iowa agriculture. Tour sites will include livestock and crop facilities, such as a seed dealer, cattle farm, and grain farm. A second day of the course will focus on implementing lessons learned, connecting learning to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and making it relevant to student learners. Participants will learn about the STEM involved in the production of plants and animals through relevant, hands-on activities and lessons.

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Hosted by our partner, Central Iowa Agriculture in the Classroom:

Elevate Your Lessons with Agriculture

June 14-15

Location: Ames (Day 1) and Ankeny (Day 2), IA

AEA Course Number: 203491

We use products from a farm every day. We eat food grown on farms, drink beverages made possible by farm products, and wear clothing made from cotton. Would you like to get a behind-the scenes tour of how some of these everyday products are produced right here in Iowa? Here is your chance! Come along with us as we tour a variety of exciting sites on day one including Reiman Gardens to learn all about pollinators, a farm that specializes in cheese making, a fish production facility, winery, and more!

On day two, you will participate in interactive ag-related activities and hear a variety of speakers. Learn how agriculture helps you teach social studies and science phenomena in engaging and relevant ways. You will leave with grade-appropriate, Iowa Core aligned, hands-on activities to use in your classroom along with a deeper personal knowledge of agriculture to share with your students. All snacks, lunch, and transportation provided.

Graduate credit is being offered for this course.  Please check with your partnering institution of higher education to be certain it will be accepted towards a master's degree or endorsement.

Register for this course HERE