Professional Development - Spring Online Course

Bushel of Stories: Using Children's Literature to Teach the Writing Process and History of Agriculture

Dates: February 9 through March 17, 2022

Location: Online

Description:  This online course explores the various representations of agriculture through multiple pieces of literature. Through videos, readings, and discussion forums educators will learn how agriculture has changed throughout the decades and how those changes are represented in written media. The course aims to provide educators with tools to link the writing process to Iowa Core standards. Educators will engage in activities to gather resources to help their students think critically as they analyze representations of agriculture. 

This professional development course will also introduce educators to agriculture and cross-curricular lessons that are aligned to K-6 Iowa Core Standards. Using agriculture as the context for learning, participants will create a unit outline 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 one-credit course that requires a minimum of 15 hours online, plus an additional 30 hours of reading, research/discovery, and curriculum development.

Register to participate:  Graduate credit is available through Drake University or Morningside College for $130. Licensure renewal credit is available from AEA for $35. Registration can be done online by creating an account in the Professional Learning Registration System. Once an account is created (which could take up to 24 hours), login and search for the course number 309842. Then follow the links to register for the course.