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Continuing Education in Agriculture Available for Iowa Teachers
Iowa Ag Connection - 04/08/2021

Professional development workshops for teachers and educators will once again be offered throughout the summer and around the state by the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation and partner organizations.

The workshops will help teachers apply Iowa Core standards including social studies, and science in the context of agriculture. The workshops will also use agriculture to teach other core concepts and skills like language arts and math. The workshops will be hands on and are planned to be interactive with one day of site visits and tours and one day of practical classroom application. The events are planned as in-person events but can be converted to an online format to ensure health and safety concerns don't allow for the in-person events. Many STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts will be integrated throughout.

After taking the course last year, Serena Andrews commented "It was effective to see a wide range of materials at our fingertips, especially when online learning is so relevant. It was helpful to be in touch with other teachers to share and discuss. That's always been so helpful to me in these classes. I was able to adapt a current lesson I teach to fit the expectations of this class, so it was helpful to have that flexibility."

The dates of the workshops are June 10-11 in Oskaloosa, June 10-11 in Northwood, June 16-17 in Ladora, July 14-15 in Independence, July 19-20 in Eldridge, Aug. 2-3 in Ames, and Aug. 4-5 in Woodbine. 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.

"I thought that the delivery of the online materials was outstanding!" said Melanie Marreel who attended last year's workshops. "The topics were very well organized, and I appreciated the quizzes as an accountability for covering the material provided. I also really appreciated the fact that we were able to write lessons that will actually be used in our classroom! And I was very excited when we had to convert a lesson to an online format. That was excellent practice for what we may have to continue to do!"

Workshops are made possible by supporters of the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation including the Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area, the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization, and AgVA Foundation with additional support from Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Corteva Agriscience, GROWMARK, and the Iowa Beef Industry Council. To find out more about workshops in your area visit, email or call 515-331-4182.

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