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Farming Then & Now

June 9, 2020 - June 10, 2020


Location: Hampton, Iowa

This fast-paced professional development will give teachers, extension personnel, and others who educate youth the skills they need to implement many of the Iowa Core social studies and science standards. Using agriculture as the context to teach core 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. Students will venture out of the classroom both days to see how agriculture has changed over time. They will visit Tyden Farm No. 6 and see farm buildings, tractors, and equipment that were cutting-edge farm technology in the early and mid-1900’s.  On the second day, they will visit a modern corn, soybean, and cattle farm to learn about agriculture technology of today and tomorrow.  During both farm visits, teachers will see how agriculture has changed over the years and learn how technology has been applied to improve agricultural practices and produce food, fiber and fuel.  During the in-class time participants will dive into the social studies & science standards, explore resources, and work with staff from the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation, North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom, and Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area to translate what they learned from the tours into lessons for their students.

Register to attend:  Graduate credit is available through Drake University, Grand View 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 189655. Then follow the links to register for the course.

**The workshops will proceed as planned provided we can ensure the health and safety of our staff and the workshop participants. We are monitoring the COVID-19 related news and events closely. If for some reason we are not able to host the in-person workshops we will pivot to a virtual and online experience. Participants can still receive license renewal or graduate level credit by completing the course requirements.**


June 9, 2020
June 10, 2020
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Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation
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