This fast-paced professional development will give teachers, extension personnel, and others who educate youth the skills they need to implement many of the new Iowa Core social studies standards. Using agriculture as the context to teach science and social studies 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.
During one day of the course participants will see agriculture shaped the lives of prominent historical figures like Carrie Lane Chapman Catt as well as a century farm that is helping build a culture of conservation. Participants see the economic considerations of raising livestock under roof and diversifying business with wind turbines and solar panels. Producers, historians, scientists and other experts will showcase how agriculture uses technology and lessons from the past to ensure environmental and economic sustainability. The second day of the course will focus on implementing lessons learned, connecting learning to social studies, and making them relevant to student learners.