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 how crops like black beans and livestock like chickens are raised. They will compare practices to specialty crops like aronia berries. They will see specialty livestock facilities that diversify Iowa's agricultural landscape with an indoor shrimp farm. Participants will see the science producing electricity especially with wind turbines and solar panels. Producers, scientists and other experts will showcase how agriculture uses technology to ensure environmental and economic sustainability. The 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.