Learning from Kernel to Kitchen 

Professional Development Workshop

June 18 & 19, 2020

Virtually hosted by the Iowa Ag Literacy Foundation

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.

During the first day of the onsite workshop participants will venture out of the classroom to visit popcorn, sweet corn, and field corn farms and tour a popcorn company. They will learn about innovation and technology has been applied to corn production and processing. They will talk to growers and compare production and marketing methods used for the three types of corn. 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.

This is a one-credit course that is mixed instruction with onsite and online components. The course requires 15 hours of onsite interaction and an additional 30 hours of reading, writing, or research/discovery. The onsite component of the course is June 18 & 19 in Sioux City, Iowa.


The two-day in-person workshop is free to attend and includes on-site tours, hands-on activities, resource materials, lunches & more!  Licensure renewal credit is available from AEA for $35. Graduate credit is available through Drake University, Grandview University, and Morningside College for $130.


Register to Attend

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 189657. Then follow the links to register for the course.


This workshop is hosted by Siouxland Agriculture in the Classroom in collaboration with the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation.


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