Innovation in Agriculture PD Workshop
June 3 & 4, 2019 - Dordt University Agriculture Stewardship Center
June 3 & 4, 2019 - 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dordt University Agriculture Stewardship Center – Sioux Center, IA
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 180225. Then follow the links to register for the course.
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 science and social studies 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 course participants will see how biotechnology and genetics are utilized on farms today. They will tour a farm, a seed corn research facility, and a livestock genetics company to gain an understanding of the research and product development involved in plant and livestock breeding. 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.
This is a one-credit course that is mixed instruction with on-site and online components. The on-site component of the workshop is June 3-4 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at the Dort University Agriculture Stewardship Center near Sioux Center, IA. Attending 100% of the on-site component is required. Pre and post workshop surveys, forums and assignment submissions will be completed online by July 8.
Fees: The two-day in-person workshop is free to attend and includes on-site tours, hands-on activities, resource materials, lunches & more! Graduate credit is available through Drake University for $85 or from Morningside College for $65. Licensure renewal credit is available from AEA for $35.
This workshop is hosted by Siouxland Agriculture in the Classroom in collaboration with the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation.