Summer 2020 Virtual PD

Even with face-to-face workshops and conferences a no-go for now, you can boost your ag literacy skills with these virtual opportunities!

By participating in at least 6 hours of any combination of online teacher training or virtual field trips listed here and by completing a reflection survey, teachers who live or teach in DeKalb County will be eligible to receive a $50 stipend. 

DeKalb County teachers may receive professional development credit (PDCs) for participation in the National AITC Virtual Summit on June 24-25 or the IAITC 5-hour Mini Conference on July 30.

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Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom
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Teacher Training Sessions
Wednesday, June 24,  9 a.m. – Scrambled States of America: Ag-Themed Books for Every State (in conjunction with the National AITC Virtual Summit)
Tuesday, June 30, 9-10 a.m. – The 3-Legged Stool: Finding Classroom Connections with Ag Sustainability
Tuesday, July 7, 9-10 a.m. – Plowing Through Our Past: A Look at the History of Ag in Illinois
Tuesday, July 14, 9-10 a.m. – Don’t Be a Bad Apple: Tasty Apple-Themed Lessons That Pack a Crunch
Tuesday, July 21, 9-10 a.m. – Give ‘Em Pumpkin to Talk About: Engaging Pumpkin-Themed Texts and Lessons
Thursday, July 30, 9 a.m.-noon, 1-3 p.m. – The Cultures of Agriculture: Exploring the Diversities of Food and Farming (5-hour Mini-Conference with help from Illinois Commodity Groups)

Virtual Field Trips
June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 28, 9-10 a.m. – Tour a dairy farm, a pumpkin farm in Utah, the Staley Museum, and more!

National Agriculture in the Classroom Virtual Summit
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Wednesday, June 24 (elementary teachers, all educators)
8:00- 9:00 a.m.Scrambled States of America: Ag-Themed Books for Every State (in conjunction with Illinois AITC)
9:30-10:30 a.m. – Cattle, Pigs, and Turkeys – Oh My
11 a.m.-12 p.m.Hands-On, Problem-Based Learning Where Students Explore & Create
12:30-1:30 p.m.Driving STEM: Super Soybean Car
2-3 p.m.Hydroponics in Classrooms: Inexpensive Projects & Curriculum
3:30-4:30 p.m.Bringing the Farm to the Classroom through Virtual Farm Trips

Thursday, June 25 (middle and high school teachers)
8-9 a.m.Feeding the World and Protecting the Environment
9:30-10:30 a.m.Integrating Agriculture through STEM
11 a.m.-12 p.m.Virtual Field Trip: Discover the Cows, Community, and Journey of Dairy in your Classroom
12:30-1:30 p.m.Journey 2050: Engaging Students in World Food Sustainability
2-3 p.m.Climate Change, Carbon Hoofprints, and Bananas in our Breadbasket?
3:30-4:30 p.m.I Have a Plan! Developing Project-Based Learning Plans for Ag Literacy

Nutrients for Life Foundation
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**LIVE ZOOM Daily 10:00am – 11:30am CST**
Independent study for an additional 90 minutes each day.

Tentative Schedule (contact for more details)
Monday, July 27, 2020 – Welcome and Introduction to Workshop
– Soil Basics and Activities for the classroom
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 – Fertilizer 101
– Nitrogen, Potash and Phosphate mining
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 – Environmental Science and the Soil
– Feeding the World and Protecting the Environment
– H2Know Digital Case study
Thursday, July 30, 2020 – Sustainability and the Soil
– 4R management practices
– Technology and science
– Journey 2050
Friday, July 31, 2020 – Digital Soil E-Lessons
– Humanities Against Hunger
– Biogeochemical cycle
– Virtual Field trips