The Iowa Department of Education is offering four different one-day workshops this summer to support high-quality teaching and learning in social studies.

Each workshop, which will be held at different locations around the state, targets specific elements related to Iowa standards implementation.

There are four differentiated professional development "pathways":

  • Pathway 1: Inquiry 101, June 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Keystone Area Education Agency, Dubuque.
  • Pathway 2: Unit Planning in Social Studies, July 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Heartland AEA, Adel.
  • Pathway 3: Disciplinary Literacy and the Use of Primary Sources, July 17, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Northwest AEA, Sioux City
  • Pathway 4: Visible Learning in Social Studies Book Study, July 18, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Heartland AEA, Adel

In order to identify which workshop(s) to take, it is recommended that you take a pre-assessment. This will help understand the goals of each workshop and help you better understand which elements of standards implementation you may need more knowledge or skills in.

There will also be follow-up webinars in the fall to help participants share what they learned and reflect on that learning, while working to implement what they learned in the classroom.

License renewal credit will be available for anyone who takes at least two workshops. Registration is under way.

For more information on the professional development opportunities, contact Stefanie Wager at or 515-419-2876.

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