ABC’s of Lesson Plan Development & Instruction

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Event Details

November 13, 2013
Time: 10am - 3pm (Registration at 9:30 am)
Location:Heartland Acres Agribition Center, Event Center
2600 Swan Lake Blvd.
Independence, IA  

Event Description

Register by November 8!

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Affiliated with SSNHA Partner or Emerging Site:
$35/person or 3 individuals from same organization for $90

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ABC’s of Lesson Plan Development & Instruction

Lesson plans are the foundations for learning. Teachers use them as outlines for daily activities and principals review them to ensure classrooms are following curriculum standards. However, for most non-formal educators, lesson plans can be difficult to write and challenging to connect with Iowa Core (Iowa’s set standards for educational development). With that in mind, Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) has invited Courtney Clausen from the University of Northern Iowa to discuss the Iowa Core, lesson plan development and key instructional strategies.

Throughout the day participants will take a detailed look at the Iowa Core, focusing specifically on how to correlate current site programs to history, language arts and science. After learning more about Iowa Core Standards, participants will develop lesson plans that link to core standards and offer easy program outlines for staff and docents to follow. Along with writing lesson plans, Courtney will teach participants some of the basic instructional strategies for working with students. By learning a few “tricks of the trade,” programs that were once challenging will become fun and engaging.

Participants are encouraged to bring laptops and program ideas to the workshop. There will also be time for workshop attendees to explore Heartland Acres Agribition Center, a SSNHA Partner Site, which teaches visitors the importance of agriculture and the overall impact it has on EVERYONE…even YOU!






Courtney Clausen is an instructor at the University of Northern Iowa in the Office of Student Field Experiences. She previously worked as a Social Studies instructor at Price Laboratory School in Cedar Falls, Iowa