Professional Development

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area offers the following continuing workshops for Iowa teachers.  Workshops can be taken for continuing education credits or for fun.


Workshops Help Educators Teach the Science of Food Production

Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation is holding eight workshops across the state this summer with partnering organizations. The workshops will help teachers apply Iowa Core standards including science and language arts in the context of agriculture. The workshops will also use agriculture to teach other core concepts and skills like social studies and math. The workshops will be hands on and interactive with one day of site visits and tours and one day of practical classroom application. Many STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts will be integrated throughout. Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area is partnering with Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation for one of these workshops July 11-12 at the La Porte City FFA  Historical & Ag Museum. For more information and details on this outstanding workshop and others, please check out the Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation webpage.

Teachers learning about a Motor Mill Historic Site.

Teachers learning about Motor Mill Historic Site.