Agricultural Experiences for Educators

Posted: April 22, 2021

Local, state, and national professional development opportunities for teachers


DeKalb County Summer Ag Institute: Teaching about WATER
(Water, Agriculture, Technology, and Environmental Resources)


Our very lives depend on clean, safe, reliable sources of water. How do farmers and the larger agricultural industry work to protect water quality and use water efficiently while growing the crops and raising the livestock which feed us all?

Via farm and agribusiness tours, expert speakers, and ag literacy resource exploration, this institute will give teachers tools and background knowledge to broaden students’ understanding of agriculture as it relates to water use, conservation, and quality.


June 14, 15, 16, & 17, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


DeKalb County Farm Bureau and area tour sites

Credit, Registration, Cost

•  Teachers may earn 30 CPDUs or 2 hours of graduate credit.

•  Register online at

•  The registration fee is $100 for all participants.

•  Those wishing to earn graduate credit will also need to enroll in the course and pay $200 tuition through the University of St. Francis for a total SAI cost of $300.

•  A limited number of $100 scholarships are available! See the online registration form for details.


Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Virtual Teacher Workshops


Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom will offer hour-long training sessions for educators to experience ag-themed lessons, activities, and recommended children’s books. Four themes will be covered, each in two-week blocks: Natural Resources, Livestock, Row Crops, and Specialty Crops. Teachers who sign up in advance will be mailed supplies and resources in order to try out activities during the training sessions.


The trainings will take place on Tuesday mornings in June and July.


All sessions will be virtual.

Credit, Registration, Cost

•  Teachers who complete each training and submit a reflection form will receive a Certificate of Completion from IAITC which may be presented to school administration for CPDUs.

•  Join the mailing list at to receive more information and registration details as it becomes available.

•  The IAITC virtual summer workshops are free of charge.


National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference: Fields of Dreams


The National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization is proud to present this annual conference providing dynamic professional development to teachers and education professionals who use agriculture as a lens for authentic learning experiences.

Conference highlights

•  Eight breakout sessions and four mini-workshops to gather a wealth of new ideas

•  Nine traveling workshops to experience agriculture first-hand

•  Keynote speakers Anton Treuer, Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University and author of many books; and Nicole Jolly, host and co-writer of the “How Does it Grow?” video series

•  Find out more at


June 28-July 1


This will be a hybrid conference. There is an in-person option for attendees able to travel to Des Moines, IA, and a virtual option with a selection of sessions for attendees to live stream over the course of the three-day conference.

Credit, Registration, Cost

•  One hour of graduate credit is available from Drake University, Morningside College, or Grandview University for $130. More information is available at the registration link below.

•  Register online at

•  The in-person registration fee is $435 if registered by June 1. Full registration includes all conference meals, breaks, and traveling workshop on June 29, 2021. •  The virtual registration fee is $50 if registered by June 28. Virtual registration includes a choice of three live-streamed workshops per hour over three days and the two keynote speakers. Sessions will be available to view for three months.