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Dr. Norman E. Borlaug's Legacy Provides Students with Educational Resources and Opportunities

posted on April 17, 2014 at 8:32 AM

 Dr. Norman E. Borlaug's Legacy Provides Students with Educational Resources and Opportunities

On March 25, 2014, the State of Iowa celebrated a milestone with the official unveiling of the Dr. Norman E. Borlaug statue in National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Appropriately, the date would have been Dr. Borlaug's 100th birthday and is also National Agriculture Day.

Dr. Borlaug of Cresco, Iowa, is known as the "Father of The Green Revolution" and his development of miracle wheat is credited with saving an estimated billion people around the world from hunger and starvation. He is the only American to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, the Congressional Gold Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Science.

The statue of Borlaug will be part of the National Statuary Hall Collection at the U.S. Capitol Building, where each state is represented by two statues of notable citizens. Borlaug will replace the statue of U.S. Senator James Harlan installed in 1910, which will be relocated to Mount Pleasant, Iowa. The second statue representing Iowa is of Governor Samuel Kirkwood, installed in 1913.

Find more information on this once-in-a-lifetime milestone for Iowans at You can also visit the State Historical Museum of Iowa in Des Moines on March 25 to watch the live webcast, see a smaller version of the statue, and tour a new exhibit of agricultural paintings by artist Walter Haskell Hinton.

The World Food Prize, which Norman Borlaug founded, has created a section of its website all about Dr. Borlaug. They are inviting students, teachers and others to celebrate his legacy by:

  • Posting to the interactive Borlaug Centennial Map with the answer to this question: In honor of Norman Borlaug's 100th birthday, what will you do to help fight hunger? Students can also read other people's responses.
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Posted on April 17, 2014 at 8:32 AM Comments

Iowa's Own Makes it as a Digital Innovator

posted on April 9, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Iowa's Own Makes it as a Digital Innovator

Leslie Pralle Keehn is a currently technology integration consultant for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency out of Blairsburg, Iowa, and previously taught 6-12 grade Social Studies and computer. She became passionate about using technology very early in her social studies classroom after receiving a grant to buy a Nintendo Wii for her classroom. She is passionate about gamification, blended learning, global connections, and student creation and collaboration beyond the classroom walls.

A 2011 C-SPAN Educator Fellow, Leslie was also named the 2012 Iowa Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year. Leslie's work now focuses on meaningful technology integration in all classrooms, empowering children to share their voice with the world, and using technology to create deep, global learning opportunities through project based learning, the maker movement, and authentic work.She has a BA in Political Science and a MA in Curriculum & Instruction: Technology.

Her favorite part of her job is helping students digitally publish their work and receive comments from a global audience. Leslie’s favorite PBS LearningMedia resources are the “Building Blocks” video collection for PK-2 about Social Studies, especially the video entitled “The White House.” Anytime she can use multimedia to help support Social Studies in elementary she gets excited!

Building Blocks

The White House


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Can Your Class Recite the Gettysburg Address?

posted on April 9, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Can Your Class Recite the Gettysburg Address?

“Four score and seven years ago…”

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, have your class join a national effort to encourage everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the famous speech. Then, on April 15, tune in for the premiere of The Address on PBS, a 90-minute feature length documentary by Ken Burns that tells the story of the Greenwood School, a tiny school in Putney, Vermont, where the students are encouraged to practice, memorize, and recite the Gettysburg Address each year. In its exploration of the Greenwood School, the film also unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address.

To get your students motivated, use videos from PBS LearningMedia’s Learn the Address collection from WETA, showing a variety of individuals, including President Obama, Taylor Swift, Bill Gates and Elmo reciting those now infamous words. And it doesn’t stop there. The recordings housed in this collection will continue to grow as more and more people are inspired by the power of history and take the challenge to learn the address. This K-12 collection is sure to have your students coming back for more!

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Save the Date for the Iowa Public Television Teacher Training Institute

posted on April 2, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Save the Date for the Iowa Public Television Teacher Training Institute

Iowa Public Television invites you to save the date for the Iowa Public Television Teacher Training Institute which will be held June 13, 2014.  IPTVTTI will offer networking and professional development opportunities for educators from around the state.  Master Teachers, highly qualified educators that have been selected by IPTV, will present model lessons that are cross curricular and STEM based.  The opportunity to learn about IPTV and PBS resources, as well as how to submit your own qualifying lesson to IPTV for a stipend, will be offered in June.  

If you have questions, please call 1-515-725-9722 and speak to Angela Hiatt in Educational Services at Iowa Public Television. You may also send an email to

Notable Dates (Dates are subject to change, but will be updated here if change occurs):


March 24: Accepting Master Teacher applications through this date.

April 1: Will begin notifying qualifying Master Teachers.

May 3: Selected Master Teachers will attend training at IPTV.

June 13: Teacher Training Institute.


Posted on April 2, 2014 at 12:00 AM Comments

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