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February 2017

News & Updates

Teaching and Learning Symposium

for members of our PBEA-PLC Team 

As part of the funding to develop a Professional Learning Community, Iowa State University will be hosting a Teaching and Learning Symposium.  
The goals of the Symposium are to:
  • improve use of the PBEA E-Learning Modules and the ALAs through in-depth use of the materials and
  • improve your classroom learning & teaching strategies. 
This symposium will directly immerse you in preparing for your next academic year.   Included in the symposium are field trips, demonstrations, and lots of hands-on, minds-on work; and of course lots of fun.  Judy and Courtney will ensure the fun part. We are in the planning stage, so please share what you would like to see during this event.
Email Judy at; or Courtney at with your ideas!

Where:  Iowa State University, Ames Iowa

When:  As we make our in country visits we will work to determine the date of the symposium.

How:  Funding is available for two faculty to attend from each of our partner institutions. This includes airfare, transportation, and meals & lodging while in Ames.  Other faculty may attend at their own expense.   

You Wanted to Know...

Watch this short video as an introduction to the Backwards Design Process.  For more information visit the PLC Website here:

What is a lesson plan?

When planning curriculum you are creating a big picture road map for an educational program.  This road map determines how students will interact in order to accomplish an outlined set of educational goals. Lesson planning is similar to curriculum planning in the sense that you are still creating a road map, but unlike the road map created from curriculum planning the road map created from lesson planning is more specific.  A lesson plan outlines what students will learn and how they will learn it. The following three points are the main components of a lesson plan:
  • Objectives or desired outcomes
  • Evidence
  • Teaching/learning activities
For more information on planning a lesson, visit the Lesson Development and Delivery module on the PLC Website at:

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