PLAEA Social Studies Opportunities


Final year of standards roll-out

PLAEA is excited to offer and share several opportunities in Social Studies education for 2019-20

*Reminder: Full implementation of the new standards is for 2020

Year 3 Standards Training

This year we're offering even more training for the statewide Social Studies standards! Trainings will be held in Pocahontas, Fort Dodge, and Storm Lake throughout the year starting in October! Trainings are available for both elementary and secondary. Links for the online training modules for years one and two can be found at the bottom of this page.

Elementary Training:

  • April 23-24, Storm Lake (PLAEA)
  • June 8-9, Pocahontas (PLAEA)

Secondary Training:

  • March 5-6, Pocahontas (PLAEA)
  • June 8-9, Pocahontas (PLAEA)

UN Sustainable Development Goals Book Club (K-6)

Join us to participate in the global #SDGBookClub by participating in monthly online showcases to explore the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals through children's books!

I'll sign on briefly after school one day per month to share the month's books, ideas, ask questions, and make connections to Iowa Social Studies standards along with other classroom implications.

The #SDGBookClub project has chosen books that are geared toward ages 6-12, but anyone is welcome to attend.

Equity, Social Justice, and Diversity

Are you ready to do more w/ bias, equity, social justice, & multicultural ed in your building or classroom? Let's schedule time to talk about embedding this important work into your professional learning & classrooms!

American Dream Game (6-12)

Spend some time in someone else’s shoes in a board game that explores how bias, stereotypes, discrimination, and systemic inequity can block our path toward the “American Dream.” Prairie Lakes AEA can bring this experience to your school for a small group of students or staff. To allow for great conversations during the game and debriefing after the game is best played in a 2 hour time window. If you're interested in exploring this opportunity for your students or staff, please email Leslie Pralle Osborn ( or Gina Blomberg (
7th Grade Global Connections Lessons

Open Educational Resources created by Iowa Teachers

Middle School Social Studies Units

Open Educational Resources created by Iowa Teachers

Additional Learning Opportunities

Questions? Looking for something specific for your building/district?

Contact Leslie Pralle Osborn!