Stories from the Driftless

Deep Learning in Decorah, IA — PRTP16



Decorah, Iowa is a beautiful town, rich with connections to water and the land. Decorah is in NE Iowa just west of the Mississippi, right on the edge of the Driftless region. The Upper Iowa River snakes thru town, and over time the residents have embraced this geographical feature. Over the summer, I traveled to Decorah for a workshop and noted the historical charm, appreciation for outdoor recreation, how they’ve adjusted to living along the river. In this episode, you’re meeting Zach Fromm, Instructional Coach, from the Decorah School District. The work in the Decorah school district is quite commendable as they leverage community resources and experts to create comprehensive interdisciplinary experiences that impact their students for years to come. I’m hoping you’ll listen to this episode and wonder how you can replicate this type of learning back where you’re from. 

Zach’s Contact Information:

Twitter: @Zachfromm1

Links to relevant programs, experts, contextual information, and press releases:


Winneshiek County Conservation

A Long Walk to Water

Vesterheim Museum

City of Decorah Staff

Information about “The Cut” 

Winneshiek County Historic Preservation Commission

Decorah Middle School’s “Water to Thrive” Efforts

2019 Press Release


  1. Your article gave me a lot of inspiration, I hope you can explain your point of view in more detail, because I have some doubts, thank you.

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