Call for Proposals! Iowa STEM CAPS RFP Released

Iowa STEM logoThe Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council seeks schools wishing to establish and innovative, replicable Iowa model of the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) Program. CAPS originated by Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, KS, and now occurs in four additional locations across the country, including Waukee, Iowa (see Additional CAPS Models below.)
  • Northland CAPS immerses students in professional environments without the need for new buildings or classrooms.

The Council has designated a portion of the state legislative funding to promote Iowa STEM CAPS programs, with the goal of uniting the expertise of public and private sectors to strengthen the continuum from school to careers. The number of proposals accepted will depend upon available funds and proposal requests.

To learn more about the CAPS model in Iowa, join one of our webinars on August 12 at 1:00 p.m. CSD or August 20 at 9:00 a.m. CSD. Please check back for the link to the webinar. 
Please find the request for proposals here

 Proposals are due October 15, 2014

Questions? Please address questions to

The IOWA STEM CAPS Taskforce is chaired by Southeast Regional Manager Kristine Bullock at

2014 Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium on August 4


The 2014 Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium on Monday, Aug. 4, in Ankeny. The link to the symposium website is:

Featured speakers include Vivien Stewart from the Asia Society, Ee-Ling Low from the National Institute of Education in Singapore, and Barnett Berry from the Center for Teaching Quality. Also featured are:

  • Iowa’s first 39 school districts to launch teacher leadership systems in 2014-15 as part of the state’s landmark 2013 education reform package.
  • Two Iowa school districts – Central Decatur and Saydel – that started teacher leadership systems in 2013-14 with the help of a federal grant.
  • A student panel on the difference great teaching makes.

The event is open to the public, with the goal of attracting a broad cross-section of Iowans, including educators, parents, school board members, business leaders and legislators. The website includes the agenda, speaker biographies, sponsors and information on how to register.

Area Students “Unlock the Fun” at Great Prairie AEA’s Summer Enrichment

Great Prairie AEA’s Summer Enrichment Program Held at Iowa Wesleyan College and Southeastern Community College

Congratulations to our 2014 T-Shirt Design Contest Winner Wesley Kodis, 5th grade, Mediapolis Elementary, Mediapolis, IA.

Congratulations to our 2014 T-Shirt Design Contest Winner Wesley Kodis, 5th grade, Mediapolis Elementary, Mediapolis, IA.

Summer Enrichment Program is a “college-for-kids” type program for students in grades 3-6 who live in southeast Iowa.  To qualify, students need to be in a talented and gifted (TAG) program, or have high ITBS test scores, or be recommended by a teacher, counselor, or building principal. Or recommended and accepted for their artistic and creative characteristics by an art and music teacher.

The Great Prairie AEA Summer Enrichment 2014 program themed, “Unlock the Fun,” was held June 9 – 19 at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mt. Pleasant and June 23 – July 3 at Southeastern Community College, West Burlington.

Approximately 207 students from 16 area school districts and 3 non public schools attended Summer Enrichment in Mt. Pleasant and 426 students from 16 area school districts and 6 non public schools attended in West Burlington. These students have the opportunity to participate in more than 70 classes, taught by area educators. Classes cover the fine arts, languages, literature & writing, mathematics & logic, science, social studies, and computers. Great Prairie AEA thanks Southeastern Community College for generously donating the use of their campus for this year’s program!

Also, Congratulations to our 2014 T-Shirt Design Contest Winner, Wesley Kodis, 5th grade, Mediapolis Elementary, Mediapolis, IA.

For more information about Summer Enrichment contact Shannon Johnson,, or 319-753-6561 ext. 1136.

The Cornerstone – Summer 2014

A special summer edition of The Cornerstone includes:

Scroll down to begin reading or click on a story above. Enjoy!

Use TLC to Combat Avalanche Isolation

Jen Woodley:

Use TLC to Combat Avalanche Isolation by Dr. Jon Sheldahl, Chief Administrator

Originally posted on Jon's Blog:

This morning I read a blog in Edutopia (I highly recommend a twitter follow for Edutopia if you don’t already do so).  The piece was on teacher isolation and was written by Sean Glaze, a team building facilitator and leadership speaker.  In the piece, he talks about two types of teacher isolation, egg crate isolation and avalanche isolation.  Egg crate isolation is what we typically think of when we think about isolation.  For OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthose of you who, like me, are too young to remember taking eggs to town, an egg crate is a wooden cube in which each egg is placed in its own cell, preventing it from touching any other egg in the crate either horizontally or vertically.  In a way it is like a school building for eggs.  Each egg has its own space on it’s own level.  (I actually have an egg crate, but no chickens thank…

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2014-15 Changes in GPAEA Media

Last van pickup is the week of Tuesday, May 27 – Friday, May 30.   Friday is the final pickup for Monday, due to the Memorial Day holiday on May 26th. Thank you!

The past couple of years, we have been trending towards having our media collection in a central location and this spring moved forward to make that happen. Starting in 2014-15, a more efficient system of delivery will provide media resources point to point from the Ottumwa AEA Office.  All media is located in Ottumwa with the exception of a few Science Kits and Star Lab.  These will still be checked out by phone or email contact: 800-622-0027 or 800-382-8970, ext. 1153 or

GPAEA Media provides print and digital content in an assortment of mediums, ranging from K-12 books, audio books (playaways), professional books and materials, journals and DVDs.  Using SNAP, our online reservation catalog, educators can reserve media items for delivery throughout the school year.  The SNAP catalog also links teachers and students to digital video, ebooks, primary source documents, images and two dozen online databases.

Media orders for the fall can be reserved starting in July.

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The AEA provides weekly van delivery to public and accredited nonpublic schools.   Throughout the year, this new system will allow for a quicker turn-around between placing an order and delivery. All routes, except Mondays, can be ordered the day before your van stop. Monday routes need to have orders in by 9 AM on the previous Thursday. Changes regarding the day of the week for your van stop are listed below. Check with your van contact or teacher librarian for more information.

Educators are provided a member username/password by the Media Center. Contact us directly at with any questions.

2014-15 Van Routes

Monday – Route 4
(order by 9 AM Thursday for delivery on Monday)


Monday – Route 6
(order by 9 AM Thursday for delivery on Monday)

EBF – Fremont building only
Morning Sun
Winfield-Mt. Union

Tuesday – Route 2
(order by 9 AM Monday for delivery on Tuesday)
North Mahaska
Oskaloosa Christian
Tuesday – Route 8
(order by 9 AM Monday for delivery on Tuesday)

Notre Dame
West Burlington

Wednesday – Routes 7 & 9
(order by 9 AM Tuesday for delivery on Wednesday)


Wednesday – Route 1
(order by 9 AM Tuesday for delivery on Wednesday)

Mt. Pleasant
New London

Thursday – Route 3
(order by 9 AM Wednesday for delivery on Thursday)

Davis County
Van Buren

Thursday – Route 5
(order by 9 AM Wednesday for delivery on Thursday)

Central Lee
Fort Madison
Holy Trinity
Keokuk Catholic Schools

Summer Professional Development Opportunites

Business teamworkPlease visit our online course catalog to register.
  • Summer Institute II
  • Assessing Academic Rigor: Evaluator III
  • FIERCE Conversations
  • Substitute Authorization
  • ST-AT I Structured Teaching for Autism: BASIC Components
  • ST-AT II Structured Teaching for Autism: Communication, Social and Leisure
  • Social Skills for Autism
  • ABA Strategies and Curriculum: Using STAR Program to Support Students with Autism
Behavior/Classroom Management
  • Interventions: Evidence-Based Behavioral Strategies for Individual Students
  • Nine Essential Skills for the Love & Logic Classroom Basic
  • Nine Essential Skills for the Love and Logic Classroom Advanced
  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Tier 2 Training
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training
  • CHAMPS: A Proactive and Positive Approach to Classroom Management
  • A Behavior Tool Box for Your Classroom
  • Restorative Discipline:  From a punitive to restorative framework
  • Introduction to Sheltered Instruction for Teachers of ELLs
Fine Arts
  • Wheel Thrown Pottery II (weekend and evening classes)
  • Plein Air: Outdoor Landscape
  • Painting Layering Up
General Interest & Culture
  • Current Research in Teaching and Learning: Schools that Make the Grade Book Study
  • Bringing History to Life through Primary Sources and Historical Fiction
  • Simon and Garfunkel: The Poet-Musicians of Folk Rock
  • Charlie Chaplin: Comic of the Human Spirit
  • James Dean: An American Cultural Icon
  • Creating Supportive School Cultures and Learning Environments
  • Decision Making For Results/Data Teams Experience
  • K-5 ELA Standards Based Unit
  • K-12 ELA Curriculum Design
  • Iowa Core 101: Literacy Standards for Elementary
  • Iowa Core 101: Literacy Standards for Secondary
  • LETRS 1-3
  • LETRS 4-6
  • LETRS 7-9
  • Second Chance Reading Academy 2014-2015
  • Interactive Vocabulary Lessons
  • Iowa Core and Revision of Writing K-12
  • Productive Group Work
  • Fun with Fractions: Strategies to teach fractions with deep understanding
  • Classroom Instructional Gaming Methods: Improving math achievement and motivation with Online EQUATIONS: The Game of Creative Mathematics
  • Integrating STEM in the Classroom
  • Iowa Core in the StarLab
  • Dinosaurs and the Geology of the Rocky Mountains  (held in Choteau, Montana)
  • Secondary Transition Planning for Educators and Families
  • Pushing the Boundaries Summer Academy
  • Assistive Technology Summer Institute
  • Social Media and You (evening class)
  • Google (various levels)
  • Mobile Devices in the Classroom: Practicing the 4Cs (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking) – Level 1
  • Mobile Devices in the Classroom: Practicing the 4Cs (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking) – Level 2
  • Communicating and Collaborating with Google Docs
  • Technology Integration Series: Instruction Through Interactive White Boards and ActivInspire Software – Level 1
  • Technology Integration Series: Instruction with Interactive White Boards and ActivInspire Software – Level 2
Workshops and Other Trainings:
  • Technology in Early Childhood
  • Boot Camp for Curricular Leaders
Please visit our online course catalog to register: