Free Online Courses through NTC – Open to all Teachers/Instructional Coaches

We just learned that NTC has partnered with Coursera to offer two new MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) for free to any teacher anywhere.
  • Common Core in Action: Literacy in the Content Areas – Exploring Literacy Design Collaborative Template Tasks
  • Common Core in Action: Math Classroom Challenges – Using Formative Assessment to Guide Instruction
These two courses are two of the five that will be offered this year through NTC and they start today!  Feel free to pass this link on to anyone that you think would be interested:

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GPAEA Schools in the News – October 2014

A list of the October 2014 headlines featuring a Great Prairie AEA School District:

Post updated throughout the month. Did we miss something? Send your school news to Note: The articles compiled in this list come from independent media sources who are solely responsible for their content. GPAEA staff did not participate in writing any of these articles and GPAEA does not necessarily endorse the content of the articles.  Some articles may be available only by subscription.

The Cornerstone – October 2014

CS HeaderThis issue is jam-packed with information. Click on a link below or scroll down to read this month’s posts. Enjoy!

Room 21C Open House a Success!

Tuesday, September 30, Great Prairie AEA welcomed over 80 visitors to the 21st Century Classroom (Room 21C). Thank you to everyone who attend in person and virtually. We couldn’t be more excited about the possibilities for the future of redesigned learning.

Redesigned learning is an intentional, creative process. The goal is to create relevant, positive solutions that improve student learning. We asked visitors their reaction to Room 21C and this is what we heard:

Visit our Facebook Page to see more videos & photos from the night.

More information:

Explore – Wikis & Google Sites

screenshotGreat Prairie AEA has a dynamic and extensive website with great resources and links for educators, students and families.

This month take a second to check out Wikis & Google Sites created by staff members.

Professional development website created for TLC

tlc logoIowa’s AEAs and the Iowa Department of Education announce the opening of a new virtual community to support the Teacher Leadership and Compensation system. The purpose of this site is to bring teacher leaders and administrators across the state together to access resources and learning opportunities and to collaborate as we strengthen teacher and administrator leadership.

This community is an Agora site developed by AEA PD Online. To participate in the community, click here.

Community resources include:

  • Self-Assessments – Teachers and administrators will be able to complete surveys, which will help identify areas of need in relation to the Learning Supports Framework.
  • On-Demand Learning – Community participants will find learning opportunities that address the seven focus areas of teacher leadership. The searchable database includes articles, learning modules, websites, videos and more.
  • Community Forums – Participants will have different forum spaces in which to participate, each with a different overall focus. Join in on the discussion, or just choose to follow the conversation.
  • Events – This is a state-wide calendar of learning opportunities for teacher leaders and administrators to support the seven focus areas. Participants can search the calendar and find professional development opportunities to address identified areas of growth for teachers and administrators.

All resources on the site can also be explored by each focus area: Adult Learning, Collaborative Culture, Communication, Content Pedagogy & Assessment, Systems Thinking, Data and Organizational Leadership.

Resources and learning opportunities will continue to be added to the TLC On-line Community. The Event Calendar is currently the most developed section. Events will be added as they become available. The other areas are at the beginning stages of development but will soon be a robust source of resources. Please visit our community. If you choose to enroll in the community, you will be able to sign up for notifications as well as to participate in community activities.

Please contact Lora Rasey at or 515.281.6719, if you have questions about the Agora site.

2014 – 2015 Second Chance Reading (SCR) Training

scrMiddle and high school SCR teachers have the opportunity to continue to improve their skills and knowledge, application of the Iowa Core ELA Standards and develop cohesive units to improve reading comprehension, vocabulary and fluency.

In Burlington: Monday, October 13 and Monday, March 2nd

In Ottumwa:   Monday, October 20 and Monday, March 9th

Register now at My Learning Plan.