Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds to hold Southeast Region STEM town hall meeting
Thursday, March 6, 2014
2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Mount Pleasant Middle School
400 North Adams Street
Mount Pleasant, Iowa
** The event is free and open to the public.
Please feel free to invite friends and neighbors.**
For More Information Contact:
Download the flier: Mount Pleasant STEM Town Hall
Dr. Jon Sheldahl, Chief Administrator
Like local school districts, each AEA in Iowa undergoes an accreditation process every five years and Great Prairie AEA will be completing that process in the coming weeks. The process actually takes two years to complete, with the first year consisting of the preparing for and conducting of the formal site visit. Many of our local districts were instrumental in helping us with the site visit phase last year, providing teachers, administrators, and parents for our focus group interviews. This year, we have been using the results of that accreditation report, as well as multiple other data sources, to produce our Comprehensive Improvement Plan or CIP. This is an exciting and critical time for the agency because the CIP charts our course for the coming years. It is our strategic plan, the plan that will guide us as we endeavor to support and lead Iowa’s education community.
The Process – This year, we have been working as an agency on the planning phase or CIP phase of the process. The first step in the CIP phase of accreditation is to inventory all current AEA services. After this comprehensive inventory of services, we look at a number of data sources from within and outside the agency: We review the contents of both AEA and local district accreditation reports. We analyze the student achievement data and CSIP goals of all of our districts. We also analyze the qualitative and quantitative data from the AEA satisfaction surveys taken annually by educators in the region. Finally, we look at the current educational context in the state by reviewing the priorities stated in the AEA Compact http://bit.ly/1mHvlW4 and by reviewing recent state and federal legislation that either is impacting or will be impacting our local school districts. From this needs assessment and analysis phase, two guiding documents are developed. The first is the actual 5-year action plan that establishes our actions and priorities going forward. The second and equally important document is the professional development plan that will map out the internal (AEA) and external (LEA) learning that will need to take place in order for us to execute our plan and to successfully support our districts.
Continue reading on Dr. Sheldahl’s Blog
Join us Friday, March 28, 2014, from 8:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., for the 10th Annual Indian Hills Community College Diversity Conference. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.
Indian Hills Community College, Main Campus (Ottumwa)
Full Conference Registration (Lunch included): $40
Student Registration (Lunch included): No Charge
Note: Must present a current Student I.D. to receive the student rate (K–12 and post–secondary students).
IHCC 2014 Diversity Conference – flyer
Learn more about keynotes and registration at http://www.indianhills.edu/news/events/diversity.html
Event sponsored by Great Prairie AEA and others.
- Accessing AEA Digital Resources for Close Reading – March 6
- Edgenuity Workshop Scheduled for March 10 from Heartland AEA
- Iowa 1:1 Institute – Thursday, April 10, 2014
- TIC Conference from Keystone AEA – June 17 & 18, 2014
- 2014 Midwest Summer Institute: Inclusion and Communication for All
Accessing AEA Digital Resources for Close Reading – March 6
Please join us March 6 as the AEA media & literacy staff in collaboration with Iowa Department of Education staff hold webinars which will assist teachers in locating and analyzing instructional resources which support the Iowa Core with a focus on using AEA digital resources for Close Reading.This webinar is a follow-up presentation to the webinar from last school year, Text Complexity and the Iowa AEA Online resources. The archived session of the text complexity webinar can be found at the same site used for registration. Text Complexity and Close Reading are closely intertwined, so attendees may wish to review last year’s webinar as a precursor to attending the upcoming session.
The webinar will be held at two different times, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and 3:45-5:00 p.m. For more information, go to http://tinyurl.com/IAwebinars. To register, go tohttp://tinyurl.com/n2olxwz.
On March 6 at 4:00 PM in the Eddyville Elementary Library and 6:30 PM at the Burlington AEA in the Iowa room there is going to be an informational meeting about the Viterbo TAG Endorsement program.
The program will be a combination of online classes and face to face meetings. The Psychology of the Gifted and Administration and Supervision of the Gifted Program courses would be online. The others would be blended at a SE Iowa location to be determined. The internship only meets once and the rest is online or independent study. Bring any questions you may have about this program to the meeting.
Here is the link to the program course descriptions (bottom of the page) and current schedule. http://www.viterbo.edu/mediowa.aspx?id=68748. If we have enough interest we will be adding courses in the SE Iowa area so you would not have to travel to West Des Moines to complete the program.
The dissemination of information from external organizations by Great Prairie AEA does not infer sponsorship or endorsement of the information. It is being passed on to our stakeholders for its educational value.
Students and families welcome to attend this free event
DES MOINES, IOWA – (Feb. 25, 2014) – With the top priority of boosting student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council South Central Hub, IHCC, and Great Prairie AEA will host a free, family-friendly festival of hands-on STEM activities for 5th-8th graders and their families.
The festival will be held at IHCC’s Rural Health Education Center in Ottumwa, Iowa from 5-7pm on March 11th. Student groups, local businesses, and community groups will host hands-on activities in STEM. Activities include making toothbrush robots, geometry with bubbles, create a green screen video, and others.
To register for the event, go to scstemhub.drake.edu.
Sarah Derry, South Central STEM Manager
Governor’s STEM Advisory Council
515 271 2406
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About the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council
Established in July 2011 by executive order, the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council is a public-private partnership focused on increasing student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and promoting STEM economic development. The Council works to engage and prepare students for a career-ready path, regain our state’s historic leadership position in education, and provide a vital competitive economic advantage. The 45-member Council is chaired by Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Vermeer Corp. CEO Mary Andringa. For more information, visit www.IowaSTEM.gov.
Substitute Authorization Course
Great Prairie AEA is offering the Substitute Authorization Course at the AEA office in Burlington this spring. The classes will be held in the evening.
A substitute authorization allows an individual to substitute in a middle school, junior high school, or high school (grades 6 -12) for no more than five consecutive days in one job assignment. An individual who holds a Paraeducator certificate and completes the substitute authorization program is authorized to substitute only in the special education classroom in which the individual Paraeducator is employed.
Target Audience: Individuals that hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution or hold a paraeducator certificate from an approved paraeducator certification program.
April 17th, 22nd, 24th & 29th and May 1st
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
GPAEA office in Burlington
Paraeducator Level II Courses
This spring Great Prairie AEA is offering two different Area of Concentration courses for Paraeducators. The Level II Generalist with Area of Concentration classes are 3 credits each and will count towards the renewal of a Paraeducator Certificate. Both classes are blended format, class time and an online component. Continue reading
GPAEA has many professional development opportunities scheduled for March and April. Some deadlines for minimum enrollment are this week, so register soon!
- Social Media and You (evening class)
- Substitute Authorization (evening class)
- Para Educator Certification Level II Generalist with Area of Concentration: Early Childhood Settings (Saturday classes)
- Para Educator Certification Level II Generalist with Area of Concentration: Library, Media & Technology (evenings and Saturday classes)
- A Behavior Tool Box for Your Classroom
- ST-AT I Structured Teaching for Autism: BASIC Components
- Social Skills for Autism
- ABA Strategies and Curriculum: Using STAR Program to Support Students with Autism
- Restorative Discipline: From a punitive to restorative framework (this class is through CBIZ/Southeaster Community College and requires an additional fee to and registration through CBIZ/SCC)
Workshops and Other Trainings:
- Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training
- 3rd Grade ELA Standards-Based Reporting, Instruction & Assessment
- 4th Grade ELA Standards-Based Reporting, Instruction & Assessment
- 5th Grade ELA Standards-Based Reporting, Instruction & Assessment
- 6th Grade ELA Standards-Based Reporting, Instruction & Assessment
- Superintendents Retreat 2014 (in Clive, IA)
Please visit our online course catalog to register: https://www.mylearningplan.com/webreg/catalog.asp?H=1&D=10734
A list of the February 2014 headlines featuring a Great Prairie AEA School District:
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Enjoy this month’s The Cornerstone with articles about technology, digital resources, professional development opportunities and much more! Scroll down to click on an article.
GPAEA Summer Institute 2014
A conference for teachers, administrators, and AEA staff.
June 16 & 17, 2014
Fairfield Arts and Convention Center, 200 North Main, Fairfield, IA
Aaron Becker, Principal, Fairfield High School
What is #IAedchat?
#IAedchat (short for Iowa Education Chat, the # is what they call a hashtag) turned one year old on January 5th, 2014. At this time last year, I connected with Jimmy Casas, Bettendorf High School Principal and Matt Degner, Southeast Junior High Principal, in Iowa City to create #IAedchat, a weekly, hour long educational chat on Twitter every Sunday night at 8 p.m. CST. This idea originated when the three of us kept running into each other online when participating in education chats on Twitter. We were following hashtags or chats such as #satchat (Saturday chat), #edchatri (Education Chat Rhode Island), and #ptchat (Parent/Teacher Chat). We reached out to one another on Twitter and wondered if we could and should create a chat for Iowa educators. We enjoyed the chats, learning opportunities, and the collaboration that we wanted to share the experience with other Iowan educators since we weren’t seeing many on the chats at that time. We wanted to change this trend and create an opportunity for other educators in Iowa to discuss educational topics and experience the power of digitally connecting with educators in our state through #IAedchat. One year later, here we are.
How does #IAedchat work?
Jimmy, Matt, and I co-moderate #IAedchat by developing and asking 6 to 8 reflective questions about various educational topics in which people from our state of Iowa but also people from all over the United States and even other countries such as Canada and Australia join in on the conversation. The three of us collaborate during the week via Google Docs, Google Hangout, Skype, text messaging, or a phone call to decide on a topic of choice for the week. Once a topic is decided on, we start working on sample questions that will create discussion during the hour. We like to create questions that will be reflective and thought provoking for people that join the chat or for those that “lurk” (watch the chat but don’t post anything). Jimmy will ask the questions in Q1,Q2, Q3…format (Q=Question) and the participants will answer in a A1, A2, A3 format (A=Answer) so everyone can keep track of the chat. It is fast paced but once you get the hang of it, it is a great time! During the chat you are able to give your own response, respond to someone elses response, retweet a response, or favorite a response from someone. All you have to do is make sure you put #IAedchat somewhere in your tweet and everyone following that hashtag can see your response in the chat. It may sound a little confusing at first, but all you have to do is give it a chance. We are excited to welcome new people in each week. Don’t miss the opportunity! Continue reading