GPAEA has many great professional development opportunities scheduled for this fall! Course categories include behavior, literacy, math, science, autism, early childhood, TAG, and fine arts. Also being offered are Paraeducator certification courses, Substitute Authorization courses, and Evaluator III. Courses are still being added so please check the catalog in MyLearningPlan for new additions.
- Paraeducator Certification courses (evening classes)
- Para Educator Certification Level II Generalist with Area of Concentration: Special Needs (Saturday and evening classes)
- evening classes
- Ottumwa and Burlington sessions
Assessing Academic Rigor: Evaluator III
- Bullying Investigation Training
- A Behavior Tool Box for Your Classroom
- Developing a Social Skills Tool Box
- RESPECT: Recognizing Everyones Strengths by Peacebuilding, Empathizing, Communicating and Trustbuilding
- PBIS Tier 1
- PBIS Tier 2
- K-2 Counting and Cardinality/Operations and Algebraic Thinking
- Grades 3-5 Number and Operations/Fractions
- Ratio and Proportion, Grades 6-8
- Function, Grades 8-12
- K-12 ELA Curriculum Design
- 6-12 Content Curriculum Design
- Iowa LETRS 1-3
- Ongoing MS-HS Second Chance Reading: 2014-2015
- HS Science Networks 1 & 2
- Elementary Science Networks 1 & 2
- HS Science Networks 1 & 2
- Professional Learning for Gifted Programs
- ST-AT 1 Structured Teaching for Autism: Basic Components
- Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment Data Study Group
- Creative Curriculum for Preschool (3-5) An Introduction
- Inquiry Based Learning in Early Childhood
- Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment
Workshops and Other Trainings:
- Collaborative Leadership Academy
- Iowa Alternate Assessment Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Training
- SWIS Training Workshop
- Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Initial Training
Please visit our online course catalog to register.
Hosted by Greater Burlington Partnership, Great Prairie AEA had a booth at the All Teachers Reception on August 26th at the PZAZZ! in Burlington. Over 200 area educators visited the booth to gather info and take photos. The theme was “You’re a Rock Star!” and we couldn’t agree more! Make it a great year ROCKSTAR TEACHERS!
A list of the July/August 2014 headlines featuring a Great Prairie AEA School District:
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The Connecting Creativity series is a learning quest designed with concept and content convergence in mind, supported by meaningful technology integration. Each Connecting Creativity concept is designed so teachers can repurpose the idea to meet the needs of their students and the needs of their curriculum goals. The series will offer support for implementation including a monthly Google Hangout launch and suggested Common Core connections. Teachers can view the video feed live, or catch the recorded video via YouTube at their convenience. When designing and planning for the Connecting Creativity series, action essentials were established: students create/design, students write, and students publish. These elements are at the center of each experience.
We hope you will join Connecting Creativity’s September learning quest: Out My Window. Where poetry, picture, and geography converge to provide an avenue for student voice and creativity while increasing an appreciation of global perspective.
This quest will begin at 7:30 a.m. (CST) on Sept. 2 via Google Hangout.
If you would like to ensure that you receive monthly updates about all of the learning opportunities, you can sign up here. We look forward to working with you to celebrate and empower student creativity through these new learning experiences. If you have any questions, suggestions, or comments, please feel free to get in touch with Erin Olson and Leslie Pralle Keehn at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Parents and caregivers who spend at least 15 minutes a day talking with their child can build the foundation for a strong relationship, and help prevent bullying.
KnowBullying, a new mobile app by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), encourages dialogue between you and your children and helps you start a conversation.
KnowBullying by SAMHSA includes:
- Conversation Starters: Start a meaningful discussion with your child.
- Tips: Learn ways to prevent bullying.
- Warning Signs: Know if your child is affected by bullying.
- Reminders: Find the right time to connect with your child.
- Social Media: Share tactics and useful advice.
- Section for Educators: Prevent bullying in the classroom.
The KnowBullying app is available for Android™ and iPhone®. It is a free resource for mobile devices provided by SAMHSA, in conjunction with the StopBullying.gov Federal partnership.
Put the power to prevent bullying in your hand. Get the KnowBullying app.
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The 2014 Iowa Teacher and Principal Leadership Symposium on Monday, Aug. 4, in Ankeny. The link to the symposium website is: https://educationleadership.iowa.gov/
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.