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:

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.

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:

October is National Physical Therapy Month

October is National Physical Therapy Month and an opportunity for Great Prairie AEA to celebrate and recognize our seven physical therapists and three physical therapy assistants for the work they do with children birth to 21 in our area.

Thank you to our Physical Therapists (PT) and Physical Therapy Assistants (PTA):

Great Prairie AEA’s Physical Therapy program provides therapeutic services to maximize children’s functional motor abilities through assessment, intervention, advocacy and education related to their unique needs within the educational atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation. Physical therapists design interventions that improve a student’s physical ability to access and participate in their educational program.

Physical Therapy Month is sponsored through the American Physical Therapy Association and is celebrated nationally. For more information see

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.