Virtual Fierce Conversations is now open for registration through Great Prairie AEA. In the course catalog you will now find Fierce classes available for this school year and June. They are virtual classes done through Zoom.
1) Fierce 1 is for 2 credits. It also serves as Evaluator licensure. 2) Fierce 2 is for 1 credit and also meets the Evaluator licensure requirements. You have to have taken Fierce 1 to enroll in Fierce 2. This class talks about working with different Generations and Feedback. 3) We have toolkits for both these classes. Because we are doing this remotely, we will need to send via van delivery the toolkit to you. So, that means if taking either class, you need to sign up ahead of time so we have time to mail. 4) You can take either of these courses as a repeat–just as long as you have renewed your license since the last time taken. 5) We are limiting class to 15 because that works well on zoom.
Make your Professional Learning Plans for the 2021 Spring Semester!
Our award-winning online courses are specific to PreK-12 teachers, counselors, administrators, and athletic coaches. All offerings are interactive and include practical information. Spring 2021 course registration is now open. Click on any of the below course titles for additional information, including offering dates.
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.
Great Prairie AEA is excited to be able to offer a virtual professional development opportunity for up to 50 educators who serve ELs (PreK-12 content teachers, EL teachers, administrators, special education teachers, etc) around the NABE Slow Institute. There is no cost for the renewal credit, but there is a $49.00 cost for NABE registration which can be reimbursed to districts through Title III. The course will consist of three Zoom meetings and 12 one-hour, pre-recorded sessions to watch and reflect upon. Registration ends on October 28th!
November 9th – 12th is Southeast Iowa Regional STEM Week! This event is being brought to you by the same committee organizing the Southeast Iowa Regional STEMFest for the past 7 years. Due the challenges of COVID, and inability to bring such a large crowd together, we are offering virtual STEM presentations for use with your students. Each presentation will be 20-30 minutes long, and will feature a local Southeast Iowa business informational session, with a STEM related activity for the students to do in the classroom. Our goal is to provide both STEM related career exploration, and a hands on opportunity for your students. Target audience will be grades 8th-10th, however any grade can participate. Activities will not be recommended for elementary age students.
Please sign up for the presentations and activities you are interested in showing to your students, and provide the number of students participating. We will be delivering items needed for the hands on activities to schools in the days prior to the events. Supplies will be delivered to Des Moines, Lee, Henry and Louisa Counties, however other school districts are welcome to participate and receive the video link. There will be items that schools will need to provide in classroom (ie. drill with small drill bit, pencils, exacto knife, etc.) You will be notified of these items in advance. School personnel who sign up will receive a link to the video on the corresponding day. It will be pre-recorded and can be used at any time after the link is sent.
Has your district adopted a new learning management system such as PearDeck, Canvas, or Seesaw? Or, are you continuing to utilize Google Classroom? If so, it is possible to add links to the GPAEA Digital Resources to these systems to help guide your students resources such as:
AEA Digital Library
American History in Video
EBSCOHost Periodical Database
Gale Periodical Database
SIRS (Social Issues Resource Series)
Teen Health & Wellness
If you would like to see a brief description for any of these resources, you may go to the Media Library web page and click on the desired grade band.
Teachers/Parents are working harder than ever right now to make sure all kids are getting what they need. Add to that, the pressure of not knowing from day to day how they will be teaching/learning (online, hybrid, face to face) tomorrow. This adds stress for both, teachers and parents.
What Parents Want What Teachers Want
Schools to be open – pre Covid era
Schools to be open – pre Covid era
To be a parent not a teacher
To be a teacher (most are parents too)
To be able to help their child w/school work
Parent to be able to help their child w/school work as needed
Schools patience and understanding
Parents patience and understanding
Access to teachers
Access to parents
Appreciation for what they are doing
Appreciation for what they are doing
Positive feedback from teachers
Positive feedback from parents
Sympathetic to parents understanding of technology
Sympathetic to teachers understanding of technology
Child to have access to technology
Student to have access to technology
Want what’s best for their child
Want what’s best for their student
Parent feeling Supported
Teacher feeling Supported
I want to be a parent, not a healthcare worker
I want to be a teacher, not a healthcare worker
Please be kind
Please be kind
Remember a parent/educator feeling “overwhelmed” can look like he/she is “disinterested” and/or “doesn’t care.” Be careful not to label too quickly.
Remember, when a parent doesn’t respond right away they may be working the night shift, trying to help and coordinate with more than one child’s teacher. When a teacher doesn’t respond right away, remember she/he is responsible for many children and may need time to get back to the parent.
At the end of the day, what we all really want is to be able to have kids do group work, eat lunch like we used to, laugh in the hallways, have incentive parties and everything that we once had in our schools. But, we also want students and teachers to be safe, happy, healthy and learning.
We are all in this together now and in the future.
Battle of the Books is a collaborative reading competition for strong readers at the upper elementary and middle school levels. It is designed to enhance student commitment, team building, reading comprehension, and study skills in a fun, informative manner. Teams of up to six students read from a pre-selected list of books.
Books included on the reading lists have been carefully selected and are chosen for their high-interest level, challenging vocabulary, and multiple reading levels. The books are purposefully selected to expose students to a variety of genres, quality authors, diverse cultures, and historical eras.
GPAEA’s 2021 Battle of the Books will be held April 8 (elementary) and April 9 (middle school). This year the competition will be a totally virtual event. Registration is now open. For more information please contact Jane Frizzell.
Click here to submit a shoutout for your school’s Principal.
October is National Principals Month! Help us celebrate amazing principals for their hard work, especially during these challenging times. GPAEA wants to know what makes your Principal amazing, click here to submit a shoutout and we will include it in next month’s The Cornerstone. Submissions are due by October 22, 2020.
Iowa’s Area Education Agencies are changing the way students and educators find high-quality digital information. Enter AEA Scout:One login. One search. One interface.
AEA Scout is a new online portal that provides access to many of the digital resources provided by Iowa’s AEAs: AEA Digital Library, American History in Video, Encyclopedia Britannica, Gale, Learn 360, Mackin VIA, PBS Learning Media, SIRS Researcher and Teen Health & Wellness. Initially, 5th-12th grade students will benefit from a one-stop-shop for their research needs, and teachers can rest easy knowing their students are searching the quality content they’ve come to know and trust.
With AEA Scout, students have the ability to dig deeper in their quest for information. A wide variety of sources of information in multiple formats will be at their fingertips when they search AEA Scout. This new way of information gathering also encourages students’ curiosity and builds a foundation for lifelong learning.
What Makes AEA Scout Special?
Single sign-on to one interface
Login once to search multiple sources in one interface
Quality digital content
Content from recognized publishers and producers
Access to videos, articles, documents, ebooks, audiobooks, photos, charts, graphs and more
The more students search, the smarter and more customized the results become
Suggested materials based on usage and interest
Personalized learning experience
Create a folder for each class or assignment
Teachers can share resources and notes with specific students
Highlight, underline, take and share notes in one place
For all learners
Translate text to different languages
Most digital text is read-aloud
Change text size and font
Change the background color for higher contrast
Accessing AEA Scout
AEA Scout uses the same login as the state-wide AEA Login system for teachers and AEA staff. Please contact your GPAEA Librarian, Jane Frizzell for access to student accounts.
October is National Physical Therapy Month and an opportunity for Great Prairie AEA to celebrate and recognize our physical therapists and physical therapy assistants for the work they do with children birth to 21 in our area.
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 with 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 http://www.apta.org/NPTM/
Thank you to our Physical Therapists (PT) and Physical Therapy Assistants (PTA):
Dr. Janet Hurt, PT
Amanda Steinbach, PT
Clark Ullerich, PT
Amanda Walrath, PT
Melissa Grooms, PTA
Anna Sullivan, PTA
Learn more about Physical Therapy Services at GPAEA:
October is Augmentative & Alternative Awareness (AAC) Month and we’d like to acknowledge the hard work of GPAEA’s Assistive Technology Specialist and Team, Speech-Language Pathologists, SLPAs, and Early ACCESS teams who do so much to help make sure that kids have a way to access communication!
International AAC Awareness Month is celebrated around the world each October. The goal is to raise awareness of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and to inform the public about the many different ways in which people communicate using communication devices.
International AAC Awareness Month was established by ISAAC’s LEAD Project Committee in October 2007. Thirteen countries participated in the first Awareness Month, and events have been increasing in number and scope ever since.
Again, thank you for the work that you do!
Megan Farrell, Assistive Technology Specialist
Erin Bergman, Early ACCESS Designated Service Coord.
Linda Boshart, Early ACCESS Regional Liaison
Katie Edwards, Early ACCESS Home Interventionist
Denise Evans, Early ACCESS Home Interventionist
Nicole Fraker, Early ACCESS Home Interventionist
Angie Green, Early ACCESS Home Interventionist
Nicole Helm, Early ACCESS Home Interventionist
Jaime Hutcheson, Early ACCESS Home Interventionist
Kim Johnson, Early ACCESS Home Interventionist
Jennifer Keith, Early ACCESS Designated Service Coord.
Leesha McGee, Early ACCESS Designated Service Coord.
June Morgan, Spec Ed Consultant, Early Childhood/Early ACCESS Designated Service Coord.
Lauren Moyers, Early ACCESS Home Interventionist
Carmela Murphy, Early ACCESS Designated Service Coord.
Lynn Sheagren, Early ACCESS Designated Service Coord.
Kristin Stuekerjuergen, Early ACCESS Home Interventionist
GPAEA continues to support schools in accessing substitute teachers by offering Substitute Authorization on a monthly basis. If your district is looking for subs please feel free to share the following information.
Certified Paraeducators and candidates who have an Associate’s Degree can be authorized to substitute teach after taking one of the following courses.
Looking for engaging in-person or online 21st Century learning opportunities for your students?
Consider the Clearinghouse for Work-based learning, Iowa’s first-ever statewide digital project board. Find a wide variety of authentic projects and project ideas that align with a WIDE VARIETY of PK-12 Core and Elective standards.
Great Prairie AEA is proud to have audiometrists, educational audiologists, and teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing who serve, support, and advocate on behalf of southeast Iowa’s children and families every day. Thank you!