Mackin: A new resource provided by GPAEA Media Services

Tricia Slecta, GPAEA Media Integrationist Specialist

MackinVIA_Logo_BlackGreenMackin is a perfect resource for today’s 21st century learners. Since students are used to having information just a click away, Mackin now provides GPAEA area schools access to thousands of ebooks and GPAEA databases. All it takes is just a click and single sign on. Mackin is more than just an ebook reader. It also has many unique features that makes this resource a powerful literacy asset in the classroom.

Mackin has many features:

  • Students can have 24/7 online and offline access, anywhere, anytime. This feature is beneficial to students without wifi at home. They can download books at school read them at home, take notes and upload them when they return to school the next day.
  • Students can make custom lists of digital resources with MackinVIA Groups. Teachers can create a group and have all the books needed for the topic gathered in a group ready for students to read.
  • MackinVIA Categories provide a quick and easy way to find digital resources by subject. MackinVIA Backpack provides easy access to checkouts, requests, favorites, and notebook. Students can easily link to a school’s Accelerated Reader Enterprise account to take their AR quizzes online, directly through MackinVIA.
  • Students can highlight and underline text and create notes. Students can view lists of highlights/notes in “My Notebook”. Notes can also be saved in google drive thus allowing students the ability to share notes and collaborate with teachers and classmates.  It also includes an integrated Merriam-Webster™ dictionary. Citations are available through EasyBib™.
  • Teachers can add favorite websites and URLs to the links menu. Furthermore, they can upload their lesson to Mackin and have all the website and links in one location. In this way, students then log in to Mackin and start the lesson easily because all the resources are in one location.
  • It is Section 508 compliant making the site and platform more accessible and user-friendly for those with disabilities.

How to Access:

  1. Visit gpaea.org and click on the Mackin logo or type in your browser on any device mackinvia.com.
  2. Get your school username and password from your teacher librarian or request it through email from mediacenter@gpaea.org.
  3. Start to use Mackinvia today.
  4. For further assistance visit this site for tutorials http://help.mackin.com/video/mackinvia-overviews/
  5. Explore, Expound, and Expand your knowledge with Mackin.

2016-17 Second Chance For Reading Learning Opportunity

scrGreat Prairie AEA has provided professional development for trained Second Chance for Reading (SCR) teachers since 2007-2008.  This learning has enhanced teachers’ skill and knowledge in developing standards-based Read Aloud Think Alouds with emphasis on higher levels of Webb’s Depth of Knowledge.  SCR continues to be a Tier 2 option for MS and HS staff who want to improve student literacy skills as well as encourage students to be life-long readers. This year’s days for trained teachers will be at the Ottumwa GPAEA office on Monday, October 31 and Monday, March 6 from 9 AM – 3 PM. Teachers who have completed the initial seven days of training may register here.

What is Second Chance for Reading?

The purpose of Second Chance Reading is to remediate reading deficits for secondary students who otherwise would struggle with the demands of the secondary curriculum. SCR provides a specific course designed specifically for middle and high school students who are reading below grade level. SCR helps students to increase their independent reading, develop vocabulary, and improve comprehension, fluency, and writing. The intended outcomes of SCR are to:

  • accelerate achievement in reading comprehension by increasing reading comprehension scores and vocabulary on the Stanford Diagnostic Reading Inventory by at least one grade level
  • increase students’ access to print and wide reading
  • increase students’ fluency

If you have questions, please contact Fran McVeigh at fran.mcveigh@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 ext. 5817.

Substitute Authorization Course in Aug/Sept – BURLINGTON

A primary school teacherSubstitute Authorization (Grades K-12) held in BURLINGTON, August 29 – September 14

A substitute authorization allows an individual who holds a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution to substitute in a elementary, middle school, junior high school, or high school (grades K -12) for no more than five consecutive days in one job assignment. An individual who holds a Para educator certificate and completes the substitute authorization program is authorized to substitute only in the special education classroom in which the individual Para educator is employed.

DEADLINE FOR MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: August 22, 2016 (extended to Aug. 26)

LEARN MORE & REGISTER:
https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=10734&I=2144757

MTSS: A Focus on Assessment w/ Cassandra Erkens

Recommended Participants: Secondary Leadership Teams, Elementary Principals and Instructional Coaches

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3-Day Workshop with Cassandra Erkens
September 20 & 21, 2016 and January 17, 2017

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center
8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Re-certification credit available
Workshop Fee: $150 – book included

Register: https://goo.gl/RYITAs

Download PDF: MTSS- A Focus on Assessment Sept 2016

ELEMENTARY MTSS: PRESS TRAINING

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ELEMENTARY MTSS: PRESS TRAINING (TIERS 1 & 2)
A training for elementary teachers, coaches, Title I teachers, administrators and/or leadership teams.
September 13, 2016
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Great Prairie AEA Office
Burlington – https://goo.gl/Bt2RD2
September 15, 2016
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Fairfield Arts & Convention Center –
Fee: $100 for those individuals needing a PRESS Intervention & Assessment Manual
Download PDF: PRESS Sept. 2016

GPAEA Schools in the News – Summer 2016

Post updated throughout the month. Did we miss something? Send your school news to jennifer.woodley@gpaea.org.

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.

G.E.M.S. Girls Exploring Math & Science Summer Tech Camp – June 23 & 24

ihcc_logoGirls Exploring Math & Science Summer Tech Camp
(Finishing 3rd – 5th grades)
June 23 & 24, 2016

Explore science, technology, math, and engineering while having fun on a college campus! G.E.M.S allows girls the exciting opportunity to explore college programming through a variety of hands-on activities in some of today’s cutting-edge technologies. They will meet with professional women working in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math as well as create, explore and discover through S.T.E.M. (Science Technology Engineering Math) projects.

This camp is being funded through a John Deere Corporate Grant and there is no cost to participants. Registration will be limited to the first 50 students who RSVP with registration. The camp will be held in the Advanced Technology Center on the Indian Hills’ Ottumwa Campus on June 23 & 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It is open to female students finishing the 3rd, 4th or 5th grades. Orientation and sign in begins at 8:30 a.m.

Register at:  www.IndianHills.edu/GEMS

Contact: Nathan Miller, Bennett Building, 525 Grandview Ave., Ottumwa, IA 52501, 641-683-5309 or nathan.miller@indianhills.edu


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.

Congratulations Sixth Grade Math Bee Winners!

Lori Mueller, Math Consultant

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The Great Prairie AEA Sixth Grade Math Bee was held on May 3, 2016 at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center. Twenty-one schools districts sent a total of fifty teams of sixths graders to participate in the event.

This year’s winners:
First Place
: Daniel Wilkerson – Central Lee Middle School
Second Place: Macy Watkins – Central Lee Middle School
Second Place: Andrew Drost – Oskaloosa Middle School
There was a tie for second place that we couldn’t seem to break so we awarded two second places.
Third Place: Michael Hellman – Holy Trinity Catholic

These students placed in the top ten:
Allison Dowd – Danville Elementary School
Thomas Spoelstra – North Mahaska Elementary School
Autumn McMahan – North Mahaska Elementary School
Bella Steffensmeier – Central Lee Middle School
Miles Breon – Eddyville-Blakesburg-Freemont Community School District
Tyler Garnder – Mt Pleasant Middle School
Hayley Chase – Danville Elementary School
Cale Leonard – Evans Middle School
Eden Svoboda – Danville Elementary School
Spencer Hilger – Fairfield Middle School

GPAEA Sixth Grade Math Bee 2016 Top Ten Medalists
Allison Dowd – Danville Elementary School
Thomas Spoelstra – North Mahaska Elementary School
Autumn McMahan – North Mahaska Elementary School
Bella Steffensmeier – Central Lee Middle School
Miles Breon – Eddyville-Blakesburg-Freemont Community School District
Tyler Garnder – Mt Pleasant Middle School
Hayley Chase – Danville Elementary School
Cale Leonard – Evans Middle School
Eden Svoboda – Danville Elementary School
Spencer Hilger – Fairfield Middle School

Top Six Teams for the GPAEA Sixth Grade Math Bee 2016

First Place Team – Central Lee Middle School: Xandra Abel, Sydney Jones, Macy Watkins, Daniel Wilkerson

Second Place Team – Oskaloosa Middle School: Andrew Drost, Ella Roach, Shannon Linder, Charlie North

Third Place Team – Danville Elementary School: Elizabeth Smith, Eden Svoboda, Allison Dowd, Hayley Chase

Fourth Place Team – North Mahaska Elementary: Thomas Spoelstra, Sam Terpstra, Sean Knockel, Garrett Lamb

Fifth Place Team – Central Lee Middle School: Drew Conlee, Emmy Liu, Bella Steffensmeier, Emma Youngbeck

Sixth Place Team – Eddyville-Blakesburg- Fremont School District: Ethan Davis, Lauren Wells, Miles Breon, Katie Fairfield

The Cornerstone – May 2016

Celebrate Better Hearing & Speech Month!

slp_9A73616DC4020 (1)May is “Better Hearing and Speech Month” and we invite you to learn more about services and supports available from Great Prairie AEA.

HEARING/AUDIOLOGY SERVICES
Hearing services at Great Prairie AEA include screenings for young children and direct services for students who have been identified as deaf or hard of hearing. Learn more at http://goo.gl/4bnNxK.

Shoutout to GPAEA’s Hearing/Audiology Team! Thank you for all that you do for the children and families of southeast Iowa.

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SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY SERVICES
Great Prairie AEA Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) work with children, birth to 21, who have a variety of communication needs. Most of these needs fall into the areas of articulation, language, voice, fluency, and early literacy. Learn more at http://goo.gl/cKPW33.

Shoutout to GPAEA’s Speech-Language Team! Thank you for all that you do for the children and families of southeast Iowa.

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New Literacy Consultants to join Great Prairie AEA 2016-2017

Melanie Anderson

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With six years of teaching experience at Prairie City-Monroe Community School District, Melanie has taught two years of Second grade and is currently finishing her fourth year teaching Kindergarten. During this time, she has had the honor to participate and assist in leading through the District Leadership Team, Building Leadership Team, MTSS Team, Iowa Core Team, Literacy and Math Team, PBIS Team, and Technology Team. Melanie’s role has been to interpret data, build a positive and consistent learning environment, design and implement forward-thinking systematic instructional strategies, and contribute to professional development. With these experiences, she is looking forward to exchanging ideas and supporting your district as the year progresses.

Originally, from the Fairfield Community School District, Melanie is a B.A. graduate in Elementary Education, which includes an endorsement in Reading from Central College, and is pursuing a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of Iowa to be completed this year. Melanie is excited to be moving home to be with her future husband and family within the Great Prairie Region to contribute to enhancing student performance, maximizing professional development, and empowering educators with a multitude of instructional strategies within our Community School District. As a Literacy Coach, she is eager to meet and collaborate with her colleagues at Great Prairie AEA.

Melinda Montgomery

Melinda’s interest in education was sparked as a sign language interpreter for Jr./Sr. HS students, which have given her opportunity to teach several grade levels. Currently serving as a first grade teacher and Professional Learning Team leader in Albia, Melinda’s love for teaching reading drove her to obtain her masters degree in Literacy Education from Drake University. She is extremely excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the AEA team! Her husband, Richard, is Albia’s 7-12 JH/HS principal. They have two daughters, McKenna (age 8) and Mady (age 4) and enjoy fishing, camping, riding bikes, and watching movies as a family. An interesting fact about Melinda is that she lived in Alaska for several years and caught fish weighing over 100 pounds!

National History Day Regional Winners

Great Prairie AEA hosted a district History Day on April 14, 2015 in Fairfield. Congratulations to the following Junior & Senior division winners who participated in the State competition on Monday, April 25th at the Iowa Events Center. Learn more at http://ia.nhd.org/index.htm.

Congratulations also goes out to Mt. Pleasant Middle School National Qualifying Team of Aurora Vansickel and Claire Holtkamp for their Jr Group Exhibit. Jennifer Stater is the teacher that has been facilitating their work. Good luck in Washington DC this summer!

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