GPAEA Schools in the News – November 2017

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.

Teacher Personalized Learning System (TPLS) Portfolio Feature

Are you looking for a way to curate your professional learning artifacts? Look no further. AEA Learning Online’s Teacher Personalized Learning System (TPLS) now features a portfolio.

The portfolio feature allows educators to:

  • Upload artifacts (certificates, transcripts, images, etc.)
  • Hyperlink to websites
  • Write reflections
  • Connect to Iowa teaching standards
  • Share with district administrators

Managing your professional learning has never been easier. Watch the video below to learn more.

Promising Practices in Family and School Partnerships

Are there exciting and innovative programs going on in your school related to family and school partnerships? Would you like to be recognized by the Iowa Department of Education for these programs?

Application for this recognition involves four steps:

  1. Select a Promising Practice based on the criteria outlined in the Overview document
  2. Complete the narrative application and save as a PDF
  3. Complete this Google form: https://goo.gl/forms/qEgxCumhxKThOO4S2
  4. Upload the PDF copy of your application materials at the bottom of the form

Resources

If you have questions, please contact Kim Drew, Family and Educator Partnership Consultant (kim.drew@iowa.gov) or Deb Chiodo, Family and School Partnership Project Coordinator, ASK Resource (deb@askresource.org).

Spring Online Courses from Drake

Register Now for a Spring Online Courses!
Spring registration is now open for Drake University Continuing Education & Professional Development online courses! All online graduate courses are interactive and include practical information. Ensure yourself a seat by enrolling today! Our most popular courses are listed below. Click on any of the course titles for more information.

Anti-Bullying: Where to Start (EDMA 205)
3 Semester Hours of Graduate Credit
Spring 2018 Dates: February 5 – April 1
$625 (Not including the cost of the text)

Cultural Awareness: Seeing Past the Stereotypes (EDMA 209)
3 Semester Hours of Graduate Credit
Spring 2018 Dates: February 12 – April 9
$625 (not including the cost of the text)

Differentiation and Literacy (EDMA 244) — NEW
3 Semester Hours of Graduate Credit
Spring 2018 Dates: January 29 – March 25
$625

Elementary Social Studies: Making Your Content Relevant (EDMA 208)
3 Semester Hours of Graduate Credit
Spring 2018 Dates: January 29 – March 25
$625 (not including the cost of the text)

Human Relations (EDMA 204)
3 Semester Hours of Graduate Credit
Spring 2018 Dates: February 5 – April 1
$625 (not including the cost of the text)

Teacher Leadership Strategies (EDMA 206)
3 Semester Hours of Graduate Credit
Spring 2018 Dates: February 12 – April 8
$625 (not including the cost of the text)

Other Online Course Topics

  • Athletic Coaching
  • Classroom Management
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Online Learning and Instruction
  • Physical Education
  • Reading and Literacy

Visit www.drake.edu/cepd/distance/onlinecourses or call 1-800-76-TEACH (8-3224) for more information about all of our offerings.


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.

STEM BEST Partners – Congratulations Albia & Chariton!

Original Post: https://iowastem.gov/stembest/2017

STEM BEST (Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers) focuses on teachers and industry professionals working side-by-side to craft curriculum and projects that prepare students for exciting STEM careers local to their community in manufacturing, information technology, bioscience (agriculture and medicine), finance and more.

The STEM Council Executive Committee voted unanimously in October 2017 to disburse $475,000 in cost-shared funds to 19 competitively-selected school partnerships, bringing to the table a total cost-share commitment of $2,880,481. The 2017 STEM BEST partners are:

  • Albia Community Schools in the South Central STEM Region. The Albia community school district was awarded the STEM RLE in the 2015-2016 school year to create a redesigned learning environment which was named “4C” to promote the use of the 4C’s (Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, and Creativity). Local businesses have partnered with the district to create lessons and authentic learning opportunities for students and to engage them with local businesses in various ways including projects and site visits. The Albia CSD Financial Model includes the cost of the redesigned classroom and various conferences and visits to work-based learning locations for a grand total of $51,595, with the school district covering the $26,595 not covered by the STEM BEST Grant.
  • Chariton Community Schools of the South Central STEM Region. The Chariton community school district is developing their REAL (Relevant – Engaged – Applied – Learning) program for implementation in the 2018-2019 school year to provide seniors with work-based learning opportunities in STEM fields. So far 9 local businesses have partnered with the district to provide career awareness, exploration, and preparation/training opportunities for students through tours, speakers, career course development committees, and hosting students in the workplace. Their proposed financial model indicates in-kind, partnerships, and district funding would provide $31,700 towards the cost of professional development and work-based learning experiences, while the STEM BEST Grant would primarily fund curriculum development, site visit mileage, and coordinator an business development support.

 

GPAEA Board Member Election Results – October 2017

In October, Great Prairie AEA held Board Elections in four of their nine Director Districts. Congratulations to the following elected Board Members:

  • Melissa Ballard – Director District #2, which includes Albia, Chariton, Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, Moravia & Wayne
  • Margaret Kelly – Director District #6, which includes Fairfield, Pekin, WACO, Winfield-Mt. Union & a portion of the Ottumwa School District
  • Janet Smith – Director District #7, which includes Mediapolis, Morning Sun, Mount Pleasant, New London & Wapello
  • Victoria Stephenson – Director District #9, which includes Danville, Fort Madison, West Burlington, and a portion of the Burlington School District

About Elections: School Board Members from the districts listed above choose the Great Prairie Area Education Agency representative for a four-year term.  Under Iowa law, anyone who is a resident and elector of the Director District indicated may seek election to the AEA Board, except local school employees or members of the Community College Boards of Directors.

Learn more about GPAEA Board of Directors at https://www.gpaea.org/about-us/board-of-directors/.

Professional Development Opportunities – November/December 2017

Check the GPAEA PD Course Catalog for up-to-date information at https://www.gpaea.org/professional-development/gpaea-pd-course-catalog/.

Iowa Core Parent Guides

Here is a great resource to share with parents at Parent-Teacher Conferences! The Iowa Core Parent Guides, in English and Spanish, were developed to provide an overview of what students will learn by the end of each grade level as directed by the Iowa Core, our statewide academic standards in Math, Science, and ELA.

There is a guide for each grade level kindergarten through grade 8 and one for high school students. Guides include a brief overview of what will be learned in each subject area of the Iowa Core, examples of what students’ work at school may look like, and examples of how parents can help their child at home.  Check it out and share with your teachers!
https://iowacore.gov/content/iowa-core-parent-guidesgu%C3%ADa-para-padres

GPAEA Schools in the News – October 2017

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.

GPAEA Hosts Battle of the Books – April 26, 2018

 

Great Prairie AEA will again be hosting a Battle of the Books competition this year on April 26, 2018, at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. Registration is now open. Visit the BOB website for more information and to register. If you have questions, contact jane.frizzell@gpaea.org.

Battle of the Books is a collaborative reading competition for 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. Competition includes written and oral responses.

Learn more at https://sites.google.com/aea267.k12.ia.us/bob/home

Book Lists

Math Course for Educators: Rational Numbers and Number Talks: Fractions, Decimals and Percents

Teachers will increase content knowledge in the area of rational numbers, learn how to facilitate classroom discussions, and improve rational number fluency, specifically using strategies from Number Talks: Fractions, Decimals, Percentages by Sherry Parrish and Ann Dominick.

This class can be taken for recertification or graduate credit. Participants enrolled for graduate credit will be required to complete implementation work between November and February. All credit will be awarded at the end of February when the class closes.

Purchase of the book by Parrish and Dominick is required for all participants.

Learn more at https://www.smore.com/qmx9k-rational-numbers-and-number-talks.

Click here to register.