Level I Investigator Training

Attention: GPAEA Superintendents and Building Principals

Iowa Code Section 280.17, requires all public and non-public schools to annually appoint a Level I investigator and alternate(s) to investigate complaints regarding abuse of students by school employees and volunteers.  The names of the board-appointed Level I Investigator and at least one alternate are to be posted with their phone numbers in every building.  Investigators and alternates are to be trained upon initial appointment and then once every five years thereafter.  The training is to familiarize designated individuals with their roles, rules, procedures and required timelines for action.

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Great Prairie AEA Regional Teams Redesigned

Change is always happening and with change comes great opportunity. This year will be full of opportunities as we continue to move forward with our long-range and short-range plans for the future of Great Prairie AEA. Due to a late resignation and current budget restraints, our plan to redesign the Regional Teams has been moved up one year. School Districts will not see a change in AEA staff members serving your buildings; however, a different Regional Director may serve some.

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GPAEA Welcomes New Staff

On Tuesday, August 16, Great Prairie AEA welcomed 13 new staff members for the 2011-12 school year.

Holly Drury, Speech‐Language Pathologist – Oskaloosa Office
Tiffany Engelbrecht, Speech‐Language Pathologist – Mt. Pleasant Office
Eva Ford, School Social Worker – Fairfield Office
Dr. Angelisa Fynaardt, Regional Special Education Director – Ottumwa Office
Teresa Halstead, Speech‐Language Pathologist – Albia Office
Virginia Hancock, Speech‐Language Pathologist – Fairfield Office
Leslie Hartman, Audiologist – Ottumwa Office
Rachel Jones, School Psychologist – Ft. Madison Office
Lindsey Long, School Social Worker – Keokuk Office
Michol Ludington, Early ACCESS Home Interventionist – Ottumwa Office
Kara Mattox, Speech‐Language Pathologist – Oskaloosa Office
Shawna Perry, Speech‐Language Pathologist – Ottumwa Office
Michelle Ryan, Special Education Consultant – Ottumwa Office

To access, download or search our 2011-12 Directory visit: http://www.gpaea.k12.ia.us/contact-us.aspx

Web IEP Training for New Special Education Teachers

Dates have been set for the 2011-2012 New Special Education Teacher Web IEP Training.  This training will follow the traditional two-day format in which we go over the how and whys of IEPs.  New teachers should be in attendance for both days.

Teachers have the option of attending this training at either the Ottumwa AEA office or the Burlington AEA office. Training at both locations will begin at 8:30 am and end by 4:30 pm.  If you have a laptop computer, we encourage you to bring it along.

Ottumwa AEA Office Training
Monday, August 29, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Burlington AEA Office Training
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Register online at http://bit.ly/n1IV77
This course is also being offered for one hour of graduate credit.

Video: Iowa, Did You Know?

A new Iowa Future video, “Iowa, Did You Know?,” highlights the drastic changes occurring in Iowa and the world, and shows that schools are struggling to keep up in today’s dynamic new global environment. Authored by Scott McLeod, the video premiered at this week’s School Administrators of Iowa Conference. View the video and release on Iowa Future at: http://bit.ly/mQnGwr

The “Iowa, Did You Know?” video is the latest of a growing number of resources in the Iowa Future toolkitto provide school and community members with information and tools to help them lead or participate in education change efforts in their communities. A discussion guide is available to accompany the video at http://bit.ly/mQnGwr

#iaedsummit Review & Video Highlights

The Iowa Education Summit was held on July 25 & 26 in Des Moines. Over 1600 educators, parents, legislators, and business people attend the day and a half event. The purpose was to build a consensus for how to give all students a world-class education, no matter where they live.

Prior to the summit Governor Branstad held town hall meetings and education roundtables with business leaders, college and university presidents, and teachers. Videos of Governor Branstad’s Roundtables are available at https://educateiowa.eduvision.tv/Default.aspx. Also, the Iowa Department of Education released a new report, “Rising to Greatness: An Imperative for Improving Iowa’s Schools.” The report provides critical information that will help policymakers, educators, parents and other Iowans target solutions in a statewide effort to restore Iowa’s standing as a leader in education. View the report online: http://bit.ly/peILoX
During the summit, on-site participants and live streaming viewers connected via Twitter using the hashtag #iaedsummit. Since then Jason Glass (@jasonglassIA) asks that we “use hashtag #IAEdFuture to keep momentum/discussion going on future of education for Iowa! Let’s build our plan!”

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