Iowa AEAs “Impacting Lives”

Go to read the latest edition of “Impacting Lives.” The blog newsletter is a statewide effort to communicate AEA success stories and services across the state. The newsletter is sent to all school administrators, legislators (in-session) and AEA staff in Iowa. The issue includes:

  • Discover the Savings through the Iowa Educators Consortium
  • Twin Rivers Makes SMART Use of Technology
  • Student Improvement Through Relationship Building
  • New Teacher Center: Developing Teacher Leaders and Instructional Coaches

Program takes girls from classroom to Capitol

Iowa high school girls can win a chance to spend a day at the Statehouse and learn how laws and budgets are developed and approved. The third annual Capitol Girls program will take place in Des Moines on February 8. The event gives students an inside look at the Iowa General Assembly by pairing them with women legislators for the day. To participate, girls must complete an application available at and submit it via e-mail to or by fax to 515-242-6119 by January 13.

Reminder: IEC Winter Paper Buy to End Jan. 6

Don’t miss your chance to save big money on your paper supply needs through the Iowa Educator Consortium (IEC). Supplying this winter’s supply is the Paper Corporation which offers excellent pricing on a large variety of paper weights, colors and sizes. Additional discounts are available for orders at or above 440 assorted cases, 880 assorted cases and 880 white only. Ordering and pricing information is available on the IEC website at

If you have questions regarding the IEC ordering process, contact Joni Puffett at or (319) 268-9008.

Apply for summer internship in nation’s capitol

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) hosts a summer internship program in Washington, DC for students with all types of disabilities.

AAPD’s Summer Internship Program offers college students, law students, graduate students, and recent graduates with disabilities the opportunity to work in public service for 10 weeks on Capitol Hill, at federal agencies, nonprofits and for-profit businesses. This ten week experience gives interns the opportunity to gain invaluable hands-on experience in the workforce. Interns receive a living stipend, expenses covered for travel to and from DC and fully-accessible housing

Applications due by 4 p.m. Jan. 6, 2012. Click here for more information.

Students can help ‘Write Women Back into History’

To celebrate March as Women’s History Month, Iowa students are invited to enter the 28th annual Write Women Back into History Essay Contest.

Students in grades 6-9 are encouraged to choose a woman, preferably from Iowa, past or present, and write about her accomplishments and how she made a difference for the better. Essays are due by January 27. Winners will be honored during a ceremony at the State Capitol, and cash prizes will be awarded.

The competition is sponsored by the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women, the Iowa Department of Education and the State Historical Society of Iowa. Complete details are available at For more information, contact Lori Schrader-Bachar at 515-281-4470.

Happy Holidays from Great Prairie AEA!

Great Prairie AEA is working differently to positively impact every student in every classroom.

Thank you for your partnership in helping students achieve and schools improve.

All Great Prairie AEA offices will be closed beginning at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21 and re-opening 8 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3 in observance of the holiday season.

Role and Function of the Educational Equity Coordinator

A conference for Equity Coordinators, Superintendents, Building Administrators, Curriculum Directors.

Register Online by February 6, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Fairfield Arts & Convention Center
200 North Main Street, Fairfield, Iowa

The effectiveness of the educational equity coordinator is critical to an agency’s efforts to comply with civil rights related requirements and carry out their responsibilities under the law.

The purpose of the program is to share the legal responsibility for coordinating and monitoring the activities of the school district. The Equity Coordinator’s responsibilities will be defined through six basic categories: 1.) Knowledge of Federal and State Laws, 2.) Policies and Procedures, 3.) Dissemination of Information, 4.) Professional Development, 5.) Facilitate the Grievance Process, and 6.) Monitoring.

9:00 a.m. – Noon Program
Noon Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Program

Featured Speakers:

  • Matt Carver, J.D. SAI Legal Services Director
  • Margaret Jensen Connet, Consultant for Equity School Improvement, Iowa Department of Education
  • Isaiah McGee, Consultant for Equity and Achievement Gaps, Iowa Department of Education
  • Teran Buettell, School Psychologist, Great Prairie Area Education Agency
  • Greg Manske, Human Resources Director, Great Prairie Area Education Agency
  • Evan McCormick, School Improvement Specialist, Great Prairie Area Education Agency
  • Mike Peters, School Social Worker, Great Prairie Area Education Agency
  • Bethany Strause, Student, Muscatine Community College
  • Aimee Wedeking, Winfield Mt.Union Curriculum Director/Elementary Principal

Questions! Email or Call: or 800-382-8970 ext. 1164

Role and Function of the Ed Equity Coord – PDF Postcard

United States Senate Youth Program Selects Local High School Delegate

Blake McGhghy

Congratulations to Blake McGhghy from Keokuk High School, on being selected as one of the two delegates from Iowa to participate in the U.S. Senate Youth Program (USSYP), sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The program is designed to give young Americans a working knowledge of American political life. Each year two Iowa students have the opportunity to spend a week in Washington, D.C. The William Randolph Heart Foundation pays all expenses. In addition, the two Iowa high school representatives each receive a $5,000 scholarship. The other Iowa student is Scott Syroka, Johnston Community School District.

“I am extremely excited to attend the USSYP 2012. I have never been to Washington D.C., but I know this experience will be something that I will remember for a lifetime,” commented McGhghy. “I am so grateful for the Hearst Foundation’s support of this program, and for those who made the selection. Meeting today’s top leaders, as well as the future’s, while experiencing America’s most famous landmarks, monuments, and museums will be a culmination of my great study and interest in US government and history, which have been fostered over the past few years.”

McGhghy received a qualifying test score at Great Prairie AEA’s Senate Youth activity in October and his essay was submitted to the Department of Education. Selection of the two Iowa high school representatives is based on the outstanding ability and demonstrated leadership qualities of elected junior and senior high school student officers for the 2011-12 school year. Learn more at


If you are depressed, you are not alone.

The Burlington Community School District and Great Prairie Area Education Agency are hosting a special presentation of the video MORE THAN SAD: TEEN DEPRESSION on Thursday, December 8, at James Madison Middle School at 6:30 p.m. to interested parents of teen or pre-teen students.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) developed MORE THAN SAD: TEEN DEPRESSION to show young people and those close to them what depression looks like in adolescents and how it can be treated.   The entire presentation which also includes a question and answer session should take no more than an hour. A light meal of pizza and pop will be available at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

Visit to learn more about the video and teen depression.