Fort Madison & Mount Pleasant Offices are OPEN (The HawkEye Article Correction)

There was an article in Sunday’s The HawkEye that stated, “Fort Madison and Mount Pleasant satellite offices lost in AEA consolidation.” This is false.

We provided the reporter with office locations and mentioned that last year we merged the Chariton & Centerville Offices to an Albia location. We have notified The HawkEye of the mistake, but please do your part to squash any rumors that you hear.

The article, “Merger means less overhead, more services” may be found at

Thank you!

AEA Customer Survey Launches

Educators: Participate in the 2011-12 AEA Customer Survey

You are invited to participate in the 2011 – 2012 statewide AEA Customer Survey! This web-based survey provides opportunity for you to supply valuable feedback regarding AEA services. To access the survey, simply use the following website URL and follow the directions provided:

The survey will run from Monday, March 5 – Friday, April 6, 2012.

Thank you in advance for your participation. The information from this survey provides valuable data that assists the AEA system in evaluating its services and continuing to meet current and future LEA needs.

The majority of the survey collects responses on a Likert scale, but opportunity for narrative feedback is also included. The web-based survey should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, depending on the quantity of feedback you provide.

2012 Young Writers’ Conference

Great Prairie AEA will honor student writers at their annual Young Writers’ Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 6 & 7 at William Penn University, Oskaloosa, IA. The conference provides an opportunity for young authors to share their writing with peers, and introduces them to professional authors, illustrators, storytellers and other communicators. The two-day event is broken into secondary day (grades 7-12) and elementary day (grades 3-6).

This year’s program will offer students a rich variety of experiences. Our Keynote Speaker, Bob Kann, will conduct a large group session. Bob is a professional storyteller and a Professor of Education. He received his PhD from UW-Madison in 1982 and became a professional storyteller during that same year. He gives lectures and performances throughout the United States. He has written four books for the Wisconsin Historical Press “Badger Biography” series: A Recipe for Success: Lizzie Kander and Her Cookbook, Belle and Bob La Follette: Partners in Politics, Frank Lloyd Wright: An American ArchitectCindy Bentley: Athlete, Leader, and Hero, and Hero and Cordelia Harvey: Civil War Angel. In February 2012, a new biography of Kenosha, WI native Joyce Westerman who played eight years in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League and depicted in the movie A League of Their Own, will be published. He combines the dynamic speaking style of an entertainer with the expertise of an experienced author of Wisconsin history.

Event Contact: Shannon Johnson, or 800-382-8970 ext. 1136.

Download a copy of this article: YWC 2012

Using video to improve teaching and learning via eSchool News

Great Prairie AEA was featured in an article on the eSchool News website by Kari Arfstrom, Ph.D., about our work to highlight best practices of professional educators using video.

Read the article on eSchool News

Download a PDF: eSchool News Article

About the Author: Kari M. Arfstrom, Ph.D., is a former classroom teacher, Capitol Hill staffer, and senior-level executive at K-12 education administration associations such as the American Association of School Administrators and the Consortium for School Networking. She founded Arfstrom Consulting and Forecasting in 2011. She can be reached at