- I Have a Plan Iowa – Beginner – Burlington (November 1st, 9:00 – 11:30 am) https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=10734&I=1189776&H=1
- I Have a Plan Iowa – Experienced – Burlington (November 1st, 1:00 – 3:30 pm) https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=10734&I=1189788&H=1
- I Have a Plan Iowa – Beginner – Ottumwa (November 2nd, 9:00 – 11:30 am) https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=10734&I=1189780&H=1
- I Have a Plan Iowa – Experienced – Ottumwa (November 1st, 1:00 – 3:30 pm) https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=10734&I=1189801&H=1
Enjoy the October 2012 headlines from local media sources about districts in Great Prairie AEA:
- Fairfield & Ottumwa – Students getting a head start
- Ottumwa- New elementary school not yet named
- Ottumwa- On call for kids in crisis: Programs help kids through tough times
- Ottumwa – Students may have more ‘early outs’
- Wapello, Morning Sun – Area school districts look to strengthen ties
- Keokuk – Keokuk enrollment increases
- Keokuk – Elementary principal pleased with progress data
- Ottumwa – Vision Plan could include another new elementary school
- Oskaloosa – A Closer Look at Oskaloosa Education
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.
The October 2012 issue of The Cornerstone is now available! Scroll down to read articles or click on titles below. You can also download a PDF copy. Enjoy!
- It’s a Your-Own-Device World!
- Apps for Educators
- Transition Event Featuring 2012 Paralympics Silver Medalist Matt Stutzman
- Lincoln Elementary (Mount Pleasant) Named National Blue Ribbon School
- Professional Development for Second Chance Reading Teachers
- Celebrate Dr. Norman E. Borlaug – World Food Prize Day on October 16
- Use Your Data: Contact a CSIS
- Stop Bullying Challenge
- Speak Up At School
- From the Classroom…
- ICM Field Trips for Preschool – 6th Grade
- Steingreaber Article Featured in LMC Magazine
- Chief Administrator and AEA Board Member Meet with Senator Courtney
- GPAEA Schools in the News – September 2012
Download a PDF copy of The Cornerstone: CS October 12
Yes, the 21st Century is really here, and the technology used to support 21st Century teaching and learning is beginning to impact some area schools. GPAEA District Technology Coordinators recently reported the status of their district’s implementation of what has been traditionally called a “1-to-1” Initiative.
A 1-to-1 initiative is a district-wide or school-wide or even a grade level specific program to provide each student with a mobile computing device. Sometimes the initiative might be referred to as a BYOD Initiative, that is to say, a “Bring Your Own Device” plan that allows students to use their own devices in the classroom. The device has traditionally been a computer laptop, or netbook. Over the past year or two, many school districts are now considering computer tablets as student learning devices. Tablets, such as the iPad or KUNO can potentially replace textbooks while maintaining the benefits of on-line digital resources, and learning specific interactivity through the use of many educational “apps” designed for use on tablet and other handheld technologies.
The GPAEA Instructional Technology Team includes two Instructional Technology Specialists, Lisa Jacobs and Seth Denney; one Assistive Technology Specialist, Marjorie Nash; and two Instructional Technology Coaches, Sue Kientz and Jane Trotter, that assist schools and work with teachers to integrate technology.
According to GPAEA District Technology Coordinators 10 GPAEA school districts are presently thinking about a 1-1 initiative, one district is planning for a 1-1 rollout next year, six school districts have or will be rolling out a 1-1 initiative this year, three districts are in the second year of a 1-1 initiative, and three districts have implemented a 1-1 initiative for three or more years. Some districts were not represented.
2012 Great Prairie AEA 1:1 Districts
|Year 1||Primary Device||Grade Level|
|North Mahaska||MacBook Pro||7-12|
|Winfield – Mt. Union||iPads
PC mini tablet/laptop
|Year 2||Primary Device||Grade Level|
|Year 3 +||Primary Device||Grade Level|
Great Prairie Area Education Agency’s Parent & Educator Connection presents a transition event featuring Silver Medalist in the 2012 U.S. Paralympics Matt Stutzman. Join us on November 5, 2012 at 7:00 PM in the Fairfield High School Auditorium, 605 Broadway Ave., Fairfield, IA.
Great Prairie AEA provides families information and resources that will help ensure a positive high school experience and successful transition. Transition is a process that helps students develop plans to prepare for life after graduation from high school in the areas of living, learning and working. Transition planning, which begins at age 14, might include preparing for post-secondary education, vocational training, supported employment, continuing and adult education, independent living and community participation.
About Matt. Inexplicably born without arms in December of 1982, Matt’s birthparents were soon overwhelmed with the obvious challenges that lay ahead. He was put up for adoption, and in January of 1983, Matt was welcomed into the home of Leon and Jean Stutzman. A remarkably patient, compassionate and strong willed couple, the Stutzman’s guided Matt through a youth of seemingly insurmountable obstacles of everyday living largely taken for granted in an able-bodied world. Their philosophy was simple; Matt was permitted to try almost anything…if he could do it on his own. Twenty-nine years later, the result is an extraordinary young man, a family man, who can do virtually anything with his feet.
In early September, Lincoln Elementary School in Mount Pleasant, was one of five Iowa schools among 269 schools nationwide named 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools for their overall academic excellence or for their progress in improving student academic achievement levels:
- Carroll High School (Carroll Community School District)
- Crescent Elementary School (Council Bluffs Community School District)
- Lincoln Elementary School (Mount Pleasant Community School District)
- Mitchellville Elementary School (Southeast Polk Community School District)
- West Delaware High School (West Delaware County Community School District)
“This award reflects the extraordinary efforts of the students, staff, parents and community in receiving national recognition for its high levels of achievement,” commented Principal Pam Cushman. “We are extremely proud of our students for this honor and equally proud of our staff for their dedication to the success of our children.”
The U.S. Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are made in students’ levels of achievement. The U.S. Department of Education will honor 219 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 12-13 in Washington, D.C.
Since 1982, nearly 7,000 schools in the U.S. have received the coveted award. Read more about the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/index.html.
Fran McVeigh, Reading Specialist
There will be two sets of professional development for previously trained Middle School Tech SCR teachers this year. Additional technology will be provided as the E2T2 grant sunsets. PD sessions will also focus on incorporating the Iowa Core Standards across each week of instruction. Come join us in either Burlington or Ottumwa!
Sessions are from 9-3 at the AEA
|Burlington||Friday, Oct. 12 and Thursday, Jan. 31|
|Ottumwa||Thursday, Oct. 18 and Friday, Feb. 8|
Trained High School SCR teachers will be incorporating technology into their weekly lessons this year with training on Promethean or Smartboards and the integration of the Iowa Core Standards during instruction. There will only be one session held in Ottumwa at the AEA from 9-3 on Thursday, October 25th and Thursday, February 21st.
Your school can help make Iowa the Food and Agriculture Capital of the World by observing Dr. Norman E. Borlaug – World Food Prize Day during the week of October 15-21. On October 16, we in Iowa will celebrate Dr. Borlaug’s contributions, and the significance of the World Food Prize.
THE WORLD FOOD PRIZE is the foremost international award recognizing — without regard to race, religion, nationality, or political beliefs — the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.
The Prize recognizes contributions in any field involved in the world food supply — food and agriculture science and technology, manufacturing, marketing, nutrition, economics, poverty alleviation, political leadership and the social sciences.
The World Food Prize emphasizes the importance of a nutritious and sustainable food supply for all people. By honoring those who have worked successfully toward this goal, The Prize calls attention to what has been done to improve global food security and to what can be accomplished in the future.
Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his work in world agriculture, envisioned a prize that would honor those who have made significant and measurable contributions to improving the world’s food supply. Beyond recognizing these people for their personal accomplishments, Borlaug saw The Prize as a means of establishing role models who would inspire others. His vision was realized when The World Food Prize was created in 1986.
Learn more at http://www.worldfoodprize.org/.
Did you know your district has a Comprehensive School Improvement Specialist (CSIS)? When Great Prairie AEA reorganized into three regions, with two regional directors each, a comprehensive school improvement specialist (CSIS) was also added. The CSIS will assist Great Prairie AEA and local schools in using data for decision-making, in order to improve student achievement.
Contact your Comprehensive School Improvement Specialists (CSIS) for:
- RTI (assessment literacy)
- Data Teams: AEA and LEA
- Problem-Solving (Systemic to Individual level)
- Assessment Literacy: measures and analysis
- School Improvement: data map, pd plan, attend leadership meetings (with regional)
In addition to supporting data teams, each CSIS has additional areas of expertise. Please see below for contact information and areas of focus:
800-622-0027 ext. 5341
I-Star/Spec Ed Compliance (File reviews, Corrective Action Plans, Prong 2, Spec Ed procedures and law), Child Find, Curriculum based/functional assessment, DIBELS, AIMSweb, State Performance Plans
October is Bullying Prevention Month and www.stopbullying.gov is challenging your students to create a “Stop Bullying Video.” This challenge invites youth ages 13-18 to create a 30 to 60 second video that will inform and motivate youth to prevent bullying, and that promotes an environment where kindness and respect for others matters. Learn more at http://stopbullying.challenge.gov/.
If your students participate in this challenge send us a copy of your video at email@example.com to be featured on our website and facebook page!
Resources for Districts:
- www.stopbullying.gov (managed by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services – excellent source of information and resources. Schools can send away for free resource kits).
- www.olweus.org or www.clemson.edu/olweus (good information for schools thinking of bullying prevention programs)
Great Prairie AEA has two certified Olweus Bullying Prevention trainers available to districts: Mike Peters, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Teran Buettell, email@example.com.
SAVE THE DATE
- October 10 is Unity Day sponsored by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Encourage your students to wear orange and send us pictures of your unity day at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more at http://www.pacer.org/bullying/nbpm/unity-day.asp.
- Together let’s take a stand! Register for the Governor’s Bullying Prevention Summit on Tuesday, Nov. 27, in Des Moines. https://preventbullying.iowa.gov/
How can we respond to everyday stereotypes and bias? SPEAK UP AT SCHOOL.
- INTERRUPT Speak up against biased remarks. “I don’t like words like that.” Or “That is hurtful.”
- QUESTION Find out why the speaker made the offensive comment. ”What do you mean?”
- EDUCATE Explain why the term or phrase is offensive. “Do you know the history of that word?”
- ECHO If someone else speaks up against hate, thank and reiterate the anti-bias message. “Thanks for speaking up.”
Resources from http://www.tolerance.org/
- Teaching Tolerance, SPEAK UP AT SCHOOL RESPOND TO EVERYDAY STEREOTYPES AND BIAS, tolerance.org
- Civil Rights Activity Book, SPLC Civil Rights Memorial Center, Appropriate for Grades 3-6, tolerance.org
- A Guide for Administrators, Counselors and Teachers, RESPONDING TO HATE AND BIAS AT SCHOOL, tolerance.org
- Changing the Game – An invitation to school sports teams to stand up for respect and against bullying and name-calling.
- Ready, Set, Respect! GLSEN’S Elementary School Toolkit
- Safe Space Kit – Guide to Being an Ally to LGBT Students
Save the Dates:
- National Mix It Up Lunch Day – October 30, 2012: This Teaching Tolerance initiative, designed to reduce prejudice and improve intergroup relations, asks students to break out of their normal social circles and connect with someone new over lunch. Add your school to the online map. You may go online tolerance.org to sign up your school or district. You will receive links to free online materials to help plan the day.
- Governor’s Summit on Bullying – November 27, 2012: National and state speakers will gather at HyVee Hall in Des Moines.
For information about any of these resources or other materials regarding equity please contact Libby Laughlin, Multicultural Gender Fair Specialist/Equity Specialist, at email@example.com or 800-382-8970 Ext.1164.
We want your classroom success stories! We want to share these with area educators to learn from other districts’ successes and challenges. Please send your short story to Jennifer Woodley, Communication Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Chariton Class Puts Economic Theory to Test!
In Mark Felderman’s economics class, lots of economic theories and practices are taught, examined, discussed and learned. On September 17th one unusual one was put to the test.
The economic concept of “the wisdom of the crowd” was examined. It is the process of taking into account the collective opinion of a group of individuals rather than a single expert to answer a question. After discussing the concept it was suggested that the class put this theory to the test. Students Ben Alfred and Phillip Masters came up with a great test. How many windows (panes of glass) are visible from the outside of all the high school complex buildings? Students from the economics class visited first period classroom and polled nearly 300 students for their guesses. Legitimate guesses (we threw out 5 guesses of “0” and two guesses over a million) from 7 to 80,000 were tallied and added up. The total was then divided by the number of guesses, 293.
Phillip Masters, Skyler Ross, Quincy Swarthout, Nate Hoeger, completed the task of counting the panes. “That’s just crazy,” exclaimed junior Cole Graves, when he saw the results. There are 886 window panes visible from the outside of the buildings. The average of 293 guess was 885.47! The wisdom of the crowd missed the answer by 6/100s of 1%. The wisdom of the crowd is an economic theory that the economic students at CHS and their teacher won’t soon forget.
Thank you Chariton teacher, Mark Felderman, for the great story!