Level One Investigator Training

aeapdonlinelogo2013Iowa Code Section 280.17 requires all public and non-public schools to annually appoint a Level 1 investigator and alternate to investigate complaints regarding abuse of students by school employees and volunteers.  The board-appointed Level 1 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.

The delivery of training for Level 1 Investigators is available for participants online. The training consists of videos, case study scenarios, and online lessons to help meet the above objectives.  Also, individuals will have access to the necessary materials, such as the Chapter 102 Level 1 Investigators Manual (Blue Book – Revised January 2011).

There is no fee required to attend.  To access the training, you must:

1. Go to http://training.aeapdonline.org  (this is the same system used for the Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Bloodborne Pathogens trainings that many educators take).
2. Login with your username and password.  If it is your first time to the system, you will need to click the “Register Here” link and create a new account.
3. On the course catalog page, scroll down to “Level One Investigator Training: Chapter 102” and click on it.
4. Click on the register button that appears below it.

Once you are completed with the training, you will be able to access your certificate from your completed course area.

If you have any difficulty accessing the training, please contact AEA PD Online at 1-800-255-0405 x14668.

New Teacher Center Instructional Coach Professional Learning Series


NTC Coaching Flyer_teacher_flyerThis course supports instructional coaches in responding to each teacher’s developmental and contextual needs and promotes the ongoing analysis of instructional practice. Tools, processes, and protocols will be utilized for collecting and analyzing observation data in alignment with professional teaching standards as well as analyzing student work to strategically plan and adjust standards-based instruction to improve teaching practice. Instructional coaches will also analyze and reflect upon coaching experience and practice strategic professional feedback to develop their expertise in advancing teachers’ abilities to plan and implement standards-based, differentiated instruction and meet the needs of all students.

  • Dates: Oct 29-30, Dec 3-4, 2014, Jan 28-29, Apr 22-23, 2015
  • Times: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Location: DMACC-FFA Enrichment Ctr.
  • REGISTRATION DEADLINE: September 26, 2014, at 4:00 p.m.

Target Audience: K-12 Instructional coaches, facilitators, instructional strategists, district instructional coach program leads, AEA program leads.

Download NTC Coaching Flyer_teacher_flyer

2014-2015 Student Event Dates

Children giving thumbs up signUnited States Senate Youth Application for High School Juniors and Seniors
Deadline to submit application: Friday, October 3, 2014

Future Problem Solving bowl – January 23, 2015
Faith Christian Outreach Church, Multipurpose room, Mt.Pleasant

Young Writers’ Conference
William Penn University, Oskaloosa, Iowa
Secondary Day – March 12, 2015
Elementary Day – March 13, 2015
Registration Deadline: January 23, 2015

6th grade Math Bee – Friday, March 27, 2015
Fairfield Arts and Convention Center, Fairfield, Iowa
Intent to Participation Deadline: February 6, 2015
Team Registration Deadline: February, 27, 2015

History Day – Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Fairfield Arts and Convention Center, Fairfield, Iowa
Intent to Participate Deadline: December 5, 2014
Registration Deadline: Monday, March 23, 2015
Papers & Website deadline: Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Summer Enrichment
June 8-18, 2015 -Iowa Wesleyan College, Mt. Pleasant
June 22 – July 2, 2015 -Southeastern Community College, West Burlington
Registration books to schools in early March
Registration deadline: Monday, April 20, 2015

Taking the Plunge: Practical Strategies for Getting Started with Project Work

cornerstone infoOn Saturday, September 10, 2014 – Anne Michel and Vickie Parker – GPAEA EC Consultants teamed with Dawn Johnson State Wide Voluntary Preschool Teacher from Kids World Day Care and Preschool in Centerville, IA to present a 90 minute session at the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children (IAEYC) Fall Conference in Altoona.  The session entitled “Taking the Plunge: Practical Strategies for Getting Started with Project Work.”Plunge  The session was well attended and very well received.

Vickie Parker, GPAEA EC Consultant also teamed with Dawn Johnson State Wide Voluntary Preschool Teacher from Kids World Day Care and Preschool in Centerville, IA to present a 2 hour session at the Iowa Association for the Education of Young Children (IAEYC) Fall Conference in Altoona on Sept 10, 2014.  The session was entitled”Science Rocks: Encouraging Young Scientists”. The session was very hands on with participants engaging in 7 science experiments that they then could take back and do with their students or as a Science Family night with parents and students.  It was a full room and was well received.



Featured in Centerville Daily Iowegian: http://www.dailyiowegian.com/news/lifestyles/article_00fc3eb8-4419-11e4-bb0c-6f992ea6edad.html

See attached pics from Southeast Iowa Project Group Facebook page’

Upcoming GPAEA Professional Development Opportunities 

A primary school teacherGPAEA has many great professional development opportunities scheduled for this fall!  Course categories include behavior, literacy, math, science, autism, early childhood, TAG, and fine arts.  Also being offered are Paraeducator Level II:  Special Needs, Substitute Authorization courses, and Evaluator III.  Courses are still being added so please check the catalog in MyLearningPlan for new additions.



  • Para Educator Certification Level II Generalist with Area of Concentration: Special Needs (Saturday and evening classes)

Substitute Authorization

  • evening classes (held at our Burlington office)

Assessing Academic Rigor: Evaluator III


  • Bullying Investigation Training
  • A Behavior Tool Box for Your Classroom
  • Developing a Social Skills Tool Box
  • RESPECT: Recognizing Everyones Strengths by Peacebuilding, Empathizing, Communicating and Trustbuilding
  • PBIS Tier 1
  • Creating a Functional Behavior Assessment Tool Box for Your Classroom


  • K-2 Counting and Cardinality/Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • Grades 3-5 Number and Operations/Fractions
  • Ratio and Proportion, Grades 6-8
  • Function, Grades 8-12


  • 6-12 Content Curriculum Design
  • Iowa LETRS 1-3
  • Ongoing MS-HS Second Chance Reading: 2014-2015


  • HS Science Networks 1 & 2
  • Elementary Science Networks 1 & 2
  • HS Science Networks 1 & 2


  • ST-AT 1 Structured Teaching for Autism: Basic Components


  • Secondary Transition Planning for Educators and Families

Early Childhood

  • Inquiry Based Learning in Early Childhood
  • Early Childhood Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (EC-PBIS) Home Visitation
  • Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment

Fine Arts

  • Rug Weaving

Workshops and Other Trainings:

  • Leading Professional Learning Communities for Results
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Initial Training
  • PBIS Tier 1 Booster Workshop
  • An Introduction to the GOLD ASSESSMENT and Reports for Administrators Workshop

Please visit our online course catalog to register.  https://www.mylearningplan.com/webreg/catalog.asp?H=1&D=10734

Secondary Transition Family Planning for Educators and Parents

November 10 & 11th, 2014
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Ottumwa GPAEA 2814 North Court Street, Ottumwa, IA 52501

Transition Family Planning Flier Fall 2014This two day workshop is intended to help teachers & parents learn how to assist parents in their understanding of the special education transition process in Iowa and how to participate effectively.

Download the PDF flier to learn more: Transition Family Planning Flier Fall 2014


GPAEA Schools in the News – September 2014

A list of the September 2014 headlines featuring a Great Prairie AEA School District:

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.

October is Bullying Prevention Month

boy blue shirtThis month, groups across the country committed to stop bullying will release new resources, campaigns, and efforts aimed at bringing awareness to this important issue facing our youth.  This month serves as a reminder that bullying prevention must be addressed, and one way to accomplish this is through educating ourselves, our communities and the youth in our lives. Below are some anti-bullying resources that you may find useful.

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Do you know someone who is interested in obtaining their PK-12 Principal/Supervisor of Special Education licensure?

viterboIf so, please attend!

Educational Leadership Informational Meeting
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
4:15-5:15 p.m.
Great Prairie AEA
3601 West Avenue
Burlington, Iowa 52601

Earn licensure through Viterbo University. Courses available locally at Great Prairie AEA. Blended courses – low cost and convenient!

Advanced Manufacturing Career Fair on October 22

Advanced Manufacturing Career Fair on October 22
Southeastern Community College in West Burlington

Ever wonder what a career in the STEM field of advanced manufacturing would be like and what classes might get you ready for those jobs? Students in grades 6-12 and parents are invited to come and learn about all the opportunities in the advanced manufacturing field, as well as the educational opportunities available locally to prepare for a career in that field. These are STEM related jobs and businesses will be bringing samples of their machinery, employees will be on hand in their “work gear” to answer questions and share information about their jobs as well as the training it takes to work in their career.

In addition to local industries, representatives from Elevate Iowa and SCC will be on hand to talk with those in attendance about choosing a career in the Advanced Manufacturing field and the educational opportunities available.

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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.


OCTOBER 9, 10, & 11

Des Moines County Conservation will be hosting a volunteer “Barn Painting Party” on October 9th 10th &11th at Starr’s Cave Nature Center.  We will be recruiting volunteers from all over the county to help scrape, prime, and paint Burlington’s iconic Starr’s Cave Nature Center. We will be painting the Nature Center from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on October 9th, 10th, 11th. Lunch and painting supplies will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to stop out at their convenience to lend a hand.

Starr’s Cave Nature Center sits on roughly 200 acres of nature preserve and is the hub of the Des Moines County Conservation Environmental Education programs. The Nature Center itself was built in 1877 as a dairy barn, and is one of the only buildings still standing from the original Starr family homestead. Renovations in the 1980s transformed the barn into what it is today. This last fiscal year, DMCC staff presented over 318 educational programs to over 15,243 individuals in Des Moines County. Starr’s Cave Nature Center is visited by thousands of visitors every year. During the last year nature center staff documented over 10,000 casual contacts.

Des Moines County Conservation needs volunteers to help scrape, prime, and paint Starr’s Cave Nature Center on October 9, 10, & 11 from 9 AM – 5 PM. Volunteers are welcome to stop out and help at their leisure, materials, supplies, and lunch will be provided.  Starr’s Cave Nature Center is located at 11627 Starr’s Cave Rd. Burlington, IA 52601. For more information contact Kent Rector at (319) 753-5808.

Kent Rector, Environmental Education Coordinator, Starr’s Cave Nature Center, 11627 Starr’s Cave Rd, Burlington, IA 52601, Office: (319) 753-5808, Cell: (319) 768-8057


Leaving to Learn – Pathways to Success (Northwest Iowa AEA Leadership Academy)

The Met school in Providence, Rhode Island is a special place. Consistently recognized as one of the best, most innovative schools in the country, it and the other schools that are now part of the Big Picture Network are organized around several principles that make them very different places than most traditional schools:

  1. students work with adult, non-educator mentors to complete real-world projects;
  2. curricula, projects, use of time, and learning environments are personalized to students’ needs and interests;
  3. authentic assessments, not traditional tests or grading systems;
  4. advisory groups that actually work well and mean something;
  5. a focus on collaboration and teamwork;
  6. a college preparatory focus;
  7. a learning framework focused on empirical reasoning, quantitative reasoning, social reasoning, communication, and personal leadership

Elliot Washor, co-founder of Big Picture Learning and the Met School in Providence, Rhode Island, and Carlos Morena, CARLOS MORENO, national director of Big Picture Learning, will lead a full-day session on student engagement. This learning is planned from 9 a.m-3 p.m. Oct. 21 at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake.  Many of these principles are ones that we are trying to make happen in our own schools here in Iowa and around the country. We have some spots for others to join us for this powerful day of thinking and learning.

Register at http://bit.ly/leavingtolearn

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.

IEC Update: Check Out Our NEW & IMPROVED Website!

iec logoThe IEC proudly welcomes all students and school staff back to a new year…and our NEW website!

Over the summer, IEC staff worked with Global Reach (an IEC vendor partner) to give www.iec-ia.org a new look and feel. With improved navigation, a direct link to our Twitter feed (follow us!) and an area dedicated to ‘Hot Deals and Steals!’, we hope that connecting with us and saving time and money is easier than ever!

Let us know what you think. Send an email to info@iec-ia.org or tweet us @AEACoOp!

The Cornerstone – September 2014

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FEATURED: GPAEA’s 21st Century Classroom

Welcome back – wishing you a wonderful 2014-15 school year! Enjoy this month’s The Cornerstone newsletter by clicking on an article below or scrolling down.