From the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University 

A new In Brief Video Series on Resilience from the Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University provides an overview of why resilience matters, how it develops, and how to strengthen it in children. The series features three two-minute videos that provide a brief overview of Supportive Relationships and Active Skill-Building Strengthen the Foundations of Resilience, a 2015 working paper from the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child.

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Let’s Celebrate! Summer Enrichment 2015

T-Shirt Design Contest Winner: Hannah R., 5th Grade from BlackHawk Elementary, Burlington

Congratulations to our T-Shirt Design Contest Winner: Hannah R., 5th Grade from BlackHawk Elementary, Burlington

Great Prairie AEA’s Summer Enrichment Program Held at Iowa Wesleyan College and Southeastern Community College

Summer Enrichment Program is a “college-for-kids” type program for students in grades 3-6 who live in southeast Iowa.  To qualify, students need to be in a talented and gifted (TAG) program, or have high ITBS test scores, or be recommended by a teacher, counselor, or building principal. Or recommended and accepted for their artistic and creative characteristics by an art and music teacher.

The Great Prairie AEA Summer Enrichment 2015 program was held June 8 – 18 at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mt. Pleasant and June 22 – July 2 at Southeastern Community College, West Burlington.

Approximately 180 students from 16 area school districts attended Summer Enrichment in Mt. Pleasant and  379  students from 16 area school districts and 6 non-public schools attended in West Burlington. These students have the opportunity to participate in more than 90 classes, taught by area educators. Classes cover the fine arts, languages, literature & writing, mathematics & logic, science, social studies, and computers.

Great Prairie AEA thanks Southeastern Community College for generously donating the use of their campus for this year’s program! Special THANK YOU to Brittney Leach
Summer Enrichment Coordinator!

Introducing AEA Purchasing

AEA_PurchasingThe Iowa Educators Consortium (IEC) and the Iowa Association of Educational Purchasing (IAEP) food program have united as AEA Purchasing! Iowa’s Area Education Agencies launched statewide purchasing services in 1999. To date, these services have saved Iowa schools and non-profit educational organizations over $100 million dollars! In an effort to streamline statewide AEA programs, all cooperative purchasing responsibilities will now operate under AEA Purchasing. The names have changed, but the goals remain the same:

  • Save Iowa schools time and money
  • Research products and form vendor partnerships through a competitive process
  • Offer a wide range of value added services
  • Remain a self-supporting organization and give back to participating organizations through food rebates and funding of statewide projects
  • Collaborate with AEAs and school districts to develop synergy that can’t be attained through individual efforts
  • Help both large and small school districts acquire quality products and training at an equitable price

All vendor partners, contracts and pricing will remain the same. Visit the website for product categories, vendor partners, contacts, how to order and pricing! Subscribe to the monthly newsletters to stay informed.