PD Opportunities – October 2015

Great Prairie AEA offers a number of Professional Development Opportunities throughout the year. Scroll through the list below to see what is happening in October.

High School Science Network 1 – EAST – BURLINGTON
Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) [map]
Audience: High School Science Teachers
Dates: 10/1/2015 to 10/27/2015

These professional development sessions will be used to support and create collaborative groups of science teachers that owns, posts, and maintains an online collection of science resources. The focus of the 4 sessions will be learning about the new Iowa Science Standards and begin creating standards-based science lessons.

Teachers will learn the conceptual Shifts in the NGSS that form the basis for with the new Iowa Core Science Standards. Strategies from Backwards Design will be utilized and to identify/create materials and lessons.

NOTE: $30 Materials fee has been added


High School Science Network 2- EAST – BURLINGTON

Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) [map]
Audience: High School Science Teachers (who have taken year 1)
Dates: 10/1/2015 to 10/27/2015

This course is for second year participants. Sessions will be differentiated from year one to provide second year participants with new learning to increase their depth of understanding of the design process and science/engineering practices. 

Teachers will learn about the Conceptual Shifts in NGSS, Essential Questions, Differentiation using formative assessment, the 5E learning cycle models and investigate new resources from NSTA on NGSS. 

Target Audience: High School Science Teachers (who have taken year 1) 


Middle School Science Network 1 – EAST – BURLINGTON

Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) [map]
Audience: Middle School Science Teachers
Dates: 10/1/2015 to 10/27/2015

These professional development sessions will be used to support and create collaborative groups of science teachers that owns, posts, and maintains an online collection of science resources. The focus of the 4 sessions will be learning about the new Iowa Science Standards and begin creating standards-based science lessons. Teachers will learn the conceptual Shifts in the NGSS that form the basis for with the new Iowa Core Science Standards. Strategies from Backwards Design will be utilized and to identify/create materials and lessons. 

NOTE: $30 Materials fee has been added


Middle School Science Network 2 – EAST – BURLINGTON

Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) [map]
Audience: Middle School Science Teachers (who have taken year 1)
Dates: 10/1/2015 to 10/27/2015

This course is for second year participants. Sessions will be differentiated from year one to provide second year participants with new learning to increase their depth of understanding of the design process and science/engineering practices. 

Teachers will learn about the Conceptual Shifts in NGSS, Essential Questions, Differentiation using formative assessment, the 5E learning cycle models and investigate new resources from NSTA on NGSS. 

Target Audience: Middle School Science Teachers (who have taken year 1) 


Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Tier 1 Booster Workshop – BURLINGTON

Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) – GPAEA: Burlington – Conference Room A[map]
Audience: Current members of a PBIS Team ranging from LEA School Staff, Administrators, Para-Educators, and AEA Staff.
Dates: 10/1/2015

This “booster” workshop is intended to support new-to-PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) team members (from the school or the AEA) as well as provide additional in-depth guidance or information for existing Tier 1 team members. Participants may attend with their PBIS team or solo as the purpose of the workshop is to gain further knowledge and understanding of the PBIS framework. There will be activities and content shared throughout the day. It is not required for participants to be a part of a PBIS building or leadership team, so for those people who would just like to know more about PBIS, this workshop may also fit your needs! 

Note: Lunch will be on your own. 

Target Audience: Current members of a PBIS Team ranging from LEA School Staff, Administrators, Para-educators, and AEA Staff


Mentoring and Induction Journey to Excellence: Year 2 – FAIRFIELD
Location: Fairfield Convention Center (Fairfield, IA) [map]
Audience: Any K-12 educator who is serving as a mentor and need the 2nd year of learning to complete their district requirements for training
Dates: 10/1/2015 to 2/2/2016

The intent of training mentors is to enhance the professional practice of beginning teachers, provide a support system for new professionals and focus on student achievement. Mentoring and Induction training for second year mentors will focus on the Iowa Teaching Standards 2, 5, 1, and 6, advanced coaching skills, and the role of a mentor for second year beginning professionals. The program will utilize the work by Wellman and Lipton called Mentoring Matters. The second book is the Framework for Understanding the Iowa Teaching Standards.
Lunch is provided

Target Audience: Any K-12 educator who is serving as a mentor and need the 2nd year of learning to complete their district requirements for training


Elementary Science Network 1 – WEST – OTTUMWA
Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) [map]
Audience: Elementary Science Teachers
Dates: 10/5/2015 to 11/3/2015

These professional development sessions will be used to support and create collaborative groups of science teachers that owns, posts, and maintains an online collection of science resources. The focus of the 4 sessions will be learning about the new Iowa Science Standards and begin creating standards-based science lessons. 

Teachers will learn the conceptual Shifts in the NGSS that form the basis for with the new Iowa Core Science Standards. Strategies from Backwards Design will be utilized and to identify/create materials and lessons.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Elementary Science Teachers
NOTE: $30 Materials fee has been added


Elementary Science Network 2 – WEST – OTTUMWA

Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) [map]
Audience: Elementary Science Teachers (who have taken year 1)
Dates: 10/5/2015 to 11/3/2015

This course is for second year participants. Sessions will be differentiated from year one to provide second year participants with new learning to increase their depth of understanding of the curriculum design process and science/engineering practices.

Teachers will learn about the Conceptual Shifts in NGSS, Essential Questions, Differentiation using formative assessment, the 5E learning cycle models and investigate new resources from NSTA on NGSS.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Elementary Science Teachers (who have taken year 1)


Nine Essential Skills for the Love & Logic Classroom BASIC – KEOTA
Location: Ottumwa: Keota Community School District (Keota, IA) [map]
Audience: Available to all elementary employees in the KEOTA Community School District
Dates: 10/5/2015 to 10/14/2015

In this course participants will learn:
Neutralizing Student Arguing, Delayed Consequences, Empathy, The Recovery Process, Developing Positive Teacher/ Student Relationships, Setting Limits With Enforceable Statements, Using Choices to Prevent Power Struggles, Quick and Easy Preventative Interventions, Guiding Students to Own and Solve Their Problems
TARGET AUDIENCE: Available to all elementary employees in the KEOTA Community School District


Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training Workshop – OTTUMWA

Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) [map]
Audience: Administrators, teachers, and para-educators employed by schools within GPAEA
Dates: 10/6/2015

IF YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT IS PAYING FOR YOUR BOOK PLEASE CHOOSE PO AS PAYMENT OPTION WHEN REGISTERING.
Participants will be trained in a safe, non-harmful behavior management system designed to help them provide the best care, welfare, safety and security for students who may be anxious, disruptive, assaultive, or otherwise in crisis. Emphasis is given to de-escalation and personal safety techniques. 

Note: Please wear comfortable shoes/clothing the day of the training.

Target Audience: Administrators, teachers, and para-educators employed by schools within GPAEA


High School/Middle School/Elementary Science Network 3 – WEST – OTTUMWA

Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) – Aud. or Tech Rm. & A[map]
Audience: Science Teachers grades 4-12
Dates: 10/12/2015 to 4/14/2016

These professional development sessions will be used to create and support collaborative data team groups that will write, implement, evaluate, and revise teacher-developed science UbD units. 

Teachers will learn strategies for developing, implementing and sustaining Regional Data Team/PLC work.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Science Teachers grades 4-12


Assessing Academic Rigor: Evaluator III – OTTUMWA
Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) – Conf Rm A[map]
Audience: School administrators (superintendents, central office administration, building principals, assistant principals, etc.) and other educational leaders responsible for evaluating educators.
Dates: 10/12/2015 to 11/2/2015

With the focus on the Revised Blooms Taxonomy and the assessment of academic rigor in our classrooms, administrators will build their capacity to understand what to look for and support in classrooms as they seek to increase student learning in their buildings. The use of the RBT in assessing rigor will deepen the skills and context of the administrators in the areas of coaching and evaluation as they work to implement the Iowa Core, AIW, and other statewide initiatives as connected to the Iowa Teaching Standards and the Iowa Standards for School Leaders.
Registration information is available at each AEA and at the Iowa Department of Education website. 

The Department of Education has set the base fee for this class which includes SAI evaluator credit and all materials fees.

**In order to take this course you must be able to provide a transcript showing the successful completion of Evaluator Approval I and II or iEvaluate (teacher or administrator modules).

If you need this course to renew an evaluator license, please choose Evaluator Renewal Credit when enrolling.

TARGET AUDIENCE: School administrators (superintendents, central office administration, building principals, assistant principals, etc.) and other educational leaders responsible for evaluating educators.


Ongoing MS-HS Second Chance Reading: 2015-16 – BURLINGTON

Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) – 21C[map]
Audience: MS and High School Second Chance Reading Teachers who have completed the initial SCR training.
Dates: 10/12/2015 to 2/29/2016

Current Second Chance Reading Middle and High School Teachers will increase their skill in quality lesson development and delivery as they continue to implement the Iowa Core in SCR classrooms. Tech Enhanced Teachers will work collaboratively to problem solve technology issues and develop lessons. Participants will submit all lessons, complete planning guides, and classroom data by May 19, 2016.
PREREQUISITE: Participants must have completed original seven days of training (Second Chance Reading Academy).
TARGET AUDIENCE: MS and High School Second Chance Reading Teachers who have completed the initial SCR training.


Math Network East – BURLINGTON
Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) – A & B[map]
Audience: 6-12 general education and special education teachers, coaches and administrators
Dates: 10/13/2015 to 4/19/2016

Secondary math teachers will collaboratively engage in learning to support implementation of Iowa Core standards, strengthen learning community conversations about teaching and learning mathematics, design common assessments, analyze student responses and diagnose student misconceptions and form next steps.
TARGET AUDIENCE: 6-12 general education and special education teachers, coaches and administrators


PBIS Advanced Tier 2/3 Training – BURLINGTON

Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) [map]
Audience: PBIS Tier 2/3 Leadership Teams (please contact instructor for more information)
Dates: 10/13/2015 to 10/14/2015

PBIS leadership team members can continue their training in the multi-tiered system of supports in the area of behavior. Content in this training focuses on sustainability, management of the three tiers of the PBIS system, ideas for individualizing interventions for students who are not responding well to the Tier 2 interventions, and a more in-depth look at functional behavior assessment linked to specific behavior interventions for students with more intense needs. Note: This training does not include training in the specific Tier 3 intervention WrapAround, but an overview of WrapAround is provided. You will need to register as a Tier 2/3 team.
Prerequisite: THIS ADVANCED TRAINING IS ONLY OPEN TO PBIS SCHOOLS WHO HAVE COMPLETED TIER 1 AND TIER 2 TRAININGS.

TARGET AUDIENCE: PBIS Tier 2/3 Leadership Teams (please contact instructor for more information)


Creative Curriculum for Preschool (3-5) An Introduction – FAIRFIELD
Location: Fairfield, IA (Fairfield, IA)
Audience: Early Childhood – Preschool Teachers & Associates who have not had basic Creative Curriculum training and those wanting a refresher course, Para Eduators and Substitute Authorization.
Dates: 10/13/2015 to 1/14/2016

The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is a research based curriculum for teaching 3-5 year olds in all developmental areas. This class includes a wide range of instructional strategies- from child-initiated to teacher-directed learning-to best respond to children’s strengths and interests. 

TARGET AUDIENCE: Early Childhood – Preschool Teachers & Associates who have not had basic Creative Curriculum training and those wanting a refresher course, Paraeducators and Substitute Authorization.


Reading Recovery: Intentional Teaching – Agassiz Elem.

Location: See Course Location (See Course Location, IA)
Audience: First grade: Reading Recovery teachers affiliated with SE Iowa Reading Recovery site. Must be trained in Reading Recovery.
Dates: 10/13/2015 to 5/4/2016

Reading Recovery is an early intervention that requires ongoing professional development for all participating teachers. This course will meet the requirements set forth by Reading Recovery Standards and Guidelines.

Trained Reading Recovery teachers will deepen their understanding of literacy processing theory and literacy acquisition procedures. They will reflect upon their lesson records and observations of the child to inform their individual instruction. This process will provide for intentional teaching decisions that reflect across all aspects of a Reading Recovery lesson in order to accelerate the learning of each child. In addition to daily teaching, learning is supported by class activities, readings, behind the glass lessons and school visits by the course instructor.
TARGET AUDIENCE: First grade: Reading Recovery teachers affiliated with SE Iowa Reading Recovery site. Must be trained in Reading Recovery.


Iowa Alternative Assessment Training for ALL Teachers Administering the IAA to Students in Grades 3-11- BURLINGTON

Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) – Conference Room A and B[map]
Audience: ALL special education teachers who are responsible for administering the Iowa Alternate Assessment to students in grades 3-11.
Dates: 10/14/2015

This workshop will help teachers dive deeper into the Dynamic Learning Maps site allowing the further investigation of claims and essential elements. Teachers will walk away with additional understanding of using the essential elements to drive core instruction, as well as work to develop next steps for instruction within their special education classrooms. 

TARGET AUDIENCE ALL special education teachers who are responsible for administering the Iowa Alternate Assessment to students in grades 3-11. 


Iowa Alternative Assessment Training for ALL Teachers Administering the IAA to Students in Grades 3-11- OTTUMWA
Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) – Auditorium A and B[map]
Audience: ALL special education teachers who are responsible for administering the Iowa Alternate Assessment to students in grades 3-11.
Dates: 10/14/2015

This workshop will help teachers dive deeper into the Dynamic Learning Maps site allowing the further investigation of claims and essential elements. Teachers will walk away with additional understanding of using the essential elements to drive core instruction, as well as work to develop next steps for instruction within their special education classrooms. 

TARGET AUDIENCE ALL special education teachers who are responsible for administering the Iowa Alternate Assessment to students in grades 3-11. 


Reading Recovery: Intentional Teaching Ottumwa District – OTTUMWA
Location: See Course Location (See Course Location, IA)
Audience: First grade: Reading Recovery teachers affiliated with SE Iowa Reading Recovery site. Must be trained in Reading Recovery.
Dates: 10/14/2015 to 5/4/2016

DISTRICT SPECIFIC Reading Recovery is an early intervention that requires ongoing professional development for all participating teachers. This course will meet the requirements set forth by Reading Recovery Standards and Guidelines.

Trained Reading Recovery teachers will deepen their understanding of literacy processing theory and literacy acquisition procedures. They will reflect upon their lesson records and observations of the child to inform their individual instruction. This process will provide for intentional teaching decisions that reflect across all aspects of a Reading Recovery lesson in order to accelerate the learning of each child. In addition to daily teaching, learning is supported by class activities, readings, behind the glass lessons and school visits by the course instructor.
TARGET AUDIENCE: First grade: Reading Recovery teachers affiliated with SE Iowa Reading Recovery site. Must be trained in Reading Recovery.


 

High School/Middle School/Elementary Science Network 3 – EAST – BURLINGTON
Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) – 21C[map]
Audience: Science Teachers grades 4-12
Dates: 10/15/2015 to 4/12/2016

These professional development sessions will be used to create and support collaborative data team groups that will write, implement, evaluate, and revise teacher-developed science UbD units. 

Teachers will learn strategies for developing, implementing and sustaining Regional Data Team/PLC work.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Science Teachers grades 4-12


Math Network West – OTTUMWA
Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) – A & B[map]
Audience: 6-12 general education and special education teachers, coaches and administrators
Dates: 10/15/2015 to 4/21/2016

Secondary math teachers will collaboratively engage in learning to support implementation of Iowa Core standards, strengthen learning community conversations about teaching and learning mathematics, design common assessments, analyze student responses and diagnose student misconceptions and form next steps.
TARGET AUDIENCE: 6-12 general education and special education teachers, coaches and administrators


Para Educator Course II – OTTUMWA
Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) [map]
Audience: Para Educators seeking Certification (Para I, II, III are required for certification plus Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and a Federal Bureau background check fee of ($65 and $40 license fee). Approved for Renewal credits for Sub-Authorization but not for Para-certified with a Sub-Authorization. 2 IHCC Credits (optional) for additional $20 which have been included in the Para Educator plus IHCC credit option that you must choose when you register.
Dates: 10/15/2015 to 10/29/2015

This Para Educator course is the first in a series of three courses that will allow a person to become a certified classroom Para Educator. To be eligible for a Para Certificate from the BOEE. Para Educator courses I, II, and III need to be completed.

Participants will develop skills and strategies to enhance communication and examine situations where professionalism, ethical standards, and confidentiality will guide the correct course of action when working with colleagues, students, parents, and others.

The course will look at stages of development, core curriculum, beliefs, biases and will have an on-line computer component. Participants will need a laptop and have email to complete course requirements.

NOTE: The cost of this course is $160. If you are employed by GPAEA. Please contact Julie Hannam for enrollment options by email at julie.hannam@gpaea.org or Shannon Johnson at shannon.johnson@gpaea.org


 

Inquiry Based Learning in Early Childhood – OTTUMWA
Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) [map]
Audience: Early Childhood teachers, associates, curriculum directors and administrators, paraeducators and substitute Authorization.
Dates: 10/16/2015 to 4/29/2016

Participants will learn the skills necessary to engage in inquiry learning with preschool children using a projects/studies approach. Inquiry based learning is a researched based method which engages children as active learners in explorations to answer real life questions. Research has shown this type of approach reduces behavior problems in the classroom while motivating children to learn in the areas of literacy, writing, science and social studies. This course will guide participants from topic identification through implementation in their classroom and documentation of the learning that has occurred.

Target Audience: Early Childhood teachers, associates, curriculum directors and administrators, paraeducators and substitute Authorization.


I Have A Plan Iowa (IHAPI) Training – OTTUMWA
Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) – Auditorium[map]
Audience: School Counselors, anyone using IHAPI in their district
Dates: 10/16/2015

Participants will be training in implementing the I Have A Plan Iowa program for their school districts. This workshop will provide an overview of how to use the I Have a Plan Iowa tool available from the Iowa Department of Education. There is a new tool that replaces Guideways for IHAPI making it simpler and easier to use. The new features and reports will be introduced to participants.

FACILITATOR: Nancy Ankeny-Hunt, Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines, IA, nancy.ankeny-hunt@iowa.gov, 515-725-0436


High School Science Network 1 – WEST – OTTUMWA
Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) [map]
Audience: High School Science Teachers
Dates: 10/19/2015 to 11/10/2015

These professional development sessions will be used to support and create collaborative groups of science teachers that owns, posts, and maintains an online collection of science resources. The focus of the 4 sessions will be learning about the new Iowa Science Standards and begin creating standards-based science lessons. 

Teachers will learn the conceptual Shifts in the NGSS that form the basis for with the new Iowa Core Science Standards. Strategies from Backwards Design will be utilized and to identify/create materials and lessons.

NOTE: $30 Materials fee has been added


High School Science Network 2- WEST – OTTUMWA
Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) [map]
Audience: High School Science Teachers (who have taken year 1)
Dates: 10/19/2015 to 11/10/2015

This course is for second year participants. Sessions will be differentiated from year one to provide second year participants with new learning to increase their depth of understanding of the design process and science/engineering practices. 

Teachers will learn about the Conceptual Shifts in NGSS, Essential Questions, Differentiation using formative assessment, the 5E learning cycle models and investigate new resources from NSTA on NGSS. 


Jim Knight Level 2 High Impact Instructional Coaching (Fairfield)
Location: Fairfield Convention Center (Fairfield, IA) [map]
Audience: Teacher Leaders, Administrators, Instructional Coaches
Dates: 10/19/2015 to 10/20/2015

When it comes to improving instruction, teachers, instructional coaches and administrators have literally hundreds of options. But which teaching practices are the few that show the greatest potential to improve student learning? Researchers at the Instructional Coaching Group have been exploring this question for the past decade. The result, as described in Jim Knight’s “High Impact Instruction: A Framework for Great Teaching,” focuses on the instructional areas of content planning, formative assessment, engaging instruction and community building! Participants will also learn how principals can lead school reform efforts in a way that leads to understanding, agreement, and commitment, and how instructional coaches can provide essential support to teachers. Participants will receive resources they can use to support the use of the Big Four in their school or district, including observation forms, coaching checklists, and on line video clips of teachers discussing and using the practices.

Participants will also learn how principals can lead school reform efforts in a way that leads to understanding, agreement, and commitment, and how instructional coaches can provide essential support to teachers who choose to implement the strategies. Lunch is on your own.


Middle School Science Network 1 – WEST – OTTUMWA
Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) [map]
Audience: Middle School Science Teachers
Dates: 10/19/2015 to 11/10/2015

These professional development sessions will be used to support and create collaborative groups of science teachers that owns, posts, and maintains an online collection of science resources. The focus of the 4 sessions will be learning about the new Iowa Science Standards and begin creating standards-based science lessons. Teachers will learn the conceptual Shifts in the NGSS that form the basis for with the new Iowa Core Science Standards. Strategies from Backwards Design will be utilized and to identify/create materials and lessons. 

NOTE: $30 Materials fee has been added


Middle School Science Network 2 – WEST – OTTUMWA
Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) [map]
Audience: Middle School Science Teachers (who have taken year 1)
Dates: 10/19/2015 to 11/10/2015

This course is for second year participants. Sessions will be differentiated from year one to provide second year participants with new learning to increase their depth of understanding of the design process and science/engineering practices. 

Teachers will learn about the Conceptual Shifts in NGSS, Essential Questions, Differentiation using formative assessment, the 5E learning cycle models and investigate new resources from NSTA on NGSS. 


Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Tier 2 Training – BURLINGTON
Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) – A & B[map]
Audience: Members of school PBIS Leadership teams and AEA coaching staff, paraeducators
Dates: 10/19/2015 to 1/20/2016

Note: You must be part of a PBIS team and have taken PBIS Tier 1 to take this class.

Course participants will receive training for the implementation of school-wide PBIS, which is a proactive, systematic process for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors in order to create a positive school environment in which teaching and learning can occur. Participants will learn how to conduct a brief functional behavioral assessment and link to interventions to sustain supplemental systems of support for students who need targeted interventions.


Ongoing MS-HS Second Chance Reading: 2015-16 – OTTUMWA
Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) – Tech Center[map]
Audience: MS and High School Second Chance Reading Teachers who have completed the initial SCR training.
Dates: 10/19/2015 to 3/7/2016

Current Second Chance Reading Middle and High School Teachers will increase their skill in quality lesson development and delivery as they continue to implement the Iowa Core in SCR classrooms. Tech Enhanced Teachers will work collaboratively to problem solve technology issues and develop lessons. Participants will submit all lessons, complete planning guides, and classroom data by May 19, 2016.
PREREQUISITE: Participants must have completed original seven days of training (Second Chance Reading Academy).


Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment – FAIRFIELD
Location: Fairfield, IA (Fairfield, IA)
Audience: Preschool teachers and associates who will be using Teaching Strategies GOLD as their assessment instrument, and paraeducators and substitute authorization
Dates: 10/20/2015 to 1/20/2016

Teaching Strategies GOLDTM is an ongoing observational assessment tool–based upon years of feedback from thousands of educators and important new research about how children develop and learn. 

GOLDTM is an assessment system that helps teachers be intentional in their teaching by accurately pinpointing where children are in their development and learning. It’s an approach to observation, documentation, portfolio-building, and reporting–the essential components of a high-quality assessment system.

NOTE: You may NOT take this class for credit if you have taken Teaching Strategies GOLD for Creative Curriculum or Teaching Strategies GOLD for Creative Curriculum: Beginning and Intermediate for credit. This is the same class.


Substitute Authorization (Grades K-12) – BURLINGTON
Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) – Iowa Room[map]
Audience: Individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution or holds a paraeducator certificate from an approved paraeducator certification.
Dates: 10/20/2015 to 11/3/2015

A substitute authorization allows an individual who holds a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution to substitute in a elementary, middle school, junior high school, or high school (grades K -12) for no more than five consecutive days in one job assignment. An individual who holds a Para educator certificate and completes the substitute authorization program is authorized to substitute only in the special education classroom in which the individual Para educator is employed. 

The course is designed to enable participants to become competent in the skills necessary to successfully substitute in Iowa’s secondary classrooms. These skills include classroom management, strategies for learning, diversity, and ethics. 14.143(3) The substitute authorization must be renewed every three years. Renewal requirements for the substitute authorization consist of a minimum of two renewal units equivalent to 30 clock hours and completion of an approved child and dependent adult abuse training program approved by the state abuse education review panel. Please refer to the requirements for Substitute Authorization from Iowa Code: 282_14.143(1)-(3) for the complete explanation of the requirements for substitute authorization.
Payment of $130.00 is due 1 week prior to course start date. And must be sent to: Shannon Johnson at 3601 West Avenue, Burlington IA 52601. Background check fee of $75.00 and a $85 licensure fee (good for 3 years) is due when you have completed and is to be sent with application to the BOEE.


Elementary Science Network 1 – EAST – BURLINGTON
Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) [map]
Audience: Elementary Science Teachers
Dates: 10/22/2015 to 11/13/2015

These professional development sessions will be used to support and create collaborative groups of science teachers that owns, posts, and maintains an online collection of science resources. The focus of the 4 sessions will be learning about the new Iowa Science Standards and begin creating standards-based science lessons. 

Teachers will learn the conceptual Shifts in the NGSS that form the basis for with the new Iowa Core Science Standards. Strategies from Backwards Design will be utilized and to identify/create materials and lessons.

NOTE: $30 Materials fee has been added


Elementary Science Network 2 – EAST – BURLINGTON
Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) [map]
Audience: Elementary Science Teachers (who have taken year 1)
Dates: 10/22/2015 to 11/13/2015

This course is for second year participants. Sessions will be differentiated from year one to provide second year participants with new learning to increase their depth of understanding of the curriculum design process and science/engineering practices.

Teachers will learn about the Conceptual Shifts in NGSS, Essential Questions, Differentiation using formative assessment, the 5E learning cycle models and investigate new resources from NSTA on NGSS.


A Behavior Tool Box for Your Classroom – BURLINGTON

Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) [map]
Audience: Preschool-12th grade staff, administrators, paraeducators/ associates, substitutes and AEA staff
Dates: 10/26/2015 to 11/11/2015

This course will provide participants with content in basic behavior principles and general behavioral strategies and interventions for managing a classroom of students. An emphasis will be placed on structuring the environment, teaching routines, acknowledging student behavior, and providing an appropriate continuum of consequences. Many components of how Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) can be implemented in a classroom will be shared.


Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training Workshop – BURLINGTON

Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) [map]
Audience: Administrators, teachers, and para-educators employed by schools within GPAEA
Dates: 10/28/2015

IF YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT IS PAYING FOR YOUR BOOK PLEASE CHOOSE PO AS PAYMENT OPTION WHEN REGISTERING.
Participants will be trained in a safe, non-harmful behavior management system designed to help them provide the best care, welfare, safety and security for students who may be anxious, disruptive, assaultive, or otherwise in crisis. Emphasis is given to de-escalation and personal safety techniques. 


Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Tier 1 Booster Workshop – BURLINGTON

Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) [map]
Audience: This training session is for Edward Stone Middle School PBIS Team members only.
Dates: 10/28/2015

This “booster” workshop is intended to support new-to-PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) team members (from the school or the AEA) as well as provide additional in-depth guidance or information for existing Tier 1 team members. Participants may attend with their PBIS team or solo as the purpose of the workshop is to gain further knowledge and understanding of the PBIS framework. There will be activities and content shared throughout the day. It is not required for participants to be a part of a PBIS building or leadership team, so for those people who would just like to know more about PBIS, this workshop may also fit your needs! 


A Behavior Tool Box for Your Classroom – OTTUMWA
Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) [map]
Audience: Preschool-12th grade staff, administrators, paraeducators/ associates, substitutes and AEA staff
Dates: 10/28/2015 to 11/23/2015

This course will provide participants with content in basic behavior principles and general behavioral strategies and interventions for managing a classroom of students. An emphasis will be placed on structuring the environment, teaching routines, acknowledging student behavior, and providing an appropriate continuum of consequences. Many components of how Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) can be implemented in a classroom will be shared.


Collaborative Leadership Academy: Secondary Leadership Teams (BURLINGTON)
Location: Burlington: Great Prairie AEA (Burlington, IA) [map]
Audience: Secondary Administrators, Curriculum Directors, Superintendents, Instructional Coaches, and Secondary Teachers
Dates: 10/29/2015 to 4/18/2016

Secondary School Leadership Teams are invited to participate in professional learning around Multi-Tiered Supports for Secondary Schools. It is recommended that teams attend the 2 day training with RTI practitioner and author, Austin Buffum on Sept. 29 and 30th at the FFACC, however, this is not pre-requisite for the Collaborative Leadership Academy. Best practices in the implementation of MTSS at the secondary level will be shared. Learning will be interactive allowing time for teams to learn, plan, and collaborate with other school teams. Resources include Austin Buffum and Mike Mattos texts: Simplifying Response to Intervention, Four Essential Guiding Principles, Uniting Academic and Behavior Interventions, and About Time, Planning for Interventions and Extensions in Secondary School, as well as GPAEA’s Effective Collaboration Rubric


Moravia and Seymour: Implementing Iowa Core Literacy Standards in All Content Areas

Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) [map]
Audience: ELA and all Content Area Teachers, special ed teachers and principals
Dates: 10/30/2015 to 1/18/2016

This course is designed to assist teachers to increase knowledge, skills, and expertise in order to support student literacy and instruction, assessment and curriculum that meets the promise of the Iowa Core ELA Standards, collaborative work by students and promotes a growth mindset.


Collaborative Leadership Academy: Secondary Leadership Teams (OTTUMWA)
Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) [map]
Audience: Secondary Administrators, Curriculum Directors, Superintendents, Instructional Coaches, and Secondary Teachers
Dates: 10/30/2015 to 4/19/2016

Secondary School Leadership Teams are invited to participate in professional learning around Multi-Tiered Supports for Secondary Schools. It is recommended that teams attend the 2 day training with RTI practitioner and author, Austin Buffum on Sept. 29 and 30th at the FFACC, however, this is not pre-requisite for the Collaborative Leadership Academy. Best practices in the implementation of MTSS at the secondary level will be shared. Learning will be interactive allowing time for teams to learn, plan, and collaborate with other school teams. Resources include Austin Buffum and Mike Mattos texts: Simplifying Response to Intervention, Four Essential Guiding Principles, Uniting Academic and Behavior Interventions, and About Time, Planning for Interventions and Extensions in Secondary School, as well as GPAEA’s Effective Collaboration Rubric

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