GPAEA Schools in the News – December 2015

Post updated throughout the month. 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.

The Cornerstone – December 2015

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Albia Awarded STEM Grant

Albia brought many leaders to the table, including classroom teachers, school administrators, community college representatives and business partners.

Albia brought many leaders to the table, including classroom teachers, school administrators, community college representatives and business partners.

Congratulations to the Albia Community School District and Des Moines Hoover High School for being two of the 12 STEM BEST/RLE programs awarded across the state. Each will receive $25,000 grants for STEM education programs, to be matched by the home district.

So what makes these two programs unique?

Albia Community School District
Albia’s efforts focused on a Redesigned Learning Environment (RLE). This smaller, rural district is housed in such a way that the room will be used by grades 3-12. In addition, the district’s proposal went well beyond STEM’s traditional reach and included elementary reading and social studies. Community and business partners demonstrated strong support of the district’s current and future efforts.

Hoover High School–Des Moines Community School District
Hoover’s program will focus on growing their RLE Classroom by incorporating the Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers (BEST) model. The proposal proposed expanding opportunities for authentic research experiences in the community, which integrate and enhance Hoover’s current STEM offerings.  In Hoover’s STEM Academy, the diversity of participation closely correlates to the numbers represented in the school’s total population, including ELL, special needs, gender and minority affiliation. This creates a solid foundation in STEM for all.

Albia and Hoover will become models for other interested districts. If you would like more information on STEM BEST/RLE or would like to visit once programs are up and running, contact Dr. Sarah Derry scstemhub@drake.edu.

What Matters Most: Research on Elevating Parent Expectations

Annette Clarahan, Parent Educator Coordinator

Mt Pleasant Transition Planning

Secondary Transition Planning for Educators and Families

Family Involvement is a greater predictor of successful outcomes for youth than income or social status.

So how do we help families recognize the importance of Secondary Transition planning?   By training educators and parents the importance of planning for Secondary Transition early on. In Mt. Pleasant on November 16 – 17th the Parent Educator Connection (PEC) sponsored a Secondary Transition Family Planning with GPAEA Transition Coordinators presenting the four PACER Modules for Secondary Transition.

  • From Disability to Possibility
  • Road to Discovery
  • Taking the Next Step
  • Exploring and Preparing for Work as an Adult

Participants are able to take the curriculum back to their district and share the information with parents as appropriate. Others have partnered with a parent in hosting a Secondary Transition Night for parents with service providers present. Parents are also sharing the information at Parent Support groups.

We can help families learn the importance of high expectations for their child at an early age and help in making sure those involved in their child’s life have the same expectations.

If you are interested in attending this 2 day class we will be offering it again in Albia on April 18 & 19, 2016. 

Register: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=10734&I=1963852

More reading: http://partnershipsinemployment.com/wp-content/uploads/parent-expectations_F.pdf

Author/Former NFL Player Tim Green Visits Albia

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Welcome to Iowa! Albia to be exact. Thanks Leann Seddon! What a super librarian 🙂 Posted by Tim Green on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

On Tuesday, October 27 best-selling author, lawyer, and former NFL player Tim Green visited Albia to talk to students in grades 3 – 8 and a few high school students, as well.  Lincoln Center students who purchased his books in the pre-order were part of the Tim Green welcoming crew in the high school lobby!

Tim then signed their books in the high school library, looking each student in the eye and asking what they like to do in their spare time.  The high school football boys (and the younger football players, too) especially liked meeting and talking with Tim!

Full article here

Professional Development Opportunities – December

There are a number of PD Opportunities available in December with more being added weekly! BROWSE MYLEARNINGPLAN and search for the courses below.

  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training Workshop – OTTUMWA 12/1/15
  • Check and Connect: A Comprehensive Student Engagement Intervention – OTTUMWA 12/3/15
  • Standards-Based Grading: Read, Reflect, & Refine – SIGOURNEY 12/5/15
  • Improving Literacy Instruction in the Classroom – EDDYVILLE 12/7/15
  • RESPECT: Recognizing Everyones Strengths by Peacebuilding, Empathizing, Communicating and Trustbuilding – ALBIA 12/7/15
  • Iowa Alternate Assessment Training for K-3 Special Education Teachers Implementing Phase 1 of the ELI Assessments – FAIRFIELD 12/7/15
  • Serving Gifted Students in Rural Areas – FAIRFIELD 12/8/15
  • MTSS for Early Literacy – ALBIA 12/10/15
  • MTSS for Early Literacy – BURLINGTON 12/10/15
  • MTSS for Early Literacy – FAIRFIELD 12/10/15
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training Workshop – BURLINGTON 12/11/15
  • Iowa LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling):  Modules 4-6 – OTTUMWA 12/15/15
  • Iowa LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling):  Modules 1-3 -DAY 4- FAIRFIELD 12/17/15
  • The Project Approach – Teaching and Learning for All Students Through Inquiry Based Learning – 12/18/15
  • Iowa LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling):  Module 4 – FAIRFIELD 12/21/15
  • Iowa LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling):  Module 5 – FAIRFIELD 12/22/15

Know an Outstanding Science, Technology, Engineering or Math Teacher?

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2016 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award Nominations due December 11

 

Administrators, teachers, counselors, parents, students and other STEM advocates are invited to nominate an inspirational science, technology, engineering or mathematics teacher for the 2016 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award, sponsored by Kemin Industries and the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.

Formally known as The STEM Education Award for Inspired Teaching, this award is dedicated to honoring one teacher from each of the six STEM regions for their contribution and dedication to STEM education in Iowa. Each winner will receive $1,500, as well as another $1,500 to be used in their classroom.
This award is dedicated to honoring teachers who are making a significant difference in the lives of students across the state by providing excellent curriculum, encouraging lifelong learning and inspiring a passion for STEM beyond the classroom and into the future.

Eligible nominees include licensed, full-time, K-12 Iowa STEM teachers in public or non-public schools. Nominations for previous 2015 award recipients and self-nominations will not be accepted.

Go to http://www.iowastem.gov/teacheraward for more information!


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Keep Iowa Beautiful Announces High School Scholarships

QbDb_eOYKeep Iowa Beautiful offers five $1,000 scholarships to Iowa high school seniors in 2016!  Students across Iowa who plan to enroll in an Iowa college or university majoring in community, sociology or environmental science-related fields are eligible to apply.

“KIB seeks to foster positive values in younger generations and reinforce them in older generations. We encourage respect for home, neighborhood, community and state,” said Gerry Schnepf, KIB Executive Director.  “KIB serves as a key resource for educating youth on the importance of environmental stewardship and community betterment.”

“My dad recognized from the beginning that Keep Iowa Beautiful encourages youthful idealism and fosters youth service to community. This scholarship program is a great tribute to my Dad,” said Jay Byers, son of Bob Byers.  In memory of Bob’s dedication to young people and environmental concerns, KIB and the Byers family established the Byers Scholarship Environmental Fund.

To apply, students can complete the application on-line at www.keepiowabeautiful.com/grants/byers by January 8, 2016.  All applicants will be notified of the results in March. Awards will be presented at an award ceremony in the Governor’s Office at the State Capitol in Des Moines in April.

Please contact Martha McCormick, KIB Education Consultant with questions at e-mail NextStepAdventure@mac.com.


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