Input sought on draft social studies standards at GPAEA Burlington on January 25

From the Iowa Department of Education


DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise today announced he’s seeking input from Iowans on a draft of proposed statewide social studies standards for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Wise announced an online survey open through Jan. 9 and public forums in January to seek feedback on the draft standards.

The draft represents the first statewide effort to update Iowa’s social studies standards, which were adopted in 2008. Iowa’s academic standards are the subject of ongoing review as part of the Governor’s Executive Order 83.

“Standards are about setting consistent, rigorous learning goals statewide and leaving decisions about curriculum and teaching to local school administrators and teachers,” Wise said. “If our goal is to make sure Iowa students are ready for college and career training after high school, we must have clear, consistent statewide standards that are right for our state. That’s why public input is such a critical part of this review process.”

The proposed social studies standards were written earlier this year by a team of Iowa educators and leaders. The draft standards are now subject to review by the Social Studies Standards Review Team, which will take into consideration public feedback. The team’s final recommendations are expected to go to the State Board of Education in the spring.

The online survey is available at the following link:

Iowans in Great Prairie AEA can provide feedback remotely from the Burlington satellite sites using video conferencing on Wednesday, January 25th. See details below.


WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Video Satellite Site:

Great Prairie Area Education Agency
3601 West Ave., Burlington
Conference Room B

Two contests for students and teachers in Iowa – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Call to Serve & Write Women Back into History Video

From Iowa Department of Human Rights

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Call to Serve Contest

Deadline for submission: December 23, 2016

The Iowa Department of Human Rights and the State of Iowa MLK Day Planning Committee are hosting the 7th annual statewide MLK Call 2 Serve contest to promote the 2017 Martin Luther King Day of Service.  We would love to have your students involved!  Please refer to the attached documents for an exciting opportunity for first through eighth grade levels in your school district. Prizes will be awarded at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in Des Moines on Monday, January 16, 2017.

Contest brochure
Contest cover sheet
DHR waiver release
DHR copyright transfer


Contact Kim Cheeks at or (515) 281-3274 or visit the Iowa Department of Human Rights’ Office on the Status of African Americans’ website at:

Write Women Back into History Video Contest

Deadline for submission: March 1, 2017

Students and Teachers/Organizations: Compete for a chance to win prizes!

To celebrate Women’s History Month in March, the Iowa Department of Human Rights’ Office on the Status of Women (with financial support from the Friends of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women) is hosting its 2nd annual Women’s History Month video contest to celebrate women’s history.  Entries are open to students in grades 5-12 and schools/organizations that work with students in grades 5-12.

Video Submission Deadline: Wednesday, March 1st, 2017


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.

Code.Org’s Code Studio Workshop on January 10 for Elementary & Middle School Teachers

code_logo_cmykCode.Org’s Code Studio Workshop will be held at GPAEA, Burlington Room 21C on January 10, 2017

This is a great opportunity to learn to teach coding to elementary and middle school students! This training and curriculum resources are provided by and a grant through the University of Northern Iowa.

There is no cost to attend. Teachers will need to provide their own laptop.

Register at

AEA board member awarded Basics of Boardsmanship certificate


Des Moines, Iowa –  At the Iowa Association of School Boards’ (IASB) 71st Annual Convention on Nov. 17, board member Lonny Morrow was awarded a certificate for completing the Basics of Boardsmanship. Through IASB’s Basics of Boardsmanship program, Morrow completed four components focused on essential board learning concepts.

IASB Board President Amy Jurrens commended Lonny for his hard work. “This program ensures a solid foundation for school board governance, whether you’re a new or experienced board member,” Jurrens said. “The extra efforts put forth to complete this program are certainly commendable.”

Three hundred thirty-five Iowa local school district, AEA and community college board members received this award. This is the first year this awards program has been offered to IASB members.

Congratulations Lonny and thank you for your dedicated service to the students of southeast Iowa!