Part B Survey for All GPAEA Parents

Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) requires states to report the percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with IEPs.

The Iowa Department of Education is gathering these data as a census for both students with and without an IEP using a brief three-question survey.

Survey Link (for Parents of Students in Great Prairie AEA ONLY) –

Survey Information
Please use the link above to answer the following questions for each of your children. The survey will allow you to answer these questions for up to five children.

  • How old was your child on January 1, 2017? (choose 3-21)
  • Does your child have an Individualized Education Program – IEP? (y/n)
  • Did the school your child is currently attending facilitate (request, encourage or initiate) your involvement as a means of improving services and results for your child? (y/n)

The survey will be open April 15 through June 30.

If you have any questions, please contact Meredith MacQuigg, Data Consultant, Iowa Department of Education, 515.494.5610 or

Over 250 area students participate in National History Day Competition

Great Prairie AEA wishes to thank and congratulate the 14 area districts that participated in the National History Day District Level Competition held on April 7. These Districts include VanBuren, Keokuk, Ottumwa, Oskaloosa, Wayne, Mt. Pleasant, Pekin, Burlington, Sigourney, Eddyville/Blakesburg/Freemont, New London, Burlington Notre Dame, Mediapolis, and Fairfield.

This year’s theme was Taking a Stand in History and over 250 students from area schools participated. The following students will be representing our Region at the statewide competition on May 8 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines:

GPAEA Schools in the News – April 2017

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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 – March/April 2017

Enjoy this double issue of The Cornerstone by clicking on an article below or scrolling down to view all!

Celebrate Occupational Therapy Month – April

OT webApril has been designated as Occupational Therapy Month nationally and is celebrated throughout the country.  Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants are part of an important profession that helps people across their lifespan to participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities.  Their customized approach to evaluations, interventions, and outcomes help a child with disabilities participate in school and in social situations, and offer the specialized support and services to people of all ages and in all circumstances that only occupational therapy can provide.

We want to take this opportunity to recognize and thank our own Great Prairie AEA Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants for the services they provide throughout our service area.

Occupational Therapists

  • Lynn Coppage
  • Karen Davis
  • Kelly Decious
  • Carol Havelka
  • Marty Hudson
  • Kathy Jaske-Gardner
  • Elise Spronk
  • Shanah Sullivan

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants

  • Vonn Gould
  • Ashley Hobbs
  • Joe Hudson
  • Michelle Mihalovich
  • Deb Mueller
  • Chris Williams

Learn more about OT services from Great Prairie AEA at

GPAEA Science Support for 2017-18

The goal is to promote and support networking amongst area elementary, middle school, and high school science teachers in GPAEA.  All science work is focused on supporting teachers in their learning and implementation of the new Iowa Core Science Standards and 21st Century (Redesigned) Learning for both the State Science Standards Modules and the GPAEA Science Networks.

Note: The Science Standards Module trainings are sequential and build on each other.  For that reason, Module 1 or Supporting Iowa Science Standards for Administrators and Instructional Coaches Part 1 is needed to be prepared for Modules 2 and 3. If teachers or coaches have not attended a Module 1 session that is the prerequisite for Module 2, email Tami or Rosemary to discuss the option for background learning that would be needed before attending the Module 2 learning opportunities listed.

Iowa Science Standards Module 2 learning opportunities: *Prerequisite for Module 2:  Module 1 -OR- Supporting Iowa Science Standards for Administrators and Instructional Coaches Part 1.

  • June 8-9, 2017 Burlington GPAEA office (link to register)
  • June 12-13, 2017 Ottumwa GPAEA office (link available on April 5)
  • June 19-20, 2017 Ottumwa GPAEA office (primarily reserved for Albia CSD- limited number of openings-link available on April 5 to those outside Albia CSD)
  • Blended Option Fall 2017 (8 hours in-district work plus 1 face-to-face date)
    • Oct 9, 2017 EAST with in-district work starting in August
    • Oct 2, 2017 WEST with in-district work starting in August

Iowa Science Standards Module 3 learning opportunities **Prerequisite:  Module 2 -OR- Supporting Iowa Science Standards for Administrators and Instructional Coaches Part 1.  NOTE:  All of the following are actually K-12, but we would like to continue to support teacher collaboration across the agency and have designated dates to encourage this.

  • HS East  Sept 18-19, 2017          
  • HS West  Oct 12-13, 2017                      
  • MS East   Sept 28-29, 2017          
  • MS West  Oct 30-31, 2017          
  • 6th grade/K-12 West September 25-26, 2017          
  • Grades 4-5 East  Oct 19-20, 2017          
  • Grades 4-5 West   Nov 6-7, 2017          
  • Grades 2-3 East  Oct 23-24, 2017          
  • Grades 2-3 West Oct 26-27, 2017          
  • Grades K-1 East  Nov 13-14, 2017          
  • Grades K-1 West  Dec 4-5, 2017          
  • Summer Session Option- Dates TBA

Iowa Science Standards Module 3 learning opportunities for Admin & Coaches ***Prerequisite:  Module 2 -OR- Supporting Iowa Science Standards for Administrators and Instructional Coaches Part 1.

    • November 2, 2017  Supporting Iowa Science Standards for Administrators and Instructional Coaches Part 2 (Ottumwa site)
    • December 12, 2017  Supporting Iowa Science Standards for Administrators and Instructional Coaches Part 2 (Burlington site)

Science Networks- Collaborative Curriculum Development time

  • HS East  January  8-9, 2018          
  • HS West  January  25-26, 2018          
  • MS East   February 12-13, 2018          
  • MS West  February 5-6, 2018          
  • Elementary East March 12-13, 2018          
  • Elementary West March 8-9, 2018

GPAEA Celebrates Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month. Today, one in 68 American children is diagnosed with autism (CDC). Great Prairie AEA provides consultative support for children birth through 21 years of age who are identified with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or who demonstrate autism-like characteristics. Learn more about our services at

GPAEA Success Stories

Shout out to our GPAEA Challenging Behavior & Autism Staff: Teran Buettell, Crystal Hornback, Sarah McCollum & Julie Thomas. Thank you for all that you do for area students and families!