Children’s Mental Health Listening Post scheduled for Monday, October 8 in Fairfield


Area residents are invited to share personal experiences on children’s mental health services at a listening post set for Monday, October 8 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 North Main, Fairfield from 6:00-7:30 pm hosted by Great Prairie AEA.

Listening posts are being hosted by at locations across Iowa on behalf of the Children’s System State Board established by Gov. Kim Reynolds in April. The board will review the information gathered from these listening posts as part of its charge to review existing resources and develop a strategic plan with specific recommendations to implement a better approach to help children with mental health issues. This report is due to the legislature on Nov. 15.

Two additional opportunities have been created for parents/children unable to attend the time/date/places outlined above.

A survey is available for those unable to attend a listening post. The deadline is Oct. 12.

An online listening post has been scheduled for October 4 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. To join from your computer, click on this URL: To join via phone, dial 1-646-876-9923 and when prompted, enter meeting code:  290-354-386

For more information, contact Jeff Herzberg at 515-570-2601.

The Cornerstone – September 2018


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Resources for Educators for National Suicide Prevention Week, September 9-15

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and September 9 – 15 is National Suicide Prevention Week. There are many resources available to educators, as well as your students. Please share with anyone who you feel would benefit from this information.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between 10 to 24. Learn more and get help at

Click here to access the Children’s Safety Network Newsletter with Resources for National Suicide Prevention Month.

National Training: Youth Suicide Prevention

Below is a link to a national training that we are making available to our schools at no costs. This is a two-hour training and participants receive a certificate upon completion from the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS). Some Great Prairie AEA staff have taken the training and found it to be of high quality.  There will be a one-hour training developed by the AEA system team available in late October.

Here is the link to the free national training:

Student Safety Workshops

Combined flyers

PDF: Student Safety Combined flyers

Your Guide to Professional Learning

This summer GPAEA transitioned to the AEA Professional Learning Registration System. This means that YOU, as an Educator, has access to professional learning opportunities from around the State. To help you navigate, please take a look at the options below and consider printing this page for quick reference.

Happy Professional Learning!

(Course Search, Register, Print Transcripts, Etc.)

***Participants creating a new account will not be able to view courses until the next business day.***

*Effective August 1st, withdrawing from a course will need to occur at least seven days prior to the course start date, in order to receive a refund.

HOW DO I LOGIN? (Course Search, Register, Print Transcripts, Etc.)
  • Login and click on ‘Courses’ in the top bar
  • You will have the option to Search, Show All, or Advanced Search
  • To view courses offered by Great Prairie AEA, click on Advanced Search – AEA – Great Prairie AEA (All GPAEA Courses will have the letters ‘GP’ following the course number
  • *Effective August 1st, withdrawing from a course will need to occur at least seven days prior to the course start date, in order to receive a refund.
  • Print an OFFICIAL Transcript from the AEA Professional Learning Registration System.
  • Simply login and scroll down to View and Print Transcripts.
  • Contact with questions.

Self-Paced Courses & Mandatory Reporter

AEA Learning Online’s self-paced courses ( are designed for educators who want to start and complete a course on their own schedule. View the AEA Professional Development Online Learning System Site directions sheet.

Required Trainings available:

  • Bloodborne Pathogen
  • Mandatory Reporter

Courses available for renewal credit:

  • Digital Citizenship
  • Coaching Authorization
  • Financial Literacy
  • Google Apps 101
  • Implementing the English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards
  • Low-Stress Classroom Management
  • Social Media
  • The Exceptional Learner
  • Using Iowa AEA Online’s Resources

For a complete list of courses available, please login to AEA Learning Online’s self-paced courses.

  • Visit the AEA Learning Online blog by clicking here.
  • Visit the AEA K-12 Online blog by clicking here.

AEA PD Online (Moodle site)

AEA Learning Online offers courses featuring license renewal credit or graduate credit from Drake University, Morningside College or Viterbo University.  The site also has online self-paced trainings that help educators and schools meet mandates.

To search or register for an online course, visit the AEA PD Online “Moodle” course catalog.

If you have questions or need assistance with the site, please contact AEA PD Online at 1-800-255-0405 ext. 14668.

Division on Career Development & Transition International Conference, Cedar Rapids – October 24-26 

This three-day conference provides a host of information and networking opportunities for those interested in improving lives of individuals with disabilities. The missions of DCDT is to promote national and international efforts to improve the quality of and access to career/vocational and transition services, increase the participation of education in career development and transition goals, and influence policies affecting career development and transition for persons with disabilities. Learn more at

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.