The Cornerstone – November 2018

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School Psychology Awareness Week – November 12-16

School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW) is November 12–16, 2018. The theme is Unlock Potential. Find Your Password!

School psychologists help children succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate and consult with teachers, administrators, parents, and other professionals to find effective solutions to learning and behavior problems. They assess academic skills, aptitude for learning, and social-emotional-behavioral issues, and evaluate eligibility for special services. Evidence-based research is used to develop and/or recommend effective interventions. Counseling, crisis management, teacher training, and helping parents to access community services are just some of the additional services provided. Learn more at https://www.gpaea.org/services/school-psychology/.

We celebrate our school psychologists for the work they do for students & families in our area!

 

Learn more at NASPOnline.org

Nine GPAEA Middle School Science Teachers part of Nationwide Open Resource Pilot

Tami Plein, GPAEA Science Specialist

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During the 2018-19 school year, middle school science teachers from five Great Prairie AEA districts are piloting open resource (OER) curriculum units as part of the nation-wide OpenSciEd project.  Nine teachers from Burlington, Centerville, Davis County, Ottumwa, and Sigourney, along with 19 other Iowa middle school teachers, are field testing prototype units, aligned to Iowa’s unique sequence of 6-8 science standards, with over 3000 Iowa students!  Feedback and data from 10 lead states, including Iowa, will be used to revise the pilot units and develop the remaining OpenSciEd units.

All OpenSciEd units and associated professional development will be FREE for teachers over the next few years.  In the Fall of 2019, two 8th grade, three 7th grade, and two 6th grade units will be available for Iowa teachers to implement.  Each unit addresses a bundle of standards aligned to our Iowa middle school grade levels.  Remember that Iowa’s Science Implementation Plan provides two extra years to implement the standards at the middle school level. Unit bundles available Fall 2019 include:

  • 6th Grade:  Thermal Energy Transfer, Cells & Systems
  • 7th Grade:  Metabolic Reactions, Ecosystems: Matter & Energy, Electric & Magnetic forces
  • 8th Grade:  Sound Waves, Water Cycle & Weather

All print materials will be available online (student editions, teacher editions, storyline, handouts, slides) for use on multiple platforms.  As part of the pilot group, the Iowa teachers received kits with equipment and supplies for their first units. Materials lists for each unit will be available for interested districts.  

Iowa teachers need high-quality, standards-aligned instructional materials and associated professional development experiences.  Having high-quality curricular materials is enough to account for over 40% of the positive effects of a successful multi-pronged intervention (Taylor et al., 2015).  Iowa adopted a specific sequence of middle school standards that is unique and appropriate for our state. There are currently no Iowa-aligned, full-year middle school science curricula that have been identified in the marketplace. Therefore, there is a need for high-quality materials available to ALL Iowa teachers regardless of their district location, size, or finances.

OpenSciEd is an effort of the National Center for Civic Innovation. Its goal is to improve the supply of and demand for high-quality K–12 science instructional materials by producing free curricula designed for the new college- and career-ready science standards.   

For more information or questions, contact Tami Plein, GPAEA Science Specialist (tami.plein@gpaea.org) or visit the OpenSciEd website at https://www.openscied.org.

Professional Development Opportunities – Winter 2018

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Courses are added and updated daily, so log in to the professional learning system for the most current listing. Simply search for a course number and title once logged in at https://www.gpaea.org/professional-development/gpaea-pd-course-catalog/.

  • 11/14/2018 – 167956 GP – Social Studies Year Two Standards Implementation (Renewal Credit), Burlington AEA (Elementary)
  • 11/14/2018 – 168155 GP – PBIS Tier 1 (Holy Trinity School Team Training), Fort Madison
  • 11/15/2018 – 167604 GP – Iowa Science Standards Module 3: Gathering and Using Evidence of Student Learning in the Science Classroom (BLENDED), Ottumwa AEA
  • 11/15/2018 – 168391 Iowa Alternate Assessment Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment Instructional Support Workshop, Ottumwa AEA
  • 11/15/2018 – 168386 Iowa Alternate Assessment: K-6 Early Literacy Alternate Assessment Instruction, Evidence & Scale Support Workshop, Ottumwa AEA
  • 11/15/2018 – 160683 GP – Paraeducator Course III: Behavior Improvement (OTT), Ottumwa AEA
  • 11/15/2018 – 160432 GP – Paraeducator Course III: Behavior Improvement (BURL), Burlington AEA
  • 11/16/2018 – 168176 GP – Teaching Students with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia (Reg Con), Ottumwa
  • 11/19/2018 – 160470 GP – Fierce Conversations 2: Generations and Feedback (Meets Evaluator), Ottumwa AEA
  • 11/20/2018 – 168176 GP – Teaching Students with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia (Reg Con), Burlington AE
  • 11/20/2018 – 168071 GP – Post Learning with Dr. Eric Jensen: Sustaining Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind, Fairfield Arts and Convention Center
  • 11/28/2018 – 161581 GP – ESSA Self Assessment of MTSS Implementation (SAMI) Facilitated Session, Burlington AEA
  • 12/4/2018 – 168179 GP – Iowa LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling): Modules 1-3 (Reg Con), Albia AEA
  • 12/4/2018 – 160470 GP – Fierce Conversations 2: Generations and Feedback (Meets Evaluator), Burlington AEA
  • 12/5/2018 – 168063 GP – Social Studies Year Two Standards Implementation (No renewal credit), Ottumwa AEA (Secondary)
  • 12/5/2018 – 167956 GP – Social Studies Year Two Standards Implementation (Renewal Credit), Ottumwa AEA (Secondary)
  • 12/10/2018 – 167594 GP – GPAEA Science Networks 2018, Ottumwa AEA
  • 12/13/2018 – 161582 GP – ESSA Universal Tier Tools – Day 1, Albia AEA
  • 12/13/2018 – 161582 GP – ESSA Universal Tier Tools – Day 1, Ottumwa AEA
  • 12/13/2018 – 161582 GP – ESSA Universal Tier Tools – Day 1, Burlington AEA
  • 1/9/2019 – 167935 GP – Basic FBA to BIP for School Teams: Providing Individualized and Intensive Behavior Supports, Burlington
  • 1/9/2019 – 168417 GP – Paraeducator Course II: Facing New Challenges Roles and Responsibilities (VIT), Keokuk CSD
  • 1/10/2019 – 167935 GP – Basic FBA to BIP for School Teams: Providing Individualized and Intensive Behavior Supports, Ottumwa
  • 1/10/2019 – 161580 GP – ESSA Administrator Information Sessions, Fairfield Arts and Convention Center
  • 1/10/2019 – 160434 GP – Fierce Conversations – 1 Credit, Ottumwa AEA
  • 1/10/2019 – 160468 GP – Fierce Conversations – 2 Credit (Meets Evaluator Approval), Ottumwa AEA
  • 1/17/2019 – 161583 GP – ESSA Universal Tier Tools – Day 2, Albia AEA
  • 1/17/2019 – 161583 GP – ESSA Universal Tier Tools – Day 2, Ottumwa AEA
  • 1/17/2019 – 161583 GP – ESSA Universal Tier Tools – Day 2, Burlington AEA
  • 1/21/2019 – 160673 GP – Standards-Based Assessment and Grading with Rick Wormeli, George Daily Auditorium
  • 1/28/2019 – 168414 Explicit Instruction- 1 Design (Reg Con), Fairfield Arts and Convention Center

Diga Know? Iowa’s Digital Learning Plan Is Ready!

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Iowa’s Digital Learning Plan, a collaborative effort between the Iowa Department of Education, Iowa’s Area Education Agencies and school districts, is ready to roll!

The Plan includes sections relevant to all educators and administrators:

  • Leadership
  • Teaching with Technology
  • Engaging and Empowering Learning through Technology
  • Assessment
  • Infrastructure

Digital Learning Plan Goal

The Plan’s goal is to provide a vision for what digital learning could look like in Iowa with the hope of bridging the gap that exists between islands of excellence around the state.

Through the stories and resources provided, a vision will be created for what digital learning could look like if fully implemented. Interested educators can draw upon the information contained herein to develop a picture of the desired state for their own classrooms or schools.

The effective use of digital learning will help districts address Iowa Core’s Universal Constructs and what is often referred to as the 4Cs. The 4Cs, according to the Partnership for 21st Century Learning (2017), include creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. The Iowa Core’s Universal Constructs incorporate these four concepts and include flexibility and adaptability, and productivity and accountability. If used planfully, digital learning can aid districts in ensuring that all students are able to show mastery with each of these constructs. Teachers can plan lessons to address one or more of these constructs and use digital learning devices or resources as tools to allow a student to master the constructs being addressed.

Real Classroom Examples

The Plan includes real-life examples of digital learning and videos of teachers modeling instructional practices in their classrooms.

How Do I Get My Hands on the Plan?

Visit Iowa’s AEAs website to download the Plan. Then reach out to the AEA instructional technology consultant who serves your district for guidance as you bring digital learning to life in your school or classroom!

http://bit.ly/IowaDigitalLearningPlan

Printed copies of the plan will be available after Nov. 1, 2018, by contacting Stacy Behmer at Grant Wood AEA.

2018-19 GPAEA Van Delivery Schedule

 

 

There will be no Van Delivery November 21 and 22, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

There will also be no service:

  • Winter Break – December 24-27, December 31-January 1, 2019
  • President’s Day – February 18, 2019
  • Spring Break – March 18-21, 2019
  • Easter – April 22, 2019
  • Memorial Day – May 27, 2019

Last Delivery for Schools: the week of May 13-16, 2019

Last Pickup for Schools: the week of May 20-23, 2019