2019 Great Prairie Regional Counselor Conference – February 14

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February 14, 2019
Southeastern Community College

This conference will begin in the Little Theater at Southeastern Community College (West Burlington Campus) and will conclude with a presentation and tour of either Silgan or Great River Medical Center in Burlington. The tour can be chosen upon registration. Please note, Silgan allows a maximum of 14 attendees.

This conference provides opportunities for networking and professional development for K-12 counselors and interested administrators. Topics will include legal issues and confidentiality, Future Ready Iowa initiatives, and identifying mental health issues over the K-12 spectrum.

Register at #168415 GP – 2019 Great Prairie Regional Counselor Conference

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Substitute Authorization Courses in Albia & Burlington beginning in February

Register ASAP for Substitute Authorization in Albia & Burlington! Classes begin in February – Search #160422 GP – Substitute Authorization Grades Pk-12 via the AEA Professional Learning System. 

GPAEA Albia Office:

Saturday, February 16, 2019 08:30:00 AM – 04:30:00 PM
Saturday, February 23, 2019 08:00:00 AM – 04:30:00 PM
Saturday, March 02, 2019 08:00:00 AM – 02:00:00 PM

GPAEA Burlington Office:

Thursday, February 21, 2019 05:00:00 PM – 09:00:00 PM
Monday, February 25, 2019 05:00:00 PM – 09:00:00 PM
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 05:00:00 PM – 09:00:00 PM
Thursday, February 28, 2019 05:00:00 PM – 09:00:00 PM
Monday, March 04, 2019 05:00:00 PM – 09:00:00 PM

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ABOUT: This 20-hour course is designed to enable participants to become competent in the skills necessary to successfully substitute in Iowa’s elementary and secondary classrooms. These skills include classroom management, strategies for learning, diversity, and ethics. 14.143(3) The substitute authorization must be renewed every five years.

Fingerprinting for a Background check fee of $75.00 and a $85 licensure fee (good for 5 years) is due when you have completed course.  This fee is due when submitting your online application to the Iowa BOEE to obtain your certificate.

Most school district required the Mandatory Reporter training certificate.  This self-paced course can be taken in the AEA Learning System for $25.

A book fee of $30 is included in the registration.

Renewal requirements for the substitute authorization consist of a minimum of two renewal units equivalent to 30 clock hours and completion of an approved child and dependent adult abuse training program approved by the state abuse education review panel. Please refer to the requirements for Substitute Authorization from Iowa Code: 282_14.143(1)-(3) for the complete explanation of the requirements for substitute authorization.

The Cornerstone – January 2019

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Professional Development Opportunities from GPAEA – Spring 2019

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Search for courses and register via the AEA Professional Learning System at https://www.gpaea.org/professional-development/gpaea-pd-course-catalog/

168417 GP – Paraeducator Course II: Facing New Challenges Roles and Responsibilities (VIT); Keokuk CSD Jan 9 2019 – 1/9/2019

167935 GP – Basic FBA to BIP for School Teams: Providing Individualized and Intensive Behavior Supports; Burlington Jan 9 2019 – 1/9/2019

161580 GP – ESSA Administrator Information Sessions; Fairfield Arts and Convention Center Jan 10 2019 – 1/10/2019

161583 GP – ESSA Universal Tier Tools – Day 2; Albia AEA Jan 17 2019 – 1/17/2019

161583 GP – ESSA Universal Tier Tools – Day 2; Ottumwa AEA Jan 17 2019 – 1/17/2019

161583 GP – ESSA Universal Tier Tools – Day 2; Burlington AEA Jan 17 2019 – 1/17/2019

167935 GP – Basic FBA to BIP for School Teams: Providing Individualized and Intensive Behavior Supports; Mount Pleasant Jan 18 2019 – 1/18/2019

160422 GP – Substitute Authorization Grades Pk-12; Albia AEA Jan 19 2019 – 1/19/2019

160673 GP – Standards Based Assessment and Grading with Rick Wormeli; George Daily Auditorium Jan 21 2019 – 1/21/2019

168579 GP – Wrap Around Training; Fairfield CSD January 21 2019 – 1/21/2019

168477 GP – CTE Progam Review; Ottumwa AEA Jan 22 2019 Human Services_ie_FCS_ Culinary – 1/22/2019

168586 GP – Youth Mental Health First Aid; Ottumwa AEA Jan 23 2019 – 1/23/2019

168477 GP – CTE Progam Review; Burlington AEA Jan 24 2019 Human Services_ie FCS_ Culinary – 1/24/2019

168117 GP – Check & Connect 1 Day Mentoring Workshop; Burlington AEA Jan 24 2019 – 1/24/2019

168414 GP – Explicit Instruction- 1 Design (Reg Con); Fairfield Arts and Convention Center Jan 28 2019 – 1/28/2019

168386 GP – Iowa Alternate Assessment: K-6 Early Literacy Alternate Assessment Instruction, Evidence & Scale Support Workshop; Ottumwa AEA Jan 29 2019 – 1/29/2019

168391 GP – Iowa Alternate Assessment Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment Instructional Support Workshop; Ottumwa AEA Jan 29 2019 – 1/29/2019

160468 GP – Fierce Conversations – 2 Credit (Meets Evaluator Approval); Burlington AEA Jan 30 2019 – 1/30/2019

160434 GP – Fierce Conversations – 1 Credit; Burlington AEA Jan 30 2019 – 1/30/2019

168501 GP – Iowa Science Standards Module 4: Literacy in Science (Grades K-5); Burlington AEA Jan 31 2019 – 1/31/2019

168501 GP – Iowa Science Standards Module 4: Literacy in Science (Grades K-5); Ottumwa AEA Feb 4 2019 – 2/4/2019

168015 GP – PBIS Supplemental Tier 2; Burlington AEA Feb 5 2019 – 2/5/2019

168418 GP – Paraeducator Course III: Behavior Improvement (VIT); Keokuk CSD Feb 6 2019 – 2/6/2019

168586 GP – Youth Mental Health First Aid; Burlington AEA Feb 6 2019 – 2/6/2019

160681 GP – Paraeducator Course I: Facing New Challenges, Communication, Ethics, and Confidentiality (OTT); Ottumwa AEA February 7 2019 – 2/7/2019

168386 GP – Iowa Alternate Assessment: K-6 Early Literacy Alternate Assessment Instruction, Evidence & Scale Support Workshop; Burlington AEA Feb 7 2019 – 2/7/2019

168391 GP – Iowa Alternate Assessment Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment Instructional Support Workshop; Burlington AEA Feb 7 2019 – 2/7/2019

168748 GP – Advanced Learner Multi-Tiered System of Support Guide Training; Fairfield Arts and Convention Center Feb 2 2019 – 2/11/2019

161581 GP – ESSA Self Assessment of MTSS Implementation (SAMI) Facilitated Session; Ottumwa AEA Feb 12 2019 – 2/12/2019

161581 GP – ESSA Self Assessment of MTSS Implementation (SAMI) Facilitated Session; Burlington AEA Feb 12 2019 – 2/12/2019

161581 GP – ESSA Self Assessment of MTSS Implementation (SAMI) Facilitated Session; Albia AEA Feb 12 2019 – 2/12/2019

168415 GP – 2019 Great Prairie Regional Counselor Conference; SCC Burlington Campus and GRMC Feb 14 2018 – 2/14/2019

168415 GP – 2019 Great Prairie Regional Counselor Conference; SCC Burlington Campus and Case New Holland Feb 14 2018 – 2/14/2019

168501 GP – Iowa Science Standards Module 4: Literacy in Science (Grades K-5); Albia AEA Feb 21 2019 – 2/21/2019

160470 GP – Fierce Conversations 2: Generations and Feedback (Meets Evaluator); Ottumwa AEA Feb 21 2019 – 2/21/2019

160422 GP – Substitute Authorization Grades Pk-12; Burlington AEA Feb 21 2019 – 2/21/2019

168618 GP – Navigating the Transition Process for Educators and Families (Licensure Renewal & Participant Only); Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Feb 25 2019 – 2/25/2019

168556 GP – Navigating the Transition Process for Educators and Families (Graduate Credit); Fairfield Arts and Convention Center Feb 25 2019 – 2/25/2019

168695 GP – Digital Planetarium; Fairfield Arts and Convention Center Feb 26 2019 – 2/26/2019

168687 GP – ESSA Universal Tier Tools – Day 1 and 2; Albia AEA Feb 28 2019 – 2/28/2019

168687 GP – ESSA Universal Tier Tools – Day 1 and 2; Burlington AEA Feb 28 2019 – 2/28/2019

168687 GP – ESSA Universal Tier Tools – Day 1 and 2; Ottumwa AEA Feb 28 2019 – 2/28/2019

168493 GP – Iowa Science Standards Module 4: Literacy in Science (Grades 6-12); Burlington AEA Mar 4 2019 – 3/4/2019

168586 GP – Youth Mental Health First Aid; Ottumwa AEA Mar 5 2019 – 3/5/2019

168091 GP – Collaboration Opportunities for Elementary and Secondary Social Studies Teachers; Ottumwa AEA Mar 5 2019 – 3/5/2019

160682 GP – Paraeducator Course II: Facing New Challenges Roles and Responsibilities (OTT); Ottumwa AEA Mar 7 2019 – 3/7/2019

168695 GP – Digital Planetarium; Ottumwa AEA Mar 7 2019 – 3/7/2019

168695 GP – Digital Planetarium; Burlington AEA Mar 8 2019 – 3/8/2019

168493 GP – Iowa Science Standards Module 4: Literacy in Science (Grades 6-12); Ottumwa AEA Mar 11 2019 – 3/11/2019

168091 GP – Collaboration Opportunities for Elementary and Secondary Social Studies Teachers; Burlington AEA Mar 12 2019 – 3/12/2019

168586 GP – Youth Mental Health First Aid; Burlington AEA Mar 12 2019 – 3/12/2019

168501 GP – Iowa Science Standards Module 4: Literacy in Science (Grades K-5); Burlington AEA Mar 21 2019 – 3/21/2019

168586 GP – Youth Mental Health First Aid; Burlington AEA Apr 3 2019 – 4/3/2019

160683 GP – Paraeducator Course III: Behavior Improvement (OTT); Ottumwa AEA Apr 4 2019 – 4/4/2019

168493 GP – Iowa Science Standards Module 4: Literacy in Science (Grades 6-12); Burlington AEA Apr 8 2019 – 4/8/2019

161585 GP – ESSA Action Planning; Albia AEA Apr 11 2019 – 4/11/2019

161585 GP – ESSA Action Planning; Ottumwa AEA Apr 11 2019 – 4/11/2019

161585 GP – ESSA Action Planning; Burlington AEA Apr 11 2019 – 4/11/2019

168684 GP – Iowa Science Standards Module 4: Literacy in Science (Grades K-12); Burlington GPAEA Jun 4 2019 – 6/4/2019

168586 GP – Youth Mental Health First Aid; Burlington AEA Jun 5 2019 – 6/5/2019

168730 GP – Supporting Students’ Complete Mental Health in a Multi-Tiered Framework; Fairfield Arts and Convention Center Jun 6 2019 – 6/6/2019

168684 GP – Iowa Science Standards Module 4: Literacy in Science (Grades K-12); Albia GPAEA Jun 12 2019 – 6/12/2019

160470 GP – Fierce Conversations 2: Generations and Feedback (Meets Evaluator); Burlington AEA Jun 12 2019 – 6/12/2019

160470 GP – Fierce Conversations 2: Generations and Feedback (Meets Evaluator); Ottumwa AEA Jun 13 2019 – 6/13/2019

Navigating the Transition Process Workshop for Educators & Families – February 25 & 26

Free two-day workshop! February 25 & 26, 2019 in Fairfield, IA

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Iowa Leadership Academy – A great opportunity for your team!

AEA_McREL_FBThe Iowa School Leadership Academy will give school leadership teams in-depth strategies and guidance from McREL’s research- and evidence-based knowledge sets of Balanced Leadership, What Matters Most, and Curiosity Works.

School districts are encouraged to consider bringing a team(s) of 3-6 leaders who can learn and work collaboratively around the presented course content and be willing to engage in this work within their respective districts. Cost is $400 per person. The first 200 members of SAI who register will receive a $50 discount on registration. This course meets the requirements for Evaluator Approval II. Please be sure to sign up for this certification during the registration process.

Learn more at http://www.iowaaea.org/about/iowa-leadership-academy/

Nominate a Deserving Individual for an AEA Award by February 15

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Iowa’s AEAs bestow three awards annually to outstanding candidates for their contributions to education and the work of Iowa’s AEAs. Awards are presented during the annual Iowa’s AEAs Boards of Directors’ Conference held in the Spring. The three awards and criteria can be found below.

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2019 awards. To submit a nomination, complete this application by Feb. 15, 2019. Anyone is welcome to submit a nomination.

Click here to view past winners.

Friend of the AEA Award

Acknowledges contributions by policymakers, citizens, board members, school district partners, businesses and organizations who have been great partners and demonstrate strong support for furthering the mission of Iowa’s AEAs. Open to all policymakers, citizens, board members, school district partners, businesses and organizations.

E. Robert Stephens Award
Dr. E. Robert Stephens, better known as “Dr. Bob” and the father of Iowa’s AEAs, acknowledges contributions in the area of innovation and support to local districts, AEAs, the Department of Education and other partners/organizations. There should be evidence of outstanding contributions to the well-being of the educational community including:

  • Benefits of this individual’s leadership;
  • Creative leadership in inspiring and motivating others to achieve and contribute;
  • Strong commitment to the profession by active participation in professional activities; and
  • Evidence that the individual is respected by his/her colleagues and the community.

Open to AEA staff who serve in an administrative role and AEA board members.

Innovative Creator
Celebrates amazingly innovative and creative thinking and actions to get results for students, educators, Iowa’s AEAs, school districts, and other partners. Open to all AEA staff, board members, educators, policymakers, students…all of us are creators!

For more information, contact Connie Johnson, Iowa’s AEAs Communications Director, at (712) 335-6044.

Communication Matters from FEP

Shared by the GPAEA Family Educator Partnership, adapted with permission from ASK Resource Center

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Communication Matters

We do it every day, usually without giving it much thought simply because it works. But what do we do when communication isn’t working the way we want it to? Or when disagreement or conflict makes it particularly difficult? There are some simple strategies that we can all learn to use to improve communication.

  • What we say and what others hear is often different: It is especially important that in stressful situations you take the time to restate what you thought you heard said so that the understanding is clear and no false assumptions are made.
  • Respond, don’t react: If you are an educator and a parent raises concerns about what is happening in the classroom, you may be inclined to react defensively, but a defensive reaction does not encourage communication.
  • Use “I” statements, not “you” statements: Take ownership of your feelings and views.
  • Work on listening: Part of good listening is asking questions that will bring out the information you need.
  • Look for common ground: Building on areas of agreement can help to bridge gaps of disagreement.
  • Be aware of body language: Body language often speaks louder than words.
  • No one has all the answers: Don’t expect that you always will. It’s OK to say, “I don’t know” or “I will have to find that out for you.
  • Acknowledge frustration, anger, or other feelings: If you don’t acknowledge obvious feelings, they become the “elephant in the room” and everyone becomes invested in avoiding the “elephant” in the room instead of concentrating on the issues that deserve attention.
  • It is natural to resist change: Routines and patterns that we are used to are comforting and even though we may know changes need to be made, we may have feelings of resistance.
  • Try not to take other people’s reactions personally: How other people react to you is often more about them and their feelings of fear, frustration, or insecurity than it is about you.
  • We all encounter people we find difficult: You don’t have to like everyone, but you may need to learn to work cooperatively with them for the good of the child.
  • Everyone has an agenda: It’s a fact, but it isn’t necessarily a negative. Our personal agendas help us put forward our goals and also serve to help us protect our own interests.
  • Stay positive: We all have moments when things that are happening feel overwhelming and out of our control, but if you make an effort to keep a positive focus, you may be able to turn those feelings around and take some control back.
  • Get to know your triggers and how to protect them: Prepare for emotional or stressful situations by thinking about what people, actions, or comments tend to “push your buttons” and try to come up with internal thought mechanisms that can help you protect yourself.
  • Communication & relationships really do matter: Learn to be a skilled communicator, an active team member, and problem-solver.

Credit: Content from Communication Matters by ASK Resource Center. Look for the complete article in the FEP January Newsletter. Link to the article as provided by ASK Resource Center (no webpage/pdf only): http://askresource.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Communication-Matters.pdf

Building Bridges Accessible & Assistive Technology Conference 2019

April 16, 2019, Grant Wood AEA, Cedar Rapids, IA

REGISTRATION: https://aealearning.truenorthlogic.com
Course Number: 167794
Registration Deadline: April 2, 2019

The Building Bridges Accessible & Assistive Technology Conference will provide the opportunity to see firsthand the latest in accessible and assistive technologies (AT), practices, and services for school-age students. This conference event will serve as a unique opportunity for area education professionals, parents, administrators and service providers to exchange and gather information on the current status, consideration and use of a wide variety of accessible technology supports and tools. In addition, opportunities for district leaders to cast a vision for the provision of accessible instructional materials and supports will be shared.

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