Professional Development Opportunities from GPAEA – March – Summer 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/


160594 GP – Paraeducator Certification Level II Generalist with Area of Concentration: Early Childhood Settings 257195Burlington AEA Mar 2 2019

168493 GP – Iowa Science Standards Module 4: Literacy in Science (Grades 6-12) 250729Burlington AEA Mar 4 2019

168091 GP – Collaboration Opportunities for Elementary and Secondary Social Studies Teachers 250154Ottumwa AEA Mar 5 2019

168586 GP – Youth Mental Health First Aid 250869Ottumwa AEA Mar 5 2019

168695 GP – Digital Planetarium 251030Ottumwa AEA Mar 7 2019

168586 GP – Youth Mental Health First Aid 251252Albia AEA Mar 7 2019

168695 GP – Digital Planetarium 251031Burlington AEA Mar 8 2019

168738 GP – Wheel Thrown Pottery 1 (Renewal Credit) 251112Bentonsport Mar 9 2019

168493 GP – Iowa Science Standards Module 4: Literacy in Science (Grades 6-12) 250730Ottumwa AEA Mar 11 2019

168091 GP – Collaboration Opportunities for Elementary and Secondary Social Studies Teachers 250156Burlington AEA Mar 12 2019

160406 GP – Paraeducator Course I: Facing New Challenges, Communication, Ethics, and Confidentiality (BURL) 251224Burlington AEA Mar 12 2019

168586 GP – Youth Mental Health First Aid 251034Burlington AEA Mar 12 2019

168501 GP – Iowa Science Standards Module 4: Literacy in Science (Grades K-5) 250749Burlington AEA Mar 21 2019

168586 GP – Youth Mental Health First Aid 270337Centerville CSD Mar 25 2019

168585 GP – Paraeducator Certification Level II Generalist with Area of Concentration: Special Needs 250949Burlington AEA Mar 28 2019

168586 GP – Youth Mental Health First Aid 251024Burlington AEA Apr 3 2019

160409 GP – Paraeducator Course II: Facing New Challenges Roles and Responsibilities (BURL) 251225Burlington AEA Apr 4 2019

168493 GP – Iowa Science Standards Module 4: Literacy in Science (Grades 6-12) 250731Burlington AEA Apr 8 2019

161585 GP – ESSA Action Planning 249220Albia AEA Apr 11 2019

161585 GP – ESSA Action Planning 249221Ottumwa AEA Apr 11 2019

161585 GP – ESSA Action Planning 249223Burlington AEA Apr 11 2019

167863 GP – An Educator’s Guide to PTSD in Children 270426Ottumwa AEA Apr 20 2019

160432 GP – Paraeducator Course III: Behavior Improvement (BURL) 251226Burlington AEA Apr 30 2019

168684 GP – Iowa Science Standards Module 4: Literacy in Science (Grades K-12) 251004Burlington GPAEA Jun 4 2019

168586 GP – Youth Mental Health First Aid 250864Burlington AEA Jun 5 2019

160462 GP – Mathematical Fluency for Elementary Teachers (Renewal Credit Option) 251147Ottumwa AEA Jun 6 2019

168730 GP – Supporting Students’ Complete Mental Health in a Multi-Tiered Framework (Districts Only) 251061Bridge View Center in Ottumwa Jun 6 2019

160674 GP – Laser Material Processing 251211Indian Hills Community College Jun 10 2019

168684 GP – Iowa Science Standards Module 4: Literacy in Science (Grades K-12) 251003Albia GPAEA Jun 12 2019

160470 GP – Fierce Conversations 2: Generations and Feedback (Meets Evaluator) 251063Burlington AEA Jun 12 2019

160470 GP – Fierce Conversations 2: Generations and Feedback (Meets Evaluator) 251062Ottumwa AEA Jun 13 2019

168814 GP – Wheel Thrown Pottery II (Renewal Credit) 251209Bentonsport Jun 15 2019

168769 GP – Fun With Fractions: Strategies to Teach Fractions With Deep Understanding 251153Burlington AEA Jun 19 2019

160462 GP – Mathematical Fluency for Elementary Teachers (Renewal Credit Option) 251149Burlington AEA Jun 24 2019

168815 GP – Advanced Laser Material Processing 251212Indian Hills Community College Jul 8 2019

160670 GP – Fundamentals of Photonics 251210Indian Hills Community College Aug 5 2019

160429 GP – Number Talks – Whole Number Computation (Renewal Credit Option) 251154Burlington AEA Aug 8 2019

New Course Alert! An Educator’s Guide to PTSD in Children on April 20 in Ottumwa

Quiz at schoolAre you serving students who are dealing with trauma? Are you wondering if they might even have PTSD? This course explains the causes and symptoms of PTSD in children of all ages, looks at recent research about how PTSD changes a child’s brain, and reviews treatment methods and prevention techniques. Time will be spent examining case studies together and practicing strategies to calm children when something triggers their PTSD.

NEW#167863 GP – An Educator’s Guide to PTSD in Children

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***A book will be available for purchase on the first day of class. Payment will be made directly to the instructor. The approximate cost is $10-15***

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Fierce Conversation 2: Evaluator Course Available in Burlington & Ottumwa beginning June 2019

Close up of handshake in the officeWhat gets talked about in an organization and how it gets talked about determines what will happen . . . or won’t happen.  Consequently, Fierce 2 Conversations builds on the 4 foundation conversations taught in Fierce 1 by adding two new conversation models:

  • Generations
  • Feedback
  • With the focus on a review of the Foundations and these two new conversations, participation will be supported in their implementation through a professional learning community providing coaching and feedback across generations.

Toolbox material fees are included in this registration.  Please contact the instructor or Professional Development if you have a toolkit.

Paraeducator Courses Available in Ottumwa & Burlington beginning March 2019

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Paraeducator Courses released for March – April 2019 as listed below. Click on the title of a course to register:

Small Change from ISEA in Burlington, Chariton & Ottumwa

SmallChange-ISEA WinterSpring offeringsImprove your personal finance knowledge, skills and confidence and prepare yourself as a professional to address financial literacy in our schools!

Small Change is a blended (in-person and online) course designed for Iowa educators. Course content is embedded in the financial literacy standards of the Iowa Core 21st Century Skills and Social Studies and connects participants with curricula, resources and school-based programs for elementary, middle and high school levels. Educators can earn one Iowa License renewal credit.

The course requirements include:

  • Attend a 2-hour in-person introductory workshop in chosen location
  • Complete at least 4 of 12 game-based online lessons covering financial topics
  • Complete assignments to promote financial literacy

Explore lessons that are timely and relevant to your life stage. Topics include:

  • Finance Fundamentals—getting organized, smart borrowing, estate planning
  • Insurance—life, health, disability, long-term care, auto, home, liability coverage
  • Investing—risk tolerance, investment choices, funding long-term goals
  • Retirement—preparing for retirement, building a nest egg, Social Security, IPERS

The course fee is $20 to ISEA members and non-members. Register online at: https://isea.org/course/. For more information, contact Mary M. Weinand at mweinand@iastate.edu or 319-931-5087, or Rhonda Plimmer, rhonda.plimmer@isea.org or 515-471-8052.

Small Change is offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach with support from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

PDF: SmallChange-ISEA WinterSpring offerings

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David Ludwig Named New Executive Director for Iowa’s AEAs

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David Ludwig

Iowa’s AEAs have selected David Ludwig to be the AEA system’s next Executive Director. Ludwig has over 30 years of experience as a school administrator in Nebraska, with the past five years serving as the State Executive Director for the Educational Service Unit Coordinating Council (ESUCC) of Nebraska.

Today, the Iowa Association of AEAs (IAAEA) Executive Board approved a two-year contract with Ludwig, and he will begin his duties on July 1, 2019. He will be based out of the Heartland AEA office in Johnston.

In his new role with Iowa’s AEAs, Ludwig will facilitate and coordinate Iowa’s nine AEAs in working collaboratively to support and provide services to the children, families and educators served by all of Iowa’s 333 public schools and 182 accredited, non-public schools. The AEA system also provides direct services to nearly 56,000 students who receive special education services.

“We are extremely proud to offer the position to someone with the leadership and experiences that Mr. Ludwig has,” said Jim Green, president of the IAAEA Executive Board. “David’s experience with rural and urban districts, legislative advocacy, along with his leadership at local and state levels, are a perfect fit for the AEA system.”

Ludwig began his education career as a special education teacher and coach and has also been a special education director, principal and ESU (Educational Service Unit) Administrator. A graduate of Midland College with a bachelor’s degree in special education, elementary education and physical education, Ludwig earned a master’s degree in school administration and an education specialist degree from Wayne State College. He is currently working on a doctorate degree in education at the University of Nebraska Omaha and is expected to complete that work in May 2021.

“I’m excited to begin the next phase of my professional career with an organization known nationally for its focus on student learning and outcomes, quality people and programs and attention to providing equitable services to all Iowa children, families and educators,” Ludwig said.

Dr. Tom Lane, who has served Iowa’s AEAs since 2013, will retire on June 30, 2019.

Combined Efforts support Fairfield Student

Tenco News Release:

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Gonzalo Gonzalez communicating via his app

Gonzalo Gonzalez, a student at Fairfield Middle School is currently non-verbal and relies on Augmentative and Alternative Communication to communicate his wants and needs to those around him.  Gonzalo began using the communication app Touch Chat, in the spring of 2018. This application was trialed and found to be successful with Gonzalo in the school setting; Fairfield Public Schools purchased the application for Gonzalo to utilize while attending school. Jennifer DeManuele-Kinder, Special Education Teacher at Fairfield Middle School, works to support his communication and helped to facilitate his approved for the app.

Since beginning to use Touch Chat, Gonzalo has generated novel messages, demonstrated an ability to navigate through multiple page sets to produce a message and increased his expressive language output. Also, at school, a reduction in behaviors due to communication breakdowns has been noted.  Overall, Gonzalo shows enhanced interest in communicating and demonstrates success when using Touch Chat; his personality is now more out-going and he will joke with his teachers now.

Because of Gonzalo’s proven success in the school setting, Abby Lynn, Speech Language Pathologist at Great Prairie AEA, researched options to assist with providing Touch Chat for Gonzalo’s use at home.  Ms. Lynn approached Tenco, as they have been Gonzalo’s residential support/provider for several years; assisting Gonzalo with communication, behavior management, and community integration. Through contact with Tenco, Ms. Lynn was introduced to the DreamWeavers Program; a grant program through the Tenco Foundation.

In Ms. Lynn’s words, “this communication app would allow him to express more complex and novel messages to communication partners that are familiar with him.”  The DreamWeavers program approved the purchase of the app that would provide the same technology for Gonzalo for his iPad at home that he presently has a school.

DreamWeavers was established at Tenco in 2005 for the expressed purpose of providing finances to meet special needs, emergency situations, to assist individuals in accomplishing goals and enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities. The Tenco Foundation commits $10,000 per year to fund grants for people served by Tenco.

For more information, please contact:

Mendy McAdams
Phone: (641) 682-8114
Marketing and Development Director
Email:  mmcadams@tenco.org

Transition Resource Event at FMHS

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FMHS students Ashlynn Hayes and Sarah Schierbrock demonstrated their skills in public speaking, by introducing the speakers and thanking the audience for attending. Way to go, Ashlynn and Sarah!

In January, Ft. Madison High School hosted a Transition Resource Event for students, parents, and educators to learn more about resources that are offered for individuals with disabilities. Speakers briefly presented information about their services, with time for questions from the audience. Topics included social security disability, guardianship, employment supports, transition planning while in high school, and work-based learning opportunities.

Refreshments were provided by students who receive special education services – thanks, students!

Hosting a Transition Resource Event is a great way to share information to support students and families! Contact your Transition Coordinator or Family Educator Partnership Coordinator to learn more about how YOUR SCHOOL can offer such an event at https://www.gpaea.org/services/transition-secondary-students/.

A special thank you to GPAEA Transition & Family Educator Partnership Coordinators:

  • Transition Coordinators: Kathy Achenbach, Kate Cole & Michelle Ryan
  • Family Educator Partnership Coordinators: Annette Clarahan & Kelly Wallace

The Cornerstone – February 2019

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Screen Shot 2019-02-08 at 10.15.04 AM.pngAlso, check out this great article featuring the accomplishments of GPAEA’s own Laura Williams: UI develops leaders who inspire innovation in Iowa’s K-12 schools at https://now.uiowa.edu/2019/01/university-iowas-influence-iowas-k-12-classrooms?fbclid=IwAR0hF_wYMWL-_k1yzCjD9GKg3OZ9X3VRdtLnKe0Trmwv2rkplI-EKeZwOSo

Professional Development Opportunities from GPAEA – Spring/Summer 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/


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

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

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

168418 GP – Paraeducator Course III: Behavior Improvement (VIT); Keokuk CSD Feb 13 2019 2/13/2019

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

160422 GP – Substitute Authorization Grades Pk-12; Albia AEA Feb 16 2019 2/16/2019

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

167935 GP – Basic FBA to BIP for School Teams: Providing Individualized and Intensive Behavior Supports; Ottumwa AEA February 21 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

168117 GP – Check & Connect 1 Day Mentoring Workshop; 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

168586 GP – Youth Mental Health First Aid; Albia AEA Mar 7 2019 3/7/2019

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

168738 Wheel Thrown Pottery 1 (Participation Only and Renewal Credit); Bentonsport Mar 9 2019 3/9/2019

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

160406 GP – Paraeducator Course I: Facing New Challenges, Communication, Ethics, and Confidentiality (BURL); 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

160409 GP – Paraeducator Course II: Facing New Challenges Roles and Responsibilities (BURL); Burlington 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

160432 GP – Paraeducator Course III: Behavior Improvement (BURL); Burlington AEA Apr 30 2019 4/30/2019

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 (Districts Only); Fairfield Arts and Convention Center Jun 6 2019 6/6/2019

160462 GP – Mathematical Fluency for Elementary Teachers (Renewal Credit Option); Ottumwa AEA Jun 6 2019 6/6/2019

160674 GP – Laser Material Processing; Indian Hills Community College Jun 10 2019 6/10/2019

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

168814 Wheel Thrown Pottery II (Participation Only and Renewal Credit); Bentonsport Jun 15 2019 6/15/2019

168769 GP – Fun With Fractions: Strategies to Teach Fractions With Deep Understanding; Burlington AEA Jun 19 2019 6/19/2019

160462 GP – Mathematical Fluency for Elementary Teachers (Renewal Credit Option); Burlington AEA Jun 24 2019 6/24/2019

168815 GP – Advanced Laser Material Processing; Indian Hills Community College Jul 8 2019 7/8/2019

160670 GP – Fundamentals of Photonics; Indian Hills Community College Aug 5 2019 8/5/2019

160429 GP – Number Talks – Whole Number Computation (Renewal Credit Option); Burlington AEA Aug 8 2019 8/8/2019

Area Superintendents Campaign for State Support

 

[DES MOINES] – More than 100 superintendents representing school districts across the state of Iowa combined forces in Des Moines on Tuesday, February 5, to rally for legislative support for education.

“This event provides an important opportunity for school leaders to have productive conversations with our elected officials about the local impact of diminished funding and what’s needed to maintain quality programming for all of Iowa’s students,” shared Dr. Tom Lane, Executive Director of Iowa’s Area Education Agencies (AEAs). The AEA system coordinated the event at the Capitol.  “Our district and AEA leadership understand our responsibility to speak on behalf of all the students and families that we serve,” he added.

Representatives from every AEA and about 100 school districts across the state spoke with legislators about the demands of public education.  Some districts talked about the extension of the Secure an Advanced Vision for Education (SAVE) tax, while others asked for additional state policy that provides resources for school districts to use to address the complex issues of student suicide and other serious mental health-related issues. Unilaterally, the districts requested an increase in State Supplemental Aid (SSA) that provides adequate resources for students and teachers, is timely and equitable, and takes into account overall state revenue growth. Additionally, school leaders discussed the need for legislation to address the inequities of transportation costs for school districts with higher than average costs.

“Nearly every school leader we talk to shares the struggles that teachers are having with the mental health needs of their students,” added Lane. “Iowa’s AEAs are uniquely positioned to help districts with this need, and we are encouraged by conversations with our legislators and school districts to develop solutions for both urban and rural districts.”

“Today was a great day for united outreach, with educators from both rural and urban districts across the state. We look forward to working closely with our legislators to help them understand the impact of their decisions on the families and children in their respective districts,” said Lane.

Iowa Deafblind Summer Symposium – June 6 & 7

When:  June 6-7th from 8:00 am-4:00 pm and pre-symposium workshop on June 5th from 1:00-4:00 pm

Where: Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, 1220 1st Avenue, Coralville, IA

What: The Summer Symposium includes information on Cortical Vision Impairment & AAC, Central Auditory Processing Disorder, and Functional Hearing Evaluation

Presenters will include:

  • Jeanane Ferre – Central Auditory Evaluation and Treatment
  • Christopher Russell – Cortical Visual Impairment: Assessment, AAC, and Educational Programming
  • Adam Graves and Amy Baxter – Including the Informal Functional Hearing Evaluation in the IEP

Registration fee:       $50

Registration fee waived for parents of children on Iowa’s Deafblind Registry.

Pre-symposium session:     This session will take place from 1:00-4:30 pm on Wednesday, June 5th

Topic:              Basics of Deafblindness: Foundational information for educators

Financial support: Limited stipends will be offered to professionals working with students on Iowa’s Deafblind Registry and to parents of children with deafblindness (one stipend per family).

Licensure Renewal Credit: Credit will be applied for through Grant Wood AEA. Graduate credit will not be available.

Click here for detailed program information:  DB Symposium Detailed Program

Learn more at https://www.iowadeafblind.org/learning-opportunities/iowa-deafblind-summer-symposium-june-6-7-2019-with-pre-symposium-session-on-june-5th/

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.