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/

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