National School Psychology Week – November 8-12, 2021

GPAEA 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.

School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW) is November 8-12, 2021 and we celebrate our school psychologists for the work they do for students & families in our area!

Thank you to our GPAEA School Psychologists!

Thank you GPAEA PTs & PTAs – October is National Physical Therapy Month

October is National Physical Therapy Month, and an opportunity for Great Prairie AEA to celebrate and recognize our physical therapists and physical therapy assistants for the work they do with children birth to 21 in our area.

Great Prairie AEA’s Physical Therapy program provides therapeutic services to maximize children’s functional motor abilities through assessment, intervention, advocacy and education related to their unique needs with the educational atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation. Physical therapists design interventions that improve a student’s physical ability to access and participate in their educational program.

Physical Therapy Month is sponsored through the American Physical Therapy Association and is celebrated nationally. For more information see http://www.apta.org/NPTM/

Thank you to our Physical Therapists (PT) and Physical Therapy Assistants (PTA):

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

May is “Better Hearing and Speech Month” and we invite you to learn more about services and supports available from Great Prairie AEA.

HEARING/AUDIOLOGY SERVICES
Hearing services at Great Prairie AEA include screenings for young children and direct services for students who have been identified as deaf or hard of hearing. Learn more at http://goo.gl/4bnNxK.

Shoutout to GPAEA’s Hearing/Audiology Team! Thank you for all that you do for the children and families of southeast Iowa.

GPAEA Audiologists
GPAEA Audiometrists
GPAEA Teachers of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY SERVICES
Great Prairie AEA Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) work with children, birth to 21, who have a variety of communication needs. Most of these needs fall into the areas of articulation, language, voice, fluency, and early literacy. Learn more at http://goo.gl/cKPW33.

Shoutout to GPAEA’s Speech-Language Team! Thank you for all that you do for the children and families of southeast Iowa.

GPAEA Speech-Language Pathologists

GPAEA Speech-Language Assistants

APRIL IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY MONTH

April has been designated as Occupational Therapy Month nationally and is celebrated throughout the country. Occupational Therapists and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants are part of an important profession that helps people across their lifespan to participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. Their customized approach to evaluations, interventions, and outcomes help a child with disabilities participate in school and in social situations, and offer the specialized support and services to people of all ages and in all circumstances that only occupational therapy can provide.

We want to take this opportunity to recognize and thank our own Great Prairie AEA Occupational Therapists and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants for the services they provide throughout our Great Prairie AEA service area. Thank you!

Iowa Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation Bingham Innovation Award Announcement

Bingham Innovation Award Granted to GPAEA Staff – Borrison, Chaney, Farrell, John, & Sadler

Press Release from ISHA:

Congratulations to Megan Farrell, Assistive Technology Specialist and Speech-Language Pathologist at Great Prairie AEA and fellow GPAEA Speech Language Pathologists, Sarah Chaney, Melissa Sadler, Diane John, and Emily Borrison for their recent receipt of the Bingham Innovation Award granted by the Iowa Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation. The Bingham Innovation Award recognizes innovative projects by school-based speech-language pathologists and audiologists, by providing monetary support for the project.  The award was presented during the Annual Convention of the Iowa Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation in October.

Farrell, Chaney, Sadler, John and Borrison have joined with their school-based partners in the Albia, Fairfield, Burlington, West Burlington and Mediapolis districts to address the needs of complex communicators.  Through adaptation of the Project Core program, they will focus on developing successful communication partners in the school setting through structured and tailored training, on-going collaboration, and implementation of evidence-based strategies that support communication, language & literacy of students with complex communication needs.

The award recipients have all been a vital part of current initiatives in training the foundational modules in the Project Core Implementation framework and represent deep experience with students using Augmentative and Alternative Communication.

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The team would like to acknowledge the work of GPAEA’s Erika Freeman, Teresa Halstead, and Lori Hugen who’s original work done last year was a part of the catalyst for pursuing the grant. Thank you!

Applications sought for the next Iowa Teacher of the Year

iowa de logoDES MOINES – Applications are being accepted for the 2019 Iowa Teacher of the Year. The deadline to nominate is April 27.

The award is an opportunity to recognize an exceptional Iowa teacher who is helping to redefine education. Nominations will be accepted from anyone, including students, parents, school administrators, colleagues, college faculty members, and associations.

The Iowa Teacher of the Year award was established in 1958. The annual program is sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education through an appropriation from the Iowa Legislature. Winners are chosen by a committee that includes representatives of the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa State Education Association, the School Administrators of Iowa, the Parent Teachers Association, the Area Education Agencies, the Iowa Association of School Boards, the Iowa Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and the current Iowa Teacher of the Year.

The Teacher of the Year serves as an ambassador to education and as a liaison to primary and secondary schools, higher education, and organizations across the state.

Aileen Sullivan of the Ames Community School District was named the 2018 Teacher of the Year.

Celebrate National School Social Work Week – March 4 – 10

486e55_cd6a067713bf41ff973c1bf683c9abab_mv2School social workers confront some of the most challenging issues facing students and their families. National School Social Work Week is always celebrated the first full week in March, and we wish to acknowledge and thank our team of dedicated school social workers! Thank you for all that you do for GPAEA and area students and families!

 

Girls Go CyberStart – Register beginning January 29

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A new, innovative cybersecurity training program offered by the SANS Institute offers young women in high school the opportunity to learn basic cybersecurity skills through a no-cost online game of discovery called Girls Go CyberStart.

Participating students do not need prior cybersecurity knowledge or programming experience. All that is required is a computer and an internet connection.

Young women in high school in Iowa who excel in the Girls Go CyberStart game will have the opportunity to win computers and other prizes as well as a trip, with a parent, to the 2018 Women in CyberSecurity Conference.

Registration begins on January 29th and ends on February 16, 2018.  The first 10,000 young women who have registered may play the game online from February 20th through 25th.

For information about Girls Go CyberStart visit: https://girlsgocyberstart.com/

Workshop on Twice Exceptionality in Cedar Falls – April 2018

Workshop on Twice Exceptionality
Central Rivers AEA, Cedar Falls
Friday, April 13–Saturday April 14

Register now at https://itag_2e_workshop.eventbrite.com

Training educators to meet the academic and affective needs of twice exceptional students is a critical need in Iowa. ITAG’s spring workshop for gifted and special needs educators and administrators will assist district teams in developing plans to address these challenges and to learn instructional approaches that emphasize rigor. Teachers and all educational personnel can benefit from professional development on the characteristics and performance of twice exceptional students, which will increase the probability that these students will be identified and appropriately served with both gifted and special education services. Each team attending will leave with a district plan draft for serving twice exceptional students as well as strategies designed to provide appropriate classroom instruction.

Presenters include Megan Foley-Nicpon from the University of Iowa and Rebecca Lopez and Julie MacKissock from Cherry Creek School District, Greenwood Village, Colorado. Iowa educators will share their approaches in breakout sessions.

Each team attending will leave with a district plan draft for serving twice exceptional students as well as strategies designed to provide appropriate classroom instruction. Register four people from your district and ITAG will waive the registration fee for one administrator from your district! Contact info@iowatag.org for more information.

Registration is limited to 200 attendees.

A block of hotel rooms have been reserved at Best Western Plus, 1614 Technology Parkway, 319-277-2400, and at the AmericInn, 5818 Nordic Dr., 319-277-6166. The conference rate is $91 plus 12% tax per night. Call the hotel directly for reservations by March 12, 2018.The Best Western Plus is across the street from the Central Rivers AEA. Individuals need to cancel 48 hours in advance to avoid charges.

All workshop sessions will be held at the Central Rivers AEA1521 Technology Pkwy, Cedar Falls, IA 50613.

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.

October is Physical Therapy Month

October is National Physical Therapy Month, and an opportunity for Great Prairie AEA to celebrate and recognize our six physical therapists and three physical therapy assistants for the work they do with children birth to 21 in our area.

Great Prairie AEA’s Physical Therapy program provides therapeutic services to maximize children’s functional motor abilities through assessment, intervention, advocacy and education related to their unique needs with the educational atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation. Physical therapists design interventions that improve a student’s physical ability to access and participate in their educational program.

Physical Therapy Month is sponsored through the American Physical Therapy Association and is celebrated nationally. For more information see http://www.apta.org/NPTM/

Thank you to our Physical Therapists (PT) and Physical Therapy Assistants (PTA):

2017 Global Education Institute for Teachers

The 2017 Global Education Institute for Teachers will be held on the University of Iowa campus on December 2-3, 2017.  The institute is sponsored by the Stanley Foundation and UI International Programs.

K-12 teachers of all disciplines are invited to attend this year’s institute, a two-day, one license renewal credit experience taught by University of Iowa professors Greg Hamot and Jason Harshman.

FREE tuition! The first 20 teachers to register who live outside a 25-mile radius of Iowa City will also receive FREE housing at the Iowa House Hotel.

Registration deadline is November 8, 2017.

More information may be found on our website at https://international.uiowa.edu/connect/programs/k-12/institute.

Please contact Amy Green at amy-green-1@uiowa.edu or 319-335-1433 with any questions.

click here for 2 page flyer Global Education Institute 2017

Assistive Technology Expo 2017

Ellie Hamilton, Assistive Technology Specialist, and Teresa Miller, Assistive Technology/Media Clerk from Great Prairie AEA welcomed Educators, Parents & Staff to discover new tools and resources for students and experience them hands-on on September 12 at GPAEA Ottumwa and September 19 at GPAEA Burlington. Learn more about Assistive Technology at https://www.gpaea.org/services/assistive-technology/.

Join us for an Assistive Technology Expo – September 12 & 19

September 12, 2017 – Assistive Tech Expo
1:00 – 4:30 PM
Ottumwa AEA Office

September 19, 2017 – Assistive Tech Expo
1:00 – 4:30 PM
Burlington AEA Office

Join us at our annual AT Expo. Try assistive technology tools and learn about the resources available through our AEA Media Center.
Download Flyer: AT Expo September 2017
No Registration
Cost/Lunch This is a FREE event
Contact: Ellie Hamilton, ellie.hamilton@gpaea.org

Activities to Gain Independence

Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in Activities to Gain Independence at Van Allen Elementary school in Mount Pleasant presented by Kim Karwal from Easter Seals of Iowa on May 2.

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Do you like what you see? All of the items in the virtual tour and more are available through Easter Seals Iowa Assistive Technology Center. Easter Seals has an Assistive Technology lending library and a demonstration center.

Contact: Kim Karwal
Rural Solutiona and At Center Coordinator
Easter Seals Iowa | 401 NE 66th Avenue | Des Moines, Iowa 50313
P: 515.309.2394 | TTY: 515.289.4069 |  F: 515.289.1281
kkarwal@eastersealsia.org | www.eastersealsia.org