Substitute Authorization Course in Aug/Sept – BURLINGTON

A primary school teacherSubstitute Authorization (Grades K-12) held in BURLINGTON, August 29 – September 14

A substitute authorization allows an individual who holds a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution to substitute in a elementary, middle school, junior high school, or high school (grades K -12) for no more than five consecutive days in one job assignment. An individual who holds a Para educator certificate and completes the substitute authorization program is authorized to substitute only in the special education classroom in which the individual Para educator is employed.

DEADLINE FOR MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: August 22, 2016

LEARN MORE & REGISTER:
https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=10734&I=2144757

ELEMENTARY MTSS: PRESS TRAINING

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ELEMENTARY MTSS: PRESS TRAINING (TIERS 1 & 2)
A training for elementary teachers, coaches, Title I teachers, administrators and/or leadership teams.
September 13, 2016
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Great Prairie AEA Office
Burlington – https://goo.gl/Bt2RD2
September 15, 2016
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Fairfield Arts & Convention Center –
Fee: $100 for those individuals needing a PRESS Intervention & Assessment Manual
Download PDF: PRESS Sept. 2016

GPAEA Schools in the News – Summer 2016

Post updated throughout the month. Did we miss something? Send your school news to jennifer.woodley@gpaea.org.

Note: The articles compiled in this list come from independent media sources who are solely responsible for their content. GPAEA staff did not participate in writing any of these articles and GPAEA does not necessarily endorse the content of the articles. Some articles may be available only by subscription.

G.E.M.S. Girls Exploring Math & Science Summer Tech Camp – June 23 & 24

ihcc_logoGirls Exploring Math & Science Summer Tech Camp
(Finishing 3rd – 5th grades)
June 23 & 24, 2016

Explore science, technology, math, and engineering while having fun on a college campus! G.E.M.S allows girls the exciting opportunity to explore college programming through a variety of hands-on activities in some of today’s cutting-edge technologies. They will meet with professional women working in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math as well as create, explore and discover through S.T.E.M. (Science Technology Engineering Math) projects.

This camp is being funded through a John Deere Corporate Grant and there is no cost to participants. Registration will be limited to the first 50 students who RSVP with registration. The camp will be held in the Advanced Technology Center on the Indian Hills’ Ottumwa Campus on June 23 & 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. It is open to female students finishing the 3rd, 4th or 5th grades. Orientation and sign in begins at 8:30 a.m.

Register at:  www.IndianHills.edu/GEMS

Contact: Nathan Miller, Bennett Building, 525 Grandview Ave., Ottumwa, IA 52501, 641-683-5309 or nathan.miller@indianhills.edu


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.

The Cornerstone – May 2016

Celebrate Better Hearing & Speech Month!

slp_9A73616DC4020 (1)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.

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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.

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New Literacy Consultants to join Great Prairie AEA 2016-2017

Melanie Anderson

Colorado

With six years of teaching experience at Prairie City-Monroe Community School District, Melanie has taught two years of Second grade and is currently finishing her fourth year teaching Kindergarten. During this time, she has had the honor to participate and assist in leading through the District Leadership Team, Building Leadership Team, MTSS Team, Iowa Core Team, Literacy and Math Team, PBIS Team, and Technology Team. Melanie’s role has been to interpret data, build a positive and consistent learning environment, design and implement forward-thinking systematic instructional strategies, and contribute to professional development. With these experiences, she is looking forward to exchanging ideas and supporting your district as the year progresses.

Originally, from the Fairfield Community School District, Melanie is a B.A. graduate in Elementary Education, which includes an endorsement in Reading from Central College, and is pursuing a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of Iowa to be completed this year. Melanie is excited to be moving home to be with her future husband and family within the Great Prairie Region to contribute to enhancing student performance, maximizing professional development, and empowering educators with a multitude of instructional strategies within our Community School District. As a Literacy Coach, she is eager to meet and collaborate with her colleagues at Great Prairie AEA.

Melinda Montgomery

Melinda’s interest in education was sparked as a sign language interpreter for Jr./Sr. HS students, which have given her opportunity to teach several grade levels. Currently serving as a first grade teacher and Professional Learning Team leader in Albia, Melinda’s love for teaching reading drove her to obtain her masters degree in Literacy Education from Drake University. She is extremely excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the AEA team! Her husband, Richard, is Albia’s 7-12 JH/HS principal. They have two daughters, McKenna (age 8) and Mady (age 4) and enjoy fishing, camping, riding bikes, and watching movies as a family. An interesting fact about Melinda is that she lived in Alaska for several years and caught fish weighing over 100 pounds!

GPAEA Schools Recognized for PBIS Excellence

DES MOINES – Fifty-three schools were honored by the Iowa Department of Education Tuesday for their work implementing a process that promotes good behavior at school which, in turn, creates a more vibrant learning environment.

Great Prairie AEA was well represented and twelve were among the schools honored:

  • Central Lee Elementary
  • Corse Elementary (Burlington)
  • Sunnyside Elementary (Burlington)
  • West Burlington Jr/Sr High
  • Hawthorne Elementary (Keokuk)
  • Keokuk High School
  • Libertyville (Fairfield)
  • Oskaloosa Middle School
  • Wapello Elementary
  • Washington Elementary (Fairfield)
  • Banner Level: Grimes Elementary (Burlington)
  • Paramount: Sigourney Elementary

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, or PBIS, involves a series of processes that promote a school-wide culture of positive behavior. This is done through educating teachers on how to teach expected behaviors to their students. PBIS also consistently acknowledges good behavior as well as applies consequences for violations.

“I am so proud of our schools and their commitment to excellence!” exclaims Shelli Blazic, GPAEA’s PBIS Coordinator. “Shout-out to Administrators, Internal Coaches, and AEA External Coaches who propel our schools to ever improve PBIS/MTSS Implementation. I appreciate all you do!”

Data are used to assess problem areas and behaviors within each school, and strategies are developed to counter them. Schools were honored by the Department for outstanding implementation of the systems and practices of PBIS.

Learn more about PBIS at Great Prairie AEA.

Take the Iowa Literacy Standards Survey by May 13

This survey is designed to obtain the opinions and comments of educators, students, and the public regarding the Iowa Literacy Standards (Iowa Core standards in English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects).  The survey responses will be used to provide guidance to the Iowa Literacy Standards Review Team and the State Board of Education.

In order to complete this survey, it is helpful to review the Iowa Literacy Standards documents, which you can find by clicking here.

Take the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TGHQWCL

The survey is open through May 13.

Ottumwa Students Interact with Assistive Technology & Room21C

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MARCH 8 – Brittany Stober’s special education class from Ottumwa High School was one of the first student groups to utilize the 21st Century Classroom (Room21C) in the Ottumwa office. The students participated using technologies in Room21C with AEA and Ottumwa High School staff.

During the planning phases before the students arrived the AEA staff focused on the 4C’s: communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. The Iowa Core Standards were used as the activities were developed for the students with an emphasis on literacy.

Standard: Writing Standards 6–12

W.9–10.5

Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1–3 up to and including grades 9–10.)

The  All Turn It Spinner with a switch was used to get into groups.  One of the activities used the Spheros demonstration set (available for checkout) and the iPad app draw and drive. The writing activity was to write a sentence about the tech room on the wall as well as type a sentence on the laptop using a key guard. The students read a book on the TarHeel Reader site using a switch interface to turn the pages of the book on the screen.

If you are interested in using the Room21C with your students contact Lisa Jacobs.  All of the items used during the lesson are available for checkout through the AEA Media Center.

Thank you to the AEA and Ottumwa High School staff!

  • Sue Kientz, Instructional Technology
  • Teresa Miller, Assistive Technology 
  • Lisa Jacobs, Instructional Technology
  • Ellie Hamilton, Assistive Technology