The Promise of Iowa

14956500_1103669813084524_4586260001919612745_nAt its annual convention last week, The Iowa Association of School Board launched a new statewide campaign, The Promise of Iowa. This campaign strives to focus attention on the future of Iowa public school students and rally support for public education in Iowa.

Iowa’s future leaders and innovators are its children. They are “The Promise of Iowa.” Learn more at

Great Prairie AEA participates in Appanoose County/Centerville STEM Festival

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On October 22, Great Prairie AEA participated in the Appanoose County/Centerville STEM Festival hosted by the South Central STEM Hub. There were 26 different table exhibits and over 175 attendees. A special thank you to AEA Staff in attendance: Lisa Jacobs, Vickie Parker, and Dawn Johnson. Learn more about STEM at


Article included in SC STEM Hub October Newsletter

GPAEA Schools in the News – November 2016

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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.

The Cornerstone – November 2016


RESPECT Training to be held in Wapello & Oskaloosa

RESPECT is a free, four-day workshop focused on training participants in relationship building and conflict resolution. The skills and strategies taught at this training workshop can be applied universally when addressing professional and personal conflict.


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GPAEA Teachers & Administrators we invite you to participate in the AEA Customer Survey


You are invited to participate in the AEA Customer Survey. This web-based survey provides an opportunity for you to provide valuable feedback regarding AEA services. The web-based survey should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. To access the survey, simply use the following web site URL and follow the directions provided:

Access to the survey will begin Tuesday, November 1 and will close Wednesday, November 23, 2016.

If you experience trouble with the survey please contact Dr. Gary Dannenbring for assistance (

Thank you in advance for your participation. The information from this survey provides valuable data that assists the AEA system in evaluating its services and continuing to meet current and future LEA needs.

Iowa Family & Educator Partnership Newsletter – November 2016

Iowa Family & Educator Partnership

Iowa Family & Educator Partnership/FEP works to develop and sustain effective partnerships between families, educators, and community providers to promote the success for all children and youth with disabilities. Click here to view their November Newsletter

This issue includes:

  • Easter Seals Lending Library
  • Wapello RESPECT Training
  • Oskaloosa RESPECT Training
  • Navigating the Transition Process Planning for Educators and Families
  • Free Apps for Families
  • Parent & Educator Connection is not Iowa Family & Educator Partnership
  • and much more!

FEP coordinators work with parents, educators, and local school districts to provide FEP programs, services, and activities; they are also parents of children or young adults with special needs. Learn more at

Changes coming to Great Prairie AEA’s Professional Development & Licensure System

aea_vertical_color-2The state’s nine AEAs are coming together to create one statewide system for professional development and licensure. The new statewide system will offer: increased professional development opportunities, a statewide course catalog, one registrations system, and greater equity and consistency in programming. The new system, called “Performance Matters” is expected to “go live” in the spring of 2017.  

As part of this new state system, AEA’s have established a statewide participant fee structure that will go into effect January 1, 2017. There will be minimal changes for Great Prairie AEA participants. Courses requiring a paid instructor will move from a fee of $80.00 per credit hour to $85.00. Courses (district sponsored and/or GPAEA workshops) that do not require a paid instructor will decrease from $50.00 to $35.00 per credit hour. Though this appears to be a decrease in fees, Great Prairie has provided two credit hours at the price of one when there was no instructor cost. This will no longer be possible. Two credit hours will cost $35.00 per hour or a total of $70.00. Graduate credit is an additional cost depending upon the institution.

Participant fees for the Generalist Para-educator Certification courses will remain the same for Great Prairie participants. The fee is and will be $60.00 per credit hour ($120 per course) and $360 for the 3 course series needed for certification plus the cost of materials.

Compensation for instructors will increase from the current $600 per course to $750 for 10 to 15 students. Pay increases as enrollment increases.

Great Prairie AEA will share additional information as we get closer to the “go live” date for the new state professional development and licensure system.

GPAEA Schools in the News – October 2016

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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.

The Cornerstone – October 2016


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#Room21C Partner Schools & Chat

21c-partner-badge-half-boldGreat Prairie AEA’s 21st Century Classrooms are getting a lot of attention and we want to share the spotlight! Launching this month is 21C Partner Schools, a showcase of our partner schools’ redesigned learning environments. We want to build a digital community that supports educators in the shift of instructional practice toward 4C (communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity) and modernized 21st century student centered learning.


Need ideas for your redesign? Interested in connecting with other innovative teachers? Check out our Partner Schools and join us at 3 PM CST the First Friday of every month for #Room21C on Twitter.


Selking Receives Friend of Mathematics Award


GPAEA Mathematics Consultant Lynn Selking received the Friend of Mathematics Award at the ICTM-ISTS Math-Science Conference on Monday, October 10, 2016.

The Friend of Mathematics Award honors an individual who has shown support of mathematics education over an extended period of time. This person is selected and voted on by the executive board of the Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Lynn is pictured receiving this award from Brooke Fischels the President of the Iowa Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Brooke is also a high school math teacher in Ottumwa.

Congratulations Lynn – GPAEA is very proud of you and your work!

Celebrate Physical Therapy Month – October 2016

October is National Physical Therapy Month and an opportunity for Great Prairie AEA to celebrate and recognize our seven 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 within 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.

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

Physical Therapy Month is sponsored through the American Physical Therapy Association and is celebrated nationally. For more information see

Register for Understanding Dyslexia – November 29


November 29, 2016
8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Fairfield Arts & Convention Center 


Keynote Speakers:

John Alexander, M.Ed.
GrovesAcademy, Head of School
Head of School of Groves Academy, a private school for students from second through twelfth grades diagnosed with dyslexia and attention deficit disorder.

Dr . Deborah K. Reed
Iowa ReadingResearch Center
Director of the Iowa Reading Research Center and an Associate Professor in the College of Education at the University of Iowa.

Participants will:

  • gain a greater understanding of what dyslexia is and isn’t
  • identify the characteristics of good reading and spelling instruction for students with dyslexia
  • use data from oral reading fluency measures, such as FAST CBM-R, to plan high quality reading instruction
  • review additional assessments and how they might contribute to the overall picture of students’ reading abilities

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