GPAEA Schools in the News – February 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.

The Cornerstone – February, 2016

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New Year – New Ideas! Join us February 18 for The Behavior Doctor

2016_Feb_behavior_doctor_flyer_jpeg_32836547A437FAre you working with parents who are struggling with their child’s behavior who could use new strategies to help at home?  We have just the workshop they may be looking for.

The Behavior Doctor is coming back!

GPAEA Parent Educator Connection will be hosting an evening for parents.  Educators are Community Service Providers are also welcome.

Thursday, February, 18, 2015
6:00 – 8:00 PM
with Question/Answer session to follow
Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 N Main St, Fairfield, IA 52556

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Lakeview Elementary Closes the Gap for Students in Special Education

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Featured on iowaaea.org – Centerville’s Lakeview Elementary has seen tremendous success in closing the Literacy achievement gap for all students, but especially those in special education. “When I think about where we were six years ago when we were first reviewing data in the SINA process and where we are now, I attribute that to support from the AEA and our staff’s willingness to redesign instruction,” says Principal Terri Schofield.

A suggestion from the AEA to include special education students into general classroom instruction and a change in grade-level team structure set the foundation for achievement. “With C4K and MTSS, we began to develop our tiers. Special education students have 90 minutes of reading instruction, Title 1 intervention (students recognized as scoring below FAST benchmark), and specially designed instruction,” she explains, “Teachers have changed teaching to meet the needs of the way kids learn!” Continue reading

GPAEA Schools in the News – January 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.

Celebrating the New Year

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The new year is upon us and, I believe, it’s an ideal time for reflection and celebration. I hope you won’t mind my sharing a few observations from 2015 that I believe are worthy of celebration. Here goes:

Graduation rates across the state are increasing– Given Iowa’s funding challenges and demographic shifts over the past decade, the fact that Iowa posted the highest high school graduation rate in the country this year is truly a cause for celebration. More locally, our area high schools have nearly universally increased completion rates now for several years. The reasons for this growth are myriad, but I attribute much of the growth to a renewed emphasis on collaborative instructional leadership and the increased use of data teams and professional learning communities. Let’s not forget, though, that these systemic changes are, at the end of the day, the result of a great deal of individual hard work and a collective commitment to seeing every child succeed. Teachers, counselors, and administrators in our area high schools should feel proud for the work they are doing. It’s working.

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PD Opportunities – January 2016

Location: Ottumwa: Great Prairie AEA (Ottumwa, IA) [map]
Audience: PreK-12 teachers, paraeducators, administrators, AEA staff
Dates: 1/12/2016 to 1/26/2016

What can you do when individual students need more intensive analysis of their behavior because the interventions you are currently using are not successful? Participants in this course will learn a variety of data collection methods to assist in identifying the function of problem behavior. Content will focus on the ABC (antecedent-behavior-consequence) relationship. An emphasis on how to link interventions to function of behavior will be provided.

TARGET AUDIENCE: PreK-12 teachers, para educators, administrators, AEA staff

DEADLINE FOR MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: January 6, 2016

Focus On Teaching: Using Video to Gather Data–Jim Knight (Fairfield)

Location: Fairfield Convention Center (Fairfield, IA) [map]
Audience: Model/Open Classroom Teachers, Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches, Technology Coaches, Administrators.
Dates: 1/13/2016

This one day workshop supports Jim Knight’s Instructional Coaching model and using video to gather data in order to work with teachers and set measurable, student focused goals. To improve our teaching methods, we must understand what our current teaching methods. A classroom is a dynamic environment and there is always a lot going on that can be missed in the moment. The solution is video. Jim Knight’s new content focuses on strategies that model/open classroom teachers, instructional coaches, teams and administrators can use to get the most out of using video. Protocols, data gathering forms and many other tools will help you get the most out of watching video! Lunch is on your own.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Model/Open Classroom Teachers, Teacher Leaders, Instructional Coaches, Technology Coaches, Administrators.

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GPAEA Schools in the News – December 2015

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.

The Cornerstone – December 2015

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