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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2016-17 STEM Scale-Up Program Application Due March 1

Tami Plein and Rosemary Peck, GPAEA Science Specialists

Iowa STEM logoThe 2016-17 STEM Scale-Up Program Application is now open – deadline is March 1 at 5 PM.

As you consider applying for a Scale-Up program, remember Iowa has adopted NGSS Performance Expectations as grade specific K-8 and grade banded High School standards. While there are alignment documents that each program has submitted, you need to always be a critical consumer of all curricular materials. Our new Iowa Science Standards (NGSS) as still very new. Achieve and NSTA have said that nothing is 100% aligned with NGSS at this point in time.

Please spend some time familiarizing yourself with the conceptual and instructional shifts of the NGSS standards. Utilize the teachers/coaches in your district that have completed the State Science Standards Overview module and leverage their learning to help you determine the Scale-Up program’s alignment to our new state standards. Each program’s alignment document can be accessed by clicking on the Scale-Up program’s title from the Scale-Up Program Menu A one-page summary will open for that program and on that page will be a link to their alignment document.

A focus of state professional development next year will be the Science EQuIP rubric. This is a tool that will help educators evaluate lesson and unit alignment to our new standards. GPAEA Science Network 3 teachers have had some experience using the Science EQuIP rubric and can help guide alignment decisions. Curriculum work is always a work in progress and continued learning is needed for us to be able to implement these new standards.

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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.

ICATER App Webinars

ICATER is a technology and universal design resource for all members of the education community to build learner capacity, and increase access to learning opportunities.

Join ICATER for Wednesday webinars in January at 3:00 PM.

Join the Zoom at https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/883345837.

January 6  = Speak It!

January 13 = Readability (Chrome extension)

January 20 = Compass with Visual Scenes

January 27 = Dyscalculator

Powerful Assistive Technology (AT) can greatly increase learning and reduce barriers for all students. Our purpose is to make AT available to you. Come and visit our lab to learn all about the latest in speech to text and text to speech software, cool apps for iPad and iPod, Read and Write Gold, Blio, and other great products that reduce or eliminate barriers for all students.

Learn more at http://www.education.uiowa.edu/centers/icater/default.aspx

Introducing PebbleGo!

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PebbleGo is an engaging, interactive database with subjects that correlates to curriculum standards. Subjects covered in PebbleGo are animals, biographies, science, social studies, and dinosaurs. Lesson plans are available for each subject area, too.

PebbleGo is the first step in research designed to meet the needs of K-2 students. Though Pebble Go is designed for K-2, it would fit a curriculum for Pre-K, and it would be ideal for differentiation at the  3rd grade level.

Its simple navigation is an appealing feature for the younger children.  The navigation includes these features:

  • keyword searching
  • large visual images for searching
  • five tab navigation for easy to find information

PebbleGo extends learning with these other features:

  • video and audio clips
  • guided instructions to cite sources
  • a printable template for “Share What you Know”

PebbleGo has features for the early reader with leveled text and spoken-word audio:

  • ability to turn audio on/off
  • bolded words have glossary definitions and pronunciations
  • follow along with text highlighting

Follow these instructions to access PebbleGo:

  1. Go to www.gpaea.org
  2. Scroll down to Media Library and click on the icon → MediaLibrary
  3. As long as access to the database is gained from the media page, a username or password is not necessary.
  4. If you are using Safari on an ipad, bookmark the site from the library media website for ease of accessibility.

If you have further questions in regards to PebbleGo, email mediacenter@gpaea.org or    call – T 319.753.6561 | 800.382.8970 / T 641.682.8591 | 800.622.0027

Please enjoy this wonderful database designed for lower elementary children!

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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Albia Awarded STEM Grant

Albia brought many leaders to the table, including classroom teachers, school administrators, community college representatives and business partners.

Albia brought many leaders to the table, including classroom teachers, school administrators, community college representatives and business partners.

Congratulations to the Albia Community School District and Des Moines Hoover High School for being two of the 12 STEM BEST/RLE programs awarded across the state. Each will receive $25,000 grants for STEM education programs, to be matched by the home district.

So what makes these two programs unique?

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Albia’s efforts focused on a Redesigned Learning Environment (RLE). This smaller, rural district is housed in such a way that the room will be used by grades 3-12. In addition, the district’s proposal went well beyond STEM’s traditional reach and included elementary reading and social studies. Community and business partners demonstrated strong support of the district’s current and future efforts.

Hoover High School–Des Moines Community School District
Hoover’s program will focus on growing their RLE Classroom by incorporating the Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers (BEST) model. The proposal proposed expanding opportunities for authentic research experiences in the community, which integrate and enhance Hoover’s current STEM offerings.  In Hoover’s STEM Academy, the diversity of participation closely correlates to the numbers represented in the school’s total population, including ELL, special needs, gender and minority affiliation. This creates a solid foundation in STEM for all.

Albia and Hoover will become models for other interested districts. If you would like more information on STEM BEST/RLE or would like to visit once programs are up and running, contact Dr. Sarah Derry scstemhub@drake.edu.

Author/Former NFL Player Tim Green Visits Albia

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Welcome to Iowa! Albia to be exact. Thanks Leann Seddon! What a super librarian :) Posted by Tim Green on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

On Tuesday, October 27 best-selling author, lawyer, and former NFL player Tim Green visited Albia to talk to students in grades 3 – 8 and a few high school students, as well.  Lincoln Center students who purchased his books in the pre-order were part of the Tim Green welcoming crew in the high school lobby!

Tim then signed their books in the high school library, looking each student in the eye and asking what they like to do in their spare time.  The high school football boys (and the younger football players, too) especially liked meeting and talking with Tim!

Full article here