Google 4 Doodle Contest Announced

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Students in grades K-12 are invited to take part in the 2016 Doodle 4 Google contest, and create a doodle that tells the world “What I see for the future.” From crayons to clay, graphic design, or even food, young artists can utilize any materials to bring their creation to life. Like all Google Doodles, each doodle must incorporate the letters G-o-o-g-l-e. One national winner will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship. The contest is open for entries from September 14, 2016 to December 2, 2016.

You can read the Google announcement on their blog, and students can download the Google template and contest rules there, too: https://doodles.google.com/d4g/

 

The Cornerstone – September 2016

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Click here to see email version or click on a link below to begin reading!

2016-17 Media Van Delivery Schedule

screenshot-2Delivery Starts: Wednesday August 17, 2016

Last Delivery: the week of May 15-18, 2017
Last Pickup: the week of May 22-25, 2017

Monday – Route 1 and Route 2

Tuesday – Route 3 and Route 4

Wednesday – Route 5

Thursday –Route 6 and Route 7

Orders are pulled for delivery Monday through Thursday. Please order by 8:30am the day before your delivery date (exception: Thursday for Monday delivery)

No van delivery on these dates:

  • Thanksgiving – Wednesday/Thursday/Friday-November 23, 24, 25, 2016
  • Winter Break – December 23, 2016 – January 2, 2017
  • President’s Day – February 20, 2017
  • Spring Break – March 20 – 24, 2017
  • Easter Monday – April 17, 2017
  • Memorial Day – May 29, 2017

Iowa Brain Injury Alliance Hosts Webinar & Town Hall on September 23

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Webinar

“REAP – A Statewide Concussion Management Program for Iowa” presented by Karen McAvoy, PsyD, Director for the Center for Concussion, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 12pm CST.

Download the flyer for more information: Karen McAvoy Webinar Flyer 9-23-16 FINAL

Town Hall Event

Concussion Management: What every student, family and school needs to know about Iowa’s newest concussion treatment protocol presented by Dr. Karen McAvoy, author of REAP on Friday, September 23, 2016 at 6pm CST at Iowa City Public Library.

Download the flyer for more information: Karen McAvoy Event Flyer 9-23-16 FINAL

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training in Burlington & Ottumwa

For more information or to participate in a Youth Mental Health First Aid training in Ottumwa or Burlington, visit GPAEA course catalog or contact:

Ottumwa area:

Burlington area:

To learn more about Mental Health First Aid USA, visit www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org.

Mackin: A new resource provided by GPAEA Media Services

Tricia Slecta, GPAEA Media Integrationist Specialist

MackinVIA_Logo_BlackGreenMackin is a perfect resource for today’s 21st century learners. Since students are used to having information just a click away, Mackin now provides GPAEA area schools access to thousands of ebooks and GPAEA databases. All it takes is just a click and single sign on. Mackin is more than just an ebook reader. It also has many unique features that makes this resource a powerful literacy asset in the classroom.

Mackin has many features:

  • Students can have 24/7 online and offline access, anywhere, anytime. This feature is beneficial to students without wifi at home. They can download books at school read them at home, take notes and upload them when they return to school the next day.
  • Students can make custom lists of digital resources with MackinVIA Groups. Teachers can create a group and have all the books needed for the topic gathered in a group ready for students to read.
  • MackinVIA Categories provide a quick and easy way to find digital resources by subject. MackinVIA Backpack provides easy access to checkouts, requests, favorites, and notebook. Students can easily link to a school’s Accelerated Reader Enterprise account to take their AR quizzes online, directly through MackinVIA.
  • Students can highlight and underline text and create notes. Students can view lists of highlights/notes in “My Notebook”. Notes can also be saved in google drive thus allowing students the ability to share notes and collaborate with teachers and classmates.  It also includes an integrated Merriam-Webster™ dictionary. Citations are available through EasyBib™.
  • Teachers can add favorite websites and URLs to the links menu. Furthermore, they can upload their lesson to Mackin and have all the website and links in one location. In this way, students then log in to Mackin and start the lesson easily because all the resources are in one location.
  • It is Section 508 compliant making the site and platform more accessible and user-friendly for those with disabilities.

How to Access:

  1. Visit gpaea.org and click on the Mackin logo or type in your browser on any device mackinvia.com.
  2. Get your school username and password from your teacher librarian or request it through email from mediacenter@gpaea.org.
  3. Start to use Mackinvia today.
  4. For further assistance visit this site for tutorials http://help.mackin.com/video/mackinvia-overviews/
  5. Explore, Expound, and Expand your knowledge with Mackin.

2016-17 Second Chance For Reading Learning Opportunity

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Fran McVeigh, Literacy Consultant

Great Prairie AEA has provided professional development for trained Second Chance for Reading (SCR) teachers since 2007-2008.  This learning has enhanced teachers’ skill and knowledge in developing standards-based Read Aloud Think Alouds with emphasis on higher levels of Webb’s Depth of Knowledge.  SCR continues to be a Tier 2 option for MS and HS staff who want to improve student literacy skills as well as encourage students to be life-long readers. This year’s days for trained teachers will be at the Ottumwa GPAEA office on Monday, October 31 and Monday, March 6 from 9 AM – 3 PM. Teachers who have completed the initial seven days of training may register here.

What is Second Chance for Reading?

The purpose of Second Chance Reading is to remediate reading deficits for secondary students who otherwise would struggle with the demands of the secondary curriculum. SCR provides a specific course designed specifically for middle and high school students who are reading below grade level. SCR helps students to increase their independent reading, develop vocabulary, and improve comprehension, fluency, and writing. The intended outcomes of SCR are to:

  • accelerate achievement in reading comprehension by increasing reading comprehension scores and vocabulary on the Stanford Diagnostic Reading Inventory by at least one grade level
  • increase students’ access to print and wide reading
  • increase students’ fluency

If you have questions, please contact Fran McVeigh at fran.mcveigh@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 ext. 5817.

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 (extended to Aug. 26)

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

MTSS: A Focus on Assessment w/ Cassandra Erkens

Recommended Participants: Secondary Leadership Teams, Elementary Principals and Instructional Coaches

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3-Day Workshop with Cassandra Erkens
September 20 & 21, 2016 and January 17, 2017

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center
8:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Re-certification credit available
Workshop Fee: $150 – book included

Register: https://goo.gl/RYITAs

Download PDF: MTSS- A Focus on Assessment Sept 2016

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.