KT Pro for Students Grades 8-11 (Scholarships Available)

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The Link and SCC’s Center for Business (CBIZ) are excited to announce the new extension to the Kidtek programming – KT Pro.  The KT Pro programs will extend the career exploration process even further in the areas of Auto Technology, Welding and Graphic Arts.

The classes are offered for students in Grades 8-11.  Classes run 2 weekends, for 6 hours total instruction time – January 26th and February 2nd, 9 am to noon.  Cost is $49 per program.  Each class offers a chance to develop a higher level of skills than our traditional summer programs, as well as an introduction to the business person who is working in the field.

For more information about the programs go to https://www.scciowa.edu/conted/searchreg/kidtek/kt_pro.aspx

The Link is offering 5 full scholarships to attend KT Pro for students in the SCC region.  Students will need to complete the application below and have a teacher recommendation.  Click the link below for the application.  Teachers can email Leanne Krogmeier at lkrogmeier@scciowa.edu to submit their recommendations.

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The Cornerstone – December 2018

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Enjoy this issue of The Cornerstone by clicking on an article below or view all at https://gpaeanews.wordpress.com/.

All Offices will be closed beginning at 3 PM on Friday, December 21 through Tuesday, January 1. Offices will reopen at 8 AM on Wednesday, January 2. There will be no Van Delivery during that time. 

AEA Customer Satisfaction Survey Open to Iowa Educators

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Iowa’s Area Education Agencies (AEA) are administering a survey to local school administrators and teachers to better understand stakeholder awareness of and satisfaction with AEA services. We hope that you will participate in this survey, as your feedback is critical to ensuring Iowa AEA continues to provide quality services to local schools.

Iowa AEA has partnered with Hanover Research to administer and analyze this survey. Hanover Research is an independent market research firm based in Washington, D.C., and is in no way affiliated with any other entity or organization. Your responses are completely anonymous and will be kept strictly confidential, so please be as open and honest as possible. The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey will close on December 21 at 4 PM.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Cate Keller (ckeller@hanoversurveys.com) at Hanover Research.

Please click the link to begin. (https://bit.ly/2RVBUWx)

 

GPAEA PD Opportunities – Winter 2018 & Spring 2019

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Educators, we have a number of Professional Learning Courses available to advance your learning and development. Search for the Course number in the Statewide Registration System:

  • 12/5/2018: 168063 GP – Social Studies Year Two Standards Implementation (No renewal credit); Ottumwa AEA December 5 2018 (Secondary)
  • 12/5/2018: 167956 GP – Social Studies Year Two Standards Implementation (Renewal Credit); Ottumwa AEA December 5 2018 (Secondary)
  • 12/6/2018: 168546 GP – Kuder Navigator Advanced Workshop; Fairfield Arts and Convention Center December 6 2018
  • 12/7/2018: 168525 GP – Iowa Building Strong Brains: Trauma Informed Care (TIC) Facilitator Training; Ottumwa AEA December 7 2018
  • 12/10/2018: 167594 GP – GPAEA Science Networks 2018; Ottumwa AEA Dec 10 2018 (High School)
  • 12/11/2018: 168523 GP – Basic FBA to BIP for School Teams: Providing Individualized and Intensive Behavior Supports (Horace Mann/James Staff Only); Ottumwa CSD December 11 2018
  • 12/13/2018: 161582 GP – ESSA Universal Tier Tools – Day 1; Albia AEA Dec 13 2018
  • 12/13/2018: 161582 GP – ESSA Universal Tier Tools – Day 1; Ottumwa AEA Dec 13 2018
  • 12/13/2018: 161582 GP – ESSA Universal Tier Tools – Day 1; Burlington AEA Dec 13 2018
  • 1/2/2019: 160422 GP – Substitute Authorization Grades Pk-12; Ottumwa AEA January 2 2019
  • 1/9/2019: 167935 GP – Basic FBA to BIP for School Teams: Providing Individualized and Intensive Behavior Supports; Burlington January 9 2019
  • 1/9/2019: 168417 GP – Paraeducator Course II: Facing New Challenges Roles and Responsibilities (VIT); Keokuk CSD January 9 2019
  • 1/10/2019: 167935 GP – Basic FBA to BIP for School Teams: Providing Individualized and Intensive Behavior Supports; Ottumwa Jan 10 2019
  • 1/10/2019: 161580 GP – ESSA Administrator Information Sessions; Fairfield Arts and Convention Center Jan 10 2019
  • 1/10/2019: 160434 GP – Fierce Conversations – 1 Credit; Ottumwa AEA Jan 10 2019
  • 1/10/2019: 160468 GP – Fierce Conversations – 2 Credit (Meets Evaluator Approval); Ottumwa AEA Jan 10 2019
  • 1/17/2019: 161583 GP – ESSA Universal Tier Tools – Day 2; Albia AEA Jan 17 2019
  • 1/17/2019: 161583 GP – ESSA Universal Tier Tools – Day 2; Ottumwa AEA Jan 17 2019
  • 1/17/2019: 161583 GP – ESSA Universal Tier Tools – Day 2; Burlington AEA Jan 17 2019
  • 1/21/2019: 160673 GP – Standards Based Assessment and Grading with Rick Wormeli; George Daily Auditorium January 21 2019
  • 1/22/2019: 168477 GP – CTE Progam Review; Ottumwa AEA Jan 22 2019 Human Services_ie_FCS_ Culinary
  • 1/24/2019: 168477 GP – CTE Progam Review; Burlington AEA Jan 24 2019 Human Services_ie FCS_ Culinary
  • 1/24/2019: 168117 GP – Check & Connect 1 Day Mentoring Workshop; Burlington AEA January 24 2019
  • 1/28/2019: 168414 GP – Explicit Instruction- 1 Design (Reg Con); Fairfield Arts and Convention Center January 28 2019
  • 1/31/2019: 168501 GP – Iowa Science Standards Module 4: Literacy in Science (Grades K-5); Burlington AEA January 31 2019
  • 2/4/2019: 168501 GP – Iowa Science Standards Module 4: Literacy in Science (Grades K-5); Ottumwa AEA February 4 2019
  • 2/6/2019: 168418 GP – Paraeducator Course III: Behavior Improvement (VIT); Keokuk CSD February 6 2019
  • 2/7/2019: 160681 GP – Paraeducator Course I: Facing New Challenges, Communication, Ethics, and Confidentiality (OTT); Ottumwa AEA February 7 2019
  • 2/12/2019: 161584 GP – ESSA Universal Tier Tools – Day 3 and 4; Albia AEA Feb 12 2019
  • 2/12/2019: 161584 GP – ESSA Universal Tier Tools – Day 3 and 4; Ottumwa AEA Feb 12 2019
  • 2/12/2019: 161584 GP – ESSA Universal Tier Tools – Day 3 and 4; Burlington AEA Feb 12 2019
  • 2/12/2019: 161581 GP – ESSA Self Assessment of MTSS Implementation (SAMI) Facilitated Session; Albia AEA Feb 12 2019
  • 2/12/2019: 161581 GP – ESSA Self Assessment of MTSS Implementation (SAMI) Facilitated Session; Ottumwa AEA Feb 12 2019
  • 2/12/2019: 161581 GP – ESSA Self Assessment of MTSS Implementation (SAMI) Facilitated Session; Burlington AEA Feb 12 2019
  • 2/21/2019: 168501 GP – Iowa Science Standards Module 4: Literacy in Science (Grades K-5); Albia AEA February 21 2019
  • 2/28/2019: 161578 GP – ESSA Intervention System; Albia AEA Feb 28 2019
  • 2/28/2019: 161578 GP – ESSA Intervention System; Ottumwa AEA Feb 28 2019
  • 2/28/2019: 161578 GP – ESSA Intervention System; Burlington AEA Feb 28 2019
  • 3/4/2019: 168493 GP – Iowa Science Standards Module 4: Literacy in Science (Grades 6-12); Burlington AEA March 4 2019
  • 3/5/2019: 168091 GP – Collaboration Opportunities for Elementary and Secondary Social Studies Teachers; Ottumwa AEA March 5 2019
  • 3/7/2019: 160682 GP – Paraeducator Course II: Facing New Challenges Roles and Responsibilities (OTT); Ottumwa AEA March 7 2019
  • 3/11/2019: 168493 GP – Iowa Science Standards Module 4: Literacy in Science (Grades 6-12); Ottumwa AEA March 11 2019
  • 3/12/2019: 168091 GP – Collaboration Opportunities for Elementary and Secondary Social Studies Teachers; Burlington AEA March 12 2019
  • 3/21/2019: 168501 GP – Iowa Science Standards Module 4: Literacy in Science (Grades K-5); Burlington AEA March 21 2019
  • 4/4/2019: 160683 GP – Paraeducator Course III: Behavior Improvement (OTT); Ottumwa AEA April 4 2019
  • 4/8/2019: 168493 GP – Iowa Science Standards Module 4: Literacy in Science (Grades 6-12); Burlington AEA April 8 2019
  • 4/11/2019: 161585 GP – ESSA Action Planning; Albia AEA April 11 2019
  • 4/11/2019: 161585 GP – ESSA Action Planning; Ottumwa AEA April 11 2019
  • 4/11/2019: 161585 GP – ESSA Action Planning; Burlington AEA April 11 2019

Fierce Conversations for Administrators

Additional Professional Development Opportunities

Interested in teaching a renewal course for your district? 

Please contact michelle.dickey@gpaea.org for more information.

Spring 2019 Online Professional Learning Opportunities from Drake

drake education logoYou can receive a Drake education regardless of your location through Drake University Continuing Education & Professional Development. All of our online graduate courses are interactive and include practical information. Click on any of the course titles for additional information and offering dates.

Spring Online Offerings Developed by Drake University

Additional Drake Online Offerings Developed by PLS 3rd Learning

Visit www.drake.edu/cepd/distance/onlinecourses or call 1-800-76-TEACH (8-3224) for more information about our offerings.

Students seeking to use these courses for recertification or salary advancement should seek prior approval from their school district or appropriate licensing agency.

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 Domino Effect begins February 1

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Register now for this powerful course is designed to provide insight to those who serve at-risk populations.  Participants will explore the risk factors and statistics around at-risk youth.  Furthermore, participants will have the opportunity to hear first hand from incarcerated men who can testify to successful and unsuccessful interventions adults attempted to help them while they were in school. Participants will also identify data related to their own school or organization around college readiness and post-graduate success.

Course Dates: Feb. 1-May 12, 2019 (Online)

Learn more at https://thedominoeffectprogram.weebly.com/mens-prison-program.html.

You can also find information in our Course Catalog by searching #167710 GP – The Domino Effect Program.

Seeking an ESL Endorsement opportunity in Ottumwa?

viterboSeeking an ESL Endorsement opportunity in Ottumwa? Please let us know by filling out this survey!

GPAEA in collaboration with Viterbo University is seeking your input in helping us determine the need for an ESL Endorsement cohort in the Ottumwa area. We appreciate your participation in this survey to help us better meet your needs.

Small Change: Building Financial Security Offerings for Educators and School Personnel Opportunities on January 26

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Improve your personal finance knowledge, skills and confidence and prepare yourself as a professional to address financial literacy in our schools!

Small Change is a blended (in-person and online) course designed for Iowa educators. Course content is embedded in the financial literacy standards of the Iowa Core 21st Century Skills and Social Studies and connects participants with curricula, resources and school-based programs for elementary, middle and high school levels. Educators can earn one Iowa License renewal credit.

The course requirements include:

  • Attend a 2-hour in-person introductory workshop on Saturday, January 26, 2019, 9:30 am -11:30 am Great Prairie AEA, 3601 West Ave., Burlington
  • Complete at least 4 of 12 game-based online lessons covering financial topics
  • Complete assignments to promote financial literacy

Explore lessons that are timely and relevant to your life stage. Topics include:

  • Finance Fundamentals—getting organized, smart borrowing, estate planning
  • Insurance—life, health, disability, long-term care, auto, home, liability coverage
  • Investing—risk tolerance, investment choices, funding long-term goals
  • Retirement—preparing for retirement, building a nest egg, Social Security, IPERS

The course fee is $20 to ISEA members and non-members. Register online at: https://isea.org/course/. For more information, contact Mary M. Weinand at mweinand@iastate.edu or 319-931-5087, or Rhonda Plimmer, rhonda.plimmer@isea.org or 515-471-8052.

Small Change is offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach with support from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

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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.

Paraeducator Courses Available in Ottumwa beginning February 2019

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Ottumwa Para Courses Released for Feb – April 2019 as listed below. Click on the title of a course to register:

Dates: February 7, 14, & 21
5:00 – 10:00 pm
Dates: March 7, 14, & 21
5:00 – 10:00 pm
Dates: April 4, 11, & 25
5:00 – 10:00 pm
Courses also available in Keokuk: Paraeducator Courses Available in Keokuk

The Cornerstone – November 2018

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Enjoy this issue of The Cornerstone by clicking on a post below or scroll down.

School Psychology Awareness Week – November 12-16

School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW) is November 12–16, 2018. The theme is Unlock Potential. Find Your Password!

School psychologists help children succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate and consult with teachers, administrators, parents, and other professionals to find effective solutions to learning and behavior problems. They assess academic skills, aptitude for learning, and social-emotional-behavioral issues, and evaluate eligibility for special services. Evidence-based research is used to develop and/or recommend effective interventions. Counseling, crisis management, teacher training, and helping parents to access community services are just some of the additional services provided. Learn more at https://www.gpaea.org/services/school-psychology/.

We celebrate our school psychologists for the work they do for students & families in our area!

 

Learn more at NASPOnline.org

Nine GPAEA Middle School Science Teachers part of Nationwide Open Resource Pilot

Tami Plein, GPAEA Science Specialist

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During the 2018-19 school year, middle school science teachers from five Great Prairie AEA districts are piloting open resource (OER) curriculum units as part of the nation-wide OpenSciEd project.  Nine teachers from Burlington, Centerville, Davis County, Ottumwa, and Sigourney, along with 19 other Iowa middle school teachers, are field testing prototype units, aligned to Iowa’s unique sequence of 6-8 science standards, with over 3000 Iowa students!  Feedback and data from 10 lead states, including Iowa, will be used to revise the pilot units and develop the remaining OpenSciEd units.

All OpenSciEd units and associated professional development will be FREE for teachers over the next few years.  In the Fall of 2019, two 8th grade, three 7th grade, and two 6th grade units will be available for Iowa teachers to implement.  Each unit addresses a bundle of standards aligned to our Iowa middle school grade levels.  Remember that Iowa’s Science Implementation Plan provides two extra years to implement the standards at the middle school level. Unit bundles available Fall 2019 include:

  • 6th Grade:  Thermal Energy Transfer, Cells & Systems
  • 7th Grade:  Metabolic Reactions, Ecosystems: Matter & Energy, Electric & Magnetic forces
  • 8th Grade:  Sound Waves, Water Cycle & Weather

All print materials will be available online (student editions, teacher editions, storyline, handouts, slides) for use on multiple platforms.  As part of the pilot group, the Iowa teachers received kits with equipment and supplies for their first units. Materials lists for each unit will be available for interested districts.  

Iowa teachers need high-quality, standards-aligned instructional materials and associated professional development experiences.  Having high-quality curricular materials is enough to account for over 40% of the positive effects of a successful multi-pronged intervention (Taylor et al., 2015).  Iowa adopted a specific sequence of middle school standards that is unique and appropriate for our state. There are currently no Iowa-aligned, full-year middle school science curricula that have been identified in the marketplace. Therefore, there is a need for high-quality materials available to ALL Iowa teachers regardless of their district location, size, or finances.

OpenSciEd is an effort of the National Center for Civic Innovation. Its goal is to improve the supply of and demand for high-quality K–12 science instructional materials by producing free curricula designed for the new college- and career-ready science standards.   

For more information or questions, contact Tami Plein, GPAEA Science Specialist (tami.plein@gpaea.org) or visit the OpenSciEd website at https://www.openscied.org.