Navigating the Transition Process Workshop for Educators & Families – February 25 & 26

Free two-day workshop! February 25 & 26, 2019 in Fairfield, IA

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Iowa Leadership Academy – A great opportunity for your team!

AEA_McREL_FBThe Iowa School Leadership Academy will give school leadership teams in-depth strategies and guidance from McREL’s research- and evidence-based knowledge sets of Balanced Leadership, What Matters Most, and Curiosity Works.

School districts are encouraged to consider bringing a team(s) of 3-6 leaders who can learn and work collaboratively around the presented course content and be willing to engage in this work within their respective districts. Cost is $400 per person. The first 200 members of SAI who register will receive a $50 discount on registration. This course meets the requirements for Evaluator Approval II. Please be sure to sign up for this certification during the registration process.

Learn more at http://www.iowaaea.org/about/iowa-leadership-academy/

Nominate a Deserving Individual for an AEA Award by February 15

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Iowa’s AEAs bestow three awards annually to outstanding candidates for their contributions to education and the work of Iowa’s AEAs. Awards are presented during the annual Iowa’s AEAs Boards of Directors’ Conference held in the Spring. The three awards and criteria can be found below.

Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2019 awards. To submit a nomination, complete this application by Feb. 15, 2019. Anyone is welcome to submit a nomination.

Click here to view past winners.

Friend of the AEA Award

Acknowledges contributions by policymakers, citizens, board members, school district partners, businesses and organizations who have been great partners and demonstrate strong support for furthering the mission of Iowa’s AEAs. Open to all policymakers, citizens, board members, school district partners, businesses and organizations.

E. Robert Stephens Award
Dr. E. Robert Stephens, better known as “Dr. Bob” and the father of Iowa’s AEAs, acknowledges contributions in the area of innovation and support to local districts, AEAs, the Department of Education and other partners/organizations. There should be evidence of outstanding contributions to the well-being of the educational community including:

  • Benefits of this individual’s leadership;
  • Creative leadership in inspiring and motivating others to achieve and contribute;
  • Strong commitment to the profession by active participation in professional activities; and
  • Evidence that the individual is respected by his/her colleagues and the community.

Open to AEA staff who serve in an administrative role and AEA board members.

Innovative Creator
Celebrates amazingly innovative and creative thinking and actions to get results for students, educators, Iowa’s AEAs, school districts, and other partners. Open to all AEA staff, board members, educators, policymakers, students…all of us are creators!

For more information, contact Connie Johnson, Iowa’s AEAs Communications Director, at (712) 335-6044.

Communication Matters from FEP

Shared by the GPAEA Family Educator Partnership, adapted with permission from ASK Resource Center

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Communication Matters

We do it every day, usually without giving it much thought simply because it works. But what do we do when communication isn’t working the way we want it to? Or when disagreement or conflict makes it particularly difficult? There are some simple strategies that we can all learn to use to improve communication.

  • What we say and what others hear is often different: It is especially important that in stressful situations you take the time to restate what you thought you heard said so that the understanding is clear and no false assumptions are made.
  • Respond, don’t react: If you are an educator and a parent raises concerns about what is happening in the classroom, you may be inclined to react defensively, but a defensive reaction does not encourage communication.
  • Use “I” statements, not “you” statements: Take ownership of your feelings and views.
  • Work on listening: Part of good listening is asking questions that will bring out the information you need.
  • Look for common ground: Building on areas of agreement can help to bridge gaps of disagreement.
  • Be aware of body language: Body language often speaks louder than words.
  • No one has all the answers: Don’t expect that you always will. It’s OK to say, “I don’t know” or “I will have to find that out for you.
  • Acknowledge frustration, anger, or other feelings: If you don’t acknowledge obvious feelings, they become the “elephant in the room” and everyone becomes invested in avoiding the “elephant” in the room instead of concentrating on the issues that deserve attention.
  • It is natural to resist change: Routines and patterns that we are used to are comforting and even though we may know changes need to be made, we may have feelings of resistance.
  • Try not to take other people’s reactions personally: How other people react to you is often more about them and their feelings of fear, frustration, or insecurity than it is about you.
  • We all encounter people we find difficult: You don’t have to like everyone, but you may need to learn to work cooperatively with them for the good of the child.
  • Everyone has an agenda: It’s a fact, but it isn’t necessarily a negative. Our personal agendas help us put forward our goals and also serve to help us protect our own interests.
  • Stay positive: We all have moments when things that are happening feel overwhelming and out of our control, but if you make an effort to keep a positive focus, you may be able to turn those feelings around and take some control back.
  • Get to know your triggers and how to protect them: Prepare for emotional or stressful situations by thinking about what people, actions, or comments tend to “push your buttons” and try to come up with internal thought mechanisms that can help you protect yourself.
  • Communication & relationships really do matter: Learn to be a skilled communicator, an active team member, and problem-solver.

Credit: Content from Communication Matters by ASK Resource Center. Look for the complete article in the FEP January Newsletter. Link to the article as provided by ASK Resource Center (no webpage/pdf only): http://askresource.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Communication-Matters.pdf

Building Bridges Accessible & Assistive Technology Conference 2019

April 16, 2019, Grant Wood AEA, Cedar Rapids, IA

REGISTRATION: https://aealearning.truenorthlogic.com
Course Number: 167794
Registration Deadline: April 2, 2019

The Building Bridges Accessible & Assistive Technology Conference will provide the opportunity to see firsthand the latest in accessible and assistive technologies (AT), practices, and services for school-age students. This conference event will serve as a unique opportunity for area education professionals, parents, administrators and service providers to exchange and gather information on the current status, consideration and use of a wide variety of accessible technology supports and tools. In addition, opportunities for district leaders to cast a vision for the provision of accessible instructional materials and supports will be shared.

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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 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 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