Resources for Educators for National Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and there are many resources available to educators, as well as your students. Please share with anyone who you feel would benefit from this information.


Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between 10 to 24. Learn more and get help at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-yourself/youth/.


Children’s Safety Network

Click here to access the Children’s Safety Network Newsletter with Resources for National Suicide Prevention Month.


National Training: Youth Suicide Prevention

Below is a link to a national training that we are making available to our schools at no costs. This is a two-hour training and participants receive a certificate upon completion from the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS). Some Great Prairie AEA staff have taken the training and found it to be of high quality.  There will be a one-hour training developed by the AEA system team available in late October.

Here is the link to the free national training: http://sptsuniversity.org/.

 

Authentic Learning/Clearinghouse for Work-Based Learning Course & Webinars

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Sept. 18-19 Authentic Learning and WBL Immersion
Ottumwa GPAEA (Room 21c) 9am-4pm

  • Register here. (Audit, Renewal, Grad Credit available)

Wednesday Authentic Learning Cohort
Wednesdays Online via Zoom from 2-4pm
Starts: 9-4-2019
Ends: 10-30-2019 (totaling 15 hours)

  • See agenda for specifics.
  • Register here. (Audit or Renewal credit available)

*Each Wednesday will focus on a particular question. Anyone may join for independent sessions without registering if you wish to learn more about a particular Wednesday’s topic.

Who should attend: Any K-12 Educator who is invested in creating more authentic learning experiences with local and statewide partnerships to allow for more student-centered learning and development of 21st-century skills while still meeting the demands of academic standards. Participants will be trained on using the new Clearinghouse for Work-Based Learning as well as project management techniques in order to support student learning.

Centerville/WMU Instructional Coaches Present at Coaches Forum with GPAEA

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On September 10, 2019, Shelli Blazic from GPAEA along with Jenny Durham, Instructional Coach, Centerville CSD, and Patricia Jones, Instructional Coach, Winfield Mt. Union CSD, presented at the Coaches Forum held in Ames. The three partnered together to present data each district collected using the Comprehensive Classroom Management Checklist, which evaluates critical classroom management features and provides objective ratings of classroom management for more effective coaching conversations.

Thank you to both districts for allowing their data to be shared, as well as the knowledge and expertise of their coaches, and to the Iowa Department of Education for hosting the event!

Changes to Mandatory Reporter Requirements

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In 2019, HF 731 modified the requirements for mandatory reporter training for child and dependent adult abuse. The Iowa Department of Human Services is now providing the trainings online for free. The AEA is providing the same trainings online for a fee. If it is time to update your trainings, be sure to complete both child and dependent adult abuse trainings. Mandatory reporter trainings completed prior to July 1, 2019, will still be valid for five years from the date of completion.

  • The new trainings will be two hours each for both child abuse and dependent adult abuse. You need to complete both.
  • Your completion certificates will be issued through the provider you choose (DHS or AEA).
  • The new trainings will be valid for three years.
  • Once these trainings have been completed, updated refresher trainings can then be taken for one hour each as long as the trainings have not expired.
  • Mandatory reporter training completed prior to July 1, 2019 will still be valid for five years from the date of completion.

Originally posted at https://www.boee.iowa.gov/mandatory-child-and-dependent-adult-abuse-reporter-training

 

Summer Professional Development Courses

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Educators! Looking for a course to take this summer? Login and register for the following at https://www.gpaea.org/professional-development/gpaea-pd-course-catalog/.

  • 180268 GP – Chromebook Basics: 271160 Burlington AEA Jul 24 2019
  • 160410 GP – Desmos: Introduction to Graphing Calculator and Activities: 271054 Burlington AEA Jul 29 2019
  • 179966 GP – Online Elements: Design and Creativity in the use of the Moodle LMS: 271297 Keosauqua CSD Jul 29 2019
  • 180502 GP – Play – The Way Young Children Learn (Renewal Credit): 271507 Ottumwa AEA July 29 2019
  • 180277 GP – Play – The Way Young Children Learn (Graduate Credit): 271508 Ottumwa AEA July 29 2019
  • 160497 GP – Evidence Based Practices in Autism: 270640 Ottumwa AEA Jul 30 2019
  • 180321 GP – Standards Based Grading in the Art Classroom: 271106 Burlington AEA Jul 30 2019
  • 160500 GP – Behavior Toolbox: Basic Behavior Principles within Classroom Management: 270966 Burlington AEA Jul 30 2019
  • 180305 GP – Illustrative Mathematics for Secondary Classrooms: 271047 Fairfield Arts and Community Center Aug 1 2019
  • 160670 GP – Fundamentals of Photonics: 251210 Indian Hills Community College Aug 5 2019
  • 167863 GP – An Educator’s Guide to PTSD in Children: 270485 Ottumwa AEA Aug 5 2019
  • 160535 GP – Evidence Based Practices in Autism: 270617 Burlington AEA Aug 5 2019
  • 179939 GP – Emotional Poverty with Dr. Ruby Payne: 270494 Zoom Video Conference Aug 6 2019
  • 168695 GP – Digital Planetarium: 270726 Ottumwa AEA Aug 6 2019
  • 180448 GP – Jan Richardson’s Guided Reading for Second Through Sixth Grade (Transitional and Fluent reading stages): 271424 Ottumwa AEA Aug 6 2019
  • 180386 GP – Jan Richardson’s Guided Reading for Preschool Through 1st Grade (Pre-A, Emergent, and Early reading stages): 271421 Ottumwa AEA Aug 8 2019
  • 160429 GP – Number Talks – Whole Number Computation (Renewal Credit Option): 251154 Burlington AEA Aug 8 2019
  • 160459 GP – Number Talks – Whole Number Computation (Grad Credit Option): 271734 Burlington AEA Aug 8 2019
  • 180311 GP – SOAR Expressions and Equations Training: 271058 Burlington AEA Aug 12 2019
  • 180311 GP – SOAR Expressions and Equations Training: 271222 Ottumwa AEA Aug 12 2019
  • 180505 GP – Number Talks – Whole Number Computation (Renewal Credit Option) Central Lee CSD: 271506 Central Lee CSD ONLY Aug 12 2019
  • 180503 GP – Number Talks – Whole Number Computation (Grad Credit Option) Central Lee CSD: 271505 Central Lee CSD Aug 12 2019
  • 180205 GP – Analyzing and Utilizing Running Records (Graduate Credit): 270974 Burliington AEA Aug 13 2019
  • 180205 GP – Analyzing and Utilizing Running Records (Graduate Credit): 270971 Albia AEA Aug 13 2019
  • 180205 GP – Analyzing and Utilizing Running Records (Graduate Credit): 270973 Ottumwa AEA Aug 13 2019
  • 180265 GP – Analyzing and Utilizing Running Records (Renewal Credit): 271027 Burlington AEA August 13, 2019
  • 180265 GP – Analyzing and Utilizing Running Records (Renewal Credit): 271029 Ottumwa, August 13, 2019
  • 180265 GP – Analyzing and Utilizing Running Records (Renewal Credit): 271028 Albia August 13 2019
  • 180497 GP – Fluency, Vocabulary, Comprehension Bootcamp: 271519 Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Aug 13 2019

Questions? 

Julie Hannam
Professional Development Secretary
800-622-0027 or 641-682-8591 Ext. 5239 Ottumwa Office
julie.hannam@gpaea.org

Please contact Julie if you need assistance with:

  • Entering grades
  • Making a payment
  • Turning in Sign-In Sheets
  • Changing a credit type

Shannon Johnson
Professional Development Secretary
800-382-8970 or 319-753-6561 Ext. 1136 Burlington Office
shannon.johnson@gpaea.org

Please contact Shannon if you need assistance with:

  • Registering for a course
  • Entering a Course Proposal
  • Transcripts

Michelle Dickey
ELL & Professional Development Consultant
800-382-8970 or 319-753-6561 Ext. 1210 Burlington Office
michelle.dickey@gpaea.org

Congratulations 2019 Retirees!

Congratulations and best wishes to Great Prairie AEA’s 2019 Retirees: Jane Broeg, Technology Secretary; Kathy Brown, Regional Secretary; Larry Chaplin, Repair Technician; Nancy Gutman, School Social Worker; Carol Kottenstette, Physical Therapist; Evan McCormick, School Improvement Consultant; Laura Miller, Speech-Language Pathologist; Tami Plein, Science Specialist; Brenda Reber, Regional Secretary; Bill Sheppard, School Psychologist; Nancy Sieber, Early ACCESS Service Coordinator; Susan Sturgill, Regional Secretary; and Penny Veldhuizen, Regional Secretary

 

GPAEA Retirement Celebrations

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Laura Miller & Kathy Brown

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Nancy Sieber & Bill Sheppard

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Larry Chaplin, Penny Veldhuizen, & Brenda Reber

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Evan McCormick, Tami Plein, Jane Broeg, Carol Kottenstette, Nancy Gutman, & Sue Sturgill

The Cornerstone – May 2019

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New! Professional Learning Opportunity – Authentic Learning & Clearinghouse Training

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Calling all #changeagents! Recert/Grad credit available for this 2-day training on June 19/20 in Burlington. This 2-day experience will have K-12 educators walking away saying so glad I chose that one! Participants will leave with ready to implement project management strategies, authentic project ideas (that align to standards), and hands-on training with the new Future Ready Iowa Clearinghouse (Iowa’s first-ever statewide digital project board!) Space is limited to 30 participants so register today to reserve your spot!

Register here!

Questions? Contact Laura Williams at laura.williams@gpaea.org, 319-219-2222 Ext.3050

GPAEA Middle School Science Teachers Participate in Statewide Curriculum Field Tests

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How do eggs become chickens and other living things?  Where does food come from and where does it go next? Why do clouds form at some times but not others?

These are some of the questions middle school students from five GPAEA districts are trying to “figure out” as part of Iowa’s OpenSciEd project.  An Iowa REAP CEP Education grant-funded equipment, materials, and supported the professional development associated with the field-test units. Burlington, Centerville, Davis County, Sigourney, and Ottumwa are currently involved along with 10 other districts statewide. Video of Chelsea Thordarson’s 6th-grade class in Davis County was featured in OpenSciEd’s presentation at NSTA’s National Convention this spring!

Iowa adopted a specific sequence of middle school standards that is unique and appropriate for our state. There are currently no Iowa-aligned, NGSS-designed, full-year middle school science curricula that have been identified in the marketplace.  Iowa students and teachers need high-quality, standards-aligned instructional materials and associated professional development experiences.  

Feedback from Iowa teachers and students is being used to revise the materials. This field testing will help create a base for an Iowa-adaptable curriculum that will never be available through current vendors. OpenSciEd is designed to be a locally driven initiative. Upon completion, the materials will be freely and equitably available to anyone and can be customized to suit the needs of each district.

Preliminary data from Iowa classrooms is showing significant, positive, classroom shifts towards a more student-centered classroom such as:

  • Students conducting investigations, solving problems, and engaging in discussions with teachers’ guidance.
  • Students discussing open-ended questions that focus on the strength of the evidence used to generate claims.
  • Facts and terminology learned as needed while developing explanations and designing solutions supported by evidence-based arguments and reasoning.

Public release of the first units will begin August 15, 2019.  Two units per grade will be released each year for a total of 6 units per grade.   Iowa’s AEA consultants will release their recommended Scope and Sequence of the units in August and are planning professional development support for districts interested in adopting this OER resource beginning in October 2019.

For more information, contact your GPAEA Science Consultants Tracy Jarrett or Tami Plein

Davis County featured at OpenSciEd’s presentation at NSTA’s National Convention:

NEW Courses Added to PD Catalog – Sub Authorization, Art, Technology & Mental Health

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NEW renewal course for Substitutes and paraeducators certified in Substitute Authorization
NEW Technology Courses
NEW Mental Health

Courses are added and updated daily at https://www.gpaea.org/professional-development/gpaea-pd-course-catalog/.

Area Students Qualify for National History Day in Iowa

On April 5, 2019, 231 students from 15 districts participated in Great Prairie AEA’s History Day contest held at Indian Hill Community College with 132 category entries. Students researched history topics of their choice related to the theme, “Triumph & Tragedy in History.” Students worked as individuals and in groups to create exhibits, documentaries, performances, historical papers and websites. Area individuals volunteered their time to evaluate student entries. Winners advance to the state contest.

Congratulations to the following state qualifiers for their hard work as these students represented GPAEA at the “National History Day in Iowa” contest on April 29, 2019, at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.

A special “thank you” goes out to our judges, teachers and parent supporters that volunteered their time to make this event an educational and memorable experience for students.

DOCUMENTARY

Junior Individual Documentary

Title: Child Labor during the Industrial Revolution in Britain
Student: Devyn Davis
School: Wayne Jr Sr High
Teacher: Mike Jones

Title: The Inspiring Story of Desmond Doss
Student: Daniele Ebert
School: Edward Stone Middle School
Teacher: Craig Fleece

Junior Group Documentary

Title: Maximilien Robespierre and the French Revolution
Student: Samuel Morehead, Claire King
School: Edward Stone Middle School
Teacher: Craig Fleece

Title: Ted Bundy: An American Serial Killer
Student: Libby Brock, Paige Lisk
School: Pekin Community Schools
Teacher: Brent Blakely

Senior Individual Documentary

Title: From Writing to the River- The Life and Death of Virginia Woolf
Student: Natalie Neal
School: Wayne Jr Sr High
Teacher: Mike Jones

Senior Group Documentary

Title: The Challenger: Triumph Turned to Tragedy in 73 seconds
Student: Casey Abfalter-Dial, Emily Buckner
School: Keokuk High School
Teacher: Barbara Elder

EXHIBIT

Junior Group Exhibit

Title: Audie Murphy and the Fight Against PTSD
Student: Liz Lane, Zoe Moehle
School: Mediapolis Middle School
Teacher: Danielle Peterson

Title: Inventions of World War I
Student: Aidan Sage, Mason Barclay
School: Edward Stone Middle School
Teacher: Craig Fleece

Title: The Apollo Missions
Student: Brenna Remele, Gracie Walsh
School: Edward Stone Middle School
Teacher: Craig Fleece

Junior Individual Exhibit

Title: Amelia Earhart: Flying in the Face of Adversity
Student: Leah Mulder
School: Oskaloosa Christian School
Teacher: Renee Van Kooten

Title: Priceless Hidden Gems Recovered by Unknown Heroes
Student: Anna DeBoef
School: Oskaloosa Christian School
Teacher: Renee Van Kooten

Title: RMS Titanic: A Triumphant Ship With a Tragic Voyage
Student: Lillian Titus
School: Mt Pleasant Middle School
Teacher: Jennifer Stater

Senior Individual Exhibit

Title: Mayo Clinic From Destruction Arose Greatness
Student: Maddy Wood
School: Wayne Jr Sr High
Teacher: Mike Jones

Title: The Vietnam War My Family Experiences
Student: Ty Earls
School: Wayne Jr Sr High
Teacher: Mike Jones

PAPER

Junior Paper

Title: A Momentous Life of a WWII Spy
Student: Cera Hahn
School: Sigourney CSD
Teacher: Amy Jones

Title: Treaty of Versailles: Setting the State for Tragedy in Post World War Europe
Student: Cade Bemis
School: Pekin CSD
Teacher: Brent Blakely

Senior Paper

Title: Ghosts in the Darkness
Student: Eric Marshall
School: Mediapolis High School
Teacher: Danielle Peterson

PERFORMANCE

Junior Individual Performance

Title: A War for Freedom and Wealth
Student: Laurey Johnson
School: Oskaloosa Christian School
Teacher: Renee Van Kooten

Junior Group Performance

Title: Dadaism: Art Born from Tragedy
Student: Evie Messer, Sara Poletti
School: Fairfield Middle School
Teacher: Tena Edlin

Title: Jonas Salk and the Fight Against Polio
Student: Reagan Clarahan, Hannah Hanselman
School: Sigourney CSD
Teacher: Amy Jones

Senior Individual Performance

Title: Newsboys Strike of 1899
Student: Skye Mitteness
School: Wayne Jr Sr High
Teacher: Mike Jones

Title: Roberto Canessa: Conquering the Mountains, and Defying the Odds
Student: Konnor Nickell
School: Wayne Jr Sr High
Teacher: Mike Jones

WEBSITE

Junior Individual Website

Title: The Atomic Bomb: Scientific Triumph vs. Human Tragedy
Student: Eli Hoksbergen
School: Oskaloosa Christian School
Teacher: Renee Van Kooten

Title: The Siege of Yorktown: A Major Turning Point in American History
Student: Elliot Nelson
School: Oskaloosa Middle School
Teacher: Dawn Deffenbaugh

Junior Group Website

Title: The Little Rock Nine: The Nine That Thought They Couldn’t, But Did
Student: Marcus Trent, Ravi Bedi
School: Fairfield Middle School
Teacher: Tena Edlin

Title: The March on Washington: A Turning Point in African American Rights
Student: Maya Lane, Delmira Jara, Alma White
School: Fairfield Middle School
Teacher: Tena Edlin

Senior Group Website

Title: The Oregon Trail
Student: MacKenzie Northup, Phillip Dunlap, Alex Wolter, Shelby Haage
School: Keokuk High School
Teacher: Barbara Edler

AEAs Provide Programs Free Access to myIGDIs for 2019-20 Literacy Screening

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Iowa’s AEA system is pleased to continue providing consistency with their preschool programs for the 2019-20 school year for districts and community partners in the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program (SWVPP) for four-year-old children.

The AEA system will continue to cover the full cost ($3 per child) to access to the online data system and iPAD app for preschool programs that are currently using or are interested in starting to use the Individual Growth and Development Indicators (myIGDIs) for literacy screening for preschool learners during the 2019-20 school year.

Click here to learn more.