Agency Updates – February 2017

February 22 – c4k Regional Meeting
9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Expo Hall
11:30 – 12:45 – Lunch on own

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to participate in our upcoming regional meeting for the Collaborating for Iowa’s Kids [C4K] Implementation Team on February 22, 2017 from 9:00am – 2:30pm.  C4K is Iowa’s infrastructure to develop, deliver and support evidence-based practices, processes, tools and professional learning.  We would like your help as a critical friend and participant to:

  1. Understand Every Student Succeeds Act [ESSA] connections to Iowa’s statewide work such as C4K, TLC and ELI;
  2. Problem-solve how best to communicate such connections statewide;
  3. Review current status of Iowa’s Healthy Indicators and discuss how best to use/share results; and
  4. Engage with our Intervention System protocol and guide and provide feedback on implementation challenges and benefits.

Our agenda is located at tinyurl.com/c4kconnections.  All materials are posted the day of the meeting at 8am.  To be helpful, the following link provides information on the purpose of C4K, as well as our intent, goal, priority areas, broad action plan, theory of action and all the work we have accomplished to date: tinyurl.com/C4KPlan1617


March 1 – Todd Whitaker – What Great Leaders Do Differently

todd-whitaker-march-1Great Prairie AEA is excited to host Todd Whitaker on Wednesday, March 1 at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center from 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM. Lunch is included and there is no cost.

Register at http://bit.ly/gptodd

District Leadership Teams are encouraged to join Todd as he reveals what effective leaders do differently than their colleagues and as he shares research on organizational cultures and school leadership, providing you everything you need to optimize both the culture and climate of your school.

Download PDF: todd-whitaker-march-1-gpaea

 

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Instructional Services – February 2017

February 6 – Math Network – Ottumwa
Contact: Lynn Selking, lynn.selking@gpaea.org

February 7 – Math Network – Burlington
Contact: Lynn Selking, lynn.selking@gpaea.org

February 8 – TLC Principal Support Program – Fairfield
Contact: Anne Morgan, anne.morgan@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 5229

February 9 & 23 – FIERCE Conversations – ALBIA
Contact: Anne Morgan, anne.morgan@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 5229

February 13 – April 17 – FIERCE Conversations – BURLINGTON
Contact: Anne Morgan, anne.morgan@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 5229

February 13 – Gradual Release Responsibility Workshop #2 (Advanced)
Focus: Writing Learning Targets & Success Criteria, Using and making the most of Productive Group work
Fairfield Arts & Convention Center
Contact: Lonna Anderson, lonna.anderson@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 1208

February 15 – Early Childhood Network at FFACC
Contact: Anne Michel, anne.michel@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 5336

February 16 – Counselor’s Conference
Southeastern Community College Little Theater Room 433
Lunch included
Contact: Doreen Underwood, doreen.underwood@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 4108

February 21

Contact: Cory Johnson, cory.johnson@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 3035

February 27 – Curriculum Network – Ottumwa
Contact: Anne Morgan, anne.morgan@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 5229

February 28 – Curriculum Network  – Burlington
Contact: Anne Morgan, anne.morgan@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 5229

March 2 – Journeys to Excellence (mentors) – Burlington
Contact: Anne Morgan, anne.morgan@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 5229

March 3 – Journeys to Excellence (mentors) – Ottumwa
Contact: Anne Morgan, anne.morgan@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 5229

March 3 (rescheduled from February 21) – Supporting the new Iowa Science Standards for Instructional Coaches and Administrators – Burlington
Contact: Tami Plein, tami.plein@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 1162

March 9 – GPAEA Instructional Rounds at Davis County
Contact: Anne Morgan, anne.morgan@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 5229

March 27 – Curriculum Network – Ottumwa
Contact: Anne Morgan, anne.morgan@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 5229

March 28 – Curriculum Network – Burlington
Contact: Anne Morgan, anne.morgan@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 5229

April 4 – Using Video Coaching to Improve Instruction
Contact: Doreen Underwood, doreen.underwood@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 4108

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Media & Technology – February 2017

February 21 – Tech Coordinator Support Network – Technical Training: Part 2- Wireless Infrastructure – Ottumwa
Contact: sally.lindgren@gpaea.org


February 22

  • Technology Coaches Support Network – Ottumwa
    Note- this months meeting will be the continued part of the Blended Learning Coaching Academy
  • Blended Learning Coaching Academy – Day 2 – Ottumwa
    Second session face-to-face with Marcia Kish

Contact: lisa.jacobs@gpaea.org or seth.denney@gpaea.org


BrightBytes Survey has been launched for the Spring 2017 Collection
For all districts: Students grades 3-12, Teachers and Adms, and Parent (optional)
Surveys will remain open through March 31st.
Contact: sally.lindgren@gpaea.org or Jane.Broeg@gpaea.org

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Special Education – February 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Heard Oral Argument in Special Education Case

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on January 11, 2017, in the case of Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District.  At the heart of the issue is the definition of “benefit” that special education is supposed to provide to students with disabilities.  

In Hendrick Hudson District Board of Education v. Rowley, the Supreme Court said that the IDEA requires instruction that is, “reasonably calculated to enable the child to receive educational benefit.”  Lower courts have wrestled with quantifying “benefit” and now there is a divide in the Circuit Court system between those who define it as “some benefit” versus those who hold the standard at “meaningful benefit.”  If you are interested in reading or hearing the oral argument, you may read the Transcript to Oral Argument or listen to the Audio Recording of Oral Argument.  


Special Education Directors Network to be held in February

Directors of Special Education are invited to attend the network meeting this month on Feb. 13 in Ottumwa or Feb 15 in Burlington.  Meeting times are 1:00 – 3:30 pm.  Agenda items include consideration of Extended School Year Services (ESY), Four Plus Guidance Document, a case study activity, 2017-18 special education PD needs, and an open forum for your conversation topics.  Please join us if you are interested in learning more about special education!  You may register for Ottumwa or Burlington using this registration link – Special Education Directors Network.


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External Partners – February 2017

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Agency Updates – January 2017

Welcome to Leadership Connection


January 11


January 25


February 22

  • c4k Regional Meeting
    9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Fairfield Arts & Convention Center Expo Hall
    Lunch provided.
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Instructional Services – January 2017

January 17

January 23

  • Smarter Balanced Training – POSTPONED
    12:30 to 3:30 PM
    Ottumwa AEA
    Contact: Lonna Anderson, lonna.anderson@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 1208

January 24

  • Smarter Balanced Training – POSTPONED
    12:30 to 3:30 PM
    Burlington AEA
    Contact: Lonna Anderson, lonna.anderson@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 1208

January 27

February 13

February 16

February 21

  • Secondary Principals’ Network
    8:30 to 11:30 AM
    Fairfield Arts & Convention Center
    Lunch 11:30 to 12:30
  • Elementary Principals Network
    12:30 to 3:30
    Fairfield Arts & Convention Center
    Lunch 11:30 to 12:30
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