Agency Updates – April 2018

The Cornerstone – April 2018
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IDEA Part B Parent Survey – 2017-18

Last year the Iowa Department of Education asked your District to share the IDEA Part B Parent Survey and they would like for you to do that again. A follow-up email will be shared next week, but until then please see letters below and share with your Parents.

Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) requires states to report the percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities. This year, the Iowa Department of Education is gathering these data as a census for both students with and without a disability using a three-question survey.

Attached is a Parent Letter with a survey link that you are asked to share with all parents via email, website, and/or social media.

If you have any questions, please contact Meredith MacQuigg, Data Consultant, Iowa Department of Education, 515.494.5610 or meredith.macquigg@iowa.gov.

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Instructional Services – April 2018

Deadline to Participate in Fall FAST Assessments

As you might recall, Iowa’s Area Education Agencies announced that the AEAs will subsidize costs for districts to upgrade their DE provided FastBridge (FAST) subscriptions to include additional functionality in the areas of mathematics and behavior.

As a reminder, the deadline for 2018-19 participation (beginning fall 2018) is June 15, 2018. You can indicate your interest in participating in the fall assessments here .

(You do not need to complete this survey if you are piloting the math and behavior screeners this spring.)

Also, many districts have started preparing for the spring and fall implementation for these assessments by participating in these upcoming webinars. Please be sure to register to participate in these webinars. A recording of each training session will be shared after each session and will be placed in this linked document.


Professional Development System Closes on April 23 – Reopens Early May

The current registration system for professional development will be closed April 23rd and the new professional development registration system will open in early May. Instructor training for creating course proposals and entering grades will be coming soon. On-line resources and face-to-face training will be available.


Literacy  

  • IRRC Modules_ Iowa Reading Research Centers Literacy PD Modules

Math


Social Studies

April 11 or April 13

COLLABORATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY

8:30 to 11:30 AM

GPAEA Ottumwa (April 11) or GPAEA Burlington (April 13)

Participants will collaborate as grade alike or content alike groups to practice the development of a standards’ based units using the Standards at a Glance Templates (K-5 template or 6-12 template).  Link to information

Contact Evan McCormick or Seth Denney


Early Childhood


Science

NGSS Badges:

Achieve awards a digital badge called the “NGSS Design Badge” to science units designed for the NGSS that have earned the highest rating on the Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for Science based on a review conducted by Achieve or its Science Peer Review Panel. The digital badge includes a logo, the name of the unit, the date the badge was awarded, and a “Verify” button. When a user clicks on the digital badge to verify its authenticity, the badge provides more information describing quality features of the unit in question. This is significant for those considering adoption of science curricular resources. While recommendation lists exist for science instructional materials, this the first time digital badges will be awarded to specific instructional materials.

OpenSciEd Project:

Iowa is one of several states participating in the OpenSciEd project to develop and pilot some middle school science units aligned to NGSS. More information will be forthcoming about this exciting opportunity for middle school science.


TAG

HS Programming Network: Area secondary TAG teachers are invited to attend this networking opportunity at Fairfield Arts and Convention Center from 9 AM -3 PM on Friday, May 4, 2018. The morning will focus on research and best practices for secondary TAG programming and the afternoon will be a time for attendees to form small groups and work collaboratively around ideas and strategies for implementation in different system configurations.  If you have any questions about this opportunity feel free to email doreen.underwood@gpaea.org.

Identification Network: GPAEA will be hosting networking opportunities for TAG teachers to learn about best practices and resources for identification procedures this spring.  The morning time will focus on learning around best practices in the identification of gifted learners and the afternoon will be a time for small group work either with district alike teams or time for singleton teachers to network with others who have similar responsibilities.  Please use this form to indicate your intent to participate in this networking opportunity no later than May 8, 2018.

  • Ottumwa May 15 9AM-3PM
  • Burlington May 16 9 AM-3 PM

TLC

  • Blended Learning Day 3 Workshop @ FACC, April 16

Charlotte Danielson – April 18

The panel will discuss the use of her newest framework called, the Six Clusters in Iowa to support mentoring. The Six Clusters represent the “big ideas’ from her widely adopted Framework for Teaching that promote the professional growth of teachers through reflective conversations between mentors and teachers. She will also discuss her model for teacher leadership that provides multiple pathways to support the Teacher Leadership Compensation program.

The in-person event is open to the first 50 registrants. If you are unable to attend in person, the event will also be simultaneously broadcast through webinar.


April Network Dates

Principals Network April 17 @ FACC

  • Secondary 8:30 to 11:30 am
  • Elementary 12:15 to 3:00 pm

Curriculum Network 9:00 to 11:30 am

  • April 23rd at Ottumwa
  • April 24th at Burlington

Tech Directors

  • April 17th at Ottumwa

Reminder

ELPA21 Testing Window is February 13-April 13

Please ensure that Test Coordinators/Administrators and Technology Coordinators have the appropriate training prior to testing. Training can be found at https://training.aealearningonline.org/

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Special Education – April 2018

Request to add Hearing Screening Statement to your Handbook

During the school year, your child’s hearing may be screened and/or tested by Great Prairie AEA audiologists or their assistants, as part of a hearing screening program. If you do NOT want your child to participate in the hearing screening program, please contact your school district with this request by the beginning of the school year.

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External Partners – April 2018


The annual TICL Conference will be held June 11 & 12, 2018. The keynote speaker, Eric Curts, will motivate you to refresh your teaching techniques and enrich your students’ learning using the latest technologies.

 
Please see this flyer for more information.
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Agency Updates – March 2018

New Statewide AEA PD Registration System is on the Horizon!

IowasAEAs_Primary_RGBIowa’s AEAs and AEA Learning Online have been collaborating to move our individual professional development and licensure registration systems to a statewide professional learning registration system. Having one registration system will provide participants with a much larger offering of professional learning activities through a statewide catalog. It also creates greater equity and consistency in programming and resources to help support quality professional development and licensure programming.

System Benefits

View All Offerings That Are Available Statewide

Individuals who use the system will be able to see all courses and activities that are available across the state. Users may search by specific courses, topics, location and more.

Instructors Will Find a User Friendly System

There are system enhancements for instructors! Once an instructor enters a course in the system, they don’t have to repeat that process again. They simply enter a new section for that activity. That includes the syllabus. Once a syllabus is approved, it’s valid across all AEAs!

All Completed Courses Will be in One Transcript

In the new system, there will be one common transcript that shows all courses taken by an individual, including courses from AEA Learning Online. Anything that the individual has taken from an Iowa AEA will show up in one document. Users will be able to print their own transcripts and receipts for tax purposes.

Split the Payments!

Split payment options for credit cards and/or purchase orders will be available in the new system.

Login is Easy and Familiar

Users of the new system will log in using their existing email and password that they use to login to take AEA Learning Online courses as well as Mandatory Reporter and Bloodborne Pathogens trainings.

In the coming days, expect to see more information and updates through various AEA communication channels. If you have any immediate questions, contact Michelle Dickey, michelle.dickey@gpaea.org, 800-622-0027.

Save the Date for Professional Development Catalog


No Van Delivery – March 12-16, 2018

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Instructional Services – March 2018

Update: Professional Development Opportunities for Fall 2018

Mike Mattos: PLCs and MTSS: Building the Foundation for Effective Systematic Interventions
Tuesday, October 23, at Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Space available
Contact Dr. Anderson at lonna.anderson@gpaea.org for reservations


March Professional Development Opportunities

Early Childhood


Literacy

  • IRRC Modules – Iowa Reading Research Centers Literacy PD Modules   

Math


Science

Module 3 – Supporting Iowa Science Standards for Administrators and Instructional Coaches
March 6, 2018
Ottumwa AEA, Room 21C
9:00 AM-2:30 PM
Credit options: None
Registration Link

Module 3 – Supporting Iowa Science Standards for Administrators and Instructional Coaches
March 20, 2018
Burlington AEA, Room 21C
9:00 AM-2:30 PM
Credit options: None
Registration Link

Elementary Network – West
Collaborative time for science standards work and implementation.
March 8-9, 2018
Ottumwa, Room 21C
8:30AM-3:30PM
Credit options: None
Registration Link – ES West

Elementary Network – East
Collaborative time for science standards work and implementation.
March 12-13, 2018
Burlington, Prairie Rm
8:30AM-3:30PM
Credit options: None
Registration Link – ES East


Social Studies

April 11 or April 13 – COLLABORATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY
8:30 – 11:30 AM
GPAEA Ottumwa (April 11) or GPAEA Burlington (April 13)
Participants will collaborate as grade alike or content alike groups to practice the development of a standards’ based units using the Standards at a Glance Templates (K-5 template or 6-12 template).  Link to information
Contact: Evan McCormick or Seth Denney


March Network Dates

Curriculum Network, 9:00 – 11:30 am

  • March 26 at GPAEA Ottumwa
  • March 27 at GPAEA Burlington

Tech Directors

  • March 20 at GPAEA Ottumwa

TAG

MTSS for Advanced Learners
The Advanced Learner Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) Guide was created to assist classroom teachers, ensuring all students are appropriately challenged. The Advanced Learner MTSS Guide is written content neutral and can be used across disciplines for K-12 grade learners.

Districts are encouraged to bring teams to this opportunity comprised of general education elementary classroom teachers, secondary educators, a counselor, teacher leaders, a building administrator, the gifted and talented program coordinator, and gifted and talented program teachers.

Register for this professional development opportunity by clicking on the link of the day you will attend.

April 10 Des Moines Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites located at 4800 Merle Hay

April 17 Coralville/Iowa City – Radisson Hotel and Conference Center/Hampton Inn located at 1220 1st Avenue Suite B Coralville, IA

April 20 Sioux City – Hilton Garden Inn Riverfront located at 1132 Larsen Park Road

This professional development is offered at no cost to the participants. For questions, contact Erika Cook at 515-419-1104 or erika.cook@iowa.gov, or Rosanne Malek at 515-281-3199 or rosanne.malek@iowa.gov.

2E Workshop
Twice Exceptionality Spring Workshop
April 13-14, 2017
Central Rivers AEA
Cost: $175
For more information: https://www.smore.com/bhxuj

College and Career Readiness
Registration open for spring Iowa Go Alliance Academy courses. The following courses will run March 12 through May 4:

Building a College-Going Culture for All Students
How to remove barriers to higher education, especially for low-income, first-generation and minority students.

College, Career, and Academic Planning
(Prerequisite: Building a College-Going Culture for All Students) How to engage students in early college and career awareness, and support students in postsecondary and career planning.

Financial Aid and College Applications
(Prerequisite: Building a College-Going Culture for All Students) How to support students and families navigating the complexities of filing the FAFSA and other financial aid and college applications.

Maximizing Counselor Impact: Module for Administrators
How school leaders can engage effectively with school counselors. Developed in collaboration with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Iowa Go Alliance Academy is a college and career counseling training program provided by Iowa College Aid in partnership with Southern Regional Education Board and AEA PD Online. See best practices in action and gain knowledge and resources that can be incorporated in your work with students immediately. Courses are offered for license renewal or graduate credit through Drake University, Morningside University and Viterbo University. Space is limited, so register today. For more information about Iowa Go Alliance Academy and course availability, e-mail Ashley McKenna.


Reminder:

ELPA21 Testing Window is February 13-April 13
Please ensure that Test Coordinators/Administrators and Technology Coordinators have the appropriate training prior to testing. Training can be found at https://training.aealearningonline.org/


GPAEA 2017_18 Dates of Networks & PD Events

 

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Special Education – March 2018

CANCELED – April Special Education Director Network

The spring meeting of Special Education Directors has been canceled.  Meetings were scheduled on April 11 in Burlington and April 12 in Ottumwa.


Job Coaching for Students in Special Education

A recurring topic for districts and IEP teams is job coaching.  If job coaching is identified in a student’s IEP, the district must provide it or collaborate with another agency to provide it.  A guidance memo on the responsibilities of schools for employment preparation will be released soon from the DE.

In addition, job coaching may be provided in the summer if the need qualifies for extended school year services (ESYS).  Updated guidance on determining ESYS will be discussed at a webinar on March 27 from 9:30-10:30.  You must still register to receive a link to the recording if you are unable to attend the live session.  Please see the March edition of the School Leader Update for more information.


Remember to Provide Your Feedback on Rulemaking on Chapter 41

Linked is a memo from Barb Guy, the state’s director of special education, which explains the proposed changes in graduation requirements for students with IEPs.  These changes would not impact current freshman through senior students.   As currently proposed, this year’s 8th grade students would need to meet the 4-3-3-3 requirements in order to earn a regular high school diploma.  It will no longer be permissible to award a regular high school diploma based on IEP goal attainment only.  The State Board’s notice of rulemaking is at this link: https://www.educateiowa.gov/sites/files/ed/documents/2017-11-15 Chapter 41.pdf.  The hearing for this is scheduled for March 27.  I encourage you to make comments on these proposed rules and to include your comments on scaling, implementation, needed decision-making tools, and needed technical assistance.  You may make written comments on the proposed amendment to Thomas A. Mayes, Attorney II, Iowa Department of Education, Third Floor, Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines, Iowa 50319–0146; telephone (515) 242-5614; e-mail thomas.mayes@iowa.gov; or fax (515)242-5988.


Upcoming Professional Development


SAVE THE DATE – Assistive Technology Summer Institute, August 8

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