Agency Updates – December 2018

Happy Holidays from GPAEA

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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. 


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/.


Please remind your Staff to take the AEA Customer Satisfaction Survey

As you know, 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 are encouraging all public and accredited non-public educators (including you and your administrative team) to respond before December 14.

We sent an invitation by email to each of your staff members in yesterday’s The Cornerstone and will follow up next week with a reminder. It would be greatly appreciated if you could encourage their participation.

Take the survey now at https://bit.ly/2RVBUWx

 

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School Improvement – December 2018

Helpful Resources:

ESSA and School Improvement Support:

Universal Tier Tool Day 1 Training

Universal Tier Tool Day 2 Training

ESSA Administrator Information Session

ESSA  Self Assessment of MTSS Implementation (SAMI)

ESSA Modules found in AEA PD Online (released on Oct 31st). See descriptions for the modules designed for school teams.

  • C4K Introduction to MTSS
  • C4K Assessment Literacy
  • C4K ESSA Module 2: Self- Assessment of MTSS Implementation (SAMI)
  • C4K Introduction to Universal Instruction

Dates to Remember:

Science Network for High School Teachers

Early Childhood Network

Dec 12th @ FACC

  • Topics: The Wonder of Learning – Exploring Phase 2 of the Project Approach & EC Math
  • Registration link

Curriculum Network

  • Dec 17th @ Burlington,  9:00 to 11:30 am
  • Meeting live in Burlington and Zoom Option

Standards-based Assessment & Grading with Rick Wormeli

Registration link: #160673 GP – Standards-Based Assessment and Grading with Rick Wormeli

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Agency Updates – November 2018

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School Improvement – November 2018

Helpful Resources:


November Highlights and Dates to Remember:

November 20 – Dr. Jensen Returns for Post Learning with Leadership Teams
Fairfield Arts & Convention Center


ESSA Modules found in AEA PD Online (released on Oct 31st)

See descriptions for the modules designed for school teams.

  • C4K Introduction to MTSS
  • C4K Assessment Literacy
  • C4K ESSA Module 2: Self- Assessment of MTSS Implementation (SAMI)
  • C4K Introduction to Universal Instruction

New: 5 FAST Modules to support the implementation of MTSS

Found within the FAST System’s Knowledge Base. This PPT describes each Module and the recommend participants.

  1. One MTSS Supported by FAST
  2. Using FAST to Support System Improvement
  3. Examining Student Improvement in FAST
  4. Using FAST to Identify Student Learning Needs
  5. Using FAST Reports to Answer MTSS Questions

ESSA Self Assessment of MTSS Implementation (SAMI)

  • November 5 & 6 – Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 9 AM – 3 PM
  • November 28 & 29 – GPAEA Burlington,9 AM – 3 PM, registration link

Curriculum Network

  • November 26 – GPAEA Burlington, 9:00 – 11:30 AM
  • November 27 – GPAEA Ottumwa, 9:00 – 11:30 AM

Preview of Science Standards Module 4, Literacy in Science for Administrators

  • November 26 – GPAEA Burlington,  12:30 – 3:30 PM
  • November 27 – GPAEA Ottumwa, 12:30 – 3:30 PM

Social Studies Standards Year 2 Workshops:

Elementary Session: 9:00 to 3:30

  • November 7 & 8 – GPAEA Ottumwa
  • November 14 & 15 – GPAEA Burlington

Secondary Sessions: 9:00 to 3:30

  • November 12 & 13 – GPAEA Burlington
  • December 5 & 6 – GPAEA Ottumwa

Science Standards Module 3 Blended

  • November 6 – GPAEA Burlington
  • November 15 – GPAEA Ottumwa

NATIONAL CONSULTANT TO PRESENT

January 21 – Standards- based Assessment and Grading with Rick Wormeli, hosted by Oskaloosa Community Schools, George Daily Auditorium, Oskaloosa

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Special Education – November 2018

Upcoming Professional Learning:

  • Teaching Students with Dyslexia and DysgraphiaCourse #168176
    • Ottumwa GPAEA Section #250258  November 16 and 30
    • Burlington GPAEA Section #250248  November 20 and 27
    • This two-day course will provide relevant research findings and effective instructional techniques that educators can use to develop and deliver individualized instruction for students with dyslexia and dysgraphia.  Educators will learn how to use explicit and systematic routines that are designed to meet the diverse needs of these learners.  This course is designed to introduce teachers to the knowledge, skills and procedures needed to provide effective instruction for students with persistent reading and writing difficulties. The teaching principles, techniques and strategies presented in this course are supported by an extensive body of instructional research involving students diagnosed with dyslexia and dysgraphia.
  • LETRS Modules 1-3 (for districts only) – December 4, 5, 18 & 19 in Albia
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Agency Updates – October 2018

Children’s Mental Health Listening Post hosted by GPAEA scheduled for Monday, October 8 in Fairfield

Area residents are invited to share personal experiences on children’s mental health services at a listening post hosted by Great Prairie AEA set for Monday, October 8 at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 North Main, Fairfield from 6:00-7:30 pm.

Listening posts are being hosted by at locations across Iowa on behalf of the Children’s System State Board established by Gov. Kim Reynolds in April. The board will review the information gathered from these listening posts as part of its charge to review existing resources and develop a strategic plan with specific recommendations to implement a better approach to help children with mental health issues. This report is due to the legislature on Nov. 15.

Two additional opportunities have been created for parents/children unable to attend the time/date/places outlined above.

survey is available for those unable to attend a listening post. The deadline is Oct. 12.

For more information, contact Jeff Herzberg at 515-570-2601.

See post in Statewide Supported Trainings & Information for other dates and locations.


GPAEA Region Map & Contacts

GPAEA Regions 2018 (1)

Region 1 – Alan Schwarte
Regional Director
800-622-0027 Ext. 5801 Harold L. Mick Office (Albia)
Alan.schwarte@gpaea.org

Region 2 – Nathan Wood
Regional Director
800-622-0027 Ext. 5512 Ottumwa Office
Nathan.wood@gpaea.org

Region 3 – Dr. Deb Cook
Regional Director
800-622-0027 Ext. 5324 Ottumwa Office
Deb.cook@gpaea.org

Region 4 – Jim Cope
Regional Director
800-622-0027 Ext. 5396 Fairfield Office
Jim.cope@gpaea.org

Region 5 – Kim Kirchner
Regional Director
800-382-8970 Ext. 2115 Mount Pleasant Office
Kim.kirchner@gpaea.org

Region 6 – Shawn Stringer
Regional Director
800-382-8970 Ext. 1103 Burlington Office
Shawn.stringer@gpaea.org

Region 7 – Michelle Harris
Regional Director
800-382-8970 Ext. 3011 Burlington Office
Michelle.harris@gpaea.org

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School Improvement – October 2018

ESSA

  • October 15 MOVED to December 3-14: Superintendents will receive ESSA designations (Universal, Targeted, or Comprehensive)

ESSA Resources:

Weekly Q&A around ESSA and the Consolidated Application

IDE’s Mark Crady and Amy Williamson every Friday from 1:00 to 3:00 pm will answer any questions you may have about the Consolidated Application or ESSA implementation in general.  Link https://heartlandaea.zoom.us/j/8107179477.


Dr. Eric Jensen Events

  • October 15: Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind with Dr. Eric Jensen, Bridge View Center, Ottumwa. Registration from 7:45 to 8:30 am, the workshop will begin at 8:30 am and end by 3:30 pm.
  • October 16: Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind with Dr. Eric Jensen, PZAZZ Event and Convention Center, Burlington. Registration from 7:45 to 8:30 am, the workshop will begin at 8:30 am and end by 3:30 pm.

Dr. Jensen will return on November 20 at the FACC to work with Leadership Teams to implement and sustain a change mindset, Registration will be available in the PD Catalog. (The cost is $150 per participant.) Register by clicking the following: #168071 GP – Post Learning with Dr. Eric Jensen: Sustaining Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind


October 23: MTSS at Work within PLC’s with Mike Mattos, Bridge View Center, Ottumwa. Registration link: #162410 GP – MTSS at Work within Professional Learning Communities


October 17: Early Childhood Network, Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

  • Content: Getting to Know the Revised Iowa Early Learning Standards & the IQPPS Desk Audit
  • IQPPS Desk Audit Assistant: Afternoon of Network: 12:30 to 3:30 pm: GPAEA Early Childhood Consultants Dawn Johnson & Anne Michel will be available to help leaders with the desk audit.

Curriculum Network

  • October 29 @ Burlington,  9:00 to 11:30 am
  • October 30 @ Ottumwa, 9:00 to 11:30 am

Network Agendas:


October 31: AEA Online Courses Open to Districts

  • Data based decision Making
  • Assessment Basics
  • MTSS in Iowa
  • Universal Instruction Introduction
  • Additional FAST online modules

SAVE THE DATE

January 21 – Standards- based Assessment and Grading with Rick Wormeli, hosted by Oskaloosa Community Schools, George Daily Auditorium, Oskaloosa

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