Agency Updates – May 2019

ICYMI: The Cornerstone – April 2019

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School Improvement – May 2019

ESSA and School Improvement Support: ESSA Timeline

The IDOE will host an ESSA Summer Workshop for Schools

  • June 12 Pre-Conference
  • June 13 & 14 @ the DM Events Center, Registration coming soon

Dates to Remember:

Curriculum Network

  • May 13th @ Burlington, 9:00 to 11:30 am
  • May 21st @ Ottumwa, 9:00 to 11:30 am

June:

Supporting Students’ Complete Mental Health in a Multi-Tiered Framework with Dr. Shannon Suldo

Research provides robust evidence that students’ mental health is closely tied to their school behavior and academic achievement. This 2-day workshop will convey best practices in the promotion of student complete mental health, through the implementation of universal programs and practices that build social-emotional-behavioral competencies and prevent psychological problems, identification of students in need of supplemental services, and provision of evidence-based interventions to enhance the subjective well-being of all students and teachers in the classroom.

Summer Course Offerings:

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Special Education – May 2019

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training available August 1

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training equips you with an effective framework to safely manage and prevent difficult behavior.” (https://www.crisisprevention.com) Great Prairie AEA has provided the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training to school teams within the AEA over the past several years, and we will continue to offer this training during the 2019-2020 school year. We have evaluated our past practices and determined a revised course of action to provide Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training in an efficient manner to meet the needs of the multiple districts that we serve. This training will be available starting on August 1, 2019.  

  • Training Format: Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® – Blended is a delivery format in which participants complete online content prior to receiving training in the physical techniques through activity and practice. Formerly known as the “Flex” model, this blended format includes a four-hour block of time (either all 4 hours on one date or 2 hours on two separate dates) that provides an opportunity for staff to discuss and apply their online learning in addition to practicing the physical techniques to help keep staff and students safe. Prior to the instructor coming onsite (site and date are determined by the district contact and instructor), participants must complete the online content with a passing score.  Estimated time for online content is 2-3 hours. *Note: We are changing our certification period to two years rather than one year, however, if your building/district staff would like a booster session with an instructor before their certification expires, our instructors will be able to provide that training as requested.
  • Scheduling a Training: If your district and/or building is interested in having school staff trained in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention®, please contact your Regional Director.  *Note: Please allow a minimum of six weeks to schedule the training as our instructors will need to coordinate dates with your district and set up registration for your staff.  If you are interested in training to be done in August, then you need to schedule that before the end of May to make the registration process as smooth as possible.
  • Target Audience: Our instructors believe it is best practice to have teams of 3-6 people trained within your building. The number of teams your building has will likely be based on the size and structure of your building in addition to the number of students enrolled.  
  • Cost: Each participant completing the online content is charged $33 as that is the price CPI charges per seat purchased.  Generally, districts are billed the total cost at the conclusion of the training.

Registration: Once training has been scheduled with the district contact and the instructor, then a workshop will be created and posted in Great Prairie AEA’s course catalog.  The district contact will receive a direct link to the workshop that may be forwarded on to all staff members participating in the training. Once the registration has closed, then the instructor will assign the online seats and participants will be able to complete their online content.

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State Supported Trainings & Information – May 2019

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

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.


Iowa Leadership Academy

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/


The Center Summer Convening

The Center is holding a Summer Convening on July 29, 2019, that will host student and educator presentations in an exploration of how we might re-imagine education. The Center is a coalition from across Iowa that facilitates networks of educators and community-based stakeholders who have a passion for meeting students where they are to co-create rigorous, authentic learning experiences.

Participants are also welcome to join the Pre-convening on July 28, 2019, 3:00-6:00, for a deep dive into the Iowa College and Career Ready Outcome Categories.

The Center Summer Convening is comprised of up to 60 breakout sessions that will allow us to learn from each other, including hands-on workshops to begin to implement some of the ideas sparked during the Convening.


Clearinghouse for Work-Based Learning

The Iowa Clearinghouse for Work-Based Learning is a virtual space where business partners will post projects for Iowa K-12 students to gain in-depth work experience, bringing real-world application into the schools. The clearinghouse will launch by July 1. Learn more at https://www.futurereadyiowa.gov/.

Download PDF: Clearinghouse_1pager

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Agency Updates – March 2019

Connect with GPAEA on Social Media

Updates about courses, educational news and more are posted daily on GPAEA’s Social Media accounts – connect to your favorite below:

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Use Twitter? Use #GPAEA to let us know about the great things happening in your district and classroom.


Iowa Leadership Academy

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/

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Media & Technology – March 2019

Tech Coordinators Meeting – March 19

  • Ottumwa AEA Conference Center (Auditorium) 9:30am – 3:00pm

Van Delivery Dates Extended

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Great Prairie AEA provides van delivery service to each school in the Agency’s service area. Please note there will be no van delivery on the following dates:

  • March 18-21
  • April 22

Van Delivery EXTENDED

Since many school districts have had to extend the school year due to closures for inclement weather, GPAEA will be extending our van delivery schedule one week. The new schedule is as follows:

  • Last Delivery Date will be the week of May 20-23, 2019
  • Last Pickup Date will be the week of May 28-31 (Since May 27th is a holiday, all routes will be delayed one day that week. Monday routes will run on Tuesday, Tuesday on Wednesday, etc.)
  • Districts in session after May 31st will be contacted individually to arrange final pickup.

Professional Learning & Student Expo – April 10

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PDF: IowaALNRegionalProfLearnandExpo

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School Improvement – March 2019

ESSA and School Improvement Support:

Universal Tier Tools Day 1 & 2 Training for Comprehensive and Targeted High Schools

Action Plan Training

Helpful Resources:

ESSA Support Site

  • Data Review, Resource Review, and UTT guide

ESSA Modules found in AEA PD Online

  • 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
    • C4K ESSA Module 1: Data Review – Iowa School Performance Profile (released Dec 2018)
    • C4K ESSA Module 3: Action Planning

Dates to Remember:

Science Module 4: Literacy in Science for Elementary Teachers

    • Elementary – March 21-22 @ Burlington & 
    • April 8-9 @ Burlington
    • MS/HS – March 4-5 @ Burlington & March 11-12 @ Ottumwa
    • Registration link

Advanced Learner Multi-Tiered System of Support Guide

Curriculum Network

  • March 25th @ Burlington, 9:00 to 11:30 am
  • March 26th @ Ottumwa, 9:00 to 11:30 am

Principals Network

  • April 18th @ FACC, 8:30 to 12:00

Coming this Summer:

Supporting Students’ Complete Mental Health in a Multi-Tiered Framework with Dr. Shannon Suldo – OTTUMWA (please note a change in location)

Suldo - June 2019

PDF: Suldo – June 2019 (2)

Research provides robust evidence that students’ mental health is closely tied to their school behavior and academic achievement. This 2-day workshop will convey best practices in promotion of student complete mental health, through the implementation of universal programs and practices that build social-emotional-behavioral competencies and prevent psychological problems, identification of students in need of supplemental services, and provision of evidence-based interventions to enhance the subjective well-being of all students and teachers in the classroom.

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