Agency Updates – May 2017

Message from Dr. Jon Sheldahl

On Monday, April 24, the Great Prairie AEA Board of Directors accepted my resignation so I can become the new chief administrator at Heartland AEA in Johnston.  I have been in Southeast Iowa for nearly 17 years now and raised my kids here, so leaving is bittersweet.  My folks and my wife’s folks both live in the Des Moines area as does my son so this opportunity allows me to be closer to family.  Heartland will be a new experience for me and I look forward to the professional challenges as well.  Please know that I will continue to be an advocate for all Iowa schools.  I owe a great deal to the many friends and colleagues with whom I have had the pleasure of working these past 17 years, so thank you.  I’m sure our paths will continue to cross and I look forward to that.

GPAEA is a great place to work, with many talented staff and a first class board of directors.  Our board will begin the process of seeking my replacement immediately on Monday and they hope to hire a suitable replacement as soon as possible.  I will continue to be here through June 30, so please let me know if there is anything I can do for you or your district.  Thanks again.

Transportation – Certify your Agreements

Last month Superintendents and Transportation Directors were asked to set permissions and this month we will ask you to certify those agreements. Watch for emails or login to the Transportation Website to get started.
Contact: Jennifer Woodley, jennifer.woodley@gpaea.org or 319-753-6561 Ext. 1232

Title IX Presentation from Drew Bracken

At this month’s Superintendent Meeting Drew Bracken presented on Title IX, Investigating Gender-Based Violence in Schools. Attached a PDF of his PowerPoint.

PDF: Investigating Gender Based Violence in Schools

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Instructional Services – May 2017

May 22 or 23 – Differentiating Mathematics Standards for Gifted Learners
Differentiation for Mathematics Standards for Gifted and Advanced Learners will be offered two separate days – Monday, May 22 and Tuesday, May 23 at a Des Moines area location.  Nationally recognized researcher and author, Dr. Linda Sheffield, is the presenter for each day. This professional development day is designed to add rigor, depth, complexity, creativity, and enjoyment to the Iowa Core Mathematics content and practice standards through engaging, practical, and differentiated support for gifted and advanced learners.  Please encourage classroom teachers, teachers of mathematics, teachers of gifted programming and curriculum directors to attend. Registration is at no cost to participants.  Online registration begins Wednesday, April 12, 2017.  For questions, contact Rosanne Malek at 515-281-3199 or rosanne.malek@iowa.gov

  • To register for Monday, May 22, click here.
  • To register for Tuesday, May 23, click here

May 24 & 25 – Differentiating Writing Standards for Gifted Learners
Differentiating Writing Standards for Gifted Learners will be offered two separate days – Wednesday, May 24 and Thursday, May 25 at a Des Moines area location.  Nationally recognized researcher and author, Dr. Elizabeth Shaunessy-Dedrick, is the presenter for each day.  This professional development will detail the developmental stages and challenges inherent to instructing Writing to gifted and advanced learners.  Please encourage classroom teachers, Language Arts teachers, teachers of gifted programs and curriculum directors to attend  Registration is at no cost to participants.  Online registration begins Wednesday, April 12, 2017For questions, contact Rosanne Malek at 515-281-3199 or rosanne.malek@iowa.gov

  • To register for Wednesday, May 24, click here.
  • To register for Thursday, May 25, click here.

May 31 & June 1 – Instructional Strategies in Reading and Writing to Support Summer School and Beyond – BURLINGTON

May 31 & June 1 – Instructional Strategies in Reading and Writing to Support Summer School and Beyond – OTTUMWA

June 5 – Maximizing School Counselor Impact: A Module for School Leaders

AEA Counselor Contacts have collaborated to provide this professional learning opportunity for Administrators across the state of Iowa. If you are looking for coursework this summer, you may be interested in this on-line course facilitated by Sue Schirmer from Heartland AEA. The course starts June 5 and ends July 28, 2017.

This two-credit, on-line course is offered through a joint agreement with Southern Region Education Board, Iowa College Aid and AEA PD Online. It is part of a series of the Go Alliance Academy. This module, developed for school leaders such as principals, assistant principals, and directors of counseling, helps school leaders understand how to engage effectively with school counselors to take the steps needed to achieve your goals in school improvement. You will gain a better understanding of the impact school counselors can have on student success; understand the school counselor’s role; define a comprehensive school counseling program and how to support one, and practice developing a shared vision for student success with your school counselor. This course was developed in collaboration with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

To learn more and to register, please go to https://prodev.aeapdonline.org/4dcgi/22041399991801INV

Contact: Doreen Underwood, doreen.underwood@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 4108

June 5 & 6 – Fierce Conversations – OTTUMWA

June 19 – July 31 – Fierce Conversations – OTTUMWA

June 20 & 22 – Fierce Conversations – CORYDON

June 12-15 – Journey to Excellence (mentoring) facilitator training in DSM

July 13 – 4th Annual Leveraging Teacher Leadership: An Institute for Teacher Leaders and Administrators

August 18 – Visible Learning in Literacy with Doug Fisher – OTTUMWA

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Media & Technology – May 2017

May 16 – Instructional Technology Coaches Support Network
Ottumwa AEA Office
Contact: Seth Denney or Lisa Jacobs, lisa.jacobs@gpaea.org or seth.denney@gpaea.org

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Special Education – May 2017

June 6 & 7 – Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training
Great Prairie AEA will offer two summer opportunities for school teams who want to be trained in Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (aka CPI) training.  Participants will be trained in a safe, non-harmful response system that may be used to address the safety needs of students during times of escalated behaviors or crisis.   Schools are highly encouraged to sends teams of people to the training as the model works best when implemented by a team.  The first session is on June 6 & 7 and registration is available in the GPAEA Professional Development Catalog or via the link at http://bit.ly/2oeJCA8.  The second session will be offered on August 10 & 11 with a registration link coming soon.  You may find more information about this course by downloading the PDF: Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training

If your district and/or building would like to receive this training during the school year, then you will want to consider our Flex option.  For $30 per participant, your staff can complete 2-3 hours of online modules prior to one of our Nonviolent Crisis Intervention trainers coming onsite to provide a 4-hour follow-up.  As this training is best completed as a building team, you will be asked to have a minimum of 8 staff members participating in the Flex option.  The onsite date will be scheduled at the convenience of your district schedule and the availability of the trainer.  If you are interested in this option for next school year, please contact your Regional Director.

June 14 & 15 – Save the Date – Summer Institute

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External Partners – May 2017

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Agency Updates – April 2017

Have You Started Your 2017-18 Transportation Approval Process?
Superintendents/Transportation Directors: Chapter 285.9(3) of the Iowa Code requires the Area Education Agency Board of Directors to approve all bus routes outside the boundaries of the school district operating the buses. This has been interpreted to mean regular routes and regular special education routes, not bussing for field trips or activity trips. The Code requires you to request permission from neighboring district(s) before any bus routes cross district boundaries. Login to the Transportation Website to get started. Contact: Jennifer Woodley, jennifer.woodley@gpaea.org or 319-753-6561 Ext. 1232

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Instructional Services – April 2017

April 18 or 20 – Summer School Planning
Download PDF: Summer School Planning Flyer FINAL

When? April 18 (Burlington) or April 20 (Ottumwa and Albia), 9:00 AM – Noon
Teams are welcome to stay in the afternoon for planning with support from literacy consultants.

Who should attend? Summer school supervisors and/or summer school leadership teams (including lead teachers, administration, coaches)

What is the content? Teams will be given time to collaborate with other districts and share successes and learning from previous summer school implementation. Research based criteria and reflective questions will be employed to help districts plan and refine intensive summer school programming around:

  • Selecting literacy instruction for whole class and small group interventions
  • Logistics (employing staff, attendance, schedule, etc.)
  • Evaluation of student outcomes and program implementation
  • Building/district plan for differentiation for IEP and ELL students

Contact: Lonna Anderson, lonna.anderson@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 1208

April 24 – Ottumwa Curriculum Network
Contact: Anne Morgan, anne.morgan@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 5229

April 25 – Burlington Curriculum Network
Contact: Anne Morgan, anne.morgan@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 5229

May 22 or 23 – Differentiating Mathematics Standards for Gifted Learners
Differentiation for Mathematics Standards for Gifted and Advanced Learners will be offered two separate days – Monday, May 22 and Tuesday, May 23 at a Des Moines area location.  Nationally recognized researcher and author, Dr. Linda Sheffield, is the presenter for each day. This professional development day is designed to add rigor, depth, complexity, creativity, and enjoyment to the Iowa Core Mathematics content and practice standards through engaging, practical, and differentiated support for gifted and advanced learners.  Please encourage classroom teachers, teachers of mathematics, teachers of gifted programming and curriculum directors to attend. Registration is at no cost to participants.  Online registration begins Wednesday, April 12, 2017.  For questions, contact Rosanne Malek at 515-281-3199 or rosanne.malek@iowa.gov

  • To register for Monday, May 22, click here.
  • To register for Tuesday, May 23, click here

May 24 & 25 – Differentiating Writing Standards for Gifted Learners
Differentiating Writing Standards for Gifted Learners will be offered two separate days – Wednesday, May 24 and Thursday, May 25 at a Des Moines area location.  Nationally recognized researcher and author, Dr. Elizabeth Shaunessy-Dedrick, is the presenter for each day.  This professional development will detail the developmental stages and challenges inherent to instructing Writing to gifted and advanced learners.  Please encourage classroom teachers, Language Arts teachers, teachers of gifted programs and curriculum directors to attend  Registration is at no cost to participants.  Online registration begins Wednesday, April 12, 2017For questions, contact Rosanne Malek at 515-281-3199 or rosanne.malek@iowa.gov

  • To register for Wednesday, May 24, click here.
  • To register for Thursday, May 25, click here.

GPAEA Science Support for 2017-18
The goal is to promote and support networking amongst area elementary, middle school, and high school science teachers in GPAEA.  All science work is focused on supporting teachers in their learning and implementation of the new Iowa Core Science Standards and 21st Century (Redesigned) Learning for both the State Science Standards Modules and the GPAEA Science Networks.

Note: The Science Standards Module trainings are sequential and build on each other. For that reason, Module 1 or Supporting Iowa Science Standards for Administrators and Instructional Coaches Part 1 is needed to be prepared for Modules 2 and 3. If teachers or coaches have not attended a Module 1 session that is the prerequisite for Module 2, email Tami or Rosemary to discuss the option for background learning that would be needed before attending the Module 2 learning opportunities listed.

  • Iowa Science Standards Module 2 learning opportunities: *Prerequisite for Module 2:  Module 1 -OR- Supporting Iowa Science Standards for Administrators and Instructional Coaches Part 1
    • Oct 9, 2017 EAST with in-district work starting in August
    • Oct 2, 2017 WEST with in-district work starting in August
    • June 8-9, 2017 Burlington GPAEA office (link to register)
    • June 12-13, 2017 Ottumwa GPAEA office (link available on April 5)
    • June 19-20, 2017 Ottumwa GPAEA office (primarily reserved for Albia CSD- limited number of openings-link available on April 5 to those outside Albia CSD)
    • Blended Option Fall 2017 (8 hours in-district work plus 1 face-to-face date)
  • Iowa Science Standards Module 3 learning opportunities *Prerequisite:  Module 2 -OR- Supporting Iowa Science Standards for Administrators and Instructional Coaches Part 1.  NOTE:  All of the following are actually K-12, but we would like to continue to support teacher collaboration across the agency and have therefore designated dates to encourage this
    • HS East  Sept 18-19, 2017          
    • HS West  Oct 12-13, 2017                      
    • MS East   Sept 28-29, 2017          
    • MS West  Oct 30-31, 2017          
    • 6th grade/K-12 West September 25-26, 2017          
    • Grades 4-5 East  Oct 19-20, 2017          
    • Grades 4-5 West   Nov 6-7, 2017          
    • Grades 2-3 East  Oct 23-24, 2017          
    • Grades 2-3 West Oct 26-27, 2017          
    • Grades K-1 East  Nov 13-14, 2017          
    • Grades K-1 West  Dec 4-5, 2017          
    • Summer Session Option- Dates TBA
  • Iowa Science Standards Module 3 learning opportunities for Admin & Coaches *Prerequisite:  Module 2 -OR- Supporting Iowa Science Standards for Administrators and Instructional Coaches Part 1
    • November 2, 2017  Supporting Iowa Science Standards for Administrators and Instructional Coaches Part 2 (Ottumwa site)
    • December 12, 2017  Supporting Iowa Science Standards for Administrators and Instructional Coaches Part 2 (Burlington site)

Science Networks- Collaborative Curriculum Development time

  • HS East  January  8-9, 2018          
  • HS West  January  25-26, 2018          
  • MS East   February 12-13, 2018          
  • MS West  February 5-6, 2018          
  • Elementary East March 12-13, 2018        
  • Elementary West March 8-9, 2018

Contact: Tami Plein, tami.plein@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 1162

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