Leadership Connection – September 2019

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Welcome to the 2019-20 School Year! As a District Leader, we realize that your time is valuable and you receive a lot of emails. Leadership Connection is GPAEA’s way of streamlining the “need to know” information for the next two months. Check your inbox the first Friday of the month or bookmark https://gpaealeadership.wordpress.com/ for easy access.

Media, Technology & Science

School Improvement

Special Education

External & State Partners

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Authentic Learning & Clearinghouse for Work-Based Learning

Sept. 18-19 Authentic Learning and WBL Immersion
Ottumwa GPAEA (Room 21c) 9am-4pm

  • Register here. (Audit, Renewal, Grad Credit available)

Wednesday Authentic Learning Cohort
Wednesdays Online via Zoom from 2-4pm
Starts: 9-4-2019
Ends: 10-30-2019 (totaling 15 hours)

  • See agenda for specifics.
  • Register here. (Audit or Renewal credit available)

*Each Wednesday will focus on a particular question. Anyone may join for independent sessions without registering if you wish to learn more about a particular Wednesday’s topic.

Who should attend: Any K-12 Educator who is invested in creating more authentic learning experiences with local and statewide partnerships to allow for more student-centered learning and development of 21st-century skills while still meeting the demands of academic standards. Participants will be trained on using the new Clearinghouse for Work-Based Learning as well as project management techniques in order to support student learning.

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GPAEA Science Support for 2019-20

Contact: Tracy Jarrett, tracy.jarrett@gpaea.org

Iowa Science Standards Implementation Supports

All Science Standards Modules are focused on supporting teachers in their learning and implementation of the new Iowa Core Science Standards and 21st Century Learning.  

NOTE:  Most of the Science Standards Module trainings are sequential and build on each other. 

Boot Camp for Iowa Science Standards

*This is targeted for new teachers and/or instructional coaches.  This course is will combine Big Ideas of Module  1 and Module 2 (4 days of learning) into 2 full days.

Teachers & Coaches
Oct. 21-22, 2019 
#180649 GP – Iowa Science Standards Boot Camp for Teachers Fairfield Arts and Convention Center

Module 3:  Iowa Science Standards – Gathering and Using Evidence of Student Learning in the Science Classroom

*Prerequisite:  Module 1 & 2
*Condensed Module (1 Day ONLY)

Dec. 10, 2019  #181145 GP – Iowa Science Standards Module :  Gathering and Using Evidence of Student Learning in the Science Classroom (K-12)  WEST (Ottumwa)
Feb. 6, 2020 EAST (Burlington)

Module 4:  Iowa Science Standards – Literacy in Science 

*Prerequisite:  Modules 1 & 2
*Targeted audience K-12 teachers

Oct. 3-4, 2019 (K-12)  #168684 GP – Iowa Science Standards Module 4: Literacy in Science (Grades K-12) EAST (Burlington)
Nov. 18-19, 2019 (K-12) WEST (Ottumwa)
March 9-10, 2020 (K-12)  WEST (Ottumwa) 
March 19-20, 2020 (K-12)  EAST (Burlington) 

Science Networks – Collaborative Curriculum Development

AUDIENCE:  4 -12 teachers and instructional coaches
PURPOSE:  To provide dedicated time and support to the development of science curriculum and assessment in a venue with job-alike colleagues from multiple districts.
GOAL:  To promote and support networking amongst area elementary, middle school, high school science teachers in GPAEA as they work to implement the Iowa Core Science Standards training from Modules 1- 4.  This year’s focus will center around creating rubrics and embedding non-fiction text.

Oct. 14-15, 2019 (Upper Elem/MS) #180578 GP –  Great Prairie Science Networks 2019 WEST (Ottumwa)
Oct. 24-25, 2019 (Upper Elem/MS) EAST (Burlington)
Nov. 7-8, 2019 (HS) EAST (Burlington)
Dec. 5-6, 2019 (HS) WEST(Ottumwa)
Jan. 16-17, 2020 (HS) Check back for link EAST (Burlington)
Jan. 23-24, 2020 (Upper Elem/MS)  EAST (Burlington)
Feb. 3-4, 2020 (Upper Elem/MS)  WEST (Ottumwa) 
Feb. 20-21, 2020 (HS) WEST (Ottumwa) 

Digitarium Training

*Targeted Audience (Grades 1, 5, 7, and HS)
*This training is required to check out the Digital Planetarium

Nov. 11, 2019 #270726 GP – Digital Planetarium  EAST (Burlington)
Nov. 12, 2019 WEST (Ottumwa)
Feb. 10, 2020 EAST (Burlington) 
Feb. 13, 2020 WEST (Ottumwa) 
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Nine GPAEA Districts Awarded Computer Science Grant

Contact: Sally Lindgren, sally.lindgren@gpaea.org

Nine GPAEA Districts have been included in Iowa’s Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund grant that has recently been awarded to GPAEA for this school year. These districts include Central Lee, North Mahaska, Cardinal, Pekin, Fort Madison K-8, Centerville, Fairfield, Waco, and Keokuk. This grant is funded by state appropriations to support the Governor’s goal to expand computer science within the state. Training will be provided by NewBoCo, our state-level Code.org designated partner and facilitated by GPAEA.

Basically, the grant is aimed to:

a) provide professional development to integrate computer science in K-8 classrooms for up to three teachers or instructional coaches per district this school year. This three-day training will be spread over the school year, cover sub-pay, and provide access to online materials aligned to Iowa Computer Science Standards. There will also be a train-the trainer component that might benefit a school or district instructional coach.

b) provide an opportunity for intensive training for up to 16 middle school teachers (Gr 6-10) who will receive stipends, course materials, travel reimbursement and renewal credit for 5 days of training (summer 2020) with 4 follow-up days during the 2020-2021 school year. 

Link to press release from the Governor in mid July:  https://governor.iowa.gov/2019/07/gov-reynolds-announces-23-schools-districts-will-expand-computer-science

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2019-2020 FAST Norms and Benchmarks Updated

The developer of the FAST assessment measures used at districts across the state has updated their norms and benchmarks. These updates go into practice starting fallof 2019.

Why the update?
Norms and benchmarks were updated to more accurately represent national performance. This was done by using their available user data to more closely represent the national school population based on gender, race/ethnicity, and socio-economic status. More closely matching national demographics will increase assessment accuracy across the range of abilities (e.g., struggling students, high performing students). This update is also intended to increase norm and benchmark stability, leading to less frequent updates in the future.

What should we expect?
Adjustment to fall, winter, and spring benchmarks for FAST measures including: earlyReadingearlyMathCBMreadingaReading, and select math measures. Generally, the “High Risk” benchmarks lowered somewhat (i.e., fewer students identified as “High-Risk”) with “Some-Risk” benchmarks varying slightly, depending on the measure and screening window. There will also be adjustments to default growth rates that auto-populate when setting up progress monitoring graphs. Read more.

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Early Childhood Network 2019-2020

Contact: Anne Michel, anne.michel@gpaea.org

The focus of the 2019-2020 Early Childhood Network sessions will be Early Childhood Mathematics.

Intended Outcome: Conceptual learning and instructional practices to support early mathematics in early childhood education (Erikson Institute Early Math Collaborative). The four ECN sessions will deepen teacher understanding and support changes in their perspective on mathematics:

  • October 16: Desk Audit in the morning & Introduction into the Big Ideas of Early Mathematics- What Teachers of Young Children Need to Know in the afternoon
  • December 11: Common Assessment – Gathering Authentic GOLD Evidence
  • February 26:  Big Ideas of Early Mathematics: What Teachers of Young Children Need to Know
  • April 29: Project Work – Meaningful Math Experiences

Learn more at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1W8iaeLOAPSWxhr6RTrJZrZpCveDpi3jIF1Ig4hnPgNc/edit?usp=sharing

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GPAEA ESSA Regional Training Schedule for 2019-2020

GPAEA has once again scheduled tentative training dates for school teams to participate in required or optional ESSA training sessions.  Access the ESSA Regional Training Schedule to see the dates.  Registration links will be added as soon as available from the DE.  A list of all scheduled ESSA training dates throughout the state will also be provided at that time.

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