Agency Updates – September 2018

This short video is a great introduction to teachers who are new to education and also serves as a good reminder to veteran educators about what is available from your AEA.

Contact your Regional Director to learn more about how GPAEA partners with your District:

GPAEA Regions 2018 (1)Contacts

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 – September 2018

ESSA Resources:

ESSA Consolidated Application Workshop – September 6 or 13

These workshops will introduce attendees to the Consolidated Application within the CASA system, allowing districts to apply for all Title program funds at once. Presenters will also provide a summary of all Title programs and assist attendees in preparing and submitting their consolidated applications.

Weekly Q&A around ESSA and the Consolidated Application

IDE’s Mark Crady and Amy Williamson every Friday from 1:00 – 3:00 pm beginning September 7 will answer any questions you may have about the Consolidated Application or ESSA implementation in general.  Link https://heartlandaea.zoom.us/j/8107179477

October 15: Superintendents will receive ESSA designations (Universal, Targeted, or Comprehensive)

Oct 31st: AEA Online Courses Open to districts

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

College & Career Readiness

Kuder Career Software Training – September 18

  • Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

PREP Dashboard Opens the week of Sept 21


Science 

Iowa Science Standards for Instructional Leaders:  Modules 1, 2 and 3 (compressed) – September 17 
AUDIENCE: School Administrators, Curriculum Directors, Instructional Coaches, etc.
PURPOSE: To provide condensed and targeted learning pertinent to instructional leaders’ roles in supporting the implementation of Iowa Science Standards.
REGISTRATION LINK for Iowa Science Standards for Instructional Leaders (Condensed Modules 1-3) 

Blended Module 2: Iowa Science Standards- Planning for Three-Dimensional Learning through Phenomena and Storylines – Beginning September 1
AUDIENCE:  K-12 Science teachers, District Science Leads and Instructional Coaches
PREREQUISTE: Module 1
COURSE FORMAT:  8 hours in-district work + 1 face-to-face date on October 11 (Fairfield Arts & Convention Center) with in-district work starting September 1- October 1, 2018
REGISTRATION LINK: https://aealearning.truenorthlogic.com/U/P/Channel/-/ExternalChannel?_ct=Courses&Path=%2Fia%2Fempari%2Flearning2%2Fsection%2FviewCourseSection%3FcourseId%3D167603%26sectionId%3D249567


Student-Centered Coaching – beginning September 25

Julie Wright will work with a host District to facilitate coaching labs. Colleagues will observe a coaching session which includes a pre-brief, observation and debrief. Participants observe and reflect on the coaching process. Participants improve their practice by learning from each others’ experience. Search #162408 GP in Course Catalog.

  • East – September 25 & April 4 – Beginning 7:45 AM, Fort Madison Middle School and ending in Keokuk
  • West – September 26 – Beginning at 8:30 AM, Ottumwa James Elementary 
  • West – April 5

Leading Student-Centered Coaching (course #167515) – September 27, FACC

Julie Wright, National Consultant for Diane Sweeney’s Student-Centered Coaching, will host a session designed to help principals successfully lead student-centered coaching. She will tackle the challenges and share strategies to support principals in their role of leading instructional coaches. This session will be valuable for all principals and especially, principals who have had instructional coaches participate in the Student-Centered Coaching Workshops and Labs previously sponsored by GPAEA.

PDF: GP Student-CenteredCoaching_Flyer 18


DR. ERIC JENSEN EVENTS

Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind with Dr. Eric Jensen

  • October 15 – OTTUMWA, Bridge View Center. Registration from 7:45 – 8:30 am, the Workshop will begin at 8:30 am and end at 3:30 pm.
  • October 16 – BURLINGTON, PZAZZ. Registration from 7:45 – 8:30 am, the Workshop will begin at 8:30 am and end at 3:30 pm.

Dr. Anderson will contact districts that pre-registered last spring. For districts bringing their entire staff, Lonna will send a template to collect staff names. For districts bringing a small group (leadership team), a registration link will be provided. A special course section can be created for districts offering this for TQ. Please contact Dr. Anderson if your district needs this option. The cost will be $50 per participant.

Note: Dr. Jensen will return on Nov 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 will be $150 per participant.


MTSS at Work within Professional Learning Communities with Mike Mattos – October 23

National Solution Tree Consultant, Mike Mattos, will share how to utilize collaborative team structures (PLC’s) to implement an effective Multi-tiered System of Support within your school. Participants will learn the responsibilities of the school leadership team and teacher teams to create effective MTSS supports for all students.


NETWORK DATES:

RPP

  • September 13 – RPP 16 Program Review Committee – Burlington AEA 9 a.m.
  • September 20 – RPP 15 Program Review Committee – Ottumwa AEA
  • October 18 – RPP 16 Board Meeting at SCC 8:30 a.m.
  • October 23 – RPP 15 Board Meeting at IHCC 1 p.m.

Business Ed Advisory

  • Sept 18 Area 16 Business Ed Advisory at SCC
  • Sept 26 Area 15 Business Ed Advisory at IHCC

GPAEA Induction Principal Network, 9-noon, Ottumwa AEA – October 4

Early Childhood Network – October 17, FACC
Content: Getting to Know the Revised Iowa Early Learning Standards & the IQPPS Desk Audit

Principals’ Network – September 27, FACC
Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

  • Elementary and Secondary Principals are invited to Network from 8:30 to 11:30 am
  • (We will break into elementary & secondary groups as appropriate for topics)
  • Leading Student-Centered Coaching for Principals will follow from 12:30 to 3:30 pm

Additional Principal Networks: November 20: Leadership Teams with Dr. Jensen, Dec 6, Feb 7, & April 18

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Special Education – September 2018

Transition: The Basics – September 19 or 20

This workshop is for new secondary special education teachers (1/2 day) and new AEA core team members that serve secondary schools (1 day). Participants will increase knowledge of the basics of the 6 Critical Elements of transition; explore various transition assessments in living, learning, and working and how to determine needs in these areas; and increase their knowledge regarding how to write IEPs utilizing the information from transition assessments

  • September 20 – OTTUMWA GPAEA Conference Room A
  • September 19 – BURLINGTON AEA – Conference Rooms AB
  • Times: 9:00 AM-Noon – New Secondary Special Education Teachers
    9:00 AM – 3:30 PM – New AEA Core Team Staff

Register at #167703 GP – Transition Components of the IEP Training

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State Supported Trainings & Information – September 2018

Alternate Assessment 2018-2019

This year’s letter contains information for both the K-6 Early Literacy Alternate Assessment and the Grades 3-11 Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment.  Please take time to read the attached letter outlining important updated information and timelines for the 2018-2019 alternate assessment.

PDF Letter: Alternate Assessments Commencement Email 2018-2019


Creating Coaching Partnerships – September 13 & 14

Creating Coaching Partnerships Conf flyer (3) (2)

PDF: Creating Coaching Partnerships Conf flyer (3) (2)


Division on Career Development & Transition International Conference, Cedar Rapids – October 24-26 

This three-day conference provides a host of information and networking opportunities for those interested in improving lives of individuals with disabilities. The missions of DCDT is to promote national and international efforts to improve the quality of and access to career/vocational and transition services, increase the participation of education in career development and transition goals, and influence policies affecting career development and transition for persons with disabilities. Learn more at http://community.cec.sped.org/dcdt/dcdt-conferences/dcdt-2017.


Emergency Operations Planning Workshops

Save the date for your school emergency management personnel. The Iowa Department of Education has booked the following dates for training on creating high-quality Emergency Operations Plans at the following Area Education Agencies (AEAs). This training is for both school districts and non-public schools.

  • September 5: Prairie Lakes AEA
  • September 6: Northwest AEA
  • September 11: Grant Wood AEA
  • September 13: Central Rivers AEA
  • September 17: Keystone AEA
  • September 19: Green Hills AEA (Avoca)
  • September 24: Heartland AEA
  • September 26: Mississippi Bend AEA
  • October 11: Great Prairie AEA

Register at https://www.smore.com/7cp5e

For questions, please contact David Johnston, Executive Officer 2, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, at ph. 515-725-3295 or david.johnston@iowa.gov.


Future Ready Iowa Summits 

Future Ready Iowa regional summits will bring together key stakeholders in education, business, economic development and community in ten locations across the state, to create local strategies that ensure all Iowans are future ready.


Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP)

Iowa Testing Programs (ITP) and Pearson have introduced the newly designed Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) website. This will be the “one-stop-shop” for all things related to ISASP. This website will provide a detailed roadmap for technology readiness preparation, training materials, test administration documentation, student tutorials and practice tests. The first bulletin posted at Pearson’s ISASP website includes a general overview of the ISASP. As additional information is available, the site will be updated, and you will be notified of the changes.


McREL Iowa Leadership Academy McREL Iowa Leadership Academy Flyer

PDF: McREL Iowa Leadership Academy Flyer


National Training: Youth Suicide Prevention

Below is a link to a national training that we are making available to our schools at no costs. This is a two-hour training and participants receive a certificate upon completion from the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS). Some GPAEA staff have taken the training and found it to be of high quality.  There will be a one-hour training developed by the AEA system team available in late October.

Here is the link to the free national training: http://sptsuniversity.org/.


Student-Centered Coaching Workshops from Iowa’s AEAs


Student Safety Workshops

Combined flyers

PDF: Student Safety Combined flyers


Universal Screeners:


Webinar – Addressing Adolescent Depression and Suicide: Using an Evidence-Based Prevention Program (shared by Iowa Department of Public Health)

Friday, September 14, 2018 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
This webinar will showcase the evidence-based Signs of Suicide® (SOS) prevention programs and highlight the work of Elyssa’s Mission®, a local non-profit organization that funds and supports SOS implementation in Illinois middle and high schools. Participants will learn how the SOS model can be implemented to educate youth about mental health and prevent suicide. The webinar will be hosted by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health’s Region 5 Adolescent Health Network, Illinois Collaboration on Youth, Elyssa’s Mission®, and Signs of Suicide®.

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Agency Updates – August 2018

Iowa’s AEAs: Did you know we did all that?


Regional Service Delivery & Contacts

GPAEA Regions 2018 (1)

As a reminder, Great Prairie AEA has moved to a Regional Service Delivery Model, you may contact your Regional Director with questions throughout the year! Have a great 2018-19 School Year!

Contacts

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 – August 2018

Pre-learning for Dr. Eric Jensen for Leadership Teams – August 27 or 28

  • August 27, 12:30 – 3:30 PM at Burlington AEA (course #167779)
  • August 28, 12:30 – 3:30 PM at Ottumwa AEA (course # 167779)

GPAEA School Improvement Consultants will host a pre-learning session designed to provide leaders with information and activities they can share with their staff in preparation for Dr. Jensen’s workshop to be held in Ottumwa on October 15 and Burlington on October 16. The GPAEA 3 hour session will preview the topics Dr. Jensen will share which includes: the effects of poverty on students, the ability for brains to change, and the critical role of educators. 

PDF: Dr. Eric Jensen flier


Wilson Language Training – September 4-6

  • Fairfield Arts & Convention Center
  • (No cost to districts)
  • Please contact your Regional Director or Dr. Lonna Anderson for registration

ESSA Consolidated Application Workshop – September 6 or 13

These workshops will introduce attendees to the Consolidated Application within the CASA system, allowing districts to apply for all Title program funds at once. Presenters will also provide a summary of all Title programs and assist attendees in preparing and submitting their consolidated applications.

Additionally:


Kuder Career Software Training – September 18

  • Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Training for counselors and administrators using the system

Student-Centered Coaching – beginning September 25

Julie Wright will work with a host District to facilitate coaching labs. Colleagues will observe a coaching session which includes a pre-brief, observation and debrief. Participants observe and reflect on the coaching process. Participants improve their practice by learning from each others’ experience.

  • East – September 25 & April 4
  • West – September 26 & April 5
  • Search #162408 GP in Course Catalog

Leading Student-Centered Coaching (course #167515) – September 27

Julie Wright, National Consultant for Diane Sweeney’s Student-Centered Coaching, will host a session designed to help principals successfully lead student-centered coaching. She will tackle the challenges and share strategies to support principals in their role of leading instructional coaches. This session will be valuable for all principals and especially, principals who have had instructional coaches participate in the Student-Centered Coaching Workshops and Labs previously sponsored by GPAEA.

PDF: GP Student-CenteredCoaching_Flyer 18


MTSS at Work within Professional Learning Communities with Mike Mattos – October 23

  • Bridge View Convention Center, Ottumwa (Search Course #162410)

National Solution Tree Consultant, Mike Mattos, will share how to utilize collaborative team structures (PLC’s) to implement an effective Multi-tiered System of Support within your school. Participants will learn the responsibilities of the school leadership team and teacher teams to create effective MTSS supports for all students.


Network Dates:

Curriculum Network

  • August 27 – Burlington AEA, 9:00 – 11:30 AM
  • August 28 – Ottumwa AEA, 9:00 – 11:30 AM

Principals’ Network – September 27
Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

  • Elementary and Secondary Principals are invited to Network from 8:30 to 11:30 am
  • (We will break into elementary & secondary groups as appropriate for topics)
  • Leading Student-Centered Coaching for Principals will follow from 12:30 to 3:30 pm
  • Lunch will be provided

Additional Principal Networks: November 20: Leadership Teams with Dr. Jensen, Dec 6, Feb 7, & April 18

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Special Education – August 2018

Iowa Alternate Assessment Coordinators/Data Managers – August 30

On August 30, 2018, GPAEA will host a half-day morning workshop for district staff assigned as Data Managers for the Iowa Alternate Assessment.  Registration for the workshop will be available through the GPAEA PD Course Catalog at a later date.  For additional questions, please contact Crystal Hornback (crystal.hornback@gpaea.org).


New Teacher IEP Training – Beginning August 27

IEP training for new special education teachers will be available this year in
two different formats. You may decide if you prefer to have your teacher(s)
complete the online training or if you prefer that they attend the 2-day face-
to-face training in Burlington or Ottumwa.

Option 1 – Face-to-face Training
Your new teachers may attend in-person training on the Web IEP. Training
will be provided in Burlington on August 28 and September 11 or in Ottumwa
on August 27 and September 11. All sessions will begin at 9:00 AM and end by 4:00 PM. Click on a location below to register.

Option 2 – Online Training

Your new teachers may complete online training on the Web IEP. You are
strongly encouraged to require staff to give you a Certificate of Completion if
you pick this option. Directions for registration are:

  • Go to: https://training.aeapdonline.org
  • Click on 1st time user to Register or enter login information
  • Click on House Icon on the left
  • Click on red catalog icon
  • Type in the search bar: IEP Training for AEA/LEA staff
  • Click the Register button for the course
  • Click the continue button to enter the course and complete it

Transition: The Basics – September 19 or 20

This workshop is for new secondary special education teachers (1/2 day) and new AEA core team members that serve secondary schools (1 day). Participants will increase knowledge of the basics of the 6 Critical Elements of transition; explore various transition assessments in living, learning, and working and how to determine needs in these areas; and increase their knowledge regarding how to write IEPs utilizing the information from transition assessments

  • Ottumwa – 9/20/18 – Ottumwa AEA Conference Room A
  • Burlington – 9/19/18 – Burlington AEA – Conference Rooms AB
  • Times: 9:00 – 12:00 – New Secondary Special Education Teachers
    9:00 – 3:30 – New AEA Core Team Staff

Register at #167703 GP – Transition Components of the IEP Training

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