Leadership Connection – November 2019

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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.
Agency Updates
  • The Cornerstone – November 2019
    • GPAEA Districts Featured in PBIS Article
    • School Psychology Awareness Week – November 11-15, 2019
    • Ottumwa Director Dr. Lonna Anderson receives Friend of Math Award
    • Pedersen Named 2020 Iowa Superintendent of the Year
    • Ottumwa first-grader featured on Good Morning America
    • Substitute Authorization Courses Available in Albia & Burlington – January 2020
    • Professional Learning Courses Available – November 2019
    • Iowa Teacher Librarians Again Have Opportunity to Collaborate During Monthly Online Sessions
    • GPAEA Schools in the News – October/November 2019
Professional Learning/School Improvement/Special Education
  • Meeting the Requirements for Suicide Prevention Legislation
  • GPAEA’s Professional Development Department Seeking Help from Participants
  • Reminder to Check TLC Fund Balances
External & State Partners
  • AEA System Superintendents Update – November 2019
  • AEA Learning Online
  • BoEE
  • DE – School Leader Update
  • Think Tank Session from UNI
Posts may be updated throughout the month, so remember to check back for further information. You may always contact your Regional Director as questions arise.
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Meeting the Requirements for Suicide Prevention Legislation

The following document includes the new URL for additional trainings that are listed in the technical assistance guidance created by the Iowa Department of Education.

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GPAEA’s Professional Development Department Seeking Help from Participants

Great Prairie AEA needs your help! The GPAEA Professional Development Department is asking that all district staff, including paraeducators, register through the statewide registration system, prior to GPAEA events they plan to attend.  Registration prior to a training is important in ensuring that our instructors have the correct number of materials for everyone that attends the trainings. It also provides accurate records for grant reporting purposes and state attendance reporting. For registration assistance, contact julie.hannam@gpaea.org or michelle.dickey@gpaea.org. We appreciate your efforts in helping us provide sufficient materials and accurate records.

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Reminder to Check TLC Fund Balances

This end of the year report from the Iowa Department of Education summarizes Iowa districts’ TLC implementation for the 2018-19. This report summarizes the data provided in end-of-year reports submitted by all 329 school districts during the 2018-19 school year. Districts are encouraged to review their TLC fund balances to ensure they are maximizing these funds and to spend down unspent balances. As a reminder, there are six categories of allowable uses for TLC funds that are summarized here.

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External & State Partners – November 2019


Think Tank Session from UNI

November 19, 2019, from 10 AM – 1 PM at the  Fairfield Arts & Convention Center (FACC)

  • Facilitated conversation around challenges facing Iowa school leaders and strategies for addressing the challenges
  • Each participant will have the opportunity to share a challenge and dialogue with others regarding possible actions to address the challenge.
  • No cost to attend-lunch provided
  • Email Denise Schares (denise.schares@uni.edu) to sign up
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Leadership Connection – October 2019

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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.

Agency Updates
  • The Cornerstone – October 2019

Professional Learning/School Improvement

  • Co-Teaching/Inclusion Workshop – October 16
  • GPAEA ESSA Regional Training Schedule for 2019-2020
  • High-Quality Math Intervention
  • State-Approved Iowa Evaluator Approval Trainings
  • Statewide Social Studies Webinar Series 2019-2020
  • Student Centered Coaching Labs – October 9 & 10

Special Education

  • Special Education Weighted Count

External & State Partners

  • AEA Learning Online – October Blog Posts
  • BoEE – October News
  • DE – School Leader Update

Posts may be updated throughout the month, so remember to check back for further information.

ICYMI: Leadership Connection – September 2019

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