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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Media & Technology – April 2017

April 10 – Battle of the Books Fairfield Convention Center
Fairfield Arts & Convention Center
Contact: Tricia Slechta, tricia.slechta@gpaea.org

April 18 – Google Certified Administrator Training for Tech Coordinators
Ottumwa AEA Office
Contact: Sally Lindgren, sally.lindgren@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 1253

April 18 – Tech Coaches Support Network, Blended Learning Virtual Session with Marcia Kish
Contact: Seth Denney or Lisa Jacobs, lisa.jacobs@gpaea.org or seth.denney@gpaea.org

May 2 – Tech Coordinators Support Network
Ottumwa AEA Office
Contact: Sally Lindgren, sally.lindgren@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 1253

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 – April 2017

Supreme Court Ruling on FAPE
On March 22, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a unanimous decision today in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1.  The Court articulated the following standard for a FAPE: “To meet its substantive obligation under the IDEA, a school must offer an IEP reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances.” The italicized matter appears to be a refinement of the Court’s 1982 Rowley standard.  The Court rejected the “de minimus” standard under the IDEA; however, the Court refused to adopt a “meaningful” standard advanced by the parents.  The decision contains the following important observation: “We will not attempt to elaborate on what ‘appropriate’ progress will look like from case to case.”   – Text provided by Thomas Mayes

April 11 – Teaching Students with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia
Thank you for your patience while we tried to find a date and available room to make up our class. Please click on a location below for more information and new dates.

Contact: Michelle Deshler, michelle.deshler@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 5426 (vm)

April 18 & 19 – Special Education Directors Network – CANCELED (4/13/17)
The Special Education Directors Network meetings will be held on April 18 in Ottumwa and on April 19 in Burlington.  Both sessions will be from 1:00 – 3:30 in their respective locations.  The tentative meeting agenda can be found here.  Please complete this short survey to indicate that you plan to attend and to provide your discussion topics and questions for our meeting time.
Contact: Angelisa Fynaardt, angelisa.fynaardt@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 5311

May 3 – Activities to Gain Independence
Mount Pleasant, IA
Contact: Ellie Hamilton, ellie.hamilton@gpaea.org or 800-622-0027 Ext. 5391

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention PD for Summer 2017 through Spring 2018

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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