Instructional Services – May 2018

Reminder: Deadline to Participate in Fall FAST Assessments

As you might recall, Iowa’s Area Education Agencies announced that the AEAs will subsidize costs for districts to upgrade their DE provided FastBridge (FAST) subscriptions to include additional functionality in the areas of mathematics and behavior.

The deadline for 2018-19 participation (beginning fall 2018) is June 15, 2018. You can indicate your interest in participating in the fall assessments here.

Also, many districts have started preparing for the spring and fall implementation of these assessments by participating in these upcoming webinars. Please be sure to register to participate in these webinars. A recording of each training session will be shared after each session and will be placed in this linked document.


ESSA/DA Training and Dates for 2018-19

Linked above are the offerings and dates that GPAEA will be hosting training regarding ESSA and Differentiated Accountability for next school year. The DE will send the official document with registration links soon. Also attached is the updated DE ESSA Timeline which contains webinar links and recordings.


Professional Development Opportunities   

Dr. Eric Jensen flier 51118Pre- Learning and Post- Learning for Dr. Jensen
Join the School Improvement Team on June 7th at either the Burlington or Ottumwa AEA for Pre-learning around the work of Dr. Eric Jensen. This learning will also be offered in August.

See the linked flier for details.

Literacy

  • IRRC Modules Iowa Reading Research Centers Literacy PD Modules   

Math

Early Childhood


May Network Dates

Curriculum Network

  • Monday, May 14, 9 – 11:30 AM via Zoom and live in Burlington

Tech Directors

  • May 15th @ Ottumwa

EL Network

  • May 15th @ Burlington
  • May 17th @ Ottumwa

TAG

Identification Network: GPAEA will be hosting networking opportunities for TAG teachers to learn about best practices and resources for identification procedures this spring.  The morning time will focus on learning around best practices in the identification of gifted learners and the afternoon will be a time for small group work either with district alike teams or time for singleton teachers to network with others who have similar responsibilities.

  • Ottumwa May 15 9AM-3PM
  • Burlington May 16 9 AM-3 PM
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Media, Technology & Science – May 2018

Here are some resources the GPAEA Science team recommends you check out to support the implementation of the new Iowa Science Standards in your district!

 

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Special Education – May 2018

IEPs and the End of the Year
As the school year draws to a close, please remember to make sure that your special education teachers have all of their progress monitoring data entered and IEP paperwork finished and validated in the system before leaving for the year.  It may also be good to have your special education teachers consider complete now the 3-year reevaluations that happen immediately.


IEP Teacher and Student Roster Changes
As we move into summer, we need to get information from you about the students who are moving from one special education teacher’s roster to another or from one building to another.  You also may be hiring new special education teachers.  Please work with your AEA team to get that information to us so that we can make as many of those changes in IMS as possible over the summer so that things are ready when you teachers return.


Download PDF: 2018 Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training flier

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External Partners – May 2018



The annual TICL Conference will be held June 11 & 12, 2018. The keynote speaker, Eric Curts, will motivate you to refresh your teaching techniques and enrich your students’ learning using the latest technologies.

 
Please see this flier for more information.

Resilience Seminars – Keosauqua, Ottumwa, and Fairfield


Teacher Summer Externship from SCC

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Agency Updates – April 2018

The Cornerstone – April 2018
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IDEA Part B Parent Survey – 2017-18

Last year the Iowa Department of Education asked your District to share the IDEA Part B Parent Survey and they would like for you to do that again. A follow-up email will be shared next week, but until then please see letters below and share with your Parents.

Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) requires states to report the percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities. This year, the Iowa Department of Education is gathering these data as a census for both students with and without a disability using a three-question survey.

Attached is a Parent Letter with a survey link that you are asked to share with all parents via email, website, and/or social media.

If you have any questions, please contact Meredith MacQuigg, Data Consultant, Iowa Department of Education, 515.494.5610 or meredith.macquigg@iowa.gov.

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Instructional Services – April 2018

Deadline to Participate in Fall FAST Assessments

As you might recall, Iowa’s Area Education Agencies announced that the AEAs will subsidize costs for districts to upgrade their DE provided FastBridge (FAST) subscriptions to include additional functionality in the areas of mathematics and behavior.

As a reminder, the deadline for 2018-19 participation (beginning fall 2018) is June 15, 2018. You can indicate your interest in participating in the fall assessments here .

(You do not need to complete this survey if you are piloting the math and behavior screeners this spring.)

Also, many districts have started preparing for the spring and fall implementation for these assessments by participating in these upcoming webinars. Please be sure to register to participate in these webinars. A recording of each training session will be shared after each session and will be placed in this linked document.


Professional Development System Closes on April 23 – Reopens Early May

The current registration system for professional development will be closed April 23rd and the new professional development registration system will open in early May. Instructor training for creating course proposals and entering grades will be coming soon. On-line resources and face-to-face training will be available.


Literacy  

  • IRRC Modules_ Iowa Reading Research Centers Literacy PD Modules

Math


Social Studies

April 11 or April 13

COLLABORATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY

8:30 to 11:30 AM

GPAEA Ottumwa (April 11) or GPAEA Burlington (April 13)

Participants will collaborate as grade alike or content alike groups to practice the development of a standards’ based units using the Standards at a Glance Templates (K-5 template or 6-12 template).  Link to information

Contact Evan McCormick or Seth Denney


Early Childhood


Science

NGSS Badges:

Achieve awards a digital badge called the “NGSS Design Badge” to science units designed for the NGSS that have earned the highest rating on the Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for Science based on a review conducted by Achieve or its Science Peer Review Panel. The digital badge includes a logo, the name of the unit, the date the badge was awarded, and a “Verify” button. When a user clicks on the digital badge to verify its authenticity, the badge provides more information describing quality features of the unit in question. This is significant for those considering adoption of science curricular resources. While recommendation lists exist for science instructional materials, this the first time digital badges will be awarded to specific instructional materials.

OpenSciEd Project:

Iowa is one of several states participating in the OpenSciEd project to develop and pilot some middle school science units aligned to NGSS. More information will be forthcoming about this exciting opportunity for middle school science.


TAG

HS Programming Network: Area secondary TAG teachers are invited to attend this networking opportunity at Fairfield Arts and Convention Center from 9 AM -3 PM on Friday, May 4, 2018. The morning will focus on research and best practices for secondary TAG programming and the afternoon will be a time for attendees to form small groups and work collaboratively around ideas and strategies for implementation in different system configurations.  If you have any questions about this opportunity feel free to email doreen.underwood@gpaea.org.

Identification Network: GPAEA will be hosting networking opportunities for TAG teachers to learn about best practices and resources for identification procedures this spring.  The morning time will focus on learning around best practices in the identification of gifted learners and the afternoon will be a time for small group work either with district alike teams or time for singleton teachers to network with others who have similar responsibilities.  Please use this form to indicate your intent to participate in this networking opportunity no later than May 8, 2018.

  • Ottumwa May 15 9AM-3PM
  • Burlington May 16 9 AM-3 PM

TLC

  • Blended Learning Day 3 Workshop @ FACC, April 16

Charlotte Danielson – April 18

The panel will discuss the use of her newest framework called, the Six Clusters in Iowa to support mentoring. The Six Clusters represent the “big ideas’ from her widely adopted Framework for Teaching that promote the professional growth of teachers through reflective conversations between mentors and teachers. She will also discuss her model for teacher leadership that provides multiple pathways to support the Teacher Leadership Compensation program.

The in-person event is open to the first 50 registrants. If you are unable to attend in person, the event will also be simultaneously broadcast through webinar.


April Network Dates

Principals Network April 17 @ FACC

  • Secondary 8:30 to 11:30 am
  • Elementary 12:15 to 3:00 pm

Curriculum Network 9:00 to 11:30 am

  • April 23rd at Ottumwa
  • April 24th at Burlington

Tech Directors

  • April 17th at Ottumwa

Reminder

ELPA21 Testing Window is February 13-April 13

Please ensure that Test Coordinators/Administrators and Technology Coordinators have the appropriate training prior to testing. Training can be found at https://training.aealearningonline.org/

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Special Education – April 2018

Request to add Hearing Screening Statement to your Handbook

During the school year, your child’s hearing may be screened and/or tested by Great Prairie AEA audiologists or their assistants, as part of a hearing screening program. If you do NOT want your child to participate in the hearing screening program, please contact your school district with this request by the beginning of the school year.

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