External Partners – February 2018

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Agency Updates – January 2018

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Instructional Services – January 2018

Contact: Dr. Lonna Anderson, lonna.anderson@gpaea.org

Professional Development Opportunities for Fall 2018

  • Dr. Muhammad will return on August 22 at FACC. All Means All:Creating a Healthy School Culture. Space available, let me know if you would like your staff to attend.
  • Dr. Eric Jensen (Personalized inviteEngaging Students with Poverty in Mind. 2 opportunities to see Dr. Jensen: Monday, October 15 or Tuesday, October 16 at Bridge View Center, Ottumwa. Dr. Jensen will return for a follow-up workshop for administrators and leadership teams on Tuesday, November 20 at FACC.
  • Mike Mattos (location TBD) Exploring level of interest at this time for Tuesday, October 23 (date provided by Solution Tree).

January Professional Development Opportunities

Blended Learning Day 2: January 9 at FACC (you did not have to attend Day 1 to attend). Registration link

PRESS Training (University of MN trainer) at FACC:

  • Classwide Interventions for grades K-5: January 10
  • Tier 2 Diagnostics & Interventions for K & 1: January 16
  • Tier 2 Diagnostics & Interventions for grades 2 & 3: January 24
  • Tier 2 Diagnostics & Interventions for grades 4 & 5: January 25
  • Registration, PRESS Intervention materials included at no cost

Really Great Reading Training: for current and new users

  • Kindergarten Countdown program: January 29
  • Blast: January 30
  • Boost & Blitz: January 31
  • HD Word: February 1
  • Registration

Supporting Student-Centered Math Instruction: Karen Karp will share researched-informed, hands-on interventions and assessments that focus on the Math Domains of Number and Operations Base Ten and Operations and Algebraic Thinking for elementary students.

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 https://training.aealearningonline.org/.

Creative Curriculum Day 3: January 17 at Revelations in Fairfield

January Network Dates

Curriculum Network 9:00 – 11:30 AM

  • January 22 at Ottumwa
  • January 23 at Burlington

12:30 – 3:00 PM: DE Consultant, Rosanne Malek providing guidance for district TAG plans. Indicate your intent to attend here

Tech Directors

  • January 16 at Ottumwa

GPAEA 2017_18 Dates of Networks & PD Events

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Special Education – January 2018

Contact: Dr. Angelisa Fynaardt, angelisa.fynaardt@gpaea.org

Rulemaking on Chapter 41
I received a memo from the DE on rulemaking on Chapter 41, which primarily addresses graduation requirements for students with disabilities.  Over the winter break, I received an updated message that the public hearing, originally scheduled for Jan 8, will be rescheduled for a later time this spring.  Linked is a memo from Barb Guy, the state’s director of special education, which explains the proposed changes.  These changes would not impact current sophomore through senior students. Even though the public hearing is postponed, the public comment period is open.  I strongly encourage you to make comments on these proposed rules and to include your comments on scaling, implementation, needed decision-making tools, and needed technical assistance.

New FAQ on Endrew F.
On December 7, the United States Department of Education issued a FAQ document explaining implications of the Supreme Court’s decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1, 137 S. Ct. 988 (2017).

Four Plus Programming Clarifications
A year ago, the DE provided updated guidance on the provision of 4+ services. We have been working with our AEA staff, with LEA staff and with the four plus programs in our area to implement the guidance from the DE. As we have worked together this year, some issues have come to my attention around the meaning of unmet needs, appropriate candidates for RISE or STEP, the use of the RISE/STEP rubric, IEP reevaluation meetings and the suggested process and timelines for enrolling a student into RISE or STEP. Please read this document to learn more about clarifications on practice as we work together the rest of this year on transition planning.

Free Workshop: Navigating the Transition Process on February 27 & 28

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External Partners – January 2018

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Agency Updates – December 2017


The Cornerstone – November/December 2017

FastBridge Update

Iowa’s Area Education Agencies will subsidize costs for districts to upgrade their DE provided FastBridge (FAST) subscriptions.  This offer will allow districts to gain access to all K-6 FAST application features, which includes additional functionality in the area of literacy and access to data warehousing, reporting, training and certification in mathematics and behavior. Subscriptions are based on a per student annual cost. Your AEA and the statewide AEA system have committed to covering 50 percent of the cost for each K-6 student in Iowa.

This is the webinar recording from Friday, Dec. 1. The one-hour webinar provided an overview of the FastBridge suite of formative assessment tools available for K-6 students in math and behavior and was presented during the Statewide Curriculum Network.

If you prefer, you also can access the slides used during the webinar.

As a reminder, here is the information shared by the AEAs regarding the pricing structure negotiated with FastBridge Learning by the AEAs, and deadlines for notifying your AEA if your school plans to participate in 2018-19.

Many districts have already expressed interest to their respective AEA about using this suite of assessments. We are asking that you complete this formal interest survey in order to facilitate a systemic approach to implementation.

If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Yelick, cindy.yelick@gpaea.org.  We will be collecting questions and facilitating feedback from FastBridge Learning, and will share this in an FAQ document in the near future. ​

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Instructional Services – December 2017

Early Childhood Network, What Do I Do With This Data? GOLD and IGDI’s

Curriculum Network

  • Dec 18th,  Zoom Meeting for all Directors

Counselor Academy – Dec 15th @ Ottumwa AEA

Blended Learning Day 2:

  • January 9th @ FACC (you did not have to attend Day 1to attend)

Registration link

Really Great Reading Training for current and new users

  • January 29th: Kindergarten Countdown program
  • January 30th: Boost
  • January 31st: Blast & Blitz
  • February 1st: HD Word

For more information about Really Great Reading go to the following link https://www.reallygreatreading.com. Registration will be available the week of Dec 11th.

PRESS Training provided by the Minnesota Center for Reading Research

  • January 10th Class-wide (two ½ day sessions morning or afternoon)
  • January 16th K-1
  • January 24th 2-3
  • January 25th 4-5

For more information about PRESS go to the following link https://presscommunity.org/  . Registration will be available the week of Dec 11th.

English Learners

Math Intervention & Assessment

Karen Karp, a nationally respected mathematics and special education researcher will present around effective interventions for Tier 1 and Tier 2 math instruction.  February 21 will support K-2 teachers and February 22 will support teachers for grades 3-5.  Dr. Karp’s message for both days is similar content with grade-level specific activities.


  • FOSS Kit orders for 2018-19 are due by January 17, 2018
  • Contact: Craig Leager, Science Specialist at craig.leager@gpaea.org

Fierce Conversation Training (both 1 credit and 2 credit courses) at Burlington AEA (now in course catalog)

  • January 29
  • February 16
  • March 8 (online work; don’t meet)
  • March 9

Instructional Rounds Network

  • Ft. Madison, February 5
  • New London, March 6
  • Sigourney, April 19
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