Media, Technology & Science – September 2017

September 19 – Technology Coordinators Support Network and Technology Coaches

The first Technology Coordinators Support Network and Technology Coaches meeting will be held September 19th in Ottumwa Room 21C (9:30am-3:00pm). Agenda will be forthcoming to current members of these networks. New Technology Coordinators/Network Administrators should contact Dr. Sally Lindgren (sally.lindgren@gpaea.org). New Technology Coaches, or individuals that have a coaching role to support the use of technology for teaching and learning are invited to participate in the Tech Coaches support network. Contact Seth Denney (seth.denney@gpaea.org) or Lisa Jacobs (lisa.jacobs@gpaea.org) for more information.


GPAEA Sunsets Eduvision Portal

GPAEA will no longer be supporting a shared Eduvision video portal. GPAEA will sunset the video portal on October 30, 2017, which means it will no longer be accessible from the GPAEA Web Site.  In order to keep the videos that have been uploaded by you or members of your district, the videos will need to be downloaded (unless you kept a copy, of course!) before the sunset date or if your district would like to pursue your own Portal, we have been working with Eduvision to offer a transition plan for those GPAEA school districts that would like to retain their videos and have a portal of their own for an annual price of $997.  Eduvision will also move your content that is currently in the GPAEA Eduvision video portal for you.

Eduvision assures that a district portal will be:

  • Safe, Secure & Managed – Content is safe with the ability to password protect, make videos private… and more. 
  • Enterprise ready – Unlimited channels, channel managers, live events, and users.
  • No Advertisements  – Never any ads.
  • No Questionable Content – Never any questionable content displayed with your videos. Your content, image, and brand are never compromised.
  • In-Video Interaction – Quickly add polls/questions and gather feedback RIGHT FROM YOUR VIDEO
  • Committed to Compliance – Enabling Schools to be Quickly WCAG Compliant for live streaming and on-demand video delivery through automatic Closed Captions.
  • Affordable Annual Subscription –  We can create an offering to meet any budget.

So, the only action you need to take is to download your videos before the sunset date or contact JDL about moving them to a portal of your own.

Contact JDL: Thomas Lapping <tlapping@jdlhorizons.com> 952-697-0555

To learn more please visit: www.jdlhorizons.com


Science Update

Links to register for this year’s Iowa Science Standards Professional Development Offerings are now available for most sessions! For those with new teachers, or ones who haven’t had Modules 1 & 2 training- please note that some of these sessions start Sept 1!

We will be offering “Supporting Iowa Science Standards for Administrators and Instructional Coaches with Modules 1 & 2” again this year. Module 3 support for Administrators and Coaches will be offered in 2018.

Here is the Google doc that contains all available sessions with links to register. There is also a link to the statewide spreadsheet listing Science Standards PD in other AEAs: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rLWkJaw-SlO82HVVJ68NJ0qmNmas3kN4ifvL0SjwDvo/edit

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Special Education – September 2017

FAST Progress Monitoring for Students in Special Education

FAST assessments may be written into some of your students’ IEPs.  For these students, the IEP mostly likely dictates that progress monitoring should occur every two weeks.  This means that your teachers need to start monitoring progress using the FAST assessment prior to the training on FAST progress monitoring.  Your teachers have two options to monitor progress using the FAST assessment prior to training.

Option 1:  Use the Quick Progress Monitoring Setup Directions.  These directions are for those who would like to use the FAST application for progress monitoring prior to the fall training where profess monitoring, interventions, and reporting will be trained in detail.  These directions do not replace the later training.   Please note:

  1. Progress monitoring can set up once your roster data has been validated in the FAST application.
  2. Progress monitoring that is required for students on IEPs must be entered in the IEP system, at a minimum.  Using the FAST system is recommended.
  3. Paper/pencil progress monitoring entry is an option in FAST but it may be challenging to enter bulk data later, in terms of lining up the paper assessment number and the electronic assessment number that appears for the student when you login.
  4. The linked directions provide a way to set up PM in FAST for use right away.

Option 2:  Download copies of the FAST assessment and complete paper-pencil progress monitoring until the online system is ready.  Information about downloading resources is in the FAST Download Information Sheet.  Be sure to enter all progress monitoring data into the IEP.


REMINDER Regarding Preschool Eligible Students and Open Enrollment

Parents of a preschool, special education eligible student may request to open enroll their child in a district other than their district of residence to receive special education instructional services in a preschool, pre-kindergarten or early childhood special education program.  Open enrollment paperwork does not need to be completed for non-disabled preschoolers or for a preschool child with an IEP for support services only (e.g, speech, OT, PT services only) who are attending in a district other than the one in which she resides.  If you haven’t already, please verify that the instructional IEP-eligible preschool students attending and receiving special education in your district who reside in a neighboring district have completed Open Enrollment paperwork.  If you have additional questions, please see the Procedures Manual, the Open Enrollment Handbook, or contact your Regional Director.


Upcoming Special Education Professional Learning Opportunities

Alternate Assessment

Literacy

Behavior/PBIS

Autism

Non-Violent Crisis Prevention and Intervention (aka CPI)

Special Education Concepts


Special Education Director Network

Special Education Director Network meetings will occur three times throughout the school year.  Special Education Directors, building administrators, and special education coaches are welcome to attend to learn more about current issues in special education.  Meeting dates and locations are listed below.  Register at http://bit.ly/2uQTOSp.

Burlington

  • Sept 27 1:00 – 3:30
  • Dec 7 1:00 – 3:30
  • April 11 1:00 – 3:30

Ottumwa

  • Sept 28 1:00 – 3:30
  • Dec 8 8:30 – 11:00
  • April 12 1:00 – 3:30

Foundations of Special Education!

Great Prairie will offer Foundations of Special Education course this fall.  This course will provide principals and other district administrators an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in the supervision and administration of special education services.  Sessions will be held in Ottumwa on October 10 and 24 from 8:30 – 4:00.  Sessions will be held in Burlington on October 11 and 25 from 8:30 – 4:00.  Registration links are below:


September 12, 2017 – Assistive Tech Expo
1:00 – 4:30 PM
Ottumwa AEA Office

September 19, 2017 – Assistive Tech Expo
1:00 – 4:30 PM
Burlington AEA Office

Join us at our annual AT Expo. Try assistive technology tools and learn about the resources available through our AEA Media Center.
Download Flyer: AT Expo September 2017
No Registration
Cost/Lunch This is a FREE event
Contact: Ellie Hamilton, ellie.hamilton@gpaea.org

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External Partners – September 2017

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Agency Updates – August 2017

GPAEA Welcomes New Chief Administrator Dr. Cindy Yelick 

JUNE 9, 2017 – The Great Prairie AEA Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of a new chief administrator for the Agency. Dr. Cindy Yelick, who is currently the deputy chief administrator at Heartland AEA, will succeed Dr. Jon Sheldahl.

“Dr. Cindy Yelick will be a great addition to Great Prairie AEA team,” said Vicki Stephenson, president of the Great Prairie AEA board of directors. “She brings a wide range of experiences and leadership in her work with Iowa’s AEAs and the State of Iowa.”

As the chief administrator of Great Prairie AEA, Dr. Yelick will oversee over 270 full and part-time staff members who provide special education services, instructional services, professional learning, library and digital resources, technology support and more to over 36,000 students and 2,700 educators throughout the 14 southeast Iowa counties the Agency serves.

Dr. Yelick has previously held positions as executive director of instructional services, administrator for Iowa Core Curriculum, executive director of teaching and learning, and a regional coordinator at Heartland AEA; director of early childhood, assessment, and special education and elementary principal at Ames Community Schools; elementary principal at Des Moines Public Schools; director of McPrep Middle School Academy at Drake University; and assistant administrator at Spring Branch ISD in Houston, Texas. She received a doctorate in educational leadership from Drake University, master’s in curriculum and instruction, second language education from the University of Houston and bachelor’s in elementary education from the University of Northern Iowa.

“My career has centered around ensuring that all students have the opportunity to thrive,” Yelick said. “I am excited to work with the quality staff and leadership at Great Prairie AEA who continue the course for improvement and enhanced learning outcomes for all children throughout southeast Iowa.”

Yelick was selected for the position after the search firm G. Tryon & Associates conducted a nationwide search. She will assume the responsibilities of chief administrator contingent upon release from her current contract in July 2017.

GPAEA Opening Day – August 16

Great Prairie AEA will welcome back all staff on Wednesday, August 16.

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Instructional Services – August 2017

FAST Bridge
Please make sure your district representatives join the webinars for management training and start-up. Information from IDE linked here. GPAEA literacy consultants will be able to support your teachers, however, they are not “official trainers.” The webinars will be essential. See External Partners post for more information. 


GPAEA 2017_18 Dates of Networks & PD Events


August 8 & 9 – Student Centered Coaching with Julie Wright
Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

  • Audience: TLC coaches, model teachers, and administrators
  • Follow-up includes on-site coaching labs in October & February

August 18 – Visible Learning in Literacy with Doug Fisher & Anita Allan
Bridgeview Center, Ottumwa


August 22 (closed) & 23 (limited space) – Transforming School Culture, the Will to Lead with Anthony Muhammad
Bridgeview Center, Ottumwa
Follow-up with Dr. Muhammad on October 30th for Leadership Teams


Curriculum Network:

  • August 28 – GPAEA Ottumwa, Room 21C
  • August 29 – GPAEA Burlington, Room 21C

September 6 – Superintendent Network
Fairfield Arts & Convention Center


September 13 & 14 – 504 Training

In September, GPAEA has set aside two days to work with local districts to help create or refine your 504 processes.  Fred Kinne from the Iowa Department of Education will be there to help your team solidify a meaningful process to work with identification and monitoring of 504 plans.  The dates are as follows:

September 13

  • 8:00-11:00 AM – Burlington AEA
  • 12:30-3:30 PM – Fairfield AEA

September 14

  • 8:00-11:00 AM – Ottumwa AEA
  • 12:30-3:30 PM – Albia AEA

Iowa Testing Programs, Informational Sessions: ordering, test security, reports

  • September 19 – GPAEA Ottumwa, 12:30 to 4:00 PM
  • September 20 – GPAEA Burlington, 12:30 to 4:00 PM

September 21 – Blended Learning Coaching Academy
Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

  • GPAEA will be hosting a Blended Learning Coaching Academy with Marci Kish for Instruction Coaches on Sept 21st, Jan 9th, & April 6th
  • Audience: All TLC coaches, model teachers, and administrators

Coming in September (date TBD):  

  • GPAEA will host a training for staff using the Kuder Navigator Career Planning System.  Look for an email with the date and details in the near future.

School Improvement – a change in structure

  • GPAEA welcomes two new school improvement consultants to our team and will say goodbye and good luck to Cory Johnson. Jamie Cranston, a former K-2 Principal at Chariton, will be joining Mike Stiemsma in serving districts on the West side of the agency. Doreen Underwood, current Gifted, Counseling, and TLC lead will join Evan McCormick in serving districts in the East.
  • GPAEA also welcomes new Literacy Consultant, Amanda Evans and Science Consultant, Craig Leager to its service team. Amanda and Craig will be serving districts on the western side of the agency.

 

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Media, Technology & Science – August 2017

Science
Registration links for the Iowa Science Standards Module 3: Gathering and Using Evidence of Student Learning in the Science Classroom will be available soon!  If your teachers have not attended Modules 1 and/or 2, please contact Tami Plein (tami.plein@gpaea.org) or Craig Leager (craig.leager@gpaea.org) for information.

Here is a link to this year’s Iowa Science Standards PD offerings.  Please note that ALL are K-12 sessions, but we are encouraging grade-band attendance to facilitate networking: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1rLWkJaw-SlO82HVVJ68NJ0qmNmas3kN4ifvL0SjwDvo/edit 

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Special Education – August 2017

Special Education Director Network

Special Education Director Network meetings will occur three times throughout the school year. Special Education Directors, building administrators, and special education coaches are welcome to attend to learn more about current issues in special education. Meeting dates and locations are listed below. Register at http://bit.ly/2uQTOSp.

  • Burlington
    Sept 27, 1:00 – 3:30
    Dec 7, 1:00 – 3:30
    April 11, 1:00 – 3:30
  • Ottumwa
    Sept 28, 1:00 – 3:30
    Dec 8, 8:30 – 11:00
    April 12, 1:00 – 3:30

Special Education Procedures Manual and Release Notes

The 2017-18 Special Education Procedure Manual and the corresponding Release Notes were published this month. Please make sure that you and your special education teachers have the updated version of the manual. In addition, the Release Notes will provide you with a summary and highlighted text to indicate the changes from last year to this year. Both documents are available to download at Iowa IDEA Info. If you have any questions about the procedural changes for this year, please contact your Regional Director for more information.


New Teacher IEP Training

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. Information about how to register for both options is provided below.

Option 1 – 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

Option 2 – Face-to-face Training

Your new teachers may attend in-person training on the Web IEP.  Training will be provided in Burlington on August 29 and September 7 or in Ottumwa on August 31 and September 12.  All sessions will begin at 9:00 and end by4:00.  Registration links are below.


Foundations of Special Education Course

Great Prairie will offer Foundations of Special Education course this fall. This course will provide principals and other district administrators an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in the supervision and administration of special education services. Sessions will be held in Ottumwa on October 10 and 24 from 8:30 – 4:00. Sessions will be held in Burlington on October 11 and 25 from 8:30 – 4:00. Registration links will be coming soon.

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