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.
- IRRC Modules_ Iowa Reading Research Centers Literacy PD Modules
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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
- 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
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/