Northwest AEA learning conference: Aug. 10

SIOUX CITY, IA (March 21, 2022)—Northwest AEA will host “Kick Off Your Year Learning Conference: EQ Before IQ” on Wednesday, Aug. 10 in Le Mars!

Northwest AEA will host its annual learning conference on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at the Le Mars Middle School. This year’s theme is “Kick Off Your Year Learning Conference 2022: EQ Before IQ.”

This conference is designed to support disciplines across PK-12 grade levels. Attendees will connect with peers and experts who share similar commitments and challenges.

This year’s conference theme supports educational professionals who seek professional learning in the following areas:

  • understanding and teaching the most challenging students;

  • teaching with trauma-informed practice, culturally responsive pedagogy, and equity/inclusion work; and

  • improving educator mental health through mindfulness, empowerment, and self care.

Special educator, author, and behavior analyst Jessica Minahan, M.Ed, BCBA, will be the keynote speaker. Featured speakers include Jackie Paulson, LMHC, who is an eagala certified facilitator and energy worker, and Louise El Yaafouri, who is an emergent multilingual and cultural competency consultant.

Registration is now open here! Costs are as follows (license renewal is extra):

  • Super Early Bird registration now until March 31 = $25
  • Early Bird registration April 1-April 30 = $50
  • Regular registration May 1-August 10 = $75



With offices in Cherokee, Denison, Le Mars, Onawa, Sioux Center, and Sioux City, Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA) works in partnership with public and accredited private schools in a 10-county area of northwest Iowa to help assure that all children reach their full potential. The AEA provides special education support services, media and technology services, a variety of instructional services, professional development and leadership to promote school improvement. The Iowa General Assembly created the state’s AEA system in 1975. It is widely regarded as one of the finest in the country. For more information about Northwest AEA, visit