WARNING: Iowa headed for fiscal instability Exactly one year ago in this blog, I asked the question “Where did all the money go?” Iowa has been experiencing revenue growth ranging from 3.5 to 6.2 percent in last five years. But we are not funding the basic needs for our state....
Photo: Dr. Dan Cox The Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA) board of directors has extended an offer to Dr. Dan Cox for the position of chief administrator beginning on July 1, 2018. The board met last week to accept the contract for Dr. Cox, who is currently serving as the...
Photo: Sgt. Bluff-Luton High School staff members (left to right): Justin Smith, Ken Friedmann, Jen Hazel, Paul Zahner and Jason Klingensmith. The Iowa State Board of Education recently recognized Sgt. Bluff-Luton High School for its efforts to help underperforming students succeed. These students are typically from households whose native language...
Last month, I shared that Northwest AEA makes a concerted effort to purchase award-winning PK-12 books and to purchase new books throughout the school year. Our lending library has much more than just PK-12 books, however. Included in that grouping of much more resources are the plush kits that are...
To find all professional development opportunities at Northwest AEA, please go to the website and click on "Classes" at the top of the homepage. Connecting to Learn: Recognizing the Effects of Trauma April 13, 2018, 8:00 AM - April 14, 2018, 5:00 PM Location: First Reformed Church, Sioux Center Register...
A "Get Good's Health and Life Strategy" workshop will be held at Northwest AEA in Sioux City on April 18 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Bruce Wellman, co-author of Data-Driven Dialogue: A Facilitator's Guide to Collaborative Inquiry, will present at WIT in Cherokee on April 19 and 20. He will focus on honing practical tools for discovering assumptions, promoting data-focused inquiry, and developing shared understandings of both problems and possible solutions. Please see the attached...
Northwest AEA is approved provider for several state-recognized certification programs that support school activities. One of these programs is the substitute authorization. The Substitute Authorization allows an individual to substitute in a PreK-12th grade classroom for no more than five consecutive days in one job assignment. Eligible participants are persons...
Do you want to be an athletic coach? By taking a four-course sequence of classes you can earn a coaching authorization which will certify you to become a head or assistant coach in any sport, without having had prior college coursework. The four courses needed for this program are (1)...
School administrators, educators, policy makers, community leaders, parents and higher education staff are encouraged to attend the first-ever Midwest Title IX Summit on Mary 15 in Ankeny. The goal will be to ensure schools and colleges are free from sexual violence and discrimination. Please see the flyer for more information.
The annual TICL Conference (Technology Integration and Instruction for the 21st Century Learner) 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 flyer for more information
The 14th Annual Our Kids Summer Institute for educators and administrators of English learners will be held on June 12-13 at North Polk High School. Pre-K through 12 educators will have the opportunity to network with other educational professionals, discover new strategies for working with English language learners in Iowa...
Northwest AEA, the Siouxland Autism Support Group and the Family Educator Partnership will host the Autism Symposium on June 7 and 8 at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City. The training will focus on strategies for students of all ages in the areas of social thinking in the...
A symposium featuring writing strategies, dyslexia, technology integration, connecting science in elementary literacy, Iowa Reading Research Center strategies and PRESS implementation will be held on June 18-19 at Northwest AEA in Sioux City. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
A Northwest AEA secondary symposium will be held on June 20-21. Keynote presenters include Carl Turner, superintendent of Storm Lake CSD; April Pforts, state supervisor of mathematics at the Iowa Department of Education; and Leigh Bellville, instructional coach at Indianola CSD. Learn more about the event in the attached flyer.
"Observation & Assessment of Young Children" classes will be held on July 24-26 at Northwest AEA in Sioux City. Licensure renewal is available. Please see more in the attached flyer.
Anyone who is interested in becoming a certified paraeducator is invited to enroll in training that will take place on June 4, July 9 and Aug. 6, 2018. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
The 2018 Northwest AEA Early Childhood Curriculum will emphasize Creative Curriculum for Preschools during its professional development choices beginning in the fall. Please see all of the details in the attached flyer.
Second Chance Reading will be held on Aug. 7-8 in Denison for secondary reading and English teachers. Please see the flyer for more information.
Northwest AEA sponsored a regional competition for National History Day on the campus of Northwestern College in Orange City on March 13. The event pulled 229 students competing from 14 schools across northwest Iowa. This year’s theme was “Conflict & Compromise in History.” Students could enter a paper, performance, documentary,...
Note: The articles compiled in this newsletter come from independent media sources who are solely responsible for their content. Northwest AEA staff did not participate in writing any of these articles and Northwest AEA does not necessarily endorse the content of the articles. Some media sources require digital access subscriptions....
If you are a teacher who needs extra services for a child or strategies for enhanced classroom teaching, check out the attached Northwest AEA Directory of Services. The directory is sorted by topics with contact information for AEA staff persons. We are ready to assist!
If you have any questions, issues and/or suggestions regarding student learning or school needs, please feel free to contact your AEA building contact; Liz Determan, communications coordinator, at 800/352-9040, ext. 6003; or any of the following AEA leaders: Dr. Tim Grieves, Chief Administrator 712/222-6001 or 712/722-4378 tgrieves@nwaea.org Cindy Baird, Regional...