Reason #4 – School Reform “Initiative Fatigue” In trying to understand the lack of commitment to public education in Iowa, my August blog used the “5 Whys” process to analyze the lack of commitment. The five main reasons that were identified with this process include: Depleted state revenues for Supplemental...
Written by Sandy Leach, educational interpreter at Northwest AEA Sam Holzrichter is an 18-year-old senior at North High in Sioux City. Sam was born with a hearing loss, and his hearing progressively got worse. He started working with the AEA at 13 months of age. In May 2002, he received...
NWAEA Resources on Pearl Harbor AEA Digital Library: AEA Digital Library primarily has full videos and video clips that can be streamed or downloaded. An example of an available title on Pearl Harbor can be accessed on the AEA Digital Library Website. You will need to know your Iowa AEA...
A new partnership between Prairie Lakes AEA and Northwest AEA offers parents, caregivers, families, the opportunity to receive text messages with quick and easy ideas about how to increase their child’s early language and literacy skills. The TIPS for Tots targets toddlers between 18-36 months, while Pointers for Preschoolers focuses...
To learn more about professional development opportunities, go to the Northwest AEA website and find "Classes" in the top navigation.
Todd Whitaker, one of the nation’s leading authorities on staff motivation, teacher leadership and principal effectiveness, will be in Emmetsburg on Jan. 18 as part of the Northwest Iowa AEA Leadership Academy. Todd will present to teachers from 8-11 a.m., and the topic will be, "What Great Teachers Do Differently,...
You Be The Chemist® Essential Elements is a professional development program created by the Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF). Essential Elements is designed to assist K–8 educators–-our “essential elements” in education–-in teaching chemistry concepts through hands-on learning and connecting those concepts to students’ everyday lives. Essential Elements is based on the...
The 21st Annual Centering on Centers Conference will take place on Jan. 29 and 30 at the Sioux City Convention Center. This year's theme for the early childhood event is, "Celebrate Childhood."
How do we increase student achievement? The research is clear that teacher effectiveness is the number one determinant of student success. And every teacher, like every child, is unique and has strengths, weaknesses, goals, ambitions, gaps, and special qualities. On April 7, learn from award-winning principal and author, Pete Hall,...
Iowa adopted the performance expectations of the Next Generation Science Standards as the new Iowa Science Standards. These performance expectations focus on three-dimensional learning and each performance expectation includes a practice, a cross-cutting concept and a disciplinary core idea. Target Audience: K-12 science teachers, administrators, curriculum directors, teacher leaders, and...
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!
Iowans who make up the Council on Educator Development have spent the past two years studying teacher and administrator evaluation practices and professional development. This document represents their preliminary recommendations. The council now needs feedback on these recommendations from Iowa’s education community, including superintendents, principals, teachers and school board members....
Five northwest Iowa citizens were recently re-elected to the Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA) board: Keith Zylstra – District 1; Roger Brinkert, - District 3; Dr. Tom Bjorge – District 4; Creston Schubert – District 5; and Tricia Sutherland – District 7. In addition, Roger Brinkert was elected president and...
Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA) recently purchased a Spot Vision Screener as a result of a Missouri River Historical Development (MRHD) grant awarded to the agency last May. Judy Turner, early childhood special education nurse, applied for the grant on behalf of the AEA. “The Spot Vision Screener is a...
If you have any questions, issues and/or suggestions regarding student learning or school needs, please feel free to contact your AEA building contacts; 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, Region...