AEA statewide initiatives keep expanding

In September, I shared resources that are available through Iowa AEA Online, which can be found at:

These resources are a virtual library that provide students with 14 high quality, web-based materials and information. Students and educators have access to these resources at home and school on a 24/7 basis. 

Iowa AEA Online is one of many resources provided by Iowa’s AEAs. Other resources include:

  • AEA Learning Online - The AEAs have placed all of their online courses in one spot. It is an educator’s source for professional development and K-12 learning.
  • AEA Purchasing - AEA Purchasing offers a number of discounts on products for use by teachers, students and schools. From technology and lockers to food and furniture, the savings are available to all Iowa schools. During the 2016-17 school year, AEA Purchasing placed over $47 million in orders statewide, saving school districts over $14 million.
  • FastBridge - For several years, districts have leveraged the FAST system for literacy and reading for grades K-6 through a contract made available through the Iowa Department of Education. The opportunity to use formative assessments in additional content areas—including math, literacy and behavior—will be available through a new 2018-19 contact with FastBridge Learning and subsidized by Iowa’s AEAs. School districts that sign up by Jan. 15, 2018, will have access to these materials by the spring of 2018.
  • Bright Bytes - BrightBytes provides data analysis for schools and teachers so that student outcomes can quickly improve. The majority of information allows school districts to determine how well they are implementing technology.
  • AEA Prep - National Student Clearinghouse data tools will be used to provide college and career readiness resources to Iowa school districts. This program will be available to school districts in the 2018-19 school year.

These services and many more are made available to students and staff in all school districts across Iowa. The great equalizer is that when these resources are offered statewide, bulk pricing can be leveraged. This provides low or no costs to schools. The services meet the three criteria of why AEAs were developed by the Iowa legislature in 1975: to provide efficiencies, equity and excellence for the Iowa educational system.

If you have not explored these resources yet, please take a minute to discover what is available to educators and schools in Iowa.

As always, be sure to check out our blogs, which we hope will inform, inspire and guide your daily work:

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Educationally yours,

Dr. Tim Grieves
Chief Administrator