Welcome to Northwest AEA’s monthly newsletter and education blogs, resources and forums called, “Connections.”

This year marks the 35th anniversary of Iowa's AEA system. Many changes have taken place since 1975, but much has remained the same. The Iowa system continues to be among the most comprehensive and highly respected regional educational service agencies in the country. The theme of this year-long recognition is, "Impacting Lives for 35 Years." This impact has been made only because of the relationships and collaboration with school staff and families. AEA employees are blessed to work with some of the nation's finest and most passionate teachers, administrators and families so that, together, we can help students achieve. The "connections" we make with one another are so important for today's children.

The purpose of the Northwest AEA Connections newsletter, blogs, forums and resources is to connect educators, parents and school administrators with one another by sharing news, best practices, resources, professional development opportunities and success stories. A two-way dialogue is encouraged so that, together, we can help students reach their potential and achieve in the classroom and in life. Take advantage of the resources at your fingertips by having discussions with other like educators—make it your own Professional Learning Community (PLC)!

Here is a list of the blogs we update regularly. Please link (or directly access from the Northwest AEA Web site) to the blogs that are most relevant to you:
    •    Career Tech 
    •    Early Childhood Educators
    •    Elementary Educators
    •    English Language Learners
    •    Fine Arts
    •    Instructional Coach 
    •    Instructional Technology
    •    Iowa Core Curriculum
    •    Math
    •    Paraeducators                              
    •    Parents/Learning Supports 
    •    Physical Education/Health   
    •    Reading                                               
    •    School Administrators
    •    Science                                                                                                     
    •    Social Studies
    •    Special Education                                
    •    Student Support Services
    •    TAG                                                                                
    •    Teacher Librarians                                                                                                                                                                                     

In addition to each blog, we have a forum feature that allows online conversations about topics and a resources area to post articles, links and documents. This will all be open for anyone to view: We did not password-protect any areas so that it will be easy to access and is user-friendly.

Please give us your feedback on these new tools and please be flexible with these technologies because they will continually evolve. We will bring you current and relevant information to assist you in educating your students. Most importantly, we hope you will participate in the conversations. Content and ideas will only be valuable if we build them together, side-by-side.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me or any Northwest AEA employee for assistance.

Educationally yours,
Dr. Tim Grieves
Chief Administrator

P.S. Click here to go to all the blogs located on the Northwest AEA Web site. Be sure to sign up for blog updates by clicking on the RSS Feed button, too!