To:         Superintendents, Principals, and Curriculum Directors
From:     Emily Koson, Carla Lee, Millie Olsen, Kathy Perret, Judy Sweetman, Mona Yanacheak, Sara Youngers
Date:         April 16, 2012
Re:          Investigating the Iowa Core: Literacy

To assist you and your teachers with the Iowa Core English Language Arts and Literacy, Northwest AEA has scheduled one-day preliminary investigation sessions. These one-day sessions will focus on:
•    Navigating the Iowa Core Literacy document
•    Explaining the structure of the English Language Arts Section
•    Understanding how grade level standards contribute to college career readiness
•    Discovering the implications for teaching and student learning

Please register your teachers by filling out the attached registration form. Each site has a limited capacity, which will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any questions or problems with registering, please contact Penni Kistner at

Which sessions your district participates in is a local decision. Your district’s Iowa Core implementation plan should outline your procedures to full implementation of the Common Core.  Our preliminary investigation sessions are designed to assist you in meeting these needs. Our sessions will be split for K-5 teachers and 6 -12 teachers. Teachers only need to attend one session. We recommend that teachers who are willing to lead the rest of your staff through this process, be the ones to attend these sessions. In addition, only teachers who attend this one-day preliminary investigation will be able to attend the deeper investigations scheduled for the spring of 2013.

Please see the attached form for dates and locations of these preliminary investigations. Return the form to Penni Kistner,

Northwest Area Education Agency does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status or as otherwise prohibited by law in its educational programs, services and employment practices. Questions or grievances related to this policy may be addressed to: Sally Hudek, Equity Coordinator, 1520 Morningside Ave., Sioux City, IA 51106-1716, 712/222-6114.

People who need special accommodations because of a disability should contact Penni Kistner at two weeks prior to the sessions.