Transitioning students to adult services It is that time of year again: Graduation ceremonies will be taking place throughout the state of Iowa. This time of year means change and transition for many students and their families. However, parents and other caregivers of young people with disabilities must take into...
Eight dates have been set for Youth Mental Health First Aid training for next school year. The six-hour trainings gives adults who work with youth the skills needed to reach out and provide initial support to children and adolescents who are experiencing a mental health or substance use problem. The...
Northwest AEA will host two days of teacher learning on June 16 and 17 virtually. It will be a fun networking opportunity for educators! All sessions will be accessible to registrants until Dec. 31, 2021. The keynote speakers include Jonathon Mooney and Alex Kajitani. Mooney is the author of Normal...
As we enter this last 30 days of school, here are a couple of things to keep in mind about fostering a positive classroom community. The Center on PBIS’ Cultural Responsiveness Field Guide defined a supportive environment as one where: 1) a positive school culture is identified as a top...
Of ‘hard words’ and straw men: Let’s understand what reading science is really about! Here is an article about what the science of reading really entails and how important it is to really have an understanding of the components of foundational literacy instruction in order to implement them effectively into...
As we have learned from the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN), “STAFF COACHING is essential." Implementation of best practice depends on successful coaching. This is described by NIRN (2018): “Most skills that successful practitioners need can be assessed during selection and introduced in training, but practitioners really learn them on...
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Managing strong emotions The end of a school year can be a very stressful time for educators and students. Busy schedules and looming deadlines add to everyday stresses. As stress levels increase, so does the difficulty of managing emotional responses. Emotions are neither good nor bad. They are an important...
Coming to Iowa in November 2021: ACHIEVE, the new system that will manage the components of special education/early intervention in the state of Iowa—including Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs)—will be ready for use in November of this year. Check out the ACHIEVE Iowa IDEA website...
Northwest AEA has many professional development opportunities coming up. Many of these offerings are virtual in light of the pandemic. Please see the offerings here.
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Northwest AEA staff have compiled many timeless articles within 22 content-area blogs. See the full list here.