Welcome to Northwest AEA’s monthly newsletter and education blogs, resources and forums called “Connections.” The purpose of the Northwest AEA Connections blogs, along with the 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...
Submitted by Jim Christensen, NASA ERC/distance learning coordinator, Northwest AEA: What a great feeling it is when great things happen for really good kids. This past summer I was privileged to be a part of one of these success stories. Lindsay Berkenpas, a graduated senior from Le Mars Gehlen High...
Last month's "Forum Question of the Month" generated no dialogue among the 5,000-plus educators across northwest Iowa. So, we'd like to see what YOU want to discuss—Northwest AEA is happy to CONNECT you to other educators across the area. You would essentially have the opportunity to ask thousands of people...
On Nov. 10 and 11, a presentation will be given to school personnel, outreach workers, Department of Human Services social workers and probation officers about strategies to make classrooms and schools safe for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. This presentation is part of Northwest AEA's goal to increase...
Use the Medianet Online Catalog to request items such as videos, DVDs, audio books, professional materials, boxed books and multimedia kits. You can also search for Discovery Education Streaming and Learn360 digital titles via the Media Catalog. The AIME newsletter is also available electronically as a PDF document. Click on...
Listed below are upcoming professional development opportunities through Northwest AEA. Classes can be found by going to the Northwest AEA Web site home page and clicking on Professional Development Online Registration or going directly to https://staffdev.aea4.k12.ia.us/4DCGI/YYYYYYYYYYYYYYSRCH. If you have questions regarding these or any other classes, please contact Joyce VanderWilt,...
Reaping What We've Sown: How Schools Fail Low-Income Parents http://www.teachermagazine.org/tm/articles/2009/10/14/tln_moore.h21.html?tkn=ZYYFboZlSIuv%252BldvLUMx11JaoKhPF8hzg9%252Fb Education Secretary Appeals for Extraordinary Teachers http://www.teachermagazine.org/tm/articles/2009/10/12/edsecextraordinaryteachers_ap.html?tkn=NYPFAYmKUo%252F7pzFNy9ComVR2g%252FgHNMdYSgH5 Florida School Allows Cellphones in Class http://www.teachermagazine.org/tm/articles/2009/10/12/cellphonesinclass_ap.html?tkn=LNSFYK0XgPFIXZ3B7R15YI%252Bo9f2fzIjx8CMl Education Secretary Arne Duncan Issues Statement on the Nation's Report Card in Math for 4th and 8th Graders http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2009/10/10142009.html Center on Education Policy: Are Achievement Gaps...
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; or any of the following AEA leaders: Tim Grieves, Chief Administrator 712/222-6001 or 712/722-4378 tgrieves@nwaea.k12.ia.us Cindy Baird, Region C Facilitator 712/222-6021...