Welcome back! We hope that in the midst of the craziness, you have found some quiet time to reflect and think about how you will make a difference in the lives of so many young people this year. Because of your profession, you are in a position to help children recognize their passions and innate abilities…each and every day!

Northwest AEA is ready to be your partner. Seventy-five to 80 percent of the services provided by Iowa's AEAs are in the realm of special education, including early childhood education, autism spectrum, brain injury, occupational therapy, physical therapy, hearing and speech-language pathology, among other services. Each school has its own special education strategist from the AEA. This person is your contact for your students' needs. To find the employees serving your school, please go to the Northwest AEA website.

Professional development for educators is another specialty area provided by Iowa's AEAs. We have a team of instructional coaches who are available to provide help with Investigating the Iowa Core, Authentic Intellectual Work, FOSS kits, certification training, graduate credit and more. Learn about professional development here.

The Media and Technology Department offers thousands of resources from its libraries, which are combined with those at Prairie Lakes AEA; print and production services with posters, window clings, lamination, printing; and help with designing items from Creative Services. Check out their web page.

If you are a new educator or would like to get reacquainted with the AEAs services, please see our attached brochure for educators and our list of programs and services.

In addition, we hope our monthly blogs will inform, inspire and guide your daily work. Please check them out here:

For a complete listing of all blogs, please go to the Northwest AEA website. You can also sign up for an RSS feed to automatically receive blog updates (instructions provided on the Northwest AEA website):

Educationally yours,

Dr. Tim Grieves
Chief Administrator