Note: The articles compiled in this newsletter come from independent media sources who are solely responsible for their content. Northwest AEA staff did not participate in writing any of these articles and Northwest AEA does not necessarily endorse the content of the articles.

Column: Incoming Iowa Education Director Brad Buck has challenges ahead
http://thegazette.com/2013/08/13/column-incoming-iowa-education-director-brad-buck-has-challenges-ahead/

State changing the test for those wanting a high school diploma
http://www.radioiowa.com/2013/08/13/state-changing-the-test-for-those-wanting-a-high-school-diploma/

Teen gives gift of music to students
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013308010040&nclick_check=1

Trends | Infographic: The Use of Social Media in School
http://edtechdigest.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/trends-infographic-the-use-of-social-media-in-school/

Iowa View: Leadership program good for all teachers
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013308140015

From games to fitness: How phys-ed has changed
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013308110024

Skilled Iowa initiative now has 7,000 businesses involved, Lt. Governor says
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013130813027

What Really Matters in Education: Compassion
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/08/14/01lach.h33.html?tkn=RULFaxZmhemxeqRXXtM41%2BX2xsh8tgyCyfi6&cmp=clp-edweek

In Testing, a Principal Leans on Her Experience
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/13/booming/in-testing-a-principal-leans-on-her-experience.html?ref=education&_r=1&

Report: Rural schools struggle to get STEM teachers, programs
http://globegazette.com/news/iowa/report-rural-schools-struggle-to-get-stem-teachers-programs/article_091e911e-03d2-11e3-b8e4-001a4bcf887a.html

Teachers Look to Film to Foster Critical Thinking
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/08/15/01film.h33.html?tkn=SNXFt5ztSNi%2BOT6zJ4RUvHvVGDsSzlbVHRwC&cmp=clp-edweek

Is your student 'competent'? A new education yardstick takes the measure.
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Education/2013/0814/Is-your-student-competent-A-new-education-yardstick-takes-the-measure?cmpid=addthis_twitter#.UhGZEJaGrLs.twitter

Gender, Jobs and G.P.A.
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/08/20/study-links-high-school-gpa-gender-gap-collegiate-aspirations

Five Future Trends That Will Impact the Learning Ecosystem
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/5-shifts-regenerating-learning-ecosystem-andrea-saveri

Keeping Students with Disabilities Safe from Bullying
http://www.ed.gov/blog/2013/08/keeping-students-with-disabilities-safe-from-bullying/

Siblings' Disabilities Linked to Academic Troubles for Brothers, Sisters
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/08/21/01sociology.h33.html?tkn=WUYF%2BtVJeZfSk6u8UP%2FXyQaduX%2FXkzIvOytJ&cmp=clp-edweek

What Do Parents Think About the Common Core Standards?
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/what-parents-think-about-common-core-standards-anne-obrien

Are We Wringing the Creativity Out of Kids?
http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2012/05/are-we-wringing-the-creativity-out-of-kids/