Lau Plan (ELL) Training and Title III updates

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (May 12, 2017)—Lau (ELL) Plan training is being offered to assist districts in updating their Lau Plans for the 2017-18 school year submission. Title III updates will also be shared. Participants need only attend one of the trainings. June 1 at Prairie Lakes AEA in Storm Lake...
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Iowa’s AEAs Announce Statewide K-12 Digital Resources for Fall 2017

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (May 4, 2017)—Iowa’s Area Education Agencies (AEAs) are pleased to announce that for the 2017-18 school year, students and educators will continue to have access to many of the same digital resources they have come to depend on as high-quality, reliable instructional resources. In addition, two new...
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Our Kids Summer Institute: June 13-14

Please see the attached details for the 13th Annual Our Kids Summer Institute for educators and administrators of English Learners on June 13-14 in Waukee. Network with other educational professionals, discover new strategies for working with English language learners in Iowa and meet national and local experts to enrich practices...
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Secondary Math Symposium: June 8

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (April 21, 2017)—The Secondary Math Symposium will provide teachers the opportunity to connect with leaders in mathematics locally and from around the state. April Phorts from the Iowa Department of Education will be the keynote speaker. A variety of breakout sessions will be available addressing topics such...
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IDEA Part B survey for parents

From the Iowa Department of Education regarding IDEA Part B - Parent Survey Dear Parent, Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) requires states to report the percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of...
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Students take reading seriously through Book Bash

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (April 20, 2017)—Nearly 600 students participated in the annual Book Bash coordinated by Northwest AEA. The process for the bash begins in the fall, when teacher librarians and teachers help select 20 books for middle school students and 20 books for high school students. Students get into...
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Northwest AEA offers class to become short-term substitute teacher

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (April 10, 2017)—Northwest AEA is an approved provider for several state-recognized certification programs that support school activities. One of these programs is substitute authorization. The Substitute Authorization allows an individual to substitute in a pre-kindergarten through twelfth-grade classroom for no more than five consecutive days in one...
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Area students participate in Space Settlement Design Competition

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (April 10, 2017)—Last month, 96 students from 23 different schools in northwest Iowa loaded three charter busses that began the journey to NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) near Houston, Texas. These students participated in the annual JSC Space Settlement Design Competition (SSDC) on March 24-26. The 96...
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Students take a stand for History Day

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (April 5, 2017)—Students from across northwest Iowa recently participated in the annual National History Day competition at Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA). The mission of National History Day is "to provide students with opportunities to learn historical content and develop research, thinking and communication skills through the...
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Competency-Based Education meeting: May 10

An informational meeting will be held on May 10 at Northwest AEA in Le Mars from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. to learn about Competency-Based Education (CBE). It will be a great day to become familiar with: • Competency-ňáBased Education (CBE) in Iowa • Changes in Chapter 12 to Support...
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