Northwest AEA website can be viewed in many languages

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Nov. 10, 2015)—The Northwest AEA website is now available to view in dozens of languages. This was done as a recommendation from the Equity Committee so that (mostly) our Spanish-speaking friends could read about our services. But we now also offer everything from Swahili and Irish to...
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Learn about the You Be The Chemist® program

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Nov. 9, 2015)—You Be The Chemist® Essential Elements is a professional development program created by the Chemical Educational Foundation® (CEF). Essential Elements is designed to assist K–8 educators–-our “essential elements” in education–-in teaching chemistry concepts through hands-on learning and connecting those concepts to students’ everyday lives. Essential...
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Building Teachers' Capacity for Success: April 7

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Nov. 9, 2015)—How do we increase student achievement? The research is clear that teacher effectiveness is the number one determinant of student success. And every teacher, like every child, is unique and has strengths, weaknesses, goals, ambitions, gaps, and special qualities. On April 7, learn from award-winning...
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Directors re-elected to Northwest AEA Board

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Nov. 4, 2015)— Five northwest Iowa citizens were recently re-elected to the Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA) board: Keith Zylstra – District 1; Roger Brinkert, - District 3; Dr. Tom Bjorge – District 4; Creston Schubert – District 5; and Tricia Sutherland – District 7. In addition,...
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Spot Vision Screener purchased to identify eye health

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Nov. 5, 2015)— Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA) recently purchased a Spot Vision Screener as a result of a Missouri River Historical Development (MRHD) grant awarded to the agency last May. Judy Turner, early childhood special education nurse, applied for the grant on behalf of the AEA....
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School employees are encouraged to complete AEA/DE survey

To: AEA Customers From: Sharon Hawthorne, AEA Accreditation Lead Subject: Statewide AEA/DE Customer Survey Date: October 19, 2015 You are invited to participate in the 2014-2015 statewide AEA/DE Customer Survey. This web-based survey provides an opportunity for you to provide valuable feedback regarding AEA services. The web-based survey should take...
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ELA mini conferences set in December and April

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Oct. 12, 2015)—On Dec. 17 and April 15, these ELA mini conferences will include time for networking as well as breakout sessions: * Common Formative Assessments * Unpacking Standards * University of Kansas Strategies * Unpacking Complex Texts Please see the flyer for more details. ### With...
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Join Todd Whitaker on Jan. 18

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Oct. 7, 2015)—Todd Whitaker, one of the nation’s leading authorities on staff motivation, teacher leadership and principal effectiveness, will be in Emmetsburg on Jan. 18 as part of the Northwest Iowa AEA Leadership Academy. Todd will present to teachers from 8-11 a.m. and the topic will be...
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Feedback needed: Educator development preliminary recommendations

Iowans who make up the Council on Educator Development have spent the past two years studying teacher and administrator evaluation practices and professional development. This document represents their preliminary recommendations. The council now needs feedback on these recommendations from Iowa’s education community, including superintendents, principals, teachers and school board members....
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School Nurse Bootcamp

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Sept. 30, 2015)—School nurses are invited to attend "School Nurse Bootcamp" on Oct. 23 at Western Iowa Tech Community College and can obtain continuing education credit. Please see the attached brochure for more information. This conference will look at the role of school nurses in: • evaluation...
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