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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Designing Comprehensive Gifted Programming

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Sept. 24, 2015)—The Gifted and Talented Academy at Northwest AEA is a professional developmental opportunity for teams of K-12 teachers of gifted education and instructional leaders from individual districts to audit, develop, or improve their written Comprehensive Gifted and Talented Program Plan and programming. Teams will meet...
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Northwest AEA welcomes new employees

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Sept. 24, 2015)—Northwest AEA recently welcomed several new employees to the organization (please see their photos in the attached document): Tyler Andersen and April Jurgens will serve as educational interpreters and facilitate communication for children who are deaf/hard-of-hearing through the use of sign language. Jurgens holds a...
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Imagine Learning EL training on Sept. 30

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Sept. 24, 2015)—Imagine Learning is an engaging language literacy software program that accelerates English learning. The program focuses on oral language, academic vocabulary, instruction in the five essential components of reading, and strategic first-language support. Please see the attached flyer for more information about the training on...
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