Iowa Culture and Language Conference set for February

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Jan. 21, 2010)—One of the Midwest's largest cultural conferences will be held for educators and community members on Feb. 9-10 at the Polk County Convention Center in Des Moines. The mission of the conference, which is organized by employees at Northwest AEA, is to advocate for culturally...
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Instructional coaching guru to headline leadership conference

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Jan. 18, 2010)—Teachers and administrators in elementary, middle and high schools who are interested in learning how to implement and sustain professional learning that impacts teacher practices and student learning should plan to attend the next Northwest Iowa Leadership Academy conference on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Jim Knight,...
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Paraeducators to be celebrated in February

From Norma Lynch, Iowa Department of Education: School districts and other educational agencies are encouraged to recognize the contributions of paraeducators during the month of February in observance of Paraeducator Recognition Month. The original proclamation recognizing paraeducators was issued by Iowa’s governor in 2006. Governor Chet Culver in January of...
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Iowa's AEAs celebrate 35 years of service

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Jan. 14, 2010)—In 1974, the passage of Senate File 1163 established 15 area education agencies (AEAs) with the same service areas as community colleges. The AEAs began operation on July 1, 1975. Through voluntary mergers in recent years, Iowa’s AEAs currently total 10, and will become a...
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Early childhood training to focus on sensory play

SIOUX CITY, IA (Jan. 5, 2010)—Northwest AEA will be co-sponsoring the 15th Annual Centering of Centers Conference at the Sioux City Convention Center on January 29 and 30. This year's theme will be "Sensory Play for Everyday" and the keynote speaker will be Lisa Murphy, dubbed the Ooey Gooey lady....
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Sessions help educators support military youth and teens

Due to the projected deployment tempo the Iowa National Guard could face in the next year, increased support for those in the military community has never been greater. Many families and communities throughout Iowa have been, or will be, directly impacted by the deployment of a Service Member. Those working...
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Whiting school earns U.S. News honor

As reported by The Sioux City Journal's Tim Gallagher: Whiting High School earned a bronze medal from U.S. News & World Report in its "Best High School" contest. According to Superintendent Myron Ballain of the Whiting Community School District, the magazine analyzed 21,786 public high schools in 48 states plus...
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A vision of K-12 students today

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Dec. 4, 2009)—A video that promotes the use of technology in U.S. classrooms to build 21st Century skills is being utilized to create awareness of the need for the Iowa Core Curriculum. The video was written and produced by B. Nesbitt and has been viewed nearly half...
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Talking about the ABC's of ATB's: Iowa schools budget communications toolkit

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Nov. 16, 2009)—Recent announcements to cut the Iowa budget by 10 percent across-the-board within the current fiscal year presents a series of challenges to school administrators. However, it is also affects: ª board members ª parents ª faculty ª non-teaching support staff ª home owners ª local...
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