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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Centering on Centers: Jan. 29 & 30

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Nov. 20, 2015)—The 21st Annual Centering on Centers Conference will take place on Jan. 29 and 30 at the Sioux City Convention Center. This year's theme for the early childhood event is, "Celebrate Childhood." Please see the attached brochure for more details.
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Tips for parents sent via text

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Nov. 20, 2015)—A new partnership between Prairie Lakes AEA and Northwest AEA offers parents, caregivers, families, the opportunity to receive text messages with quick and easy ideas about how to increase their child’s early language and literacy skills. The TIPS for Tots targets toddlers between 18-36 months,...
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Next Generation Science Standards professional development

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Nov. 17, 2015)—Iowa adopted the performance expectations of the Next Generation Science Standards as the new Iowa Science Standards. These performance expectations focus on three-dimensional learning and each performance expectation includes a practice, a cross-cutting concept and a disciplinary core idea. Target Audience: K-12 science teachers, administrators,...
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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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