September 14, 2020

SIOUX CITY, IA (Sept. 14, 2020)—Northwest AEA will host Intentional Teacher 2020: Building Strong Brains in Early Childhood Settings for personnel in early childhood and early childhood special education; Northwest AEA staff who support young children; and school administrators. Building Strong Brains is a trauma-informed care curriculum supported by the Iowa Department of Education. Each of the four modules includes brain-aligned strategies to meet student needs and self-care.

Goals of the session include to:

  • build and enhance foundational knowledge on trauma- informed care in the context of brain science, adverse childhood experiences, and resilience;

  • create and enrich Tier I effective practices that support the values of a trauma-informed teaching and learning approach; and examine and integrate practices that promote resilience of students and staff.

Please see the attached flyer for registration details and dates.


With offices in Sioux City, Sioux Center, Cherokee, Denison, Le Mars and Onawa, Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA) works in partnership with public and accredited private schools in a 10-county area of northwest Iowa to help assure that all children reach their full potential. The AEA provides special education support services, media and technology services, a variety of instructional services, professional development and leadership to promote school improvement. The Iowa General Assembly created the state’s AEA system in 1975. It is widely regarded as one of the finest in the country. For more information about Northwest AEA, visit

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