January 5, 2010

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. Murphy uses humor and real life anecdotes to tell audiences how to be more play-based in the classroom.

Educators, child care professionals and parents are invited to attend the two-day event. Registration begins each day at 8:00 a.m. and sessions start at 8:30 a.m. The sessions run through the day until approximately 3:30 p.m.

Session topics include: 
- I am Moving, I am Learning
- Color a Child's World with a Rainbow of Plants
- Games Children Play
- Playing our Way to Reading Someday

For more information about the conference and to see the conference brochure, please click here.


With offices in Sioux City, Sioux Center, Cherokee, Denison, Battle Creek, 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 www.nwaea.k12.ia.us.

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