August 1, 2019

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (June 13, 2019)—Northwest AEA has three courses available this fall that have been accepted by the Department of Education as Evaluator Approval courses. Each course is its own, separate two-credit course with a different focus. No pre-requisites are required. Read a little about each course below and see more information on the flyers attached for dates and locations.

Fierce Conversations

Fierce Conversations provides practical tools and techniques for handling all types of conversations, whether it is running team meetings, coaching, delegating, or confronting. 

Fierce Conversations teaches participants how to:

  • Interrogate Reality
  • Provoke Learning
  • Tackle Tough Challenges
  • Enrich Relationships


Crucial Accountability

This training teaches a straightforward, step-by-step process for identifying and resolving performance gaps, strengthening accountability, eliminating inconsistency, and reducing resentment.

Crucial Accountability teaches participants how to:

  • Hold anyone accountable—no matter the person’s power, position, or temperament.
  • Master performance discussions—get positive results and maintain good relationships.
  • Motivate others without using power—clearly and concisely explain specific, natural consequences, and permanently resolve problems.
  • Manage projects without taking over—creatively help others avoid excuses, keep projects on track, and resolve performance barriers.
  • Move to action—agree on a plan, follow up, engage in good reporting practices, and manage new expectations.


Crucial Conversations

Crucial Conversations teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics—at all levels of your organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment.

Crucial Conversations teaches participants how to:

  • Speak persuasively, not abrasively
  • Foster teamwork and better decision making
  • Build acceptance rather than resistance
  • Resolve individual and group disagreements


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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