January 11, 2021

SIOUX CITY, IA (Jan. 11, 2021)—Northwest AEA is bringing Nilda Aquirre back to our area. She will be presenting a virtual workshop called "Identifying and Teaching Gifted English Learners" on March 10th and 11th. For more information see the attached flyer. Please share this information with educators in your district. Schools are strongly encouraged to send a team consisting of the EL teacher, GT teacher, General Education Teacher Coach and an administrator.

You may contact Sherri Anderson (sanderson@nwaea.org) or Sue Chartier (schartier@nwaea.org) with questions.

On March 10 and 11, Nilda Aguirre, the deputy executive director for the National Association for Bilingual Education (2011-2018) and the conference coordinator for the Iowa Culture & Language Conference, will present "Identifying & Teaching Gifted English Learners" on March 10 & 11 virtually.

Key components that will be addressed:

  • characteristics of EL-gifted students
  • identification protocol
  • observation protocol
  • strategies for working with EL-gifted students
  • implementation of a new process.



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 www.nwaea.org.

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