January 18, 2010

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Jan. 18, 2010)—Teachers and administrators in elementary, middle and high schools who are interested in learning how to implement and sustain professional learning that impacts teacher practices and student learning should plan to attend the next Northwest Iowa Leadership Academy conference on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Jim Knight, a nationally known author, researcher, consultant and presenter will headline the event to share his research about the instructional coaching model. The event will be held at Western Iowa Tech Community College in Cherokee, Iowa.

Instructional coaches are on-site professional developers who are partners in the change process and teach educators how to use proven teaching methods. They work one-on-one with teachers to make it easier to adopt the instructional methods that can make a difference to students’ success. Northwest AEA is in its first of three phases to implement this model in all Northwest AEA school districts.

Participants can expect to learn the following:
• an awareness of instructional coaching;
• an awareness of what instructional coaches do; and
• how the effective practices of coaching can be a model to implement and sustain change and professional learning.

For more information or to register, contact Sandy Spangler at Prairie Lakes AEA at 866/540-3858 ext. 2022.


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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