January 21, 2010

SIOUX CITY, IOWA (Jan. 21, 2010)—One of the Midwest's largest cultural conferences will be held for educators and community members on Feb. 9-10 at the Polk County Convention Center in Des Moines. The mission of the conference, which is organized by employees at Northwest AEA, is to advocate for culturally and/or linguistically diverse students and their families, educators, and service providers.

This year's theme, "Rooted to Grow: Diverse Learners in the 21st Century," will focus on culture/folk life, K-12 education, assessment, early childhood, adult/higher education and more.

The conference typically draws over 1,000 attendees from across the Midwest.

For more information, go to the Northwest AEA Web site.


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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