Thank you for visiting the Northwest AEA website. Our privacy policy is that we collect no personal information about you unless you choose to provide that information to us. Information that you do provide may be shared with third parties in the course of some projects.

Some of our web pages (such as online surveys and discussion forums) let you voluntarily submit personal information. To learn more about how we record non-personal information or how we use information that you voluntarily submit, read on.

Non-personal Information We Record

Each time you browse through our website, read pages, or download information, our web server will automatically record some general information about your visit. During your visit, our web server will record information such as:

  1. The Internet domain for your Internet services, such as “” or “” if you use a private Internet access account, or “” if you are connecting from an Iowa K-12 district domain
  2. The type of browser that you are using (such as “Chrome” or “Firefox”)
  3. The type of operating system that you use (such as Macintosh, Unix, or Windows)
  4. The date and time you visit our site, and the pages that you visit on our site
  5. The address of the previous website you were visiting if you linked to us from another website

We analyze this information to help make our site more useful to visitors. This tracking system does not record information about individuals.

Information from E-mail You Send to Us

If you decide to send us an electronic mail message (email), the message will usually contain your return email address. If you include specific personal information in your email (e.g., full name, mailing address, phone number) we may use that information in responding to your request.

Also, email is not necessarily secure against interception. Please send only information necessary to help us process your request.

Information Collected from Interactive Forms/Surveys/Systems

On some of our web pages, we offer interactive forms that let you voluntarily submit personal information such as your name, address, the name of organization, position, and email address. This occurs when you are using online survey forms, submitting comments to various web discussion forums, Northwest AEA Print Ordering system, online professional development service and room management system, and eTools system.

We may also ask you to provide us with optional information regarding your professional interests, demographics, experience with our products, and any contact preferences. This information will help us to continuously improve our services.

Please be aware that when you submit a comment to a Northwest AEA web discussion forum, if you supply your name, email address, or other personal information, that information may be posted along with your comment.

Links to Other Sites

Our policy discloses the privacy practices for the Northwest AEA website. Northwest AEA does provide links to other websites. When you leave the Northwest AEA website, you will be going to sites that are beyond our control. These other sites may send their own cookies to users, collect data, or solicit personal information. The privacy policies and procedures described here for Northwest AEA do not apply to any external links. We encourage you to read the privacy policies of any site you link to from ours, especially if you share any personal information. Be informed. You are the person best qualified to protect your own privacy.

Children’s Online Privacy

The vast majority of the Northwest AEA website is designed to reach an audience of adults in most cases in the fields of education. A small number of pages and activities are targeted at students under the age of 18. Northwest AEA has set up special procedures to protect the privacy of children who may be accessing sites on our server, participating in online discussions, or posting materials to one of our sites. Northwest AEA voluntarily complies with the provisions of the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

As required by COPPA, we do not:

  • Collect student electronic mail addresses or parent contact information except for the purposes of seeking parental consent and notifying parents of their children’s involvement in one of our projects
  • Publish online postings, student work, or photographs of children under 13 without parental consent
  • Publish online postings, student work, or photographs of children under 18 without notifying parents of their children’s involvement in one of our projects
  • Collect or share with third parties personally identifiable offline contact information for children without parental notification

Site Security

While Northwest AEA makes reasonable efforts to maintain the security of information provided to Northwest AEA, it is possible that our servers’ security could be circumvented, resulting in the loss, alteration, or disclosure of that information.

Your Consent

By using this site, you agree with the terms of this privacy policy. Whenever you submit information via this site, you consent to the collection, use, and disclosure of that information in accordance with this policy.

Changes to This Privacy Policy

If this privacy policy changes, the revised policy will be posted on this site. Please check back periodically. This privacy policy was last updated November 1, 2012.