April Superintendents’ Meeting

The April Superintendents’ Meeting was held Wednesday, April 5 from 9:30-1:00. Dr. Lisa Willson’s presentation, “Why Millennials Don’t Eat Cereal” is available for review.

Monthly Reports:  

May’s meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 3rd and we will be honoring the retiring superintendents. SAI is holding their spring district meeting immediately following the May Superintendents’ meeting.

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Open-Up Resources

This is a complete grade 6-8 mathematics curriculum aligned to Common Core State Standards for Mathematics/Iowa Core Mathematics. The curriculum will be available as an open education resource (free online access) in July 2017.

Please view the Open-Up Resources flyer for more details, as well as a link to a survey. The survey needs to be completed by April 7, 2017.

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Teacher Leadership Administrator Support Program

Principals are invited to participate in the 2017-18 TLC Administrator Support Program. The TLC Administrator Support Program is a comprehensive, year-long professional development program focused on building your capacity as the principal to develop and facilitate distributed leadership in your school, namely by supporting and leveraging teacher leaders as part of your leadership team.

The program includes a three-day summer intensive training for principals followed by three half-day workshops during the school year for principals and their team, and 36 hours of one-on-one school-based coaching.

In order to participate, each principal must pre-register by April 19, 2017. For more information and to register, view the TLC brochure.

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Paraeducator Offerings for 2017-2018

The Paraeducator program is looking to expand our offerings for the 2017-18 school year. Be on the lookout for the NEW Special Education Area of Concentration beginning Fall ’17. This area of concentration is for current paraeducators who hold a valid Generalist certificate and work in a special needs classroom. The 45-hour course consists of a 2-day workshop, a self-guided study, and an observation/partner teacher component. It pairs with the Substitute Authorization course so when completed paras will have the ability to substitute in the special education classroom they are assigned to (no more than 5 consecutive days).

The Early Childhood Area of Concentration will continue to be offered in the 2017-18 school year. The Early Childhood Area of Concentration consists of a series of three courses and is designed for those paras who work in an early childhood setting and currently hold a Generalist certificate. Dates for those courses will be finalized soon!

For those paraeducators who do not have a current Generalist certificate, the level 1 course is being offered twice a year in 2017-18. The first self-guided offering will begin in August, 2017 and gives paraeducators until April to complete. The second offering will be the same course but with a shorter time frame and begins in January, 2018, ending in April, 2018. The Generalist course is 90-hours and delivered online via Moodle.

Do you have 10 or more paras in your district needing their Generalist certificate? Do you need a way to offer training to your paras in-district? Contact Heather Staebell (hstaebell@aea267.k12.ia.us or 515-971-0415) to discuss options available that are specific to your district.

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2017 Congressional Art Competition

Congressman Rod Blum invites high school students in the 1st Congressional District of Iowa to participate in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Students may submit an original piece of two-dimensional work to the competition. Pieces will be independently judged and the winners will have the opportunity for their piece to be displayed at the United States Capitol Building, or one of Mr. Blum’s offices, for an entire year.  

The winner will receive a complimentary round trip airfare to attend a winners reception in Washington D.C. at a date in June that is yet to be decided.

Please visit: https://blum.house.gov/services/art-competition to learn more and enroll in the competition by April 24th.

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One Iowa NORTH Scholarship Funds – 2017

The Board of One Iowa NORTH has established the Craig W. Hickok Memorial Scholarship Fund to acknowledge Craig’s lifelong commitment to inclusion, education, support and equality in creating appropriate educational settings that are safe and individualized to meet student needs.

Scholarships are awarded each spring to self-identified LGBTQ youth or straight allies who are 17 as of April 15 and plan to attend or are currently attending a post-secondary trade or educational institution. There is no upper age limit.

Applications can be found on the One Iowa NORTH website.

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March Superintendents’ Meeting held with local community colleges

The Superintendents’ Meeting for March will be held in conjunction with the local community colleges. The meetings will be held in the following locations, on Wednesday, March 1st:

Hawkeye Community College: Conference room on the upper level of the Hawkeye Center from 10 am – 1 pm. Lunch will be provided.

Iowa Valley Community College: Building 3, Rooms 608-610 from 9-11 a.m., with breakfast served at 8:30.

NIACC: Clear Lake AEA 267 office in Room A, beginning at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided.

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