2016-17 AEA 267 Superintendent Meeting Dates

As the year winds to a close, we wanted to share with you the dates for the AEA 267 Superintendent meetings for 2016-17. We will share with you the speakers in the Fall, but wanted to make sure you get these dates on your calendars early.

Sept 7, 2016 – Ryan Wise, Iowa Dir of Education
Oct 5, 2016 – Noelle Ellerson, AESA Lobbyist
Nov 2 2016 – Mini Summit?
Dec 7, 2016 – Meetings with Community Colleges
Jan 4, 2017 – TBD
Feb, 2017 – Legislative Advocacy in Des Moines
Mar 1, 2017 – TBD
Apr 5, 2017 – TBD
May 3, 2017 – TBD (Honors Lunch)

As in the past year, the scheduled will be:
9:30 – 10:00 – social/networking time
10:00 – meeting to start, followed by guest speakers and updates/reports
Noon – lunch

We hope you have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you all in September!

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AEA 267 Staff to Sign in and out of LEA facilities

Safety and Accountability are Core Values for all AEA 267 employees.  To ensure that all our staff are safe and accountable, beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, we are asking all AEA 267 LEA partners and facilities to provide a system for our employees to check into and out of the facilities they support.  This requirement includes all Cabinet members, administrators, and support personnel.   We need to know where our people are at all times and we need to make sure they are safe.  This is good accountability for you, our LEA partners and for our AEA 267 employees.   If you need copies of a sign-in form or assistance in implementing this new AEA 267 requirement, please contact the AEA 267 HR Department or Beth Strike, Director of Creative Projects, for further assistance.

For your reference, here is a sample sign in sheet: Sign in Sheet Sample for LEAs

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FAST/IGDI Trainings

We would like to take this opportunity to let you know there will be a statewide early literacy training for administration of the FAST assessment  (K-6) on August 10, 2016 and an IGDI assessment training (Pre-school)  on August 31, 2016 in Des Moines at the Iowa Events Center.   Below are the links to register as well as pertinent training information.  Both trainings are directed towards educators who have not participated in previous FAST or IGDI trainings or individuals who would like to get a refresher on the administration process.

If you have specific training or logistic questions, please contact Mark Crady at mcrady@heartlandaea.org or Mary Jane Stites at mstites@heartlandaea.org.

Early Literacy Implementation – FAST Training
August 10, 2016
Des Moines, Iowa
Registration Link

IGDI Training – Preschool Literacy Training
August 31, 2016
Des Moines, Iowa
Registration Link

Mark Crady Ed. S.
Heartland AEA
C4K State Co-Chair for Continuous Improvement
Coordinator of C4K Training Cadre
6445 Corporate Drive
Johnston, IA 50131
515-270-0405 (ext. 11215)

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2016-2017 District Mentoring Support

As we continue to learn about district mentor training needs surrounding the Teacher Leadership Compensation grant, we have established programming to develop the capacity for mentors to support beginning educators.

Mentor Training Support
Mentor training will be provided via a blended learning format. Mentoring Matters Levels 1 and 2 are part of AEA 267’s Mentor Certification for Growth in Professional Practice. The Mentor Teacher Certification for Growth in Professional Practice is a program designed to prepare teacher leaders to serve as mentors or mentor facilitators in Pre K-12 school settings. Through role definition, personal goal-setting and reflective practices, the program provides a unique opportunity to explore collaborative processes, protocols, adult learning theory, and strategies necessary for initial teacher leader roles.

  • Mentoring Matters Level 1 is designed for those new to the mentoring role or for those aspiring to mentor. Level 1 will focus on building an introductory awareness of the tools and concepts necessary in developing the capacity for mentors to support beginning teachers. This course will provide support to initiate, develop, and maintain learning-focused relationships that correlate with the developing needs of beginning teachers. Mentoring Matters Level 1 meets state requirements for initial mentor training.
  • Mentoring Matters Level 2 will continue to build upon and develop concepts and strategies introduced in Level 1. Mentoring Matters Level 2 supports state requirements for continued mentor training. This course is suggested for mentors with at least one year mentoring experience. Mentors will continue to deepen their practice through strategies to increase versatility, capacity, and fluency within their mentoring skills by further refining learning-focused relationships and articulating mentoring teacher leadership roles for other educators and stakeholders through a final project.

Opportunities for Beginning Educators
A stand-alone course for beginning educators will not be available; however, resources will be provided for mentors to initiate reflective conversations and provide learning as necessary for beginning educators. In addition to resources to support beginning educators, the Iowa Department of Education, as part of the Teacher Quality Project grant, now have the Iowa Teacher Performance Assessment (IA-TPA). The purpose of this instrument is to provide a structured process for looking at teacher practice that makes the teacher an active player in their own learning as part of their first two years of teaching. To register beginning educators for this opportunity, please visit the IA-TPA website at http://ia-tpa.com/.

If you elect to partner with us next year, below is a chart outlining roles and responsibilities.

AEA Role Administrator and/or LEA Mentor Facilitator Responsibilities Mentor


  • Provide Mentor Facilitator / Administrator Training & Support
  • Share Mentoring Resources & Framework
  • Provide Mentor Training
  • Offer Additional Support as Needed
  • Establish & Maintain Program Framework
  • Provide Professional Development Opportunities for Beginning Teachers (Supporting District-Specific Induction Needs)
  • Select Mentors
  • Maintain Supportive Organizational Structure
  • Evaluate Program & Goals
  • Mentor New Teachers
  • Promote an Informal Culture of Support
  • Explain District & Building Specific Vocabulary, Goals, and Expectations

We look forward to partnering with you next year! For more information please contact Sara Nickel snickel@aea267.k12.ia.us.


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CPI Trainings at AEA 267

The scheduling of CPI initial and recertification trainings provided by the AEA has begun. District input was used to schedule trainings at the Marshalltown, Cedar Falls, and Clear Lake AEA 267 offices in August 2016. Refer to the AEA 267 Professional Learning website to view the scheduled dates.

As explained in an earlier communication, AEA 267 has hired two CPI trainers dedicated to CPI. If you have questions pertaining to CPI, please call the AEA 267 Professional Learning office at 319-268-7616 and they will assist you. Currently, the recertification classes scheduled for August 2016 can accommodate 120 participants and the initial trainings scheduled for August 2016 can hold 45 participants. We encourage districts to have their identified staff teams to enroll as soon as possible. Additional training dates will be scheduled for the upcoming school year utilizing dates received from districts. Trainings will be open to all public and non-public school personnel in AEA 267. The two trainers hired by AEA 267 have 22 training dates each to provide training for those participants needing initial or recertification.


Amy Moine, Professional Learning Coordinator
Rod Ball, Assistant Director of Special Education

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New School Nurse Orientation

Please share this information on this training opportunity with your School Nurses:

New School Nurse Orientation
Friday, August 5, 2016
Iowa Methodist Conference and Learning Center
Des Moines, IA
New School Nurse Orientation Brochure
For more information contact Molly James at University of Iowa College of Nursing (molly-james@uiowa.edu)


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