September Superintendents’ Meeting

Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! The first Superintendents’ meeting was held on Wednesday, Sept. 7 from 10:00 -12:00.

Information provided during the meeting is available here for your review:

Various Monthly Reports:

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AEA 267 Annual Update from the Iowa DE on September 16

The Department of Education will be in Cedar Falls at the AEA 267 Conference Center on Friday, Sept. 16 from 9:00-12:00 to provide an annual update.

Topics that will be addressed include:  Differentiated Accountability, Curriculum Content Topics, Every Student Succeeds Act (update on progress), Early Literacy, Smarter Balanced Assessment and other topics that are relevant. They will also provide information about current works happening at the DE.

Please register online for Course #4841, AEA 267 Annual Update from the Iowa Department of Education.

 

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EdInsight learning opportunities scheduled at AEA 267

AEA 267 will be offering EdInsight training during the fall of the 2016-17 school year. The EdInsight Data Warehouse is a statewide system that offers user access to a variety of educational data using reports which are designed to answer important educational questions in a quick and efficient manner with minimal training. This learning opportunity would be helpful to district staff with data reporting and analysis duties.

Specific dates and locations of trainings:

Location Level I (Preformatted Reports) Level II (Assessment Cube and Advanced Applications)
Clear Lake AEA 267 Office October 5, 2016 – 9:00 to 12:00 November 1, 2016 – 9:00 to 12:00
Cedar Falls AEA 267 Office October 3, 2016 – 9:00 to 12:00 October 27, 2016 – 9:00 to 12:00
Marshalltown AEA 267 Office October 14, 2016 – 9:00 to 12:00 November 11, 2016 – 9:00 to 12:00

This learning opportunity will be available to both new users of EdInsight and current users who desire a refresher or a more in-depth experience with the reports.

Participants will be required to register for these learning opportunities through the AEA 267 Professional Learning website.  Choose EdInsight Training course #4564

Participants will be required to have access to EdInsight prior to the first day of the class. Users can go to the Iowa DE website and follow the directions provided for accessing/requesting portal applications. Specific directions for choosing Levels of access or Roles within EdInsight can also be referred to.

For additional information regarding these EdInsight learning opportunities or assistance with the your use of EdInsight, feel free to contact Joe Kremer, AEA 267 Assessment Coordinator or  Dr. Jon Mckenzie, AEA 267 Director of Assessment and Comp. Improvement.

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Facilitating Adult Learning Workshops

Are you or other leaders in your district interested in learning more about facilitating adult learning in one-on-one, small group and large group settings?  The Facilitating Adult Learning Workshop Series, facilitated by Nancy Lockett, consists of three stand-alone but related workshops that will engage school leaders in exploring professional development as a process instead of an event.

The workshops will address the following question:  How can we maximize the impact of our PD so students are the winners?  One licensure renewal credit is being offered for attending all workshops. Register online for these workshops through AEA 267’s professional development website registration system

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Technology Coach meetings to be held at AEA 267

AEA 267 will once again host technology coach meetings. These meetings will focus on improving coaching regarding the integration of technology. We will look at practice, structures, management and tracking among other things to help you better serve the teachers and other instructional coaches you work with.

The afternoons will focus on improving our technology and integration knowledge and working on common projects. We will have a Google Hangout available for those that my not be able to get away to join the meeting for the entire day.

This year our technology coach meetings are scheduled from 9:00-3:00 at the AEA 267 Conference Center in Cedar Falls on the following dates:

  • September 29th
  • November 17th
  • January 26th
  • February 23rd
  • May 18th

Please contact Michelle Cowell, Instructional Technology Consultant for more information.

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Code.org training offered

Due to great success the last couple of years, AEA 267 is again teaming with Professor Ben Schafer, from UNI and Code.org to offer a coding workshops in our three locations. These workshops are geared towards K-5 teachers and offer training in using the Code Studio curriculum developed by Code.org. These workshops have been very popular and fill up fast – be sure to register online soon!

Code.org now offers curriculum aimed at middle and high school students as well. At this point, there is no training scheduled in relation to this curriculum.

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Paraeducator Certification Course

AEA267 has made some changes to the Paraeducator Certification Course. The course is now being offered twice annually with the course dates being condensed into a semester. The 2016-17 Paraeducator Course dates are:

Beginning Orientation Course Completion Date Application to BoEE Deadline
Clear Lake Aug. 30 Dec. 15 Jan. 30
Jan. 5 April 28 May 30
Cedar Falls Aug. 31 Dec. 15 Jan. 30
Jan. 3 April 28 May 30
Marshalltown Sept. 1 Dec. 15 Jan. 30
Jan. 4 April 28 May 30

The course has been condensed into a semester long time frame due to course requirements to meet with partner teachers and putting new learning into practice within the classroom where paraeducators work. The condensed course requires a significant time commitment, a laptop computer with internet access, and a strong work ethic.

Also new this year… the Paraeducator Certification course is now following the refund policy of all other AEA267 courses. In order for a partial refund to be assessed (course fees minus $25) students MUST self-withdraw through the AEA267 professional learning department AND notify their instructor within 2 weeks of the orientation date. This procedure will be in place regardless of how the course is paid for (i.e. district payment vs. individual payment).

For further information, please contact, Heather Staebell, Paraeducator Coordinator at (515)-971-0415 or Amy Moine, AEA 267 Director of Professional Learning at (319) 273-8200.

 

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CPI training registration now open

AEA 267 has several CPI initial and refresher trainings open for registration for the 2016-17 school year.

Initial Certification Trainings: please log into your “My267” account and enter“15175” in the course search field to see all the sections dates and times that are available.

Refresher Certification Trainings: please log into your “My267” account and enter “15176” in the course search field to see all the section dates and times that are available.

(Tip: click on the title of the course, then “View All” on the left and the list of sections will appear.)

If you have any questions on dates and times for these trainings, please don’t hesitate to contact our Professional Learning Offices at: 319-268-7658 or 800-542-8375.

We value our partnership with you.  Thank you for your patience as we have transitioned these trainings.

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Recognizing outstanding STEM teachers

Do you know a STEM teacher that goes above and beyond? Nominations are now open for the 2017 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award, which is sponsored by Kemin Industries. This award honors teachers who are making a difference in the lives of students across Iowa in the following ways:

Innovative: Use unique ways to educate students to develop a curiosity in STEM fields.
Outstanding: Have a true passion for education and provide an exceptional learning experience.
Worldly: Help students see that STEM is all around us and is more than the sum of its parts.
Academic: Engage students in the classroom, preparing them for higher education and high- demand careers.

Formerly known as The STEM Education Award for Inspired Teaching, this award will honor one teacher from each of the six STEM regions. Each winner will receive $1,500 in addition to another $1,500 to be used in their classroom. Nominate a deserving teacher online by Friday, October 14, 2016.

 

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Clarity Surveys

Now is a great time to revisit your Clarity Data and schedule a Fall collection. Your district’s Instructional Technology Consultant can help you interpret your data and answer any questions about collection you may have. If you aren’t sure who your consultant is, please contact, Michelle Cowell, Instructional Technology Consultant for assistance.

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AEA 267 resources for TAG

Questions about how to best serve gifted students pop up each year as new situations arise. Grade acceleration is but one way to serve gifted students. Visit the AEA 267 TAG website for many helpful resources for delivering services to gifted students along with TAG network meeting dates and events.

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Electronic licenses only as of July 1, 2016

The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners is no longer printing and mailing licenses as of July 1, 2016. Check the the BoEE website under “search for a license” to view your license or to see if a pending licensure transaction has been processed. The BoEE website version of your license is considered your official license record.

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Congressional App Competition and Iowa Startup Accelerator App-A-Thon

The Congressional App Challenge competition is open to all students who meet eligibility requirements, regardless of coding experience. Students of all skill levels are encouraged to participate and learn how to make their own apps. Winners of the Congressional App Challenge will be selected by a panel of judges, drawn from the local community, and honored by Iowa Congressman Blum at a final event on November 12, 2016. Along with receiving prizes donated by local tech and entrepreneurship companies throughout the district, the winning team will have their app featured on a display in the U.S. Capitol building and on the Congressional App Challenge website.

An ‘App-A-Thon’ to help students develop an app from scratch or improve an app already in the works will be held September 24, 2016 and all students are welcome to attend. To RSVP for the App-A-Thon, visit: https://app-a-thon.eventbrite.com.

For contest rules, registration, and eligibility information, visit the Congressional App Challenge website or contact Alexah Rogge at (563) 581-8105 or Alexah.Rogge@mail.house.gov.

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