January Superintendent’s Meeting

The January Superintendents’ Meeting was held on Wednesday, January 4 in the Cedar Falls Conference Center, beginning at 10:00 A.M.  The agenda is available for review.

December Superintendents’ Advisory Meeting PowerPoint Presentations:

Monthly Reports  

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Attend Advocacy Day February 1-2, 2017

Don’t delay, register now for the Legislative Education & Advocacy Event sponsored by Iowa’s Area Education Agencies! This event will bring together school administrators from across Iowa to learn the most up-to-date legislative insight, and meet with legislators face-to-face at the Capitol.

During the January meeting, time will be allotted to complete the Superintendent Advocacy Survey. Survey results can be viewed here as they are submitted.

Invitations to send to each local legislator will be handed out during the meeting. Legislator home addresses can be found here.  If sending your invitations out after January 6th, it is recommended you use the Capitol mailing address: 1007 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50319.

Make your reservations now to secure a hotel room, if you have not already done so. Details and the event registration link can be found on the Advocacy Day flyer.

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ISFIS Budget Workshops to be held in February

Iowa School Finance Information Services (ISFIS) will be holding Budget Workshops at each of our three locations in February 2017:

  • Marshalltown: Wednesday, February 1, 2017
  • Cedar Falls: Thursday, February 2, 2017
  • Clear Lake: Tuesday, February 7, 2017

All workshops will be held from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Please register online and direct any questions to Marissa Gaal, ISFIS Marketing and Communications Coordinator at 515-251-5970 Ext. 4.

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CPR Requirement Update

The CPR requirement for new coaching endorsements, authorizations, and authorization renewals which would have been effective 12/14/16 has been placed on a session delay by the Administrative Rules Review Committee. The rule will go into effect upon adjournment of the 2017 legislative session unless the General Assembly takes action regarding a CPR requirement for coaching endorsements and authorizations. The BoEE will keep you informed of any changes or updates.

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Upcoming Opportunities to Support Teacher Leadership Implementation

Please review the new Professional Learning Series brochure that outlines upcoming learning opportunities for teachers, teacher leaders, curriculum directors, TLC coordinators, principals and leadership teams.

Many opportunities begin right away in January, including the following:

This is a workshop presented by Diane Sweeney Consulting around learning labs, further defining the role of model teachers.

  • These courses begin in January:  

Please spread the news!

Contact Amy Moine, Director of Professional Learning or Heather GouldConsultant for School Improvement with questions.

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Plan now to attend Tiered Algebra webinars beginning January 5, 2017

The AEA 267 Math Team will be offering an opportunity in professional development for teams of general education teachers and special education teachers to support learning for struggling learners of mathematics, specifically algebra.

The first 30 minute webinar on January 5 will describe and answer questions about an intervention program for high school algebra students.  The webinar will describe the outcomes, AEA support, and the expectations of interested schools.  A look into the materials and learning that occurs during the collaborative learning times with other schools will be explored in webinars being held January 31, 2017 and April 21, 2017. A Zoom link will be sent out to all schools in Regions 1,2,3, and 4 after the Holiday break.

If you are unavailable to attend but interested in this professional development opportunity please contact Jennifer Schilling, AEA 267 Math Consultant.

 

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Upcoming TAG Webinars

It’s time to gear up for some extra learning in TAG! January 31, March 2, and March 30 at 7:30 am and 3:45 pm, your AEA 267 TAG team will be offering a series of webinars. Guaranteed to be no more than 29 minutes…these webinars explore ideas for serving our gifted student populations and can spark conversations at your district between general education teachers, TAG teachers and administration!

All webinars use the book Differentiation for Gifted Learners: Going Beyond the Basics from Diane Heacox and Richard Cash. (2014) + supplemental materials. Everyone is welcome to tune in! https://www.aea267.k12.ia.us/tag/webinar-series/

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Early Childhood Symposium 2017-18 schedule

The AEA 267 Early Childhood Team is pleased to announce the dates for the 2017-2018 Early Childhood Symposium: Focus on Universal Literacy Instruction. This is the year-long professional learning which was outlined for superintendents, curriculum directors, and regional administrators in early November.

There will be six face-to-face all-day meetings and three one-hour webinars to be viewed at the convenience of the participants.  Teachers (and paraeducators, as desired) should plan to attend monthly in ONE of the three regions.  We are providing you with these dates so that the preschool calendars might reflect these as no school days in order to eliminate the need for substitutes. The locations and dates are as follows:

Cedar Falls

  • September 27
  • October 20
  • November 14
  • March 21
  • April 13
  • May 8

Clear Lake

  • September 26
  • October 18
  • November 10
  • March 20
  • April 18
  • May 11

Marshalltown

  • September 29
  • October 17
  • November 15
  • March 23
  • April 17
  • May 9

Questions? Please contact, Deb MolitorAlison Bell, or Michelle Haberman.

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Creative Services “January Deal of the Month”

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