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July 6, 2016

Interstate 35 is an early implementer of Iowa Core Science Standards in the state. So it was the delight of Heartland AEA to support the district’s efforts to understand and implement the vision and concepts of new Iowa Core Science Standards. The Agency has provided resources, instructional learning techniques and...
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July 1, 2016

Lance Wilhelm, Director of Technology Director at Heartland AEA, is blogging about the 2016 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference and Expo. Follow along with Lance while he brings you news, trends and analysis! ☆ Many technology-related trends are evident in education, some that have been in the...
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June 30, 2016

Lance Wilhelm, Heartland AEA Director of Technology, is blogging about the 2016 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference and Expo. Follow along with Lance while he brings you news, trends and analysis! ISTE is off to an impressive start! →Opening keynoter Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist and futurist,...
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June 15, 2016

Finding effective strategies and resources is imperative in helping students with special needs excel. Since some aspects of the field are continually changing, teaching professionals in the Urbandale Community School District partnered with Heartland AEA to focus on strategies for student achievement. Through this partnership, special education teachers who work...
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June 1, 2016

Dallas Center-Grimes partnered with Heartland AEA to learn more about meaningful use and support of technology in the classroom. Planning how technology can help teachers accomplish Universal Constructs (Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creating) in the classroom Designing lesson and reflecting on those lessons; looking at the learning target, content,...
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May 18, 2016

Heartland AEA partnered with Bondurant-Farrar to provide their elementary teachers with professional development workshops in a conference-like setting. Based on their interest or continuing education need, teachers could choose from a variety of topics, including literacy, math, technology integration, positive behavior interventions and more, in this unique Unconference Day event.
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May 6, 2016

In an effort to advance student literacy, the elementary schools in Knoxville and Heartland AEA are working collaboratively to improve instructional practices in each classroom. Elementary staff look at progress data more frequently and build this into their Professional Learning Communities (PLC) structure. Grade level PLC teams review data after...
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April 12, 2016

Two heads are better than one, and Gilbert Schools and Heartland AEA have proven that when it comes to instruction and assessment. This year the district and AEA have collaborated on a number of system, intervention, behavior, data and literacy strategies. Some examples include: Dyslexia training: Elementary teachers attended a...
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March 14, 2016

On March 2, Heartland AEA held its second annual Education Career Fair, to help match school districts in our service area with education job seekers. For the second year in a row, it was a resounding success, with approximately 300 in attendance! We were happy to see a great mix...
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January 25, 2016

When just 23 percent of the kindergartners at Capitol View Elementary in Des Moines were hitting their literacy benchmarks, educators at the diverse 600-student school knew they needed help. Enter Heartland AEA. Through a year-long effort focused around literacy, professional development and instructional coaching for teachers, Heartland AEA staff, including...
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