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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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November 18, 2015

This is the National Education Association's 94th annual American Education Week, which celebrates public education and honors individuals who are making a difference in ensuring every child receives a quality education. Thank you to all AEA employees and area school teachers, administrators and employees for your role in shaping the...
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October 14, 2015

Elizabeth Brennan John Kinley Elizabeth Brennan Elizabeth (Liz) Brennan of West Des Moines and John Kinley of Ames have been elected to the Heartland Area Education Agency (AEA) Board of Directors and were sworn into office following their election at a director district convention on Sept. 29, 2015. They began...
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September 8, 2015

Kristen Bloch and Kate Boonstra The Des Moines Art Center sought out the expertise of Heartland AEA in anticipation of a new education program they will offer this fall. “Art Spectrums” is beginning this month and will serve children ages 5-10 years old with autism and their families. Jill Featherstone,...
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July 2, 2015

The Iowa Educators Consortium (IEC) and the Iowa Association of Educational Purchasing (IAEP) food program have united as AEA Purchasing! Iowa's Area Education Agencies launched statewide purchasing services in 1999. To date, these services have saved Iowa schools and non-profit educational organizations over $100 million dollars! In an effort to...
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July 1, 2015

A fortieth birthday is an important milestone in a person’s life. Amid the joke about approaching middle age is the comfort of being a little wiser than a person was just a decade ago. As Iowa’s Area Education Agencies reach this celebrated milestone we have the opportunity to reflect on...
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June 30, 2015

A number of familiar faces will be beginning new leadership roles at the Agency beginning July 1. Leanne Chapman-Thill Leanne Chapman-Thill has served as a regional director in Region 3 since 2008 and will be taking over as the Director of the Shelter Care Educational Program after the retirement of...
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