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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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May 6, 2015

Kevin Schlomer and Mary Montgomery working with an Indianola teacher. Some claim that through adversity, it is then one can realize growth and opportunities. This claim rings true for the Indianola Community School District. The district’s elementary math data was less than favorable. Student learning in math was significantly below...
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April 28, 2015

Teddi Predaris and Diane Staehr Fenner, nationally acclaimed experts on K-12 ELL issues. Diane Staehr Fenner and Teddi Predaris, nationally acclaimed experts on K-12 English language learner (ELL) issues, standards and assessments, presented at Stoney Creek in April for three full days. The first day was dedicated to district administrators...
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March 5, 2015

On March 4 Heartland AEA held its first-ever Education Career Fair, seeking to help match school districts in our service area with education applicants. For a first time event, it was a resounding success, with approximately 350 job seekers in attendance! We were happy to see a great mix of...
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February 25, 2015

Keynote speaker Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch speaks about education and diversity. One of the basic fundamentals of learning is to do so in a safe, supportive environment. Several factors can lead to a student feeling unsafe or threatened at school. To address these factors, Southeast Polk Community School District (SEP) called...
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