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December 16, 2013

By Claire Sowder, Heartland AEA Communications Specialist and Lauri Pyatt, WDMCS School/Community Relations Specialist Team Sam poses for a picture. Back row: Henry Kelley, Josh Pedersen and Spencer Johnson. Front row: Erik Olson, Sam Wedig and Tyler Kramer Smiles were contagious at Crossroads Park Elementary when fourth grader Sam Wedig...
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December 13, 2013

By Stephaney Jones-Vo, ESL/Diversity Consultant Sudanese Author Inspires Indianola K-8 Staff Emerson Elementary principal Mark Timmerman knows the number of English language learners (ELLs) in Indianola is growing and teachers are asking about how best to include them in their core instruction. So when ESL teacher Chelsea Peno suggested bringing...
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December 4, 2013

In response to the ever-growing population of mobile users, Heartland AEA is pleased to debut its new mobile website! This website will automatically load on a web browser (Firefox, Safari, Chrome, etc.) when it is accessed on a smartphone or tablet device. It is specially designed to be mobile-friendly and...
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November 18, 2013

Iowa's Area Education Agencies, including Heartland AEA, earned praise in an article in the 2013 issue of Perspectives: A Journal of Research and Opinion About Educational Service Agencies for their innovative statewide use of the the Clarity product to help schools with technology integration. The article, titled "How 21st Century...
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September 25, 2013

Carol Price (Professional Learning & Leadership Consultant/NE) and Stephanie Ver Helst, PCM Community School District Director of Continuous Improvement and Student Services, were selected to present at the 2013 IDEA Leadership Conference in Washington, D. C., July 28-31. The topic on which they presented was Secondary Response to Intervention (RtI):...
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September 23, 2013

The Iowa AEA system has selected Tom Lane as its new legislative liaison. Lane recently retired after 10 years as superintendent of the Carlisle Schools, where he also served as elementary principal. Lane was named the 2012-13 School Administrators of Iowa Superintendent of the Year. Lane began his education career...
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August 7, 2013

Iowa’s Area Education Agencies (AEAs) are pleased to announce the launch of a statewide Pinterest site, The Iowa’s AEAs Pinterest site is a collaborative project of Iowa’s nine AEAs. The site is maintained by AEA consultants from all over the state who specialize in different curriculum and instructional areas....
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July 12, 2013

Jessica Weiler, one of our speech-language pathologists, shared with us the story of the incentive that she promised to some of her students in Norwalk this spring for reaching their goals. How fun and brave of her! Fourth and fifth grade students who received speech-language services at Lakewood Elementary in...
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July 2, 2013

Angie Calhoun Mark Crady Kathie Danielson Welcome to our new regional directors--Angie Calhoun, Mark Crady and Kathie Danielson! Regional directors serve as an administrative partner with our districts to align, deploy and ensure the delivery of agency services and supervise and evaluate staff working directly with school districts. Angie will...
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June 27, 2013

Pete Evans, an architect and lecturer at Iowa State University, is the newest member of the nine-member Heartland AEA board of directors. Evans represents the Ankeny, Des Moines, North Polk and Saydel school districts and is filling the term left vacant by Marcy Sparks. He will serve out Sparks’s term...
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