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December 10, 2014

We know that students use Google for its one-click feature. Students now have that one-click access but with one BIG difference—the results are from reliable and trusted sources of information. Heartland AEA’s new SUPER Search combines many of our online databases into one search interface! There are separate interfaces for...
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November 10, 2014

Sue Schirmer, Heartland AEA Professional Learning & Leadership Consultant, was recently selected as the Iowa School Counselor Association’s 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner for School Counseling. Sue received her award at the ISCA’s awards recognition luncheon on Nov. 3 during the ISCA’s annual conference at Prairie Meadows. Sue serves as...
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October 20, 2014

Download a PDF version of the 2014-15 Staff & Schools Directory. Heartland AEA no longer prints bound copies of the directory to be more environmentally friendly and budget conscious. Also please keep in mind that Heartland AEA has an online staff directory. This electronic directory contains the most up-to-date information...
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October 6, 2014

Sheri Benson of Newton has been elected to the Heartland AEA Board of Directors and was sworn into office following her election at a special director district convention on Sept. 30, 2014. She will begin her service at the Board’s Oct. 14, 2014 meeting. Benson was elected to fill the...
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September 17, 2014

Heartland AEA is pleased to present this video that highlights four success stories from 2014. We are proud to impact lives and build futures for students in central Iowa!
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July 1, 2014

Stacy Volmer officially joined the Agency’s leadership ranks on July 1 as the successor to Mari Stirler, regional director in Region 8. Volmer will provide leadership and support to the Bondurant-Farrar, North Polk and Southeast Polk school districts. Volmer is no stranger to the Agency, having begun her career here...
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June 25, 2014

A two-day workshop aimed at improving outcomes for high school students with disabilities was held June 23 & 24 at Heartland AEA’s Johnston Regional Education Center and attended by 100 teachers and AEA staff members. The workshop, titled “Improving the 4 ‘G’ Transition Network for Students with IEPs - Growth,...
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May 19, 2014

The National Early Literacy Panel encourages reading to children as a way to promote their literacy skill development, and this early reading is even more important for children who are experiencing developmental delays. Noticing that some families had limited resources to assist their children, Lisa Brickman (Early Childhood Special Education...
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May 12, 2014

Exploring the world. Being curious. Learning cause and effect. Many people likely take for granted how important these skills and abilities are for infants as they transition into toddlers. For kids with special needs who have mobility delays, exploration and learning can also be delayed when a child isn’t able...
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May 5, 2014

By Linda Moehring & Deb Vail On a chilly day in March, fourth and fifth graders from Des Moines’ Downtown School warmed up and dove deep during an exciting scuba diving experience. The students were able to do one-onone diving with certified instructors, and following the dive, launched their own...
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