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Educator Connection Newsletter: December 2015 Issue

We’re happy to bring you this newsletter to keep you informed of the many programs and services we offer to Heartland AEA educators, students and families. If you have any comments or suggestions for articles you’d like to see, email them to the Heartland AEA Communications Department at Read More
All Heartland AEA offices will be closed to the public Dec. 24, 2015 through Jan. 3, 2016. Please note the following schedule as you plan to place orders through Creative Services and send and receive items through our van mail. Regular Van Delivery: Dec. 21-23 No Van Delivery: Dec. 24-Jan.... Read More
Heartland AEA is pleased to announce that it will hold its 2nd Annual Education Career Fair March 2, 2016! Join us! Practice your skills in mock interviews. Have your resume critiqued. Get graduate program information from area universities. Meet dozens of central Iowa school districts in one location! You could... Read More
Middle school teachers -- let your students know there’s no time for boredom during winter break when you have James Patterson and other fun ebooks to read! Students (and teachers, too!) can go to MackinVia and log in with your school’s online database username/password. The ebooks work on any computer... Read More
When DeSoto Intermediate School added a new wing of classrooms to the building, they wanted help in creating a welcoming and cohesive look. These banners, created by Heartland AEA’s Creative Services team, highlighted classroom colors, inspired conversation and helped the hallways come alive! What ideas do you have? We'd love... Read More
Been thinking about extending your work with students from the classroom to the sports arena? If so, we’ve got you covered! Heartland AEA offers the four required courses needed to earn a coaching endorsement or authorization. All four courses are being offered, beginning Dec. 16. Learn more and get signed... Read More
Heartland AEA now accepts payment for professional development activities through Dwolla, a Des Moines-based payment processing network. It’s easy to use, secure and always on 24/7/365. Log on to to create your free account. Heartland AEA also accepts payment in the forms of cash, check, VISA, Mastercard and district... Read More
Are you considering using a Learning Management System to do some blended or flipped learning in your classroom? The choices are staggering of different options. AEA PD Online now has a playlist that highlights more commonly used Learning Management Systems (LMS). Check out this playlist and learn more about both... Read More
Heartland AEA partnered with the Bondurant-Farrar Community School District to provide their elementary teachers with professional development workshops in a conference-like setting. Based on their interest or continuing education needs, teachers could choose from a variety of topics, including literacy, math, technology integration, positive behavior interventions and more, in this... Read More
The Heartland AEA Parent & Educator Connection (PEC) encourages and promotes positive partnerships between parents and educators so that children with special needs are successful. Our PEC coordinators are parents of children or young adults with special needs, so they share a unique perspective with the families they serve. The... Read More
Instructional Coach Melissa White and 2nd Grade Teacher Heidi Washington, both from the Dallas Center-Grimes Community School District, have learned to weave technology into the landscape of the classroom in a purposeful way; in part through inspiration from Universal Constructs. This past summer, they offered a technology class for kids... Read More
The state of Iowa has a renewed focus on increasing the quality of literacy instruction. When educators focus on the critical content, break down complex skills, provide systematic instruction and embed practice, they can increase student achievement. This blog by the Iowa Reading Research Center takes a closer look at... Read More
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