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Educator Connection Newsletter: Heartland AEA Educator Connection May Issue

We’re nearing the end of another successful school year. But we all know that learning shouldn’t stop when the final bell rings! This issue of the Educator Connection details the many services and resources that are available through Heartland AEA, even during the summer months. Check out what we have... Read More
When the opportunity arose for Heartland AEA math consultants to work alongside the Interstate 35 administration team to improve math education, they jumped at the chance. Following observation and research to understand the district’s vision, Heartland AEA offered a professional development plan to help the district meet its initial math... Read More
Quality and affordable student planners are available for your school through Heartland AEA’s Creative Services Department. Planners have intro, planner, notes and numerous reference and resource pages, optional hall pass pages and a full-year calendar to accommodate extended year schedules. **For a timely delivery in the fall, place your orders... Read More
Registration is open the the 12th annual Our Kids Summer Institute! This year’s conference, themed “Trip the Light,” is an opportunity for education professionals to network with their peers, discover new strategies for working with English language learners in Iowa and learn from national and local experts to enrich their... Read More
A statewide AEA team has developed a new site with resources to support educators who serve students identified with dyslexia and families to provide support to their children. Resources on the site include: Definition of dyslexia in the State of Iowa and possible indicators Presentation for educators on dyslexia Letter... Read More
Thousands of ebooks are waiting for your students at MackinVia and Tales2Go! Works on any computer or mobile device! Fiction and nonfiction! Download and read in the car! MackinVia MackinVIA is a complete eResource management system providing easy access to eBooks, audiobooks, educational databases and video. Go to and... Read More
More than 2,000 professional and children's books will be free for the taking, June 14 and 15 at Heartland AEA in Johnston. Help yourself to some great titles, including: Learning Manual for How the Brain Learns A Framework for Understanding Poverty, 4th ed. Motivating Students Who Don't Care Art and... Read More
Students have different information needs and skills and that’s why it’s important to provide options. Enter our newest option: OneLogin! It makes it easy for students to switch from one digital resource to another simply by logging in once. Younger students can log in to BookFLIX, then go to PebbleGo,... Read More
When you’re working on curriculum this summer, remember that Heartland AEA can help you integrate digital resources into lessons, activities and content. Contact your “Content Concierge” - Susan Schrader, Director of Resources and Library Services at (800) 255-0405 ext. 14332 or Read More
Iowa’s nine AEAs and AEA PD Online have been collaborating to move our individual professional development/licensure programs to a statewide system, beginning Jan. 1, 2017. Having one system will provide participants with a much larger offering of professional learning activities through a statewide catalog. It also creates greater equity and... Read More
When it’s time to transition a student with special needs to a new school, it can be hard for students and their parents. Planning for this transition gives parents, educators and students a roadmap by which the student can prepare for the new school building. This flyer offers insight from... Read More
Many districts in Heartland AEA utilize the BrightBytes Clarity Survey to measure the impact of technology integration in their schools. If you have utilized this resource, you will pleased to know that BrightBytes has recently added two new features that can create powerful opportunities to access and review data from... Read More
Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise is appealing to Iowans to complete the online survey seeking feedback on the state’s literacy standards. The standards outline learning expectations for English-language arts and for literacy in history, social studies, science and other technical subjects. Feedback from the public forums and survey... Read More
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