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Educator Connection Newsletter: Heartland AEA Educator Connection Nov. 2016

Welcome to the Educator Connection, a Heartland AEA communication designed to help keep you informed of the many programs and services our agency offers to educators, students and families. If you have any comments or suggestions for articles you’d like to see, send them to the Heartland AEA Communications Department... Read More
Please note the following schedule as you plan to place orders through Creative Services and send and receive items through our van mail. All Heartland AEA offices will be closed to the public Dec. 23 through Jan. 2, 2017. Regular Van Delivery: Dec. 19-21 No Van Delivery: Dec. 23-Jan. 2... Read More
Perry Elementary School in Perry and Heartland AEA have spent three years digging into the science of teaching reading, and this focused work has made a difference for students and teachers. In 2013, Perry K-5 teachers were selected to pilot the FAST assessment, a new reading screening tool. With that... Read More
If you’re considering sprucing up your school’s team locker rooms, you might want to take a look at Pella High School’s new space. Pella wanted its football locker room to be a place that was exciting and motivating for its athletes. They also wanted to highlight the tradition of Pella... Read More
The Heartland AEA library contains many resource materials on ELL/diversity issues that educators can check out -- free of charge! Educators can stop by the Johnston Regional Education Center to pick up items, or they can reserve materials through the online library catalog. The library also contains children’s and young... Read More
The two-day Iowa Science Standards Module 2 workshops are a continuation of the work that was begun last year with the Iowa Core Science Standards Overview (Module 1). Participation in Module 1 (or something equivalent) is a prerequisite for Module 2. The focus this year will be on unpacking the... Read More
Learn360 uses the latest technologies to deliver the highest quality K-12 content for school districts. Teachers and students can stream and download thousands of videos, video clips, audio files, images, vocabulary resources, speeches, newsreels and other digital media. And, more than 400 titles have just been added! Some examples include:... Read More
Improve your data collection skills and increase student engagement by focusing on technology infusion in these workshops. Instructional Practices Inventory Level I Workshop Date: Jan. 24, 2017 Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Location: Heartland AEA, Johnston Regional Education Center, 6500 Corporate Drive, Johnston Registration Instructional Practices Inventory Technology Workshop... Read More
Iowa’s nine AEAs and AEA PD Online are collaborating to move our individual professional development/licensure programs to a statewide system, the benefits of which include: Access to professional development opportunities through a statewide course catalog in a shared registration system Greater equity and consistency to programming while reinforcing the value... Read More
Heartland AEA offers professional learning for educators to enhance their skills and practices to improve student learning. Choose from a variety of courses for credit, workshops that offer the latest evidence-based professional learning for educators and paraeducator and substitute authorization training programs. Check out these upcoming opportunities or call (800)... Read More
Children with special needs are often victims of bullying, and at times, can express bullying behaviors themselves while in school. Challenges with language and communication, socialization, perspective taking and self-awareness increase the likelihood that a child may experience bullying. These skill deficits coupled with weaker social supports can put children... Read More
Heartland AEA is looking for educators who have transformed teaching and learning in the classroom through successful technology integration. If this sounds like you, consider applying to be a presenter at one of our upcoming Technology Integration and Collaboration (TIC) sessions. You can learn more about TIC here and submit... Read More
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