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Educator Connection Newsletter: Heartland AEA Educator Connection Nov. 2017

The Educator Connection is 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 comments or suggestions for articles, contact the Heartland AEA Communications Department. Read More
Please note the following schedule as you plan to place orders through Creative Services and use our van mail. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, all Heartland AEA offices will be closed Nov. 23 and 24. Our van delivery schedule will be as follows: Regular van delivery: Nov. 20-21 No van... Read More
Twin Cedars Elementary and Heartland AEA have been working collaboratively to increase literacy outcomes for all students. Through a multi-faceted approach of data review, instruction, intervention and professional learning, proficiency is improving. Some examples of the partnership include: Twin Cedars received the Iowa Reading Corps AmeriCorps grant where a Reading... Read More
Heartland AEA is acquiring a growing collection of culturally and linguistically relevant books for immigrants and refugees. Consider checking out some of these new books by contacting the Heartland AEA Library. Read More
Keep current on state level trainings that are available for those who serve ELs by keeping this document handy. In it, you'll find training information and locations. Check back as this listing is updated on an ongoing basis. Read More
Sunnie Jiménez with the Dallas Center-Grimes Community School District leads this Heartland AEA Technology Integration & Collaboration Session on Digital Breakout EDU. Sunnie explains that Digital Breakout is an engaging and immersive use of technology that promotes 21st century skills: "Breakout is inquiry based, student centered, engaging and fun. It’s... Read More
You may have noticed a change in PebbleGo: the Teacher Resources have moved! Capstone Community is a new site for you to access a host of PebbleGo resources all in one place: Lesson Plans & Activities, Content Maps, Downloadables to promote PebbleGo usage and more. Plus, you can post your... Read More
Some exciting book and digital supports for K-12 Iowa history are now available--just in time for the new Social Studies standards. Navigate sources of content in this document and explore Iowa history in the new Social Studies standards by grade in this summary document. Read More
Thanksgiving brings opportunities to introduce a variety of topics in the classroom such as the Macy’s parade, Jamestown, food equity, commercialism, history, Pilgrims, immigration, holidays and more. To get started, check this list of digital resources that may be of interest and contact the Heartland AEA Library for support. Read More
Heartland AEA offers professional learning opportunities for educators to enhance their skills and practices to improve student learning. These include 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 some of our offerings below... Read More
A guide to assist students 14 and older as they prepare for the transition from high school to adult life is available to download from our website. This guide provides information and ideas to assist families and educators with critical transition planning during a student’s high school years. Who can... Read More
By Margee Shaffer (Heartland AEA Family & Educator Coordinator) Over the years Heartland AEA staff have been involved in the education of a wonderful student, Kasey Nelson, who is now a senior at Audubon High School. From preschool until now, Heartland AEA staff have provided support for educational goals, assistive... Read More
Computer science drives innovation in the U.S. economy and society. Despite growing demand for jobs in the field, it remains marginalized throughout the U.S. K-12 education system. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' from 2012 to 2022, the field of computer science is projected to grow 22%, which is... Read More
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