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It’s a new school year and a new issue of 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,... Read More
Heartland AEA collaborated with Dallas Center-Grimes to enhance meaningful use and support of technology in DC-G classrooms. Teams planned how technology could help teachers accomplish the Universal Constructs (Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creating), designed lessons, and also looked at the learning target, content, instructional practices, technology and connections to... Read More
Cowles Montessori in Des Moines celebrated Maria Montessori’s birthday with their annual peace walk. Principal Gregory Grylls, Windsor Heights Mayor Diana Willits and the fire department’s newest member, a dalmatian named Ember led the walk with a banner created by the Heartland AEA Creative Services team, as students carried one... Read More
Learn more about the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics’ (NCTM) guidance for filling the gap between the adoption of rigorous standards and the enactment of practices, policies, programs and actions required for successful implementation of those standards. Click here for more information about the course. Principles to Actions: Ensuring... 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
Hundreds of educators come to Heartland AEA each week for classes, meetings and workshops and just about everyone visits the library. We listened, watched and learned that educators are looking for more than our current library provides. We’re finding that educators need… Collaboration spaces Small presentation areas Better access to... Read More
Heartland AEA has purchased access to Mystery Science for all elementary schools. Mystery Science lessons are open-and-go and inspire students to love science. Simply gather a few materials and start teaching right away! Start making the transition to the Next Generation Science Standards. We think you’ll find the videos and... Read More
How exciting! You're working on a lesson theme - maybe it's fables or weather for 5th grade - and you'd like to get more books into your students' hands. We can help! Let us know what unit you'll be teaching, the reading levels and how many books you'll need and...
At Heartland AEA, we collaborate with schools, families and educators in many ways to help support students with a variety of needs. From left to right above, Heartland AEA School Psychologists Kristen Bloch, Madeleine Moody and Jane Jensen and School Social Worker Morgan Stone, will be blogging about challenging behavior... Read More
The Parent & Educator Connection has a new name but is still focused on the same mission. The Iowa Family & Educator Partnership (FEP) helps build positive partnerships between parents and educators so children with special needs are successful. FEP coordinators are parents of children or young adults with special... Read More
The Heartland AEA Family & Educator Partnership Resource Fair is an event for families to enjoy together. The Fair offers students with special needs and their families an opportunity to meet service providers from central Iowa, and adults can also attend presentations on challenging behavior or transitioning students to life... Read More
Technology Integration and Collaboration (TIC) at Heartland AEA addresses the integration of 21st-century concepts and skills as aligned with the Iowa Core. District sharing, teacher modeling, software resources, special topics and guest experts are part of this collaboration and are available to you to participate and learn! **Are you an... Read More
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