October 15, 2021
AEA Services Survey Closes Monday (10/18)
The survey to gather perceptions about your AEA’s service offerings will close in just a few days. We ask you to please submit your valued response prior to that date. Your open and honest feedback is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your participation.
University of Northern Iowa 2+2 Elementary Education (BA) Program
The University of Northern Iowa will be offering a 2+2 Elementary Education (BA) program online starting this January. Anyone with an associate's degree or higher is eligible to enroll in the program, which also offers an option to minor in middle school education or get an early childhood certification. The program is offered in a structured cohort model, leading to completion by the spring semester of 2024.
UNI is offering an online information session on October 27.
As an additional incentive, residents of the Green Hills AEA may be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship on enrolling in the program, which effectively covers the cost of one class.
PebbleGo & PebbleGo Next Now Available
Green Hills AEA is excited to announce the purchase of PebbleGo (K-2) and PebbleGo Next (3-5) for our schools! All students will have access to this engaging K-5 database at school and at home.
Visit the PebbleGo Resource Page to find lesson plans, content maps, Iowa Standards alignment, and more!
PebbleGo & PebbleGo Next Features:
- Authentic read-aloud audio
- Guided keyword search
- Extended Learning including source citation, range maps, multimedia activities, and the ability to print the articles straight from the site
If you have any questions or need assistance, contact your Digital Learning Consultant or the Green Hills Media Department.
Get started by logging in with your Iowa AEA Online school credentials below!
Pear Deck Available to All Districts
Did you know Iowa’s AEAs are once again providing Pear Deck for free to Iowa school districts for the 2021-2022 academic year? Pear Deck is a communication platform that lets teachers create interactive assessments and presentations that students can follow from their personal devices. It is used in conjunction with Google Slides and assists teachers with designing engaging learning experiences and embedding formative assessments into online classrooms. It is designed to integrate with a district’s existing tools including both Google or Microsoft applications.
Let your digital learning consultant know if your district would like support to get started with Pear Deck.
2021-22 Celia B. Godsil Grant Applications Close Today!
Rural Schools Collaborative is pleased to announce the 2021-22 Celia B. Godsil Grants in Place Fellows Program!
The Rural Schools Collaborative’s Celia B. Godsil Grants in Place Fellows program provides grant awards to rural school teachers who engage their students in exemplary place-based learning.
Eligible applicants should propose a place-based research project that will be completed by the end of the 2021-22 school year. We understand that this year is providing abnormal learning challenges for many teachers and schools, and we will gladly consider projects that lean heavily on digital interactions and virtual work. Also, if the impacts of COVID-19 on your school community necessitate a project revision, we will be pleased to work with the grant recipient in that regard. We anticipate selecting a cohort of dynamic and committed educators with purposeful and creative ideas. The application process is simple.
The deadline for grant submission is TODAY October 15, 2021.
October Is Dyslexia Awareness Month
The International Dyslexia Association defines Dyslexia as “a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth in vocabulary and background knowledge.” According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dyslexia affects 5-20% of people and is the most common learning disability, accounting for 80% of all learning disabilities.
During the 2014 Iowa legislative session, a new law focused on Dyslexia was created. The legislation defined Dyslexia as an educational diagnosis and was added to Iowa Education Code. In 2018, a Dyslexia Task Force was created to address teacher training and support for students with Dyslexia in Iowa. As a result of the task force, a standing Dyslexia Board was established. In addition, Iowa now offers a Dyslexia Specialist teaching endorsement. Kelsie Kralik, literacy consultant, is currently completing the coursework toward this endorsement to help better serve, support, and advocate for students with Dyslexia.
Green Hills AEA has several resources available to assist educators and parents of students with Dyslexia. Our GHAEA Literacy Website contains a tab with links to sites such as Iowa Dyslexia Resources, Decoding Dyslexia Iowa, and Iowa’s Area Education Agencies Dyslexia Information Sheets, which help parents and educators better understand how students with Dyslexia are assessed and supported in Iowa schools. In addition, all of our GHAEA literacy consultants have completed coursework to become local trainers for Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS), which is an International Dyslexia Association accredited professional development program.
GHAEA also continues to offer the Essentials of Dyslexia course. The course uses the book Essentials of Dyslexia Assessment and Intervention by Nancy Mather and Barbara Wendling. The course is currently scheduled for November 2 & 8, 2021 in Avoca and June 6-7, 2022 in Red Oak. In addition, the GHAEA Media catalog recently added a new book Conquering Dyslexia by Jan Hasbrouck. Feel free to check it out!
Google for Education: District Spotlight Series to Feature Council Bluffs
Register to hear about the innovative ways districts across the country, including Council Bluffs Community School District, are adopting and adapting Google for Education's suite of products and services. The sessions are designed to be interactive, attendees will have the opportunity to engage with presenters and dive into execution specificities.
Hear how Council Bluffs Community School District accelerated learning through the adoption of Chrome and Education Plus. Learn how they are creating virtual classes with the help of Google Classroom and Google Sites and saving Principals 2+ hours /day with BigQuery. The Council Bluffs session will take place on Wednesday, October 20, 2021
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