Keystone AEA Teacher Update

October 2018

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Registration System

As a statewide AEA system we are now operating within the same registration system for all things professional learning. Here is a link to our website for pointers on how to search for workshops, etc.

Upcoming Workshops

Here is a quick overview of the upcoming workshops at Keystone AEA.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ordering Media Materials

Where do I find what materials are available?

•Go to “Search & Reserve” to find Books, Kits, Video/DVD, and Digital Videos.

•Go to “Magazines” to see titles available for routing.


How can I order Keystone AEA materials?

•Online: “Search” to find and reserve/request materials.

•Reservations Secretary: Kathy Wessel can answer questions at kwessel@aea1.k12.ia.us

Elkader: 245-1480, Dubuque: 556-3310, or other areas call 1-800-632-5918.


How long can I keep materials?

•DVDs: 7 days

•Videos: 3 days

•Kits: circulation periods vary from 1-7 weeks

•PreK-12 Books: 6 weeks

•Early Elementary Season Books: 2 weeks

•Professional Books: 2 weeks

•Magazines: 1 week


What if I need an item for longer than the regular booking period?

•Videos, DVDs, & Kits: 1) Click the ‘Show & Extend’ button to submit a request for a 3-day extension or 2) call the Reservations Secretary and ask for an extension.

•PreK-12 Books: Call the Reservations Secretary and ask to extend the books for another six weeks.

•Professional Books: Call the Reservations Secretary to see if the book is available for an extension.

•Magazines and Book-of-the-Month: These can not be extended because other teachers on the routings are waiting for them.

Helpful Tips for Searching Keystone AEA's Media Library

Once you are in the media library search tool, you can select "FAQ and Tutorials" as highlighted in the graphic below.
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Read for the Record Day!

Information found on our literacy website!
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Special Education Updates

Graduation Requirements for Students on IEPs - starting with this year's freshmen - students must meet 4-3-3-3 to receive a high school diploma. Districts should be working on a plan to address this change. Please start having these conversations with your administrators. Informational letter from the DE.


Spotlight on Special Education Blog


Family Educator Partnership - great article about navigating conflict and other resources


Iowa Alternate Assessment (IAA) - updates for teachers and administrators


Secondary Transition PD Opportunities - great learning opportunities for MS/HS special ed teachers!


Specially Designed Instruction (SDI) - learn more about the work happening at the state level to improve SDI

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