Northwest AEA Preschool Newsletter

January 2022

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Happy New Year! No matter what your thoughts are about New Year's Resolutions, the beginning of a new year always brings a bit of excitement with it. What will we change? What will we keep? What new skills do I want to learn this year? Many times the new year is accompanied with a fresh layer of snow. Snow can be symbolic of freshness, renewal, and even a sense of cleansing.

As you read through this newsletter, we hope it finds you in a place of renewal, of freshness, and if needed, a cleansing.

EnJOY! ~Joyce, Brenda & Shelley

Take advantage of grant & award opportunities!!

As mentioned in our Intentional Teacher STEM series, there are 2 opportunities you might want to take advantage of.

Celebrate the small wins

Reclaim your sense of joy and purpose this year. This article gives us two ways to do just that. Find out how here.

Upcoming training opportunities

Centering on Centers

Registration ends Jan. 21, 2022. Registration is limited to 320 per day. Click below for details. To register, on the flier click on the Woodbury County registration link and scroll down to Centering on Centers 2022.
Northwest AEA Early Childhood PD Plan

Here you have access to professional development designed specifically for early childhood staff for the 2021-22 school year.

3 SEL Practices that EC Educators can use everyday- from Edutopia

Do you do all three? Find out more by clicking HERE!

  1. Welcoming Inclusion Activity
  2. Engaging Strategies
  3. Optimistic Closure

Teaching With Conscience in an imperfect world

This 4 minute video (see below) addresses what is important to us as early childhood educators. Teaching is not about telling people things but rather good teaching is going on a journey with your students of discovery and surprise. How you view your students in that journey matters.
Bill Ayers - Teaching with Conscience in an Imperfect World
GOLD Website Elevation Support

Click HERE for support from TS GOLD. Once the Fall Checkpoint is complete, the GOLD Website Elevation will occur for all Iowa users.

My Teaching Strategies

Check your messages in MyTeachingStrategies for the latest news. They consistently are reviewing your requests and updating the platform. Check the "What's New in MyTeachingStrategies" on a frequent basis.

Literacy Tip of the Month- Introducing Rare Vocabulary with "What's Inside A Flower"

This Book Nook from the Hanen Center features the importance of using rare vocabulary. "Growing your child’s vocabulary is key to helping her develop emergent literacy skills – the building blocks for learning to read and write. This is because the more words your child knows and understands, the easier it will be for her to understand the stories she hears (and eventually read on her own). In this Book Nook, we’ll look at some helpful strategies to introduce and explain rare words to your child."

Click on the image to the right to hear the author read the book!

ECSE Supports

Click here to access Iowa's IDEA website. You will find information and resources pertinent to all who work with and/or live with a child having a disability.

Click here to access the Iowa Department of Education page for teachers and staff working with children who receive early childhood special education supports.

Northwest AEA has a website page designed to assist you as you support students with special education needs. Here is a link to that page.

Autism Help Desk

On the 2nd Wednesday of every month, The Northwest AEA autism team is offering an Autism Help Desk two different times of the day, 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m. The Help Desk is to support the implementation of evidence-based practices in the structures and strategies for students with characteristics of autism. If interested, please contact Beth Tisher at or 712.222.6382. The next Autism Help Desk is scheduled for January 12, 2022.

Division for Early Childhood

"The Division for Early Childhood (DEC) promotes policies and advances evidence-based practices that support families and enhance the optimal development of young children (0-8) who have or are at risk for developmental delays and disabilities. DEC is an international membership organization for those who work with or on behalf of young children (0-8) with disabilities and other special needs and their families." ​
Want more preschool newsletters?

Visit our Northwest AEA website where you'll find not only previous EC Newsletters, but a wealth of other resources as well!

Northwest AEA Early Childhood Consultants

We hope to be your first contact for timely and ongoing early childhood support. We want to assist you in improving the performance outcomes and well-being of your young learners.

Joyce, Brenda & Shelley