PLAEA Early Childhood News

May 2021

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Check out the Repair Shop - Car Wash in the Algona, Iowa Preschool

FULL of environmental print and hands on learning that can be tied to SO MANY different skills!

Thanks to Zoe Dau and Sara Curtis from Algona Preschool. Questions for them can be sent to: and
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**If you have a fantastic idea or resource to share from your classroom, please email Katie or Marcie! We will get it added to our Teacher Spotlight!

Highlights for May

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New ACHIEVE Special Education Platform

A new special education platform will be rolled out on November 1, 2021. Be looking for training opportunities prior to November, 2021.

Heads Up for End of Year TS GOLD

1) Remind your Administrator to renew your TS GOLD license BEFORE you check out for summer! TS GOLD licenses can and should be renewed by July 1st. This will save a lot of time and energy come this fall.

2) Brag about the progress you have made in your preschool program this year. We recommend to print off the GROWTH REPORT (B-K) and share that with your Principal, Superintendent, and School board. This is a great opportunity for you to show the gains and growth within your students this past year.

Creative Curriculum Has Added 2 NEW Studies

Teaching Strategies has now added 2 new studies to their Creative Curriculum for Preschool - 6th edition: Lights and Cameras!

For more information on "why" lights and cameras, click HERE!

Inter-Rater Reliability Certification for TS GOLD

Do you have your inter-rater reliability certification for TS GOLD?!?!?

Has your inter-rater reliability certification expired?!?!?

Would you like to learn how to use TS GOLD more efficiently and with fidelity?!?!

Then..... check out the Inter-Rater Reliability online certification for TS GOLD! This will be great to work on during the summer and you will be ready to rock this fall with assessment.

How do you access? Login to - click the assess icon at the top. Then choose Inter-Rater Reliability certification on the gray toolbar.

The certification is FREE! On average is takes approximately 3 hours to complete.

Register for Summer Learning TODAY!

More information below! Spots are filling up fast!

Teaching Strategies Digital Library

Recently, Teaching Strategies introduced a NEW digital library for teachers and families. Digital books are also available in Spanish. What a great resource to share with families to use over the summer. Families will need to download the Teaching Strategies family app to access. More information can be found HERE.
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UPDATED Teaching Strategies 2021-2022 Checkpoint Dates

Fall - 11/22/2021

Winter - 2/28/2022

Spring - 05/31/2022

TS GOLD and myIGDIs 2021-2022 "Cheat Sheet" Document

** Please print or save for ease of access

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Spring and Summer 2021 Training Opportunties

1) Prevent Teach Reinforce for Young Children

June 10, 9:00-3:30

*This training will be held in person at the Pocahontas AEA office.

This spring, Melissa Wurth (PLAEA School Psychologist and PBIS Coordinator) will be offering a FULL day Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Young Children. For more information click on the link below.

Registration link: PTR-YC for Young Children - June Training

2) Shaping Preschoolers into Readers and Writers

June 14th & 15th; August 17th - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

*This training will be held in person at the Pocahontas AEA office.

Registration Link: AEA Course Catalog - Course # 200901

3) Preschool Academy

Learn from a series of workshops that are designed to assist new early childhood teachers/associates (or those needing a refresher) to understand developmentally appropriate curriculum, assessment, school improvement, Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards and Iowa Early Learning Standards. Identify what you need to teach in an Iowa early childhood education program. These 3 days of learning will have you off the ground and running with what you need to know for teaching in an early childhood classroom.

Creative Curriculum: August 13th & 16th

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Power of Observation & Teaching Strategies GOLD:

August 18th

9:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Registration Link for Preschool Academy

Early Childhood Special Education Supports

i3 Website

The new i3 IDEA website was launched this past summer. It is full of information, guidance, resources and procedures. i3 - Iowa IDEA Information - Guidance - Resources - Procedures

Procedural Safeguards Manual

Do you every have a difficult time finding an updated Procedural Safeguards Manual for Parents prior to an IEP meeting? Do you ever need a copy for families in Arabic, Bosnian, Lao, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish or Vietnamese? See the links below for updated Manuals.

Procedural Safeguards Manual for Parents Rights for Children Ages 3-21 - English

Procedural Safeguards Manual for Parents Rights for Children Ages 2-21 - Arabic, Bosnian, Lao, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Vietnamese

Resources Preparing Parents for IEP Meetings

Parent Information for Initial IEP Meeting

Special Education: Child Find Process

IEP Team Member Roles and Responsibilities

Parent Information of 3 year Re-evaluation

Planning for Your Child's IEP Meeting

Preschool "Go-Tos"

Teaching Strategies GOLD/myIGDI 2020-2021 Dates

NCPMI -PBIS - Challenging Behavior Site

ColorinColorado - A bilingual site for educators and families of English language learners

Early Childhood Iowa - Early Childhood Mental Health


Katie Kauffman - Early Childhood Special Education Consultant

Supporting Districts: East Sac County, Greene County, Manson Northwest Webster, Newell Fonda, Paton-Churdan, Pocahontas Area, Schaller-Crestland, Storm Lake, South Central Calhoun, South Hamilton, Stratford, Gilmore City-Bradgate (EC & ECSE), Southeast Valley (EC & ECSE), Fort Dodge Partner Preschools: St. Edmond's, Little Lambs & Dodger Preschool (ECSE).

Marcie Lentsch - Early Childhood Education Consultant

Supporting Districts: Albert City-Truesdale, Algona, Alta-Aurelia, Clarion-Goldfield, Clay Central-Everly, Eagle Grove, Emmetsburg, Estherville Lincoln Central, Fort Dodge, Graettinger-Terril, Harris-Lake Park, Humboldt, Laurens-Marathon, North Kossuth, North Union, Okoboji, Ruthven-Ayrshire, Sioux Central, Spencer, Spirit Lake, Twin Rivers, Webster City, West Bend/Mallard.

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