GHAEA At-A-Glance

October 1, 2021

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AEA Services Hanover Research Survey

Iowa's Area Education Agencies have partnered with Hanover Research to administer and analyze a survey regarding your perceptions of your AEA’s services. Your responses and the results of this survey will help your AEA better understand and shape service offerings.

Hanover Research is an independent research firm based in Washington, D.C., and is in no way affiliated with any other entity or organization. Your responses are anonymous and will be kept confidential, so please be as open and honest as possible. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes and should be completed only by LEA staff.

Please use the following link to take the survey:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Victoria Ledford at

We appreciate your participation! Please click the link to begin the survey.

Hanover Research takes protecting your personal information seriously. We use your data for research and analysis purposes. A full disclosure of our Privacy Policy is at where you may learn how we collect and process your data.

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Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) Refresher Course Information

Regulations require all maintenance employees who perform small-scale asbestos work to attend an annual refresher course. Midwest Training Institute (MTI) will hold this training session virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, October 20th, from 10 am - 2 pm.

To register, please fill out this 2021-22 AHERA Refresher Course Registration Form by October 12th.

Substitute Authorization Course - Governor's Proclamation

Need Subs? GHAEA offers the Substitute Authorization Certification for eligible applicants! Find out more about our Substitute Authorization Course HERE!

Please see the Governor’s most recent updated proclamation HERE.

Microcredentials are HERE!

Our micro-credentials are LIVE and AVAILABLE FOR REGISTRATION! Green Hills is excited to offer another way for educators to pursue their professional learning!
  • What’s a micro-credential? Learn more HERE.
  • Want to see what’s available? Browse our current options HERE.
  • Do you have suggestions for micro-credential topics? Share your ideas HERE!
  • Are you an expert in something? Design a micro-credential for others! Learn more HERE!

OpenSciEd Science Unit Workshops

These hybrid professional learning experiences are designed for teachers and curriculum leads interested in a free OER science curriculum: OpenSciEd. All courses will meet ONCE for face-to-face learning. Participants will engage in additional learning through Canvas for 1-2 weeks prior to the face-to-face date and 3-5 weeks following. Learn more HERE.

Drake University Master of Science - Teacher Effectiveness & Professional Development Option

Drake University is now offering a cohort-based pathway to a Master of Science Degree in Teacher Effectiveness and Professional Development. Learn more here. The informational zoom has already taken place, but if you have questions, feel free to reach out to Kelly Marckres at or 515-271-3976.

Arts Integration Course

Throughline Arts is excited to offer a course in Arts Integration through Iowa’s AEAs! Facilitated by Founding Director and Master Teaching Artist, Christina Farrell, this course is a fantastic way to reignite your teaching practice and foster rich learning for your students.

Search for this course through your local AEA!

Arts Integration: Creative, Rigorous and Meaningful Learning

Students in arts-integrated classrooms have higher levels of engagement and fewer disciplinary referrals, resulting in higher academic achievement. Why? Because creative processes help students find personal relevance and meaning in their learning. During this course, discover how to embed accessible (and fun!) arts-based strategies into your lessons to promote critical thinking, inquiry, reflection, and social-emotional intelligence. Develop rich, culturally responsive essential questions that excite intrinsic curiosity. Examine how arts experiences can be used as formative and summative assessment tools. Participate in interactive experiences that promise to reinvigorate your own creativity and passion for teaching!

Keystone AEA: Oct 2 & 9, 2021 8:00am-4:30pm (#201918)

Heartland AEA: Oct 16 & 23, 2021 8:00am-4:30pm (#201882)

Grant Wood AEA: Jan 22 & 29, 2022 8:00am-4:30pm (#202006)

Mississippi Bend AEA: Feb 5 & 12, 2022 8:00am-4:30pm (#201923)

Prairie Lakes AEA: June 6 & 7 , 2022 8:00am-4:30pm (#202160)

Northwest AEA: June 8 & 9, 2022 8:00am-4:30pm (#201924)

Central Rivers AEA – Dates TBD

Green Hills AEA – Dates TBD

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Save the date for our Inclusive Classroom Conference! The conference, presented with Great Prairie Area Education Agency, Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency, and Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency will help educators utilize individualized instruction in order to help students with disabilities become experts at learning. More information to come!

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Tennant Presents - Custodians are Key Contest 2021-2022

We appreciate school custodians for more than just their cleaning skills. Custodians not only make schools sparkle, but every day they make a difference in the lives of students, staff, and teachers.

We love their friendly personalities, can-do attitudes, and willingness to help in any situation. That’s why Tennant is re-launching the Custodians are Key contest for the 2021-2022 school year!

Nominate your custodian between September 14 and November 15, 2021. Tennant will select 12 custodians to receive a $500 gift card. At the end of the school year, one of the 12 finalists will win a $5,000 value prize for themselves and $10,000 for their school!

Nominate your custodian HERE!

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TeachingBooks Online Database

TeachingBooks is an Iowa AEA Online database that helps students deepen connections to books & provides a wealth of online materials to support literacy instruction K-12. Search titles, authors, series & more to discover audiobook readings, book discussion guides, book trailers, vocabulary lists… and so much more! Supports also include resources for customized lists for Iowa - or create your own customized list using titles you engage students within your curriculum! All resources can easily be shared w/ students using QR codes or direct integration with Google Classroom! Set up your Educator Login by clicking on “Sign in with Google”.

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Take a peek at the many options available w/ TeachingBooks in this quick 3-min intro! Also, bring TeachingBooks to the forefront of every Google search by installing this Chrome Extension!

Have questions? Julia Hood or Sarah Fink would be happy to help!
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Neurodiversity News with the Autism Resource Team

The Autism Resource Team (ART) hopes everyone is having a great start to the 2021-2022 school year! We have a new member on our team this year, serving our colleagues in the East region. Her name is Reagan Goeken. Please check our assignment list to see which core and extended team members will be supporting you this year!

We have a few new resources that we’d love to share with you. The first is our new autism resources webpage through the Green Hills AEA website. Here you will find all the same great info but in a more user-friendly format. This site is still under construction, but feel free to visit it now, and check back later for updates. On our webpage, we have our universal supports document, data collection resources, and wonderful websites with evidence-based practices and other useful resources.

Another document we recapped is our Autism Team Support Process. This flowchart is useful to help determine when it’s appropriate to make a referral to the autism team. This process ensures we’re making data-based decisions and all essential team members have been brought to the table to best support our students. With that being said, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions at any time, we’re always happy to brainstorm with you or answer any quick questions you or your team may have. We can all be reached via email anytime!

Lastly, we are so excited to share our new referral form. This google form is easy to fill out and gives us great information about your student’s strengths, what has already been tried and what is currently in place and working. It can be found on the autism resources webpage on the Green Hills AEA website. This form is brand new, so if you see anything on it that you're questioning or you have any ideas for how to make it better, please send your feedback to any autism team members!

We look forward to collaborating with you!

The Autism Resource Core Team