GHAEA At-A-Glance

September 3, 2021

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Have You Checked Out Our New Website?

Our new website launched in mid-August. Have you had a chance to check it out yet? We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. We are still serving, supporting, and advocating for you at the same website -!

Back to Center: Artist, Educator, Innovator 2021 Virtual Fall Conference

The 2021 Art Educators of Iowa conference, Back to Center: Artist, Educator, Innovator, focuses on renewing and revitalizing teachers as teaching artists.

This virtual conference will be hands-on, live, and engaging. With an emphasis on connecting to one another in live discussion and keynotes even while apart.

Learn More or Register Here

2021 Decoding Dyslexia Iowa Conference

Decoding Dyslexia Iowa's annual conference returns this October 28 & 29th at the FFA Enrichment Center at DMACC in Ankeny! The event will feature state and national leaders on dyslexia and literacy. License renewal credit is available, and early-bird registration is available until September 5th.

Learn More or Register Here

Statewide Build Iowa’s Future Design Challenge

This work-based learning challenge offers students an opportunity to use their ingenuity to design a model home (K-5 and 6-8) or to dream about a project that could benefit their community (9-12). Math, science and English/language arts are among the state academic standards the challenge covers. Students also will connect their projects to high-demand careers across Iowa. Project awards – up to $1,000 for first prize in each of three grade bands – can be used for school work-based learning activities. Submit your form letter of intent to participate no later than Sept. 29, 2021.

Learn More or Enter the Challenge Here

Nominate an Outstanding Iowa STEM Teacher!

Every day, exceptional STEM educators across the state are helping prepare students for

exciting, high-demand careers. Their passion for science, technology, engineering and

mathematics is shaping the future through generations of Iowans.

Does that sound like a teacher you know? Nominate them today for the 2021-2022 Iowa STEM Teacher Award, sponsored by Kemin Industries!

Now in its eighth year, this award recognizes leadership and dedication that increases student interest in, and awareness of, science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The award is given to one licensed, full-time PreK-12 teacher from each of Iowa’s six STEM regions. For this award, a full-time teacher is defined as an educator who spends at least 75% of their working hours in the classroom, interacting with students. Recipients receive $1,500 for their classroom, along with an additional $1,500 for personal use.

The deadline to complete nominations is Sunday, October 10. Recipients will be announced in

January 2022.

The nomination process is simple and open to everyone, including fellow teachers, school

administrators, students and parents. Visit

to learn more and submit your nomination.

This flyer lists some of our fall professional learning opportunities. See ALL of our Fall classes HERE! Don’t miss out on all the opportunities in Literacy, Specially Designed Instruction, Social-Emotional Behavioral Health, Crisis Prevention & Intervention, Coaching, Mentoring, Assessment, and more!

COVID-19 Update

In an effort to maximize protection for the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus, we will continue to follow CDC recommendations in conjunction with State of Iowa legislation.

We will monitor the current transmission risk status of each county with a Green Hills AEA office (Clarke, Harrison, Mills, Montgomery, Pottawattamie, Union) and update it weekly on Friday. This will be our practice moving forward until CDC makes new recommendations:

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Based on each county's transmission risk, we will operate in three tiers:

TIER ONE: Masks required inside for unvaccinated individuals

TIER TWO: Masks recommended for all. Masks are required for unvaccinated individuals.

TIER THREE: Masks are strongly recommended for all. Masks are required for unvaccinated individuals.

Masks, sanitizer, and cleaning supplies will be available at each office's front desk and all conference rooms.

IPDP Plan for Renewal Credits

IPDP Plan for Renewal Credits

Starting July 1, 2021 holders of a standard, master, professional administrator, or professional service license may use one Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP - annual goal-setting plan) for up to 1/2 of the required renewal credits for their license type.

  • Standard license - 1 IPDP plan is 3 credits (6 needed)
  • Master educator license - 1 IPDP plan is 2 credits (4 needed)
  • Professional administrator license - 1 IPDP plan is 2 credits (4 needed)
  • Professional service license - 1 IPDP plan is 2 renewal credits (4 needed)

To use this option, when you apply to renew, upload a completed (spring version) IPDP signed by you and your evaluator. The plan should minimally including specific goal(s), planned activities, alignment to building/district goals, alignment to the Iowa teaching standards, data collected, and how the goal impacted student learning. More information can be found here.

Paraeducator Generalist Certification

Courses begin September 13th! Search “paraeducator” in our Professional Learning Catalog to learn more.

Cognitive Coaching

Cognitive coaching training is now available at Green Hills!

  • The mission of a Cognitive Coach is to be a Mediator of Thinking. Learn how by attending one of our Fall or Spring courses. Space is limited! Learn more HERE.
  • This is a great fit for instructional coaches and administrators! Approved for license renewal credit, graduate credit, and evaluator renewal Credit.

Micro-Credentials Launch at Green Hills!

Today’s the day! Our micro-credentials are LIVE! 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? Search for micro-credentials in our Professional LearningCatalog HERE. (Search by format and select micro-credential)
  • 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.

NEW 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.

Grant Wood AEA Presents: Social Emotional Engagement - The "Fuel" For Learning

This workshop provides an overview of Social-Emotional Engagement - Knowledge and Skills (SEE-KS) as a framework for fostering social-emotional engagement, presenting information in multiple ways, and promoting student participation and relationships at multi-tiers of support. Participants will:

  • Learn how the application of research in the social neuroscience of social-emotional engagement fosters our ability to create supportive learning environments where social-emotional engagement is "fuel" for a child’s learning.
  • Learn strategies for measuring student engagement, specially designed instruction to address student engagement within everyday classroom lessons, and for building capacity through teacher-to-teacher mentorship.
  • Work in groups where they will collaborate with their peers, share their knowledge and ideas, and have information presented through a range of modalities.

Presenters: Emily Rubin and Jen Townsend

Emily Rubin, M.S., CCC-SLP is the director of the Educational Outreach Program at Communication Crossroads in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a speech-language pathologist specializing in autism and related social learning disabilities. Rubin is a co-developer of the Social-Emotional Engagement – Knowledge and Skills (SEE-KS) professional learning approach and the co-author of SCERTS, a criterion-referenced assessment tool and framework for social and emotional development.

Jen Townsend is an educational consultant with expertise in social-emotional learning differences, including autism spectrum disorders. She is also the owner of Universal Access Consulting, LLC, a company that specializes in professional development and collaborative consultation. She is the co-author of the Social-Emotional Engagement Knowledge and Skills (SEE-KS) professional learning approach.

Oct. 4, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Face-to-face and virtual options are available.

Learn More or Register Here

Register Now for a Drake Fall Online Course

Achieve your professional goals with Drake University Continuing Education & Professional Development. Our mission is to provide high-quality online courses to PreK-12 teachers, athletic coaches, and administrators. Click on any course title below for information specific to content, cost, and registration.

The below courses start on September 20 and end on November 14

The below course starts on September 27 and ends on November 7

The below course starts on September 27 and ends on October 31

Other Courses we are offering this fall through our partners!
PLS 3rd Learning Courses
PLS Classes participants engage in interactive instruction and discussion with personal assistance from experienced master facilitators. Learn researched-based strategies to apply to your classroom immediately. Discover how to motivate and engage learners to improve student achievement. Elevate your professional expertise and become a master instructor by enrolling in online classes offered through Drake University.

School Mental Health Courses
Many of our school mental health (SMH) online courses were developed by PLEASE PASS THE LOVE. PLEASE PASS THE LOVE is committed to increasing SMH supports to improve the quality of life and educational opportunities for children, families, and educators. These unique courses are self-paced, and students may take these courses for graduate credit and Iowa License Renewal Credit. We also offer an audit option. Registration is rolling. Thus, register at any time throughout the year.

Visit or call 1-800-76-TEACH (8-3224) for more information about these and other offerings.

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