Northwest AEA Preschool Newsletter

February 2022

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This month let's celebrate friendships and kindness. Look for the RAK info located in this newsletter and see how we can make the world a little brighter.

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EnJOY! ~Joyce, Brenda & Shelley

Take advantage of grant & award opportunities!!

As mentioned in our Intentional Teacher STEM series, there is still one opportunity you might want to take advantage of.

27th Annual Centering on Centers is now over

The Power of GOLD!

COMING SOON! Choose the 2022 summer fast track or 2022-23 school year slower track. Click HERE to view the flyer.
Northwest AEA Early Childhood PD Plan 2021-22

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

GOLD checkpoint dilemma

Several have asked "how many checkpoints are we supposed to do in GOLD" based on a message in Teaching Strategies. As shared in our September 2021 newsletter, the Spring Checkpoint is a required checkpoint. That is not to say you are only to do the Spring Checkpoint, it just means that one of your checkpoints HAS to be the Spring one. This link takes you to a copy of the email sent to Preschool Administrators and Directors

It is recommended programs continue to locally administer and report all three checkpoints, as recommended by the assessment publisher. This practice also supports the use of formative assessment data as well as various reporting functions within the GOLD Assessment System. If we want to use our data with fidelity and to drive our instruction, then it makes sense to do all three checkpoints.

Note: All three checkpoint periods must continue to be completed in Shared Visions preschool programs. Likewise, some programs may have locally determined requirements for the administration of GOLD based on local boards, funding sources, etc.

Early Childhood State Coordination Team

The Iowa Department of Education has regular meetings with early childhood representatives from across the state as a way of sharing information from the DE, listening to our voices and concerns, and collaborating with each other to create solutions.

Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Day is Thursday, Feb. 17th

Do something "extra" and make someone's day or week extra special with a Random Act of Kindness. Click HERE to check out the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. Let's add to the goodness!

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 Feb. 9, 2022.

Looking for Spanish content? Check out Northwest AEA Digital Resources

Some of the Northwest AEA Digital Resources have Spanish content. This content isn't something simply translated using Google, but it's content written in Spanish and very often read in Spanish by a professional narrator. The problem is sometimes we just don't know where to look or how to find that content. Click HERE to learn more!

Tips of the Month!!! See Below

Free!! Fun family math activities

Here you'll find activities, videos and books that get families engaging in math. The goal is for their children to love math and prepare for kindergarten while doing so!

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