Keystone AEA Teacher Update

November 2018

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It's a 2-for-1 combo! #ALLIN Summer Education Conference – June 25-26, 2019 in Dubuque

We're combining KPEC (Keystone's Premier Education Conference) and our TSS (Trauma Sensitive Schools) Conference into one for 2019. #ALLIN conference attendees will be able to choose from a variety of sessions to improve instruction, student learning, and teacher thinking within the context of a trauma sensitive school. Hands-on sessions will be offered, allowing educators to actually experience and practice. Recertification credit is available.


To register for the conference, use this workshop number: 250765.

If you'd like to take it for recertification credit, please register for the conference using the above AND register for recertification using workshop number: 250763.

Partner Survey- We value and use your feedback!

Our annual partner survey is now open. Please click here to offer your feedback on the services provided to your school by our agency. We will review the results in detail to align our practices with your needs.


Examples of our actions taken from response trends in previous partner surveys include a greater emphasis on mental health supports, additional digital resources such as NBC Learn, MackinVia, Tumble Books, and minimizing time away from your building.


Estimated time for completion of the survey is five minutes or less. Responses will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

Upcoming Workshops

Here is a quick overview of the upcoming workshops at Keystone AEA.

Special Education Updates

Extended School Year - teachers should be completing ESY paperwork at the end of the 9 weeks to close out any 2018 summer services. Copies should be sent to parents and filed in the school file.


Equipment Only Situations - students who need equipment to access their education, but do not need specially designed instruction should be exited from special education. This clarification was made within the SE Procedures Manual (page 55) this year. This OSEP letter provides additional information.


Lessons Learned - a couple districts in our state have been involved in very intensive site visits for special education during the past two years. Themes include:


  • Appropriate use and documentation of seclusion and restraint
  • Individualized plans for students (goals, services, FBA/BIPs)
  • Disproportionality


Assistive Technology

Family Educator Partnership

Specially Designed Instruction

Learning Opportunities


IEP date alignment: As winter weather approaches, please be sure to a create new meeting notice and adjust the IEP dates if meetings are rescheduled due to weather, illness, etc.


Please remember to check the second box when creating a new IEP for students who have FBAs and BIPs to ensure the FBA and BIP are carried over to the next IEP.


Below is the notice from the web IEP log-in page: A reminder that since September 3, 2017, the Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) only carry over to the next IEP when the 2nd checkbox on page B (Behavior section) is checked. If this box is not checked “yes” - (Yes, behavior is a concern. An FBA is required. If one exists, it will be reviewed and modified, as needed. A BIP will be developed, if required due to disciplinary action or determined to be needed by the IEP team. If a BIP exists, it will be reviewed and modified, as needed). On page B, the FBA/BIP will not carry over to the next IEP.

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Registration System

As a statewide AEA system we are now operating within the same registration system for all things professional learning. Here is a link to our website for pointers on how to search for workshops, etc.

Provide us some feedback on the Keystone Teacher Update!

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