Northwest AEA Preschool Newsletter

Summer 2022

Your communication hub!

We want to wish you a very enjoyable and relaxing summer break. Take time to refresh and rejuvenate; you greatly deserve it!

EnJOY! ~Joyce, Brenda & Shelley

Congrats Laura Collins!!

Laura, a preschool teacher at Lawton-Bronson, was a featured teacher with the Iowa Department of Education during Teacher Appreciation Week!! Congratulations Laura and her educational team for being an outstanding example!

A think about... nothing lasts forever

From Christina Tondevold, "In life there are always ups and downs and when you are in the down times, it’s helpful to remember that “this too shall pass.” Nothing stays this way forever."

"This message is really for anything in your life that you are going through. It might have been the hardest school year you’ve ever been through. It might have been health problems, kid problems, spouse problems, whatever it is, your current situation will not last forever.

We tend to say “this too shall pass” when we are in those down moments, but I also want to remind you that the same is true for up moments."

To read or listen to the entire message, click HERE.

Book of the Month Club!

Sign up for the Book of the Month Club beginning in the fall of 2022!! Available for accredited preschools in Northwest AEA and Prairie Lakes. If you're not interest in that, then you might want to try Teaching Books that are available through the AEA system. When it comes to books, we've got your back!!

Summer Newsletter for Families

Share the SUMMER LEARNING FOR PRESCHOOLERS newsletter with families when they are looking for learning activities to do with their children this summer. You can share this link:

New AEA Digital Resources coming in 2022-23!!

Iowa’s AEAs provide students and educators with no-cost access to high-quality, vetted digital

resources. They are proud to announce their lineup of digital instructional resources for the 2022-23 school year, including six new offerings! Students, educators and parents have 24/7/365 access to these ebooks, streaming videos, encyclopedia, reference materials and more! Click HERE to learn more about AEA Digital Resources.

Upcoming Northwest AEA Early Childhood Professional Development Opportunities

Preschool Academy

Do you or will you have teachers or administrators new to Statewide Voluntary Preschool? Do you wish to learn more about connecting the pieces of the IELS, IQPPS and TS GOLD? If so, join us on August 11th from 9 to 3 and meet others just like you. Click HERE or on the flyer to register.

Kick off Your Year Learning Conference

Join us in LeMars on August 10th!

This one day learning conference will focus on the theme -- EQ before IQ and will have learning sessions catered to all PreK-12 educators and administrators.

If you have any questions about the learning conference or session proposals please email the Learning Conference Team at

Intentional Teacher 2022!

Many districts are doing a deeper dive into literacy. Because of that, we want to share what that looks like in preschool settings. This year, we will be learning about the Science of Reading and building literacy skills in young children. You will again have a choice between two face-to-face dates, then join us in three Zoom sessions as we go further into literacy for young children. Click on the flyer to learn more.
Northwest AEA Early Childhood PD Plan 2022-23

Here you have access to professional development designed specifically for early childhood staff for the 2022-23 school year.

Connections is shared monthly on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays

This publication alerts you to resources and professional development occurring at Northwest AEA. Check it out (or look for it in your Inbox).

Northwest AEA Summer Learning Opportunities

See ALL courses available for educators teaching grades PK-12

Early Childhood State Coordinating 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.

May13th EC State Coordinating Team Summary

This month Donna Fowler from Teaching Strategies did a presentation on Supporting Implementation of the Assessment Process Using GOLD and shared KEY POINTS. Click HERE to view the EC SCT summary.

myIGDIs professional training opportunities

Get the jump on myIGDIs. There are LOTS of training opportunities this summer; join one or all. Click HERE to view the myIGDIs topics and dates.

PD opportunities in the state of iowa & internationally (see below)

Trauma Informed Care Conference, June 7-8

Registration Deadline May 27th. Click HERE to learn more.

FREE Early Math Symposium

The Early Math Symposium will be held on June 24, 2022.
Registration is now open! Register HERE!

"The Inclusion Event of the Year"

You are invited by Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak and Dr. Julie Causton to attend the 2022 VIRTUAL Summer Leadership Institute held August 8-10, 2022. Early Bird registration is available through May 17th.
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