Keystone AEA Teacher Update

February 2018

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KPEC 2018!

Have you registered for KPEC 2018 to be held on June 18th and 19th in Dubuque?

It's not too late to submit a presentation proposal! Learn more and complete the call for presentations here. Submissions are due by the end of the day, February 20.

Statewide Registration System

The AEAs have been working together to develop a common statewide registration system. Here is the complete information.

Division on Career Development and Transition International Conference

​Below is the link to submit proposals for our upcoming National DCDT Conference. Additionally, if an educator within the State of Iowa has a proposal submitted, the Iowa Department of Education will pay for your registration.

Please forward this link and information to all educators who may be interested in submitting a proposal or attending the conference. ​

You are invited to submit a proposal to present at DCDT’s 2018 International Conference, “River of Dreams” in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Date: October 24-26, 2018

Submission Information:

Deadline for submission: April 23, 2018 at 11:00 pm

Proposal Information


All school contact people have been notified via email requesting an update of possible changes with school personnel. We previously sent "contact person" updates as a printed copy and have attempted an electronic version this year. Contact people are able to make changes themselves or respond to Deb Sylvester's email and she will take care of changes for you. It is important that we have the correct information for teachers so we may provide the best possible service to our schools.

You may notice materials and equipment delivered to your school for Keystone OT/PT staff. We are currently transporting items for our OT/PT staff from our stored location in Elkader to their office location. We now have the ability to route items directly to the school of choice for our OT/PT staff as some items are large and heavy to transport independently. You may see delivery materials with an OT/PT label attached with your servicing OT/PT person's name and your school name. Please do not send the items back on the van unless directed by your appointed Keystone OT/PT staff. They will pickup the items in a timely manner and get them delivered to the appropriate teachers in your building.

American History in Video

The AEAs are pleased to announce the addition of a new online resource entitled: American History in Video. This resource is now featured within Keystone’s ONLINE RESOURCES web link.

Schools can gain access to this new content through their unique username and password for all AEA Online Resources.


Below is a little information the company has provided:

American History in Video features 2,000 total hours of streaming videos that bring history alive for students. The collection includes hundreds of the documentaries most frequently used in history classrooms, from leading video content producers such as PBS, A+E Television, The History Channel®, California Newsreel, Bullfrog Films, and others.

Students can learn about the Battle of Gettysburg, understand the scope and legacy of the American Civil War with Ken Burns’s riveting PBS series, or view original news footage of the D-Day invasion of Normandy from Universal Newsreels. Appropriate for middle school+.

As a biographical resource, American History in Video, includes hundreds of profiles of great American leaders and personalities. One suggestion: Compare Kennedy’s rhetorical flair with Nixon’s.

Tools for Teaching and Research

American History in Video is designed specifically for teaching and research. Features include and are not limited to: multiple search options (full-length videos or clips), browse tools, synchronized transcripts, embedded links, customized playlist by theme.

Are you wondering what is new in our media library?

Search the new materials in our media library here!

Keystone Individuals to Know

Intensive Intervention: Overview and Resources for Families

The National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII) is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to build capacity of state and local education agencies, universities, practitioners, and other stakeholders to support implementation of intensive intervention in reading, mathematics, and behavior for students with severe and persistent learning and/or behavioral needs. NCII offers a series of family-friendly short overviews and explanations of intensive intervention that Parent Centers may wish to share with parents who have a student with disabilities involved in an intensive intervention program at school. These materials include:

Intensive Intervention: An Overview for Parents and Families
Answers the Who, What, When, Where, and How of intensive intervention

Intensive Intervention: Questions Parents and Families can Ask
Lists key questions that families can ask to understand how their child’s progress will be monitored, what kind of information a parent might share with the school, and what the intervention plan actually looks like, including how they can help at home.

How Can You Support Intensive Intervention? Tips for Families
Three basics that families should know about supporting their child’s intensive intervention.

Online Module: Introduction to Intensive Intervention
While not necessarily developed for families, this self-paced module is designed to increase users’ knowledge of intensive intervention and data-based individualization (DBI). It’s self-paced and interactive, and takes about 30-40 minutes to complete.

AEA Learning Online

AEA PD Online is now branded as AEA Learning Online!

A wealth of information, resources, and professional learning options can be found here!

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