PLAEA Early Childhood News

September 2021

Highlight of the Month

Using the 1st 6 Weeks (a.k.a. Beginning of the Year) from the Creative Curriculum is an essential, easy, and productive way to start your year off right. The first step of using the 1st 6 weeks, will support you in using the Creative Curriculum with fidelity. Focus areas include: Building Positive Relationships, Setting Expectations and Building a Classroom Community, etc.

We strongly encourage you to take a dive into using the 1st 6 Weeks study!

Additional supports can be found here:

Building A Classroom Community How-To Video

Beginning of Year Checklist

Journal reflection from a Preschool Teacher on Implementing The 1st 6 Weeks

Things To Get Working On

1) Teaching Strategies GOLD classroom setup. HERE is a helpful tool to get you started in that process. Please make sure you log into Teaching Strategies to ensure that your slots have been ordered by your Administrator. PLEASE DO NOT wait to check on this. If there is a delay, you may not be able to add documentation in a timely manner. Questions - check the TS help portal first. If still struggling, please reach out to Katie Kauffman ( or Marcie Lentsch (

2) Reserve dates for our Early Childhood Teacher Huddles -2nd Wednesday of every month via zoom. Come and join us for networking, collaboration, laughs and learning with your fellow early childhood colleagues around Prairie Lakes AEA!

October 13th - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

November 10th - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

December 8th - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

January 12th - 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

February 9th - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
March 9th - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

April 13th - 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

** October and December will be 2 hours

Zoom link for ALL EC Teacher Huddles:

3) We are feverishly working on finalizing our 2021-2022 Early Childhood Professional Development plan. We have a couple of different courses that will be offered for credit, as well as a variety of workshops to meet your needs. Please be looking for this in the next couple of weeks.

4) UPDATED: My Teacher Wants To Know form has been recently updated. This is a great way to make a first connection with families and have a better understanding of your students. The form is also available in Spanish.

EC-PBIS Training - This Fall

THIS MONTH we will be offering another EC-PBIS course!

What is EC-PBIS? Early Childhood - Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (EC-PBIS) is based on the Pyramid Model (Fox, Dunlap, Hemmeter, Joseph & Strain, 2003) as an effective, evidence-based approach for supporting social competence and addressing challenging behavior in young children. The PBIS framework is used across the nation, as well as in many of our local districts.

Who should take this? If you are a new teacher and/or attended Preschool Academy, we STRONGLY encourage you to take this as "finishing the package deal" for your first year. Also, if you are looking for a positive approach to supporting challenging behaviors in your classroom, this would be a fantastic reboot for you!

When Is EC-PBIS:

September 27th (Module 1)

November 15th (Module 2)

December 6th (De-Escalation and PTR-YC)

For more details and registration: click on this link

Teaching Strategies 2021-2022 Checkpoint Dates

Fall - 11/22/2021

Winter - 2/28/2022

Spring - 05/31/2022

TS GOLD and myIGDIs 2021-2022 "Cheat Sheet" Document

** Please print or save for ease of access

Information Needed to Start myIGDIs Fall Screening

1) Before administering please be sure to update your iOs on the ipads and update the myIGDIs app.

2) Resources for rostering students in myIGDIs are available in the August 3, 2021 Zip File. A recording link for the rostering webinar is included in the August newsletter on the Iowa myIGDIs website.

3) NEW RESOURCE: Quick Start Guide for myIGDIs Supporting Data Display for myIGDIs in Student Success, with links to additional resources for getting started with myIGDIs administration and viewing data/reports in the myIGDIs system.

4) Below are dates and times that Renissance (creators of myIGDIs) will be hosting zooms to support you all. IF YOU HAVE NOT ADMINISTERED MYIGDIs BEFORE, WE STRONGLY RECCOMEND THAT YOU ATTEND AT LEAST ONE OF THESE PRIOR TO GIVING THE SCREENER.

Administering myIGDIs with Fidelity

September 1, 2021

12:00pm – 1:00pm CST

Register Here

Administering myIGDIs with Fidelity

September 1, 2021

3:30pm – 4:30pm CST

Register Here

Administering myIGDIs with Fidelity

September 28, 2021

9:00am – 10:00am CST

Register Here

Using myIGDIs Data

November 19, 2021

9:00am – 10:30am CST

Register Here

Early Childhood Special Education Supports

i3 Website

i3 website is full of information, guidance, resources and procedures. i3 - Iowa IDEA Information - Guidance - Resources - Procedures

Procedural Safeguards Manual

Do you every have a difficult time finding an updated Procedural Safeguards Manual for Parents prior to an IEP meeting? Do you ever need a copy for families in Arabic, Bosnian, Lao, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish or Vietnamese? See the links below for updated Manuals.

Procedural Safeguards Manual for Parents Rights for Children Ages 3-21 - English

Procedural Safeguards Manual for Parents Rights for Children Ages 2-21 - Arabic, Bosnian, Lao, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Vietnamese

Resources Preparing Parents for IEP Meetings

Parent Information for Initial IEP Meeting

Special Education: Child Find Process

IEP Team Member Roles and Responsibilities

Parent Information of 3 year Re-evaluation

Planning for Your Child's IEP Meeting

Preschool "Go-Tos"

Teaching Strategies GOLD/myIGDI 2021-2022 Dates

NCPMI -PBIS - Challenging Behavior Site

ColorinColorado - A bilingual site for educators and families of English language learners

Early Childhood Iowa - Early Childhood Mental Health


Katie Kauffman - Early Childhood Special Education Consultant

Supporting Districts: East Sac County, Greene County, Manson Northwest Webster, Newell Fonda, Paton-Churdan, Pocahontas Area, Schaller-Crestland, Storm Lake, South Central Calhoun, South Hamilton, Stratford (EC and ECSE), Gilmore City-Bradgate, Southeast Valley (EC & ECSE).

Marcie Lentsch - Early Childhood Education Consultant

Supporting Districts: Albert City-Truesdale, Algona, Alta-Aurelia, Clarion-Goldfield, Clay Central-Everly, Eagle Grove, Emmetsburg, Estherville Lincoln Central, Fort Dodge, Graettinger-Terril, Harris-Lake Park, Humboldt, Laurens-Marathon, North Kossuth, North Union, Okoboji, Ruthven-Ayrshire, Sioux Central, Spencer, Spirit Lake, Twin Rivers, Webster City, West Bend/Mallard.

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