Educator Connection

News for Educators in Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

August 2021

FREE K-12 Minecraft Education Esports Teacher Academy

Minecraft Education is providing a free Esports Teacher Academy from Aug. 16-19. Live, one-hour daily sessions are available at either 10am or 5pm. Asynchronous training is also available.


The sessions will cover the following topics:

  • Creating an Esports Curriculum
  • Developing Esports Club Culture and Community
  • Leveling Up Your Play - Mastering SEL in Esports
  • Coaching K12 Esports - Best Practices


Click here to learn more and register.

Become a Child Mental Health First Aider

This training course introduces adults to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in children and adolescents, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches educators how to help a child who is experiencing a mental health challenge or is in crisis.


Dates and details available at this link.

Paraeducator Certification Courses

The Paraeducator Generalist I certificate program is delivered in three 30-hour courses. The three courses below are required for paraeducator certification. Contact Carrie Guerin for assistance.

Introduction to Course (Foundations and Professionalism) #308039

One of the three classes needed for certification. Registration deadline is Sept. 3.


Class Dates/Times: September 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants should expect to complete an additional 25 hours of work from September 18-October 2. This will be done in Moodle units with weekly assignments to be completed.


Location: Prairie Lakes AEA Office, 1235 5th Avenue South, Fort Dodge

Facilitator: Kristine Randell

Cost: License Renewal is $120


Registration and other details available here.

Instructional Support #308040

One of the three classes needed for certification. Registration deadline is Sept. 3


Class Date/Time: October 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants should expect to complete an additional 25 hours of work from October 23-November 6. This will be done in Moodle units with weekly assignments to be completed.


Location: Prairie Lakes AEA Office, 1235 5th Avenue South, Fort Dodge

Facilitator: Karen Waid

Cost: License Renewal is $120


Registration and other details available here.

Behavior Supports #308041

One of the three classes needed for certification. Registration deadline is Sept. 3


Class Date/Time: November 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants should expect to complete an additional 25 hours of work from November 20-December 11. This will be done in Moodle units with weekly assignments to be completed.


Location: Prairie Lakes AEA Office, 1235 5th Avenue South, Fort Dodge

Facilitator: Marni Moody

Cost: License Renewal is $120


Registration and other details available here.

Nondiscrimination Statement

It is the policy of Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency to not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, physical traits, gender identity, national origin, gender, disability, religion, age, political party affiliation, socioeconomic status, or actual or potential parental, family or marital status in its programs, activities or employment practices. The agency is committed to affirmative action. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the agency’s Equity Coordinator, Michelle Dowd, 1235 5th Ave S., Fort Dodge, IA 50501 or phone 515-705-7138. Email: mdowd@plaea.org