PLAEA Early Childhood News

April 2021

Highlight of the Month

Self-Regulation Toolkit

Self Regulation Toolkit - The self-regulation toolkit was created by the ECSE department that stemmed from their Reaching and Teaching Children With Trauma book study. Updates have recently been provided to this tool-kit. It is chalked full of visual supports, activities and articles for young children in regards to self regulation.

4 Resources To Make Your Life Easier

  1. GOLD Data Collection Resources - Some of you have been asking about GOLD data collection and making your life easier! We have linked our GOLD data collection resources here
  2. Track positive reinforcement with the B+ App. This is from Positive Behavior Interventions Support (PBIS). This app will help you set up reminders for specific behaviors, create alarms on scheduled days and times, count the number of times something happens and help you track progress while tracking positive reinforcement and pre-corrections you give throughout the day
  3. TK-K rubric: The TK-K rubric was created to help give recommendations for TK/K using data. When using this rubric, it supports you and families to make sound decisions when referring for a Transitional Kindergarten program or a Kindergarten program.

Teaching Strategies 2021-2022 Checkpoint Dates

Fall - 11/16/2021

Winter - 2/22/2022

Spring - 05/24/2022

** We are waiting to hear from the DE on myIGDIs screening window dates. Once we receive those, we will be sure and send out our TS GOLD and myIGDIs checkpoint cheat sheet.

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One Dual Language Learning Opportunity Zoom Left This Year!

Supporting Dual Language Learners in the Preschool Classroom

Tuesday, April 13, 3:30-4:30 via zoom

Registration Link

Topic: Engaging Families in a DLL Classroom

Spring and Summer 2021 Training Opportunties

1) Prevent Teach Reinforce for Young Children

June 10, 9:00-3:30

*This training will be held in person at the Pocahontas AEA office.

This spring, Melissa Wurth (PLAEA School Psychologist and PBIS Coordinator) will be offering a FULL day Prevent-Teach-Reinforce for Young Children. For more information click on the link below.

Registration link: PTR-YC for Young Children - June Training

2) Shaping Preschoolers into Readers and Writers

June 14th & 15th; August 17th - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

*This training will be held in person at the Pocahontas AEA office.

Registration Link: AEA Course Catalog - Course # 200901

3) Preschool Academy

Learn from a series of workshops that are designed to assist new early childhood teachers/associates (or those needing a refresher) to understand developmentally appropriate curriculum, assessment, school improvement, Iowa Quality Preschool Program Standards and Iowa Early Learning Standards. Identify what you need to teach in an Iowa early childhood education program. These 3 days of learning will have you off the ground and running with what you need to know for teaching in an early childhood classroom.

Creative Curriculum: August 13th & 16th

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Power of Observation & Teaching Strategies GOLD:

August 18th

9:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Registration Link for Preschool Academy

Early Childhood Special Education Supports

i3 Website

The new i3 IDEA website was launched this past summer. It 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 2020-2021 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, Gilmore City-Bradgate (EC & ECSE), Southeast Valley (EC & ECSE), Fort Dodge Partner Preschools: St. Edmond's, Little Lambs & Dodger Preschool (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.