Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency


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January 3, 2016

One of the books that I had the opportunity to finish over my holiday break was Creativity, Inc. (also reading In the Heart of the Sea for fun) by Ed Catmull who is the President of Pixar Animation and Disney Animation. A tremendous book that provides some real insight into... Read More

September 23, 2015

…if we took care of ourselves too! “Interestingly enough, I often see this same narrow view taken in regard to human productivity. So many of my patients work for companies where the work ethic is one of intense competition, with a standard sixty- to eighty-hour workweek-all in the name of great... Read More

March 27, 2015

Discussion in the Iowa Legislature about Supplemental State Aid directly impacts Prairie Lakes AEA (PLAEA) and the eight other Iowa Area Education Agencies (AEAs). This is a great opportunity to explain AEA funding and how we are alike, and different, from local school districts. Iowa’s Area Education Agencies were founded... Read More

February 10, 2015

I recently had the good fortune of visiting three schools that are doing amazing things for the young people they serve and I wanted to share my takeaways with you. You may remember that I had posted on November 23 about our PLAEA experience with the Big Picture Learning team... Read More

January 15, 2015

Imagine if we would address the real issue…instructional strategies! Anyone else getting tired of the blaming and shaming game in our chosen field of employment?  I read and listen to a lot of people talking about education that have not spent one hour in our schools since they graduated from high... Read More

December 17, 2014

As we enter the Holiday season it is such a great time to be thankful for so many things…a great family, good health, compassionate friends, and to live in a free country, amongst other things too numerous to mention.  I also am very thankful that the State Board of Education... Read More

December 8, 2014

IMAGINE if we were “hungry”… I had the recent good fortune to spend Thanksgiving break in New York City as one of our daughters, Ellie, plays basketball for the University of Northern Iowa and they played in a tournament at Hofstra University on Long Island. Our family had 10 people that... Read More

November 23, 2014

On Tuesday, October 21, our Northwest Iowa Leadership Academy (joint venture between Northwest AEA and Prairie Lakes AEA) sponsored a learning event with Big Picture Learning in Storm Lake at Buena Vista University.  Elliot Washor, one of the co-founders of Big Picture Learning, was in attendance as well as a... Read More

October 2, 2014

Can you imagine what could happen if the adults in the education system would give up some of the control to our students? Can you imagine the learning that could occur if students felt they had real choice and ownership over their learning...even some of it?  Do you think it's... Read More

August 14, 2014

WOW! If you want to know how to stop the constant struggle with teacher and students around the learning AND see specific examples of roles within the Digital Learning Farm (intrigued?), this is the book you NEED to read.  Another great read by Alan, one of the best that I’ve... Read More

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