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

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 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

August 14, 2014

The second book in the series…and I can’t wait to get the third…thanks again 6th graders at GCB for keeping me going with this line of books…simply awesome! Read More

August 14, 2014

Again, another great selection from my 6th grade friends from GCB Elementary and their teacher, Mrs. Busse.  If you are ready for suspense and intrigue…as well as some morale questions, please take a look at this book. Read More

August 14, 2014

If you are ready to take control of your total wellness and want to see the amazing connections between our diets and our brains, please read this book from cover to cover. It is scary to think how we can be duped into thinking that one diet or another is... Read More

August 14, 2014

Wow! The positive energy from this book is simply amazing…almost matches seeing Chester Elton in person (he was at our AESA National Conference this past December in San Antonio…hoping he is able to get to IASB or SAI soon!).  The book is about the power of recognition and making sure... Read More

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