Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

Educator Connection: 2.4.20

Your AEA has recently acquired everything PE teachers need to teach bowling to their students, without ever leaving their gymnasium. Look for "Bowling Kit" or #012451 in our online catalog. For a classroom of 30 students, you'll want to check out all six kits and in each kit you'll receive...
One in five people struggle with mental illness. That statistic is real for Cassie Bardole, who struggles with anxiety, depression, and an eating disorder. Her reflections and realizations in recovery are chronicled in her blog entitled, ”A Journey of Becoming.” She drew on those personal experiences while participating in Youth...
Are you considering professional learning opportunities for instructional coaches next year? Are coaches wanting to hone their practices in supporting teachers with analyzing student learning and planning instruction to meet the variable learning needs of all students. Are coaches needing support and resources that assist teachers with meeting the social,...
February marks Black History Month, a federally recognized, nationwide celebration that calls on all Americans to reflect on the significant roles that African-Americans have played in shaping US history. Carter G. Woodson, considered a pioneer in the study of African-American history, is given much of the credit for Black History...
The February issue of the SEL News for Well-being is available as a download through the link at the bottom of this article. We encourage you to print the one-page newsletter and post in a prominent, heavy traffic area in your school. (We suggest posting in the staff bathrooms or...
Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (CPI) training is helpful in equipping staff with positive strategies for handling difficult situations. In this training, participants will learn to organize their thinking about how behavior escalates and respond appropriately, as well as gain practical skills for safely managing and preventing difficult behavior with the focus...
Attention middle/high school ELA teachers and EL teachers: National speaker Carol Salva will be conducting a workshop called Rapid Literacy at the on April 29 at the PLAEA office in Storm Lake AEA. The focus of this workshop is quickly developing speaking, reading and writing skills for English Learners who...
It's National School Counseling Week 2020! The week, which runs from Feb. 3-7, is sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) and highlights the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and the tremendous impact they can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for...
As districts continue conversations about the best ways to leverage instructional coaches in support of improving teaching and learning, some questions to consider are 1) what are the coaching program goals? 2) What support system is in place for the instructional coaching program? 3) Are the system inputs leading to...
Alex Kajitani, a national presenter, will lead a workshop in Prairie Lakes AEA that focuses on English Learners and math. Connecting Math & Literacy: Getting Students Reading, Writing & Speaking in Math Class will be held Feb. 26 and May 6 at Briggs Woods Conference Center in Webster City. The...
The event formerly known as the i11i Conference is now the ITEC Leadership & Learning Symposium. The symposium will feature a half-day leadership event on March 31 followed by a one-day conference (April 1) full of sessions that support technology in education, as well as opportunities to continue to explore...
As preparations are made for the 2020-21 school year, keep in mind the qualifications required of Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program (SWVPP) teachers. Per Iowa Administrative Code 16.9(5), districts must have an appropriately licensed and endorsed teacher in each classroom by Oct. 1 to receive SWVPP funds. Teachers in SWVPP classrooms...
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