Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

Educator Connection: Opportunities from PLAEA

Brian Downing, principal of Okoboji High School, has been named the 2021 Iowa Secondary Principal of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa. “Congratulations to Brian Downing for being selected by his peers for this award! In addition to the many innovations he has led in his district, Brian...
PLAEA has purchased over 100 professional books for teachers in ebook or audiobook format through MackinVIA. Log in to your Classlink account to get easy access to the professional collection of ebooks and audiobooks (find the app on your Classlink desktop), including Creating Social and Emotional Learning Environments; Lifelong Kindergarten:...
Teen Health & Wellness, a database provided by Iowa's AEAs, has announced the addition of a new feature, The Calm Room. It has videos, sounds, music, meditation exercises, and animal cams to help you and your students relax, de-stress, and refocus. There are also suggestions for apps, websites, and podcasts...
In case you missed it, here's the list of workshops/classes scheduled for this summer: Summer Session: Autism Spectrum & Other Developmental Disorders A focus on FOCUS: discounts & free eBooks Summer Session: Virtual Reality Education Pathfinders (VREP) 2.0 Summer Session: Early Childhood Summer Session: Instructional Strategies to Prepare Students to...
Click here to register and learn more about the June 23-24 virtual conference. Early bird registration is open until April 15 for FOCUS: Equity for ALL Students , the Prairie Lakes AEA Summer Learning Conference. Early bird fee is $75 per person OR $500 per building team until April 15....
The fourth Mentor Mingle is planned from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on April 13. Mentors and mentor coordinators are invited to mingle via Zoom to share ideas and find solutions for problems of practice. This is an informal network opportunity that is held four times a year. Please register for the...
The three classes required for Paraeducator Certification are planned in June. Details for each of the classes are below. Contact Carrie Guerin for assistance. Introduction to Course (Foundations and Professionalism) - registration due by May 31 for classes that begin June 7. Instructional Support - registration due by June 6...
Are you looking for an engaging event to rejuvenate your learners? Curious about authentic learning but haven’t had a chance to dive in? A one-of-a-kind FREE virtual event designed to promote student projects with area business partnerships is planned for April 27. This event is brought to you by students...
As part of a unified effort with all nine of Iowa’s AEAs, our Prairie Lakes AEA Print & Production Department will transition to a new online ordering system. The new system offers several benefits to our customers which include: The ability to retain an order history An expanded array of...
CPI’s De-Escalation Tip #4: Remain calm, rational, and professional. While you can’t control the person’s behavior, how you respond to their behavior will have a direct effect on whether the situation escalates or defuses. Positive thoughts like “I can handle this” and “I know what to do” will help you...
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